Have you ever received a “sign” right when you needed it the most? In the middle of struggle or suffering you thought you couldn’t bear, but somehow in that moment…something happens and you are able carry on?
In 2004, my life changed forever.
In the weeks before the passing of my beloved Kumu, Aunty Mahilani Poepoe, she had a diabetic ulcer on her leg that was not looking good. She had asked me to massage the leg, and I was not feeling comfortable with this as I felt it could spread if it was infected. She assured me that it would be alright and that she needed my help. Of course, I honored her request.
On Wednesday evening, I was picking up Aunty Mahi for our weekly clinic. Aunty had a free “clinic” for over eight years that was held in brother Chucky’s carport. The community members would line up the driveway in their lawn chairs.
I knocked on the door. No answer.
I looked in the window and saw her sitting at the edge of her bed. I called to her, but she didn’t answer me. She was moving her lips, but I couldn’t understand what she was saying.
Auntie was mumbling and told me she had the flu, but I knew there was more. The ulcer had gone septic and was already attacking her organs which were shutting down. I helped her to the restroom and on the way back, she fell into a coma.
We called the ambulance and she ended up in the hospital.
All the haumana gathered to hold vigil at the hospital. Friday night, I left the hospital to shower and get a few things from my home in Kihei.
It came so close to the windshield, I could see it looking me straight in the eyes before it flew up and over the window of my car.
I raced to the hospital because I thought maybe something had shifted for Auntie. On arrival, I could feel a definite difference in the room. Her spirit had taken flight.
A few days later, after the family had had enough time to come hospital and have their last moments with Auntie Mahi, they pulled the plug on the machines that were keeping her alive.
We did a ceremony at the hospital that day out in the court yard. When Auntie Lei’ohu Ryder finished her prayers, sending Auntie Mahi’s spirit, a huge whale appeared in the sky. A big, humpback whale in the clouds. It was unspeakable. Breathtaking!
It was not the ulcer that took Auntie. This was just the vehicle for her to get to the other side.
As a wisdom keeper, people could be intimidated by Aunty. Although she delivered her teachings with grace and aloha, she spoke up to those cultural advisors who were lining their pockets with developer kick-backs instead of taking the responsibility to protect and preserve our ‘aina (land).
She cautioned those disseminating cultural information that was not quite correct. She wanted to help teach and empower them. But many felt threatened by the light of knowledge that she carried instead of seeing her as a valuable resource.
One of the these cultural practitioners within her own family directed an energetic arrow towards Aunty. That arrow manifested in the form of an ulcer.
Auntie was Kahuna. She knew the old style of returning these energies back to the sender. That action would have put an immediate end to her physical pain. This was not her way.
Instead of perpetuating disharmony in her family line, she took that arrow with her to the after place. By doing so, she brought healing to her family line. She was a living example to us us haumana of this energy of unconditional love both in life and death.
When I began my journey home from the hospital that night, out over the ocean near Kihei, I saw the most spectacular light show I had ever seen in my life.
Far out above the sea, behind the clouds, there was lightning flashing. Lightning bolts of rainbows, dancing across the sky. I’ve never seen fireworks like I saw that night.
The light show was more magnificent than anything created by man. It was a welcome home for Auntie.
Angels and ancestors dancing in all of their regalia, welcoming her home for a life well lived. A life of service, love and compassion to all those around her.
There have been times where I really needed to pay attention. She wants to make sure I remember that she’s watching over me and all of her haumana, the apprentices she chose to carry on her teachings.
I am incredibly grateful for the messages, the ho’ailona, that continue to help me feel close to her. They help me to remember to pay attention in every moment to the signs all around us, all the time.
The ho’ailona help me to remember to live by her example and strive for the same loving compassionate life that she exemplified.
If you’ve read this far, I thank you. Has an sign or message come to mind? Feathers. Butterflies. Flowers. Winds. Something else?
I hope you feel inspired to live each day with love and compassion allowing the signs to inspire the kind of connection that supports your journey.
These messages are personal, and made for you.
I invite you to share your experience with our Ho’omana ‘ohana. I read every comment and question…you mean the world to me!
Jeana Iwalani Naluai
27 thoughts on “Messages from Spirit”
What a beautifully written gift! As I read this I felt many shivers running from my hands to my heart… I also am a massage therapist and I feel deeply! Gonna check out the link you gave another for helping to let go or not take in other’s emotions/pain! Thank you for your training video as well!! 🙂 ???
You are so very welcome Jennifer! I have a free mini-guide that talks all about it: https://www.hoomanaspamaui.com/10-practices…enjoy!
Aloha Jeana, I can see through your words your loving soul! It’s so beautiful to know that you exist! It makes me feel alive! As you do, I also give myself complete in every massage with all my love and many of my beloved clients had told they have experienced healing in so many forms and I feel grateful with the divinity for such an honor;but I am like a sponge,because when this happens, I keep their pains,sometimes for a couple of days or more! is this normal? Thanks for your loving been! Oops! something else I like to share, something that also happens to me, it’s like that I can feel how nature pets me,loves me,it’s a very beautiful connection! I send you love and light!
Aloha Daniel! Mahalo for your kind message…I have a great resource for you. You do not have to carry the energies of others. By allowing yourself to be a space-holder to facilitate healing, you will have more mana (life force) for yourself, your family and your work. You can get the FREE guide here: https://www.hoomanaspamaui.com/10-practices/. Many blessings to you!
So beautiful, thank you.
Aloha Jeana Iwalani and everyone!
Mahalo for sharing so inspiring experience. That is wonderful.
I wish everyone peace and miracles beyond understanding.
The peace of I
We wish the same for you Elena. Aloha pono.
As i read your story i began to get emotional and feel pain in my heart. I admired the strength and love she had to live her life with light and integrity. I appreciate you sharing the message.
Mahalo my sister,
Aunty Mahilani was and continues to be an inspiration to us all. She was beautiful and I want to grow up to be just like her someday. : )
Thank you so much for that very personal and heartwarming story! I am learning right now to listen to and follow that guidance! I am seeking direction for something very specifically right now and trust the sign will be clear. Thanks from the bottom of my heart!
Aloha Julie, Your intention is so powerful! Sending prayers for the clarity to come quickly.
Thanks for sharing your story… It really touched me deep within.. looking forward to meeting you in April on lomi lomi spring intensive retreat… Love & Light Nicole
Yay! So glad that you will be joining us Nicole. See you soon.
It such a touching story
Thank you for Sharing
Miss you Jeanna
Aloha Kumu Jeana! And mahalo for sharing your beautiful experiences. Reading this was a warm reminder of some of my own personal signs. On my first trip to Maui, I was seeking ancient wisdom and divine guidance. I enjoyed a private sacred sights tour with Kumu Chucky & Jocelyn, and visited Chucky’s home, Auntie Mahilani’s clinic. I wore a kihei of his family while visiting a heiau, chanted, and observed ancient ways before talking stories of ancestors and wisdom. I took in every moment. During my Lomi Fundamentals training with Meggie that week, I shared a vivid dream I had after our first day of training. Hundreds of kohola surrounded me in a half circle, all waving their tales up out of the waters toward me as I watched in awe. Meggie said the ancestors were welcoming me on my journey into the sacred teachings. A few months later, on another trip to Maui, I visited Aunty Mahilani’s home and enjoyed more time with Chucky and met with Auntie Kelly at their family heiau. What an honor! Kumu Mike was visiting and we enjoyed a day with him and all sat at the heiau talking story. Just days after, I was driving up Haleakala and stopped to take in the sights and feel the energies between the aina and moana. As I stood deep breathing, and feeling the healing mana, I heard a loud cry from the sky and barely caught a glimpse of a pueo flying above and then beyond me. I had no idea what just flew by, and sought answers to learn it was indeed a pueo. I felt it as a blessing, and later learned that pueo are aumakua of divine guidance. After reading your story today, I am SMILING from within, and know that Aunty Mahilani’s unconditional love, compassion, and wisdom lives on! My prayer is to continue learning and embracing our Ho’Omana Ohana, and share the heart and healing of her lineage and the work you are doing to provide access to these beautiful teachings. It is time for all children of the rainbow to remember, share, and teach! I look forward to completing your Ho’Oponopono Masters course very soon and will see you again! Blessings & Mahalos, Melanie (Amelelani)
Mahalo Melanie for sharing your story. Mahalo also for the great work you are doing in sharing your beautiful gift through music. I look forward to seeing you in the fall mastership.
A beautiful story Jeana, and one I relate to. I’ve received many signs and messages from my daughter since she died, guiding and comforting me. She shows up in the clouds at times when I’ve asked her – needing one more assurance that she is close by and connected, teaching me still.
Too many stories to share here, but just wanted to say thank you for your beautiful writing.
I remember you sharing the story about your daughter while you were here Lucia. I am sure that she is always nearby. E piko kakou. The connection will always remain.
A few nights ago I heard the haunting call of an owl. It was late and I thought it was the TV my sister left on. I went upstairs to check and my sister said, “Did you hear the owl/” I said, “Oh is that what I am hearing?!” It was about 3am yet I felt compelled to go outside. I put on my coat as it was extremely cold and stood and listened mesmerized by the sound of the hooting owl, It seemed to go on and on for a long time. When I went inside I was curious what an owl totem would tell me. One of the things i read was that if one hears an owl at night in the cold then be prepared for an impending storm. A truer statement never read! Not an hour later we got hit with a snow storm that lasted for more than 16 hours! We received about 20 inches in my location! I couldn’t help but wonder why I heard the owl that night. Could the impending storm be something else or was it really telling me about the snow storm of the decade. Either way my heart was so uplifted and happy to hear its call!
I truly believe in the law of one. That we are connected to all things at all times. We are at the center of the universe. In these moments of wonder, it is important to take a moment to look at your energy, interactions, and also to ask directly to your guidance whether it be the ancestors or Great Spirit, and listen to the answer. Yes, we have practical informations that signs can give us, like in the last blog post I shared about rainbow signs and rainfall. There are also spiritual/emotional congruencies between the signs that we witness. I am glad to hear that you searched your feelings to find your heart uplifted and happy.
My dad and I shared an amazing father/daughter relationship – he passed on after 18 months of hospice care in my makawao home; the greif I experienced was beyond measure. We had lived together in our makawao family home for over 30 years – we shared an amazing life. One late afternoon shortly after he had passed and I was feeling overwhelming sadness — I had a Pueo sweep in and fly over the permiter of our property and then come closer and circled around me where I was sitting in our front yard; it came so close I could feel the rush of wind from its powerful wings brush over me – it gave me an amazing feeling of peace and wellbeing that filled the emptiness I was feeling inside of my heart. It was truly a magical and spiritual experience. All the years I have lived in our family home I have never seen a pueo anywhere near our neighborhood (I have seen many on my commute to ulupalakua but never in my neighborhood) and I have never seen one since (in our neighborhood) It was a beautiful visit and such a gift; dads final aloha.
Thank you for sharing your story and reminding me of mine — and to be quiet and still and listen to the many signs that we do often get too busy to notice
Blessings upon you
Mahalo for your intimate sharing Beth. It is beautiful to see all the ways that we can feel connected to those that touched our lives.
Mahalo for these words that help me stay connected and live in Aloha even as I am so far away
Beautiful Dena, Aloha has always lived in your heart, long before you came to this place. Hope to see you again on Maui soon. Blessings in spreading the Aloha back home in your community. How is the musical coming along?
Always such beautiful, moving stories from you Jeana!
Aloha Ali, I love that we can connect from so far away. Hope the warm weather comes soon for you. Big hugs!