Susan Pa’iniu Floyd
Interviewed by Ingrid Melia Stadtler-Pree
Big Island of Hawaii, July 27th, 2019
Ingrid: Welcome, Susan Pa’iniu Floyd. And thank you, for your time, as well!
So, you are an Alakai since 1986, as well as a board member of Huna International; a Kumu Hula, a Lomi-Lomi, Kino Mana & Huna teacher. You have been teaching together with Serge King since 1987. You present your courses also on the U.S. mainland, in Europe, Russia and in Japan. Since last year Serge decided to take more time for writing and he turned the shaman courses over to you as well.
So, Susan, looking back on this profound background: What has been the most important impact Serge and his Huna teachings have had on you and your life?
Susan: Well, it’s based on the fifth principle: „To love is to be happy with“, this changed my health, it changed my understanding of how my thinking affected my health, and that was and it is an ongoing gift.
And that’s why I began to teach, it was not my thinking that I would to do that, but when sometimes when things help you so much, you can’t keep them inside, I had to share.
Ingrid: Absolutely! You know, one of my happiest and most joyful memories with you is a sunrise at Kilauea Crater...chanting and dancing Kalana Hula—it was a very special ceremony.
So how have the HULA dance and the Lomi-massages enhanced your life and complemented the Huna teaching?
Susan: Ok, well, movement is very important for staying healthy, at least that’s what’s my IKE—my understanding, my believe. And what happened when I first discovered the Hula and the Lomi Lomi, it was a surprise passion but it was an application of a chance to move in a way that helped others.
So Kalana Hula is a way to move our physical bodies, creating an energy field, through our awareness and attention and we share that energy field, harmonize our surroundings.
In dancing the Hula—very similar—stories were shared that were teaching stories, and this kind of sharing often helped you—the people, who where doing it, performing it, and those who were watching it.
So the doing of the Hula is a very healing motion and the Lomi Lomi that I learned is a Lomi that you have to move in a very graceful way, so you cannot disturb what your hands and arms are doing to help the person’s muscles relax. So the Hula, which invites the energy field of the upper body and the lower body allows the lower body to generate motion and energy and the upper body the work it needs to do. So it was a perfect coming together.
And Huna is all about how to help ourselves live a good life, but also how to help others. A shaman applies that Huna knowledge for helping others. So the Lomi and the Hula are ways to do that.
Ingrid: You know, the Kalana Hula I already teach in my seminars but not more than that...
Ingrid: Yet! I have to go more into Hula—I love it though! So, please maybe add from a female perspective: WHY HUNA? What is it about HUNA, that helps people so much?
Susan: Ahh, my respond to that—maybe not have to do with me being female, but it has to do with the fact that it is a very simple system, very easy to remember and therefore easy to apply–as were Serge’s books.
So easy to understand what he was conveying and I want to be like that when I share. It’s very deep, there’s a lot to gain from understanding the universe, but it’s so easy. It’s so easy to remember it and so I work as a practitioner and a teacher, repetition of things that are serving, so that it becomes a habit, that’s easy.
Replacing detrimental habits of criticism, seeing the negative, which was something I was very good at, and as a healer I want to see the good in the world, so that can become a habit, too. So—the repetition of the good stuff. And I would say that the feminine really tends to work toward that good stuff. So I must have a lot of masculinity somewhere, because I was criticising, criticising, I was fighting bad things, here on the islands or on the mainland where I lived. Now, realizing what connection that had to my physical health—and now I realized: you can do that, but you gonna suffer—putting energy for the good stuff, and really holding that vision.
So for me, what I have taken is, to look at the world—and this is a real crux of it— look at the world, don’t hide from what is, learn about what’s going on, in your village and in the greater, global village—see it but don’t criticize it.
See what’s going on and then, at the same time, you are holding that vision of what is, you overlay a vision of what could be, what you really love to see existing. And then somehow the two harmonize, the stronger vision what could be, you charge that with the best of your Mana (power) and let that vibrate and the other one just dissipate.
So, that holding the dual focus is really important, especially in today’s world situation.
Ingrid: Absolutely. And always remembering: not criticising but having the Aloha spirit for yourself and others...
Ingrid: I think, that’s the main focus, if everybody would have that focus...
Susan: Oh, what a different world we would have!
Ingrid: ...it would be such a beautiful world...
Ingrid: So, Mahalo big times, thank you, Susan.
Susan: Yes, and thank you for being here! I look forward to seeing you in Austria! Aloha!
Ingrid: Absolutely, we’ll stay in touch! Mahalo!