By Kahu Sherman Dudoit
Throughout the whole of Ancient tradition there have been essential aspects of life that utilised the process of mastership and apprenticeship. The passing on of that knowledge and thus the preservation of the wisdom was kept intact through this very private and intimate association between master and disciple. This applied to all aspects of human existence, whether it was tool making, hunting, fishing, boat building (method of conveyance), growing crops for food and practical use, the herbal medicinal fields of health and healing…the list is endless. In the growth of human evolution and survival of the species there always existed those who have mastered a certain tradition, and the passing on of this wisdom for the sake of preservation to the next generation…and until the onset of the “New Age” this knowledge was kept secret and held traditional to maintain its integrity and purity thus ensuring its essence according to the rules set down for thousands of years.
In this “New Age” everything has evolved out of the ancient ways kept strict and without variance into what I like to refer as “variance on a theme”… thus began in my opinion, the disintegration of the fabric of the traditional old ways. We now have a society that one only needs to look at to perceive of this loss of cultural heritage into a chaotic mix of an endless array or “supermarket” of watered down and delusional belief systems, corrupted from bits and pieces of the old ways, that have lost their traditional purity, due to the loss of tribal community and many other reasons, this is the way of things neither negative or positive it just is….the nature of all things, birth, growth, decline, decay, death and rebirth.
In ancient Polynesia existed the healing practice of Lomi Lomi which means to “knead or to squeeze and to make soft”. There was also the medicinal practices through the use of herbs, plants and the elements, this was called LA.PA.AU.
Lomi Lomi began at birth, mothers lomi’d their child from birth, especially the stomach and the feet of the infant, using primarily coconut oil one of the most healing substances on this planet, resulting in extraordinary health and strength. Lomi Lomi in its most traditional aspect was taught and practiced entirely with the open hand “To knead, to squeeze, and to make soft”.