Even though I don't live in Hawai'i, I'm learning the language for my spiritual practices. I reason that by using a non-native, non-fluent language, I have to focus and concentrate more on my words and thoughts and thereby imbue them with more energy. Also, because I work alot within the Polynesian pantheon, it just makes sense and shows respect to Madame Pele. Hawai'ian is such a beautiful language and seems very mystical in itself, as words have multiple meanings as well as meanings within meanings.
I'm just wondering if anyone else uses a foreign language in your ritual work and if you find it more effective than using your native tongue.
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