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I am a Whisper

I am a Whisperer

My Whispers of Aloha have generated quite a following this year (I started Whispering on Twitter, January 29, 2010, under the name Heinani). I appreciate all who have enjoyed my Whispers and shared them with others. We are connected ~ as each Whisper speaks ~ to some part of us ~ in its own way.

I have become aware that I need to share with you my story and answer a few questions that have been brought to my attention.

Why do you Whisper? I live on an island in the middle of the ocean ~ far away ~ and yet connected by the stars. My Whispers are an attempt to help make this world a better place. As an Artist of the Spirit ~ It is my ministry to reach out in the Spirit of Aloha through art. It is my spiritual and healing practice that I lovingly share in the hope of making a difference. All said ~ it is really my journey ~ each step taken ~ in a sacred ritual ~ a labyrinth path ~ leading inward then out again into the world.

What is a Whisperer? A person who can communicate with an animal, spirit or force in an attempt to influence.

What is a Whisper? An inner voice ~ a guided message ~ an aka cord ~ a telepathic connection ~ in my case an attempt ~ to influence love ~ healing ~ and harmony. I say influence and not control because everyone has the choice to resonate or not with my Whispers.

How to Whisper? I have created a ritual for whispering. In the state of first awakening from a nights sleep. I grok something. I merge and become 99% of the object of my grok. I retain the 1% that is me. When there ~ I listen for a message ~ What does this person, object, situation or quality have to tell me?

I have trained myself to compose the message in less than 140 characters. Rhythmically broken by the ~ symbol. Note: In Twitter there is a limit as to how many characters you can post. It is also more effective these days to write in short bursts of energy ~ In this way I’ve created a form of poetry. If you pay attention you will notice the shift between my grokking message ~ and my own personal reminders ~ as I step in and out ~ of the object of my focus.

My ritual has evolved into taking a walk to the ocean and picking a leaf from the autograph or signature tree. Returning home to draw upon it and create Zentangle Inspired Art. Zentangle® is a meditative art form taught to me by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. In a state of open communication my conscious, subconscious and higher self work together in harmony to create an image.

I’ve combined Whispers and Art into a ceremony that I post on the internet in hopes of inspiring harmony in the lives of others.

What is Grokking? Serge King uses the word Grok to mean merging with the spirit of something to learn something from it. The word was originally used by Robert Heinlein in the book Stranger in a Strange Land.

What is HUNArt? Our friend Thierry Pfau first used this word and it is used by us with his permission. HUNArt is our ministry. It is our way to teach Huna through Art as a moving meditation. It has become our spiritual and healing practice. We have developed the use of string figures and the Zentangle® process in our teachings. We also look at the creation of art ~ in its many forms ~ and the walking of labyrinths as moving meditations that can influence Harmony.

What is Huna? Huna is a philosophy taught to me by Serge Kahili King. It is a philosophy found on the Hawaiian islands and means Secret ~ not in the sense of keeping it from someone ~ but in the sense of not easily seen. Serge teaches a shamanic form of Huna with seven principles of looking at and interacting with the world. In this model I work with changing physical, telepathic, shamanic and mystic levels of reality.

What is the Aloha Spirit? Aloha means more than hello and goodbye. Aloha in the Hawaiian Language means affection, love, peace, compassion, mercy and much, much more. It is in that spirit that I Whisper Aloha each and every day.

I hope this answers some of your questions. Together with my husband Earl, I teach ~ heal ~ and create in the Spirit of Aloha

Whispering Aloha to you ~ Lois Heinani Stokes





Zentangle Inspired Art~a~Day First Month

Whispers of Aloha

First Month

Whispering Aloha to change ~ beauty found ~ in age and transformation

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Zentangle Inspired Art~a~Day 31

Whispers of Aloha ~ Day 31

November 21

I am stardust ~ a time traveler ~ Whispering Aloha ~ to your dreams

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Zentangle Inspired Art~a~Day 30

Whispers of Aloha ~ Day 30

November 20

I am a thought form ~ sent out in the night ~ star messages ~ Whispering Aloha ~ reminding you ~ to manifest your dreams

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Zentangle Inspired Art~a~Day 5

Whispers of Aloha ~ Day 5

October 26

I am high tide ~ Whispering Aloha to the disappearing road ~ reminding me to wait ~ everything is working out perfectly ~ in its own time

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This is the high tide that is covering the road in front of my house

Zentangle Inspired Art~a~Day 4

Whispers of Aloha ~ Day 4

October 25

Today I am a bud ~ Whispering Aloha ~ to a changing leaf ~ life and death ~ on the same branch ~ in harmony

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In Betweed

We’re neither here nor there ~ just in betweed

We made a plan to purchase a house and for the last month we have been waiting and waiting to close. Our plan has failed. We will not be moving. The home turned out to be a nightmare of unpermitted and not up to code challenges and errors.

What to do now? Make a new plan. We just don’t know what that is just yet. Therefore we have planned to wait until we are regrouped, recharged and relaxed.

So we find ourselves in Betweed.

Betweed is the latest tangle that Rick and Maria have released in their first YouTube production. They have posted it on their Zentangle site in the September 28th newsletter.

Learn how to make Betweed. You will love it! We did. Zentangle and Huna has helped us keep our contemplative state throughout this home purchasing episode. We are grateful to have useful tools to deal with stress.

Tension ~ Release ~ Relaxation. We are bringing things back into harmony with the practice of HUNArt and Zentangle® and continue to be grateful and trusting that “Everything Is Working Out Perfectly.” (Huna Philosophy)


Art by Steven McGovney and Tammy Cararot

Thank you Samuel Beckett for the inspiration for today’s post. As in Waiting for Godot we have been occupying ourselves with eating, sleeping, tangling, conversing, singing, playing games, exercising etc — anything “to hold the terrible silence at bay”

We are still waiting to move into our new home in Volcano. Our closing date has been delayed due to a signature needed by the title company. The problem is that the person needed to sign is somewhere in Africa.

In the present moment we are gratefully trusting that “Everything is working out perfectly.”

We are finally living a minimal lifestyle! We love the simplicity of a few dishes, some clothes and well…most of our possessions in boxes. We laugh with an understanding that achieving minimalism is a process.

To keep ourselves productive we have been spray painting everything that has rusted. Living on the ocean everything gets kissed by the sea salt. We sprayed our dull wicker couch a beautiful moss green and even dyed the cushions to match. Our only challenge was a stain that would not be removed in the center of the seat.

When life gives you stains, make (Zen)tangles

You cannot leave me alone with a pen in my hand and not expect me to make my mark. I started off with a small spiral and well… Surprise!

It will be interesting to see where this pattern takes me.

Tangles On The Move

“Energy is movement in a wave”

A reflection of my state of active energy

We have been experiencing a wave of change lately. It began with our journey into Rick and Maria’s world of Zentangle® and continues today as we explore minimalism and our new pattern of establishing Zen Habits.

All patterns are interrelated. When you make a change in one pattern, new patterns begin to emerge.

In the Zentangle process we are creating patterns and through the process of change exploring variations in these patterns. I am happy to announce that this has had an effect on our lives. We are moving!

Earl and I are in the process of purchasing a home in Volcano, on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are looking forward to participating in the artist community there. In the meantime we are sorting and attempting to make simple the many things in our life.

All of the Zentangle lessons that we learned during our Certified Zentangle Teacher Training are being put to use in our everyday life.

I look at all of the stuff that I have to sort and remind myself …one stroke at a time™

I look at the simplicity of a 31/2 inch square and know that I can finish packing one box and move on to the next one

I remind myself to Breathe ~ Relax ~ Smile

My words could go on and on but I am enjoying the Power of Less

Now that my story has been told ~ I want to share with you…

Keep it simple

What to do with your Zentangle supplies when you are planning a move… Keep them together so you can find them amid the chaos of change. I have a wonderful case ~ on wheels ~ that once was the home for some craft supplies and it is now the home of all of my tiles, pens, books etc.

I will certainly be able to pick it out among the crowd of boxes and crates that are piled high in the transition area of our home.  I don’t want to be separated far from my Zentangle art even for a second, so this way I will have access to my supplies when the need to relax comes upon me in the high energy environment of being neither there nor there but here in the present moment.

a hui hou ~ until we meet again

Our Foundation, upon this we build ~ Huna (Serge Kahili King) ~ HUNArt (Lois and Earl Stokes)

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