In Huna (Hawaiian Shamanism), there are three aspects to awareness:
- Ku – The Heart Aspect – similar to the Western concept of the subconscious.
- Lono – The Mind Aspect – similar to the Western concept of the conscious or ego.
- Kane – The Spirit Aspect – similar to the Western concept of the higher consciousness.
In Huna, it is said that the Ku or subconscious has access to both the Lono or conscious, and to the Kane or the higher consciousness. It is said that the Kane and the Lono have no access to each other. Thus, in Huna tradition, it is only through the ego exploring the subconscious that the higher consciousness may even be touched.
Working on my ego is not about trying to gain anything; rather it is about trying to create a life I really love living. So many people try to kill the ego or push the ego away, when in actuality it is the ego that allows me to be in physical reality and enjoy my life on Earth. Being happy, clear, and aligned in the physical reality and the ego can only help raise the vibrations of my subconscious, and therefore also my higher consciousness. As a physical, but not-only-physical being, why not allow my ego to be in partnership with my subconscious and higher consciousness, and help raise the vibration of everything to which the ego has access, but the higher consciousness does not?