CONVENER CORNER: MEET ILENE KIMSEY!
You can meet her in person THIS MORNING!
Ilene Kimsey is a Communiversity convener who has been working in the field of human and spiritual development for more than 30 years. For the last 10 years, she has incorporated the ancient wisdom of Hawaii in her teachings and as part of her practice.
“An interest in indigenous wisdom drew me to Hawai’i where I lived and studied the ancient culture for twenty years,” Kimsey said. “My whole being resonates with the Hawaiian teaching that we are spirit in human form and one with all creation. Living Aloha means shining from our light of spirit greatness and learning to see and seek this unconditional love essence in others. In my private mentoring, seminars, and writing I provide practical pathways to access our uhane’ nui–spirit greatness and live in lokahi – unity with self, spirit, others and All That Is.”
Kimsey believes it’s important to share her skill with others because at this stage of humanity’s evolution, we are being called to align spirit with body and consciously harmonize with all life forms.
“Ancient indigenous teachings assist in reawakening sacred wisdom within us,” Kimsey said. “Each person’s unique expression of Spirit is an integral part of Earth’s transformation and attunement with the Divine. Ancient Hawaiian practices are simple yet profound tools for the art of living pono–connected to Spirit, your soul, and the sacredness of all life. It is time to E’ ho’omau—be who you are!”
Kimsey enjoys teaching through Communiversity because “it is a wonderful way to reach out and connect with the community.”
“On a recent trip to Hawai’i, I hiked to one of my favorite sacred places on the island of Oahu. As I looked out over the vast turquoise blue Pacific Ocean and consciously breathed the sacred breath, I could feel infinity. I was one with every rock, every water drop in the ocean, and every molecule of air. It was a clear, fresh morning and as the sun rose I could see the islands of Maui and Molokai. There was a bit of sadness as I took the path to the highest peak for I knew it was too late in the season to experience the magnificent Koholā—whale. Each year the humpbacks make the 3,000-mile journey from the Gulf of Alaska to Hawai’i to breed, calf and nurse their young. Then, the new Hawaiian family returns to Alaska.
“One reason for being on the mountain this day was to return a pohaku—lava rock—to the island that a friend found in her mainland garden. After offering an ancient chant I was guided to the perfect place for the pohaku and performed a coming home ceremony. The aina—land—opened her arms and rejoiced. Following is a photo of the homecoming.
“Feeling full of gratitude for the morning magnificence I walked down the path and paused at the Makapu’u Lighthouse. It seemed appropriate to sit and honor how we are guided by light in so many forms. I closed my eyes and connected in my heart to Creator and the wisdom that flows through all creation. Because I was sitting at the top of a mountain looking upon the Pacific Ocean, I offered special appreciation for the ancient wisdom of the dolphin and the whale. I thanked the whale for returning year after year reminding us of the infinite spiral of life.
“In that moment, I heard the wondrous spouting sound of the sacred breath of the whale! I looked up and sure enough, there was a mother whale with her calves, spouting, swimming, playing. And a second group…then a third. My heart was filled with such delight that the joy was spilling over as tears and blessing the moment. I continued to breathe consciously to take it all in and I kept saying, ‘Such an abundance of makana—gift. Such an abundance of makana.’
“The whale families headed north and I headed on down the mountain. I continued to smile and say aloud, ‘Such makana! So much makana!’
“In the distance I heard the excited voices of keiki—children—and as I rounded the corner I saw a group of 30 primary school children with their teachers. Everyone had on a blue t-shirt with their school name printed across the front, MAKANA! Yes, an abundance of makana in the ocean, on the land, and in the others. Gifts are everywhere when we open to see.”
WORDS KIMSEY LIVES BY:
“Simplicity is Profound!”
WHERE YOU CAN FIND KIMSEY:
To take a class with Kimsey, search Communiversity’s database by “Convener Last Name” and type in “Kimsey”. She is teaching “Power of Aloha” at 10:30 this morning at the Student Success Center on UMKC’s campus.
JUST FOR FUN:
If Kimsey were an animal, she would be a nai’a—or dolphin—“because they are all about joy and being in the flowing wisdom of that state of delight.
By Jessica Turner and Ilene Kimsey