Listening to Joy’s voice calls to me from beyond, about something I forgot but know within.

Joy, when I listen to your voice, sometimes it calls to me from beyond—about something I forgot but I know within.

I felt so inspired after our class yesterday, I thought of you as Kumu. I grew up understanding the essence of this Hawaiian word to mean teacher or mentor; a master in their chosen craft.

I felt like there was another essence I recognized in you but I couldn’t find a word that fit. Was it mother-like? Not in any way I had experienced a mother and yes, in the way I’d imagine I would be mothered. Guiding, allowing, with an unspoken understanding that my actions are in no way intended to harm or inconvenience; I just do what I feel with totality (most of the time) and it feels like there’s something within you that resonates with something within me that melts my heart when I see your face. My whole experience softens.

Joy, when I listen to your voice, sometimes it calls to me from beyond—about something I forgot but I know within. You are sister-mother-mentor-friend, all in one.

I have a desire to offer you a token of my affection with a Hawaiian-inspired name/blessing. I feel that a name bears great influence on the energetic imprint that is carried, like a crystal. I’ve learned that our words, all of our words/thoughts are either a curse or a blessing, and I take care before I name a thing.

I prayed for guidance for your name. So it is with these intents, I understood your energy to translate as:
KUMU: foundation, the teacher, guide, beginning, source, origin. OLI’ OLI: closer to joy! If we combine KUMU OLI’ OLI, the essence it seems to carry is: One who guides, who leads, who is the beginning and the foundation, and who illuminates the path that moves us closer to JOY.

Thank you for being the light during a dark time in my life. Thank you for opening doors to new ideas. Thank you for helping me to feel wholeness and see truth. Thank you for offering a space of peace. Thank you for all the ways you bring bliss to our lives.