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How Polynesians Discovered Easter Island

Easter Island is one of the most isolated islands on earth, over 1,000 miles from nearest land and 2,500 miles from Tahiti. Polynesians discover the island almost 2,000 years ago in large dugout canoes. How did they did they do it? With strong belief and trust in their God as they knew Him. They had a highly developed understanding of intuitive guidance, God’s method of communicating with us. Intuitive guidance is universal from the beginning of time.

Tahiti is the center of the Polynesian universe and the original Polynesians had a passion for exploration. Leaders had visions of great achievements. They had no information about the physical world and no written language. This left many unknowns, for this reason they had to depend heavily on their gods for inspiration and guidance. It is this dependence that gave them courage and confidence to search for and find other islands. The small size of their boats limited supplies that left no room for error, which is, missing an island on the first try.

Explorations like this were led by leaders that had a strong belief in God and a strong connection with intuitive guidance. For them to embark on voyages they had to have a reason such as fulfilling a dream. We do not know what motivated them, but one possibility is that they might find heaven (paradise) in the east where the sun comes up. Polynesians belief in God gave them the confidence that He would lead them to undiscovered islands. Without this belief and trust they would have never ventured out.

Tahiti is in a strong trade wind belt where winds blow from the east most of the time. It is impossible for dugout canoes to sail against these winds over long distances. 700 miles to the south are variables, which means, the winds blow from any direction. At these latitudes sailing east is possible most of the time. On the first voyage navigators had no knowledge of where favorable winds were or where Easter Island was or if there was an island or how long the voyage would be. The only way for them to succeed was dependency on God.

The search for and discovery of Easter Island had to be inspired and orchestrated by God. The island is one of the most isolated is in the world which makes it impossible to find by accident, especially by people in dugout canoes. It is likely that the expedition started from Tahiti. They leave in March during the rainy season. With limited storage containers they rely on frequent rains for fresh water. For food they rely on sea life. Open dugout canoes do not have much room for storage. (Today, small sailboats would take five weeks.)

Once under way the navigator is guided by gut feelings (intuitive guidance) that I call “comfort zone navigation.” When going the wrong way, the navigator becomes extremely uncomfortable for no visible reason. When on track, he is relaxed. (This is based on my experience with the Liki Tiki. )

It does not matter if we believe in God or not or what we call His guidance or how we worship Him, His guidance is there. It is our decision to accept or reject it. Knowing that God is supporting us is highly motivating.

Intuitive guidance is a lost art in our society today. We sometimes consider successful people as having strong instincts. These people seem to make continuous right decisions and sometimes they are labeled as having a destiny. Destiny means events are orchestrated by God. If someone is doing something that seemly is not logical, but is succeeding; destiny may be supporting them knowingly or not knowingly.

Some think of success as luck. Luck or chance is not an orchestrated event, it happens only once. Achievement is building on each event where each event leads to the next one. Each event needs information for decisions and sometimes it is not available. Where it is not available, God inspires intuition that leads to a desirable end.

Today we place heavy reliance on technology and have easy access to information that over rides intuitive guidance. Knowingly or not, we very often base decisions on intuitive guidance. Sometimes we ask for God’s help in a crisis and we recognize His help, but very often, His help is there in little things that we call “coincidence.”

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