I don't know if you saw the brief news article about the Midwestern couple, both in their 90s, married for over seventy years, who died within one hour of each other? They had apparently been in an accident, rushed to the hospital, and there they were taken to a room where they lie in separate beds. Across the chasm between their hospital beds, their hands clasped each other. The husband died first, but the wife continued to hold his hand. What was astonishing was that even though the husband no longer showed any brain activity, his heart still registered a beat. The hospital staff agreed that the wife's heart was beating for him. Somehow, through their held hands, she was able to transmit her own heartbeat to her husband. She died an hour after he did, still holding his hand.
Isn't that what the Hawaiian aca cord is about? At least I think so, in that it describes the invisible connections between us. It helps us to be aware of another person, even when we are apart. It's what we empaths are so keenly aware of (and often experience in the bombardment of others' feelings). More importantly, it not only helps us receive information about another person with whom we have a connection, but also it reminds us that we are senders as well.
And that's important! We need to remember that our ups and downs are being experienced by others, too. So, we need to be aware of what we're feeling, because we're not experiencing those feelings in isolation -- they're being transmitted as well.
There's the challenge: we need to watch what we think and watch what we feel. We need to stay honest and stay in the positive, not only for our sake, but also for those who share our connections.