The Kahunas of Polynesia were not alone in identifying mana, a remarkable force that gives energy to all miracles, prayers, healing, and acts of transcendence. All cultures at one time or another have sensed an unknown force that underlies all paranormal phenomena and which is an essential element of all life on the planet.

The Hindus call it prana.
The Sufis recognize it as Baraka.
The Chinese name it chi.
The Japanese identify it as ki.
The Old Norse blended with the energy as wodan.
Various Native American tribes chant its name as wakan, Manitou, or orenda.

It may well be the force that in the Hebrew tradition is known as Ruach ha-kodesh and which the Christians welcome as the Holy Spirit.