Healing with Ho oponopono

By Val Silver

Ho oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian huna healing practice used to 'make right' or correct an error. Island peoples believed that illness was caused by errors, guilt, or anger. The cure was forgiveness. We make things right with our ancestors, other people, and the wrongs in our own life.

Ho'oponopono is a way to forgive and that is true. But the practice goes beyond forgiveness. It helps you clean your subconscious mind so you can better see through the eyes of the Divine within you.

These wrongs may be things like not taking good care of ourselves, or words and actions carried out from a negative spirit instead of love. It is also a way to clear unconscious programming so we can see clearly and be at peace.

The theory behind the hooponopono technique is that when we forgive others, we forgive ourselves. It is believed that inside our unconconscious minds we carry all the significant people in our lives. These include our ancestors as well as people from other relationships.

The beliefs behind this huna healing practice are supported by modern research and healers.

Dr. Dietrich Klinghart explains in the five levels of healing that ancestral issues up to three generations back seem to affect our health, and that clearing these issues has had profound healing effects.

Healers and teachers including Carolyn Myss tell many stories of spontaneous healing accompanying forgiveness.

It has also been suggested that we carry the entire history of humanity at an unconscious level. The field of epigenetics teaches that consciousness affects genes and this change can be passed to future generations.

Dr. Hew Len and Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona

According to the widespread story, Dr. Hew Len healed an entire ward of dangerous mentally ill criminals at the Hawaii State Hospital in the 1980's using the four statement hooponopono mantra. This is one reason so many of us are hearing about ho oponopono today.

Dr. Len never saw these people for therapy. He never tried to change them. 

What he did do was sit with their charts over a period of three years and read about his patients. As he read about their horrific acts, and negative feelings arose within himself, he cleaned and erased those feeling within himself using hooponopono.

The doctor took full responsibility for his feelings of repulsion, anger, and shame. He believed that the anger and repulsion he felt was being created in the patient.

As he erased these negative emotions within himself, the patients got better. Over a period of three years every patient gradually improved until each one was considered to be rehabilitated and released.

In another version of events, claimed to be the true story, Dr. Len carefully looked at the doctors, his feelings, and the patients as he walked the wards. While he walked, he asked the Divine to heal his karmic bonds with these matters and persons. All but two patients were healed. He followed the 12-step hooponopono process taught by Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona, a native Hawaiian Kahuna and healer.

In her prayer, Morrnah asks the Divine to forgive her family, relatives, and ancestors from the beginning of time to the present for offenses in thought, word, deed, and action and that these unwanted energies would be cleansed, released and transmuted into pure light.

Two Premises of Ho'oponopono

Hooponopono is based on two premises.

1.Self-identity ho oponopono takes full responsibility.

Self-identity ho'oponopono is based on taking full responsibility for what you feel inside yourself and what you are co-creating in your life. It is not about changing others, although that may happen. It is about changing yourself. Whether this is a result of the ho'oponopono or the changes in you, isn't known.

If you create your own reality, then anything in your awareness is something you created. If you have a relationship problem, or get cut off in traffic, then you helped create it. This is true whether the happening is considered good, bad or indifferent.

When we label something as a problem, it indicates that there's a block, programming or limitation within us. We give it meaning and that makes it worse.

The only reason it's perceived as a problem is because we are there observing it and judging it as a problem. We view life through past memories playing in the subconscious. This causes problems. When you detach from a perceived problem a little bit, and acknowledge that you don't know where it came from, this is a good start.

Patterns come up again and again to give us another opportunity to clear it. If you notice you have a particular area where there's a recurring pattern, it's trying to get your attention. Once you learn the lesson, the pattern will disappear. Use hooponopono and/or other clearing techniques to accomplish this.

Peace begins with me is the second premise of ho oponopono. When someone is 'clean', s/he comes in peace. The memories are freed up and you can see clearly through the eyes of the Divine in you. Others are free to heal naturally as a result.

Hooponpono prayers are an on-going process. You can say them before any situation and throughout the day to keep yourself clear and open to Divine inspiration.

Peace begins with me.

Peace begins with me is the second premise of ho oponopono. When someone is 'clean', s/he comes in peace. The memories are freed up and you can see clearly through the eyes of the Divine in you. Others are free to heal naturally as a result.

Ho oponpono prayers are an on-going process. You can say them before any situation and throughout the day to keep yourself clear and open to Divine inspiration.

The Ho'oponopono Process

hooponopono mantra I'm sorry, I love you, please forgive me, thank you

Begin healing with ho oponopono by accepting full responsibility for what you are feeling and what is happening in your life.

Then, prayerfully ask the Divine to erase the feelings. You can add in other words to the four statements as they arise within you, or just repeat them. If you are meditating, you may want to repeat the statements as a hooponopono mantra. 

What is important is your intent, the energy and vibration of the words. Keep repeating the statements until you feel clear.

These are not magical words but they do have the power to bring you to the Source of healing. While you acknowledge and to the Source within you, Source does the clearing for you. Divine energy transmutes the problem into pure energy. This is called coming back to the point of clarity and freedom that is your true origin. Express gratitude for the help.

Dr. Len's process went something like this:

Please forgive me because I have been totally unaware of the programming within me that has created this person, this thing I'm upset about, these feelings.

I don't know what part of me created this patient and what he did. Please erase it. Please forgive me, I'm sorry. Thank you. I love you. All I know is some part of me created it so I have to take responsibility.

Thank you God for taking care of this. I love you. I am washing myself clean of anything keeping me from feeling divine love in the moment.

Just like Dr. Len, you can use ho oponopono on behalf of yourself and others. When you see people do something negative, or they share an upset with you, recognize it in your awareness and feeling. Offer huna healing silently to the divine. Trust that as you clean the negativity in yourself, you and others will get better.

Continue Reading

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Ho oponopono page updated 02/2020

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