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 hooponopono 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


Dr. Hew Len's story of healing an entire ward of dangerous mentally ill criminals at the Hawaii State Hospital in the 1980's 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.

He did 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.

He 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.

Two Premises of Ho'oponopono

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 hooponopono 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.

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

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

Then ask the Divine very prayerfully to erase the feelings. You can add in other words to the four statements or just say these. These are not magical words.

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

You acknowledge and talk to the Source within that can do 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 statements 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: Read my personal ho oponopono healing story.

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