Ho'oponopono - Cleansing
meditations and prayers
(ho-o-pono-pono) is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and
forgiveness. This is a simple wonderful tool for self-healing and causes a great
improvement in all areas of your life.
The simple words to repeat are:
Please forgive me.
I love you.
Ho'oponopono Cleansing Memories Within
by Erika L Soul
Ho'oponopono - Feel It!
Song Video: Ho'oponopono
Simple Steps to Healing: Ho'oponopono
I Love You, I'm Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Thank You
by Dr. Joe Vitale from
ago, I heard about a therapist in Hawaii who cured a complete ward of criminally
insane patients – without ever seeing any of them. The psychologist
would study an inmate's chart and then look within himself to see how he created
that person's illness. As he improved himself, the person improved.
When I first
heard this story, I thought it was an urban legend. How could anyone heal anyone
else by healing himself? How could even the best self-improvement master cure
the criminally insane?
make any sense. It wasn't logical, so I dismissed the story.
heard it again a year later. I heard that the therapist had used a Hawaiian
healing process called ho'oponopono. I had never heard of it, yet I couldn't let
it leave my mind. If the story was at all true, I had to know more.
I had always
understood "total responsibility" to mean that I am responsible for what I think
and do. Beyond that, it's out of my hands. I think that most people think of
total responsibility that way. We're responsible for what we do, not what anyone
else does. The Hawaiian therapist who healed those mentally ill people
would teach me an advanced new perspective about total responsibility.
His name is
Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len. We probably spent an hour talking on our first phone
call. I asked him to tell me the complete story of his work as a therapist. He
explained that he worked at Hawaii State Hospital for four years. That ward
where they kept the criminally insane was dangerous. Psychologists quit on a
monthly basis. The staff called in sick a lot or simply quit. People would walk
through that ward with their backs against the wall, afraid of being attacked by
patients. It was not a pleasant place to live, work, or visit.
Dr. Len told
me that he never saw patients. He agreed to have an office and to review their
files. While he looked at those files, he would work on himself. As he worked on
himself, patients began to heal.
"After a few
months, patients that had to be shackled were being allowed to walk freely," he
told me. "Others who had to be heavily medicated were getting off their
medications. And those who had no chance of ever being released were being
I was in awe.
that," he went on, "but the staff began to enjoy coming to work. Absenteeism and
turnover disappeared. We ended up with more staff than we needed because
patients were being released, and all the staff was showing up to work."
This is where
I had to ask the million dollar question: "What were you doing within yourself
that caused those people to change?"
"I was simply
healing the part of me that created them," he said.
Len explained that total responsibility for your life means that everything in
your life – simply because it is in your life – is your responsibility. In a
literal sense the entire world is your creation.
Whew. This is
tough to swallow. Being responsible for what I say or do is one thing. Being
responsible for what everyone in my life says or does is quite another. Yet, the
truth is this: if you take complete responsibility for your life, then
everything you see, hear, taste, touch, or in any way experience is your
responsibility because it is in your life.
that terrorist activity, the president, the economy – anything you experience
and don't like – is up for you to heal. They don't exist, in a manner of
speaking, except as projections from inside you. The problem isn't with them,
it's with you, and to change them, you have to change you.
I know this
is tough to grasp, let alone accept or actually live. Blame is far easier than
total responsibility, but as I spoke with Dr. Len, I began to realize that
healing for him and in ho'oponopono means loving yourself. If you want to
improve your life, you have to heal your life. If you want to cure anyone – even
a mentally ill criminal – you do it by healing you.
asked Dr. Len how he went about healing himself. What was he doing, exactly,
when he looked at those patients' files?
just kept saying, 'I'm sorry' and 'I love you' over and over again," he
out that loving yourself is the greatest way to improve yourself, and as you
improve yourself, you improve your world. Let me give you a quick
example of how this works: one day, someone sent me an email that upset me. In
the past I would have handled it by working on my emotional hot buttons or by
trying to reason with the person who sent the nasty message. This time, I
decided to try Dr. Len's method. I kept silently saying, "I'm sorry" and "I love
you." I didn't say it to anyone in particular. I was simply evoking the spirit
of love to heal within me what was creating the outer circumstance.
hour I got an e-mail from the same person. He apologized for his previous
message. Keep in mind that I didn't take any outward action to get that apology.
I didn't even write him back. Yet, by saying "I love you," I somehow healed
within me what was creating him.
In short, Dr.
Len says there is no out there. It would take a whole book to explain this
advanced technique with the depth it deserves. Suffice it to say that
whenever you want to improve anything in your life, there's only one place to
look: inside you.
when you look, do it with love.
Note: This article on ho'oponopono is edited from the book
Zero Limits by Dr. Joe Vitale and Dr. Len. You can listen to Joe talk about
his experience with Dr. Len and ho'oponopono along with his involvement with the
inspiring movie, The Secret, on
News for the Soul by
clicking here. He starts talking about Dr. Len and ho'oponopono at minute 15
in this highly engaging one-hour interview.
message may be quite hard to believe, yet it's amazingly simple. He states that
we are all responsible for everything that we see in our world. By taking full
personal responsibility and then healing the wounded places within ourselves, we
can literally heal ourselves and our world. As related by Joe Vitale in the
radio interview, Dr. Len suggests a four-stage process for this
ho'oponopono work. Whenever a place for healing presents itself in your
life, open to the place where the hurt resides within you. After identifying
this place, with as much feeling as you can, say the below four statements:
I love you.
Please forgive me.