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What Is Ho’Oponopono and How Can It Improve Your Life?

Ho’oponopono is a method of healing that has been developed over centuries in Hawaii. One of the leading practitioners of Ho’oponopono is Dr. Hew Len and his teaching on this ancient tool of spiritual healing is known throughout the world.

Ho’oponopono consists of four different statements that are designed to allow the individual to accept responsibility for their own thoughts, actions and feelings. The four statements are:

  • Please Forgive Me
  • I Am Sorry
  • I Love You
  • Thank You

The statements are used whenever a negative reaction such as guilt, fear, anger or judgement occurs in our life that is caused by something outside of ourselves. They can also be used when we find ourselves becoming critical of those around us. According to Dr. Hew Len this practice prevents projection from occurring. Projection is the behaviour of assigning our own thoughts and unresolved conflicts and emotions onto others. A better way to explain this may be that everything that we see in others is a part of ourselves, even though we may not be consciously aware of the fact.

Reacting to an external trigger should cause us to look internally for the part of ourselves that is being reflected. Are you really angry at the person or is it a part of you that they are reflecting that is the source of the anger? Do we blame others for not paying attention when we never take the time to listen to ourselves? Is it possible that the attitude that the other person is annoying us with is the very attitude we dislike most in ourselves?

Ho’oponopono is a personal exercise that you can engage in anywhere at anytime. Stop and ask yourself the following questions regarding the specifics of the situation or the part of you that is in disharmony. Let us examine a situation where you are angry at another person. Go within and find the part of you that you are angry with, or find your own anger. Begin to say to yourself

  • Please Forgive Me
  • I Am Sorry
  • I Love You
  • Thank You

The key is to take the time to really mean what you say and feel how it feels to acknowledge your part in it when you say these 4 statements to yourself. You should feel the anger dissolving and repentance, forgiveness and an ability to let go of the negative emotion replacing it. Typical examples of negative traits you may be projecting or attributing to others include feelings of victimhood, ungratefulness, anger, unwillingness, lack of concern, violence, emotional unavailability and selfishness. You may also project weakness or controlling behaviours, bossiness, laziness, martyrdom or co-dependence.

Through reflecting on the issues that you project, you can also use Ho’oponopono to discover information about yourself. If, for example, you are upset at others because of their laziness, where do you feel lazy in your life? If you see weakness in those around you, were do you feel weak or victimized?

One of the many benefits of using Ho’oponopono on a regular, ongoing basis is that you become more open and honest with yourself. The underlying reasons for your behaviour can come to the surface for examination and improvement. This system has been used very successfully with the most difficult of individuals and situations.

A very clear example of this can be found in Dr. Hew Len’s work. He was, in 1983, a new psychologist on a high security prison unit. This unit housed the worst of the worst in the criminal justice system. They were all violent criminals that were a threat to other inmates and the prison warders. There were no family visits for the inmates and many where shackled and kept in seclusion because of their violence. The staff dreaded working at the unit and there was a high rate of sickness, absenteeism and staff turnover.

Instead of trying to work on changing the inmates and staff as others before him had done, Dr. Hew Len used Ho’oponopono to focus in on himself. Through changing his own perceptions and not projecting his emotions onto others, incredible changes started to occur. Within a short period of time the inmate population was out of shackles and allowed to have family visits. By the end of three years all the inmates were off the unit and it was completely closed down.

Through changing his inner perception Dr. Hew Len actually changed the world around him. He did not project blame, judgement or criticism onto the inmates in any way, he worked solely on himself and his belief systems. Taking time to learn what the other persons’ story is, and not projecting our own version of their story onto them, is very healing for both parties. Not only do we understand and learn about others but it also allows us to examine and change our own behaviour.

Everyone in society wears masks to hide behind. Sometimes, despite sharing the same needs and wants deep down, our actions and choices cause conflict. This is unintentional as most people are seeking love, acceptance, understanding and peace. The issue lies in the way that we have learned to get these things, and this is where the conflict comes as others have learned different ways.

By using the simple yet highly effective tool of Ho’oponopono we can examine our perceptions and behaviour as they relate to our internal beliefs. By moving our misperceptions out of the way, we can view ourselves and those around us for whom and what they really are. Your ability to understand, love and support others will increase dramatically as you let go of the negative perceptions you hold within. The best thing about Ho’oponopono is that you can begin immediately to make these changes in your life, leading you to much more positive interactions with all you come in contact with.

 

 

My website is the culmination of many years of seeking answers about my own health and well-being, and studying the human condition. I write articles, am a healer and give talks about subjects relating to spiritual growth and personal development. I am passionate about healing, recovery, and assisting others to grow.

 

 

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6 Responses

  1. Avatar
    Patrice C.
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    Hello Caroline,

    The Mantra “i love you, please forgive you, im sorry, thank you.” is not ho’oponopono and is not hawaiian. Dr. Hew Len never healed with a mantra “i love you, please forgive you, im sorry, thank you.” in Hawaii State Hospital. This Mantra was developed by Dr. Hew Len after Morrnah Simeonas death and its not ho’oponopono and not hawaiian.

    I would like to tell about ho’oponopono, Dr. Hew Len and about Morrnah Simeona.

    Morrnah Simeona (1913 – 1992) was a native hawaiian kahuna. She adapted the traditional Ho’oponopono to today’s times and realities. She has developed a 14-step Ho’oponopono-process. Everyone can learn and use this process. This is a modern version of the traditional Ho’oponopono process. Morrnah has founded the “Pacifica Seminars” in the 1970s and then the “Foundation of I” to spread her 14-step ho’oponopono around the world. She made it possible for all people to solve their problems with her 14-Step Ho’oponopono.
    In September 1990, Morrnah and Yvette Mauri founded “Pacifica Seminars” in Germany (see http://www.pacificaseminars.de). Pacifica Seminars Europe is the only organization in Europe, where you can learn Morrnah’s original Ho’oponopono-process today, that was developed by Morrnah.

    Morrnah Simeona was the teacher of Michael Micklei and Dr. Hew Len. Michael Micklei worked closely with Morrnah around 5 years together. Morrnah lived in Michael Mickleis and Yvettes home in Germany until she passed away in 1992. Michael Micklei translated Morrnah’s 14-step ho’oponopono to german. He has been authorized to do so by Morrnah Simeona.
    Michael Micklei knows Dr. Hew Len already at the time, while Dr. Hew Len worked in the Hawaii state Hospital in the 1980s. Michael Micklei and Dr. Hew Len gave togehter Ho’oponopono seminars (at that time Morrnah was still alive). In the seminars were teached only the 14-step ho’oponopono process of Morrnah Simeona. Never a mantra.

    Michael Micklei wrote in a comment to an another person:

    Quote:
    “…
    Dr. Len never healed in the mentioned hospital by only saying over and over “I love you” and “Thank you” to the “I”, Morrnahs word for the Source, for Divinity. Instead he used Morrnahs 12 (or 14) step process only, twice or three times a day. Every day he walked through the hospital he looked carefully to the patients, the doctors, his feelings. He taped this. And asked Divinity to heal his karmic bondages with these persons and matters. A hard job for three years. Divinity accepted the plea and healed. 2 persons were not healed, as there were no karmic bondages with Dr. Len.

    Morrnah gave him this kind of order to do so (and at that time he worked really for the good to help Morrnah for her special spiritual job) and in classes, we both attended between Nov. 86 and later, Dr. Len was always telling in detail at the beginning that he was doing exactly this, nothing else. NO mantra was mentioned, never. At that time, Dr. Len was a student of Morrnah like me, so why and how could he use a quite different way in the hospital – and at the weekend in classes he said the opposite? Morrnah was also complex clairvoyant, she could see and hear everything.

    All so called tools of Dr. Len (except 2 or 3) were developped by Dr. Len after 1992, which are only temporarily harmonizing or calming down – NOT cleansing, NOT being any ho’oponopono, as they are not mutual. They are (powerful) magic tools. They are not bad in itsself, but they block people to learn authentic ho’oponoponos – traditional ones or the one of Morrnah. People like those easy magic ways, they really think to heal karmic stuff of hundreds and more reincarnations by 11 words.

    It is clearly the good part of Joe Vitale’s job to spread the name of ho’oponopono from the time of “Zero limits” across the world – but the illusion is inclusive: people know the name, but did not hear about the real content of ho’oponopono or even forget it. Pls keep in mind Dr. Len’s words (received by his divinity) in Zero Limits: “I’ve been told to kill the Divine to be home.” To kill the Divine? Well, starting to take him out from the cleansing. This does not seem a path up to the mountain.
    mahalo for sharing.”

    End of Quote

    link to the full comment: https://www.facebook.com/Pacifica-Seminars-611710282175050/

    Dr. Hew Len does not speak anymore about Morrnah’s 14-step Ho’oponopono today and about the healings of his patients in Hawaii State Hospital with Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono.
    Nobody talks about Morrnah’s 14-step Ho’oponopono today. Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono is no longer known to anyone today. I really hope that Morrnah’s original Ho’oponopono-process regains fame among the people.
    I know Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono and would highly recommend it. So many things in my life have changed positively trough Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono.

    I can only say, steer clear of Dr. Hew Lens 4-pharse mantra and of Dr. Hew Lens cleaning tools!

    Michael Micklei has written a report about Dr. Hew Len and the healings in Hawaii State Hospital that happend with Morrnah’s 14-step Ho’oponopono. Please let me share this link (is only in german language, please use Google tanslator to translate to your language):
    http://www.pacificaseminars.de/hawaii-state-hospital.htm

    Please share this information to another people 🙂

    Aloha and greetings

    Patrice C.

  2. Caroline
    Caroline
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    Thank you for your response and for the information. As you say, I learned from Joe Vitale, so am surprised that he made the mantra shorter, and ignored the original healing. I am going to go and look at your information, and appreciate the education. Thank you for taking the time to correct me.

    Kind Regards,

    Caroline Nettle

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    Patrice C.
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    Dear Caroline,

    Please let me share this (that we do not get us wrong):

    Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono is no a mantra. Morrnah has never taught a mantra. She declined mantras. Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono is a process with 14-step and is very differently than Dr. Hew Len 4-pharse mantra. It can not even be compared to that.
    Morrnahs Ho’oponopono is similar to the traditional Ho’oponopono-process. Morrnah has updated the traditional Ho’oponopono process:

    – Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono can be performed without the presence of a kahuna or a therapist. The process can be performed alone.
    – You do not have to know the causes of your problems.
    – According to Morrnah Simeona, there is a divine creator in the universe and we were all created by Him. We are part of His creation. The Divine Creator is included in Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono. Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono is a process that transforms problems and imbalances and restores peace and balance. Only the divinity can transmute problems and imbalances. Peace, harmony, balance are thereby restored.

    (Dr. Hew Len has removed the divinity from his process. Dr. Hew Len uses Morrnah’s teachings to justify his mantra. And he does not talk anymore about Morrnahs 14-step Ho’oponopono. And the divinity? disappeared!
    Problems can not be solved by a mantra with 4 pharses. That’s impossible. Although many people say the opposite…)

    – Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono is recognized in Hawaii. It corresponds to the original meaning of Ho’oponopono.
    – Everyjone can be learn and use Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono. It does not matter which culture, religion or belief you belong to.

    http://www.aloha-o-ka-i.org/ho-oponopono-2/ho-oponopono-3

    Caroline, my english is not that good, im from Switzerland, my mother tongue is german 😉

    If you would like more information about Morrnah’s Ho’oponopno and about the true story of Dr. Hew Len and the healings of his patients in Hawaii State Hospital with Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono, please contact Michael Micklei of Pacifica Seminars. He knows the things very well:
    http://www.pacificaseminars.de/impressum.htm

    Be careful when searching for information about Morrnah Simeona and about her original Ho’oponopono on the Internet. Many websites have wrong information about Ho’oponopono and about Morrnah Simeona.

    Bevore i learned Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono, i have practiced the Mantra with the 4 pharses over 1 year. It was wasted time. I was very frustrated when I received the information that this mantra is not Ho’oponopono.
    I can only say, steer clear of this mantra and of Dr. Hew Lens cleaning tools! It is very important for me that all people get correct information about Morrnah Simeona, her teachings and about Morrnah’s 14-step Ho’oponopono.

    As far as I know, Morrnah has been working hard on her ho’oponopono process for many, many years. Morrnah developed the final process her Ho’oponopono from 1987 to 1991. It is the final version today. Pacifica Seminars teach this final version of Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono in seminars and in a book.

    Please share this information with people in your circle of friends who have read the book Zero Limits 🙂

    A greeting from Switzerland and Aloha
    Patrice C.

  4. Avatar
    Shalu Sujay
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    Where can I find Morrnah’s 14 step Ho’oponopono process?

    • Admin
      Admin
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      I hope this helps.

      Morrnah Simeona (1913 – 1992) was a native hawaiian kahuna. She adapted the traditional Ho’oponopono to today’s times and realities. She has developed a 14-step Ho’oponopono-process. Everyone can learn and use this process. This is a modern version of the traditional Ho’oponopono process. Morrnah has founded the “Pacifica Seminars” in the 1970s and then the “Foundation of I” to spread her 14-step ho’oponopono around the world. She made it possible for all people to solve their problems with her 14-Step Ho’oponopono.
      In September 1990, Morrnah and Yvette Mauri founded “Pacifica Seminars” in Germany (see http://www.pacificaseminars.de). Pacifica Seminars Europe is the only organization in Europe, where you can learn Morrnah’s original Ho’oponopono-process today, that was developed by Morrnah.

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      Bob
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      Dear Shalu Sujay
      You can learn it by a home-course of PacificaSeminars. Here is the Link:
      https://www.pacificaseminars.de/en-hooponopono-english-hooponopono-home-course.htm

      Very great!

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