Ho’oponopono: Love, Forgiveness and Inspiration

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by Jan Waterman

What if we lived every moment from the inspiration and wisdom of love?

And what if we took complete responsibility for ourselves and everything that we experience in our lives?

Self Identity through Ho’oponopono is based on the realization that fundamentally we are all one and love is the answer to every perceived problem.

Ho’oponopono translates as “setting to right.” It’s a traditional Hawaiian problem-solving process practiced to maintain harmonious relationships and resolve conflict within the extended family.

In 1976 kahuna Mornnah Simeona adapted the traditional practice of ho’oponopono to a general problem-solving process. She viewed ho’oponopono as a psycho-spiritual means to resolve and remove trauma from memory and to expand awareness.

Problems begin when our thoughts are not aligned with the truth of our oneness. Painful memories imbued in our thoughts prevent us from realizing the love available in every moment. Ho’oponopono erases the painful memories and purifies our thoughts and frees us from the power they hold over us. As the false energy of the memory releases, the void fills with the light of love.

And because we are one from a spiritual perspective, the decision in one person to release memory of wrong actions allows all people to balance and heal. Everyone involved is set free.

If this sounds implausible, consider what happened when Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len practiced ho’oponopono at the Hawaii State Hospital’s psychiatric facility from 1984 to 1987. Dr. Hew Len, therapist and former student of Simeona’s, was hired as a staff psychologist. He spent 20 hours a week in a high-security unit that housed male patients who had committed criminal acts of murder, rape or assault. The ward was rampant with violence. Staff absenteeism and turnover ran high, family members rarely visited and patients lacked any involvement in their own care or rehabilitation.

Dr. Hew Len practiced the Self Identity through Ho’oponopono process of repentance, forgiveness and transmutation. He never directly counseled patients on the unit; he simply examined their charts. As he studied each inmate’s information, he looked within himself to see how he had created that person’s illness.

The patients improved as Dr. Hew Len cleared the part of himself that he shared with them. He took 100 percent responsibility for his conscious and unconscious experience of their problems.

The environment of the ward changed significantly. Average length of patient stays decreased from several years to four months. The quality of life for both patients and staff shifted dramatically and became family-oriented with people caring for one another instead of committing acts of violence against each other.

What exactly did Dr. Hew Len do? He repeated four statements, over and over, as he looked at the charts:

I’m sorry.

Please forgive me.

Thank you.

I love you.

He addressed these statements to his subconscious as a means to clear himself and open to inspiration.

I’m sorry. Because the problem was in his experience, he acknowledged that he was in some way responsible.

Please forgive me. He chose to be willing to see what is true.

Thank you. He was grateful that the situation gave him one more opportunity to release the shared memory that had manifested as the problem.

I love you. He released the memories that he shared with the inmates and allowed love to give, and be, the answer.

According to Hew Len, we’re not aware of the millions of bits of information surrounding us in each moment, yet we take them in subconsciously. When painful memories play we experience judgment, anger, resentment, hate. These memories block our awareness of the love that we are and could experience in each moment, were it not for our insistence that life is otherwise, as we perceive it.

Hew Len believes we can never see clearly since we’re not even aware of most of the data that holds power over us. Our only choice is to live from memory — old programs replaying — or from inspiration. The practice of ho’oponopono erases the programs and frees us from fears and judgments that keep us locked in our limited perceptions. We open to possibilities we never before imagined. We see what is true in the moment.

When we are data-free, we’re in a state of zero limits. We are inspired. Free from mistaken thoughts and programs, we open to love and the guidance that is offered in every moment. We step back and let love lead the way. We say and do whatever is perfect and right. We dwell in the moment, the realm of spirit, and all things are possible.

We see and experience only love.

It’s as simple as saying, “I’m sorry; please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”

Jan Waterman is a writer and teacher who is passionate about life and seeks to align perception with the highest perspective. She hopes that what she writes will inspire others to consider new thoughts and ideas about their spiritual selves. <aligningperception@gmail.com>.

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