Sharin' the juice...
~Ho’Oponopono ~Tue, April 3, 2007 - 10:47 AM
Two years ago, a therapist in Hawaii 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 patient 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? It didn't make any sense. It wasn't
logical, so I dismissed the story.
However, I 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 -- but that's wrong.
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 freed." I was in awe. "Not only 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. Today, that ward is closed."
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. I didn't understand. Dr.
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. This means that terrorist activity, the president, the economy or 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. I asked Dr. Len how he went about
healing himself. What was he doing, exactly, when he looked at those patients' files? "I
just kept saying, 'I'm sorry' and 'I love you' over and over again," he explained. "That's
it?" "That's it."
Turns out that loving yourself is the greatest way to improve yourself, and as you
improve yourself, you improve your world.
I later attended a Ho’Oponopono workshop run by Dr. Len. He's now 70 years old,
considered a grandfatherly shaman, and is somewhat reclusive. He praised my book, The
Attractor Factor. He told me that as I improve myself, my book's vibration will rise, and
everyone will feel it when they read it. In short, as I improve, my readers will improve.
"What about the books that are already sold and out there?" I asked. "They aren't out
there," he explained, once again blowing my mind with his mystic wisdom. "They are
still in you." In short, 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.
The Technology of Ho'Oponopono
Bring to mind anyone with whom you do not feel total alignment or support, etc.
In your mind's eye, construct a small stage below you.
Imagine an infinite source of love and healing flowing from a source above the top of
your head (from your Higher Self), and open up the top of your head, and let the source
of love and healing flow down inside your body, fill up the body, and overflow out your
heart to heal up the person on the stage. Be sure it is all right for you to heal the person
and that they accept the healing.
When the healing is complete, have a discussion with the person and forgive them, and
have them forgive you.
Next, let go of the person, and see them floating away. As they do, cut the aka cord that
connects the two of you (if appropriate). If you are healing in a current, primary
relationship, then assimilate the person inside you.
Do this with every person in your life with whom you are incomplete, or not aligned.
The final test is, can you see the person or think of them without feeling any negative
emotions. If you do feel negative emotions when you do, then do the process again.
2007 Mind Body & Spirit
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i feel this way too... i recently became certified in theta healing and use the same tools, but after reading this, i feel even more equipped to further my experience of healing self and the world i have created, afterall, we're doing it together, we are all responsible for what we view outside as unhealed within ourselves. this is very cool hava, thanks for bringing it to my attention...
many blessings and hoop to play soon!
love is all you need!ouah, thank you, thank you, thank you...just the right moment, i love you
This is an Amazing Key to Forgivenessthank you, Hava. I have been using this for the last couple of months, on almost a moment-to-moment basis, and it has been transformative. This should be taught in school! Namaste
I am going to try this, with my mother (good timing for mothers day)
I repost in a little while after I give it some energy and make a report
thanks for sharing this