Ho’oponopono is an ancient technique. It is used for mental cleansing to remove the negative memories and the negative thoughts present in a person’s subconscious mind which causes problems in that person’s life. Ho’oponopono is a Huna technique from Hawaii. It has been practiced over several centuries by the ancient tribes living in Hawaii.
Ho’oponopono comes from the two Hawaiian words “Ho’o” meaning “to make” and “pono” meaning “perfect”. Thus Ho’oponopono literally means “to make perfect”. The use of pono twice means to make things perfect on two levels- the physical level and the mental level. At a spiritual level, the soul is already perfect.
Traditionally Ho’oponopono was used by the natives of Hawaii to resolve relationship problems among family members of a person who was ill. It was believed that if a person in a family became ill, then the illness was the result of certain issues in the family which needed to be resolved. The family members of the ill person would get around together in front of a fire and would discuss their issues in front of a Kahuna healer or a family elder. The mediator would encourage a proper and frank discussion among the family members about how they perceived the person who was ill. The mediator would ask each and every family member about how they perceived that particular family member who was ill.
By finding out what their perceptions about the ill family member were the negative perceptions were then cleared by the person who held the negative perception. This was done by asking for forgiveness from the Divine Creator of all there is for having held such a negative perception. The simple act of asking for forgiveness for the negative perception from the Creator would help to clear that negative perception.
Each and every family member of the ill person would ask for forgiveness for the negative perceptions that they had about the ill person. In this way, as all the negative perceptions the family members had about the ill person were cleared, the ill person would regain their health.
The modern version of Ho’oponopono has been popularised by the Kahuna priestess Mornah Simeona and her student Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len. Dr. Hew Len was a psychologist. He was employed at a criminal psychiatric unit in Hawaii. All the inmates at this psychiatric unit were people who had various violent psychiatric disorders and committed several crimes including murders, rapes and other such violent crimes.
All the staff who worked in this psychiatric unit were very scared about the inmates. Many of them would leave the job and go away from the place as they were not able to work there for a long period of time due to the constant fear that they experienced while they were working there. All the inmates were usually locked up in secure rooms and bound in tight chains as they were very violent and used to attack the staff working in the hospital. The inmates were never allowed to go anywhere inside the hospital or outside without being bound in chains and being held by 2 or 3 escorts.
Dr. Hew Len used a version of Ho’oponopono that he had devised to heal the inmates of this psychiatric unit. He would not go and see the inmate who had the psychiatric ailment. Instead, he would sit in his office and try to see what he experienced in himself as he held the medical records of the inmate and try to clear his perceptions about that person. Dr. Hew Len would take complete responsibility for his perceptions about the ill person and work on clearing them using Ho’oponopono.
As Dr. Hew Len continued his practice of Ho’oponopono in the hospital, a gradual and dramatic change occurred among the inmates of the psychiatric ward. The inmates gradually became less violent and were then cured of their psychiatric ailments. All the inmates were soon cured of their ailments and were discharged from the hospital. The hospital ward was then closed as all inmates had been cured and were discharged.
Dr. Joe Vitale then teamed up with Dr. Hew Len. Together they popularised Ho’oponopono. They wrote a book together called “Zero Limits” about Ho’oponopono. According to Dr. Hew Len, the aim of Ho’oponopono is to clear the negative perceptions a person has stored in their subconscious mind which he called as “data” and reach the original state of the void or zero in which they would be completely connected to the Creator of all there is. These data would come from a person’s ancestors, their environment and from their own beliefs that they had developed over a period of time. The process of clearing the data is a constant process. Dr. Hew Len believes that the only aim of life is to completely clear all these data and return to the original state of the void or zero.
According to Dr. Hew Len, one must take complete responsibility for whatever one experiences in this world. Whatever problems a person sees in this world is due to the negative perceptions that the person is holding. By accepting complete responsibility for one’s negative perceptions and by asking for forgiveness from the Creator of all there is for having developed these perceptions on is able to clear those negative perceptions. In this way, the person is able to resolve his problems and return to the zero state. Ho’oponopono is a constant process and one must continue to keep clearing so as to ultimately reach the zero state.
The process of Ho’oponopono devised by Dr. Hew Len is as follows- The person focuses on whatever problem they are facing mentally and then mentally speaks to the Creator
I AM SORRY- I don’t know how I created this negative perception
PLEASE FORGIVE ME- Please help me to clear this negative perception
THANK YOU- Thank you for being here to help me and for clearing this negative perception
I LOVE YOU- This completes the person’s connection with the Creator
The way to practice Ho’oponopono is to mentally keep saying these four phrases-“I am sorry, Please forgive me, Thank You, I love you.” These can be said in any language. They can be said in any order but the order of the phrases as stated here seems to work the best.
Ho’oponopono can be used for resolving any kind of problems a person has. Ho’oponopono can be practiced at any time, at any place no matter what one is doing. A person can practice Ho’oponopono while keeping his eyes open. A person can practice Ho’oponopono mentally without the other people knowing that they are doing it.