What does Ho’opo… uhm… the strange word means?
Ho’oponopono comes from the Hawaiian spirituality and literally means “to set right”. We all carry the programming from our parents and relatives. But if you think about it, these behavioral and mental patterns are passed from one generation to another. This way we somewhat have the mentality and demeanor (as well as emotional baggage and mental blockages) from our ancestors. I have already talked about some families being more successful than others. It is because parents teach their children what they have been taught by their own parents. And this goes on and on. It is no wonder that folklore around the world talks about generational curses or ancestral karma. According to the Hawaiian spirituality, we carry these blockages and mindsets from our ancestors for generations until they are cleared. Let’s say you want to break the cycle. How do you do it?
The power of forgiveness
Religions and spiritual movements all over the world and from ancient times to the present day speak of the same things – love and forgiveness. These deep emotional processes have not been preached for so long in vain. Ho’oponopono does not make an exception. Hawaiian spiritual leaders (called Kahunas) state that only by taking full responsibility for every aspect of our lives, then we will be able to change them. (Remember that there is nothing outside of ourselves!) By expressing love, gratitude and forgiveness, we restore the balance that has been broken by us or our ancestors.
The process itself is very simple, but enormously powerful. Think of a person or situation that brings you negative feelings. Take the full responsibility of this experience and say “I am sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.” And that’s it! You can do the process as many times you need to do and repeat the words as many times you feel like. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this method! It might surprise you!
The ancient Hawaiian spiritual healing process became world-wide popular because of one man. His name is Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len. He started working at the Hawaii State Hospital. The problem was that there were kept the most severe cases of criminal insane people and they were extremely aggressive and dangerous. Many professional psychologists and psychiatrists couldn’t handle them and quit. The staff of the ward also didn’t worked there for very long. And then, Dr. Len showed up! But the interesting fact was that he never personally worked with the patients! He would just open their files, read the cases and start working with… himself. At first, this looks like a very bizarre concept to understand. And it is certainly difficult to accept that we are responsible (directly or indirectly) for everything that happens in our lives and around the world! WOW, that is a tough chunk to swallow! But Ho’oponopono states clearly that whatever we see in the external world is a mere reflection of our inner self. And if we want to change, we need to take full responsibility (for causing this event to happen) and clear it. This is a pure karma clearing process. According to Dr. Len, everything that comes to our attention (especially if it brings strong emotions) is caused by us and our conscious/subconscious programming or even from our ancestors that has been carried through time.
When should we use this powerful method?
Any time we feel we should. Ho’oponopono is a universal spiritual practice that can be applied in every situation that bothers us or we are not happy with. In my experience, the Hawaiian method works best when dealing with intensive and difficult relationships with others. You don’t need to tell them the words in person, just say them to the part of yourself that attracts such people in your life.
To read more on the topic and to find out what happened to Dr. Len in the Hawaiian Hospital, you can check out Joe Vitale’s Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More