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What is Ho’oponopono?

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What is Ho'oponopono? It’s a healing practice of forgiveness. Wait, before you press the Back button, because you’ve already read all this forgiveness stuff and it’s all a bunch of baloney, just read on for a few minutes – you’ll be glad you did. Ho'oponopono is an old practice that brings many benefits to modern living

Ho'oponopono Benefits

The benefits to someone who practices Ho'oponopono regularly are quite amazing:

  • Reduction of stress
  • Improvement in mental and physical health
  • Improved relationships with others
  • Control over emotions
  • A happier life

What’s not to like about those? And the process is speedy and easy to learn.

Ho'oponopono forgiveness

So What is Ho'oponopono?

Ho'oponopono is an ancient spiritual practice that originated in Hawaii and before that, from the Polynesian Islands of the South Pacific. It was used as a ritualistic method to help one island kingdom settle their differences with another. Later it was adapted to facilitate cooperation and forgiveness between individuals and usually required a third party to mediate over the process.

Still can’t see how it might apply to you? Well, Ho'oponopono can be practiced by one person. In their mind. No one else need even know about it. It takes just a few minutes and the benefits of regular Ho’oponopono practice are so good for you.

How Does Ho'oponopono Work?

Ho'oponopono means reconciliation and forgiveness. But not necessarily directed at another person. In our vibrational, connected Universe, any good that you send out is ultimately received back to yourself. If you believe that you create your reality, and that you are responsible for your life, then you have to accept that you create everything you experience. Ho’oponopono is like pressing the reset button. It is a spiritual cleanser: you use it daily just like you’d take a shower and remove your make-up. It clears out the negative energy accumulated and removes any bad feelings towards yourself or others. It brings the practitioner to an emotional state of zero.

“If we can accept that we are the sum total of all past thoughts, emotions, words, deeds and actions and that our present lives and choices are colored or shaded by this memory bank of the past, then we begin to see how a process of correcting or setting aright can change our lives, our families and our society.”- Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona

It is becoming widely accepted that illness is caused by a disruption to the emotional balance, and Ho’oponopono is a method of resetting that emotional balance to maintain a healthy mind and body. So imagine how good it would feel, before you go off to sleep every night, to have all your negative and unbalanced emotions discharged. How easily you could let go of those repeating thoughts and worries. How much faster you would get to sleep. 

Other Synonyms for Ho’oponopono

  • Adjustment
  • Correction
  • Balance
  • Reconciliation
  • Responsibility 
  • Rectify
  • Remorse
  • Cleansing
  • To put into good order
  • Repentance
  • Amend
  • Put right

The Four Components of Ho’oponopono

Ho’oponopono is made up of four parts:

  • Admitting responsibility, “I’m sorry.”
  • Asking for forgiveness, “Please forgive me.”
  • Expressing gratitude, “Thank you.”
  • Giving love, “I love you.”

It’s important to understand that it really doesn’t matter who you are saying these things to. It is  a connection between you, your inner being and the Divine (Source/God/Spirit). For example, perhaps you are feeling bad because you have over-eaten. The communication is with yourself and the Divine. Or maybe you had a fight with your spouse and you just want things to get back to normal. The communication is still between yourself and the Divine, yet it is also directed at your partner.

Ho'oponopono better life

How To Practice Ho'oponopono

You can practice Ho’oponopono anytime throughout the day, but just before you go to sleep is a good time to clear out the day’s emotional debris. 

Learn the four steps and the phrases, I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. You can use them in any order. As you mentally or verbally repeat them, hold the vision of what it is you are clearing out. So if you are hoping for a reconciliation with someone, then direct your words to them. If you are wanting to heal, direct your words to Source. 

The key thing is that you must feel the words as you think or speak them. Just reciting them without a thought won’t work. You have to experience those negative emotions draining from your mind and body. Feel resistance seeping away. Bringing yourself back to a natural zero emotional state where everything is in balance and stress has evaporated.

Although it is classed as a meditation, it really only takes a minute. You can focus on it longer by repeating the words, holding the vision of the problem and what you want to accomplish. You will know when it is done by the immediate feeling of relief.

When to Use Ho'oponopono

Anytime. Right now. Try it on everything. Here are some ideas:

  • When your child misbehaves. Instead of losing your cool, self-talk a little Ho’oponopono.
  • When a coworker has irritated you. Don’t bottle up resentment, let Ho’oponopono deal with it.
  • When you are worried about money. Don’t fret, just Ho’oponopono it and see what happens.
  • When you are tired and worn out. Allow Ho’oponopono to energize and relax you.
  • When you can’t sleep, stop getting frustrated and self-blaming; Ho’oponopono will soothe and bring relief.
  • After, or even during, any argument or disagreement, Ho’oponopono will bring about peace and the opportunity to forgive and forget.
  • When you feel depressed. Use Ho’oponopono to reassure yourself that all is well and you are a fine person.
  • When you are angry. If someone has upset you, crashed into your car, done something to annoy or enrage you, a little Ho’oponopono will help get you back on track.
  • And any other situation, anxiety, disruption or negative emotion that affects you. From a news story to something your government does that you don’t agree with.

Ho’oponopono and the 12 Spiritual laws

Ho’oponopono is based on and constructed using the 12 Spiritual Laws of the Universe. These laws are, well, laws. They are always in force; immutable, impossible to circumvent. They are how the universe operates. We’re going to expand on them in our next blog post, so do come back at the end of the week. Meanwhile:

I’m sorry.
Please forgive me.
Thank you.
I love you.

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  1. Hello,

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

    The Mantra “i love you, please forgive you, i'm 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, i'm 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. Likewise the story about "100% responsibility", zero state, etc.

    Morrnah Simeona (1913 – 1992) was a native hawaiian kahuna. She updated the traditional Ho'oponopono to today's times and realities and made it available to all interested around the world. Morrnah's Ho'oponopono is a 14-step Ho'oponopono-process ho'oponopono (or 12 steps – it depends on how you count the steps. According to Michael Micklei, 14 steps if you count step 6a / b, 6c and 6d as 3 steps by older Versions of Morrnah's Ho'oponopono process).

    Morrnah founded Pacifica Seminars Inc. in the 1970s and the “Foundation of I” 1980 to teach and spread her 14-step ho'oponopono around the world. In 1990, Morrnah and Yvette Mauri founded “Pacifica Seminars” in Germany ( Pacifica Seminars in Germany is the only organization in Europe, where you can learn Morrnah's original Ho'oponopono-process today, that was developed by Morrnah. The original 14-step ho'oponopono-process, this was developed by Morrnah, is the final version, that she compleded in 1991. Pacifica Seminars in Germany is headed by Michael Micklei and his wife Yvette Mauri today.

    Michael Micklei knows Dr. Hew Len already at the time, while Dr. Hew Len worked in the Hawaii state Hospital in the 1980s. He gave with Dr. Hew Len togehter ho'oponopono seminars (at that time Morrnah was still alive). In the seminars were told only about the 14-step ho'oponopono process of Morrnah Simeona. Never about a mantra or 100%responsibility or about a zero state.

    Michael Micklei wrote in a comment to an another person:

    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:

    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. He use the story of Hawaii State Hospital and the healing of his patients to substantiate his mantra. Morrnah's Ho'oponopono goes into the background. It is even forgotten today by the people. Of all the other Ho'oponoponos, which are developed by Morrnah, is no longer spoken today. Here's an article this topic:

    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-phrase mantra and of Dr. Hew Lens cleaning tools!

    Michael Micklei wrote 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):

    As far as I know, Morrnah has been working hard on her 14-step ho'oponopono process for many, many years (more then 19 years) and for complete the final version of it in 1991. Pacifica Seminars Germany teach and spread this final version of Morrnah's Ho'oponopono in seminars and in a book. (and other ho'oponopono-processes, which are developed by Morrnah Simeona)

    Please share this information to another people 🙂

    Aloha and kind regards

    Patrice C.

  2. Do you know anyone teaching the original Ho'oponopono?  Ive been practicing the ho'oponopono version of Dr. Len and have had good results with it.  But I would like to learn the original Ho'oponopono/  Do you know anyone who teaches it in English or can you teach me.  Thanks.

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