Here’s a fascinating account of scientific experiments into the effectiveness of prayer by John Van Auken A.R.E
A lot of people have difficulty with the exact pronuciation and meaning of Ho’oponopono..Here is an excellent article on this subject courtesy of Serge Kahili King of Aloha International;
“..Let’s go to the source.
The Hawaiian Dictionary, authored by Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel Elbert, defines ho’oponopono as “to put to rights; to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up, make orderly or neat, administer, superintend, supervise, manage, edit, work carefully and neatly; to make ready, as canoemen preparing to catch a wave.”
Language books on Hawaiian will often have a sentence like, E ho’oponopono i ka hale a me ka pa (“Tidy up the house and clean up the yard.” This is the most common use of the word in Hawaiian.
In 1972 the Queen Liliuokalani Chldren’s Center and the Liliuokalani Trust published a book by Mary Kawena Pukui called Nana I Ke Kumu (“Look To The Source”), intended to be “a source book of Hawaiian cultural practices, concepts and beliefs.” On page 60 of that book Pukui introduces the concept of ho’oponopono.
In addition to the dictionary definitions, Pukui adds the meaning of “to restore and maintain good relationships among family, and family-and-supernatural powers.” Also, “The specific family conference in which relationships were ‘set right’ through prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, and mutual restitution and forgiveness.” She then goes on to give case studies and details of the practice. This form of it was from her own family tradition, but it became what might be called the “Classic” form of ho’oponopono for family and group reconciliation…”
You can read the full article at www.huna.org
A wonderful meditation prayer from Uell. S Andersen, in his book Three Magic Words ;
“I turn away from the world about me to the world of Consciousness that lies within. I shut out all memories of the past, create no images of the future. I concentrate on my being, on my awareness. I slide deep into the very recesses of my soul to a place of utter repose. Here I perceive faith in the making, am conscious of the one being from which all beings spring. I know that this immortal Self, this is God, this is me. I am, I always was, I always will be. All men, all things, all space and time and life are here in the depths of my soul. Smaller than small, greater than great meet and unite in me. That which I thought I was, ego, I never was at all, for it was a changing thing, mirroring the seasons and the tides, a thing to be born and grow and die. I am not a thing of time or circumstance. I am spirit, pure and eternal, birthless, deathless and changeless. I am patient, for I am all time. I am wise, for I contain the knowledge of all things. I know not pain, for I see there is no beginning and no end, and who suffers pain must see beginning and end. I am rich, for there is no limit to the abundance I may create from my very Self. I am successful, for I need only think to achieve. I love and am beloved, for all things are myself and I am all things. I unite, I fuse, I become one with Universal Subconscious Mind. The mask of vanity and ego I shall never wear again. I perceive the magnificent Dweller at the center of my consciousness, and I know Him to be my very self. Time and space, shadow and substance, what matter these? I am God.”
In Ho’oponopono the “self” is divided into three distinct but connected parts;
1. the Subconscious mind / child Unihipili
2. the Conscious mind / mother Uhane
3. the Superconscious mind / father Aumakua
All three must be in harmony in order for us to be in rhythm with the universe and for our lives to be balanced> 3 steps of Ho’oponopono
Nice account of Diana’s Ho’oponopono Experiences published on her blog : Diana Endresen.com
“Do YOU Ho’oponopono? If not, why not?
I read Joe Vitalli’s book Zero Limits in June 2007 and was immediately blown away by the magic which is Ho’oponopono. I mean, seriously, who would not be drawn into learning more about a system where you are responsible but not to blame? This is so important, let me repeat that: in Ho’oponopono, you are responsible but not to blame.
I started playing around with it fairly soon after finishing the book: my relationship with my youngest son, B (who was born when I was 40) had been one of near constant minor quibbling and bickering and mutual verbal sniping. (Yes, this made me ashamed, as I was an energy healer at this time, but that is another story.)
B was signed up to enter the US Army at the end of July 2007 and likely going to war. I didn’t want my last sight of him to be marred by hard feelings. I also wanted to find out how carefully one needed to word a Ho’oponopono script. My first Ho’oponopono script was:
For my pissy relationship with B:
I am sorry
Please forgive me
I love you
Several times each day, basically whenever I thought about him, I would say that script. (I call that “running a script”.)
Three days after I started using the Ho’oponopono script, when I got home from work that night, B was home. This was rare, because at that time he usually was away from home more often than not. B said to me, “You know, Mom, when you say “XXX”, you aren’t telling me how stupid you think I am; you are saying something like “I have had a similar experience and here is what I learned or here is the mistake I made”. You might not know it, but when I say “YYY”, I am not telling you what a terrible mother I think you are; I AM saying, “I appreciate what you’ve been through, but this is my life and I need to learn things for myself.”
We have not fought since that day, and I am writing this on May 23, 2012. We both have since established personal boundaries with each other and I think our relationship is solid, which pleases me immensely.
Since that time, I have used Ho’oponopono successfully many times for personal issues. What a wonderful gift! One thing I give Ho’oponopono absolute credit for: it used to be that I was unable to release hard feelings (the b*stards need to suffer!). Since I began cleaning with Ho’oponopono, I am able to release hard feelings and celebrate positive, constructive outcomes. Life is Good!
I continue to use Ho’oponopono and refine my scripts. What fun! At the point in the future when I become certified in Ho’oponopono, I will offer it to others.
Love and peace your way, Diana”
© Copyright 2012: Diana Endresen
“Ho’oponopono is a problem solving technique that allows individuals to solve problems in their lives, instantly as they occur. These problems can range considerably; from health issues and personality flaws to relationship and money problems.
The Ho’oponopono process allows you to take back control of your life. No longer blowing through life randomly like a leaf in the wind it transforms you from an unconscious creator into a conscious creator.
The technique is used to resolve and clear past memories and old attitudes that have been influencing our lives negatively.
By addressing, resolving, and clearing these issues you leave yourself open to synchronistic events, and inspirational thoughts that are constantly trying to get through. Creating a world around you that better suits your stage of spiritual evolvement in this life.” Paul Jackson – Ho’oponopono Secrets 2014
Dr Hew Len often references the scientist and best selling author Tor Nørretranders when describing our conscious and unconscious minds. Particulary his fascinating book: The User Illusion If you’re interested in the workings of the mind and how it relates to your present reality this is the book for you 🙂
Below is an excerpt of an excellent Maggie Anderson article describing her experiences using Ho’oponopono..Maggie’s account is fascinating and extremely well written.. you can read the complete article on her blog here : Spiritual Compass Connection Blog
“My experiences so far…
Ho’oponopono packs a punch and you don’t even realize it’s happening till you sit back after a whirlwind and then it hits you! Once you start, the changes commence. They can be heart-wrenching, frustrating, unhappy, depressing or joyful and BLISSFUL! (The end result of course obtaining more and more blissful states of being and allowing.) They can be subtle or in your face, they are fast, they are incredible! This is amazing!!! It truly gets you to Zero in EVERY moment the more you wake up to its possibilities! Just saying the phrases to anyone, anything, any emotion wakes you up and frees you to just be. The art of allowing is my most recent lesson. I have noticed that no matter what is going on, even if it’s not to my expectations, I remind myself to be in the NOW, allow, breath and Ho’oponopono/erase/clean clean clean. Clarity comes.”
Maggie’s book How I Found My True Inner Peace is also getting rave reviews on Amazon..
Dr Hew Len teamed up with best selling author and marketing guru Joe Vitale to publish “Zero Limits” The No1 bestseller on Ho’oponopono and it’s folllow up realeased in 2013 “At Zero”
Joe is probably best known for his work on the million selling book sensation “The Secret”. And the subsequent movie of the same name. He is prolific author and extremely successful marketer. His skills have helped considerably in spreading the Ho’oponopono process around the world.
After first hearing of Dr Hew Len’s work on a group of mentally disabled inmates in the Hawaiian prison system. Joe did a bit of research and after two years of searching finally tracked him down. What he learned over the course of the next few meetings and years of subsequent study under Dr Len would change his life forever and eventually culminate in their book collaborations and world tours..
I particularly like his reaction when first learning the technique; “There are moments in Ho’oponopono that make you question reality”
Works in tandem with the Law of Attraction. Thoughts alone are not sufficient when manifesting. They must be accompanied with corresponding actions.
Knowledge alone is not power. You can’t just sit at home and pray for things to change, or wait for the right conditions before you act.
You have to take the first steps on faith alone and if you do The Universe will do the rest…
Nothing rests, everything moves, everything vibrates. Everything in the Universe is but a vibration.
The Physical and Spiritual worlds and everything in them, every thought, every emotion, every atom has its own unique vibration. For us to progress spiritually we only have to raise our vibration. Unconditional love is the highest emotional vibration and hate the lowest.
Modern Scientific research in Quantum Physics has proven that the Universe and everything in it is pure energy vibrating at different frequencies.
Here on earth the highest vibration we can attain is that which they call enlightenment.
This is the Law that binds us together. It states that everything and everyone in the Universe is connected. We all come from the same Divine Source.
Every thought or action we have ever had, either positive or negative, affects everyone. If we hurt others we hurt ourselves.
Nothing is separate, Separation is just an illusion we allow ourselves, in order to experience what it feels like to be away from The Source.
An extract from my upcoming e-book Ho’oponopono Secrets;
“Ho’oponopono is an extremely simple, transformative process employed by individuals to clear and heal harmful past memories and unconscious programming.
I like to call it the “Karma Cruncher”…
It is based on the principle that each of us carries with us many lifetimes of karmic debt and other negative emotional baggage.
By petitioning a higher spiritual power individuals can resolve these issues. Freeing them to live the rest of their time on earth empowered. Living lives guided by inspiration, not fear and guilt.
The petition is carried out in the form of a mantra, and is a personal petition to God, The Source. The Void, Divine Intelligence whatever you choose to call it.
I prefer Divine Intelligence or The Divine at the moment…
By acknowledging and accepting responsibility for our past actions and deeds, we are able to free ourselves of their effects, leaving room for inspirational thoughts to flow in. The more you clean, the more you free yourself to follow your true path…
Ho’oponopono is not a religion. It is an intensely personal spiritual technique that individuals can use to communicate with the source of their existence.
It has roots in animistic belief systems. Believing that all living, and material things are connected, that the Earth (Gaia) itself is a living spiritual conscious being.
There are no priests or gurus, no masters or leaders, and no paths to follow. It needs no one but yourself, knows no boundaries, and can be practised, by anyone, anytime, anywhere.
In the next chapter we’ll look at the philosophy and some of the core beliefs that underpin the Ho’oponopono process; 100% responsibility, Co-creation, Reincarnation, Karma, Earth School, Spiritual Evolution, Duality.”
UPDATE Ho’oponopono Secrets NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE HERE
Interviewed by Saul Maraney in 2007 Dr Hew Len answers some basic questions on Ho’oponopono-
Peace Begins With Me
Dr Len points out that we always need to remember the very old saying: “Peace begins with me.” He says that if there is to be peace on earth; it needs to begin individually with each one of us.
Dr Len says that Ho’oponopono is about looking within ourselves for debts, errors or blocks in our subconscious mind that replay as problems, judgments, putdowns and all kinds of other problems.
The Blocks Are Within
Dr Len says that Ho’oponopono is about saying to The Divine within us (The Self): “I am sorry, please forgive me for whatever is going on in me, that I experience the world in me this way”.
Taking 100% Responsibility
Dr Len says that when we are willing to take 100% responsibility for whatever we experience in our life, we can then go onto the next step where we say “I am sorry, and not only am I sorry, but please forgive me for what ever is going on in me that caused this”.
By saying sorry and taking 100% responsibility for whatever is going on in our lives, we are in essence saying to The Divine “I am 100% responsible, the problem is within me, and I would like You to convert whatever that memory, debt, block, error or problem is to nothing.”
And when The Divinity converts the block or memory to nothing, we return back to our original state, which is Zero or clarity.
Dr Len says that only when we have clarity, can The Divinity provide us with insight, inspiration and whatever is perfect for us.
Dr Len Watches Himself
Dr Len says that as he experiences whatever comes in to his life, he gets back to his Ho’oponopono cleaning, because he knows that “Peace begins with me”.
Dr Len says that he is willing to be 100% responsible for whatever he experiences in his life, and he makes the point that as he experiences woes and problems in his life, he constantly reminds himself that the source that caused it is within him.
Dr Len Is Working Moment To Moment With Divinity
Dr Len points out that therapists that take 100% responsibility for what they see in their clients and include “I am sorry” and “I love You” as part of their work with patients feel less burned out, and are much more effective because “Peace begins with me”.
The Problem Is Within Us
Dr Len says that as we are willing to be 100% responsible for whatever we experience in our lives, we shift our perception of the world, and that causes the world to change. We have to take 100% responsibility for the problem within us. Dr Len says that we all keep looking outside of ourselves for how we can solve the world’s problems, but that doesn’t work.
Working On Others Is Not Our Job
Dr Len points out that he was trained as an educator from 1964 to 1982 to help handicapped and developmentally disabled children, but then over twenty years later, he learned that that is not his job.
Change The Way We Perceive Other People
Dr Len then learned that his job is to help himself by letting go of how he perceived handicapped children.
As he changed the way that he perceived handicapped children (quite like how he changed the way he perceived the mentally criminally insane patients at the Hawaii State Hospital in the late 80’s) they changed.
Dr Len points out that it is most important to look at our own world first, and if we are willing to do that, our impact on the whole Cosmos will be enormous. He went on to stress that most people think they are here to help other people and bring peace to the world, but that we are only here to bring peace to ourselves, because by bringing peace to ourselves, we bring peace to the world (and not the other way round).
Dr Len says that the only thing that works is if we look within ourselves and clear up the “stuff” in us. He points out that as he does this, he notices that people get well and are able to start taking responsibility for themselves.
Shakespeare’s Profound Insight
According to Dr Len, the person who had the most profound insight into the human condition was Shakespeare. Shakespeare points out over and over in all of his Sonnets that the woes that we experience now are the woes that we have experienced before.
The Change First Has To Happen In Us
Dr Len says that when we see the woe in a judgmental way, it means that it is already in us, but if we let go of if and do our Ho’oponopono cleaning by saying “I’m sorry for whatever is going on in me that I perceive the woe a certain way”, only then does it change. But the change has to take place in us first.
Incessant Ho’oponopono Cleaning
Dr Len says that cleaning memories from our subconscious mind takes incessant moment by moment Ho’oponopono cleaning.
Experience People The Way The Divine Created Them Dr Len points out that we never experience things correctly, but we always experience our reaction to them. Dr Len knows that when he meets people, he does not experience them the way The Divine created them, so he continuously cleans by saying to The Divine “I am sorry for what ever is going on in me that I do not experience people the way You created them, please forgive me”.
By doing this, Dr Len is asking The Divinity to cancel what is in him, that causes him to react to people, and not see them as they truly are – Divine Beings. Dr Len says that once we let go of the dictate of memories by doing the Ho’oponopono cleaning, the memories stop playing, and not only the memories we hear playing, but many other memories simultaneously playing, but we are unaware of.
He says that when we do Ho’oponopono, we are asking The Divine to remove the faults from our Soul and subconscious mind so that we can see people being perfect, the way The Divine created them, and when we respond to them, they will respond as being perfect.
Dr Len went on to say that if we want to see people without problems, we need to get rid of our own problems first.
Dr Len says that Ho’oponopono is only about working on yourself and looking at the data and info in your personal subconscious mind that causes burdens and should be removed.
Anger Is A Memory Replaying
Dr Len says that when people are angry, it is not the person who is angry, but it is a memory replaying anger.
He said that if we know this and keep it mind, we can change the data. The Ho’oponopono we do is not changing the other person, because that person is perfect, but what is imperfect is the data, and we have to ask The Divinity to convert that data to zero.
100% Responsibility For Whatever We Are Experiencing
Dr Len says that when we are doing Ho’oponopono, we are clearly stating to The Divine “I am 100% responsible for what I am experiencing, and I am experiencing suffering in the form of judgment or whatever. Something is going on in me (some data or memory) and it is dictating this experience, and I would like to be 100% responsible for it. I am sorry for that.” He went on to say that the conscious mind does not take responsibly, and resorts to blame.
Erasing Memories Replaying In The Subconscious Mind
Dr Len says that as humans, we have “stuff” going on that we can’t help because of the memories replaying in our subconscious mind, and these blocks prevent us from experiencing The Divine. Ho’oponopono is about erasing those memories that keep us from absolutely truly living and not being constrained by fear and how we feel. Ho’oponopono is about working on whatever is going on in us that we are not able (generation after generation) to move through to a point where we can experience The Divine.
Avoid Trying To Figure Out What Is Going On
Dr Len say that Ho’oponopono is about giving up those things in us that keep us stuck and constrained, and that we have no idea of what those things even are. He says that we don’t know what we don’t know, so he tries not to figure out what is going on in his life, or with the people that he consults with, but that all times, he only does his Ho’oponopono cleaning on himself.
Dr Len points out that as he does his personal Ho’oponopono cleaning, he notices that people are able to work through their problems, and often they say to him that they would also like to learn how to do Ho’oponopono themselves.
Who Are We?
Dr Len says that we can be our own therapist/guru/healer, and that all we have to do is answer a couple of questions; – The most important being “Who am I?” According to Dr Len, that is the most important question of creation, but unfortunately, most people don’t know who they are.
Dr Len said that if we know who we are, we would realize that we need to take 100% responsibility for everything we experience in our life, but that we cannot blame other people for not knowing this.
What Is A Problem?
The other thing we need to know, according to Dr Len is “What is a problem, and where is the problem?”
Dr Len says that all problems are a result of memories replaying in our subconscious mind, but that he does not deal with problems.
He says that we are all children of The Divine, and are an exact replica of The Divinity, which is at its natural state Void (clear) and Infinite, and that our job is to return to that original state of being clear, empty and Infinite.
So Ho’oponopono is about erasing and cleaning the block in our subconscious mind so that we can come back to zero/clarity, and that only out of that clarity can Divinity come in as inspiration.
Being Clear And Infinite
Dr Len says that every day he works on letting go of the blocks in his life, that keep him from being one with The Divine; – Which is to be Clear and Infinite. Dr Len says that he does his Ho’oponopono cleaning so that he is clear and able to move through his life without experiencing hardships, anger, resentment, blame or problems.
Blame Doesn’t Work
Dr Len says that blame and saying “How Come?” doesn’t work in therapy, family or governments, but when we get back to Zero, then The Divinity can infuse our mind with whatever is perfect for us. Dr Len says that he takes 100% responsibility for whatever he experiences as problem in the word, because he knows that the whole world is within him, and that as he changes by being 100% responsible and saying “I’m sorry”, the world changes too.
Moment By Moment Ho’oponopono Cleaning
Dr Len says that he drinks blue solar water moment by moment because it is another important Ho’oponopono cleaning tool.
From the moment that Dr Len gets up in the morning, until he goes to bed at night, he is staying with the Ho’oponopono cleaning, because he knows that erasing memories requires incessant Ho’oponopono cleaning. He says that as we stop cleaning, we go ‘bonkers’ with the rest of the world.
Cleaning On People’s Names
Dr Len says that as people sign up for his weekend Ho’oponopono seminars, he works on their names before he enters the room. He does this because he is attempting to reduce “piles of stuff” (memories and data in his subconscious mind) that he shares with other people. He says that if he doesn’t do this, he will show up at the class, and the class will go crazy and be stuck in thinking because he didn’t get ready for them.
Dr Len is always doing his Ho’oponopono cleaning – before, during and after he does anything. Dr Len says that Divinity knows his connection with people he has not yet met, and whatever memories he has in common with them, and which memories are important for him to let go of.
Talking To The Divinity, Who Knows Everything
Dr Len says that Ho’oponopono is about talking to The Divinity, Who knows everything, and that he (Dr Len) is just making amends with The Divinity, because he doesn’t have any idea of what may be going on in him that is going to bug other people.
So Dr Len looks at The Divinity within himself which is The Source that knows everything, because he (Dr Len) knows nothing.
Dr Len went on to say that there is a part of us called “The Divine Creator”, and that Source knows what is going on. That is why we make an appeal, and that Source in us can cancel the information and data in our subconscious mind.
The Intellect Cannot Cancel Error Memories
Dr Len makes that point our intellect does not have the ability to cancel error memories in our subconscious mind because that is not its function.
The function of the intellect, according to Dr Len, is to make the choice of whether we are going to take 100% responsibility for everything we experience in our life (or not), and that he would like to be 100% responsible for whatever is in him that would bug other people.
Memories Make Decisions For Us
Dr Len made the point that there is enough research that proves that at any second, there are more than 11 million pieces of data going on, but that our conscious mind is only aware of 15 of them. (Tor Norretranders – The User Illusion) He went on to say that it is scientifically proven that our conscious mind does not make our decisions, but that it is memories that that define our decisions for us. Dr Len also said that it is memories that tell us to judge and have anger and resentment, and the conscious mind itself does not make decisions.
Allowing Divinity To Make Our Decisions
But Dr Len wants Divinity to make his decisions. Dr Len says that we can’t serve two masters; memories making decisions and Divinity. We need to choose, and in order to have Divinity make the decisions for us, we need to have the memories in our subconscious mind cancelled.
Everyone Is Already Perfect
Dr Len stressed that everyone is already perfect, but what is imperfect is the data in our subconscious minds, and that is what we have got to work on. Dr Len said that the world is within us, and by changing the world in us, we change everything.
Concert Master At The Symphony Orchestra
Dr Len used the analogy of the concert master at the symphony orchestra to explain the Ho’oponopono cleaning.
“The orchestra always tunes up before beginning, and this is what the Ho’oponopono cleaning is, because as we get tuned up, so does everyone else. But if we come in un-tuned, it is hell to pay, and we will feel pain”.
Dr Len says that as we change the data in us that we have in common with other people, The Divine erases it from us, and them too.
Dr Len concluded by asking: What kind of profound shift would the whole world experience if everyone took 100% responsibility for everything they experienced in their life and did not get caught up in blame?
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