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What is Ho'oponopono?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I found something which I think will give us a clearer understanding of Ho'oponopono. Written by Joann Turner, the following is an exerpt from an article "There's Got to Be an Easier Way."

Here it is:

Meeting with Ihaleakala Hew Len, Ph.D. was like stepping into a peaceful oasis, right in the middle of Dennys. Dr. Ihaleakala is an educator and psychologist, who is both a practitioner and teacher of this ancient art, which he has updated for today's world.

Dr. Ihaleakala took my tablet of paper and showed me a blank page, he said, This is how we all come in...clear, knowing who we are, no preconceived ideas we are the number 1, which represents our wholeness. Then, the first thought of separation occurs (as he makes an x on the unblemished sheet) and we have picked up our first barnacle. We are no longer one, but have gone into represented by two. Two takes us to the place of right and left; good and bad; light and dark.

We have caused the blemish on our wholeness to come into being, and we can ask that it be cleared. This is where Ho'oponopono comes in.

Ho'o means cause in Hawaiian and ponopono means perfection. We have the ability to keep returning to this perfect state...the blank page, just by asking for whatever lies within us, that has caused this barnacle, this division in thought, to come to the surface to be released. We asked for forgiveness that we have harbored this thought which has separated us from our Oneness with Spirit...and the thought barnacle disappears.

Dr. Ihaleakala mentioned, that sometimes he needs to ask up to three times, for the reason behind the thought to come up for release. And, when it is released, the space is immediately filled again with that loving Oneness.

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When we are confronted with the barnacles of another, Dr. Ihaleakala said, instead of going into our judgements (which only reinforces our own division barnacle of two ... that the other is different, in turmoil, or sick) that here is where we ask to clear our own consciousness of seeing division. If we can see division in our world, and all with whom we come in contact, then it is because we are carrying division within us.

As we ask to release divisive thoughts within us, our own state of Oneness returns. Division no longer has to be reflected out into our world our world is cleared and made whole, as we clear ourselves.

If your children, your partner, or your friends are experiencing division within their lives, look to clear your own thinking and see how it affects those within your life.

  • What ideas within you have drawn these reflections into your outer world?
  • Ask for any thought which reflects this division in your own life to come forward for clearing, and ask for forgiveness for holding such a thought which is out of alignment with the principle of Oneness and Love.

Or, as one of our great prophets have told us, Love is all there is. This idea also gives an added meaning to the instructions, Love your neighbor, as you love yourself. We have always thought that we needed to do the first part, when it was the second part which needed to be experienced. How can we love another, when we have not begun to love ourselves?

And Ho'oponopono offers us a simple. not easy, but simple, method of loving our state of Peace and Oneness so much, that we must keep returning to it. We return to that state of Oneness by asking for anything less than oneness to be released. We affect change in our world, by affecting change within ourselves.

And, there is more...but this is the basis upon which this belief, or knowing, is built.

Editorial from The Messenger - April, 2002
Joann Turner, editor/publisher


the gay bookworm said...

Okay so we are supposed to be open to this oneness, this love. And we can facilitate this by being sorry and then affirming love is this right. Actually I found the first post on this to be clearer for some reason. Seemed simpler. Forgive, Release, Love there.

Anonymous said...

Yep... did like the first post as well because It's easy for me to remember four things. "I'm sorry, forgive me, thank you and I love you." I have actually USED the four phrases IN THAT ORDER word for word several times to my fiance. I wonder if he noticed I'm saying the same thing? HA HA Ha..we'll see how long it takes him to figure it out! I noticed when I'm really ticked off it is harder for me to keep any kind of order to the phrases. Perhaps we instinctively come up with the one that we need the most?
At first it was a little hard to understand WHY I'm apologizing for someone else's stupidity or orneriness, but I'm understanding a bit more. They aren't actually STUPID, it's me PERCEIVING them as such that I need to ask forgiveness for. AHHH Grasshopper...the mist clears....

Shirley Twofeathers said...

And yes, that's the process...

I love you
I'm sorry
Forgive me

The "reasoning" behind the process is not really important, (my opinion only). I think that the most important thing is "I love you"

The secondary thing is "I'm sorry" for my perception that you are "less than" or "suffering" or "whatever."

Last, there is the realization that there is no "you-me" we are all "me" so if I see pain and suffering in you it's only because it exists in me, and I can change that by changing me... this is where it gets metaphysical and can be confusing.

If, however, I'm holding you and me both in a space of love... the metaphysics take care of themselves as does the forgiveness.

These are my thoughts... anybody agree? disagree? What do you think?

Anonymous said...

This is my first project and I am so excited about it. I always study as much of a new subject as possible so I make sure I get full understanding. I came across a website called the Omega Shift. It is free and you watch a 90 minute movie which helped me understand much more clearly the oneness of it all. Good luck all!

Shirley Twofeathers said...

Hi... We're happy to have you!

We'd like to associate you with a name? If you are shy, you don't have to give your real name, a nickname will be fine.

I'll check out the Omega Shift website ... thanks for sharing that!

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the anonymous, I didn't know how to leave a name. It is Karyn and glad to meet you all.

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