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The words of Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len

Friday, February 29, 2008

Ho’oponopono is really very simple. For the ancient Hawaiians, all problems begin as thought. But having a thought is not the problem. So what’s the problem? The problem is that all our thoughts are imbued with painful memories, memories of persons, places, or things.

The intellect working alone can’t solve these problems, because the intellect only manages. Managing things is no way to solve problems. You want to let them go! When you do Ho’oponopono, what happens is that the Divinity takes the painful thought and neutralizes or purifies it.

You don’t purify the person, place, or thing. You neutralize the energy you associate with that person, place, or thing. So the first stage of Ho’oponopono is the purification of that energy.

Now something wonderful happens.

Not only does that energy get neutralized; it also gets released, so there’s a brand new slate. Buddhists call it the Void. The final step is that you allow the Divinity to come in and fill the void with light.

To do Ho’oponopono, you don’t have to know what the problem or error is. All you have to do is notice any problem you are experiencing physically, mentally, emotionally, whatever.

Once you notice, your responsibility is to immediately begin to clean, to say, “I’m sorry. Please forgive me. You repeat, “I’m sorry, please forgive me” until the energy is clean.”


For more information on the Ho’oponopono healing practice, you can visit hooponopono.org.

Hot Chocolate and Ho'oponopono

Thursday, February 28, 2008


"Drinking hot chocolate releases error memories in the subconscious that put gain first as opposed to doing something because it is divinely correct to do. Drinking hot chocolate releases error memories that cause violence in relationships, smoothing things out so that relationships are not about gain but about love…."

— Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len

Ho'oponopono Works!

What? Pictures are missing??? That's what happened to me last night at 2am. I suddenly discovered that none of the pictures hosted at MyOtherDrive.com were showing up anywhere.

In my world, this was a mini-disaster. I have something like 500 pictures spread across 6 blogs hosted at that website. That's a heck of a lot of pictures to have to find and upload someplace else. It's a lot of posts to have to rewrite.

And here's the miracle! I didn't even freak out! First, I went to godaddy.com and researched the name, address, telephone number, and email address of the person listed as owner of MyOtherDrive. Then, I sent him an email, I wasn't expecting much, mainly I wanted to see if the email would come back to me undeliverable. Then I did Ho'oponopono on the situation, posted a nice little notice on the affected blogs and went to bed. Yes! I went to bed!

When practicing the Ho'oponopono, all I said was, "Thank you, I love you, tomorrow I will see what comes." And guess what? This morning all the pictures are back in place.

Life is

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Life is a repetition of memories that are like chips or tapes that play in our minds 24 hours a day. They drive us and influence us without us even being aware of them. We cannot avoid them, but we can choose to "stop" the tapes.

~Mabel Katz

A Pagan Prayer

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

As I go to bed, I pray to the High Gods.
I offer you my worship, and ask you to bless my family.
I ask if I have done anything to offend you?
If I have I ask for forgiveness and for guidance that I might walk the sacred path in peace and in beauty.

As I go to bed, I pray to the gods of my household.
I offer you my worship and ask you to bless my family.
I ask if I have done anything today to offend you?
If I have, I ask for forgivness and for guidance, that I might walk in the sacred path in peace and in beauty.

As I go to bed, I pray to the Ancestors.
I do you honor and ask you to bless my family.
I ask if if I have done anything today to offend you?
If I have, I ask for forgiveness and for guidance, that I might walk the sacred path in peace and in beauty.

As I go to bed, I pray to the Land Spirits.
I do you honor and ask you to bless my family.
I ask if I have done anything today to offend you?
If I have, I ask for forgiveness and for guidance, that I might walk the sacred path in peace and in beauty.

As I go to bed I pray to all numinous beings.
I do you honor and ask that you extend your blessings over me and mine.

~a Pagan prayer by Ceisiwr Serith.

Ho'oponopono Teleconference

Monday, February 25, 2008

I found a recorded teleconference about Ho'oponopono that was really interesting. It cleared up a lot of my questions and gave me a better insight into what the process actually is. It is available as an MP3, and can be downloaded by right clicking this link and choosing "save target as."

It is a 15.4 MB download, so be patient. If any one has problems downloading it, please let me know, I love you, and I'm sorry. The conference is a little over an hour long, and well worth listening to.

Defining Love

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Love is a word that many people find hard to understand because its use in English has become quite sloppy. It is used to denote pleasure ("I love ice cream"), sexual desire (I want to make love to you"), intention ("I'd love to get my hands on that"), as a measure of caring ("If you love me, you'll do what I want"), and to express addictive need ("I'll die without your love"). The effects of love in contemporary song and story even sound like vitamin deficiences (insomnia, upset stomach, loss of appetite, fever, chills, etc,).

In Hawaiian the meaning of love is very clear and it provides a useful guideline for loving and being loved. Aloha is also the word for love. The root alo means "to be with, to share an experience, here and now." The root oha means "affection, joy." Thus the full translation of aloha becomes "to love is to be happy with." This means that love exists to the degree that you are happy with the object of your love. In any relationship with a person, place, or thing, the happy part comes from love and the unhappy part comes from fear, anger, and doubt. You don't get sweaty hands from being in love; you get them from fear. You don't get hurt from being in love; you get hurt from anger. What you get from being in love is happiness, the intensity of it depending on how deeply you are in love. To be deeply in love means to be deeply connected, and the depth and clarity of the connection increases as fear, anger, and doubt are removed.

~Serge Kahili King

Love

Saturday, February 23, 2008

love birdsLove doesn't make the world go round,
Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

~ Elizabeth Browning

Love is Your Natural State of Being

Friday, February 22, 2008

Love is who you naturally are. It is not some state that you have to try to attain through magically acts of Grace or years of therapy. It is who you are in the core of your being. You exude love naturally and effortlessly without having to do a thing. The vibration of love is what resides inside of you at all times. You never have to try to love someone or yourself. Loving is the simply and naturally act of getting out of your ego mind and into your heart.

So why are we not always loving to everybody and everyone we meet and interact with on a daily basis? While love is always flowing from our heart, these vibrations of love can get obscured by ego-based fears and limiting thoughts. When we operate out of our ego instead of our hearts, we may unconsciously block the love vibration from flowing outward towards others. Cutting off our love energy is like driving a car with 2 cylinders instead of 4. The car will run, yet it will have a hard time going up any hills or going very fast. When you allow your love vibration to naturally radiate out to all you meet and know, you naturally fall deeply in love with the beauty and divine essence of all people that you encounter.

found at Enlightened Beings

Butterfly Love

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I found this in an old folder when looking for quotes. Some of it, I don't agree with, and some of it I do. I did think it was interesting, and am hoping it will spark some discussion.

Butterfly is a mystic phenomena but you may not understand it. Butterflies can create more flutters in your heart than any other flying insect. Butterfly is also symbolic of man’s own existence.

Man lives in a cocoon. His cocoon is full of Ego,Goals and Misery. Man keeps on building his cocoon with false materials, He doesn’t realize one day everything will disappear. He keeps building walls of security built on foundation of greediness. Man is a caterpillar destined to butterfly, and only man and I repeat- only man never realizes his potential to become butterfly.

Caterpillar needs to die to become a butterfly. Caterpillar needs to go through metamorphosis to become a Butterfly. Trust me Caterpillar has no knowledge about colors he can produce in his death. But he still moves with trust towards unknown.

In death, caterpillar explodes into millions of colors. In living in this moment ugly caterpillar becomes beautiful butterfly.

Remember to Live in this moment. Live this moment with so much intensity that every death of a moment gives rise to beautiful next moment. Live this moment is such ecstasy that you have no option other than getting out of your cocoon.

Live this moment with so much love that you have no choice but to explode into butterfly. Just be in Love with everything you see, be in Love with nature, be in love with existence , Be in Love in your deep acceptance. Love alone can give you wings. Love alone is enough to make you butterfly.

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”
~Richard Bach


Love is the only substantial thing in life, all else is illusion. Let love grow in you and God will be growing on its own accord. If you miss love you will miss God and all.

There is no way to God without love. God can be forgotten — if love is remembered, God will happen as a consequence. It happens as a consequence. It is the fragrance of love and nothing else.

Be in Love and I wish - you become a butterfly

~I Love you and Love is my message
~Suresh

My personal experiences with this project thus far...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I've been wiffle-waffling about whether or not to share this here or not, and Gracie "I love you, I am sorry, please forgive me, I'm blogging you again!" What we have here are excerpts from a discussion about life and this month's project. The reason I feel compelled to share it is because it's a personal experience I had with having the Ho'oponopono technique used on me. Yes! And it seems to have worked!

From an email I wrote last Friday:

"Here's how I'm feeling ...

I did really well with the winter depression ... all the way up until Jesse chewed the water pipe to the toilet and flooded the bathroom, my bank balance hit the scary button, I got a migraine, and the flu... (all in one week's time)... and now I'm feeling pissy and down.

I tried to do a stream of consciousness Ho'oponopono yesterday... Daniel was talking about it, someone else on the prosperity project was talking about it. They were having all these wonderful healing experiences etc. so I tried it... a meditation of thinking of people and circumstances and saying I love you and I'm sorry... as each person or experience popped up.

So what happened was, I went into this sort of deep coma state... and for I don't know how long, maybe an hour or two, I said "I love you and I'm sorry I let you down" over and over again to an astonishing number of people. I couldn't stop with the "I let you down" part. It was ridiculous! I was apologizing to the person at the neighborhood gas station. For what? For letting them down? Finally, I had to quit because I felt that I was getting nowhere. I didn't feel better, or released, or happier, or anything like that... all I felt was inadequate and bad that I have not measured up, and have let so many people down...

So, then I thought, I should do some inner work on "I let everyone down"... but then somehow I didn't do it. And of course, I haven't let anyone down, not really. That isn't true. What is true is that I'm afraid that I have and/or will let everyone down. Especially me. And I do think that's absolutely true. And having gotten that far, I dropped the ball (yet again) and found something else to occupy my mind.

So, that's where I'm at with this month's project and life on earth.


Next day, I got this reply from my wise and wonderful sister.

When I was searching for a meaningful reply to your letter, I finally realized what I was truly feeling about what you said is …

I am the one who is sorry and who has let you down.

Can you feel how that would be true? Have you known this all along? If I only did better with my budget I could help you more; if I weren’t so entrenched here, I would have come to visit and helped you in some little way; if I weren’t so self absorbed I could hear you better, see you more completely and reflect back to you a clearer picture of your beautiful self. I could extend myself and I don’t. I could engage and I don’t; I could be available and I’m not.

So when you are doing Ho’ oponopono, and you hear I let you down, are you hearing yourself or are you hearing me? I can hardly separate the two. My perception of you is where you live for me; I know nothing about you that isn’t filtered through me, that isn’t a thought form arising in me. Anything, ANYTHING, that I perceive about you that isn’t pure light, is something that needs to be healed in me. When I read how you are held prisoner by the winter, how you are sick and tired, how you are alone and getting more alone, how you feel like you dropped the ball again… that’s arising in my perception of you, that is IN ME. I’m amazed, deeply amazed. It’s absolutely true.

That’s why I believe Ho’oponopono is profoundly true. It’s truest value has to be in the silent space – that is first generation truth. Nothing in this path contradicts what I know; when I read Byron Katie and listen to Eckhart Tolle, they say the same thing, or rather, I hear a voice inside of me that I call Katie or I call Eckhart – it is my voice being heard nonetheless. Now I hear a voice in me that I call your blog entry about Ho’oponopono, or your e-mail, or my son speaking to me and telling me the absolute truth. Nothing needs healing except the causes of my own suffering. How that leaps across the divide from selfish self-concern, to global compassion and unshakable joy is that I own the world as it rises from my awareness. You helped me see it this way. Thank you and I love you and I’m sorry I have let you down!

And here comes the most amazing and interesting part! When I look inside myself to find the part of me that fears she will let every one down, the part of me that worries about "dropping the ball," and "not measuring up" ... I can't find it anymore. Yes, the words are still there, the memories of feeling that way are still there, my intention to NOT let people down still holds true, I will absolutely do my level best to be all that I can be... So what's changed? The fear is gone, the avoidance is gone, the angst is gone... it's just gone. I feel so much lighter!

What I learned from this is that when someone comes to me with a "pain story" or a "trauma drama;" when I see something that disturbs me or is upsetting to me; all I have to do is look into myself and see where I harbor this same pain, this same story, this same upsetting or disturbing idea or activity. When my daughter doesn't make good decisions about money - isn't that me seeing my own bad decisions? When I see lack, is it my own fears of lack? or is it a desire to experience generosity? If someone I know has a healing challenge, is this a challenge for me to extend what healing ability I posess? is it an opportunity to experience compassion? do I myself need healing?

Blue Solar Water!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I read that Dr. Ihaleakala suggests drinking solarized water from a blue bottle. This seems to be beneficial for helping the body clear and release negative memories and associations. I thought it was interesting... and hey, how could it hurt? So here's the technique for how to make Blue Solar Water:

  1. Get a blue bottle. Any color blue, from light blue to dark blue will work.
  2. It should be glass - not plastic.
  3. Fill with tap water (or the water of your choice) and cover with a non-metallic lid ~ cork, plastic, even cloth wrapped with a rubber band will work because the purpose of the lid is just to keep the dirt and bugs (that Love Blue Solar Water) out.
  4. Place in the Sun for an hour or more. When left longer, it is sweeter.
  5. When done, your Blue Solar Water can be stored in the refrigerator in any container, glass, plastic, etc.
  6. ENJOY

How Much Blue Solar Water to drink? Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len recently shared that, for the sole purpose of CLEANING memories, he drinks a gallon and a half of Blue Solar Water a day!

If you get really excited about the solar water, here are some other uses:

  • Add some to your coffee, tea, cocoa, juice, etc
  • Add Blue Solar Water to everything you cook, pasta, soup, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, etc.
  • Add some Blue Solar Water to your washing machine when washing clothes
  • Spray some in your dryer
  • Add it to your radiator to make your car hummmm
  • Add it to your bath water
  • Spray yourself with Blue Solar water after showering
  • Spray rooms with Blue Solar Water
  • Gargle with it.
  • Wash floors with it
  • Wash your car with Blue Solar Water

100% Responsibility and the Promise of a Hot Fudge Sundae

Monday, February 18, 2008

An Interview with Ihaleakala Hew Len
By Cat Saunders

How do you thank someone who has helped to set you free? How do you thank a man whose gentle spirit and zinger statements have forever altered the course of your life?

Ihaleakala Hew Len is such a man for me. Like a soul brother who shows up unexpectedly in an hour of need, Ihaleakala came into my life in March of 1985, during a time of massive change for me. I met him during a training called "Self I-Dentity Through Ho'oponopono," which he facilitated along with the late Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona, a native Hawaiian kahuna ("keeper of the secret").

For me, Ihaleakala and Morrnah are part of the rhythm of life. Though I love them both dearly, I don't really dwell on thoughts of them as people, yet their influence is always there for me, beating a steady pulse like African drums in the night. Recently, I had the honor of being asked to interview Ihaleakala by The Foundation of I, Inc. (Freedom of the Cosmos), an organization founded by Morrnah. It was an even greater honor to learn that he would be coming from his home in Hawaii to meet with me personally.

Dr. Ihaleakala S. Hew Len is the foundation's president and administrator. Together with Morrnah, Ihaleakala has worked with thousands of people over the years, including groups at the United Nations, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), International Human Unity Conference on World Peace, World Peace Conference, Traditional Indian Medicine Conference, Healers for Peace in Europe, and the Hawaii State Teachers Association. He also has extensive experience working with developmentally disabled people and with the criminally mentally ill and their families. In all his work as an educator, the Ho'oponopono process supports and permeates every breath of his efforts.

Simply put, Ho'oponopono means, "to make right," or "to rectify an error." According to the ancient Hawaiians, error arises from thoughts that are tainted by painful memories from the past. Ho'oponopono offers a way to release the energy of these painful thoughts, or errors, which cause imbalance and disease.

Along with the updated Ho'oponopono process, Morrnah was guided to include the three parts of the self, which are the key to Self I-Dentity. These three parts — which exist in every molecule of reality — are called the Unihipili (child/subconscious), the Uhane (mother/conscious), and the Aumakua (father/superconscious). When this "inner family" is in alignment, a person is in rhythm with the Divinity. With this balance, life begins to flow. Thus, Ho'oponopono helps restore balance in the individual first, and then in all of creation.

By introducing me to this three-part system, along with the most powerful forgiveness process I know (Ho'oponopono), Ihaleakala and Morrnah taught me this: the best way to bring healing to every part of my life — and to the entire universe — is to take 100% responsibility and work on myself. In addition, they taught the simple wisdom of total self-care. As Ihaleakala said in a thank-you note after our interview: "You take good care of yourself. If you do, all will be beneficiaries."

Once, Ihaleakala left for an entire afternoon in the middle of a training I was taking, because his Unihipili (child/subconscious) told him to go to his hotel and take a long nap. Of course, he was responsible about leaving, and Morrnah was there to teach. Even still, his exit made a lasting impression on me. For someone like me, raised in a family and culture that admonished me to put others first, Ihaleakala's actions astounded and delighted me. He got his nap, and I got an unforgettable lesson in self-care.

Cat: Ihaleakala, when I met you in 1985, I'd just started private practice after working as a counselor in agencies for four years. I remember you said, "All therapy is a form of manipulation." I thought, "Jeez! What am I supposed to do now?" I knew you were right, so I almost quit! Obviously, I didn't, but that statement completely changed the way I work with people.

Ihaleakala: Manipulation happens when I (as a therapist) come from the idea that you are ill and I am going to work on you. On the other hand, it's not manipulation if I realize that you are coming to me to give me a chance to look at what's going on in me. There's a big difference.
If therapy is about your belief that you're there to save the other person, heal the other person, or direct the other person, then the information you bring will come out of the intellect, the conscious mind. But the intellect has no real understanding of problems and how to approach them. The intellect is so picayunish is its way of solving problems! It doesn't realize that when a problem is solved by transmutation — by using Ho'oponopono or related processes — then the problem and everything related to it is solved, even at microscopic levels and back to the beginning of time.

So first of all, I think the most important question to ask is, "What is a problem?" If you ask people this, there's no clarity. Because there's no clarity, they make up some way of solving the problem…

Cat: … as if the problem is "out there."

Ihaleakala: Yes. For example, the other day I got a call from the daughter of a woman who is 92. She said, "My mother's had these severe hip pains for several weeks." While she's talking to me, I'm asking this question of the Divinity, "What is going on in me that I have caused that woman's pain?" And then I ask, "How is it that I can rectify that problem within me?" The answers to these questions come, and I do whatever I'm told.

Maybe a week later the woman calls me and says, "My mother's feeling better now!" This doesn't mean the problem won't recur, because there are often multiple causes for what appears to be the same problem.

Cat: I have a lot of recurring illness and chronic pain. I work with it all the time, using Ho'oponopono and other clearing processes to make amends for all the pain I've caused since the beginning of time.

Ihaleakala: Yes. The idea being that people like us are in the healing professions because we have caused a lot of pain.

Cat: Big time!

Ihaleakala: How wonderful to know that, and to have people pay us for having caused them their problems!

I said this to a woman in New York, and she said, "God, if only they knew!" But you see, nobody knows. Psychologists, psychiatrists, they keep thinking that they're there to help heal the other person.

So if someone like you comes to me, I say to the Divinity, "Please, whatever is going on in me that I have caused this pain in Cat, tell me how I can rectify it." And I will apply whatever information I'm given indefinitely, until your pain is gone or until you ask me to stop. It's not so much the effect that is important as the getting to the problem. That's the key.

Cat: You don't focus on the outcome, because we're not in charge of that.

Ihaleakala: Right. We can only petition.

Cat: We also don't know when a particular pain or illness will shift.

Ihaleakala: Yes. Say a woman has been taking an herb that was suggested for her, and it's not working. Again, the question is "What's going on in me that this woman is experiencing this herb not working for her?" I would work on that. I would keep cleaning, keep my mouth closed, and allow the process of transmutation to take place. As soon as you engage the intellect, the process stops. The thing to remember when some kind of healing doesn't seem to be working is this: there may be multiple errors — multiple problems or painful memories that are causing the pain. We know nothing! Only the Divinity knows what's really going on.

I gave a presentation out in Dallas last month, and I spoke with this woman, a Reiki master. I said, "Let me ask you a question. When somebody comes to you with a problem, where is that problem?" She looked puzzled when I said, "You're the one who caused the problem, so your client is going to pay you to heal your problem!" Nobody gets that.

Cat: 100% responsibility.

Ihaleakala: 100% knowing that you're the cause of the problem. 100% knowing that you have the responsibility, then, to rectify the error. Can you imagine if we all knew we are 100% responsible?

I made a deal with myself ten years ago that I would treat myself to a hot fudge sundae — so huge it would make me sick — if I could get through the day without having some judgment of someone. I've never been able to do it! I notice I catch myself more often, but I never get through a day.

So how do I get that across to people — that we are each 100% responsible for problems? If you want to solve a problem, no matter what kind of problem, work on yourself. If the problem is with another person, for example, just ask yourself, "What's going on in me that's causing this person to bug me?" People only show up in your life to bug you! If you know that, you can elevate any situation, and you can release there. It's simple: "I'm sorry for whatever's going on. Please forgive me."

Cat: You don't have to actually say that out loud to them, and you don't even have to understand the problem.

Ihaleakala: That's the beauty of this. You don't have to understand. It's like the Internet. You don't understand all this! You just go to the Divinity and you say, "Can we download?" and the Divinity downloads, and then you get the necessary information. But because we don't know who we are, we never download direct from the Light. We go outside.

I remember Morrnah used to say, "It's an inside job." If you want to be successful, it's an inside job. Work on yourself!

Cat: I know that 100% responsibility is the only thing that works, but I used to struggle with this stuff, because I'm an overly responsible caretaker type. When I heard you talking about 100% responsibility not just for myself, but for every situation and problem, I thought, "Whoa! This is crazy! I don't need anybody telling me to be even more responsible!" Yet the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there's a big difference between overly responsible caretaking, versus totally responsible self-care. One is about being a good little girl, and the other is about getting free.

I remember you talking about the years when you were a staff psychologist at Hawaii State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. You said that when you started working there, the ward for criminals was full of violence, and when you left four years later, there was none.

Ihaleakala: Basically, I took 100% responsibility. I just worked on myself.

Cat: You said that when you worked with the inmates, they wouldn't even be there with you.

Ihaleakala: Right. I would only go into the building to check the results. If they still looked depressed, then I'd work on myself some more.

Cat: Would you tell a story about using Ho'oponopono for so-called inanimate objects?

Ihaleakala: I was in an auditorium once getting ready to do a lecture, and I was talking to the chairs. I asked, "Is there anybody I've missed? Does anyone have a problem that I need to take care of?" One of the chairs said, "You know, there was a guy sitting on me today during a previous seminar who had financial problems, and now I just feel dead!" So I cleaned with that problem, and I could just see the chair straightening up. Then I heard, "Okay! I'm ready to handle the next guy!"

What I actually try to do is teach the room. I say to the room and everything in it, "Do you want to learn how to do Ho'oponopono? After all, I'm going to leave soon. Wouldn't it be nice if you could do this work for yourselves? Some say yes, some say no, and some say, "I'm too tired!"

Then I ask the Divinity, "If they say they would like to learn, how can I help them learn?" Most of the time, I get this: "Leave the blue book (Self I-Dentity Through Ho'oponopono) with them." So I just take the blue book out and leave it on one of the chairs or on a table while I'm talking. We don't give tables enough credit for being quiet and aware of what is going on!

Ho'oponopono is really very simple. For the ancient Hawaiians, all problems begin as thought. But having a thought is not the problem. So what's the problem? The problem is that all our thoughts are imbued with painful memories, memories of persons, places, or things.

The intellect working alone can't solve these problems, because the intellect only manages. Managing things is no way to solve problems. You want to let them go! When you do Ho'oponopono, what happens is that the Divinity takes the painful thought and neutralizes or purifies it. You don't purify the person, place, or thing. You neutralize the energy you associate with that person, place, or thing. So the first stage of Ho'oponopono is the purification of that energy.

Now something wonderful happens. Not only does that energy get neutralized; it also gets released, so there's a brand new slate. Buddhists call it the Void. The final step is that you allow the Divinity to come in and fill the void with light.

To do Ho'oponopono, you don't have to know what the problem or error is. All you have to do is notice any problem you are experiencing physically, mentally, emotionally, whatever. Once you notice, your responsibility is to immediately begin to clean, to say, "I'm sorry. Please forgive me."

Cat: So the true job of the intellect is not to solve problems, but to ask for forgiveness.

Ihaleakala: Yes. My job here on earth is twofold. My job is first of all to make amends. My second job is to awaken people who might be asleep. Almost everyone is asleep! The only way I can awaken them is to work on myself. Our interview is an example. For weeks before our appointment today, I've been doing the clearing work, so when you and I meet, it's like two pools of water coming together. They move through and they go. That's all.

Cat: In ten years of doing interviews, this is the only one I didn't prepare for. Every time I checked in, my Unihipili said that I should just come and be with you. My intellect went nuts trying to convince me that I should prepare, but I didn't.

Ihaleakala: Good for you! The Unihipili can be really fun. One day I was coming down the highway in Hawaii. When I started to head toward the usual off-ramp, I heard my Unihipili say in a singing voice, "I wouldn't go down there if I were you." I thought, "But I always go there." Then when we got closer, about fifty yards away, I heard, "Hello! I wouldn't go down there if I were you!" Second chance. "But we always go down there!"

Now I'm talking out loud and people in cars around me are looking at me like I'm crazy. About 25 yards away, I hear a loud, "I wouldn't go down there if I were you!" I went down there, and I sat for two and a half hours. There was a huge accident. Couldn't move back, couldn't move forward. Finally, I heard my Unihipili say, "Told you!" Then it wouldn't talk to me for weeks! I mean, why talk to me if I wasn't going to listen?

I remember one time when I was going to be on television to talk about Ho'oponopono. My children heard about it and they said, "Dad, we heard you are going to be on TV. Make sure your socks match!" They didn't care what I said. They just cared that my socks matched. See how children know the important things in life?

-oOo-
This interview was originally published by The New Times in September 1997. For more information about Ho'oponopono or to contact Ihaleakala Hew Len, Ph.D., please visit http://www.hooponopono.org/.

A Swedish Proverb

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Fear less,
hope more,

eat less,
chew more,

whine less,
breathe more,

talk less,
say more,

love more,
and all good things will be yours.

Loving yourself

Saturday, February 16, 2008

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Firstly I would like you to sit down in front of a mirror and look at your face. Try not to start thinking about how you look, but just look at yourself gently and calmly.

Soothingly repeat these words to yourself.

“I accept you” then breathe out and in.
“I believe in you” breathe out and in.
“And I love you" breathe out and in.

As you repeat these three sentences over and over keep looking at yourself in the mirror and feel what these sentences mean in your heart.

Finding it too hard to look into the mirror? Start by looking at a picture of yourself... as a child. Move on to more recent pictures. Ok, now sit down in front of a mirror, look at yourself with love and repeat the exercise yet again.

Sweet and Simple

Friday, February 15, 2008

I found a wonderful little web page with a meditations for children. As I was reading this one, I felt something loosen and lighten up inside me. It's about love, here it is...


Love is a very big word. It is not just for grown ups.

Love is the best and biggest thing we can do in our lives. It is the only thing that will always make us happy, and make others happy too.

Isn’t it funny that the only thing that is absolutely free to everyone in the world is the one and only thing that will make us really, really happy?

When we love our family, we make them a little happier. If we love our dog or our cat, we can make them happy. We can even love the sky, or love the wind. Have you ever loved the flowers, or loved the ocean or the waves? Did you feel happy? Did you feel like you were a part of those things?

Everything needs to be loved, if you want to help make them happy. And do you know what else? They are all loving you too, even though sometimes it is hard to feel it.

But when you meditate, you will realise it to be true, that every flower, every tree, the birds are all loving us, all the time.

So you should thank them for their love and take time to feel their love so you can be happy too. A beautiful and magical thing about love is that you will never run out of love, no matter how much you give. Because every time you give out love, more love fills you up.

Do you know where love comes from? It comes from your own heart or soul and the hearts of everyone else too.

Would you like try a meditation with me?

To feel the wind love you and the trees love you, you need to be very quiet and just feel. We need to feel love with our quiet heart and not thinking.

So can you get very quiet with me? Close your eyes. Can you feel your breathing?

Feel the way you are breathing in and breathing out. Breathing in air that feeds your body and makes you feel good. Just like that, the trees and the flowers are also breathing. We share the same air. And the wind is blowing along mixing it all up. Sometimes the air that was just in you, was in the flowers, and now it is coming back to you. Your lungs in your chest hold the air and make it ready for your body to use. Feel the same air that has flowed through every living thing, flowing in, and out of you, as you breathe in, and out.

Love is just like this. It is flowing through every thing. The trees are loving you, the flowers are loving you and the wind is loving you, but we have to open our heart so that we can make it ready for our body to use.

So now, can you try and feel the love with your heart? You might try and sort of ‘breathe’ it into your heart. Feel the love of the trees and the flowers and the wind. Breathe that love in, and out.

Feel that every day just as they need sunlight to live they also need love. And just as they give us air so we can breathe, they also give us love. And we in return, give them our thanks and our love. Breathe the love in, and out.

Just like the flowers we need our food to live but also we need our love-food to be happy.

Continue breathing love in and out for a few minutes.

Reflection:

When you are ready, relax a little but keep your eyes closed. Just for a few moments think about one or two things you can do in your life to love more. Perhaps you need to tell your mum or your dad that you love them or give your dog a big hug. Or perhaps you could love the sky or the wind or the moon next time you see them, or love a butterfly or a bird as they fly by. Remember that you can help make them happy and you will be happier too.

Lastly remember the one truth of this meditation. That it is love that makes you happy and love that makes the whole world happy. You should do your part. Love yourself, your family and also remember to love the wind and the sky and the trees and the flowers. Giving love will make your heart open so you can receive love from all the things that are loving you..

Finish:

When you are ready take a couple of deep breaths and relax – your meditation is finished.


An MP3 download of this meditation is also available. You should be able to right click the link and "save target as."

That Loving Feeling

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Several years ago, I learned a great technique for applying love energy to just about anything. Once you get the hang of it, you don't have to do it as a meditation, you will be able to do it any where, any time.

Here's how it works:

Sit quietly, and think about someone or something you love. It doesn't matter what it is. Could be your child, your spouse, your pet... or it could be chocolate, a certain piece of music, a special or favorite place... anything. As you think about this thing that you love, notice how your body feels.

You might feel a warmth or an expansion in your heart, your muscles might relax, you might find a smile playing on your mouth... notice what happens when you think about what (or who) you love. Now, allow that feeling to expand to include your whole body... allow it to expand to include you. Once you have accomplished that, allow it to continue to expand to include your home, your neighborhood, your family, etc.

It feels good doesn't it? This is a great way to start the day, and a good way to put it to rest as well. I think that I'm going to use it as my daily meditation for the duration of our project.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Have a lovely day!

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 division...now 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

Ho' oponopono

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

This story is the inspiration behind this month's project. Is it an "urban legend" or does it really work? For the next 30 days, we're going to be applying the principles and the practice, testing to see... will it work for us?

Here's the story (as told by Joe Vitale):

Two years ago, I heard about a therapist in Hawaii who cured a complete ward of criminally insane patients--without ever seeing any of them. The psychologist would study an inmate's chart and then look within himself to see how he created that person's illness. As he improved himself, the patient improved.

When I first heard this story, I thought it was an urban legend. How could anyone heal anyone else by healing himself? How could even the best self-improvement master cure the criminally insane? It didn't make any sense. It wasn't logical, so I dismissed the story.

However, I heard it again a year later. I heard that the therapist had used a Hawaiian healing process called ho 'oponopono. I had never heard of it, yet I couldn't let it leave my mind. If the story was at all true, I had to know more. I had always understood "total responsibility" to mean that I am responsible for what I think and do. Beyond that, it's out of my hands. I think that most people think of total responsibility that way. We're responsible for what we do, not what anyone else does - but that's wrong.

The Hawaiian therapist who healed those mentally ill people would teach me an advanced new perspective about total responsibility. His name is Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len. We probably spent an hour talking on our first phone call. I asked him to tell me the complete story of his work as a therapist. He explained that he worked at Hawaii State Hospital for four years. That ward where they kept the criminally insane was dangerous. Psychologists quit on a monthly basis. The staff called in sick alot or simply quit. People would walk through that ward with their backs against the wall, afraid of being attacked by patients. It was not a pleasant place to live, work, or visit.

Dr. Len told me that he never saw patients. He agreed to have an office and to review their files. While he looked at those files, he would work on himself. As he worked on himself, patients began to heal.

"After a few months, patients that had to be shackled were being allowed to walk freely," he told me. "Others who had to be heavily medicated were getting off their medications. And those who had no chance of ever being released were being freed.' I was in awe.'Not only that," he went on, "but the staff began to enjoy coming to work. Absenteeism and turn over disappeared. We ended up with more staff than we needed because patients were being released, and all the staff was showing up to work. Today, that ward is closed."

This is where I had to ask the million dollar question: "What were you doing within yourself that caused those people to change?"

"I was simply healing the part of me that created them," he said. I didn't understand. Dr. Len explained that total responsibility for your life means that everything in your life- simply because it is in your life - is your responsibility. In a literal sense the entire world is your creation.

Whew. This is tough to swallow. Being responsible for what I say or do is one thing. Being responsible for what everyone in my life says or does is quite another. Yet, the truth is this: if you take complete responsibility for your life, then everything you see, hear, taste, touch, or in any way experience is your responsibility because it is in your life. This means that terrorist activity, the president, the economy or anything you experience and don't like - is up for you to heal. They don't exist, in a manner of speaking, except as projections from inside you. The problem isn't with them, it's with you, and to change them, you have to change you.

I know this is tough to grasp, let alone accept or actually live. Blame is far easier than total responsibility, but as I spoke with Dr. Len, I began to realize that healing for him and in ho 'oponopono means loving yourself.

If you want to improve your life, you have to heal your life. If you want to cure anyone, even a mentally ill criminal you do it by healing you. I asked Dr. Len how he went about healing himself. What was he doing, exactly, when he looked at those patients' files?

"I just kept saying, 'I'm sorry' and 'I love you' over and over again," he explained.

"That's it?"
"That's it."

Turns out that loving yourself is the greatest way to improve yourself, and as you improve yourself, you improve your world.

Let me give you a quick example of how this works: one day, someone sent me an email that upset me. In the past I would have handled it by working on my emotional hot buttons or by trying to reason with the person who sent the nasty message.

This time, I decided to try Dr. Len's method. I kept silently saying, I'm sorry' and 'I love you,' I didn't say it to anyone in particular. I was simply evoking the spirit of love to heal within me what was creating the outer circumstance.

Within an hour I got an e-mail from the same person. He apologized for his previous message. Keep in mind that I didn't take any outward action to get that apology. I didn't even write him back. Yet, by saying 'I love you,' I somehow healed within me what was creating him.

I later attended an ho 'oponopono workshop run by Dr. Len. He's now 70 years old, considered a grandfatherly shaman, and is somewhat reclusive. He praised my book, The Attractor Factor. He told me that as I improve myself, my book's vibration will raise, and everyone will feel it when they read it. In short, as I improve, my readers will improve.

"What about the books that are already sold and out there?" I asked.

"They aren't out there," he explained, once again blowing my mind with his mystic wisdom. "They are still in you." In short, there is no out there. It would take a whole book to explain this advanced technique with the depth it deserves.

Suffice it to say that whenever you want to improve anything in your life, there's only one place to look: inside you. When you look, do it with love. ~Joe Vitale

It's a Hold Up!



Hi guys, I've had some trouble with my telephone service - no phone means no internet. Not only that, but I've got the flu! When it rains around here it's a downpour. Please bear with me as I catch up slowly. Thanks!

Opening Up - Project Overview

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Here is an overview of our 30 Day Opening Up project. This post provides links to pertinent aspects of this project, so that you won't have to sift through the archives.

To find out more about this project, you can take a look at why we thought Opening Up would be a good idea. If you would like to try this project for yourself, you could start on Day One and then continue on through Day Thirty posting your thoughts, ideas, results, joys and disappointments as you go. Or, you could browse through the posts and work the project in no particular order.

This is an active blog, and if you post, we will notice and reply.. and give you the benefit of our own experience and our support if it seems pertinent or appropriate. You can find complete listing of the day by day links at the bottom of this post.

The basic summary of our results can be found here: Opening up, How did we do? and individual comments and feedback can be read here.

We do have a recommended reading list if you are interested in expanding your understanding. I don't know how up to date it is, but there are a lot of really good books listed. There is also a collection of our favorite affirmations, prayers, poems, and etc. Or you can just go to Way Cool Quotes and find a bunch more.

As promised, here is the complete listing of all the posts for our 30 days of Opening Up:

Day One: Opening Up - Our New Project
Day Two: Open Door Meditation Revisited
Day Three: Man is not an island.
Day Four: Yes! Yes! Yes!
Day Five: The door is round and open
Day Six: Each moment
Day Seven: The Winds of Change
Day Nine: Quotes for Today
Day Ten: Conscious Intention
Day Eleven: Praying with open arms
Day Twelve: An Invitation to Open Your Mind
Day Thirteen: A Manual for Conserving Paths
Day Fourteen: The Doors Open
Day Sixteen: Janus - The God of Open Doors
Day Seventeen: Meditation to Relate to Infinity
Day Eighteen: Settling for less?
Day Nineteen: More on saying Yes!
Day Twenty: Trust
Day Twenty-One: The Journey to Success
Day Twenty-Two: Hidden Harmony
Day Twenty-Three: Open to Money Magic
Day Twenty-Four: Control Issues, Trust, and Being Open
Day Twenty-Five: More Thoughts on Control Issues, Trust, and Being Open
Day Twenty-Six: Staying Open
Day Twenty-Seven: Your Wildest Dream
Day Twenty-Eight: Exploring Possibilities
Day Thirty: Wow! Where did the time go?

Opening Up - How did we do?

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Our results for the Opening Up project were so great they almost sound like endorsements for an infomercial. Here's what we had to say about the project:

General Observations:

"This has been a great project! I think the best part for me is all the visuals it helped create. Imagining the open doors, the paths leading out, etc. Bringing those images into my mind when I'm feeling closed in is really helpful. I feel myself relax immediately, like, "OK, Karla, refocus here..take a breath and look at everthing that is open to you today!" ~Karla.

"It isn't until it's at the end of the process that we can really see how far we've come. I had NO idea what a wonderful project this was going to be." ~Dawn

"For me, the biggest thing I can see is that I feel much more relaxed about me, who I am in the world, and how I am in the world." ~Shirley

Specifics:

I wasn't open to the free flow of money and once I started adjusting my attitude..ta da..it's trickling in. A check for a channeling reading done by phone, some relief with tax refund, help from my boyfriend with bills. Maybe if I keep working on it, we'll have a rushing river soon!

Oh, one more thing. We are getting married... Decided to stop waiting for money for a big bash, stop waiting for everyone to get along perfectly, stop waiting... to be perfect... forgive myself for past relationships... and just be OPEN to living and the possibilities love brings ...once we decided, everthing started opening up FOR us.. a reception place became available free, found a free place to wed on beach, a friend is a photographer, stumbled across a really cool minister, found discounted decorations online... this is all in the past couple weeks. I'm telling you..I think this opening stuff is awesome!" ~Karla

"My husband got a job...not just any job, but a job that is ideal for him and for our life situation. I had a job offer that was great money, but I dreaded accepting... I let go of the guilt, the worries about money, and I refused the job. Not two days later, I had job offers for tutorials that payed triple the amount per hour. The tutorials are only 2 hours a day, leaving the rest of the day for me to explore and play. Low stress, lots of money... all because I listened to my inner voice and did what felt right, not what felt like the thing I SHOULD do. I opened myself up to taking a Reiki course, even when I doubted it's validity... and I opened myself up to the others in the course. Now, I have a Reiki master who is awesome, new friends who help lighten and brighten me inside and out, and a new skill that has changed every aspect of my life. Not only that, but my husband is planning to take the next course, so he can help me to heal my immune system (Chronic Fatigue). How awesome and OPEN is that! This has been so much more than I expected it to be. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you." ~Dawn

"I decided to be open and started a really awesome project that has already made me some money right off the bat." ~Michelle

"I found a meditation practice that is also a prayer that is also an exercise in "thy will be done" that is also being fully present in the body that is also really fun and good exercize. That was awesome... Even though I missed a significant amount of work right around Christmas, I did not run a zero balance, or have a "low balance" notification from my bank... Still no sign of my "winter depression" which to me is a major miracle. It's the first winter EVER that I haven't been depressed even one time..." ~Shirley

Other comments and tips:

"My guide said to imagine big boulders on those paths leading away from the open door and to see my "boon" (I had to look it up..it means prayer answered or a gift) just past the obstacles. He said to use my mind to make the boulders roll away off the path. I had alot of fun with this and could see the heavier ones move slowly to one side or the other and I got really good at making the little rocks skitter off to the side like scattering bugs. Path clear! Voila!" ~Karla

If anyone else who worked this project would like to make a comment, feel free to do so and I'll add your experiences and input to this page as well.

Something Nice for Today

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Our next project is set to begin on Monday, February 11th. In the mean time, we are waiting for everyone's results to be posted, and for me to get things wrapped up. So, for today I have something really nice to listen to.

So, get comfortable in your chair, turn the volume up a little, shut the door, and click this link to play the music (it does take a while to load, so be patient): Comes From The Heart

(for the technically challenged, see explanation below)




The music is from The Sleepwalker Project.

-oOo-

When you click the link you should get a pop up box that asks if you want to "open" or "save" the file. Choose "open" to play it right now, and choose "save" to download it and play it at your leisure
. The second option is the best option if you have a slow internet connection.

Wow! Where did the time go?

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Suddenly, our thirty days are complete. Today is our last day of exploring "Being Open" as a group project. This project has been a joy for me. So many times we have begun a project and by the middle of week two we are praying for it to be over with. Remember the Million Dollar Experiment? By the seventh day I was ready to quit. Opening Up has been wonderfully freeing and really feels good, I have no plans to ever stop doing it. That being said, it is, nevertheless, evaluation time.

So, here are the questions to consider:

  1. In general, what are your observations as to how "Opening Up" affected your life, both inwardly and outwardly.
  2. Do you have more money? more time? more freedom? more creativity? more peace? more happiness? more understanding? more prosperity in any form?
  3. Would you recommend "Opening Up" to others as a means to achieve prosperity, success, and/or happiness?
  4. Do you plan to continue to use the various concepts and ideas presented? Any specifics that stand out?
  5. What was your favorite part of the project? Was anything posted that was specifically helpful or illuminating to you?
  6. What was your least favorite part of the project? Why?
  7. Did you feel that you actively participated? By that, I mean, did you work on "Opening Up" as a daily practice? weekly practice? once or twice?
  8. Did this particular project feel challenging? was it easy? did you have to "work" at it? was it simple? complicated? too simple? too complicated? too easy? too hard? too much fun?
  9. Do you have any suggestions as to how this particular project could have been enhanced. How could it have been made better for you?

Moving forward:

Over the next few days, I will be compiling the answers and creating one or two pages detailing our experience with this project, and wrapping things up. It's possible that I will go back in time and wrap up some previous projects that are still on my "to do" list. So, if you receive totally unrelated posts via email, that's me - back in time - tidying up.

Suggestions for our next project:

For our next project it has been suggested that we do O-Po-No-Po-No (I'm sure I massacred the spelling). It's an Hawaiian Kahuna technique based on love and the idea that love solves everything including financial issues, mental health, physical health, ad infinitum. Does love heal all? Does love conquer all? Is love the answer? What do you guys think? Should we do that one next? Any other suggestions or ideas? Now's the time to put your two (or three) cents in.

Exploring Possibilities

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Here we have the "wildest dreams" that were posted on Friday. The idea is to brainstorm simple and effective, audatious and daring, unusual and creative, surprising and not so surprising ways that each of these dreams might begin to progress towards reality. Let's think outside the box, and let's be open to big new ideas about ways to actually move towards those dreams.


As you read what each person has posted, allow your mind to roam freely through the realm of the impossible as well as the possible and then share everything that comes up. Be sure to include any thoughts that come up regarding your own dream as well. As you read what others have written with regard to your dream, open up your own inner doors and entertain those possibilities. Be friendly. Invite them in.

Remember: being open to an idea doesn't mean you have to act on it, opening a door doesn't mean you are now required to go through it, smiling at someone doesn't make you married.

Ready? Here goes:

Two Feathers said...
Ok, I'm up for it. The idea that I have that has the most "juice" to it, the one that currently seems out of reach and unrealistic, is my idea to move into a "Vardo Van" - a totally cool, wonderfully colorful, small but efficient, van outfitted much like the Gypsy Vardo's of times gone by. Along with that dream, comes the idea of traveling here and there, blogging along the way, "pitching my tent" so to speak at various places and selling art, telling fortunes, teaching Reiki, talking to animals, telling stories, and being mysterious and magical.

The "how-to" totally eludes me. I'm thinking it would require a significant amount of money for the Vardo Van and the Laptop. Not to mention the self confidence and the courage to do all that other stuff. If I had the money - I'd swallow my fears and go for it. So... how to finance my dream. That's the question. Any ideas?

Michelle said...
i want to create an avian rescue. i haven't had a lot of passion about anything for a long time, but when i think of those birds that need to be rescued it gives me energy and i feel the strenght it would take to do it. that says a lot to me these days!

Cindy H said...
My dream doesn't really involve myself or my family. It involves a family who are friends of mine. My friends Holly and John have a son who is now 15 years old. When he was 11 years old he suffered a stroke and is now quadriplegic. Unfortunately, he also is unable to speak even though the stroke did not affect the part of his brain involving speech. The doctors here in KC don't know why he can't speak. He has a voice but can't get words out, just various grunts. The only way this poor child has to communicate is through very time-consuming yes and no questions. He indicates yes with his eyes and no with a slight hand movement. He has an electric wheelchair but doesn't even have enough hand control to drive it himself.

The sad thing is that he is 100% "there" mentally. He can still spell his favorite word: antidisestablishmentarianism"!!! He attends school but most of his friends have sort of "moved on" with their lives as teenagers but he is trapped in this body that won't even allow him to speak and I know he is just so miserable!!! I also feel for his parents, especially Holly, who cares for him full-time.

I have written e-mails to Oprah and Montel in the past but haven't had a response. I just KNOW that if we could get Jeremy on some national show, we could get exposure to his condition and find somebody who can help him get his speech back! That would be the greatest gift we could give that family! As far as we know, he is the ONLY person to have survived a stroke such as this and lived AND still had 100% full mental capacity. Others have either died or are paralyzed, but in a vegetative state mentally. Can you imagine having a severe pain and not being able to tell anybody about it? Can you imagine needing your nose scratched and not only can you not scratch it, you can't ask anyone else to?

Please visit jeremytye.com for more information on this wonderful boy whom I have known since he was 2 years old. It would be GREAT to brainstorm ways to get his condition national attention!!!

the gay bookworm said...
Okay so I like this idea of sharing our dreams. Even though we have done this before I think it is good to not only focus our dreams but to put them out there for the universe. My dream is to be the owner of the house at 1305 Owen St. in Saginaw Michigan. To have the wealth to fund or at least the start up funds for a community center where people in the community offer their skills whatever they may be to those in need of those skills. Where adults learn skills, pass along skills to others, adults or children. A place where people with time on their hands could maybe watch the children of people who need to work but can't afford daycare. Whatever the skill it is passed along to the community. From garndening to the arts, computers to automotive. This is something I have had in my heart for a long time.

I would also like to have the wealth to support artists of all kinds. There are so many talented people whose dreams of creating art are squashed by lack of money and resources. I guess I bascially want to be wealthy, wealthy enough to support others in their pursuit of fulfillment.

Karla said...
I'd like to cease working in an attorney's office and write. I like my job but I'd love to be creative. This would also free up time for travel to Mexico and for taking a class on meditation..maybe for learning Reiki. My guide, Ole, keeps teling me to BREATHE. It sounds so simple! I read somewhere that by focusing on the VALUES you wish to accomplish rather than on the MONEY, it helps. So I want to be wealthier, yes. But what I'm really after is FREEDOM to live the creative life I imagine. By focusing on the values I want in my life, it seems that more doors are opening. I'm still broke.. ha ha ha! but the quality time with family and friends, the opportunities to write, the travel to Mexico, all those things are coming into my life right now! Amazing!

Your wildest dream!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Yesterday, I read the book "Sweat Your Prayers" by Gabrielle Roth. In it I found a story that I thought would be appropriate to this month's project. Here it is:

"We are whoever we can imagine ourselves to be. Years ago I met an American girl from the Deep South on the beach in Sitges, Spain, who fantasized about being a nanny for Princess Grace in Monaco. On a whim she mailed a letter to Her Royal Highness. A few weeks later she received an airplane ticket to Monaco for an interview. She got the job. I never forgot this story and often tell it to people who think their dreams are too wild to come true."

That little story got me thinking. I was wondering if she got the job because she was extraordinarily qualified? or because it was so audacious? maybe both? and did she tell anyone that she was going to do that? was she excited and happy when she wrote the letter? was she so sure that it was a fantasy that she attached absolutely no expectations to it at all? was she surrounded by people who said to her "you can do anything you choose"?

All of which brings me to my next question: Is there something audacious and wild that you would like to do? Something so interesting, so fantastic, so exciting, that you would never even think of attempting it? Is there a letter you could write that might open the way for that wildly fantastic notion? Is there a phone call? a website you could visit? an ad you could put in the paper? What about Oprah? Is there some small action you could put forth to start that ball rolling? Are you afraid of how interesting and wonderful your life could be? So what if you fail? Approximately one billion Chinese couldn't care less! So how about it? Wanna start something big?

Lets list our wildest dreams here, and then brainstorm with each other as to what small, simple action could be done to get the ball rolling. I dare you to think outside the box... way outside the box... something grand and impossible. Something wonderful. Who's up for it?

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