The Hawaiian Practice of Ho’oponopono

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Renewed interest in Ho’oponopono, based on the man who healed a criminally insane hospital wing, without meeting any of the inmates!


Nalamaku Morrnah Simeona

Morrnah Simeona

There has been an upsurge of interest in Ho’oponopono recently, The Hawaiian healing practice based on, literally, “making things right”. While forms of Ho’oponopono have been used in Polynesia from time immemorial, The traditional Hawaiian forgiveness and reconciliation process was previously re-popularised by Morrnah Simeona, photo left, a Hawaiian kahuna lapaʻau (healer).

Dr Hew Len

Dr Ihaleakala Hew Len

The latest Ho’oponopono hybrid has come to the fore after the publicity about Dr Ihaleakala Hew Len, photo, left. Dr Hew Len was appointed staff psychologist in the forensic unit for the criminally insane, in the Hawaii State Hospital for several years.

The criminally insane ward had been challenging to administer, with frequent attacks on staff by inmates, resulting in personnel absences and problems in recruiting supervision. Dr Len took charge of the project on condition that he had total freedom to operate in his own way. It transpired that ne never met any of the inmates personally, was not always at the hospital during his working hours, although he did review their case notes and was aware of their conduct.

Over a period of time, some of the worst cases no longer needed to be retained by shackles, staff attendance improved, recruitment was less of a problem and numbers of inmates gradually reduced. The culmination of Dr. Hew Len’s work was when the unit was finally closed down, being no-longer needed!

How did he do it? By working on himself!

SO… how does it work and what do you do?

I like this approach, since it overlaps firmly with the transformation insights in EcoLifeWalks. What is more, when we heal our own emotional discomfort, there is an effect on other people. It seems as though we are healing a thought form as well as our own inner space, with an effect on the group psyche for this held thought/belief.

The simple process is referred to as “cleaning”, and when you feel a sense of negative emotion, you act immediately to lift it by allowing yourself to take on  a lighter space by stating and feeling the effect generated by saying “I love you, / Please forgive me / I’m sorry / or Thank You. Simple though it is, the whole work is based on this, and variants that we explore in EcoLifeWalks.

Ultimately, our goal is to “clean” all the issues that arise, and this can be a long process, addressing many situations we have taken on, over decades. By making our inner space free of sticky negative thoughts, beliefs and emotions, we begin to be able to respond to situations from a space of divinity, rather than set-piece responses. Put another way, we work on removing negative memory from our inner space. This allows true inspiration and creativity to occur, rather than the usual mental and behaviour responses.

Joe Vitale has written a book, available on Amazon, (See end of page), called Zero Limits, also available as an Audiobook on ITunes. In the video below, he summarises his association with Dr Hew Len and their combined work on producing the volume.