Posted 3/5/2008 2:30 AM (#3764) Subject: hawaiian healing modality
Email I got from a friend,
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. 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 a lot 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 turnover 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--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, your 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 a 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."
by Joe Vitale
"If you want to solve a problem, no matter what kind of problem, work on yourself." - Dr Stan Hew Len http://www.hooponopono.org/Articles/self_i-dentity.html
Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len has been practicing the updated Ho'oponopono since November of 1982. He was taught the process by Kahuna Lapa'au Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona, who was designated a Living Treasure of Hawaii in 1983. He was staff psychologist in the forensic unit for the criminally mentally ill at Hawaii State Hospital for several years. He has taught the updated Ho'oponopono around the world and at the United Nations several times. Dr. Hew Len has a doctorate from the University of Iowa. Information on upcoming lectures and classes can be found on the Foundation's web site: www.hooponopono.org
Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len has been involved in programs of problem solving and stress release for four decades. His professional experiences include program development and administration for developmental disabled children and adults, mentally ill male adults adjudicated as criminals and individuals and families experiencing problems and stress. He has a doctorate from the University of Iowa, a Master of Science from the University of Utah and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado.
The words of Dr. Stan Hew Len:
"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."
Posted 3/5/2008 2:14 PM (#3768 - in reply to #3764) Subject: RE: hawaiian healing modality
Location: Seattle, Washington
That is absolutely incredible and has given me much food for thought. I have not yet checked out the link you provided, but this is quite amazing. There is much about it
that makes sense considering the concepts of Universal Consciousness and the oneness of all. It's certainly something to ponder and look into more deeply.
Posted 1/16/2009 10:45 AM (#13156 - in reply to #3764) Subject: RE: hawaiian healing modality
Location: United Kingdom
Friend Danjummai's post about peace in the Middle East brought this thread to my mind ... we are all responsible for ourselves and each other ... everything that happens arises from our own consciousness (sorry, a rather debased summary)
Reminds me then of this great poem by John Donne:
No man is an island
No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
Posted 7/17/2009 2:29 PM (#16013 - in reply to #3764) Subject: RE: hawaiian healing modality
Location: Buffalo, NY
I have been trying Ho'oponopono for about four months now. It's amazing how it makes you feel. It makes you feel powerful and it does change situations. For me, the situations that are changing are more on how I'm changing. I acknowledge that a situation arose because I made it happen. I don't question how I made it happen anymore. I just acknowledge that is was something I was thinking or doing, I thank the universe for bringing it to my attention and then I let it go. It's fantastic.
Posted 7/17/2009 4:14 PM (#16014 - in reply to #3764) Subject: RE: hawaiian healing modality
My initial response to this is that appears extremely far-fetched, but that is a "conditioned" response. I have come to believe in the power of our thoughts - negative and positive - so I believe this idea is definetely worth a try. I certainly have enough physically and mentally ill people in my family that I can possibly help. I don't see how this is essentially different than prayer, however. It seems the Doctor had the faith behind the prayer that Jesus talked about.
Posted 7/18/2009 5:11 AM (#16047 - in reply to #16014) Subject: RE: hawaiian healing modality
Location: United Kingdom
Hi Wendy - the UMS course on Vibrational Healing, when you get to it, resonates with this so much, so i feel. It made perfect sense to me, as I came to reflect on our interconnectedness, as Sunflower says; and fits too with modern findings in Quantum Physics.
Posted 7/17/2010 1:02 AM (#19646 - in reply to #3764) Subject: RE: hawaiian healing modality
I like the simplicity of Ho'oponopono, was taught about it last year,
"I'm sorry, Please Forgive Me, I Love You, Thank You."
There seems many beautiful spiritual qualities to admire here:
humility, forgiveness, love, and gratitude.
The context of which I was taught was a writing forum,
where a person pays attention in the moment of reading
to the thought triggers of the word forms read and cleans
thoughts in the moment by consciously interrupting them
with this mantra.
By metaphor of digestion, the mantra used this way helps
in cases of indigestion, with purification, and elimination.
It may also offer parallel congruence with the book,
A Course In Miracles - i.e. where atonement is attained
by forgiveness by helping correct errors of perception.