I first heard about the Ho’oponopono pray reading the book Zero Limits by Joe Vitale. Joe shares a “Hawaiian healing prayer” that Dr. Len used to miraculously heal criminals in the Hawaiian State Hospital , without ever visiting them. All he did is use the Ho’oponopono prayer for healing by just repeating the phrase, “I love you, I’m sorry, Forgive me, Thank you” over and over again.
This prayer helps you clear your mind of subconscious data that is holding you back from creating what you truly want from life. It clears out unconsciously beliefs, thoughts, and traumas that you don’t even know you have.
Since learning about this Ho’oponopono prayer, I’ve used it frequently on myself and shared it with my clients. My clients and I have found it very effective and I thought you’d like to learn a powerful tool to help you heal your Self. I say it while I’m walking or when I find myself stressed out about something. Often I am saying this prayer to my inner child for all the ways I was disappointed and critical of her. Saying this prayer is one of the most loving acts you can take towards yourself.
The Ho’oponopono prayer makes way for your natural loving self to rise up and lowers your stress levels. Once we are in loving energy our body and the flight/fight part of our brain can relax and not feel in danger and fearful. When you are out of the stress response, you are more open to seeing and creating solutions to your challenges.
Hawaiian traditions believe we are responsible for everything in our lives, even if you had nothing to do with it. Whatever happens in your life, you manifested it into your world from your conditioned perceptions.
An example is: If I believe people are mean, (consciously or unconsciously) I will attract people into my life to treat me with disrespect or even hurt me, even though I didn’t do anything to the other person. We make real what we believe!
The Ho’oponopono prayer is for healing ourself and others through our own work. By healing ourselves we are influencing positive change in our world energetically and eventually physically.
I use this prayer to forgive and love myself for beating myself up since childhood about feeling weak, not being good enough, smart enough, or perfect enough to be loved or get my needs met. I use it when I am afraid and wanting to control everything. The key to this prayer is to mean what you are say in these four statements and to feel it in your heart and soul. I will flow between tears, sadness,grief, anger, relief, freedom, and joy during my prayer time.
I trust you will find this helpful and healing. Use it often and see what results you gain from it. I’d love to hear your experiences or comments, so please share in comments below! Loving you!
Below is a brief current history of the Ho’oponopono prayer if you’re interested, from Wikipedia and an interview with Dr. Len.
In 1976 Morrnah Simeona, regarded as a healing priest or kahuna lapaʻau, adapted the traditional hoʻoponopono of family mutual forgiveness to the social realities of the modern day. For this she extended it both to a general problem solving process outside the family and to a psycho-spiritual self-help rather than group process.
Simeona’s version is influenced by her Christian (Protestant and Catholic) education and her philosophical studies about India, China and Edgar Cayce. Like Hawaiian tradition she emphasizes prayer, confession, repentance, and mutual restitution and forgiveness. Unlike Hawaiian tradition, she describes problems only as the effects of negative karma, saying that “you have to experience by yourself what you have done to others.” But that you are the creator of your life circumstances was common knowledge for the people of old as “things we had brought with us from other lifetimes.” Any wrongdoing is memorized within oneself and mirrored in every entity and object which was present when the cause happened. As the Law of Cause and Effect predominates in all of life and lifetimes, the purpose of her version is mainly “to release unhappy, negative experiences in past reincarnations, and to resolve and remove traumas from the ‘memory banks’.” Karmic bondages hinder the evolution of mind, so that “(karmic) cleansing is a requisite for the expansion of awareness”. Using her 14-step-process would dissolve those bondages. She did not use mantras or conditioning exercises.
Her teachings include: there is a Divine Creator who takes care of altruistic pleas of Men; “when the phrase ‘And it is done’ is used after a prayer, it means Man’s work ends and God’s begins.” “Self-Identity” signifies, e.g. during the hoʻoponopono, that the three selves or aspects of consciousness are balanced and connected with the Divine Creator. Different from egoistic prayers, “altruistic prayers like hoʻoponopono, where you also pray for the release of other entities and objects, reach the Divine plane or Cosmos because of their high vibrations. From that plane the Divine energy or “mana” would come,” which would transform the painful part of the memory of the wrong actions in all participants to “Pure Light”, on whatever plane they are existing; “all are set free”. Through this transmutation in the mind the problems will lose their energy for physical effects, and healing or balancing is begun. In this sense, Simeona’s mana is not the same as the traditional Polynesian understanding of mana.
Here is an interview with Dr. Len explaining Ho’oponopono Prayer.
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State of Zero
After Simeona’s death in 1992, her former student and administrator, Ihaleakala Hew Len, co-authored a book with Joe Vitale called Zero Limits referring to Simeona’s Hoʻoponopono teachings. Len makes no claim to be a kahuna. In contrast to Simeona’s teachings, the book brings the new idea that the main objective of Hoʻoponopono is getting to “the state of Zero, where we would have zero limits. No memories. No identity.” To reach this state, which Len called ‘Self-I-Dentity thru Ho’oponopono’, includes using the mantra, “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.” It is based on Len’s idea of 100% responsibility, taking responsibility for everyone’s actions, not only for one’s own. If one would take complete responsibility for one’s life, then everything one sees, hears, tastes, touches, or in any way experiences would be one’s responsibility because it is in one’s life. The problem would not be with our external reality, it would be with ourselves. Total Responsibility, according to Hew Len, advocates that everything exists as a projection from inside the human being. As such, it is similar to the philosophy of solipsism.