The history of this ancient Hawaiian rite goes back thousands of years as a practice of reconciliation and forgiveness between people or families or just within oneself. It was practiced as a ritual by the Kahunas or medicine men or women or by one of the elders, especially if one family member was sick. As well as Hawaii it was known in most of the South Pacific including Samoa and New Zealand. These people believed that a person’s errors caused illness or dis-ease. It was thought of as a mental cleansing. It is still used today in parts of Hawaii as an alternative to family counseling among the native people.
Ho’opono’pono became more internationally known through the work of Morrnah Simeona, a Kahuna or healing priestess who started to use the meditation and mantra as a healing for the individual in a psycho-spiritual way rather than a resolution for family problems. She believed that people experienced karma and had to experience what they had done to other people. To repeat this mantra and use meditation was a way to clear all of what she called “aka cords” between people caused by anger, grief or misunderstandings.
Ihalekala Hew Len, one of Morrnah’s students and her chief administrator, has taken this meditation one step further in what he sees as “ground zero” where the repeating of the sentences over and over not only clears the individual person but the surrounding area as well. He is still alive and has written a book, Ground Zero with the help of Joe Vitale. In this way, each person takes responsibility for everyone’s actions, not just his or her own. Let’s now watch one of the many videos using this short meditation mantra.
Here is what the Tad James Foundation suggest about ho’opono’pono. It is used there as a part of NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming.
THEORY: We carry inside us as parts of the Unconscious Mind, all the significant people in our lives. (These parts of us often look very much like Carl Jung’s archetypes.) Ho’oponopono makes it “all right” with them. The process of Ho’oponopono is to align with and clean up our genealogy as well as to clean up our relationships with other people in our lives.
The Process of Ho’oponopono:
- Bring to mind anyone with whom you do not feel total alignment or support, etc.
- In your mind’s eye, construct a small stage below you
- Imagine an infinite source of love and healing flowing from a source above the top of your head (from your Higher Self), and open up the top of your head, and let the source of love and healing flow down inside your body, fill up the body, and overflow out your heart to heal up the person on the stage. Be sure it is all right for you to heal the person and that they accept the healing.
- When the healing is complete, have a discussion with the person and forgive them, and have them forgive you.
- Next, let go of the person, and see them floating away. As they do, cut the aka cord that connects the two of you (if appropriate). If you are healing in a current primary relationship, then assimilate the person inside you.
- Do this with every person in your life with whom you are incomplete, or not aligned.
The final test is, can you see the person or think of them without feeling any negative emotions. If you do feel negative emotions when you do, then do the process again.
There are lots of resources online that will help you with this method. At www.hooponoponohelp.com you can buy an e-manual on the method for only $9.95, 60-day money-back guarantee. You can also go on a retreat to the Big Island and learn the Huna Tradition from Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. or learn at home using her podcasts. But in reality, it doesn’t need anything else to use it effectively. It’s a cleansing process of the unconscious garbage that runs your life and the life of others without your full consent, done simply by repeating these four sentences over and over with strong intent.
- Please forgive me
- I love you
- I’m sorry
- Thank you
1.” Ho’oponopono” Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia, online at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ho%CA%BBoponopono
2. Ho’oponopono Music Video by Brad Morris, online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfaQop2QEE&feature+related
3. Ho’oponopono Help: The Ho’oponopono Method website, online at: http://hooponoponohelp.com/
4. Huna: the First Psychology, tours and courses by Isa Gucciardi, online at: http://www.hunaspirit.com
5. Ancient Huna, The Tad James Companies, Henderson, Nevada, USA, online: http://www.ancienthuna.com/