Hawaiian psychiatrist, Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, used an ancient Hawaiian practice, Ho’oponopono, to cure a ward of criminally insane individuals. The ward was so difficult to manage, the asylum found it all but impossible to keep a psychiatrist willing to do the job. And it was even more difficult to fill the position when it became vacant, which was all too often. After Dr. Hew Len accepted the position, he used Ho’oponopono to cure the entire ward without either spending time with or personally meeting any of the persons incarcerated there.
Ho’oponopono teaches that to heal others, you must first heal yourself. According to Ho’oponopono nothing in your life is “Out There.” Everything eminates from within you. You are responsible for your perceptions, so if you heal yourself, you will heal the world. There are four steps to Ho’oponopono: Repentence, Forgiveness, Gratitude and Love.
Dr. Hew Len requested that the files for the individuals under his care be kept in his office. Every day he spent time holding a picture of each individual in his ward. He looked at each picture and said:
#1 – “I’m sorry.” If everything was in his mind he could truly be sorry that he perceived someone to be criminally insane. This statement representes repentance.
#2 – “Please forgive me.” He repeated this statement over and over remembering his remorse from step #1. He truly meant what he was saying and from the debth of his being he wanted to be forgiven for his misperception. This statement represents forgiveness.
#3 – “Thank you.” He thanked the universe, he thanked his body, he thanked his breath and he thanked God. He kept repeating his thanks for all the good things he enjoyed in his life. These statements represent gratitude.
#4 – I love you.” He said it over and over. He meant it. He believed he was one with the universe and when he gave love to another, he gave love to himself. Nothing is as powerful as love.
There are many who practice Ho’oponopono daily and find that when we heal ourselves we heal those around us. If you have a troubling situation where you are perceiving someone as in need of healing or correction, remember, there is nothing “Out There.” With Ho’oponopono you heal others by healing yourself first.
For now, Earlynn’s just sayin’ “Take a leap of faith and put Ho’oponopono to work in your life.”
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