Hew Len and ho’oponopono

I’m updating this to make it a post for ABC Wednesday and today the letter is “H”.

A few years ago a friend mentioned Hew Len to me and his work with the Hawaiian concept of ho’oponopono. As she described his teaching that clearing ourselves of memories and attachments (he calls it cleaning) is the most important work we can do–in others words heal ourselves–I was very excited because my own studies had been leading me to that conclusion.  I would love to study with a master who is teaching from that perspective. Unfortunately I’ve not yet had the financial wherewithal to take a workshop but I’ve studied some of the on line information and found that there are some videos on YouTube that can help get started on his teaching.

There are two parts to this video and there’s another one that has nine parts.

Hew Len worked 30 years ago with a ward for the criminally insane where conditions were so bad that the staff was frightened. He sat each day with the files of the inmates and did ho’oponopono on himself, basically asking what in him had magnetized this person to him and then healing that aspect of himself. By the end of his four years there the ward had been cleaned up and fixed up and the staff quit taking sick days and all but a few of the original patients had been released. 

The main tool is a prayer created by Hawaiian teacher Mornah Simeona (known as Mornah’s Prayer):

Divine creator, father, mother, son as one.  If I, my family, relatives and ancestors have offended you, your family, relatives and ancestors in thoughts, words, deeds and actions from the beginning of our creation to the present, we ask your forgiveness.   Let this cleanse, purify, release, cut all the negative memories, blocks, energies and vibrations and transmute these unwanted energies to pure light.  And it is done”.

I’ve also learned another version of ho’oponopono prayer many years ago from Mark Saito: “Divine creator, father, mother, son as one, I, (your name), wish to do ho’oponopono between myself and ______ (name of person, issue or thing you wish to disconnect from). Cleanse, sever, cut, release and transmute to the path of pure light. [Say this next part loudly and forcefully] HA MAHIKI. We are set free and it is done.”

The version that is often associated with Hew Len: “I love you, please forgive me, I am sorry, thank you.” You are addressing Divine creator and asking for forgiveness for whatever you are holding onto that is creating the situation you’re praying about.

I alternate among the prayers, but the Mark Saito version is the one I know best. I have yet to develop the mindfulness to do it all day every day as Hew Len does but I find it powerful.

I look forward to having the chance to study ho’oponopono with Hew Len or one of his students.

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20 thoughts on “Hew Len and ho’oponopono

  1. Thank you for this very beautiful post! I’d never heard about Hew Len before but I am impressed by him and his words. I find a lot of his words in the Aboriginous Elders I have lately been writing about on my blog.
    Wil, ABC Wednesday Team.

  2. That’s extremely interesting to me. At some level, we are a bunch of our memories, so the concept sounds striking. But there are memories worth forgetting.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

    • I think of it more as all memories are worth letting go of — I think that’s what he’s doing with the constant repeating of Mornah’s prayer for everything… Thanks for reading!

  3. Hey Leigh, I have posted on this as well. I love your post including the prayers, which I printed to use. My friend is the one who has read all the books and has educated me through her studies. lol I don’t recall who but I do not think his name was Hew Len, she told me that he reads the newspaper everyday and cleans it from himself. Very cool.

  4. I just love this Hawaiian concept of ho’oponopono. Well worth a read. Synchronicity was in action here for me because I had just been introduced to the word ho’oponopono, with a very basic definition, (in a book I am currently reading) – then this article popped up within 24 hours of wanting to know more! Thank you Leigh for posting this.

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