J2P Monday: Ho’ oponopono to heal your world

I’m still hanging out with my “don’t beat the drums” thing (see last week’s J2P post).  It’s led me to think about Hew Len and Ho’oponopono.  Long ago I wrote a post about it.  This time I want to switch the emphasis a little to really focus on the well-known story of Hew Len’s work at a ward for the criminally insane at the Hawaii State Hospital.

This ward had become a terrible place.  Inmates attacked each other and the staff.  The staff had a big turnover and those who did work there called in sick regularly.  The grounds and ward had become run down.  Hew Len was a psychologist who followed a long line of others assigned to the ward.

He never saw a patient.  He sat in his office with a pile of files, periodically asking someone to bring him more.  He read each file and then he did ho’oponopono to heal IN HIMSELF whatever he saw in the file that needed healing.   Slowly but surely, inmates became calmer and no longer needed their meds.  The staff came to work.  The place started being fixed up.  Patients became well enough to be released in such numbers that eventually the ward closed.

He teaches that anything you see as a problem in the world is something to heal in you.  EVERY problem.  Terrorism.  Homelessness.  Hunger.  The environment.  Gangs.  Crime.  Cancer.  Disease.  Human trafficking.  Poverty.  Inequality.  Heal it in yourself, heal the world.  If each of us looked inward and healed every problem we can see within ourselves we would live in a different world.

Although the full program of ho’oponopono is more complex, Hew Len basically works with Mornah’s Prayer.  There’s a short version that seems to be most frequently used.  It’s below, but first I’m giving you the long one and I strongly suggest you start with the long version.

Our brains like lots of words and to feel things are well-explained.  If you’re not already familiar with ho’oponopono, the long version will give your brain more apparent reasons why this works.  Once you’ve become comfortable doing it and you’ve wired some new neural nets that respond automatically to ho’oponopono, you can switch to the short version.

The full version of Mornah Simeona‘s prayer:

DIVINE CREATOR: Father, Mother, Son as ONE:

If I (we), ____________________, my (our) families, relative, and ancestors have offended you, __________________, your families, relatives and ancestors, in thoughts, words and actions from the beginning of our creation to the present,

Humbly, humbly I (we) ask you (all) for forgiveness for all my (our) errors, resentments, guilts, hatred, hurts, trauma or pain, offenses, blocks, etc., which I (we) have created and accumulated from the beginning to the present. PLEASE FORGIVE ME!

(Response) YES, _________________, I (WE) FORGIVE YOU!

LET THIS WATER CLEANSE, PURIFY AND RELEASE ME (US), offender and offended FROM SPIRITUAL, MENTAL, MATERIAL, FINANCIAL, AND KARMIC BONDAGE. (Note: The use of actual water is not necessary. A symbolic sprinkling gesture made with the hand will be sufficient to suggest water.)

Pull out from our Memory Bank or Computer ALL THE UNWANTED, NEGATIVE MEMORIES AND BLOCKS that attach, knot, tie, and bind us together.

SEVER, DETACH, UNTIE, AND RELEASE these unwanted memories and blocks.

Transmute These Unwanted Energies to “Pure Light”!

Fill the spaces these energies occupied with Divine Light.

Let “Divine Order,” Light, Love, Peace, Balance, Understanding, Joy, Wisdom and Abundance be made manifest for us through the Divine Power of the Divine Father, Creator of all life, Mother, Son as ONE, in whom we abide, rest, and have our being… NOW AND FOREVER MORE. AMEN.

My challenge to you:  print out a copy of the prayer to keep with you.  This week every time you find yourself being upset by anything outside yourself, from your bed-mate’s snoring to fear of crime to the political party you despise to acid rain, stop beating the drums of the problem and instead get out the prayer.  Know that whatever you see out there reflects something inside you.  Say the prayer.

You may have to say the prayer dozens of times for the same issue.  Don’t worry about it.  Don’t judge it.  Don’t beat the drum for it.  Say the prayer.  Heal it within you.  The longer it takes, the deeper the hold of whatever it is.  Doesn’t matter.  Just pray.

When you’ve done it enough to feel in tune with it, you can use the much shorter and easier version, which you do for each problem, with the specific issue in mind:

Creator:  I am sorry, Forgive me, I love you, And I thank you.

See here for more about Hew Len and his time at the hospital.  See here for more about the short version.

19 thoughts on “J2P Monday: Ho’ oponopono to heal your world

  1. I went straight to the short version and will use it. It’s very powerful. It resonated immediately. Every time I come across any of the so called “horrors” of the world I will own them with this prayer. Thank you Leigh. I already understand what it says and the power of it. It is all one. If anything “bad” shows up in my world, even as a post on FB then it is in me and I must own it and say the prayer.

    • I meant the long version suggestion for people who are new to the idea but couldn’t decide how to phrase that without sounding patronizing — I’m not surprised that the short version worked for you since you already understand this.. I always wind up torn, because I kind of like the ideas and specifics of the long version but it’s definitely unwieldy!

  2. Wow! What a powerful post and challenge. I shall join you in it.

    My shorter version has been for a long time whenever I encounter one of those situations where I want to criticize, condemn and complain about others, — “Bless them. Forgive me.”

    I like the power of the long version in that it sets the intention — and the shorter version you share keeps the focus on me, not what others are doing. It will be healing to use when out in the world every day…

    Thanks Leigh!

    • Yes, when I haven’t done it in a while the longer version brings me back to intention, reminds me of all the prayer is. I’m so pleased you’re going to try it out!

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