Otherness and Oneness–AlphabeThursday O

Buddhist writings refer often to duality, which is the ordinary comprehension of the world having an us and a them, of people as separate from one another. Since we are actually all part of the same great web of consciousness, duality is not real (although in some other post I’ll explore the need to have it in order to negotiate the physical plane). Any thought you hold that there is such a thing as an “other” is an illusion.

As I mentioned in the Energy post, I’ve found over the years that it’s easy for me to spout those words but, not having achieved enlightenment, understanding what they really mean is much harder. I’m sure my comprehension will deepen as I progress but I’ve come to a place of at least getting what a big deal it is to realize that when I say we’re one it really means that I am you and you are me. That I am Adolf Hitler and he was me. I am a child molester and a child molester is me. I am a supermodel and a supermodel is me.

Hew Len’s ho oponopono work has been really helpful to me here. Everything I see in someone else is also within me. Anything that seems ill or wrong or criminal in someone else is also within me. I can say Mornah’s Prayer for every aspect of me that I see in others and heal. As mentioned in a previous post, Hew Len found that when he healed aspects of mental illness and criminal behavior in himself it also healed those whose aspects he found in himself–because they are one.

The idea extends beyond people to all thoughts that one thing is better than another or worse than another or different from another or that you like or dislike one thing versus another thing. The thought that there are two different things is duality thinking. Illusion. Again, Mornah’s Prayer for healing and forgiveness of your belief in otherness.

One prayer at a time I move from the illusion of otherness to understanding oneness.

This is my entry for Jenny Matlock’s AlphabeThursday.

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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