J2P Monday: Healing Religious Rifts

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Ra, over at Rarasaur, has decided to restart the Bloggers 4 Peace, issuing a challenge each month that invites us to write a post about some topic relating to peace.  This month she’s suggested that we write about healing.  Since I’ve been writing about the healing prayer of ho’oponopono and applying it to multiple situations relating to both inner and outer peace, it seemed the perfect occasion to return to my theme.

I’ve had this post in mind for a while but hesitated because it may be controversial.  However, I want to work on healing this issue in me and it always helps me focus when I write these posts, so here goes…

I live in a state where the primary political and religious views are not in sync with mine.  While most of my friends here are of the same mind as me, at election times I particularly am confronted with the views that prevail here.  It’s always a good moment to face a deep-seated place in me where peace does not dwell.

I watch the campaign ads in outrage.  And this time I watched our now-governor proclaim his Christianity all over the place.  And then I watched him proclaim he would not allow any Middle Eastern refugees into the state … before he was even sworn in.  And my fury erupted all over the place:

  • Do “those people” ever read the part of the Bible Jesus is actually in?
  • How can you possibly read Jesus’ teachings and then in His name condemn fellow humans?
  • Do “those people” not recall when Jesus said,

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’  Matthew 25:40

My interpretation of that quote is Jesus believed all of humanity were/are His brothers and sisters.  So if you turn your back on a human in need, you turn your back on Christ.

Though in the west we like to depict Christ as a pale white guy, He was born in the Middle East and probably had brown skin and He was a Jew.  So you can be pretty sure he wasn’t saying, “Don’t turn your back on my white Christian brothers but it’s okay to turn your back on everybody else…”  Do “those people” realize that in His time there was no such thing as Christianity?

Of course, as soon as I’m talking about “those people” I’m creating an us and a them and thereby contributing to divisiveness and hatred and the forces that keep the world in violence and chaos.  I can’t heal the problem for the world, but I can explore and heal the problem in me.

When I look at “those people”, I see:

  • frightened people who interpret religious beliefs from their place of fear
  • selfish people who would save themselves first and everyone else be damned
  • people who are hateful and mean-spirited
  • people full of issues they don’t want to face, preferring to blame others for all problems instead of taking responsibility
  • people who don’t pay attention to or understand the teachings of the One they claim to love

What I see in them is always a reflection of something in me.  What is in me I can heal.  And you know I believe that a world in which enough people are healing themselves is a world on the way to peace.  So,

  • For every way in which I allow fear to guide my thoughts and actions, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you
  • For all selfish thoughts and deeds I commit, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you
  • For all ways in which I am hateful, mean, unkind or lacking compassion toward others, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you
  • For every issue I bury in my unconscious instead of facing it, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you
  • For blaming others instead of myself about anything, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you
  • For misinterpreting or misunderstanding spiritual concepts but believing I’m right, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you
  • For seeing the world as having an “us” and a “them” in which I separate “those people” as other, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you
  • For holding fury, anger and hatred in my being, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you
  • For judging others about anything ever, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you

May the world be filled with lovingkindness

May it be well

May it be peaceful and at ease

May it be happy

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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