July 21, 2008

Ho'Oponopono Healing Technique

What is Ho’Oponopono?

So I am cruising the net early this morning looking for a new “a-ha moment” as I so often do every day (isn‘t the internet great?!) when I come across this article written by Joe Vitale in 2006.

It surprises me that I haven’t come across it before because Joe is a favorite of mine and I thought I was pretty up-to-date on most of what he has written about.

To miss this article from 2 years ago surprised me, but then again “When the student is ready, the teacher appears” so I guess for whatever the reason, Universe saved this for me until now.

The article is about Ho’oponopono. Ho'oponopono is a ancient Hawaiian healing process. It’s literal translation is “making right.” It is based on the principles of total responsibility. In other words, taking responsibility for every person's actions who appears in your life.

I have written other articles myself about how every person and situation that appears in our life is for a reason. If we create our entire reality around us, then we create the people who are in it as well as the back drops where our experiences take place. But I never thought about it to the level of what Ho’oponopono entails.

Joe tells the story of how he heard about a therapist in Hawaii who had cured a complete ward of criminally insane patients--without ever seeing any of them.

The psychologist would study an inmate's chart and then look within himself to see how he created that person's illness. As he improved himself, the patient improved.

Curious for more information Joe called him and they talked for more than an hour as the doctor explained to him how many mental patients had been cured by using this method.

So naturally Joe’s next question was “What was the doctor doing exactly when he was looking at each patients file?

The doctor replied that he kept saying “I‘m sorry and I love you over and over again.”

“That’s it?” Joe asked

“That’s it.” the doctor replied.

The doctor’s reasoning was "If you want to improve your life, you have to heal your life. If you want to cure anyone, even a mentally ill criminal you do it by healing you.”

The philosophy behind all of this is that loving yourself is the greatest way to improve yourself, and as you improve yourself, you improve your world.

Joe then tells a story about how he used this new information for himself. He had gotten an email from someone that had upset him. Instead of responding angrily or fighting against it he used the doctor’s model of saying “I’m sorry and I love you” over and over again.

He says he didn’t say it to anyone in particular but “ was simply evoking the spirit of love to heal within me what was creating the outer circumstance.”

Sure enough, within an hour he received an email from that same person who apologized for the previous email.

Joe said he hadn‘t taken any kind of outward action. He didn‘t email the guy or respond in any way. But by saying I love you, “I somehow healed within me what was creating him“.

While this may seem a little farfetched at first read, it really isn’t all that surprising from whatever point of view you look at it.

If we indeed all share the same energy (which we do) it is not at all improbable that we have the ability to affect others. And if we are all one (which we are) it is not too “out there” to realize that all healing must take place inside ourselves. As we heal the “injured” part of us that brought around the negative circumstance, it stands to reason the negative circumstances around us has to change as a natural outcome.

If you would like to read Joe Vitale’s original article where most of this information came from you can find it here.

As for me, I am going to do further research on the subject. I just know there is a Manifestation Exericise in here somewhere!

Until tomorrow,
Happy Creating!