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Ho’oponopono – Heal yourself, heal the world

When I first came across the story of Ho’oponopono I thought that it might be some mythical urban legend. I loved the story, and I loved and worked with the concept. But I imagined it to be a guiding story rather than real life. That’s how powerful the results were. It was only when Dr. Joe Vitale brought out the book Zero Limits that I realized that this powerful healing technique was for real.

Here’s a summary of what really happened.

A Hawaiian therapist, Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len was employed at the Hawaiian State Hospital for four years. When he arrived, the ward for the criminally insane patients was a dangerous and stressful environment. Staff were absent regularly, and often quit. People would walk with their backs against the wall if they needed to go into the ward. For fear of being attacked. Each psychologist would also quit after a few months. The patients were also not improving at all.

After four years of Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len’s Ho’oponopono work, the ward was closed. Not because the state hospital gave up, but because every patient was healed. Yes, this is the stuff of urban legends. Soon after joining, he saw improvements, some of the patients that were shackled became well enough to walk around freely. Violence reduced. Staff attendance improved. Patients who used to be heavily medicated became well enough to come off their medication. Patients who they thought would never be well enough to be released, were checked out due to good health.

So, what was his magical cure?

How was this powerful healing possible? It gets even more interesting. Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len never saw any of the patients during that period. He asked for each of the patients’ medical files. Then he would spend his day reading these files. And while he read their files he worked on healing himself! Total responsibility. In an interview he explained,

“I was simply healing the part of me that created them.” Click To Tweet

Dr. Len explained that total responsibility for your life means that everything in your life – simply because it is in your life–is your responsibility. In a literal sense the entire world is your creation.

Taking full responsibility for every single thing that you see in the world?

This may sound far-fetched, and impossible, but it is the premise behind Ho’oponopono. And based on the Hawaii State Hospital case study, it gets real results.

Dr. Len would sit in his office, and take ownership of the illness in the patient whose file he was reading. He would say, ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘I love you’ over and over again. When that aspect was healed inside himself, the patient would be healed too.

‘I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank You.’ Click To Tweet

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In this Hawaiian based philosophy, the more you can heal out your own judgements, angers, fears and resentments, and fill yourself with love and peace –  the more the world around you will be healed and filled with love and peace.

Try it, you might like it.


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