Practicing Ho’oponopono in Four Simple Steps

There is a Hawaiian psychotherapist who cured an entire ward of criminally insane patients, without ever meeting any of them or spending any time with them. Sound crazy? It really happened! The therapist was Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len and instead of the typical process of reviewing each patients’ files, and then meeting with them in person, Dr Len focused on healing them by healing himself.

Sound like a miracle? It was, but one performed with conscious effort using the right tools. Dr Len used Ho’oponopono, what he calls Self IDentity Through Ho’oponopono (SITH).

I have been following his lectures for some time and started practicing Ho’oponopono immediately. I am now a certified Ho’oponopono practitioner. I can guarantee the results are nothing short of miraculous. Maybe you need a miracle, or just a way to become more effective as a healing practitioner?

You might be thinking; how can this possibly work? What does healing yourself have to do with healing anyone? The “New Age” ideas of creating your own reality, take on a whole new level of responsibility with Ho’oponopono. If you do subscribe to the belief that you do create your own reality then it is no secret that there is no such thing as “out there” – everything happening to you right now in every moment is happening in your own mind. Everything you see, everything you hear, every person you meet, is not “out there” its happening in our own mind and shaded with all of our perceptions, fears, beliefs about that experience.

Unfortunately, because of how the mind is designed, we want to think what is happening is outside of us. This takes away any responsibility for what is happening. In reality, it’s quite the opposite: we are responsible for everything we think, and everything that comes to our attention. If we watch the news, everything we hear is actually our responsibility. That might be a little difficult to accept at first, but the good news is that we are now able to clear it, clean it, and through forgiveness change what is happening in our reality.

The good news is that you can do this process yourself, without anyone to help you. All you have to do is “say” the words in your head. The power is in the feeling and in the natural order of how our “universe” is designed.

Let’s face it, our lives unfold base on how we think. The good news is that if we think the right thoughts then life unfolds accordingly. The bad news is that if we think the wrong thoughts then life unfolds accordingly. Controlling our thoughts is one of the most difficult things we can do, because the mind, left to its own devices is like a drunken monkey sometimes, randomly jumping from one thought to the next. One thought makes us happy, another makes us sad, another thought starts us worrying about something that only “might happen”. It is pretty crazy sometimes. Do you know what your next thought is going to be? Not usually, it just shows up.

The good news is that whenever you are having difficult thoughts that are non-productive and stressing you out, it is time to take control of your thoughts and focus on happier thoughts. The practice of Ho’oponopono will do just that and the good news is that you can do it in just four easy steps.

Step 1: Repentance – JUST SAY: I’M SORRY

The first step is to realize that you are responsible for everything in your mind, even if it seems to be “outside” of you. Once you accept that, it’s very natural to feel sorry. When I read about all the heartache and destruction in the world and take responsible for becoming aware of that reality in my consciousness, I am very sorry. This realization can be difficult to accept, and our ego will definitely resist this level of responsibility, but once you start to practice this method and see results it is nothing short of miraculous. A great exercise is to choose something that you already know you’ve caused for yourself? Over-weight? Addicted to nicotine, alcohol or some other substance? Do you have anger or self esteem issues? Health problems? Start there and say you’re sorry. Just say I’M SORRY. That’s it! It is even more powerful to say it more clearly: “I realize that I am responsible for this (issue) in my life and I feel remorse that my consciousness has allowed this.”

Step 2: Ask Forgiveness – SAY: PLEASE FORGIVE ME

Don’t worry about who you’re asking. Just ask! PLEASE FORGIVE ME. Say it over and over. Mean it. Remember your remorse from step 1 as you ask to be forgiven.

Step 3: Gratitude – SAY: THANK YOU

Say “THANK YOU” – again it doesn’t really matter who or what you’re thanking. Thank your body for all it does for you. Thank yourself for being the best you can be. Thank God. Thank the Universe. Thank whatever it was that just forgave you. Just keep saying THANK YOU.

Step 4: Love – SAY: I LOVE YOU

This can also be step 1. Say I LOVE YOU. Say it to your body, say it to God, say it to the universe. Say I LOVE YOU to the air you breathe, to the house that shelters you. Say I LOVE YOU to your challenges. Say it over and over. Just say I LOVE YOU and mean it. There is nothing as powerful as Love.

That’s it. The whole practice in a nutshell. Simple and amazingly effective.

About the Author: Inanna

Balance ~ Nourish ~ Inspire. As a master bodyworker, wellness guide and yoga instructor, in support of your journey, I am joyful to offer you a holistic approach to wellness. Certified in 1994, at the Cottonwood School of Massage Therapy, my continued studies of the healing arts include additional certifications in Ashiatsu™, Cranial~Sacral Therapy, Spinal reflex Therapy, Chi Nei Tsang, Reiki Master Level, and Classical Yoga Instruction.Together, we will customize your session to inspire your body’s regenerative capacity. Understanding that everyone’s body has the inner wisdom to heal, we’ll transform stress into success, and explore new dimensions of health. As the owner and operator, my commitment is to support and guide you in managing stress and chronic pain. At Harmony Health our unique, wellness menu and time honored therapies will reshape your life into wholeness and balance.