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Healing with Ho'oponopono - Based on an Interview with Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len

By Saul Maraney

Ho'oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian Art where you learn that everything that happens in your life is 100% your responsibility. Through self identity, Ho'oponopono, allows you to be responsible for all your actions, problems, and opportunities that come your way. By cleaning your subconscious, you open yourself up to inspiration from God or the Divine.

Peace Begins with Me
Dr. Len says that we always need to remember the very old saying: “Peace begins with me.” He says that if there is to be peace on earth; it needs to begin individually with each one of us.

Ho’oponopono is about looking within ourselves for debts, errors or blocks in our subconscious mind that replay as problems, judgments, putdowns and all kinds of other problems.

The Blocks are Within
Ho’oponopono is about saying to The Divine within us (The Self): “I am sorry, please forgive me for whatever is going on in me that I experience the world in me this way.”

Taking 100% responsibility
When we are willing to take 100% responsibility for whatever we experience in our life, we can then go onto the next step where we say “I am sorry, and not only am I sorry, but please forgive me for what ever is going on in me that caused this”. By saying sorry and taking 100% responsibility for whatever is going on in our lives, we are in essence saying to The Divine “I am 100% responsible, the problem is within me, and I would like You to convert whatever that memory, debt, block, error or problem is to nothing.” And when The Divinity converts the block or memory to nothing, we return back to our original state, which is Zero or clarity. Dr. Len says that only when we have clarity, can The Divinity provide us with insight, inspiration and whatever is perfect for us.

As Dr. Len experiences whatever comes in to his life, he gets back to his Ho’oponopono cleaning, because he knows that “Peace begins with me”.
He is willing to be 100% responsible for whatever he experiences in his life, and he makes the point that as he experiences woes and problems, he constantly reminds himself that the source that caused it is within him.

Ho'oponopono therapists take 100% responsibility for what they see in their clients and include “I am sorry” and “I love You” as part of their work with patients feel less burned out, and are much more effective because “Peace begins with me”.

If we are willing to be 100% responsible for whatever we experience in our lives, we shift our perception of the world, and that causes the world to change. Dr Len says that we all keep looking outside of ourselves for how we can solve the world’s problems, but that doesn’t work.

Change Ourselves to Change Others
Dr. Len trained as an educator from 1964 to 1982 to help handicapped and developmentally disabled children, but after twenty years, he learned that that was not his job. Rather, his job was to help himself by letting go of how he perceived handicapped children. As he changed the way he perceived them, they changed. He applied this same method while working for four years with a ward of criminally insane patients at the Hawaiian State Hospital.

Dr. Len points out that it is most important to look at our own world first, and if we are willing to do that, our impact on the whole Cosmos will be enormous. He went on to stress that most people think they are here to help other people and bring peace to the world, but that we are only here to bring peace to ourselves, because by bringing peace to ourselves, we bring peace to the world (and not the other way round). The only thing that works is if we look within ourselves and clear up the “stuff” in us. As he does this, he notices that people get well and are able to start taking responsibility for themselves.

Dr. Len on Shakespeare
According to Dr Len, the person who had the most profound insight into the human condition was Shakespeare. Shakespeare points out over and over in all of his Sonnets that the woes that we experience now are the woes that we have experienced before.

Dr. Len says that when we see the woe in a judgmental way, it is already in us, but if we let go of if and do our Ho’oponopono cleaning, only then does it change. The change has to take place in us first.

Ho’oponopono Cleaning
Dr. Len says that cleaning memories from our subconscious mind takes incessant moment by moment Ho’oponopono cleaning. We never experience things correctly, but we always experience our reaction to them. Dr Len knows that when he meets people, he does not experience them the way The Divine created them, so he continuously cleans by saying to The Divine “I am sorry for whatever is going on in me that I do not experience people the way You created them, please forgive me”. By doing this, Dr Len is asking The Divine to cancel what is in him that causes him to react to people and not see them as they truly are – Divine Beings. Dr Len says that once we let go of the dictate of memories by doing the Ho’oponopono cleaning, the memories stop playing, and not only the memories we hear playing, but many other memories simultaneously playing, but we are unaware of.

When we do Ho’oponopono, we are asking The Divine to remove the faults from our Soul and subconscious mind so that we can see people as the way The Divine created them, perfect. When we perceive them as perfect, they will respond as being perfect. The golden rule is that if we want to see people without problems, we need to get rid of our own problems first. Ho’oponopono is only about working on yourself and looking at the data and info in your personal subconscious mind that causes burdens and removing them.

Ho’oponopono is about giving up those things in us that keep us stuck and constrained. Often, we have no idea of what those things even are. Dr. Len says, "We don’t know what we don’t know". He avoids trying to understand the cause of the issue in his own life and with the people that he consults with. He heals by doing Ho’oponopono cleaning on himself.

Dr. Len on Anger

Dr. Len says that when people are angry, it is not the person who is angry, but it is a memory replaying anger. He said that if we know this and keep it in mind, we can change the data. The Ho’oponopono we do is not changing the other person, because that person is perfect, but what is imperfect is the data, and we have to ask The Divinity to convert that data to zero.

When we are doing Ho’oponopono, we are clearly stating to The Divine, “I am 100% responsible for what I am experiencing, and I am experiencing suffering in the form of (judgement). Something is going on in me (data or memory) and it is dictating this experience, and I would like to be 100% responsible for it. I am sorry for that.” Dr. Len says that the conscious mind does not take responsibly, and resorts to blame.

As humans, we have “stuff” going on that we can’t help because of the memories replaying in our subconscious mind, and these blocks prevent us from experiencing The Divine. Ho’oponopono is about erasing those memories that keep us from absolutely truly living and not being constrained by fear and how we feel. Ho’oponopono is about working on whatever is going on in us that we are not able (generation after generation) to move through to a point where we can experience The Divine.

The Big Questions
Who am I? Dr. Len says that we can be our own herapist/guru/healer, and that all we have to do is answer a couple of questions; - The most important being “Who am I?” According to Dr. Len, that is the most important question of creation, but unfortunately, most people don’t know who they are. If they did, they would realize that they need to take 100% responsibility for everything they experience in their life, and that they cannot blame other people.

What is a problem? The other thing we need to know, according to Dr. Len is,“What is a problem?" and, "Where is the problem?” According to Dr. Len, all problems are a result of memories replaying in our subconscious mind. We are all children, and exact replicas, of The Divine, which in its natural state is Void (clear) and Infinite. Our job is to return to that clear, empty and Infinite original state. Therefore, Ho’oponopono cleaning is about erasing and cleaning the block in our subconscious mind so that we can come back to zero/clarity, and that only out of that clarity can Divinity come in as inspiration.

Personal Practice
Dr. Len works every day throughout the day letting go of the blocks that keep him from being one with The Divine, i.e, Clear and Infinite. He does Ho’oponopono so that he is clear and able to move through his life without experiencing hardships, anger, resentment, blame or problems.

As people sign up for his weekend Ho’oponopono seminars, Dr. Len works on their names before he enters the room. His goal is to reduce “piles of stuff” (memories and data in his subconscious mind) that he shares with other people. According to Dr. Len, Divinity knows his connection with people he has not yet met, the memories he has in common with them, and the memories which are important to let go. He says that if he doesn’t do the work beforehand, the people in the class will be stuck in in their thoughts.

Another important Ho’oponopono cleaning tool Dr. Len uses is blue solar water, which he drinks throughout the day. Dr. Len practices Ho'opononopo cleansing from the moment he gets up in the morning, until he goes to bed at night. He knows that erasing memories requires incessant Ho’oponopono cleaning because if we stop cleaning, "We go ‘bonkers’ with the rest of the world."

Connecting to Source:
Dr. Len says that Ho’oponopono is about talking to The Divine. He recognizes The Divinity within himself is all-knowing, while the personality and consciousness of Dr. Len knows nothing. It is through this part of us called “The Divine Creator” that it is possible to cancel the information and data in our subconscious mind. The intellect does not have the ability to cancel error memories in our subconscious mind because that is not its function. The function of the intellect, according to Dr. Len, is to make the choice of whether we are going to take 100% responsibility for everything we experience in our life (or not). Dr. Len wants Divinity to make his decisions. He says that we can not serve two masters; memories making decisions and Divinity. We need to choose, and in order to have Divinity make the decisions for us, we need to have the memories in our subconscious mind cancelled.

Already Perfect
Dr. Len stressed that everyone is already perfect, but what is imperfect is the data in our subconscious minds, and that is what we have got to work on. Dr. Len said that the world is within us, and by changing the world in us, we change everything.

Copyright © Saul Maraney - 2007. All Rights Reserved.


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