Aloha Gary’s guide to Hawaiian Ho’oponopono Healing and much more…
Part 5 – Ho’oponopono, Morrnah Simeona, Joe Vitale and Dr Hew Len
‘A ohe pau ko ike I kau halau’ – think not all wisdom is in your school – Hawaiian proverb
So in our earlier articles, you learned about the true meaning of the Hawaiian word ho’oponopono.
Then we looked at the 4 statement process used today by Dr Hew Len:
I’m sorry, please forgive me, I love you , thank you.
…and how to use this best – which is to focus on whatever it is you wish to change within yourself and to give that up to divinity, by repeating a prayer and then repeating the 4 statements above.
Then we looked at the origins of ho’oponopono as an ancient ceremony or method to help families to reconcile differences and to live in ‘pono’, rightness, with each other, or as we might say now, live in harmony with one another. No sweeping things under the carpet, but using gentle forgiveness and a skilled and experienced facilitator to let go of old hurts and heal them.
And now we come to the modernisation of these processes, initially by Morrnah Simeona, or to give her her full title:
Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona, Kahuna La’au Lapa’au Kahea, Living Treasure of Hawai’i.
You have probably heard the term Kahuna in use for the winner in surfing competitions, surfing having been invented in Hawaii?
However, kahuna has a much broader meaning than that – the Kahunas were a whole class of people, not unlike the Brahmins of India or the Druids of the Celts. They formed the experts, Master Craftsmen, engineers and Professors of their day, and it would take 15-25 years of training before they were allowed to Uniki or qualify as a Kumu or teacher. Only after many more years of experience and recognition by peers could the term Kahuna be given, and this too was a rare honour.
And because part of the training includes humbleness, very few would use the honour of the title, which can mean wisdom keeper, or keeper of the light, or keeper of secret wisdom. So those who use the term for themselves today should be scrutinised most carefully! Many native Hawaiians or kanaka maoli, are more likely to be comfortable with the term Kahu, meaning wisdom keeper, or Kumu, meaning teacher, or Kupuna, meaning elder.
There were many different types, of Kahuna, with Kahuna of fishing and farming, astronomy, law, forestry, accounting, canoe carving and building, paediatrician, midwife, Chief’s counsellor and lots more.
A Kahuna La’au Lapa’au was a healer or general medical practitioner, and la’au kahea, means one who heals with words and prayers, which today we would probably call a psychotherapist.
(See Jane Gutmanis’ book: Kahuna La’au Lapa’au: Hawaiian Herbal Medicine, for more details. )
Morrnah realised that these ancient Hawaiian wisdoms were great teachings for helping people in the modern world to deal with stress and tension in their every day lives, and there were opportunities for wider applications and simplifying of the teachings for non-Hawaiian usage.
These included the teachings of the 3 minds – the Aumakua, which equates to the Jungian concept of Super Conscious, or Higher Self, connected to Source/Higher Power; the Uhane, equates to the Conscious Mind, or mental self; and the Unihipili, which equates to the Unconscious Mind, or emotional self. There will be a LOT more about these teachings in later parts of Aloha Gary’s Guide.
She began to study other systems of healing and spirituality and began to blend these ideas such as karma, alongside Hawaiian teachings such as reincarnation, into the process, to help others understand and use it for themselves, as a form of self-help, without the need for an expert facilitator or elder, or a family gathering.
This led to much criticism of her methods by traditionalists who did not want to share any of the ancient teachings outside of Hawaii with what they perceived as haole, foreigners, meaning ‘without breath’ or ‘without spirit’.
Some even went so far as to say that if the traditional teachings were improved evolved or changed they were ‘no longer Hawaiian’!
This goes against the Hawaiian principle of ‘a ohe pau ko ike I kau halau’ – think not all wisdom is in your school.
Uncle George Na’ope, Kahuna Hula, used to tell a story that there was an old Hawaiian song which was called ‘take me back to my little grass shack’, but that he wanted none of it, he liked his modern home with its creature comforts especially air conditioning!!
He then went on to say, that he was constantly encouraging young hula song and dance creators to write about modern times, not the old times and to look to the present and look forward, not constantly harking back to an imagined paradise time in the past which never was!
There are lessons in this for all of us. The lesson for ho’oponopono and other traditional healing methods is that they are constantly evolving and changing as our modern lifestyles and problems change too.
Morrnah took her teachings to aid forgiveness and reconciliation all over the US, Europe, Japan and also presented them to the United Nations.
She founded The Foundation of ‘I’, Inc. (Freedom of the Cosmos) in 1980 as a vehicle to get her teachings out to the world. and wrote a three part textbook ‘Self-Identity through Ho’oponopono’.
This latter is copyright to the foundation, and in fact on joining one of their 2 day workshops in Dublin’s Jury’s Hotel in 2006, I was surprised at the very long legal disclaimer they made me sign not to disclose any of the elements of the workshop.
It turns out that much of this has subsequently been disclosed into the public arena by Dr Len in interviews on the internet and also by Joe Vitale in their book ‘Zero Limits’ (2007).
For example, the use of blue solar water, being water placed in a blue glass container and left in the sunshine, to help cleansing.
It is not clear how many of these cleaning tools were developed by Morrnah, and how many have been created since Dr Len took over the organisation upon her passing in 1992.
I later discovered the disclaimer may be to do with a long running dispute with Huna Research Associates about copyright ownership of the book.
Morrnah was invited to speak at an HRA event in 1980, and they subsequently published her hand-outs (ie part of the book) on the internet. SITH claim they had no right to do so, and HRA say they do.
If you have a look at the HRA site and check out the energy there, and the energy at the SITH website, I am sure you will form your own opinions.
Morrnah’s teachings emphasise prayer, which I have found often seems to be forgotten by many of those trying out the 4 statement ‘mantra’.
Here is Morrnah’s prayer from Zero Limits, this to be said at the outset of any work:
“Divine creator, father, mother child 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.”
HRA claim that constant repetition of the 4 statement mantra may lead to some negative self-programming, whereas the direct application of prayer to a specific situation can clear that issue directly and immediately, rather like taking a specific medicine rather than a general pick-me-up.
Personally, I would bear in mind that in Hawaiian language there is no such concept as ‘I’m sorry’, the translation, kala ma ia’u, meaning ‘please forgive me’.
A meaning of kala, which is often translated as forgiveness, can be ‘to the light’. In other words to forgive is to give to the light or to divinity.
Notice a translation of Dr Len’s name, Ihaleakala is ‘the house of kala’, or the house of forgiveness, or the house of the rising sun.
Interestingly, in some Polynesian dialects this is spelled ‘La’ and in others ‘Ra’. Ra being the ancient Egyptian name for the god of the sun. Is there somehow a link between Hawaiian and ancient Egyptian spirituality? That would be most intriguing!
So it may be worth you tuning into your intuition to ask yourself, does each of these four statements empower me? And use which ever ones increase your mana or life force energy, as the Hawaiians would call it, and discard those which do not.
Remember we are all different, and there is no ‘one size fits all’, when it comes to healing and spirituality.
Part of taking 100% responsibility for yourself is to try out what works for you, and decide what empowers you and what does not, including this Guide! What ‘feels’ right for you, and what does not?
The aim of these prayers and cleanings is to flush out old disempowering beliefs or memories which hold you back. In Morrnah’s version this also can include karma from issues from past incarnations.
This is most interesting, as I received a teaching from Kumu (teacher) Hula John Ka’imikaua, who said that traditionally Hawaiians did not believe in karma from past lives, but that all kuleana (responsibilities) stemmed from this lifetime. Thus, although there may be issues which are echoes from past lives, the responsibility for it lies 100% with you in this lifetime, not with what happened previously or who you were then.
Either way, the intention is the same – take 100% responsibility and clear whatever is causing your pilikia or issues from your memories.
I have not been able to find references to Morrnah using mantras or the 4 statements, but references to many prayers, some of which are included in her Self I-dentity Through Ho’oponopono book (SITH), which you can get if you go on one of SITH’s workshops.
This suggests that Dr Len developed the 4 statements from his own work.
By appealing to the higher self (‘Aumakua) to offer the prayer for the highest good, Morrnah suggested that such a prayer could be answered more quickly due to its higher vibration.
How it all works
Some years ago, Harvard Medical School (and many other mainstream institutions) stated that: “95% of all ailments and diseases were caused by tension in the body”.
Hawaiian healing works on the assumption that actually the figure should be 100%, that ALL ailments and dis-eases are caused by tension in the body.
So where does this tension come from? Well as we have learned energy follows thought always. Therefore the more we think about a concern or pilikia issue the more this becomes a habit, and our unconscious self spots this and begins to repeat it for us as a habit. So all of a sudden, these negative thoughts arise habitually, not necessarily chosen by our conscious mind at the time, but repeated from past memories by the unconscious mind.
The more repetition, the more the cells become focused in this pattern, and the energy becomes stuck, and thus we our mental and emotional stresses become physical tensions in the body, leading to ailments etc.
Thus by releasing these old memories, we allow the consequent stresses and tensions in the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical bodies to be released, no matter how long they may have been there, thus allowing immediate ‘instant healing’, often seen as ‘miraculous’ by those who do not understand the process.
For example, in the early years of sharing and teaching these brilliantly powerful and useful tools and techniques I had learned from my visits to Hawaii, and learning from the elders there, I was very confident of the powers of these techniques due to the amazing healings I had done for myself and I saw with my own eyes.
So when I was teaching in Manchester for an afternoon, I had no hesitation in saying ‘and this technique heals everything’, very boldly, and asked for volunteers to try it in front of the group so I could demonstrate and everyone would learn how to use it properly.
Well I was shocked and not a little worried when an older man stepped forward who was clearly struggling to walk, and his arm did not seem to move right either. He told me that he had had a stroke and was completely paralysed down one side of his body, and would my Hawaiian technique be able to help him?
It was one of those defining moments… and I decided to have the approach I felt would most help him, and I told him ‘absolutely, although it may need more than one round or two of the technique’. This technique is very simple, very quick and very powerful, and this one is based on a special type of breathing the Hawaiians call ‘Ha’ breath, because that’s the noise you make when you breathe out.
We began with his arm, and I encouraged the whole class to do the technique with us and send their energy to the man. In one round he managed to get as much movement again as had taken him months using other techniques. We kept repeating, and the more we repeated, the more he could move his arm, little by little, and after an hour he could raise his arm above his head!
We continued until he had full movement in his arm, which was amazing and everyone was saying how miraculous it was, and they asked me if I saw this all the time, to which I merely grinned (little did they know this was the first time that I saw such a major healing happening in front of me!)
Then he noticed he had a little movement on his leg, and we continued for another hour, until that was fully moving. He looked at his stick and said ‘I wont be needing that any more’ and threw it on the ground, and walked through the door.
All of a sudden we heard a huge crash and rushed to the door, only to find he had jumped down the stairs just because he now could!! ‘Those doctors told my daughter I would be a vegetable and never speak or move again. I’ve showed them!!’
Hawaiians healers say: ‘humans are what happens between the in-breath and the out-breath’, so it stands to reason that more of the right kind of energising and oxygenating breath will also bring love and amazing healings for you!
Similarly, at a recent workshop, a lady healed her broken arm in less than half an hour! What might you achieve if you came along?
These things may seem implausible to you at first, which is why I encourage you to try these methods for yourself.
So I can vouch that such things are possible, and the amazingly miraculous Hawaiian healings describes by Dan Millman in his book ‘the way of the spiritual warrior’ seem entirely plausible to me.
Zero Limits and beyond…
Which brings me onto the story released by Dr Hew Len as written by Joe Vitale.
The true story of how he healed a whole asylum of criminally insane dangerous criminals over a period of 3 years or so.
The even more remarkable thing about that is he did not meet with a single inmate throughout his time there.
Instead he worked on himself, using the by now famous 4 statements of his version which he calls ho’oponopono: “I’m sorry, please forgive me, I love you, thank you”.
And truly this meets our definition of ho’oponopono, as he is making things right-right through the process of kala, forgiveness.
Only to many psychologists surprise, he did not work directly with the inmates. He began by finding what it was within him, that was keeping them stuck where they were, and then releasing it, using the 4 statements.
Just recently I met a care assistant from Broadmoor, which is a high-security psychiatric prison-hospital, home to some of the UK’s most notorious criminals.
He had come to my workshop to find out as much as he could about ho’oponopono and
He told me that he had begun to use Dr Len’s 4 statements inside the facility, and was astonished to find he achieved instant results, especially when an inmate became aggressive or violent. Just by repeating the mantra several times to himself, the inmate would calm down, often within minutes!
So what can you do to help yourself and relieve those difficult traumas and drams we all face in our lives, which the Hawaiians call pilikia or issues?
How good would it be to suddenly all of that energy that is stuck within you, to allow more choices to create more of what you wish in your life and less of what you don’t?
This is sometimes called ‘manifesting’ albeit, that it is not creating something out of nothing in mid-air like a conjuring magician. This is more about using the way the universe works to attract to you what you desire.
Does this sound strange or different to you? Well if you have not heard it before, it is bound to be new, is it not?
And following our proverb – “think not all wisdom is in our school” we can keep an open mind and explore these further in the next exciting Part 6 of this Aloha Gary’s guide to Ho’oponopono and Hawaiian abundance manifesting.
See you there…
Malama pono. In love and humbleness, All truths are my teachers, all mis-takes are my own.
Mahalo nui loa
Thank you for reading
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Nana i ke kumu – Pukui, Hertig, Lee
Tales from the Night Rainbow – Willis and Lee
Self Identity Through Ho’oponopono – Morrnah Simeona
You can heal your life – Louise Hay
Zero Limits – Joe Vitale and Dr Ihaleakala Hew Len
Jane Gutmanis – Kahuna La’au Lapa’au: Hawaiian Herbal Medicine
Dan Millman – ‘the way of the spiritual warrior’