Ho ‘oponopono – Miracle Healing From Hawaii by Joe Vitale

HO’OPONOPONO by Joe Vitale

“Two years ago, I heard about a therapist in Hawaii who 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.

“When I first heard this story, I thought it was an urban legend. How
could anyone heal anyone else by healing himself? How could even the best
self-improvement master cure the criminally insane? It didn’t make any
sense. It wasn’t logical, so I dismissed the story.

“However, I heard it again a year later. I heard that the therapist had
used a Hawaiian healing process called ho ‘oponopono. I had never heard of
it, yet I couldn’t let it leave my mind. If the story was at all true, I
had to know more. I had always understood “total responsibility” to mean
that I am responsible for what I think and do. Beyond that, it’s out of my
hands. I think that most people think of total responsibility that way.
We’re responsible for what we do, not what anyone else does–but that’s

“The Hawaiian therapist who healed those mentally ill people would teach
me an advanced new perspective about total responsibility. His name is Dr.
Ihaleakala Hew Len. We probably spent an hour talking on our first phone
call. I asked him to tell me the complete story of his work as a therapist.

He explained that he worked at Hawaii State Hospital for four years.

That ward where they kept the criminally insane was dangerous.

Psychologists quit on a monthly basis. The staff called in sick a lot or
simply quit. People would walk through that ward with their backs against
the wall, afraid of being attacked by patients. It was not a pleasant
place to live, work, or visit.

“Dr. Len told me that he never saw patients. He agreed to have an office
and to review their files. While he looked at those files, he would work
on himself. As he worked on himself, patients began to heal.

“‘After a few months, patients that had to be shackled were being allowed
to walk freely,’ he told me. ‘Others who had to be heavily medicated were
getting off their medications. And those who had no chance of ever being
released were being freed.’ I was in awe.’Not only that,’ he went on, ‘but
the staff began to enjoy coming to work.

Absenteeism and turnover disappeared. We ended up with more staff than we needed because patients were being released, and all the staff was showing up to work. Today, that ward is closed.’

“This is where I had to ask the million dollar question: ‘What were you
doing within yourself that caused those people to change?’

“‘I was simply healing the part of me that created them,’ he said. I
didn’t understand. 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

“Whew. This is tough to swallow. Being responsible for what I say or do is
one thing. Being responsible for what everyone in my life says or does is
quite another. Yet, the truth is this: if you take complete responsibility
for your life, then everything you see, hear, taste, touch, or in any way
experience is your responsibility because it is in your life. This means
that terrorist activity, the president, the economy or anything you
experience and don’t like–is up for you to heal. They don’t exist, in a
manner of speaking, except as projections from inside you. The problem
isn’t with them, it’s with you, and to change them, you have to change you.

“I know this is tough to grasp, let alone accept or actually live. Blame
is far easier than total responsibility, but as I spoke with Dr. Len, I
began to realize that healing for him and in ho ‘oponopono means loving

“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.

“I asked Dr. Len how he went about healing himself. What was he doing,
exactly, when he looked at those patients’ files?

“‘I just kept saying, ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘I love you’ over and over again,’
he explained.

“That’s it?

“That’s it.

“Turns out that loving yourself is the greatest way to improve yourself,
and as you improve yourself, you improve your world.

“Let me give you a quick example of how this works: one day, someone sent
me an email that upset me. In the past I would have handled it by working
on my emotional hot buttons or by trying to reason with the person who
sent the nasty message.

“This time, I decided to try Dr. Len’s method. I kept silently saying,
‘I’m sorry’ and ‘I love you,’ I didn’t say it to anyone in particular. I
was simply evoking the spirit of love to heal within me what was creating
the outer circumstance.

“Within an hour I got an e-mail from the same person. He apologized for
his previous message. Keep in mind that I didn’t take any outward action
to get that apology. I didn’t even write him back. Yet, by saying ‘I love
you,’ I somehow healed within me what was creating him.

“I later attended a ho ‘oponopono workshop run by Dr. Len. He’s now 70
years old, considered a grandfatherly shaman, and is somewhat reclusive.

He praised my book, The Attractor Factor. He told me that as I improve
myself, my book’s vibration will raise, and everyone will feel it when
they read it. In short, as I improve, my readers will improve.

“‘What about the books that are already sold and out there?’ I asked.

“‘They aren’t out there,’ he explained, once again blowing my mind with
his mystic wisdom. ‘They are still in you.’ In short, there is no out
there. It would take a whole book to explain this advanced technique with
the depth it deserves.

“Suffice It to say that whenever you want to improve anything in your
life, there’s only one place to look: inside you. When you look, do it
with love.”

About Suzanne

Suzanne Lewis, editor and manager Wholisticbodymind.com since 2000. Suzanne is a Planetary Peacekeeper, an Agent for Conscious Evolution, a Spiritual Healer, a Mother, a multi - faceted artist (beads, gems to trade beads; guords star seed art; published author and Lover of Life for the sake of All our Relations.
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