Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len was a psychologist at the Hawaii State Hospital who – without ever seeing a patient in person – cured a ward of criminally insane patients using an ancient Huna technique. Dr. Len would study an inmate’s chart and then look within himself to see how he created that person’s illness. As he took responsibility, asked forgiveness and expressed gratitude, he improved himself and the patients improved. Dr. Len never saw his patients. His agreement was he would have an office and he would review the patient files. While he looked at those files, he would work on himself. As he worked on himself, patients began to heal. Dr. Len says he “was simply healing the part of me that created them.” Dr. Len explained that total responsibility for your life means that everything in your life is your responsibility, simply because it appears in your life. In a literal sense your entire world is your creation.
Ho’oponopono means to make right. Essentially, it means to make it right with the ancestors, or to make right with the people with whom you have relationships. For example, let’s say your five-year-old grandson punched another five-year-old intentionally with hate in mind. If asked, then the one who was punched would forgive the other immediately, because it is inappropriate for anyone to carry guilt any longer than they had to. We call this the Hawaiian Code of Forgiveness, and it’s an important thought, because when we forgive others, who are we forgiving? Ourselves, of course.
If you are familiar with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), there is a saying, “People are only doing the best they can with the resources they have available.” If you’ve heard that before, it has to do with forgiveness. Think about it. As you do, consider that you are included in “people.”
In the Eastern traditions, too, there is a tradition of being aligned with and cleaning up relations with the ancestors. In Japan, China, as well as the Hawaiian tradition, it is thought to be important to align and clean up any past problems that you’ve had in relationships, especially with relatives.
At the same time, perhaps there are family patterns you do not want. Certainly you have heard the saying, “We just don’t do that in our family,” or “That’s the way it is in our family.” What happens then, is that certain generational themes get passed along in families, like sadness or any number of different traits. Ho’oponopono will allow you to clean this up.
THEORY: We carry inside us as parts of the Unconscious Mind, all the significant people in our lives. (These parts of us often look very much like Carl Jung’s archetypes.) Ho’oponopono makes it “all right” with them. The process of Ho’oponopono is to align with and clean up our genealogy as well as to clean up our relationships with other people in our lives. You come to recognize that anytime a troubled soul appears in front of you, you share in the responsibility for their trouble (conscious or unconscious, throughout lifetimes), and that is what you are asking forgiveness for: your part in anything that troubles them.
For a Ho’oponopono session, I begin by first sitting in a relaxed posture and breathing deeply and generating a loving feeling inside me. In your mind’s eye, imagine an infinite source of love and healing flowing from a source above the top of your head, and open up the top of your head, and let the source of love and healing flow down inside your body, fill up the body.
You will overflow out your heart to the person you are asking forgiveness of.
The Process of Ho’oponopono:
1. Bring to mind anyone with whom you do not feel total alignment or support, etc. Imagine them standing before you. Overflow love and healing from your heart (see above) in their direction for the duration of this exercise.
2. Say and mean, “I forgive you and, for whatever my (known or unknown/ karmic across lifetimes) part in your situation, I ask you to forgive me. I thank you for your part in my life and I love you.”
3. Next, let go of the person, and see them floating away. As they do, cut the cord that connects the two of you. Do this in your mind and also with a sweeping motion of your hand. “I release you, I ask you to forgive me, I forgive you, thank you and I love you.”
Do this with every person in your life with whom you are incomplete, or not aligned.
The final test is, can you see the person or think of them without feeling any negative emotions. If you do feel negative emotions when you do, then do the process again.
Original and full article at http://www.ancienthuna.com/ho-oponopono.htm