Ho’oponopono

 

Over the last few days, I have explored ho’oponopono – or at least a practice inspired by it since I still don’t understand it very well.

Ho’o is a new and revised version of a traditional shamanic practice from Hawaii and other pacific islands, and as far as I understand, it’s essence is:

(a) to take complete responsibility for whatever happens in the world, and

(b) invite clearing of what creates it.

The recommended way of doing this is to find in myself what creates the situation, connect with it, and say: I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.

This practice, as any other, is an invitation for exploring. What happens when I do this? What are the effects? What do I notice?

I don’t need to understand why or how it works, but there are a few ways of thinking about it that may be helpful:

When I dream, this mind creates everything in the dream. I can take full responsibility for what happens in the dream, since it is created by me, and I can find clearing of what created it. Similarly, I can – as a game or experiment – see the world as my dream, take responsibility for it, and invite clearing for what created it.

Another way is to understand ho’o through projections. The world is a mirror for what’s already right here in me, so again, it makes sense to take full responsibility and invite clearing of what created it.

The third way of looking at ho’o is Big Mind. The world is a seamless whole, it is the Big I. It doesn’t matter if something is “here” or “there”, all of it is really here. Here too, I can take responsibility and invite clearing of what created it.

I find that ho’oponopono opens my heart. Situations that has bugged me for a while feels resolved, at least for now. And it helps me stay sober. I take responsibility for creating the suffering and confusion I see in the world. I find forgiveness. I allow healing.

I should also mention that another statement has come up for me to use, and it seems to work well for now: I forgive myself for creating this.

Here are some examples:

I hear of people killed in Libya because Gadaffi is not inclined to give up power, so I find that in myself – the impulse to be right, to keep power, the suffering it creates, the confusion behind it all, and find forgiveness for myself for it. I take responsibility for the whole situation, and I forgive myself for the whole situation.

My parents have a strained relationship, so I find in myself what creates that strained relationship. I find lack of honesty, openness, receptivity, trust. I see how I do the same in my own life. I see how the Big I creates it all in the world. I take responsibility for the whole situation, and I forgive myself for the whole situation.

I remember being teased and bullied at times as a child, and not taking it very well. I forgive myself for being teased and bullied. I forgive myself for when I did that to other kids. I forgive myself for the teasing and bullying directed at me. I forgive myself for not standing up to them as I now would have liked to. I forgive myself for the traces this has left in my life since childhood. I take responsibility for the whole situation, and I forgive myself for the whole situation.

Note: I am new to ho’o so don’t take this description as anything more than a first impression. What I write here is inspired by the little I know about ho’o, it seems helpful for me now, and when I learn more about ho’o I can refine my approach.

Note 2: The essence of ho’o is very similar to a number of other practices I am familiar with, such as The Work, the Big Mind process, tonglen, bearing witness, and the all-inclusive gratitude practice. In each of these, I take complete responsibility for what I see in the world and I invite in clearing. I also use prayer in this way.

Note 3: I am obviously not as clear on this as I can be, as evidenced by all the drafts below…!

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  • ho’oponopono
    • find in myself what has created what i see in the world – suffering, confusion, connect with it, forgive myself for it
    • can see in several different ways, each as an experiment, a game, see what happens
      • in dreams, i create everything including suffering and confusion, so i can forgive myself for creating it – and try it as if the world is my dream
      • projections – the world is my mirror, i have here what i see out there, can forgive myself for it
      • as big mind, i am creating it all, can forgive myself for it – big mind appearing as a human self, forgiving itself for it

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– the world as a mirror, heal here
– i love you, thank you
— practical, respectful, insightful
– also, one reality
– makes sense all around

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– sobering, open heart – sweet open feeling in the heart
– resolves some things that has bothered me for a while

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I have recently explored ho’oponopono, a new and revised version of an ancient shamanic practice from Hawaii and other pacific islands. I see something in the world that needs healing – coming out of suffering and confusion. I find in myself what creates this, connect with it, and forgive myself for it. I forgive myself for having created the causes that brought this about. One way of doing this is to say I am sorry, I love you, thank you. Or simply, I forgive myself for having created this. Ho’o may sound odd, but it makes immediate intuitive sense to me.

Here are some ways of thinking about it, if that’s necessary. When I dream, this mind creates everything in the dream, and I can forgive myself for creating the suffering and confusion that happens within a dream. Similarly, I can – as a game or experiment – see the world as my dream, and forgive myself for creating confusion and suffering. Another way is to understand ho’o through projections. The world is a mirror for what’s already right here in me, so if I tell myself something needs healing out there in the world, I can connect with the same right here in myself and forgive myself for it. The third way of looking at ho’o is Big Mind. The world is a seamless whole, it is the Big I. It doesn’t matter if something is “here” or “there”, all of it is really here, and I can forgive myself for it. As Big Mind appearing as a human self, I can forgive myself for creating this confusion and suffering.

I hear of people killed in Libya because Gadaffi is not inclined to give up power, so I find that in myself – the impulse to be right, to keep power, the suffering it creates, the confusion behind it all, and find forgiveness for myself for it. A friend’s cat is sick, so I find in myself that sickness and forgive myself for creating that sickness. My parents have a strained relationship, so I find in myself what creates that strained relationship (lack of honesty, openness, receptivity, trust), and forgive myself for creating it. As this human self, I create it in my own life and in my relationship with others, and as the Big Self (life, universe, Big Mind, Divine Mind) I create it in my parents, in me, and universally in all or most humans – so I find forgiveness for myself for creating it in all of these ways. And I can continue. For instance, I find here the anger, rage, disappointment, fear and confusion I see in Hitler (kernel), and forgive myself for it.

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All of this is a wonderful way to stay sober and humble. I take responsibility for creating the suffering and confusion I see in the world. I find forgiveness for it. I allow healing of it. I am it all.

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Note: I am new to ho’o so don’t take this description as anything more than a first impression. For instance, I just realized that Dr. Len himself sees it as a clearing and not healing. The essence seems (a) to take complete responsibility, and (b) invite clearing of what creates suffering and confusion. This clearing can happen through saying I love you, thank you to the situation and what created it, or other approaches such as The Work.

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The essence is (a) to take complete responsibility, and (b) invite clearing of what creates suffering and confusion. This is similar to other approaches such as The Work, the Big Mind Process, tonglen, bearing witness, and perhaps even techniques such as TRE if done with the same intention.

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An excerpt from a recent post:

I have recently explored ho’oponopono, a new and revised version of an ancient shamanic practice from Hawaii and other pacific islands. I see something in the world that needs healing – suffering and confusion. I find in myself what creates this, connect with it, and forgive myself for it. I forgive myself for having created the causes that brought this about. One way of doing this is to say I am sorry, I love you, thank you. Or simply, I forgive myself for creating this. Ho’o may sound odd, but it makes immediate and intuitive sense to me.

Here are some ways of thinking about it:

When I dream, this mind creates everything in the dream, and I can forgive myself for creating the suffering and confusion that happens within a dream. Similarly, I can – as a game or experiment – see the world as my dream, and forgive myself for creating confusion and suffering.

Another way is to understand ho’o through projections. The world is a mirror for what’s already right here in me, so if I tell myself something needs healing out there in the world, I can connect with the same right here in myself and forgive myself for it.

The third way of looking at ho’o is Big Mind. The world is a seamless whole, it is the Big I. It doesn’t matter if something is “here” or “there”, all of it is really here, and I can forgive myself for it. As Big Mind appearing as a human self, I can forgive myself for creating this confusion and suffering.

I find that ho’oponopono opens my heart. Situations that has bugged me for a while feels resolved, at least for now. And it helps me stay sober. I take responsibility for creating the suffering and confusion I see in the world. I find forgiveness. I allow healing.

Note: I am new to ho’o so don’t take this description as anything more than a first impression. For instance, I just realized that Dr. Len himself sees it as a clearing and not healing. The essence seems (a) to take complete responsibility, and (b) invite clearing of what creates suffering and confusion. This clearing can happen through saying I love you, thank you to the situation and what created it, or other approaches such as The Work. I realize that I am making up my own practice inspired by ho’o, and that’s fine. It seems helpful for now, and I can learn more about the “real” ho’o later.

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I recently started exploring ho’oponopono, a new and revised version of an ancient shamanic practice from Hawaii and other pacific islands.

It is an all-inclusive and simple practice, which is probably why I am drawn to it now.

And the essence, as I understand it, is (a) to take complete responsibility for whatever happens in the world, and (b) invite clearing of what creates it.

This clearing can happen through the “official” ho’o practice of saying, to the situation and what created it: I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.

It can also happen through other practices such as The Work, the Big Mind process, tonglen, bearing witness, prayer or gratitude practice.

Or it can happen through what has come up for me over the last few days: I forgive myself for creating this.

Taking complete responsibility for whatever happens in the world and then clearing it in myself  may seem odd, but it makes immediate intuitive sense to me.

Here are some ways of thinking about it, if that’s helpful:

When I dream, this mind creates everything in the dream, and I can forgive myself for creating the suffering and confusion that happens within a dream. Similarly, I can – as a game or experiment – see the world as my dream, and forgive myself for creating confusion and suffering.

Another way is to understand ho’o through projections. The world is a mirror for what’s already right here in me, so if I tell myself something needs healing out there in the world, I can connect with the same right here in myself and forgive myself for it.

The third way of looking at ho’o is Big Mind. The world is a seamless whole, it is the Big I. It doesn’t matter if something is “here” or “there”, all of it is really here, and I can forgive myself for it. As the Big I appearing as this human self, I can forgive myself for creating this confusion and suffering.

I find that ho’oponopono opens my heart. Situations that has bugged me for a while feels resolved, at least for now. And it helps me stay sober. I take responsibility for creating the suffering and confusion I see in the world. I find forgiveness. I allow healing.

Here are some examples:

I hear of people killed in Libya because Gadaffi is not inclined to give up power, so I find that in myself – the impulse to be right, to keep power, the suffering it creates, the confusion behind it all, and find forgiveness for myself for it. I take responsibility for the whole situation, and I forgive myself for the whole situation.

My parents have a strained relationship, so I find in myself what creates that strained relationship. I find lack of honesty, openness, receptivity, trust. I see how I do the same in my own life. I see how the Big I creates it all in the world. I take responsibility for the whole situation, and I forgive myself for the whole situation.

I remember being teased and bullied at times as a child. I forgive myself for being teased and bullied. I forgive myself for when I did that to other kids. I forgive myself for the teasing and bullying directed at me. I forgive myself for not standing up to them as I now would have liked to. I take responsibility for the whole situation, and I forgive myself for the whole situation.

Note: I am new to ho’o so don’t take this description as anything more than a first impression. What I write here is inspired by the little I know about ho’o, it seems helpful for me now, and when I learn more about ho’o I can refine my approach.

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