Ho’oponopono In Our Responsibility to Amend the Mistakes of Our World

Written by Diana Núñez, BA, Faculty at the NewEarth University School of The Living Arts – Learning & Education


Ho’oponopono, such a particular word, right?

Maybe you have heard this singular expression before. Particular so it will be remembered; particular so that it resonates in you. For the Hawaiian shamans, it means, “to correct the error”. Isn’t our history a chain of errors? Since human beings began to eat meat and develop their intelligence and their ego?

Each war is a mistake.

Greed is a mistake. Jealousy, abuse of the helpless, the bleeding of nature, the annihilation of populations in the name of the conquest or religions, the lack of love, indifference, the killing and extinction of entire animal species, the substitution of nature with concrete and excessive self-protection, the unconsciousness, the automated consumerism of today; just to name a few of mankind’s mistakes. From the biblical metaphors of Adam and Eve and their children Cain and Abel, we are a chain of mistakes.

You and I are responsible for every suffering that we see.

With a little sensitivity, we stand in front of all these with our hands on our waists, we observe with sadness and despair and we think: how could I stop it? What can I do? Can I launch a revolution? Create a movement? Yes, it is possible – it requires a lot of strength, commitment, and a dedicated life.

So there we are, many standing in the middle of everything, not knowing what to do, and even being part of it, or feeling hopeless for it, or annoyed, very annoyed, or sad, even depressed. Many of us no longer want to see the news. It seems sick to buy a newspaper. I personally do not stand watching CSI at the TV as I do not see anything that confronts me with that picture of humanity that worries me.

When I met Ho’oponopono, I was told:

Everything that is in your reality is yours, you are responsible for all of it.

That is the first principle of Ho’oponopono: To take responsibility.

My initial question was:  How can I be responsible for the poverty, cold and hunger of a beggar? I didn’t do anything to cause him to be at that corner, asking for charity. How could I have caused that?

Well, Ho’oponopono tells us that yes, we indeed are responsible. And that’s good because only someone responsible for something has the power to change it. The victims are victims; they have no power, no will, nor ability to change their threats. But everything changes when I take responsibility because I can make decisions…I move, I change what I have created with the will to solve it. If I take responsibility, I have the power over the facts.

First lesson.

So that is the first lesson: We are all responsible for what is happening to this world. If it is present in my reality, I am part of it, I am responsible. Something in me created that, even if I cannot tell what exactly it was. And with that consciousness, I have the power to change it. Yes, I am responsible for the beggar I see on that street. I am responsible for the war I see in the news. I am responsible for that problem my friend is telling me, looking for advice or comfort. I am responsible for that illness that my patient has.

What is Ho’oponopono?

For those who haven’t heard about Ho’oponopono before, you must be wondering what is it exactly. There is a lot of information on the web, but I can briefly tell you that it is an ancient practice of the Hawaiian shamans and their Ka Huna philosophy. It became famous when the Hawaiian Psychiatrist and shaman Dr. Ihaleakalá Hew Len, cured and discharged a full pavilion of dangerous psychiatric patients from the State Hospital of Hawaii. This happened between 1983 and 1987. He never met them in-person, he just sat every day with each patient’s file, and one by one, he did Ho’oponopono. This practice consists, as we said before, in taking responsibility for each problem and correcting it by mentally repeating the four phrases or parts of this sentence:

“Sorry, please forgive me, I love you, and thank you.”

With these four expressions we “clean” what produces the disagreement, the problem, the war, the madness.

Is it not: “I forgive you”. It is: “Please forgive me.”

Please be aware that we do not say: “I forgive you” as in “forgiving someone”, but we ask for forgiveness for ourselves instead; forgiveness for what is in us that is causing the problem. Again, we don’t forgive; we do ask to be forgiven. Although we do not know exactly what is in us that causes it, we apologize for it.

Relax, you do not need to feel you need forgiveness.

It’s important to explain that when we ask for forgiveness, we don’t have to deeply feel it. It is like pressing our computers delete command when we have made a mistake. We do not have to feel that we need to delete – we just do it. It is the same with Ho’oponopono. So relax, because sometimes a problem we want to clean can be making us angry, or sad; that is normal and maybe we don’t really feel we want to ask forgiveness. But we just do it, as a mantra, as deleting a mistake with our computer keyboard.

How many times should we repeat those phrases?

Mabel Katz, my Ho’oponopono teacher, answered my question by saying:  “It is as if the problem is a big stain on a huge wall. Every time you say I’m sorry, forgive me, I love you and thank you, what you’re doing is erasing a small piece of the stain. You don’t see the wall or the stain, but you should know that little by little, it is being erased. The bigger the problem, the bigger the stain!”

Dr. Hew Len took four years to cure these patients. It is about faith, love, and calm. Love, as you love your neighbor, which means simply wishing him well as you want for yourself.

If I see the beggar again, I repeat internally, “I am sorry, please forgive me, I love you, thank you”. Two things can happen then: Either the beggar starts changing his life, or else, he leaves my reality and I don’t see him again, because what I did was to clean up what was in me that caused his begging. It can happen to you in a job where things are not going along; either doing Ho’oponopono improves your conditions, or you get out of that job to find another one where, what was in you (that causes the problems) has been cleansed and probably will not manifest as problems at work again. It is like that…very easy, so easy that many could think it’s unbelievable.

We live in an Era when we see everything, everywhere, at every minute.

This shamanic knowledge comes to us at a time when everything has gone out of control. And also when the reality can be watched in real time, minute by minute. It is as if today, according to what the Ho’oponopono teaches us, we were responsible of many more things. Our grandparents had no idea what was happening on the other side of the world, or they saw it as a brief and modified extract. Today reality is raw, naked, in front of us every day. It affects us like a spiral. It puts us on the defensive; it saddens us, and takes away our strength… Where will we get to? Who can heal the world? Well, the Ho’oponopono is a simple but powerful action that we can do. And the more we do it, the bigger the critical mass gets, the stronger we make it. Mabel Katz even explained to me that for the years that Ho’oponopono has been globally spread, the strength of Ho’oponopono can be summed up in just two sentences: “I love you; and thank you.” If we do not want to repeat, “I’m sorry, forgive me, I love you, thank you”, we can simply say, “I love you and thank you”. That sums it up. And so, what we are doing is correcting our ancestral error, recovering the order and putting everything in hands of the divinity.

Respect our places, our gardens, and our animals.

Ho’oponopono also talks about reverently respecting everything that surrounds us: the house that shelters us, the chair that allows us to rest and the person who serves us in a cafeteria. Becoming aware of our environment and being in constant gratitude then becomes a way to vibrate. That remains in us, and brings us peace and wonderful gratitude, this gratitude being the most beautiful feeling we can have and the one that elevates our vibration, even more than love itself. How many times do we enter our house, leave the keys aside and we mechanically have this unconscious cold routine? If we have a pet, it changes everything – a bit – because it will come out to greet and give us its happiness. But we can also revere and love this pet in another way, by being aware of what it gives us. Since I learned this, I enter my house gratefully. I speak to her and greet her. I salute my garden, my flowers and trees and the fruits they give me as a generous present. When I enter new places that open themselves to me and I respect those rooms (now very sacred for me) I feel that they welcome me, recognize me and protect me. That is how I treat everything now, and I feel everything treats me like that – in a sacred relationship.

Create your own Ho’oponopono phrases with your particular intention or use the power by repetition of the existing ones.

Ho’oponopono has many phrases that can be used in different situations, and these can all be researched on the Internet so it is not necessary to repeat them here. But, each one of us can create our own phrase… one that we think will correct a specific error that keeps occurring to us (giving it an intentional meaning in that sense). The interesting thing about using the existing phrases (as I mentioned) is that these repetitions multiply their force every time they are repeated. By adding our own power – our intention – we are making these phrases stronger, thereby increasing their healing potential.

There are Ho’oponopono phrases for many things: Relieve a pain, calm down, give clarity to a discussion…

For more information, I could link you to certain websites; however, the best advice I can give you is to trust your soul, as it will take you inadvertently to the websites that are for you, i.e., the ones you need.

Let’s teach our children Ho’oponopono. Let’s teach our parents and siblings Ho’oponopono. The intention of this article is to give you a simple tool to help the planet and ourselves, and motivate all to research this tool a bit more.

So please, from now on when you see something wrong happening, do Ho’oponopono. That is one thing we can all do for the planet from where we live during these special times.

I am sorry

Please forgive me

I love you

Thank you

Receive a hug of light.

  1. Ian 11 months ago

    What an amazing article! I’ve been using ho’ponopono on a daily basis and you can certainly feel the difference. Thank you for spreading the word!

  2. Shammu 6 months ago

    I appreciate this prayer or meditation as i teceived the results.yet my confusion to receive the exact result still not in my vlear vision.im always see ing in problems first than anything.im struggling to get my family.how do must i do this to get my loveable family.

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      Ryan Boyd 6 months ago

      Just like any mental habit, it takes time to create it. You have to repeat it every day on purpose for a long time. One day you will see your problems become opportunities to be grateful for life. But until then, continue to consciously apply this. ” Mabel Katz, my Ho’oponopono teacher, answered my question by saying: “It is as if the problem is a big stain on a huge wall. Every time you say I’m sorry, forgive me, I love you and thank you, what you’re doing is erasing a small piece of the stain. You don’t see the wall or the stain, but you should know that little by little, it is being erased. The bigger the problem, the bigger the stain!” “

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