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 ay. We're responsible for what we do, not what anyone else does--but that's wrong.
"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 creation.
"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 yourself.
"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.
"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."
Hace dos años, escuche hablar d un terapeuta en Hawaii quien curó
un pabellón completo de pacientes criminales insanos sin siquiera
ver a ninguno de ellos. El psicólogo estudiaba la ficha del recluso
y luego miraba dentro de si mismo para ver cómo él había creado la
enfermedad de esa persona. En la medida en que el mejoraba, el
paciente se mejoraba.
La primera vez que escuche hablar de esta historia, pensé que era
una leyenda urbana. ¿Como podía cualquiera curar a otro con solo
curarse a si mismo? ¿Como podía aunque fuera el maestro de mayor
poder de auto curación curar a alguien criminalmente insano? No
tenia ningún sentido, no era lógico, de modo que descarte esta
Sin embargo, la escuche nuevamente un año después. Escuché que el
terapeuta había usado un proceso de sanación Hawaiano llamado
“oponopono”. Nunca había oído hablar de ello, sin embargo no podía
sacarlo de mi mente. Si la historia era totalmente cierta, yo tenía
que saber más. Siempre había entendido que “total responsabilidad”
significaba que yo soy responsable de lo que pienso y hago. Lo que
esté mas allá, está fuera de mis manos. Pienso que la mayor parte
de la gente piensa igual sobre la responsabilidad. Somos
responsables de lo que hacemos, no de lo que los otros hacen – pero
eso está equivocado.
El terapeuta Hawaiano que sanó a esas personas mentalmente enfermas
me enseñaría una nueva perspectiva avanzada sobre lo que es la
total responsabilidad. Su nombre es Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len.
Probablemente hayamos pasado una hora hablando en nuestra primera
conversación telefónica. Le pedí que me contara la historia total
de su trabajo como terapeuta.
Él explicó que había trabajado en el Hospital Estatal de Hawai
durante cuatro años. El pabellón donde encerraban a los locos
criminales era peligroso.
Por regla general los psicólogos renunciaban al mes de trabajar
allí. La mayor parte de los miembros del personal allí caían
enfermos o simplemente renunciaban. La gente que atravesaba ese
pabellón simplemente caminaba con sus espaldas contra la pared,
temerosos de ser atacados por sus pacientes. No era un lugar
placentero para vivir, ni para trabajar ni para visitar.
El Dr. Len me dijo que el nunca vio a los pacientes. Firmo un
acuerdo de tener una oficina y revisar sus legajos. Mientras miraba
esos legajos, el trabajaría sobre si mismo. Mientras el trabajaba
sobre si mismo, los pacientes comenzaban a curarse.
“Luego de unos pocos meses, a los pacientes que debían estar
encadenados se les permitía caminar libremente” me dijo. “Otros que
tenían que estar fuertemente medicados, comenzaban a mermar su
medicación. Y aquellos que no tenían jamás, ninguna posibilidad de
ser liberados, fueron dados de alta”. Yo estaba asombrado. “No
solamente eso” continuó, “sino que el personal comenzó a gozar
yendo a trabajar.”
“El ausentismo y los cambios de personal desaparecieron. Terminamos
con más personal del que necesitábamos porque los pacientes eran
liberados y todo el personal venia a trabajar. Hoy ese pabellón
Aquí es donde yo tuve que hacer la pregunta del millón de dólares:
“¿Qué estuvo haciendo usted con usted mismo que ocasionó que esas
“Yo simplemente estaba sanando la parte de mi que los había creado
a ellos”, dijo él. Yo no entendí. El Dr. Len explico que entendía
que la total responsabilidad de tu vida implica a todo lo que está
en tu vida, simplemente porque está en tu vida, y por ello es tu
responsabilidad. En un sentido literal, todo el mundo es tu