"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 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.

"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."
The words of Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len:
" Ho'oponopono is really very simple. For the ancient Hawaiians, all problems begin as thought. But having a thought is not the problem. So what's the problem? The problem is that all our thoughts are imbued with painful memories, memories of persons, places, or things.
The intellect working alone can't solve these problems, because the intellect only manages. Managing things is no way to solve problems. You want to let them go! When you do Ho'oponopono, what happens is that the Divinity takes the painful thought and neutralizes or purifies it. You don't purify the person, place, or thing. You neutralize the energy you associate with that person, place, or thing. So the first stage of Ho'oponopono is the purification of that energy.
Now something wonderful happens. Not only does that energy get neutralized; it also gets released, so there's a brand new slate.
To do Ho'oponopono, you don't have to know what the problem or error is. All you have to do is notice any problem you are experiencing physically, mentally, emotionally, whatever. Once you notice, your responsibility is to immediately begin to clean, to say, "I'm sorry. Please forgive me."

My experience

I don't know the author of the above text, but I have used this approach and some deep shifts have happened.
To take full responsibility for all my experiences.
When an issue arises, I address the part of my soul that has created this issue.
Seeing my soul outside of time on it's karmic journey.
Saying to this part: I love you , I forgive you, I love you, I apologize, I love you.
Something shifts.

Try it.


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Comment by Bella Lychowski on January 14, 2009 at 1:33am
I´ve found the author of the text: Dr. Joe Vitale and his related post about how successful his article is/became.

Comment by Bella Lychowski on January 10, 2009 at 1:03am
Very powerful. Do you happen to know the work of Joel S. Goldsmith? "The Art of Spiritual Healing?" http://joelgoldsmith.wwwhubs.com/
Phrase he uses to heal: God is. If God is, nothing bad can happen.
Comment by Bryony brightoceanstar on January 1, 2009 at 8:53pm
Dear Doris

This is wonderful. I have a deep sense of I know when I read this. My reading of the work of Ramana and Gangaji is based on a similar understanding, a similar embracing. It brings freedom.

Much love
Comment by Giblatsai (Peter) on December 9, 2008 at 5:44pm

Wow Doris, I have been studying 'A Course in Miracles' for almost 17 years and am always amazed when I read/see/hear about what it says from a completely 'independent' place or person, not familiar with it specifically. In chapter 21 in the responsibility for sight section it says:

'I am responsible for what I see, I choose the feelings I would experience, and I establish the goal I would acheive, and everything that seems to happen to me, I ask for, and receive as I have asked.'

That totally getting this idea of total responsibility, for everything, is so freeing, becuase I am no longer a 'victim' of 'the world' ....todays lesson 343 states:

'Today I learn the law of love, that what I give my brother is my gift to me'

and along the lines of healing: 'When I am healed I am not healed alone.'

It is the Universal Curriculum, and all traditions practice aspects of it, and the Hawaiin people somehow found the key to understanding healing, that it all begins with me, and my own mind, heart and soul...thank you for sharing all you do. You are truly blessing us all.

I am sorry, please forgive me, I love you.

Comment by Nash on October 25, 2008 at 9:46pm
Hi Doris,

As I mentioned in my comment on your page, this is identical to my own healing practice - although I'd never heard of this guy in HI.....but, that's great - - this is the type of story that catalyzes a wonderful shift in perception towards non-duality which is my topic her on Earth for now....


A Bit More on Non-Duality

Always and in all ways....
Comment by Diana Gubiseh-Ayala on September 22, 2008 at 5:31am
Greetings Doris,
I joined iPeace because I want to have in mind what I want to see in the world. Ho'Oponopono is my way of life now. I found out about it from Hunbatz Men, a Mayan sage in the 1980s, when he had a brief stay in Brooklyn, NY. I learned it in the form of "In Lakech" that is the Mayan word for the same idea as Ho'oponopono...I am you and you are me, and whatever I do to you, I do to myself, and whatever I do to myself I do to you." Ergo, if I clear myself of what creates negativity in this life, then I am doing that for everyone else, too. It is so simple, yet very difficult to conceive the wholesomeness of it, and the practice. It works though, and I want to share stories about how right and good things happen when we think and practice this way. Thank you for the wholesomeness of what you are doing in your life. Peace beyond all Understanding. Diana Gubiseh-Ayala
Comment by michael macdonald on September 19, 2008 at 8:19am
seems like the power of prayer
Comment by Doris on September 16, 2008 at 9:56pm
Hi Jürgen!
Thanks for your comment. Nice to know that you are practicing it as well.
--- and when something nice happens, like this serendipidy, I address the part of my soul that created it and express my gratitude.
My ponderings about peace: I feel it can only start within ourselves.
As within - as without. Learning to embrace and surround with love the duality within ourselves. Our own fears, doubts and judgements. First, of course, we need to start to become aware of it, which is the biggest part of the journey.

So much easier to blame what is outside of ourselves, isn't it?


Comment by Jürgen Lembke on September 16, 2008 at 9:17pm
Dear Doris, when you added me as a friend on iPeace, I couldn't figure out why you did this. Now after reading your blog it became clearer. I just bought the book about the ho
'oponopono procedure. And in my experience too, most things turn to the better if I myself do not bother at all but stay in a calm, loving and peaceful attitude.
I thank you for practicing in this way and help the universe to unfold.

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