Ho’oponopono – Ancient Hawaiian Healing Technique


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Ho’oponopono is one of my personal favorite and most used (inner and outer) healing techniques. I first heard of it from an article by Joe Vitale many years ago, which told a fascinating story about a Hawaiian psychologist, Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len. Dr Hew Len worked in a prison for the criminally insane and made amazing transformations to the complete ward of inmates through the ancient Hawaiian healing technique of Ho’oponopono.

This very intriguing story fascinated me and right away I ordered and read Zero Limits, written by both Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len and Joe Vitale, and later The Easiest Way, by Mabel Katz, amidst more articles, research and of course personal practise. This mysteriously simple technique started working right away and I was seeing evidence of it all over the place. Often you will see a relief in stress (tension fades and peace surfaces) shortly after starting to repeat the  ho’oponopono 4 line mantra. It is profoundly simple yet very very deep and always works for me.



What is Ho’oponopono?

The term Ho’oponopono means to make right. To make right with your relationships and with all others; to make right if you have done harm, whether intentionally or accidentally; to make right for any mistakes you have made, and to make right for the mistakes and errors of others as well.

The main objective of Hoʻoponopono is to wipe our slate clean and get back to our ‘zero state’, the pure clean slate we were born with before our memories and identity.



How to use Ho’oponopono

Ho’oponopono is wonderfully simple and anyone can practise it easily. To put it into practise, simply repeat these 4 simple statements over and over:

I love you. I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.

You don’t really need to know more. But, of course, who in these days can stand such simplicity? Not me, so I delved and ordered Tor Norretranders’ The User Illusion, which I heard would explain the basis of how Ho’oponopono actually works.



Synopsis of The User Illusion

The User Illusion is quite a deep read. My copy had 400 pages of very small print with extensive notes and bibliography.  I’ll give you the gist of it though, because it really is fascinating. Tor Norretranders gives a different view on consciousness and shows how our decisions are made before our consciousness makes them. He explains scientifically that out of millions of bits of information that we pick up each second, the intellect is only conscious of fifteen to twenty of these. Wait. Let me repeat that. That is, we only consciously get 20 out of 1,000,000+ pieces of information!

The interesting part of this is that our intellect believes that it is making conscious decisions, but it isn’t really. We are being influenced by so much more than we can possibly comprehend. His overall thesis is that the mind is more than we can ever see, and moreover that it is an inherent part, and the property, of nature. Bottom line is that we do not make our decisions, but nature does. (I find this kind of mind blowing! ..but back to our healing technique)



The big question with Ho’oponopono is: how can it affect and heal other people when we are only working on ourselves?

Total Responsibility

Ho’oponopono is based on the idea of taking complete responsibility for everyone’s actions, not only your own. If it comes into your life in any way, by knowledge or experience, whether you see it before you or hear it on the news, it is your responsibility, because it is in your life. It implies that to change your reality, you need to change yourself. The problem is not with the external reality, but with ourselves. It is an acceptance that everything exists as a projection from inside the human being and because it is in our reality, we are responsible for it. As you change your inner self, you change the world outside of yourself as well.

Heal yourself and you heal the world.

I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.


If you haven’t already, try it. Put this simple mantra on repeat in your head and you may be amazed too!


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  • Patrice Coni

    Hi Robin,

    I would like to tell about ho’oponopono, Dr. Hew Len and about Morrnah Simeona.

    Please let me share this:

    Dr Hew Len published incorrect information about ho’oponopono, and about his story of Hawaii State Hospital. Dr. Hew Len says in several interviews, articles, and in the book “Zero Limits” he healed his patients with a mantra (im sorry, please forgive me, i love you, thank you.). Thats incorrect, thats fake news. The whole world believes that…

    Michael Micklei knows Dr. Hew Len already at the time while Dr. Hew Len worked in the Hawaii state Hospital in the 1980s. Michael Micklei and Dr. Hew Len gave togehter Ho’oponopono Seminars. Morrnah Simeona (1913 – 1992) was a native hawaiian kahuna. Michael Micklei accompanied Morrnah much time. He worked with Morrnah around 5 years together. Morrnah lived in Michael Mickleis and Yvettes home in Germany. Michael Micklei translated Morrnah’s 14-step ho’oponopono to german. He has been authorized to do so by Morrnah Simeona.

    Michael Micklei says, that Dr. Hew Len have in the Hawaii state Hospital his patients healed with Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono-Process. Never with a mantra.
    Morrnah Simeona adapted the traditional Ho’oponopono to today’s times and realities. She has developed a 14-step process. This is a modern version of the traditional Ho’oponopono process. Morrnah has founded the “Pacifica Seminars” in the 1970s and then the “Foundation of I” to spread her 14-step ho’oponopono around the world. She made it possible for all people to solve their problems with her 14-Step Ho’oponopono.
    In september 1990, Morrnah and Yvette Mauri founded the “Pacifica Seminars” in Germany (see http://www.pacificaseminars.de). Pacifica Seminars Europe is the only organization in Europe, where you can learn Morrnah’s original Ho’oponopono-process today. In Hawaii, Ramsay Taum also spreads the Ho’oponopono-process of Morrnah.

    Please let me share a comment of Michael Micklei. He says in a comment to an another person:

    “Aloha xxx,
    one can clearly see that you love ho’oponopono. My wife and me and many people in Germany do it also. But let me share some knowledge I am aware about Dr. Len. I was working around 5 years with Morrnah, the last year she lived in our home in Kirchheim nearby Munich, she passed away nearly in my arms. So pls let me share this:

    SITH is not a registered TM by Dr. Len or “The Foundation of I”. It is registered in the USA by the Lucas Film several times for the “Lords of SITH”, which are the Lords of Darkness.

    Dr. Len never healed in the mentioned hospital by only saying over and over “I love you” and “Thank you” to the “I”, Morrnahs word for the Source, for Divinity. Instead he used Morrnahs 12 (or 14) step process only, twice or three times a day. Every day he walked through the hospital he looked carefully to the patients, the doctors, his feelings. He taped this. And asked Divinity to heal his karmic bondages with these persons and matters. A hard job for three years. Divinity accepted the plea and healed. 2 persons were not healed, as there were no karmic bondages with Dr. Len.

    Morrnah gave him this kind of order to do so (and at that time he worked really for the good to help Morrnah for her special spiritual job) and in classes, we both attended between Nov. 86 and later, Dr. Len was always telling in detail at the beginning that he was doing exactly this, nothing else. NO mantra was mentioned, never. At that time, Dr. Len was a student of Morrnah like me, so why and how could he use a quite different way in the hospital – and at the weekend in classes he said the opposite? Morrnah was also complex clairvoyant, she could see and hear everything.

    All so called tools of Dr. Len (except 2 or 3) were developped by Dr. Len after 1992, which are only temporarily harmonizing or calming down – NOT cleansing, NOT being any ho’oponopono, as they are not mutual. They are (powerful) magic tools. They are not bad in itsself, but they block people to learn authentic ho’oponoponos – traditional ones or the one of Morrnah. People like those easy magic ways, they really think to heal karmic stuff of hundreds and more reincarnations by 11 words.

    It is clearly the good part of Joe Vitale’s job to spread the name of ho’oponopono from the time of “Zero limits” across the world – but the illusion is inclusive: people know the name, but did not hear about the real content of ho’oponopono or even forget it. Pls keep in mind Dr. Len’s words (received by his divinity) in Zero Limits: “I’ve been told to kill the Divine to be home.” To kill the Divine? Well, starting to take him out from the cleansing. This does not seem a path up to the mountain.
    mahalo for sharing.”

    End of Quote

    link to the comment: https://www.facebook.com/Pacifica-Seminars-611710282175050/

    Dr. Hew Len never healed with a mantra “i love you, please forgive you, im sorry, thank you.” in Hawaii State Hospital. This mantra is not ho’oponopono, and it is not hawaiian.

    Nobody talks about Morrnah’s 14-step Ho’oponopono today. Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono is no longer known to anyone today. Many people were misinformed by Dr. Hew Len and by the Book “Zero Limits” and by another books and organisations. I do not get it. Dr Hew len does not speak about Morrnahs 14-step ho’oponopono-process anymore and he doesen’t speak about he healed his patients with Morrnah’s 14-step ho’oponopono-process in Hawaii State Hospital. The people are misinformed. What reason have Dr. Hew Len to tell this lie? I don’t understand it…

    Michael Micklei has written a report about Dr. Hew Len and the Healings in Hawaii state hospital that happend with Morrnah’s 14-step Ho’oponopono.Please let me share this link (is only in german language, please use Google Tanslator to translate it):

    Please share it and spread this information to another people 🙂 It is in the interests of all people.

    Thank you.


    Patrice C.