I first heard about the Ho’opono’pono in 2013 at a Tony Robbins event. It is a Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness and is simply very beautiful. We did the practice together as a room of 1300 people and the energy and love that was generated moved me very deeply.
The Ho’opono’pono is a simple four line verse:
I love you
I am sorry
Please forgive me
When I returned home from this event, I Googled the Ho’opono’pono and did some more reading on it – where it came from, the intention behind it and some of the amazing transformations that this verse had created in people. I had intended on committing to this daily practice after the deep emotion I experienced in the room at the event, however over the space of a couple of weeks it fell by the wayside as life got busy and I simply forgot.
Zero Limits is written by a man called Joe Vitale in collaboration with Haleaka Hew Len PhD, a Hawaiian psychologist and shamanic practitioner. It is the story of how Dr Hew Len healed a group of criminally insane patients in a locked ward at Hawaii State Hospital even though he NEVER spent any time with these patients directly.
Dr. Hew Len set up an office within the hospital to review his patients’ files and he repeated the phrases “I love you” and “I am sorry” over and over again whilst reviewing each individual’s file. He was “cleaning” his energy and therefore cleaning their energy.
After a few months the patients who were shackled were allowed to walk freely, patients were taken off medications and even the hopeless cases were eventually released back into society. The staff stopped calling in sick and the ward eventually became over-staffed because patients were being released. After four years the ward was shut down because it was no longer needed.
The book delves deeply into the Ho’opono’pono practice and the power that lies in the ongoing repetition of it.
When spoken, the four lines act as a “cleaning agent” on negative, low vibrational energy. The belief with the Ho’opono’pono is that everything that comes into our reality is our responsibility. What this means is that if we witness someone being cruel to another person, for example, we are responsible for that and therefore need to “clean” on it. If we have our house broken into, we are responsible for that and therefore need to clean on it. If our child is bullying another child and it is in our reality, we are responsible for it and need to clean on it.
I realise it is a pretty confronting idea the first time you hear it!! How can it be MY fault that those people are being cruel? How can it be my fault that someone broke into my home and stole my things?
It’s all about energy, connection and quantum physics. I don’t fully understand how it works but I believe it in completely. Since I have been consistently practicing the Ho’opono’pono I feel that my life is more peaceful, fulfilling and connected.
There is so much more going on in this world than what we can see, hear, taste, smell and feel!
It is a truly amazing story and the book Zero Limits gives excellent history, insight and stories on the Ho’opono’pono. If you get the chance to read it, please do – it really is very profound and in my opinion, life changing.