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Art of problem solving – What is ho’ oponopono?

Posted on: April 15, 2010

We try to clean our rooms and our personal space around us. What about cleanliness of our biggest asset – our mind?

Believe it or not, our mind is working twenty four hours, either consciously or sub-consciously. ‘Self-talk’ is going on whether we are speaking or we are silent. The process of cleaning oneself is termed as ‘Ho’ ponopono’. Do you remember about the doctor who cured his patients without visiting them? (You may wish to visit http://wp.me/pHUHq-9B to read about it). What is Ho’ oponopono? The doctor who cured his patients without visiting them states in the book as follows:

“Ho’oponopono is really very simple. For the ancient Hawaiians, all problems begin as thought.

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”.

“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. ”

“But how do I get that across to people—that we are each 100 percent responsible for problems?” he asked. “If you want to solve a problem,work on yourself. If the problem is with another person, for example, just ask yourself, ‘What’s going on in me that’s causing this person to bug me?’ People only show up in your life to bug you! If you know that, you can elevate any situation. How? It’s simple: ‘I’m sorry for whatever’s going on. Please forgive me.’ ”

We need to work on ourselves first. We need to “Clean” our thoughts by repeating in ourselves the following:

“I love you, Please forgive me, Thank you and I am sorry”

This sounds quite strange and different. However, practice is the key. It may sound quite simple to read but I invite you to practice it. Feel the love for other people in your heart, feel the love of universe in yourself and you will be amazed by the positive energy it would generate.

Here is a video to understand the concept:


Your thoughts?



2 Responses to "Art of problem solving – What is ho’ oponopono?"

I think I need my mom to read this!.. Arrogance makes it utterly impossible for me to say sorry but thank you is normal practice so i guess i have fifty percent chance of cure guaranteed. I like the use of Ho’oponopono concept.

I also feel that “I am sorry” and “Thank you” are two of the most powerful phrases. The philosophy has been reiterated very nicely.

Now to share something as a personal observation, I have felt that people use “Sorry and Thanks ” more on a formal level than an informal one. We seldom see children saying thanks to parents or brothers to sisters and vice versa.

I think that such practice, even in our personal interactions, will enhance the quality of our relations.

Have a great time.

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