Exploring an Ancient Energy Clearing Modality: Ho’oponopono


Click on the photo of Dr. Hew Len, above, to visit his website

I’ve been wanting to write about the Hawaiian energy clearing technique, Ho’oponopono (Ho – oh – po – no – po – no) for quite a long time. I’ve had amazing success with it, even though I didn’t really understand how it worked. That was, until I began learning about Quantum Physics and the work being done by HeartMath.

Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.

It was Dr. Joe Vitale’s viral article that first taught me about Ho’oponopono in 2006. Upon reading the article, I thought it was interesting, but to say I was skeptical would be an understatement! In the article, Joe talks about understanding full responsibility in a profound new way after hearing about the simple way a native Hawaiian psychologist named Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len cured an entire prison of criminally insane patients without ever seeing the patients in person. At first blush, that sounds pretty wacky, doesn’t it?!? How could this be possible that anyone can heal themselves and others by silently saying a series of phrases? Dr. Hew Len healed himself by silently repeating…

“I’m sorry…

Please forgive me…

Thank you…

I love you”

While the article was intriguing, I had a hard time believing that saying such words to myself would have any impact.
A day or two after I read the article, I was in the car with my then-teenage son who was mad at me for pulling him away from Facebook on a perfectly beautiful sunny day, so we could take a hike in the hills and have lunch together. I know, what kind of mother asks her child to get away from the computer and out into fresh air and sunshine? Cruel and unusual punishment for a teenager, I’m sure.

Anyway, my son was ranting and screaming at me in the car because he wanted to be cooped up at home on Facebook. Initially, I began arguing with him, when I *remembered* this article and Ho’oponopono. At that point, I stopped arguing and began silently saying to myself, “I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you…”  Now, from my son’s perspective, I had just stopped arguing and was *listening* because I was quiet. And I was. But we were both also feeling my shift in energy from defensiveness to inner peace. In addition, I also noticed that by saying those words to myself, I felt safe and protected even though he was screaming horrible things in my direction. I felt like I was in a protective bubble  and his words were heard, but not as hurtful as they would normally feel.

To my surprise, my son immediately began calming down. Then he said something that sounded like he felt hurt. Silently, I responded, “I’m sorry, Please forgive me”, and then resumed, “I love you, Thank you.” Within minutes, my son’s anger had completely de-escalated and he was speaking calmly to me. Moments later, as we were now driving up into the hills, he was enjoying the view of hawks and lizards out his window, and appreciating the changing landscape. His anger was gone and I was impressed. I didn’t know *how* this had worked, all I knew is that it did work!

A few days later,  I recounted this story to a friend and sent her the article. The next day a business conference call gave her the chance to try this technique. Her results were similar: An angry/ranting co-worker completely calmed down in minutes, then apologized to everyone for his rant. The remaining conversations during the conference call were very calm and productive. My friend was amazed because this angry co-worker usually tied up every conference call with 45 minutes worth of yelling…and after using Ho’oponopono, he stopped at 5 minutes and the rest of the call was easy!

I’ve even used this with strangers around me! Whenever I am around people in public who are arguing or being mean to each other, I silently say the words to myself. I don’t even need to be looking at them. Invariably, they stop arguing and start getting along…and I continue on my way with a smile on my face.

By the way, we are not saying these words to the other person(s) around us, we are saying them *to ourselves*. I recommend you read more about this, including the article link above, and/or click on Dr. Len’s photo to read articles about this on his site. The videos below will also explain it in greater detail. When we say these phrases to ourselves, people around us hear nothing, but they have the sense of being heard, even if we are not looking at them. Dr. Hew Len says that we are cleaning the data in our own subconscious, and that causes an effect in our experience.

But don’t take my word or others for it…try this out yourself and see what you discover. You’ll learn far more by trying it yourself than just reading about it. All of us have responsibility for how we feel, and to notice what feels best for us, and there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. If you understand Quantum Physics, then you’ll understand more how when we shift our energy we shift the energy of everything around us. Until you experience it personally, though, it remains a theory.

For those who would like to know more, below are some videos of Dr. Hew Len speaking directly about how and why he uses Ho’oponopono to clean the data in his subconsious. I recommend that you check in personally on what he says in these videos (a total of 9 in a playlist) to determine if his words resonate for you and if you really want them to be part of your belief system:

Direct links to the separate sections: Video 1 of 9 | Video 2 of 9 | Video 3 of 9 | Video 4 of 9 | Video 5 of 9 | Video 6 of 9 | Video 7 of 9 | Video 8 of 9 | Video 9 of 9

Do you have personal stories of Ho’oponopono working for you? Please share it in the comments below so we can all benefit!

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8 thoughts on “Exploring an Ancient Energy Clearing Modality: Ho’oponopono

  1. Hi Nancy,

    Ho’oponopono is very good medicine, indeed. Besides using it during times of upset between me and another as well as situations I notice in my life, I am now using it to clear subconscious data that shows up in my dream state.

    For example, I had an upsetting dream this morning involving my first husband who I have not seen in over 30 years. Since everyone in a dream is a reflection of some part within us I decided to apply Ho’oponopono to that part of me and what it was bringing up. The results are profound. I can really feel it working within me.

    This is deep inner work – inner clearing & cleaning. And easy to do. I highly recommend it.

    Thanks for posting about it. : )

    Many blessings,

    P.S. It also helps to breathe deeply and to drink lots of water during times of clearing like this.

    • Hi, Susan,

      I always love seeing your comments here, so thanks for stopping by!

      I decided to apply Ho’oponopono to that part of me and what it was bringing up. The results are profound. I can really feel it working within me.

      This is deep inner work – inner clearing & cleaning. And easy to do. I highly recommend it.

      I know what you mean, Susan. Who knew that something so simple and easy could also be so deep and profound? Until I learned about the Quantum Field and how humans interact and affect it, I wouldn’t have believed it was possible that this could make such an impact. Makes you wonder about less conscious actions taken by humans, and the affect that has on the world. 😉

      Thank you for sharing that story, and for suggesting deep breathwork plus lots of water! Great suggestions and I will personally be taking advantage of those. 😀

      Many blessings,

    • My son is also attuned to Nature…ONCE he gets out into it. Sometimes, the computer is a pretty big magnet for his attention.

      In any event, Ho’oponopono has so many uses. In the video, he explains how and why it works. Again – that connection to Source via the Quantum Field. That really is EVERYTHING. 😉

      Many blessings,

  2. I have been using this for a few weeks now and it has cleared some deep issues. There’s still some way to go. But I was wondering how you can use it to manifest your goals?

    • Sofie, welcome to the AffirmingSpirit blog!

      To your question on how to use Ho’oponopono to manifest goals, I say this: Ho’oponopono is an energy clearing technique, so it’s primary purpose is clearing old blocks that might prevent you from manifesting your goals. In and of itself, this technique is powerful and healing, for ourselves and everyone who comes in contact with us.

      It is also just *one piece* of the manifesting puzzle (Ask, Receive, Align) in that it helps us get into alignment with what we desire to manifest, and get out of our own way, so to speak. There are other techniques that help us align in other ways…meditating centers our energy so we are more aware, affirming reminds us of and opens us to possibilities, and visualizing helps us connect to the feeling place, QE/PA (which I wrote a blog post about) helps us release resistance and drop the ego stories that keep us stuck, EFT helps us release the emotional blocks, Byron Katie’s The Work helps us challenge our negative, non-serving thoughts…and so on…

      There are MANY paths you can choose to align yourself with your goals. The ones that work best for you will be the ones that feel good to you.

      Many blessings,

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