Another Take on Ho’oponopono

A year ago, I wrote a post about the ancient Hawaiian energy clearing practice known as Ho’oponopono. In that post, I shared my personal experiences, how I had heard about it, and a 90 minute interview with Dr. Hew Len (broken up into 9-10 min segments on YouTube).

Aunty Mahealani, Native Hawaiian Teacher

Several people have privately mentioned that they have a hard time with this practice, especially the part about asking for forgiveness.

The whole forgiveness conversation is complicated as, technically, you are asking yourself for forgiveness, not anyone else or anyone outside of you. I know that is a complicated concept for many of us, so I recommend watching the videos with Dr. Hew Len to help you understand the concept much better.

However, in response to the forgiveness comments, I have told others that I once followed Dr. Joe Vitale’s suggestion to walk around for a week silently saying to yourself, “I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.” as a way to generally clear any blocks. Within just a few days of this practice, I started manifesting experiences where I needed to apologize!!! Yes, I consciously realized the connection when I found myself having to say, “I’m sorry. Please forgive me. ” YIKES!!! I stopped that practice pretty darn quick.

It also showed me how powerful our energy is in attracting what we speak and feel! These days, I might only say, “I’m sorry. Please forgive me.” ONCE, and then focus all my attention on “I love you. Thank you.” I’d much rather be manifesting reasons to say THAT to others! 😉

Anyway, I just came across a video interview (below) where Aunty Mahealani explains the Aloha Spirit and her take on Ho’oponopono. I must say, I like what she is saying and it resonates for me on many levels. I invite you to watch this video and see if Aunty’s interpretation feels better for you, too.

After you watch this video, let me know what you think! Share your comments and questions below…

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14 thoughts on “Another Take on Ho’oponopono

  1. Aloha, Nancy, I love this video and Aunty Mahealani, her energy, her words and her wonderful message – It’s all about Love.. It’s not about forgiveness, it’s about acceptance, accepting your Spirit Greatness. And as a Spirit Greatness you are already blessed and in the Light.

    Interesting that she says the forgiveness part is a westernized version. Frankly I resonate with her energy and words more than I do Dr Len and I have watched several of his videos.

    Dr Len says that when we say, ” I am sorry. Please forgive me.” We are talking to our subconscious in order to clear our energy. I have found this to be soothing. Yet, now that I hear Aunty Mahealani’s message, it makes more sense.

    Thank you for sharing this video. I will pass this along.


    • Susan, it’s lovely to see your comment here!

      Not surprisingly, I do agree with you. While I personally didn’t have any issues with Dr. Hew Len’s approach, other than choosing to limit the random use of “I am sorry. Please forgive me.”, I also really liked Aunty Mahealani’s version. Intellectually, I can see what Dr. Hew Len is teaching, but on a heart level Aunty M’s approach just feels really good and more in alignment with Source.

      I thought this video might be interesting for many who are on both sides of the Ho’oponopono table. I am happy that this video appealed to you, too!

      Many blessings,

  2. Nancy,
    I haven’t viewed the videos of which you speak yet. Several years ago I took the Basic Ho’oponopono class offered by Foundation of I. There was no “I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you” in the info. There was, however, a lot of “I love you”. My teacher wasn’t taught by Hew Len but by Hew Len’s teacher. I always thought that whole phrase was Joe Vitale’s creation. Didn’t Hew Len only use “I love you” when he helped all those inmates recover their mental health in the institution he worked at? I read that somewhere.
    Ok, I’ll watch the videos now. 🙂

    • Hi, Rebecca,

      Thanks for stopping by. I have only heard Dr. Hew Len speak of forgiveness and the four phrases. As I read the article, he used all four to help the inmates.

      However, I would love to hear what you have to say after watching the video above!

      Many blessings,

      • Hi Nancy,
        I understand completely what you guys all say about the “forgiving and sorry” part of ho’oponopono as Dr. Lew used it. But as Rebecca mentions that the part of “I’m sorry and please forgive me” was Joe Vitale’s contribution, I must say I am from Spain and have this way listened to Mabel Katz’s interviews and talks about Ho’oponopono. She was a disciple of Dr Len’s and she mentions all the time that the four phrases are kind of a summary of Ho’oponopono’s teachings prepared by Joe Vitale. I must say this because I have also listened to Dr Len’s interviews and it’s true he uses that “forgiveness” part, but according to Mabel Katz that came from Vitale and she uses only “thank you and I love you”. She’s inspiring in that she tells you to use whatever works best for you, if it is the four phrases, then great, if not just say thank you and love you. By the way, there’s a great meditation of the inner child by Dr. Len, I love it. Love you all, mahalo and thank you. I arrived to your blog because I watched Auntie Mahealani’s video on youtube and therefore I googled her and it got me here. Thank you, Nancy. Blessings

        • Thank you for your comment, Imma.

          When I watched the videos with Dr. Hew Len speaking directly, he talked at length about the reason to ask for ‘forgiveness’, and was very clear that we are responsible for clearing the ‘negative’ that we create. I have also read many articles written by Dr. Hew Len where he says, “The Updated Hooponopono, a process of repentance, forgiveness and transmutations, is a petition to Love to void and replace toxic energies with its self.”

          So, it’s surprising to hear from you that he doesn’t teach this…when he clearly does in the video and in his articles! When I personally realize that I have created a problem, I’m willing to acknowledge and apologize…I just don’t want to unnecessarily create reasons to apologize.

          However, your point is taken that the Foundation of I (and the teacher of Dr. Hew Len) does not use that forgiveness part. I appreciate you, Rebecca, and Aunty Mahealani for clarifying this!

          Now I want to check out Mabel Katz and Dr. Len’s Inner Child Meditation – thank you for the reference. I am also grateful to you and the many people who find my blog via Google! Thank you for searching, finding and commenting here.

          Many blessings,

  3. I agree with what Susan shared. I also resonated with this version of ho’oponopono more than the version that includes forgiveness. Lots of juicy stuff in this interview, though! Does make me curious to learn more what Aunty teaches.

    Thanks for sharing, Nancy! Posting at GVU now …

    • Jeannette, I knew this would resonate for you…especially since you have often shared that the *forgiveness* piece felt way off for you.

      Aunty M shares so much in this video that it’s worth multiple views to get it all…not just Ho’ opono Pono, I love how she addresses 2012 shift, Hawaiian wisdom, and Law of Attraction aka The Smiling Law!!!

      Many blessings,

  4. You’ve nailed it, when you stated: “It also showed me how powerful our energy is in attracting what we speak and feel!”

    Law of Attraction ‘explains’ how there can be proof for about anything humans can think of and make theories about, so, indeed, shine your light and expect things, theories, paradigms, people, events, etc., to turn up in your life that are in alignment with your beliefs/expectations.

    I’ve found this interview with Aunty Mahealani on youtube today and after a Google search to find out more about this authentic view on Ho’oponopono landed on your blog. Earlier today I listened to Joe Vitales take on it and, just like you, didn’t vibrate with the forgiveness and sorry site of it – we’re spirits which use ego’s to experience all kinds of feelings, so why would we run around all day, saying sorry and please forgive me to ourselves?? It’s okay to do that from within your ‘role’ as a human being, but don’t get stuck in that performance.

    Thanks for a great, little article!

    • Welcome to my blog, Ronald! I appreciate you taking time to comment.

      Ho’oponopono continues to be a valuable tool in my Deliberate Focusing toolkit, and Auntie M’s heart-centered approach makes me appreciate it even more.

      Thanks also for letting me know how you found this post! I always wonder how people find me if we haven’t met through other channels.

      Many blessings,

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  6. Hello Nancy,

    I just want to thank you very very much for guiding me to this information that is new to me. I am not sure that words can express really how grateful I feel to you even though I do not know you. It all makes since to me now.

    Thank you!

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