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What is Ho'oponopono

Dr. Hew Len and Me in Maui


Origin of Ho'oponopono

Ho'oponopono means to make right or to correct an error. It is an ancient Hawaiian releasing technique.

Self I-dentity through Ho'oponopono is the updated version created by Kahuna Morrnah Simeona. Morrnah's full name and title is: Kahuna Lapa´au Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona.

She was chosen to be a Kahuna at the age of 3 at which time she received her gift of healing.

Morrnah's updated form of Ho'oponopono, called Self I-Dentity through Ho'oponopono is now taught by Morrnah's student and my teacher,Dr. Stan Hew Len.

The technique is an ancient problem solving process that corrects erroneous thoughts. Every experience we have ever had, consciously or sub-consciously are playing back memories.

There are no new problems and no memories. The same programs have been playing since the beginning of creation. The process enables us to release the memories held in our subconscious to finally reveal our true identity.

It is not a becoming - just a revealing. Peeling back the layers of the onion so to speak, to reveal the inner essence, our beingness.

What is a memory and how do I know its playing?

Our subconscious records millions of bits of data that we are not aware of. The small bit of information we consciously process and are aware of is just a fraction of the stimulus that impacts our beliefs.

The information we process is constantly impacting our beliefs without our conscious permission. That is why every popular personal development teacher in the world warns us to guard our mind.

To be careful what we allow into our subconscious by limiting our access to television, certain types of music and especially the news.

When we were growing up and too young to know how to defend our minds we absorbed everything that was going on around us and interpreted the meanings based on our understanding of the world as a little child.

Those beliefs are still running our lives to this day.

When we don't release the erroneous thoughts we do not act with free will as most suppose we do. We are certainly not able to act from inspiration with memories playing.

Our responses and reactions are coming from a memory. A place inside us where a memory resides. A memory which, we are probably not aware of that has attached, "un-consciously", the meaning of a certain situation.

A certain situation or circumstance happened at some point in our past and it could be before we were born. It could have been a memory from an ancestor, relative or family member.

Somehow, a decision was made about the meaning of that situation and when we are confronted with something that triggers that memory in us today - we are not choosing how we will respond in the moment.

It could have been as innocent as a child overhearing a parent repeat the phrase "it isn't easy" as it was with me. I spent a lifetime working harder than I needed to because somewhere inside of me, without my conscious awareness, I just knew, in order to be successful you had to work hard.

If the memory continues to play and we do not clear it - we can not hope to control our decisions today.

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How often do you ask yourself why you do the things you do not want to do? Why for example can't you accomplish the things you believe you want for your life?

For me, I wondered what it was I was working so hard for. I wasn't enjoying my life - all I did was work. It wasn't until I was able to release that limiting belief and others that I was able to move into the flow of my life.

Into that place where creation is easy and effortless. A place that has nothing to do with "it isn't easy".

You know the difference between an inspired action and one that is playing from a memory if you just observe yourself.

There are only two possibilities, we are either acting out of inspiration or memory. We know when it feels good and we lose track of time and are fully present in the moment that we are acting out of inspiration.

When we can't quiet our minds and seemingly small things frustrate us; when our reactions to a situation seem bigger than the situation warrants...or simply when we are not living the life we want to live...we are working from a place of memory.

Observe how you are feeling in any moment and you will know if you are living in memory or inspiration. A little trick I learned from Dolf de Roos was to set a timer or your palm pilot or ipod or whatever you use at noon and say 3:00 pm. When the alarm goes off - just notice whether you are in inspiration or memory.

You will be able to tell - remember, inspiration feels good. You will be absorbed in what you are doing. The alarm should snap you back into this world so to speak.

If you are working from memory, you will know it because you may be stressed, may have a headache, a little anxiety in your gut, or just a sense of uncertainty or being unsettled.

Remember, our responses to the moment are either inspired or a memory replaying. A memory of a decision we made about a particular situation; the memory could have come from our own experience or from our ancestors, relatives and family throughout all of time.

Ho'oponopono is Not Huna!

Originally ho'oponopono utilized a sort of intermediary to the divine. A leader would facilitate a group of people around a particular problem or issue. All participants contributed their perspective on the problem.

In the same way, Huna, Hawaiian for Secret, utilizes teachers and counselors and in some practices are referred to as shamans. The teachers or master creates an intention for healing of another.

Self I-Dentity through Ho'oponopono is different in that the individual takes 100% responsibility. There is nothing that needs to be healed or fixed outside ones self.

The self simply needs to release the memories replaying to allow the big Self to be revealed. One does not need to fix anyone else.

If there is a problem in your life - Self I-dentity through Ho'oponopono teaches that we take 100% responsibility and therefore, we have the ability to release the memory within ourselves and the problem goes away.

Me and Dr. Joe Vitale

Dr. Vitale authored the book Zero Limits with Dr. Hew Len

Dr. Vitale authored the book Zero Limits with Dr. Hew Len

How Do I Remove Memories Replaying?

Ho'oponopono is a very simple method and it is in fact easy to do but not many people are willing to do what it takes to release memories replaying.

It requires a desire and ability to control the mind. When I say control the mind I simply mean - to do the ho'oponopono technique.

To do the technique requires vigilence over your thoughts. Do not be fooled by the simplicity of the technique. Remember, given enough water, light and good soil, a flower simply grows.

It does not "do" anything to make itself grow, it just allows itself to be what it is. That is what you will be doing when you practice Self I-Dentity through Ho'oponopono.

Returning to the self that has no limits, where there is no separation between the self and the divine, where anything is possible.

But first you must brush off some of the extra piles of dirt that have fallen over you and darkened your eyes to who you really are. The flower can not sprout or bloom if it is buried under two feet of dirt. Bring the seed close to the soil and it will become the full measure of its being.

Just like the flower, you can become the full measure of your being. You are already perfect just the way you are. It just requires a little dusting off of the dirt to allow your true self to break through the soil, sprout, grow and bloom.

Okay, enough of the flower analogy already, I'm feeling a bit dusty! It is about returning to our original perfect state.

The way we dust ourselves off is through 4 simple phrases:

  • I love You
  • I'm sorry
  • Please forgive me
  • Thank you

When you observe an undesired feeling or thought - ask yourself what is it in me that created that "feeling"?

Your super-conscious petitions divinity for release of the memory. You are addressing your subconscious, your inner child, when you repeat the 4 phrases.

Your inner child is the one who holds the memory. You are asking the child for forgiveness for holding onto the erroneous thoughts. Your petition never goes directly to divinity.

There is always the filter of our memories that transforms our petitions to what divinity eventually hears. We must clean the filters so that we can return to the original state.

As I said, it seems simple, but do not underestimate the power of technique. The key is in the awareness of our thoughts, feelings, actions and words and constant cleansing.


Ken on May 03, 2012:

Hi Fran, thanks for this great information, I recently "discovered" Ho'oponopono and love the idea of releasing the memories that are holding me back. I have a question that may seem silly but " how do I know if I am accessing the memory? How do I know which memories I need to clear? This is the part I don't particularly understand. Bascically, how do I find, bring forward, those memories that are causing my blockage?



Irena on April 06, 2012:

I love the way you explain some things... with flower and just being itself. It gave me e new idea of how can i imagine my self during cleaning :.

Thank you

Allan on February 17, 2012:

It really works. If any of you get a chance to hear Dr Hew Len I promise you will never forget it.

Rev. Lynn on June 09, 2011:

Only in the last two weeks have I really begun to diligently practice my ho'oponopono. I have not seen major results yet but I realize that reaching all the layers takes time and I am commited to continuing.

aslanlight from England on April 29, 2011:

You're a great writer. Your explanation is clear and very understandable. Thanks for sharing it!

Vijaykumar on October 14, 2010:

Hey all!!!

It really works. All your dream will be fulfilled.


Thanks to Divine

Pua on May 28, 2010:

I just re-visited something I had learned many years ago as a young student in Hawaii. A native to Hawaii, this was never practiced in my home. My father is haoli and I believe this greatly influenced the non-practice of this technique in the home. I know my mother's family would have family meetings to discuss issues they were having amongst themselves in order to work things out.

I have found God and know what you say is true. Dusting ourselves off, checking ourselves out, admitting to our wrongs, loving our neighbors and doing to others as we would want to be done to us has helped me out of depression and panic attacks. It's interesting re-visiting all of this to find out it was in me all of the time.

I would like to try this with small groups in the area where I reside currently. There are many young children carrying so much junk that they continue to perpetuate and carry on to generations not even heard of yet.



sunny300 from Sheffield on May 27, 2010:

Many thanks for this - very informative

Benjamin Astrit on May 16, 2010:

superb! thanks alot!

Kay Hebbourn on March 31, 2010:

superb! thanks K

SecretDiary on January 11, 2010:

Thank you for posting this. Thanks.

Hanaike on November 18, 2009:

GOD is Love. Forgive us our tresspasses. By HIS stripes we are healed. Giving thanks always for all things unto God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is nothing new under the sun. Being a Native Hawaiian, our ohana practiced ho'oponopono. It is nothing new or extrrodanary at all. Simply love your brother as yourself. NO WORRY! All is well already. Cast all pilikia on Akua. Thank Akua! Become the new creature God ment for you to be. Give as it has been given unto you. Give freely, Mahele to all that cross your path in need. That's the letting go part as well. I by-pass all, including self; subconcious, present, or otherwise and head straight for the Light to illuminate my path, fully trusting in God's abundant grace. Then in humble gratitute accept my blessings and mahele (shair). "He'olina leo ka ke aloha." Joy is the voice of love. Aloha no wau ia oe. Nohea

Pedgie on September 04, 2009:

Hello,love and gratitude for sharing this knowledge, i wish you and every soul on planet earth love,love,love.It is so nice to see people waking up and experiencing there divine lifes mission, i have recently read a great book by gregg braden, the divine matrix and the lightworkers way by doreen virtue, i thought i would share this with you and other people who come to your web page, peace and love, pedgie from hull uk xxx :) "Imagination is the key"

Kimberly on September 01, 2009:

You put a lot of good effort into this Hub. Way to go!!

Here's one of mine.

Joe on August 31, 2009:

Mahalo for the wonderful information! This is the exact thing that I have been looking for when it comes to releasing my limiting beliefs. I have been doing other things to help, but I find some memories were not being released. i feel now I can dust off the dirt and allow my true self to begin to bloom and grow like to wants to.

Sheena on August 15, 2009:

Thank you fran. I have read all your blogs and i keep it marked as my favourites as the information you have shared helps me get throgh my day and if im having a rough day i just go to your blog and read the articles. You have helped me so much i hope you carry on writing inspiring aricles its so mind-opening. Thank you, i love you x

Alun on July 21, 2009:

Thank you so much for sharing this. I've heard the word Ho'oponopono a few times over the last two days so thought I'd look into it and this was the first thing I read. Very inspiring and wonderfully written. Thank you :)

Campbell Scott on July 11, 2009:

I am grateful you took the time to write this article it helped me and i am sure it will help many others. Please keep sharing.

Luv Cam

Antonio in Italy on July 09, 2009:

Dear Fran, i found your information inspirational.

Ho'oponopono just arrived to me thorugh Joe Vitale's book.

I am practicing

Ho oponopono on April 03, 2009:

Very succinct explanation -- but also quite thorough. It really is this simple. However, in my experience at least, practicing ho'oponopono is not easy. It takes real discipline and effort to stay at it -- again, according to my experiences at least. The one thing I'd add to your essay is a word or two on expectations. You said ho'oponopono is not huna: it's also not Law Of Attraction. Practicing ho'oponopono isn't the equivalent of having access to a wishing well. There seems to be a tendency, particularly perhaps among those new to ho'oponopono, to practice the technique with an idea of receiving something specific. Money. Love. Happiness. My experience is that ho'oponopono cannot be counted upon to produce desires. Doesn't work that way. Does anything? Using ho'oponopono, to the contrary of how some approach it, is to be free of desires: it is to let go and allow one's self to be taken where one should go, according to the perfect judgment of the Life Spirit (or however one chooses to refer to this source). It's completely understandable to have desires, but I don't believe using ho'oponopono is a reliable way to see them fulfilled. There's a bit more on this topic at if anyone is interested.

Andrew Weiss on March 19, 2009:

Thank you for your lucid, thorough information about ho'oponopono. The minister at our local Unity Church has been leading the congregation in this practice as part of our Sunday services for some time now. It is wonderful and powerful.

I've found that ho'oponopono and mindfulness practice are complementary, and that mindfulness' training in concentration and learning the ways our minds work can be very helpful preparation for ho'oponopono. I'm also experimenting with the confluence of ho'oponopono and the Tibetan practice of tong-lin.

Thank you again for what you've posted here and for your sincere intention to make this information so easily accessible.

George on June 23, 2008:

NIce job... i really enjoyed this text. Very simple and clear.

Thank you

YourTouristGuide from Valley of the Heart's Delight, California on March 01, 2008:

I very much enjoyed your flower analogy, Fran! :-) I had read of the four simple phrases when Vitale's book on the subject was released (I think I googled "Dr. Hew Len" after reading the book's Amazon review), but I'm *inspired* to read them here again. It's interesting to me that you're the second fellow SMARTS participant I've found who seems to be attracted to ancient Hawaiian wisdom. Cool beans! I'm pleased to make the connection.

PegasusTeam from Hawaii on February 29, 2008:

Very good information on Ho'oponopono. Nice job!

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