The Real Ho’oponopono

I am writing this article to straighten out the mess regarding Ho’oponopono. Ho’oponopono is a powerful, transformative practice which has recently made it’s way from the shrouded Hawaiian shamanistic traditions into popular culture. In that transition, of course, alterations and interpretations have occured – many of which have rendered Ho’oponopono as spiritually impotent as the pop culture in which it now resides. This is the natural adjustment of the original information to better match the level of understanding of the person or people receiving it. And so it has happened with Ho’oponopono.

So, there is a very succinct kernel of transformative essence in the original Ho’oponopono that is it’s secret atomic power, if you will. This nucleus must be kept in tact in order to activate the powerful transpersonal agent that is its’ potential. This nucleus is, in fact, the very same as can be found in numerous other authentic teachings whose objective is the evolution of the human being.

This article is a summarization of the core of Ho’oponopono practice, which is nothing less than your own personal weapon on the cellular level – just waiting for you to put to use. If done properly, it will completely change your life in miraculous ways, and in equally miraculous ways, everything you are in contact with.

This is a 3 part practice that you apply to any and all persons or situations that you want to heal or transform. Choose any and all things that stand between yourself and your own inner peace, and do Ho’oponopono often. Daily. Anything is potential material, be it something that happened a long time ago, something that seems “impossible” to fix, or things that seem rather insignificant and bother you “just a little bit.”  As long as it has been in your experience at any point, it is fair game.

3 parts to feel the freedom of Ho'oponopono

Step 1) “I’m sorry. Please forgive me.”

This needs a little explaining and seems to be the place where most of the mis-understanding has entered into Ho’oponopono. The statement above is spoken silently to yourself and is the recognition that whatever subject you have chosen, it exists within YOUR experience and so you have some role to play in it’s creation. It helps me to close my eyes and imagine the person or situation as if it exists within some sort of personal dream scenario, which in fact, it does. It is a projection of something deep in my unconscious. I own the situation completely with the words in this first step. Yes this is difficult, especially when feeling angry, betrayed, wronged, etc…, but this is precisely the power of this practice. The discomfort of this acceptance is the Ho’oponopono starting to work.

Know that for reasons beyond your current understanding, whatever it is has entered your experience. Believe it or not, knowing why is not necessary. You only need to know that now it is yours. Recognize that inside of yourself is where the healing cauldron is, not outside. So the fact that it is yours is the good news. It can even be a story you hear about on the news. Once something enters your consciousness, it is proper material for Ho’oponopono. So saying, “I’m sorry. Please forgive ME,” is an ultimate statement of personal responsibility. As long as you perceive something as outside of you, happening to you or to someone else from sources somewhere out there, and essentially making you or others into victims, there is no power in the world that can help you. I like to say, “Please forgive me for whatever it is in me that I experience as ________.” (name of person or situation in the blank) What I am focusing on is my own experience of the situation – and that changes everything.

Hawaiian Feel of Ho'oponopono Mural

Mural in Santa Monica, CA. Photo taken out the window of moving car!

Step 2) “Thank you for this healing opportunity.”

Step 2 is a very natural progression from Step 1. This is a statement of recognition that whatever it is you are choosing to work on, it is in your experience because nature is giving you an opportunity to heal it. Not to punish you or because life just “happens” or sucks. We are grateful because we need to know and see what in ourselves needs healing so we can address it. Remember, this practice is not for the average person who wishes only a comfortable, numb existence. It is for those who are ready to evolve OUT of the karmic wheel. Everything we perceive as shitty needs to be turned around in our thinking to “Ka-ching!” – jackpot time. In otherwords, “Thank you for this opportunity to see what has been in me all along that I don’t want anymore.”

The truth is we carry around tons and tons of interior garbage – from our ancestral lineage, from past lives, from God only knows where. It is amazing the stories and the baggage a seemingly ordinary person has. And it all rotates around inside us on something like etheric conveyor belts, kindly allowing intervals in which to examine what is lurking there as energetic information and keep or discard what we see. If we don’t know how to discard it, the garbage remains on the conveyor belt until it rotates around again sometime, even in a different life time. I talk about this in a slightly different context in the article “Reincarnation and the Great Escape from Time.”

So say “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for this opportunity to release whatever this is in me.”

Again, understand you don’t need to figure out a lot about the situation or analyze too much of what is going on. What you need to know is how you feel about the situation and to zero in on what your experience of it is. Hold this in your attention as you do the practice. This is what is being healed. Do not underestimate how this healing will shift an entire situation.

Step 3) “I release MYSELF to the Great Intelligence of the Universe in Peace.”

Now with this third step, you already have the entire situation within the domain of yourself, and so follows the ability to release it quite simply. So this last step is straight forward. You can replace the words “Great Intelligence of the Universe” with anything that fits your personal beliefs. I like to use the words “Holy Spirit” myself, but I did not grow up with religion so the words Holy Spirit simply conjure the feeling of the divine Spirit of the great unknown. I address the power that keeps all the planets, galaxies, and universes operating and rotating with complete perfection and I know that when I release myself to this, all things will be set right.

While stating in my mind silently this last sentence of the process, I visualize myself being enveloped within large and loving white wings, held in the gentleness and perfection of miraculous creation.

When done properly, you will notice a shift within yourself as you do the process. And then trust that something has changed. Pay attention and watch how situations in the “outer world” clear up ever so naturally (depending on how much clearing you do within yourself), as if you had little or nothing at all to do with anything. Ho’oponopono is the ultimate proof of the oneness of all things.

I recommend the book, “Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More.” by Joe Vitale and Ihaleakala Hew Len.








  • Patrice C. says:


    I would like to tell about ho’oponopono, Dr. Hew Len and about Morrnah Simeona.

    Dr. Hew Len published a incorrect story about ho’oponopono, about his story in Hawaii State Hospital in the 1980s, about his job there and about the healings of the patients with Ho’oponopono in Hawaii State Hospital. Dr. Hew Len tells in several interviews, articles, seminars, and in the book “Zero Limits” he healed his patients with a mantra (im sorry, please forgive me, i love you, thank you.). This story is a fake.
    Dr. Hew Len never healed with a mantra “i love you, please forgive you, im sorry, thank you.” in Hawaii State Hospital. This mantra is not ho’oponopono, and it is not hawaiian. This Mantra was developed by Dr. Hew Len after Morrnah’s death.

    Dr. Hew Len healed 23 criminal and ill patients with ho’oponopono. Thats correct. He used Morrnah’s 14-step Ho’oponopono to heal his patients. Not with a mantra. Never.

    Morrnah Simeona (1913 – 1992) was a native hawaiian kahuna. She was the teacher of Michael Micklei and Dr. Stanley G. Hew Len. Michael Micklei accompanied Morrnah much time. He worked with Morrnah around 5 years together. Morrnah lived in Michael Mickleis and Yvettes home in Germany until she passed away in 1992. Michael Micklei translated Morrnah’s 14-step ho’oponopono to german. He has been authorized to do so by Morrnah Simeona.
    Michael Micklei knows Dr. Hew Len already at the time, while Dr. Hew Len worked in the Hawaii state Hospital in the 1980s. Michael Micklei and Dr. Hew Len gave togehter Ho’oponopono seminars (at that time Morrnah was still alive). In the seminars were teached only the 14-step ho’oponopono process of Morrnah Simeona.

    Morrnah Simeona adapted the traditional Ho’oponopono to today’s times and realities. She has developed a 14-step process. Everyone can learn and use this process. This is a modern version of the traditional Ho’oponopono process. Morrnah has founded the “Pacifica Seminars” in the 1970s and then the “Foundation of I” to spread her 14-step ho’oponopono around the world. She made it possible for all people to solve their problems with her 14-Step Ho’oponopono.
    In September 1990, Morrnah and Yvette Mauri founded “Pacifica Seminars” in Germany (see Pacifica Seminars Europe is the only organization in Europe, where you can learn Morrnah’s original Ho’oponopono-process today, that was developed by Morrnah.

    Michael Micklei wrote in a comment to an another person:

    Dr. Len never healed in the mentioned hospital by only saying over and over “I love you” and “Thank you” to the “I”, Morrnahs word for the Source, for Divinity. Instead he used Morrnahs 12 (or 14) step process only, twice or three times a day. Every day he walked through the hospital he looked carefully to the patients, the doctors, his feelings. He taped this. And asked Divinity to heal his karmic bondages with these persons and matters. A hard job for three years. Divinity accepted the plea and healed. 2 persons were not healed, as there were no karmic bondages with Dr. Len.

    Morrnah gave him this kind of order to do so (and at that time he worked really for the good to help Morrnah for her special spiritual job) and in classes, we both attended between Nov. 86 and later, Dr. Len was always telling in detail at the beginning that he was doing exactly this, nothing else. NO mantra was mentioned, never. At that time, Dr. Len was a student of Morrnah like me, so why and how could he use a quite different way in the hospital – and at the weekend in classes he said the opposite? Morrnah was also complex clairvoyant, she could see and hear everything.

    All so called tools of Dr. Len (except 2 or 3) were developped by Dr. Len after 1992, which are only temporarily harmonizing or calming down – NOT cleansing, NOT being any ho’oponopono, as they are not mutual. They are (powerful) magic tools. They are not bad in itsself, but they block people to learn authentic ho’oponoponos – traditional ones or the one of Morrnah. People like those easy magic ways, they really think to heal karmic stuff of hundreds and more reincarnations by 11 words.

    It is clearly the good part of Joe Vitale’s job to spread the name of ho’oponopono from the time of “Zero limits” across the world – but the illusion is inclusive: people know the name, but did not hear about the real content of ho’oponopono or even forget it. Pls keep in mind Dr. Len’s words (received by his divinity) in Zero Limits: “I’ve been told to kill the Divine to be home.” To kill the Divine? Well, starting to take him out from the cleansing. This does not seem a path up to the mountain.
    mahalo for sharing.”

    End of Quote

    link to the full comment:

    Nobody talks about Morrnah’s 14-step Ho’oponopono today. Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono is no longer known to anyone today. Many people were misinformed by Dr. Hew Len and by the Book “Zero Limits” and by another books and organisations. Dr. Hew Len does not speak about Morrnahs 14-step ho’oponopono-process anymore and he doesen’t speak about he healed his patients with Morrnah’s 14-step ho’oponopono-process in Hawaii State Hospital. The people are misinformed. What reason have Dr. Hew Len to tell this lie? I don’t understand it…

    Michael Micklei has written a report about Dr. Hew Len and the healings in Hawaii State Hospital that happend with Morrnah’s 14-step Ho’oponopono. Please let me share this link (is only in german language, please use Google tanslator to translate to your language):

    Please share this information to another people 🙂

    Aloha and greetings

    Patrice C.

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