Following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of my book Spiritual Reality: Transforming the ordinary into the Extraordinary.
Events become something to learn from rather than going into fear with regard to the outcome. There is awareness that you are part of a greater whole and that you are supported on other levels, even if this is not evident in the physical plane. There is also a sense that everything is a learning experience when you take the time, confidence, and faith to examine and understand what it is you are learning as a soul.
A truly stunning example of spiritual development leading to a change in the surrounding physical consequences is the story of Dr. Hew Len,[i],[ii] who used the Hawaiian forgiveness teaching Ho’o pono pono of the Kahunas to change the fate of inmates in the ward for the criminally insane at the Hawaiian State Hospital. He worked there for three years.
The inmates were so violent that the staff was afraid to go down the corridors; not surprisingly, they had a high absentee rate and staff turnover. When Dr. Hew Len took on the task of helping the sanatorium, he did it on the condition that he not see the inmates, but only worked from an office with files on the history of the inmates. How did he accomplish dramatic healing without seeing the inmates?
Dr. Len believed in the philosophy that in order to change the inmates, he needed to change himself. He believed in taking complete responsibility for everything in his life. Having taken on the position, this meant from his point of view, the inmates were in his world, and so he believed that all their conditions were reflected in some part of himself. In other words, because he wanted to heal the mentally ill, he needed to heal those aspects of himself that they represented. He studied their files. He took responsibility for all that was in his world. He worked at forgiving himself and releasing for himself the conditions each inmate had, and thus he removed the reflections of himself that he did not want in the world around him.
The technique he used to forgive himself was simple: he kept saying, “I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.” By loving and forgiving himself, he was changing himself and hence the world around him.Whatever issues he had, he turned over to divinity and asked that they be released. This is an abridged version of the Ho’o pono pono for healing from Kahuna Mornah Simeona.
The words “I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you” need to be repeated often and with intention. I have found that the original, expanded Mornah Simeona version, said with intention, does not need to be repeated as often.
When he used this technique after a few months, inmates who had been on heavy medication had their medication reduced, patients were calmer, and the amount of staff absenteeism was reduced. With time, inmates were cured and released. Eventually, all the inmates were healed and released. The facility was closed.
For me, there are three very import points about this story.
- We are connected to everything that is around us, whether or not we know it.
- Those people and situations around us are a reflection of a part of us.
- Forgiving ourselves alone for the components reflected in our environment can release the thread that holds the situation in place.
You too can change the world!
[i] Dr. Hew Len, Hawaiian Psychologist, Using the Ho’ponopono, https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/How-Dr-Hew-Len-healed-a-ward-of-mentally-ill-criminals-with-Hooponopono.
[ii] Joe Vitale and Ihaleakala Hew Len, Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace and More.