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Ke aha ho`oponopono?
« on: May 13, 2013, 04:15PM »
Ke aha ho`oponopono, what is ho`oponopono? 

Often it's tough to describe exactly what it is.  But for the most simplistic way of putting it, it's the idea of putting to rest that which is causing issue.  In the dictionary it plainly puts it, "to correct".  The act of correcting issues or wrong doings between people is where the use of htis ho`oponopono comes in.  In "Ka Wai Ola" a newspaper put out by OHA (Office of Hawaiian Affairs) there is a column written up by the trustee of Maui, Dr. Joe Vitale:

"Many of those who have heard of the practice of ho`oponopono were intrigued by it's remarkable simplicity and power, the stories and facts presented by Hawaiian elders and historians having inspired people for many decades to learn the subtle healing secrets that it can offer.

The term describes an ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness and reconciliation through which a kahuna (Hawaiian priest) is able to assist a person who is mentally or physically ill to let go of past memories perceived as being negative and disruptive, and thus encouraging the healing process and achieving a state of harmony whith themselves and those around them.

By inspiring and encouraging the process of inner cleansing, the practice is able to assist people in taking responsibility for their reaction to past events through confession and in letting go of their subconscious attachments to negative memories that cause emotions of fear, guilt and anger through forgiveness and reconciliation. 

In traditional Hawaiian practices, the mental cleansing is conducted by a kahuna who guides a person or family through the resolution process.  The ritual begins with a prayer, followed by a discussion that has the purpose of bringing the error to light and resolving the matter through confession and forgiveness.  As a result of this practice the newfound harmony between those involved can begin the healing process and cure any ailments or sickness that have arisen as a result of the error. 

Today, both native and foreign practitioners still conduct the practice for patients who are searching for alternative methods of resolving family disputes or seeking family counseling, and their numbers have been growing rapidly as news of the success that the traditional rituals have had in the past is spreading over seas. 

Many new workshops and programs have been created through which modern-day kahuna can take advantage of this ancient Hawaiian wisdom and help their clients achieve inner peace through the ancient practice.  Also, ever since the late 20th century, some courts in Hawaii have even approved the use of the practice as a type of alternative dispute resolution method in the case of both adult and juvenile offenders.

Modern versions of this healing process combine the wisdom of the Hawaiian kahuna with concepts, rituals and tendencies taken from other cultures such as the Hindu and Buddhist ideas related to letting go of karma and the Christian concepts of repentance, confession and reconciliation. 

According to experts who have studied and practiced the traditional Hawaiian concept and the various spiritual and philosophical ideals related to other cultures, there are many similarities between the different rituals and traditions that point back to the simplicity and validity of these Hawaiian teachings.

As a result many new practices have appeared in the past 20 to 30 years that have proven the remarkable success of these ancient teachings both in Hawaii and in many other parts of the world, and many of them are founded on the knowledge of the ancient Hawaiians."

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Re: Ke aha ho`oponopono?
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2013, 07:23PM »
Kama - I am hoping you will be doing the pule for our host race ???????  We are all counting on your wisdom and guidance in the opening prayers..