This is from a sermon by my Unity Minister, Rev. Margaret Hiller, so anyone with more knowledge please reply or if you have a question please reply also. I paraphrased Rev. Margaret's sermon from a CD.
"Ho'oponopono" is a form of healing from Hawaii. It was devised many years ago by a Kahuna woman with a long name but she was called "Morna" for short.
It is a simple yet profound concept.
Since we are all part of the human family, we have all had a part in creating all the confusion, suffering, fear & war. On the other hand, we are also part of the healing, light, peace, joy & transformation.
A psychiatrist, Dr. "Hugh Lynn" practiced it while at a mental hospital in Hawaii for five years. He never saw a patient, but with each of their files, he would exclaim: "I am so sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you." He did this with each file over and over. Rev. Hiller says that "since we are all one, we can stand in for others like these mental health patients."
Slowly the hospital started to transform from a sickly place to a healthy place. The employees stopped their high absentism and started enjoying coming to work. The patients got better until there was no need for the hospital after Dr. Lynn's five years.
I am so sorry,
Please forgive me.
Thank you, I love you.
I think Peter Makena's song explains why Ho,oponopono works:
When you adopt the viewpoint
That all that exists within your circle of life
Is nothing but another part of you,
When you come to the conclusion
That there is no one who exists, who is not part of you,
You will wisely extend to yourself
An unconditional love that will be
The light of your day, the light of your night
The light that lightens up this world of ours.
A young Feldenkreis Practitioner from Hawaii, I met recently, called it "Conflict Resolution."
A sister of a Hawaiin friend of mine who runs the Cultural Center in Oahu said it means to "make things right - to correct wrong." She said to never use the word "Kahuna" as it means "witch doctor". I have always heard great things about ":Kahunas" as being powerful healers, myself.
Do you know anything about Ho"oponopono