The View From Bonac, November 17

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I was wrong about the United States getting its first female President. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.Ho’oponopono is an Hawaiian mantra anyone can use to clean house and it doesn’t cost a dime. By cleaning house, I mean the unconscious data, or what Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len calls, “the mortgage on your soul.”

Instead of being angered by what has happened in the election, judging people who have voted for Donald Trump or judging the man himself, you should take 100-percent responsibility by cleaning your own data. “I am creating this experience,” Dr. Hew Len has said.

We must ask ourselves, “What is it that brought the situation upon us?” and take responsibility for it, without blaming others.

“There are tragedies in our lives because we don’t take a look at where the origin of the problem is and it’s always within the self,” Dr. Hew Len said in a 2009 interview with Rita Montgomery in California that I watched recently on YouTube.

The psychologist and shamanic practitioner is best known for going into the Hawaii State Hospital for the Criminally Insane and helping to transform the people in the mental ward from a violent group to a non-violent group. He didn’t work on the men and women. He worked on himself.

He worked at the hospital for four years. In the beginning, the seclusion wards were full of violent people, but after one month, the seclusion wards were empty and the violence stopped. In the end, the patients were baking cookies, polishing shoes and playing tennis, not because they were told, but because that’s what they wanted to do.

“Self I-Dentity through Ho’oponopono is an updated version of an ancient Hawaiian problem solving process of repentance, forgiveness and transmutation,” he wrote in a 2005 paper titled, “Who’s in charge?”

By repeating the phrase “Ho’oponopono” or the English translation, “I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you,” when you don’t like something clears the subconscious memories that helped to bring on the situation and takes you back to zero, or what quantum physics calls “phantom force of nothingness.”

In this state of nothingness, you fall in love with yourself. Once the “old data” is released, inspiration begins. In Dr. Hew Len’s viewpoint, a “no data plan” equals freedom and clarity.

We may not be aware that we are stuck because our problems go back to childhood and are part of our unconscious. There is no need to try and reveal the exact hurt or pain, just ask for it to be cleared by repeating the phrase.

In a guided meditation, titled “Inner Child,” also available on YouTube, he tells his audience to talk to their inner child and treat him or her with respect, always asking permission first. “Please forgive me for all the accumulated memories you have experienced as sorrow, as grieving, as pain,” he said, starting a dialogue with his inner child. He instructed that each person visualize gently stroking their inner child’s head while saying, “I love you. Help me to let go.”

He suggests taking a physical inventory from head to toe acknowledging any pain, brought about by old memories. He continues, “Can I hug you gently? Thank you for being part of me. I love you and I’m sorry for all the memories you have accumulated as suffering. Please, please forgive me.”

Then he asks for the child’s hand, again gently stroking it. “Please forgive me for not paying attention to you. I love you.” At that point, you might want to take a financial inventory.

“The problem is not the finances,” he said, “It’s just the memories replaying the woes. It’s the mortgage on your soul and you want this child who holds the mortgage to let it go.”

He goes on like this, holding the child’s other hand, and moving onto the child’s shoulders, each time, beginning a new dialogue, taking inventory of a problem.

“Fess up,” he said, “I’ve ignored you and caused you pain and sorrow. Please allow me to let go so we can both be free and walk into the light.” Like transcendental meditation, Dr. Hew Len suggested doing this in morning and evening. If you reconnect, your inner child will be the best partner you’ll ever have. But it’s a constant practice.

“My job is to be 100-percent responsible by doing the cleaning,” he said, “But I don’t know what needs cleaning up. I’m clueless.”

The inner child knows and that’s all that matters. He and the patients at the mental ward had shared memories, so if Dr. Hew Len cleared himself, others were cleared too.

“If I see you as crazy and goofy, I have to be responsible for it,” he said, “What is going on with me that this person should show up in my life?”

I love how Dr. Hew Len always refers to Shakespeare in his talks. “To be or not to be,” free of that data, that is the real question.

“If data says ‘I don’t like you,’ then say to the data in you, ‘I love you. Thank you for giving me one more chance so that I can be free,’” he said. “Peace begins with me. If I show up and I’m not peaceful, you can’t be peaceful yourself.”

The most important question someone can ask themselves is, “Who am I?”

According to Dr. Hew Len, “we are carbon copies of a pure perfect source.”

In order to erase the memories, appeal to the divinity in you. The divinity in us has the ability to “take memory and transform it, purify it, release it and then turn it into nothing.” Nothing is then replaced with inspiration.

You don’t need a guru, coach or master to practice. Only the divinity in you can talk to you.

“The universe is not interested in saving anybody. The universe is interested in one being 100-percent responsible,” Dr. Hew Len said. “Then the universe will sing ‘Hallelujah.’”

Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, “To thine own self be true.”

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