Ho’oponopono and ancient Chinese wisdom

Recently, I picked up a book “Course of Awakening” by Joe Vitale. It is an inspiring book about the secret of happiness. In one of the chapters, the author mentions a Hawaiian doctor who was able to cure all the mentally ill inmates in a psychiatric hospital without even seeing them. This doctor used the “ho’oponopono” method – a Hawaiian term meaning “forgive and forget” – to cure all of his patients; It was a practice originally learned from missionaries long ago. Intrigued by the innovative healing method, I read another book “Zero Limits” by Joe Vitale and co-authored with the Hawaiian doctor; this book is about “ho’oponopono” and how it works in real life.

I find that there is a lot of similarity between “ho’oponopono” and the Tao wisdom of ancient China, and I would like to share some of my thoughts with you. First, I will briefly explain what “ho’oponopono” is all about. It is a natural healing from the inside out of oneself first to initiate the healing of others around them. To put it in perspective, you are constantly exposed to toxic thoughts by what you see, hear, taste, touch and smell. These mental toxins become the raw materials with which you create the realities of your life. Once created, they are stored in the back of your subconscious mind as memories, which control and direct your conscious mind in your everyday life choices and decisions. This is also how the human ego is formed from memories, and how problems are created in an attempt to sustain and protect the ego.

According to Dr. Hew Len, the Hawaiian physician who modified the “ho’oponopono” healing method borrowed from early missionaries, we are all 100 percent responsible for our own problems. Therefore, to heal others, we must first heal ourselves. To heal ourselves, we must not worry about our memories of the past and we must clear our minds. Once our minds are clear, we can help or heal others, but they must also be responsible for their own problems. In other words, Dr. Hew Len first heals himself of the toxic memories of him and then leaves everything up to the Creator to heal others if He so chooses; he believes that only a clean mind can request divine help in the healing process of others. Bottom line: Heal yourself of all toxic thoughts and memories. According to Dr. Hew Len, whenever such a thought or memory comes up, immediately say to yourself, “I’m sorry… Please forgive me… Thank you.” You have apologized for having such a toxic thought or memory, and asked for forgiveness, and you believe that your Creator has already cleansed your toxic mind, and you leave the “cure” to Him.

The wisdom of the Tao is the ancient Chinese wisdom of Lao Tzu, the sage of China, author of the immortal classic “Tao Te Ching” (The Book of the Way). which has become one of the most translated works of world literature, ranking with the Bible as the 10 most translated books in history.

Lao Tzu focused on living in the now. Living in the “now” means that you try to erase all the toxic memories of the past, which are obstacles to any connection with the Creator. Lao Tzu also emphasized the importance of “having no expectations” and “trusting in the Creator” because he sincerely believed that the Creator is responsible for the natural order of things, such as the four seasons, and life ultimately inevitably followed by death. Pride is one of the seven deadly sins. With pride, man cannot have any spiritual connection and communication with the Creator. The essence of the Tao, which is the essence of Lao Tzu’s philosophy, is to let go of the ego, which is the human pride in the self-image that man has created for himself. Letting go of the ego is the way to cleanse the human mind of the toxins from it, thus cleansing the toxins from the body. Without this holistic self-cleansing, there is no cure for oneself and therefore no cure for others.

Dr. Hew Len used precisely this concept of mental detoxification to miraculously heal all the inmates of the hospital. He first cleansed himself and then asked the Creator to heal his patients.

Esteban Lau

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