Falling off a horse and ho’oponopono

falling off a horse

How does falling off a horse relate to ho’oponopono? My riding instructor explained it to me.

“Horses don’t throw you, you fall off.”

Those were the words of my riding instructor every time I landed on the ground uttering the oft-repeated phrase, “the horse threw me.”

What she meant was that if I went off the horse, it was because I wasn’t paying attention to signals the horse was giving, or wasn’t seated well. Because if one is paying attention, and is well-seated, you will stay on no matter what the horse does.

I find this an apt analogy for how to go through life well. If we are balanced, discerning, and paying attention, we won’t be thrown off kilter by life’s bumps. And we won’t be blaming the horse, or other people, which is often the go-to reaction when something doesn’t go the way we want it.

This may explain how we got a leader in this country that most people are unhappy with. How did he get elected? Were we paying attention? Apparently many of us were not.

Author Simon Sinek suggests that our politicians may be a reflection of us, and that we perhaps get the politicians we deserve.

“Maybe we’re the ones who are divisive and narcissistic. Maybe instead of demanding they change, we should change and take accountability for our own actions. And then we’ll get the politicians we deserve.”

FALLING OFF A HORSE AND HO’OPONOPONO

The solution reminds me of the Hawaiian spiritual practice of ho’ oponopono – taking 100% responsibility for our own actions through reconciliation and forgiveness.

It’s best illustrated by the well-known story of how Ihaleakala Hew Len, Ph.D., a practitioner of ho’oponoponocured a ward of the criminally insane at the Hawaii State Mental Hospital without ever seeing one of them in person.

The ward was so violent that the inmates were shackled and sedated regularly, and there was a high turnover of nurses, doctors and staff.

Hew Len offered to do therapy without seeing them.

Within a few months patients didn’t need shackling or sedating; a few months after that they started being released and pronounced as healed.

Within two years most were released.

Within four years the ward was closed.

How did that happen if Dr. Hew Len never saw one patient?

Using the practice of ho’oponopono, which means to make right, he took personal responsibility for contributing to the mental state of each one of them.

He sat down with the medical file of each patient and practiced ho’oponopono. He looked at their file and would feel things in his body: revulsion, repulsion. When he looked at their chart, he noted what he felt and worked on releasing and healing it. As he did that the other person got better.

Why does this work? Because, as indigenous people teach, we are all related. If one person is suffering in the world, we are all affected by it. And on some level we contributed to it.

Every time we curse the person who cut us off on the highway, judge someone for being homeless, are rude to a salesperson, we are contributing to the suffering in the world.

We need to heal ourselves and let that healing flow out into the world.

Hew Len describes the process as cleaning: cleaning up our own unconsciousness and the negative energy it has put out into the world.

The best way to clean, or practice ho’ oponopono, is by repeating four statements:

  • I’m sorry [for being unconscious and contributing to the suffering of the world].
  • Please forgive me [for my unconscious actions]
  • I love you
  • Thank you [to the Divine for helping me erase the old]

The more you clean, the more inspiration you can receive – because you’ve made room for it.

Total responsibility means accepting that we create everything in our lives.

And not blaming the horse when we fall off.

“The world we are experiencing today is the result of our collective consciousness and if we want a new world, each of us must start taking responsibility for helping create it.” ~ Rosemary Fillmore Rhea, author, granddaughter of Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore

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2 Comments

  1. Patrice C.

    Hello Molly,

    I would like to tell about ho’oponopono, Dr. Hew Len and about Morrnah Simeona.

    Please let me share this:

    Dr Hew Len published incorrect information about ho’oponopono, and about his story of Hawaii State Hospital. Dr. Hew Len says in several interviews, articles, and in the book “Zero Limits” he healed his patients with a mantra (im sorry, please forgive me, i love you, thank you.). Thats incorrect, thats fake news. The whole world believes this…

    Michael Micklei knows Dr. Hew Len already at the time while Dr. Hew Len worked in the Hawaii state Hospital in the 1980s. Michael Micklei and Dr. Hew Len gave togehter Ho’oponopono Seminars. Morrnah Simeona (1913 – 1992) was a native hawaiian kahuna. Michael Micklei accompanied Morrnah much time. He worked with Morrnah around 5 years together. Morrnah lived in Michael Mickleis and Yvettes home in Germany. Michael Micklei translated Morrnah’s 14-step ho’oponopono to german. He has been authorized to do so by Morrnah Simeona.

    Michael Micklei says, that Dr. Hew Len have in the Hawaii state Hospital his patients healed with Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono-Process. Never with a mantra.
    Morrnah Simeona adapted the traditional Ho’oponopono to today’s times and realities. She has developed a 14-step process. This is a modern version of the traditional Ho’oponopono process. Morrnah has founded the “Pacifica Seminars” in the 1970s and then the “Foundation of I” to spread her 14-step ho’oponopono around the world. She made it possible for all people to solve their problems with her 14-Step Ho’oponopono.
    In september 1990, Morrnah and Yvette Mauri founded the “Pacifica Seminars” in Germany (see http://www.pacificaseminars.de). Pacifica Seminars Europe is the only organization in Europe, where you can learn Morrnah’s original Ho’oponopono-process today. In Hawaii, Ramsay Taum also spreads the Ho’oponopono-process of Morrnah.

    Please let me share a comment of Michael Micklei. He says in a comment to an another person:

    Quote:
    “Aloha xxx,
    one can clearly see that you love ho’oponopono. My wife and me and many people in Germany do it also. But let me share some knowledge I am aware about Dr. Len. I was working around 5 years with Morrnah, the last year she lived in our home in Kirchheim nearby Munich, she passed away nearly in my arms. So pls let me share this:

    SITH is not a registered TM by Dr. Len or “The Foundation of I”. It is registered in the USA by the Lucas Film several times for the “Lords of SITH”, which are the Lords of Darkness.

    Dr. Len never healed in the mentioned hospital by only saying over and over “I love you” and “Thank you” to the “I”, Morrnahs word for the Source, for Divinity. Instead he used Morrnahs 12 (or 14) step process only, twice or three times a day. Every day he walked through the hospital he looked carefully to the patients, the doctors, his feelings. He taped this. And asked Divinity to heal his karmic bondages with these persons and matters. A hard job for three years. Divinity accepted the plea and healed. 2 persons were not healed, as there were no karmic bondages with Dr. Len.

    Morrnah gave him this kind of order to do so (and at that time he worked really for the good to help Morrnah for her special spiritual job) and in classes, we both attended between Nov. 86 and later, Dr. Len was always telling in detail at the beginning that he was doing exactly this, nothing else. NO mantra was mentioned, never. At that time, Dr. Len was a student of Morrnah like me, so why and how could he use a quite different way in the hospital – and at the weekend in classes he said the opposite? Morrnah was also complex clairvoyant, she could see and hear everything.

    All so called tools of Dr. Len (except 2 or 3) were developped by Dr. Len after 1992, which are only temporarily harmonizing or calming down – NOT cleansing, NOT being any ho’oponopono, as they are not mutual. They are (powerful) magic tools. They are not bad in itsself, but they block people to learn authentic ho’oponoponos – traditional ones or the one of Morrnah. People like those easy magic ways, they really think to heal karmic stuff of hundreds and more reincarnations by 11 words.

    It is clearly the good part of Joe Vitale’s job to spread the name of ho’oponopono from the time of “Zero limits” across the world – but the illusion is inclusive: people know the name, but did not hear about the real content of ho’oponopono or even forget it. Pls keep in mind Dr. Len’s words (received by his divinity) in Zero Limits: “I’ve been told to kill the Divine to be home.” To kill the Divine? Well, starting to take him out from the cleansing. This does not seem a path up to the mountain.
    mahalo for sharing.”

    End of Quote

    link to the comment: https://www.facebook.com/Pacifica-Seminars-611710282175050/

    Dr. Hew Len never healed with a mantra “i love you, please forgive you, im sorry, thank you.” in Hawaii State Hospital. This mantra is not ho’oponopono, and it is not hawaiian.

    Nobody talks about Morrnah’s 14-step Ho’oponopono today. Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono is no longer known to anyone today. Many people were misinformed by Dr. Hew Len and by the Book “Zero Limits” and by another books and organisations. I do not get it. Dr Hew len does not speak about Morrnahs 14-step ho’oponopono-process anymore and he doesen’t speak about he healed his patients with Morrnah’s 14-step ho’oponopono-process in Hawaii State Hospital. The people are misinformed. What reason have Dr. Hew Len to tell this lie? I don’t understand it…

    Michael Micklei has written a report about Dr. Hew Len and the Healings in Hawaii state hospital that happend with Morrnah’s 14-step Ho’oponopono.Please let me share this link (is only in german language, please use Google Tanslator to translate it):
    http://www.pacificaseminars.de/hawaii-state-hospital.htm

    Please share it and spread this information to another people 🙂 It is in the interests of all people.

    Aloha and greetings

    Patrice C.

    • Molly Larkin

      Thank you for sharing your experience and perspective.

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