Ho oponopono Explained: The Power To Clean & Heal Your Life 

 April 3, 2018

By  Craig Beck

Ho’oponopono Explained

In 2010 my world came crashing down around me, everything that could go wrong did precisely that. I was running a huge commercial radio station in the North East of England. I was earning more money than I ever had in my life and I was living a lifestyle that most would be envious of. Luxury homes, five-star vacations, designer clothes and top end cars were all a part of my day to day life.

Things were going wonderfully with my job, and just before Christmas 2009, I was offered a new contract in a new role with the company. This new contract had far less protection but much more remuneration. Mostly they were offering me fewer rights, but more cash and greed won the day.

A Fall Was Coming

firedThe new money started to roll in, and we had a fantastic festive break. I returned to work in the New Year and found to my surprise that the company director (who was a big fan of mine) had been fired and replaced with a new guy.

This new director immediately set about marking his territory and making critical changes to the business. When he came across this very expensive guy with a fragile contract, he saw the opportunity to send a dramatic message and fired me with the only explanation of ‘thanks for your service, but we are going in a different direction now.’

I was a man in his mid-thirties with two children and the outgoings of a football star. I had been fired for the first time in my life and the pain delivered to my ego was almost crippling. What I didn’t know at the time was this was the beginning of one of the worst years of my life.

I eventually found a new job but at fifty percent less than I was previously paid. The new position would require me to move two hundred miles away from my children and only see them on the weekends for a few hours and put enormous pressure on my relationship with my wife.

The Pity Party Began

I won’t bore you with the full pity party of 2010, but by June I was on my knees. My health had crashed, and I was always at the doctor’s surgery, taking a colorful handful of different medications each morning. My financial situation had gone a similar route as Lehman brothers had and my marriage had collapsed beyond repair.

I sat in my damp rented room with a pile of bills and divorce papers in one hand and a fist full of pills in the other. This was my lowest moment, and I couldn’t see a way out of the mess.

Let’s skip the misery because it’s getting boring, fast forward to December and everything has changed.

My finances have turned around, I have stopped taking all the medication, I have lost 56lbs of fat and have a super toned fit and healthy body. My ex-wife and I have decided to keep the divorce as amicable as possible for the sake of the kids (we didn’t even use lawyers – everything was agreed on face to face), and I land a new job one hundred miles closer to my children. What caused such a dramatic turnaround?

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Ho oponopono explained


I stopped blaming the world for my problems, I embraced the principles of Ho’oponopono and I accepted responsibility for all the issues in my life. I had to accept fully that losing my job had been my creation. The end of my marriage was my manifestation and programs running in my subconscious mind had generated all the doom, gloom and poor health. I set about cleaning, and to do this I used a mantra called Morrnah’s Prayer.

Ho oponopono & Morrnah

Morrnah was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 19, 1913, into the respected family of Kimokeo and Lilia Simeona. Her mother was one of the few remaining Kahuna Lapa’au kahea (one who uses words and chants to heal) and as such, became a lady-in-waiting to Queen Lili’uokalani, the last monarch and only woman to reign in the Kingdom of Hawaii, near the end of the monarch’s life.

While there is no direct translation for “Kahuna,” literally “Ka” means light and “huna” means secret, as in sacred wisdom. In English, “Kahuna” is often translated as a shaman, priest, expert, or pejoratively, magician.

However, a Kahuna, having the power of a shaman, the focused training of an expert, and the mystical links of a priest, is a spiritual leader and reverent caretaker of her or his community, merging the inner and outer worlds into blended harmony.

Morrnah was surrounded by this ancient oral healing tradition from the beginning. She grew up in a multidimensional world where inner and outer realities were fluid.

Finding peace via Ho oponopono
Finding peace via Ho oponopono

An Ancient Healing Method

At age three, she was recognized to carry on this living tradition. Since the training was oral, handed down from teacher to student, there were no books to read, no notes to take. Morrnah learned by listening, repeating, and remembering.

According to Martyn Kahekili Carruthers, “A student was expected to have a natural aptitude, a good memory, and to learn quickly. They were thoroughly tested. Instructions were given twice, with a maximum of three repetitions….Little time was wasted on the incompetent or slow.”

In addition to her Kahuna training, Morrnah went to Catholic school where the way of Christ deeply influenced her spiritually. Eventually, she went on to study the metaphysical traditions of India and China, and later the works of Edgar Cayce, the American psychic and past life researcher.

In the native Hawaiian community, a Kahuna served all equally and with respect. To a certain extent, the Kahuna was involved in every aspect of community life, healing mental, emotional, and physical illnesses as well as resolving broader disagreements. By mediating between the spiritual realms and the community, a Kahuna maintained a necessary balance of harmony. Healing took place in different ways, at different levels.

Kahuna Magic

According to Carruthers, “A Kahuna could often recognize and dissolve potential problems before they occurred. If a disease did not respond to la’au lapa’au (herbal remedies), lomilomi (massage) or la’au kahea (healing chants), then that disease was considered to represent an imbalance in the community. Ho’oponopono (family healing) might be required.”

Morrnah lived the way of her ancestors as a valued member of her community, quietly practising her gifts of healing for over half her life. She was a gentle soul who spoke little but felt a lot. She inspired relaxation, trust, and a sense of deep peace…she didn’t try to explain things. One could just feel something special in her presence.

My impression is that she was sending healing energy through her silence and intent. She was very loving and soft-spoken.”

She said that “Western people have great difficulty in putting the intellect behind. It is difficult for the Western mind to get a grasp of a Higher Being because, in traditional Western churches, the Higher Beings are not made evident.”

She continued, “Western man has gone to the extremes with his intellectualism, it divides and keeps people separate. The man then becomes a destroyer because he manages and copes, rather than letting the perpetuating force of the Divinity flow through him for right action.”

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Ancient healing method

A New Form Of Ho oponopono

In 1976, when Morrnah was 63, she began to develop a new form of Ho’oponopono, modifying the original process.
Her system is simple and can be used successfully by anyone.

The healing process includes one’s soul and the Divine. Morrnah has said, “We can appeal to Divinity who knows our blueprint, for the healing of all thoughts and memories that are holding us back at this time,” she continued. “It is a matter of going beyond traditional means of accessing knowledge about ourselves.

“We are the total of our experiences, which is to say that we are burdened by our pasts. When we experience stress or fear in our lives, if we would look carefully, we would find that the cause is a memory.

It is the emotions which are tied to these memories which affect us now. The subconscious associates an action or person in the present with something that happened in the past. When this occurs, emotions are activated, and stress is produced”, Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona

The process of Ho oponopono involves four phrases which can be repeated in any order:

1. I’m sorry
2. Please forgive me
3. Thank you
4. I love you

By saying these words over and over, a person is supposed to connect her/his inner light with the light of Source. Over time, patterns in the subconscious dissolve, and by forgiving the parts within that hold those patterns, the person’s outer world regains balance and harmony.

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Living with zero limits

Just Keep Cleaning

The biggest gift I can give you is to tell you the mantra that I used to fix my broken life. To use this miraculous healing process take yourself to a quiet, peaceful place and spend a few moments doing the breathing exercise we talked about earlier.

Allow all the stress and struggle of life to flow out of your body with each outward breath. Be present at the moment and slowly allow the issue you want to heal to come into your conscious thoughts.

Try not to label or judge it and start to consider how grateful you would feel if it was removed from your life. Next slowly and rhythmically read Morrnah’s prayer four times over. That is all it takes, you don’t need to do it more than once but you can if it gives you peace.

This is my version of Morrnah’s Prayer:

Dear universe, the Super-subconscious and all those who care about me in spirit. Please locate the origin of my feelings and thoughts of [INSERT ISSUE]

Take each and every level, layer, area and aspect of my being to this origin.

Analyze it and resolve it perfectly with God’s truth.

Come through all generations of time and eternity.

Healing every incident and its appendages based on the origin.

Please do it according to God’s will until I am at the present filled with light and truth.

God’s peace and love, forgiveness of myself for my incorrect perceptions.

Forgiveness of every person, place, circumstance, and events that have contributed to these feelings and thoughts.

I am sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.

Closing Words

I know this principle may seem too simple to be as powerful as I am claiming. Please take a leap of faith and try it, I know it will have a profound and beautiful impact on your life.

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Craig Beck

Craig Beck ([email protected]) is the author of several bestselling personal development books and audiobooks. 

Including Unleashed: How to love yourself more and unlock your full potential, available on Amazon, Audible and in all good bookstores.  

Craig is also a certified master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming, hypnotherapy, timeline therapy and a highly in-demand international motivational speaker.

Craig Beck