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Ho’oponopono: A Hawaiian Spiritual Healing Technique

by Angela Zaffer July 2022

Ho’oponopono is a technique that comes from the Hawaiian Code of Forgiveness. It is an ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness and resolution. “It's a process of making things right in your relationships -- with others, ancestors, deities, the earth, and yourself.” Hoʻoponopono can be literally translated as "to make right" or "to make good.” It was used for centuries among the pacific islanders to resolve problems and come to a resolution for families, tribal members, as well as between two warring tribes. Morrnah Simeona, a Kahuna Lapaʻau healing priest, adapted the traditional Hoʻoponopono into a psycho-spiritual self-help problem solving process. Simeona's version combines Hoʻoponopono, Christian beliefs, philosophical studies of India, China and the psychic Edgar Cayce. She believed our current problems are from negative past life karma, negative past life experiences, and ancestral karma. Simeona created a Hoʻoponopono method that helps us "to release unhappy, negative experiences in past lifetimes” as well as resolve and remove traumatic memories from this life, past life, and the lifetime of our ancestor times that become stored in what she calls “memory banks” or what is commonly known through the works of Edgar Casey as the Akashic Records. Simeona began using this technique in family counseling and data has showed it is very successful.

Ho’oponopono It is based on Self-Love, Self-Forgiveness, and Self-Identity. It is about alignment to the Divine, freedom from karmic bonds, and coming into a zero state. The zero state is believed by Hew Len as the main objective of Hoʻoponopono. Zero state is described as a place of having zero limits, no old stories, limiting beliefs or memories holding us back. When mistakes are corrected in the external world, mistakes are corrected in your internal world, as well as the collective consciousness.

Ho’oponopono believes the problem is not in our external reality, but our internal reality. According to Hew Len, “everything exists as a projection from inside the human being.” Our internal world is the stories we tell ourselves, our beliefs, and what we tell ourselves is true about the world around us. It is an illusion we have created. These stories are like pieces of computer software that run a program in a computer. This software is created from the beliefs we are taught from our family, community, religion, culture (television, social media, etc.) as well as carried forward into this life from past lifetimes, from our bloodline, and can be created through experiences in this lifetime. It is as if you have been programmed with a story and you believe that story so strongly that it becomes your reality. This is your illusion.

We are the creator of our life circumstances. This includes the things we bring with us from other lifetimes. All of our past lifetimes are recorded and coded into the fabric of the universe, as well as our physical and spiritual body. Past life karmic patterns are carried within you physically and energetically. It is coded within your Soul memory, the chakras, your genetics, etc. The energy of this karmic pattern becomes a magnet throughout this life and shows up through other people, places and situations. Because we don’t remember our past lifetimes and the choices we made, we don’t understand why life circumstance keep showing up. We don’t remember what lessons we asked to learn or agreed to before we came here. This includes agreeing to taking on the karma from our bloodline. Asking for lessons of empowerment through disempowerment, or even agreeing to disempower someone else. Most spiritual beliefs of various cultures teach us, the sins of the father become the sins of the child. In Q’ero Shamanism (Peru) it is believed children carry forward the negative karma of their parents for at least seven generations. In the Christian religion, it is believed that children carry the inequities of the father up to four generations.

I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is

affected — even children in the third and fourth generations.” Exodus 34:7

Ho’oponopono uses the Universal Law of Cause and Effect to release and clear unhappy, negative experiences from this life and past lifetimes, remove karmic patterns, and to resolve and remove traumas from the “memory banks.” Spiritual expansion, self-love and self-forgiveness is created as a result. In Ho’oponopono the aspects of consciousness are balanced and connected with the Divine. A mantra is read out loud to the Divine Creator. This mantra is said to bring in a high vibrational energy of light which is able to remove, clear, and release energetic blocks. The Divine transforms the memories of the wrong actions in all participants, on whatever plane they are existing. Therefore, healing the karmic pattern.

When you forgive others, you also forgive yourself. Hew Len came up with the mantra " I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you." It is based on the idea of taking 100% responsibility for your actions and those of your ancestors to remove the karmic ties to the bloodline. In Eastern culture there is a belief of cleaning up relationships with family members, your ancestors, and the community in general. If an issue or pattern goes unresolved, we create karmic patterns and karmic bonds that bind us to reincarnating back into the same family, same community, same group of people, over and over again with the same problem until we figure out how to resolve the negative karmic pattern. The mantras, or prayers, used in Ho’oponopono take you back into zero state removing the negative karma. The zero state is similar to an Akashic Records clearing where the soul blueprint is cleared and realigned back to its original state when it was first originated, before all the karmic blocks and patterns began.

We align to the Divine through love in the Heart Space. Love is the key to healing. It is through love that we can move into the direction of our dreams. The outside world is not an independent creation. It is a reflection of our own inner world. Every stress, illness, or problem in life and in relationships can be healed through changing your inner world, to love yourself, forgive yourself and forgiveness of others. Dolores Cannon, the creator of past life hypnotherapy discovered in her hypnosis sessions the inability to forgive others resulted in disease and illness. Holding on to unresolved emotions creates illness in our bodies and holds us back from moving forward.

The Hew Len Ho’oponopono Mantra

There are four energies at work in this mantra: remorse, forgiveness, gratitude, and love. These are reflected in the four phrases that make up the mantra. It may be difficult at first to ask for remorse when you are not sure what you are remorseful for or need forgiveness for but try it and see how it feels. You don’t need to hold a thought, or a memory for this mantra to clear the memory banks. However, we can all apologize to our bodies for being upset that the body is imperfect, getting old, or just not moving the way we want it to.

The phrases, which you can repeat in any order, silently to yourself or out loud, are:

I Love you.

I Am Sorry.

Forgive me.

Thank you.

Ho'oponopono to Remove Energy Holding You Back

Start with centering yourself. Place your hand on your heart and focus on your heart. Breath in to a count of 10, hold for 10, breath out for a count of 10. If you can’t do 10, start with a count of 4. Breath in for a count of 4 (1,2,3,4), hold breath to a count of 4 (1,2,3,4), and then breath out to a count of 4 (1,2,3,4).

You can also use the mantra “I Am that I Am that I Am.” Breath in saying the sentence, then breath out saying the sentence until you feel centered.

Read out loud to Spirit to remove negative memories, emotions and karma

I ask the Divine Spirit to assist me in healing the past. To all those who have been hurt by my actions or those of my family. If I or my family, relatives and ancestors have offended you, your family, relatives and ancestors in thoughts, words, deeds and actions from the beginning of our creation to the present, we ask your forgiveness...Let this cleanse, purify, release, cut all the negative memories, blocks, energies and vibrations, and transmute these unwanted energies into pure light....and it is done.

I Am the I. I come forth from the void into light, I am the breath that nurtures life, I am that emptiness, that hollowness beyond all consciousness. The I the Id, the All. I draw my bow of rainbows across the waters, the continuum of minds with matters. I am the incoming and outgoing of breath, the invisible, untouchable breeze, the undefinable atom of creation. I am the I. The Peace of I. Peace be with you. All my Peace. The peace that is I, the Peace that is "I am". The Peace for always, now and forever and ever more. My Peace I give to you, My Peace I leave with you, Not the world's Peace, but, only My Peace, The Peace of I. (Written by M. Simeona)

Decide what belief, emotions, feelings and thoughts you want to remove and state the following out loud:

Spirit, Superconscious, Higher Self, please locate the origin of my belief, emotions, feelings and thoughts of __________ (fill in the blank with your belief, feeling, or thoughts that you want to erase.) Take each and every level, layer, area and aspect of my being to this origin. Analyze it and resolve it perfectly with Divine truth. Come through all generations of time and eternity. Healing every incident and its appendages based on the origin. Please do it according to Divine will until I am at the present. Filled with light and truth. Divine peace and love, forgiveness of myself for my incorrect perceptions. Forgiveness of every person, place, circumstances and events which contributed to this, these feelings thoughts and beliefs.

I am the I. The Peace of I. Peace be with you. All my Peace. The peace that is I, the Peace that is "I am". The Peace for always, now and forever and ever more. My Peace I give to you, My Peace I leave with you, Not the world's Peace, but, only My Peace, The Peace of I.

Removing Negative Memories using the following Mantra

Say out loud “Dear memories, I love you. I am thankful for the chance to liberate you and me. I am sorry, please forgive me, I love you, thank you.” Say this 10 times.

Ho'oponopono Eraser Technique

A modern Ho'oponopono clearing method is to use a pencil eraser as a clearing tool to get rid of negative thoughts and bad feelings associated with items, people or situations. The eraser is a physical symbol that users associate with the act of cleansing and removal. You tap the end of the eraser end of the pencil to remove emotions, thoughts, memories and beliefs.

Write down a name, place or anything else that bothers you or creates bad feelings when you think about it. Then make a list of what you want to remove from your life. You can make a list around the following categories:

1. Money

3. Relationship

4. Emotions

5. Spirituality

6. Career

Now take your list and follow these steps: Tap on the item you wrote down in your list with the eraser and say, "Whatever that is going on inside of me to create these problems masking as (ex. not enough money), I erase you, and transmute me back to zero state. I'm sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you." Keep tapping and saying the mantra, over and over, until you feel a shift in the energy or a sense of peace. Go through this list at least once a day, before bed, two to five minutes on each point.

You also can tap on an object that creates a bad feeling. For example, if you are worried about money, tap on your wallet or purse. Repeat the phrases, "I love you, I'm sorry, please forgive me and thank you" while mentally picturing that the item or situation has been cleansed back to its original state.

Manifesting with the Tapping PencilTechnique

Write a list of what area you want improved in your life. Use the same technique as above using an eraser to tap each item. Example, I want money to flow into my life.

Tap on I want money to flow into my life and say out loud “I accept I am 100% responsible for everything in my life. I ask my higher self, my team in Spirit, the beings of Light and Love, the Angels and Archangels, and the ascended masters to assist me in clearing all memories that may be blocking me from receiving more money into my experience.” Then repeat the Ho'oponopono Mantra “I am sorry, please forgive me, I love you, Thank you.” Do this until you begin to feel a shift in your energy around money.

Ho’oponopono for Wealth Mantra

“Dear money, I am sorry, please forgive me, I love you, thank you.” Say this mantra for 20 to 30 min, or 108 times. There is a YouTube video with the above title that you can recite this mantra to as well. You can tap on money during this mantra for added benefit.

For more mantras, such as weight loss, go to

EFT Tapping and Ho’oponopono

Other tapping techniques can be used with Ho’oponopono.

EFT and slow EMDR butterfly tapping can both be used while reading the mantras.

“The emotional freedom technique or EFT is a self-help technique that involves tapping near the end points of “energy meridians” located around the body. The tapping process is done in order to reduce physical tension and promote a deeper mind-body connection.

This technique goes by a few different names, including emotional freedom technique, EFT tapping therapy or simply tapping. According to the EFT Universe website, “EFT has been researched in more than 10 countries, by more than 60 investigators, whose results have been published in more than 20 different peer-reviewed journals.” These include the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the American Psychological Association Journal, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training and Review of General Psychology.” (

Ho’oponopono Food and Drink for Healing

Ho’oponopono has a belief that food has an effect on emotions and memories. To my knowledge this has not been studied. In herbal medicine, the body and emotional responses have been studied, but I don’t believe plants as medicine have been studied on memory or thought process. However, it doesn’t hurt to try something new and see if it works for you.

Drink Blue Solar Water: Blue solar water voids memories replaying problems in the Subconscious Mind. Put drinking water in a blue glass container and place it in the Sun for an hour then drink it. You can add ice, make Tea or coffee with it. You can also say the phrase Ice Blue as you drink it. Blue: Whenever you see anything blue, say the Ho'oponopono Mantra.

Strawberries & Blueberries have a clearing effect on our memories. They void memories. Eating strawberries relieves negative data about weight. Eating blueberries helps us move forward in our spiritual path. Eat fresh, frozen, or dried.

Written by Angela Zaffer, MA, LPCC

Angela Zaffer has been a Psychotherapist for over 20 years. Four years ago, she added her abilities as an Energy Healer and Psychic Intuitive to her practice and the results have been amazing. She specializes in healing anxiety, depression and trauma as well as a variety of other life situations. She uses various counseling methods such as EMDR, EFT, and Internal Family Systems combined with Akashic Records Clearing, working with the Higher Self and Spirit Guidance.

For more information, go to:


James, M (Oct 6, 2017) Ho'oponopono: Your Path to True Forgiveness. Crescendo Publishing, LLC

Vitale, Joe. www.Zeropointawakening. Ho’oponopono

Dixon. M (2012). The Ho'oponopono Prayer & Cleaning Tools Handbook. Zero Limits Music EFT Tapping Chart

Ho'oponopono Miricale.

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