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What Does Taking 100% Responsibility Mean?

Ho’oponopono is based on the premise that we take 100% responsibility for everything that shows up in our lives. You read it right, everything.

You are probably thinking to yourself, you mean I’m responsible for all the children that are starving in the world? and what about all the wars, the crimes and conflicts that occur on a daily basis. You could probably come up with hundreds of examples.

Here’s another question that usually comes up – If I’m 100% responsible for everything, does that mean I have to fix it?

Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len explains it this way, “Have you noticed that whenever there’s a problem, you are always there?” He goes on to say that we didn’t directly do anything to harm anyone, but we are perceiving things as problems through our opinions and judgments.

We look at other people and think it’s THEY who ought to change, when we’re the constant factor in our misperceptions.

In Ho’oponopono, being 100% responsible does not mean being 100% at fault or bad. Instead, it means that we simply have the ability to respond in every situation. And we can choose our response. One path leads to overwhelm: trying to fix everything on our own.

Another path is to allow Divinity to help. In Ho’oponopono, this path is called “cleaning.” By using Ho’oponopono cleaning tools, we acknowledge that data or memories are running us and showing up as problems in our lives.

The 4 Ho’oponopono Cleaning phrases

Ho'oponoponoWe can say any or all of these phrases “I’m sorry, please forgive me (for being unconscious), thank you (for the opportunity to let go of this data now) and I love you.”

Some people may think that just using these four phrases “I’m sorry, please forgive me, I thank you and I love you, is too simple and easy and that it couldn’t possibly work to change their outer reality.

On the contrary when we give permission by using the above process, Divinity can work behind the scenes to transmute the faulty data to pure light. We can choose in every moment to use these tools to clean up our lives, or not do so.

This is how we take responsibility. It’s our choice. Do we want to struggle or do we want to become aware that this “problem” is an opportunity “to let go?”

Some long term problems may simply dissolve through using this process, and in other cases we may not notice any tangible changes taking place for some time. However the shifts are happening at another level that we aren’t aware of and when that’s cleared things will fall into place.

Would you rather try and fix things on your own, or allow Divinity to help?

  • How did working on your own work out for you in the past?
  • What if the “problem” is not what we think it is at all?

So ask yourself “Am I ready to let go of those things that are not serving me and discover a way that I can do that”? Declare your intention to the Universe by commenting below and sharing your thoughts.

Here’s the audio that was played at the Possibilities DNA workshops when I was training to be an instructor to do release work. Allow it to reenforce the truth of you how awesome and amazing you are.

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Love and Blessings,


How I Found Out About Ho’oponopono

Ho'oponoponoThis is how I first learned about Ho’oponopono and I want to share the article that was written by Dr Joe Vitale about it with you.

When I was taking a training course from Possibilities DNA in 2005 my mentor Margaret Ruby gave all of us a handout that she had downloaded from the internet of an article about Hoʻoponopono and Dr Hew Len Ihaleakala by Dr Joe Vitale. It was entitled The World’s Most Unusual Therapist and it was written by Dr. Joe Vitale.

Dr. Joe Vitale’s Hoʻoponopono Article
Two years ago, I heard about a therapist in Hawaii who cured a complete ward of criminally insane patients–without ever seeing any of them. The psychologist would study an inmate’s chart and then look within himself to see how he created that person’s illness. As he improved himself, the patient improved.

When I first heard this story, I thought it was an urban legend. How could anyone heal anyone else by healing himself? How could even the best self-improvement master cure the criminally insane?

It didn’t make any sense. It wasn’t logical, so I dismissed the story.

However, I heard it again a year later. I heard that the therapist had used a Hawaiian healing process called ho’oponopono. I had never heard of it, yet I couldn’t let it leave my mind. If the story was at all true, I had to know more.

I had always understood “total responsibility” to mean that I am responsible for what I think and do. Beyond that, it’s out of my hands. I think that most people think of total responsibility that way. We’re responsible for what we do, not what anyone else does. The Hawaiian therapist who healed those mentally ill people would teach me an advanced new perspective about total responsibility.

His name is Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len. We probably spent an hour talking on our first phone call. I asked him to tell me the complete story of his work as a therapist. He explained that he worked at Hawaii State Hospital for four years.

That ward where they kept the criminally insane was dangerous. Psychologists quit on a monthly basis. The staff called in sick a lot or simply quit. People would walk through that ward with their backs against the wall, afraid of being attacked by patients. It was not a pleasant place to live, work, or visit.

Dr. Len told me that he never saw patients. He agreed to have an office and to review their files. While he looked at those files, he would work on himself. As he worked on himself, patients began to heal.

“After a few months, patients that had to be shackled were being allowed to walk freely,’ he told me. ‘Others who had to be heavily medicated were getting off their medications. And those who had no chance of ever being released were being freed.”

I was in awe.

“Not only that,” he went on, “but the staff began to enjoy coming to work. Absenteeism and turnover disappeared. We ended up with more staff than we needed because patients were being released, and all the staff was showing up to work. Today, that ward is closed.”

This is where I had to ask the million dollar question: “What were you doing within yourself that caused those people to change?”

“I was simply healing the part of me that created them,” he said.

I didn’t understand.

Dr. Len explained that total responsibility for your life means that everything in your life – simply because it is in your life–is your responsibility. In a literal sense the entire world is your creation.

Whew. This is tough to swallow. Being responsible for what I say or do is one thing. Being responsible for what everyone in my life says or does is quite another. Yet, the truth is this: if you take complete responsibility for your life, then everything you see, hear, taste, touch, or in any way experience is your responsibility because it is in your life.

This means that terrorist activity, the president, the economy–anything you experience and don’t like–is up for you to heal. They don’t exist, in a manner of speaking, except as projections from inside you. The problem isn’t with them, it’s with you, and to change them, you have to change you.

I know this is tough to grasp, let alone accept or actually live. Blame is far easier than total responsibility, but as I spoke with Dr. Len, I began to realize that healing for him and in Ho’oponopono means loving yourself. If you want to improve your life, you have to heal your life. If you want to cure anyone–even a mentally ill criminal–you do it by healing you.

I asked Dr. Len how he went about healing himself. What was he doing, exactly, when he looked at those patients’ files?

“I just kept saying, ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘I love you’ over and over again,” he explained.

That’s it?
That’s it.

Turns out that loving yourself is the greatest way to improve yourself, and as you improve yourself, your improve your world. Let me give you a quick example of how this works: one day, someone sent me an email that upset me. In the past I would have handled it by working on my emotional hot buttons or by trying to reason with the person who sent the nasty message.

This time, I decided to try Dr. Len’s method. I kept silently saying, “I’m sorry” and “I love you,” I didn’t say it to anyone in particular. I was simply evoking the spirit of love to heal within me what was creating the outer circumstance.

Within an hour I got an e-mail from the same person. He apologized for his previous message. Keep in mind that I didn’t take any outward action to get that apology. I didn’t even write him back. Yet, by saying “I love you,” I somehow healed within me what was creating him.

Although I’ve studied several healing modalities and everyone of them is great, I use Ho’oponopono because it’s so simple and easy to use, that even a young child can use it.

What were the thoughts and feelings that came up as you read this story about Ho’oponopono?

  • Were you skeptical?
  • Were you excited and elated?
  • Did you wonder if you could have the same results in your life if you learned about Ho’oponopono and used it to change your life?

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Love and Blessings,


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