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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,



  1. Brenda:

    Thanks for this great message. I love how you clarified being responsible as being able to respond to a situation. Up until recently I interpreted that being responsible for a situation meant that it was my fault.

    I am always able to respond differently to any situation that shows up in my life. When I realize that I know that I can create a different experience through my new response.

    It is my intention to use the Ho’oponopono cleaning phrases to shift some patterns that I choose to release in order to manifest the life I desire and serve people more effectively.


  2. Hi Andrea,
    Thank you so much for your feed back. It was such an eye opener to me when I first learned what taking 100 % responsibility meant. I learned that taking 100%responsibility had nothing to do with guilt, or blaming myself or others.

    What it does mean is that when I notice a program in someone (aware of something a person has said or done) I have it too, then I am responsible to clear or clean it. That’s taking 100% responsibility.

    Knowing this has stopped me from blaming someone else and pointing the finger at them when I get triggered by someone or something. Instead I realize ( it took some time for it to fully sink in) that they really were my teacher because they were mirroring what I needed to heal and clean on, and this was how it was being brought to my attention.

    They don’t have to say anything to me about it. The Universe is showing this to me through the Law of Reflection!

    When I really allow that to sink in, every single time someone becomes my teacher (mirror image) I am filled with so much gratitude for them.

    Thank you once again Andrea for sharing your thoughts. Sending you abundant love and blessings,

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