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Freedom Through Ho'oponopono

I’m sorry.
Please forgive me.
I love you.
Thank you.

Years ago I learned about a psychologist who healed an entire forensic ward of mentally ill criminals in a Hawaii state hospital. What was remarkable about this was that the psychologist and Director of the unit, Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, never worked directly with any of his patients. What was his magic…?

He used the powerful Hawaiian healing process called Ho’oponopono.

I had to learn more.

I was fortunate to attend a workshop with Dr. Hew Len. This transformative experience introduced me to a world of oneness, forgiveness and freedom.  Ho’oponopono teaches that we are energetically connected to everything around us and responsible for all of it. Whatever happens in our life is a reflection of the energy we carry within.

I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.

Dr. Hew Len reviewed each patient’s medical record. He then used the Ho’oponopono process to energetically clear the layers of negative, toxic energies  within his subconscious, inner child. By doing his own inner cleaning, energetically he also cleaned the  toxic energies of his patients.

I know this may sound strange. Most of us we were taught to believe that we are separate beings. But that’s not true. We’re all connected.

I’m sorry.
Please forgive me for whatever is going on inside of me that is causing this situation to happen.
I love you.
Thank you.

Difficult people or challenging life situations may trigger us to react with anger, sadness, rejection or other strong emotions. But these people and situations do not cause those feelings. Most likely these feelings have been inside us from earlier in our life and perhaps eons past. By doing our own Ho’ oponopono cleaning, these toxic energies from our past become released. This allows our inner light—our Divinity—to shine brightly. Divine inspiration can then flow through us more easily, guiding us to live life with greater clarity and freedom.

You may wonder how this applies to you and releasing weight. By simply repeating these four beautiful phrases you can begin to clean and release difficult feelings and negative energies that contribute to overeating. For example, when you feel triggered to overeat, repeat these words, directing them to your child within:

I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.
I’m sorry. Please forgive me for whatever is inside of me that causes me to turn to food.
I love you. Thank you.

Even if it doesn’t seem to help right away, be patient. Repeat these words a few times, let go, and know that you activated a powerful, loving force. The soothing energy of these words, over time, will help calm the intensity of what you’re experiencing.

When you take full responsibility for your feelings and use Ho’ oponopono to clear out negative energies, you will experience a freedom that transforms your relationship with food, your body… and yourself.

I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.

And I love you, too.

Peace and love,

24 Responses

  1. Katherine

    This is so beautiful and powerful. I’ve been trying to find a mantra to say to myself. I think I will give this simple and kind one a try.

    Thank you,

  2. Diane Petrella

    Dear Katherine,
    Thanks for your comment. Ho’oponopono is truly an elegant and powerful process. It has become for me a “default” place I go to in my mind. Calming and peaceful.
    I’m glad this resonates with you.

  3. Tiffany

    I am so glad to have found u via calorie count. I had heard of this healing
    Awhile back but diregaurded it. Since it has come back again I am listening this time!!
    Thank u!

  4. Diane Petrella

    Hi Tiffany,
    Thanks for your comment. I regularly practice Ho’oponopono and find great peace and comfort from repeating the four phrases. I wish for you the same.

  5. Anila

    Hi Diane,

    Thank you for sharing this. I have heard it before, started to do it but not regularly. I will start to do it now, it is really calling.

    I have a question: can you use it for any feeling, emotion, situation? If angry, resentment, jealous,sad,etc. Only use the prases, the 4 of them.

    God bless you.

    Love and Light,

  6. Diane Petrella

    Hi Anila,

    Thank you for your comment.

    Ho’oponopono is a lovely, powerful practice. I use it all the time, every day.

    To answer your question, yes, you can use it for any emotion and also for any situation. I use the four phrases, and I also add a sentence about asking the Divine to help me release whatever is inside of me that is causing the distressing emotion, or causing me to be in a difficult situation.

    For example, if I am feeling angry about something I add:

    “Please forgive me for whatever is inside of me that is causing this anger to be present and/or for whatever is inside of me that is causing this situation to happen.”

    When we say these phrases we take responsibility for what is happening in our life. We also energetically “clean” the subconscious messages we carry inside of us, from either earlier in our life or, some believe, from previous lifetimes. When we “clean” in this way, we create a clearer pathway for the Divine to work through us.

    There is so much more I want to learn about Ho’oponopono. It is one of the most powerful practices I have experienced.

    Thanks for visiting my site!

    I love you. Thank you.

    Peace & Love,

  7. murray fulcher

    Hi Diane, murray here from toronto, i’m a trainer, mostly with a senior womens weight loss group. The first positive impression i received was you description of Linda “releasing her weight loss” i have been very interested in motivators, motivation techniques that are meaningful to the individuals i do have a great deal of difficulty with the concept of channeling, but i did manage to very recently complete Colin Tipings book. regards murrayhf

  8. Diane

    Hi Murray,

    Thanks for your comment! I appreciate hearing from you. Radical Forgiveness, by Colin Tipping is a wonderful book. I know the concept behind it is, well, radical, but it makes sense to me from a higher level, spiritual perspective.

    All best to you in your work as you inspire others to live healthy lives.

    Thanks again for visiting my blog. I wish you well.

    Warm regards,

  9. Praj

    Hey Diane,

    Its been a while I wrote feedback,…was a bit tied up with a vacation trip back home to India :D…

    Was going thru ur mails as always and came to this page…this tool sounds really interesting and powerful. I would sure add this to my routine of affirmations and meditation … 😀

    Thanks again for wonderful mails and articles as always.

    Love and peace

  10. Diane

    Hi Praj,

    So nice to hear from you! I hope you had a lovely trip back home.

    Yes, Ho’oponopono is very powerful. I use this every day. You may be interested in these books to learn more:

    Zero Limits, by Joe Vitale and Ihaleakala Hew Len, and The Easiest Way, by Mabel Katz.

    Thanks for staying in touch!

    Love & Peace back to you,

  11. Praj

    Dear Diane,

    Thank u so much for the response and suggesting one more book into my library. I read the book ‘Zero Limits”…it was so fun reading it and knowing various techniques to get connected with our higher selves. After going thru various books on this topic I personally feel everything drills down to ‘within’. Now things get more clear when we read “power lies within”, “change happens from inside out” :D.

    Interesting. thank u once again for suggesting wonderful books. I so love reading them.

    I love u and peace to you and all 😀

  12. schealer

    I am very intrigued with ho’opnopono – in essence we need to release resistance. I have a question. We go skiing every year (have been doing it for 20 years) and every time we go, i always have this fear of someone in th efamily getting injured. i can’t get this out of my head (although everyone is a good skiier) – i try affirmations etc but it seems to increase my awareness of he fear. I have tried mantras and this past trip – my wife did injure herself and I wonder if it was my focus on fear of injury that manifested. How can we move our subconscious awareness away from the negative manifestation?


    1. Thanks for your comment. This is a good question and I think there are many useful strategies to help shift awareness to bring about more positive manifestations.

      We all need a “tool box” of resources to use in different situations and Ho’oponopono is a great addition to that. It may help with what you describe.

      As you use Ho’oponopono, imagine you are speaking to your inner child who is holding the energy of this fear. Repeat the four phrases and include: “…please forgive me for whatever is inside of me that is causing me to respond this way (fear)…I’m so sorry…I didn’t realize you were holding onto this pain (fear) for so long…please forgive me…I love you, thank you…”

      Thank “fear” for emerging and showing you the places you need to clear and clean.

      You also may benefit from the energy psychology technique called EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique, also called Tapping. EFT is considered a “cousin” to acupuncture. You tap with your fingertips on a series on points on your body, instead of using needles, to clear out energy blockages contributing to the emotional or physical issue. It’s especially useful for fears and phobias and I encourage you to learn about this. Many good resources are available including this recently published book, The Tapping Solution, by Nick Ortner.

      I hope this information helps.

      Blessings to you,

  13. schealer

    Thanks so much! Sorry had been away for some time. Another thought comes to mind – as a physician, I am required to be on call periodically and as time goes on, it becomes harder and harder. Many times (myself and my colleagues) dread the nights and weekends as they can be pretty brutal. As the resistance to needing to do something perceived as unpleasant (but still necessary) comes up – what would be the best way to phrase the opening statement for Ho’oponopono? I am sure that this can be used for situations when responding to emergencies as well?


    1. Hi there! When I’m stressed or feel resistance, I simply repeat those four basic phrases and don’t change the beginning. I find them calming and reassuring. But I may add…”please forgive me for whatever is going on inside of me that is blocking me right now” or something like that. But quite honestly…I think you need some rest!:)

      And for emergencies I’d do the same thing…while asking for the Divine’s assistance. You may find it helpful to read The Easiest Way, by Mabel Katz, or Zero Limits, by Joe Vitale and Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len to learn more about this beautiful practice. I hope this helps! Blessings, Diane

  14. lata

    Hi istarted practising this beautiful technique.i do see results but my worry is i start everything but giveup halfway,
    How do i avoid this. Thank u

    1. Hi Lata,

      Thank you for posting!

      Use the Ho’oponopono process to clean on this belief that you start everything and give up. For example:

      “I’m sorry. Please forgive me for whatever is going on inside of me that causes me to give up on myself. I love you. Thank you.”

      Repeat frequently.

      I hope this helps!


  15. Patrice C.

    Hello Diane,

    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 about Hawaii State Hospital and his job there. 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, this are fake news. The whole world believes this things…

    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 until she passed away in 1992. Michael Micklei translated Morrnah’s 14-step ho’oponopono to german. He has been authorized to do so by Morrnah Simeona.

    Michael Micklei from Pacifica Seminars 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:

    “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. 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):

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

    Aloha and greetings

    Patrice C.

    1. Diane Petrella

      Thank you, Patrice. I appreciate the information you shared. I attended two workshops with Pacifica Seminars and one was guided by Dr. Hew Len. What I teach my clients is much simplified, I know. Nevertheless, they have found it very helpful. And I understand to truly learn Ho’oponopono one needs to continually learn on deeper levels.

      Thanks again for posting on my blog and I’m glad to share your comments here for people to learn more.


      1. Mike

        Dear Diane, Dear All

        Regarding the contribution by Patrice C. I would like to add a information.
        Pacifica Seminars offers a home course in English.

        You can Learn the original Ho’oponopono process (the actual version of October 1991), which was developed by Morrnah Simeona.

        the tile of the home course:

        The Coronation of Consciousness – A Divine helping hand through the Ho’oponopono of Morrnah Simeona – by Michael Micklei.

        You can get it here:

        I know the home course and this original ho’oponopono-process of Morrnah since 8 years.
        I use it every day.
        I highly recommend him.

        Morrnah Simeona worked on this Ho’oponopono process for over 19 years.
        Dr. hew Len successfully tested this process at Hawaii State Hospital.
        Here is the prove:
        The results were tremendous and bordered on a miracle.

        Please remember:
        Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono is a gift to the world.
        According to Morrnah, it is a gift from our Divine Creator to His creation.

        I wish that all people can make use of this process.

        I wish you a lot of inspiration and God’s help and strength by your actions.


  16. Hanna Elliott

    Patrice C, you Jeep commenting this about Ho’oponopono in every blog that writes about it. I think you need to check your intentions. Many teachers of the practice acknowledge that it has been grossly simplified for modern use. That is the point. We want as many people to know about the simple healing powers of the practice. Morrnah’s 12 steps was already a simplified version of the ancient practice. But it is still extremely complex and very few people will be drawn to something that is so difficult to understand. That is why Dr Len modified it even further. We live in desperate times, we need simple tools to fight the ever increasing harshness of this world. Maybe 11 words are too simple for you, but if it can help a generation of desperate people seeking for a way to calm the mind and to speak life instead of death, daily, I’m all for it. And so should you. Selah.

    1. Diane Petrella

      Thank you for posting, Hannah. I agree that we need simple tools that help us feel calm and grounded. These beautiful four phrases work for me and also for the people I work with. Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts. Warmly, Diane

    2. Theresa O'Keefe

      Hello Hanna,

      I don’t believe Patrice C is trying to make things “more difficult” for people, but rather is more interested in giving credit where credit is due. There are many sites on the Internet that talk about the “teachings” of Ho’oponopono and they ALL give the credit to Dr. Len (and/or Joe Vitale).
      I am in the process of writing a book about Law of Attraction and I ONLY want to share accurate information with my readers. I do not take “stories” at face value.
      I only learned about Morrnah because Dr. Len’s story was very “vague.” I wanted to know the true circumstances regarding him “healing” patients with a short mantra over several years.
      After MUCH research I finally found the name of the hospital in Hawaii and during that research is when I learned that Dr. Len was NOT the “originator” of the shorter version of Ho’oponopono. In reality, what Dr. Len was teaching, prior to his recent death, was not even truly Ho’oponopono at all. I learned all this without the input from Patrice C., but I appreciate that she’s trying her best to get out the accurate information.
      You say that the 12 or 14 step practice by Morrnah was “extremely complex” and maybe for some, and possibly if it was or is too complex for some then maybe those people are not ready for healing.
      Before you “attack” my reasoning, even Jesus Christ did not speak 100% “clearly” in his teachings. He used parables and metaphors in the Bible because it was a way to communicate with those who were truly ready to “hear and learn” what he was saying.
      In any case, I digress. Short or long, credit should ALWAYS be given to the correct person and Dr. Len is NOT the appropriate person who should have been or should be getting the credit. He simply invented his own mantra that is far removed from even what Mornnah used to teach before her death in 1992.

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