Healing Ourselves

by Deb on December 2, 2011

As a dovetail to today’s radio show broadcast – “GPS for Your Life” – I’m republishing an interview I did with Dr. Hew Len.  Dr. Hew Len revolutionized the traditional Hawaiian practice of  Ho’o’pono’pono.  This practice was originally developed decades ago to bring balance back to a family who was experiencing imbalance, unhappiness, chaos and the like.

Dr Hew Len took a job at the Hawaii State Hospital more than 30 years ago.  This hospital housed the most violent offenders of the Islands.  His job was as psychologist, but instead of seeing each inmate and using traditional therapeutic models on them, he applied his own version of Ho’o’pono’pono –  he simply sat at his desk, opened a file and began the process of finding out what it was in him that caused him to experience a violent murderer (for example) in his life.

He knew that his experience in the physical world of this violent offender was the result of something that was in his own mind…and he took responsibility for that.  He articulated the words of Ho’o’pono’pono:

I love you

Thank you

I’m sorry

Please forgive me

And stayed with each phrase until he knew that he had accepted full responsibility for it.

He did this every day.  He never saw a patient in therapy.

Little by little things began to change at the hospital.  The garden was planted and not destroyed by angry inmates.  The walls were painted, and not defaced. Prisoners who had been shackled constantly were allowed to go outside and play tennis with the staff.  Within four years, most of the patients had been released, and a few relocated.  The prison was closed.

What happened?

A hospital that could not keep people on staff was suddenly overburdened with applicants!

This is not a myth.  This is a true story.  This story can be as true for you as it was and is for Dr. Hew Len.

Listen to my interview with him.*

Open your heart to the possibility that this actually works.

Then throw yourself into making it happen.

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*I conducted this interview years ago under my then-nom-de-plume, LucyD

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1 Jean Maurie December 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Loved your show Deb. Too bad about the chat room but also it was good to just sit back and listen instead of reading chats. It was peaceful. I want to do more of the Ho’o’pono’pono, it sure is easy enough.

Hugs, Jean Maurie

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