Friday, August 1, 2008

Ho'oponopono and healing -- Something worth hearing

Many people wonder how ho'oponopono or other spiritual practices could help them with conditions such as hypertension, depression, and even hearing loss.

The September 2007 issue of Ethnicity and Disease published a study showing that adding classes in ho'oponopono helped hypertensive people improve their blood pressure more effectively than medications alone. It was a relatively small "pilot" study, but is a beginning in exploring what people might be able to accomplish through such processes. Others' experiences with ho'oponopono and their health situations fascinate and inspire me.

Jimmy Piver, one of my friends in North Carolina, has written about his own challenges with hearing loss in his blog "Ho'oponopono for Today". The post is titled: Why Hearing Loss and Deafness were Blessings: Or Why My Hearing Went South. He shares wisdom about mind-body interactions, how he feels these apply to him . . . and how ho'oponopono has helped him through all this.

Healing and cure may be very different. I have seen many people healed who were not necessarily cured; they may rebalance and feel whole even while still experiencing symptoms. This is certainly a gift in itself. But in some cases once this point of peace is reached, the symptoms themselves have resolved over time.

For instance, Evy McDonald RN, MS, MDiv is one of the first people ever to have reversed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) . This is a usually fatal illness, and she is now over 20 years in remission. Her intent was not to cure her disease, but to experience unconditional love for the first time in her life. Hers is a powerful story.

One of the graces of ho'oponopono is that we apparently don't need to know the full extent of the problem in order to invite Divinity's help in its release and transmutation.
Even better, we can ask Divinity's help in letting go of our reactions about the situation. That's where ho'oponopono says the real problem is anyway. Dr. Hew Len often reminds us: "Problems can be solved without knowing what the heck is going on!" What a wondrous relief.

My ears are always open for people's healing stories -- they're definitely worth hearing. Please pop on over to Jimmy Piver's blog to see what he's talking about.

Peace begins with me,
Pam

5 comments:

GregTamblyn said...

Great stuff, Pam! Good to know you're blogging, and thanks for writing about Evy McDonald. It's a story we all need to hear. If you readers want to hear my song about her, it's here:
http://cdbaby.com/cd/gregtamblyn2
Keep it up!
Greg
http://www.gregtamblyn.com/blog/

Pam Pappas MD said...

Hats off to you, Greg. As long as you're singing, I know my memory and sense of fun will stay alive. :-)

Best,
Pam

alex said...

Thanks for your words, Pam! The more I read about Ho'oponopono and the more I clean, the more I come to visit your blog again, to realize how wise your words are.
Please keep sharing your insights!
Alex
PS Unfortunatly the links to Jimmy's blog you refer to don't seem to work.

Pam Pappas MD said...

Dear Alex,

Thank you so much for your kind words, and for reminding me about the links for Jimmy's blog.

Unfortunately Jimmy took down that blog some months ago, and then started a new one. When he did that, all postings (including the one I linked in mine) were gone. I am sorry.

Though it doesn't contain the particular posting you seek, Jimmy's new blog is also wonderful. It can be found at www.heretobeclear.com. I have referenced it also in the "For more exploration" links in the right hand column of my blog.

Thank you for your cleaning!
Pam

Proud Poppa said...

Dear Pam and Alex,

Regarding the link to Why Hearing Loss and Deafness were Blessings: Or Why My Hearing Went South, when I took down the old blog and started a new one, it didn't dawn on me about all the links to it on the internet that would become dead or that there was no backup on Blogger. I realized it in horror minutes after I clicked delete as I found out it could not be accessed or restored later. = :- ( "I'm sorry, Please forgive me...."

Anyhow, yesterday I posted on Twitter and Facebook the following: "Things happen for me, not to me. Until I get that I'm confused & stressed. How wonderful to realize that in a situation & feel the shift."

One reason I love Ho'oponopono is that I don't have to know why or understand why something happens, but if it's a problem, I can clean on the memories that I was experiencing, let go and trust and get clear. :-)

More and more it is becoming clear that regardless of any why, "Things happen for me, not to me. Until I get that I'm confused & stressed. How wonderful to realize that in a particular situation & feel the shift.

Thanks for the comments!

POI,

Jimmy