Thursday, February 19, 2009
Ho'oponopono Cleaning Tools Wherever We Find Them
Ho'oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian process for resolving problems and releasing -- not just "managing" -- stress. Its very name means "to make right, to correct and rectify errors" through repentance, forgiveness, and transmutation.
Ho'oponopono re-establishes correct balance between all aspects of the self, with all other beings through time, and with the environment as well.
Need for this kind of balance is echoed throughout many cultures, including the Navajo who speak of "hozho", or "walking in beauty". For them, there is no real health without balance between all parts of one's inner self, one's relationships with others, and the environment.
Since we're all dynamic, ever-changing beings, is it any wonder our balance is an ever-changing thing also? We're like mobiles, motion in one part setting off gyrations in all the rest. We need some kind of process to keep us graceful throughout.
With its simplicity and directness, Ho'oponopono offers a path to peace. And, it can be fun!
Many have heard the words "I love you," "Thank you," "I'm sorry," and "Please forgive me" in Ho'oponopono. There are also many other "tools" that offer additional ways to initiate the process.
For instance, in her book The Easiest Way, Mabel Katz has talked about tools such as "lightswitch," "ice blue", and "flypaper." They may sound a little funny, but thinking any of these mentally invokes the entire Ho'oponopono process just like saying the "I love you." You can find tools that resonate with you, or which come to you personally through Inspiration.
On another Ho'oponopono call with ZeroLag recently, I learned of the tool "lemon drop". (ZeroLag has a web site offering Ho'oponopono conversations with long-time practitioners such as Kamaile and Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len.) Something about this "lemon drop" touched me in a good way . . . and felt warmly familiar.
Then today for some reason I felt inspired to listen to the much-loved Hawaiian singer, IZ (short for Israel Kamakawiwo'ole ) sharing his beautiful rendition of "Over the Rainbow" combined with "What a Wonderful World".
Below is his video . . . for me it's a cleaning tool in itself. You can listen, enjoy, and pay attention to the lyrics. In all my years of loving this song, I had missed something important with the words -- and maybe you did too?
Did you hear him sing:
"Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me ee ee eeh
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops, that's where you'll find me . . ."
Hearing this, I started to giggle and laugh like a little kid. Understand, I am clueless about the actual origin of the Ho'oponopono lemon drop tool, but this result works for me! So I offer this experience to you, too, if it feels right -- to listen as often as you want, cleaning away, and maybe eating a lemon drop or two. It might even be good for our hearts, to be open and laughing like that. :-)
Thank you, IZ, and thank you Kamaile, Keala, Dr. Hew Len, and all the wonderful Ho'oponopono folk at ZeroLag.
May all our troubles melt like lemon drops,
Peace Begins with Me