Saturday, April 25, 2009

Self-Identity Through Ho'oponopono: The Gift in Being Ourselves

"This is the true joy in life -- the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy." ~ George Bernard Shaw

The feeling of not knowing one's purpose in life is painful, yet extraordinarily common. We long to be touched by the Divine, to be shown what we are here to do. People may experience confusion about this for years, never quite feeling at home in their lives or work.

So we sign up for the next seminar, the next teacher, the next process promising to deliver enlightenment. Perhaps the answers will be in the handouts, or the guru will tell us directly.

Different from many other practices, Ho'oponopono encourages seeking such answers from within. However, we won't hear them if we're lost in our "ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making us happy."

It can be so easy to grind along in our conflicts, disagreements, opinions, judgments, and resentments.

But Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len has often said that our only reason for being here [on earth] is "to clean" -- to make things right between ourselves, others throughout history, all plants and creatures, and the planet itself.

"Our only purpose for existence is to clean to be memory free, no more, no less." ~Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len

For a long time this confused me, because I wondered if serving others as a doctor was somehow not cleaning. Might my minstrations be interfering with Divine purpose, rather than moving along with it? Were we to "just" sit and clean, doing nothing else day in and day out?

After discussing and meditating upon this more, I realized that each of us simply cleans while being fully present in our life situations. Simple enough, but when stuck in my intellectual web I didn't "get" it.

Perhaps there is a sort of feedback loop with the cleaning. If we clean, we can be [at least temporarily] memory-free enough to receive Divine Inspiration, and be guided to "do" what we came here to do. While "doing" that, cleaning opportunities arise . . . more memories to release.

I can do this as a housecleaner, gardener, writer, physician, cook, real estate agent, or millions of other possible roles.

In fact, when we're at zero, we just "do" as we're guided, without question or hesitation. If we're questioning, we're not clear, as Dr. Hew Len has also said.

This last weekend, I attended the Zero Limits 3 seminar as an absentee. My name had been on the cleaning list for about 6 weeks before this -- and much came up for review inside me. I don't know why, but I feel easier about my own purpose after all this -- not so lost in my own petty grievances.

Thank heavens I don't need to be as evolved as the Dalai Lama to serve a purpose in the world, and my cleaning can carry on through simply being what I am. As things do evolve, though, what I am "doing" could change.

This happened for Dr. Hew Len at Hawaii State Hospital. After several years there, his teacher Morrnah Simeona simply told him he was "done". His next assignment seemed to be teaching Ho'oponopono full-time with the Foundation.

From Dr. Hew Len:

"When you are your SELF first, your IDENTITY first, as the I, the Original Source, created you in its exact likeness, everything PERFECT, WHOLE and COMPLETE is automatically added continuously! This is called Identity Plus.

The purpose of existence is to always be your SELF first, last and always. This is accomplished through cleansing. It is through your Identity, free of toxic energies in the way of thoughts, words, deeds and actions, that the I, the Original Source, will give you Plus automatically.

You cannot be denied anything that is perfect, whole, complete and right for you when your are your SELF first.

Being your SELF first you automatically experience perfection in the way of Divine Thoughts, Words, Deeds and Actions. Allowing your toxic thoughts to be first, you automatically experience imperfection in the way of disease, confusion, resentment, depression, judgment and poverty.

What is Plus? DIVINE PEACE, DIVINE CLARITY, and DIVINE WEALTH beyond all intellectual understanding. And, Plus is automatic when you are your SELF first, last and always.

So, to be our SELVES first, last and always is our singular, our only purpose for being."

For further learning, please consult IZI LLC -- the entire 2009 "live" training schedule is now available. Also, Mabel Katz is offering a teleseminar 4/27/09 with Kamaile, plus another ongoing series, Zero Frequency II, to begin in the next couple of weeks. Options are divinely offered too. :-)

Peace Begins with Me,

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Gifts of Being "Deaf"

Mabel Katz read a story on her Ho'oponopono phone call a couple of nights ago -- and I was surprised to hear my name as she was speaking. It seems I had sent the tale to her nearly a year ago, and forgot having done so.

That's how easily we can forget to clean. :-)

Here's what Mabel read:

Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a climbing competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower.

A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants. The race began. Honestly, no one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower.

You heard statements such as:

"Oh, WAY too difficult!" "They will NEVER make it to the top." Or: "Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!"

The tiny frogs began collapsing -- one by one except for those who in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher.

The crowd continued to yell, "It's too difficult! No one will make it!" More tiny frogs got tired and gave up.

But ONE continued higher and higher and higher. That one wouldn't give up.

At the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who -- after a big effort -- was the only one who reached the top!

Then all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it? A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal? It turned out . . .

. . . that the winner was DEAF.

The wisdom of this story is: Never listen to other people's tendencies to be negative or pessimistic because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you -- the ones you have in your heart.

Always think of the power words have. Because everything you hear and read will affect your actions.

In Ho'oponopono, one's focus is always on being with God rather than whatever else seems to be going on. This includes being surrounded by people who say such a practice is nuts, loopy, or unrealistic.

We simply clean with every [possibly "problematic"] situation and person that presents in our lives, no matter what. Our purpose on the planet is to do exactly this, moment by moment by moment.

In so doing, we can erase the toxic memories interrupting clear perceptions . . . and arrive at a point of Zero, as our Creator made us. Mana and inspiration can then come, showing us what to do next. But the cleaning always comes first.

For the ancient Hawaiians (and for people currently practicing Ho'oponopono) the idea of an etheric plane was/is very real. These etheric and energetic forms come before the physical; Morrnah Simeona spoke of "thought forms" that could eventually objectify on the physical plane.

Ho'oponopono cleaning of toxic memories takes place within us, where most of us cannot "see" immediate results. But some can. Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len is one of these, despite those who doubt it's possible. The more ordinary of us may at least feel something happening in our hearts.

The little frog who made it to the top of the tower simply kept moving ahead, focused on his task. His seeming "handicap" -- not being able to hear the naysayers -- turned out to be a very great gift.

For any who might want to hear Mabel present in person, she's headed to Morristown, New Jersey in a few days. After that, you can see her in Italy!

Also, the Foundation of I has started up its 2009 schedule of basic trainings.

I can't prove it, don't know how it works, and often can't see the results until looking back. But I feel something peaceful in my heart with Ho'oponopono. Maybe it's my connection with Love, or God. So like the little tree frog, I keep on keeping on.

Thanks, Mabel, for the reminder.

Peace Begins with Me,

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Taking Our Place in the Circle of Life: Remembering Who We Really Are

Many viewing this picture will recognize Simba, the crown prince in the box-office hit, The Lion King. But during part of the film, Simba doesn't recognize himself. In fact, he forgets who he really is.

This is one of the most poignant parts of the story, and maybe one we can all identify with. Simba is loveable, colorful, and often distracted from his path by others.

I often forget who I really am, also. I don't mean in terms of impending Alzheimer's, but more in terms of forgetting my spiritual essence. I get lost in needing to be right, solving problems (trying to do it on my own, of course), and rehashing conflict rather than letting it go.

The first lesson in Ho'oponopono is learning who we really are, though: a perfect creation of God. All is well with this until we start heaping tangled-up memories on top. In fact in Ho'oponopono, the main goal of life is to experience who we really are through taking 100% responsibility and cleaning with whatever data shows up. Even though this cleaning leads to "peace beyond all understanding," it's a constant struggle for most of us.

In The Lion King Simba's father, King Mufasa, has been killed by his treacherous brother Scar. Simba is sent out into the wilderness to die . . . but is revived and befriended by new companions, a warthog and a meerkat. They live by the creed of "Don't worry, be happy" ("Hakuna matata").

It's an okay respite for a time, but Scar is letting the land go to ruin -- and the Pride Nation almost becomes extinct after years of wandering in the desert.

Guided by his mystical gourd, the baboon shaman Rafiki decides to search for Simba. He finds him hanging out with his happy-go-lucky pals.

"I know your father," says Rafiki.

Simba: "I hate to tell you this, but he died, a long time ago."

Rafiki: "Nope! Wrong again! Ha ha! He's alive! And I'll show him to you! You follow old Rafiki, he knows the way! Come on!"

Peering in a waterhole, Simba meets himself . . .

"You have forgotten who you are, and so have forgotten me," says the Father. "Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life. Remember who you are . . . " and the apparition fades.

Such a powerful scene, and such a powerful reminder for all of us. Is this apparition only the ghost of Mufasa, Simba's earthly father, or does this reach deeper in us?

There is a circle of life that holds us all, and in which we each have a part. In Ho'oponopono, Who We Really Are calls to us when we listen. When Simba discovers his true identity, he accepts his rightful place in this circle -- with all the responsibility and fulfilment it entails.

As we clean in Ho'oponopono, we can be closer and closer to the "zero" point from which we come. We can feel greater and greater peace as we are inspired to move forward along our path, acting as guided. When we don't forget, that is.

In the book Dewdrops of Wisdom, a collection of meditations by Morrnah Simeona, Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len and other Foundation of I members, we find these words about Introspection:

"This is the facing of self: the looking within -- the reflection in the mirror -- this honest looking of self with no excuse to ego or pride -- that bare nakedness of ridding all layers of clothing which hide the true self from self.

Look within, peel layer by layerall the accumulations of egos and lifetimes that are there to be seen.

See the reflection in the mirror, and as we look within, we will slowly see the image change: for as the reflection of self changes, so the physical, mental, and spiritual shall evolve . . . . why is such a thing so? There is a reason: to look within to release and free the essence which is us. Remove all the confines of each and set firmly on the path. Peace."

Are we going to look with our eyes, or through them? What kind of vision will we carry inside while looking? Our choice makes all the difference in the world. Morrnah was a wise woman, and so was Rafiki the baboon shaman in the Lion King. He reminded Simba to look harder . . . which he did until he saw.

The Father is in all of us, waiting for us to remember.

Peace Begins with Me,