From Being "Bugged" to Ho'oponopono Cleaning

It's been a rainy weekend in Colorado Springs, and Drs. Ihaleakala Hew Len and Kikikipa Kretzer have just finished a Health Ho'oponopono seminar. This offers the Basic Ho'oponopono material, with additional focus on cleaning with health conditions such as hypertension, cancer, arthritis, and many others.

I was grateful to help staff the seminar. What a gift to meet so many pure-hearted people from so many places, all wanting to learn how to practice Ho'oponopono in their own way!

This is one of the special delights of Ho'oponopono: it offers us methods of connecting with Divinity for ourselves, without need for go-betweens. To assist us, certain meditations, processes, and attitudes are shared.

Ho'oponopono also offers "cleaning tools" that are a particular curiosity for many, but their wide variety can seem mysterious and confusing. Our intellects want to know "what" each tool is used for, so we can "do it right".

In my case, it was many months before I realized that using a tool like "strawberry" (by eating one or even thinking of it) is simply another way to say "I love you" (an even more commonly known cleaning tool). The result of using any of these is to initiate the cleaning process of repentance, forgiveness, and transmutation by Divinity that makes things right ("pono").

Both Drs. Kretzer and Hew Len stressed that the tools offered in the manual are starting points only. The idea is to connect regularly with Divinity so that our own unique cleaning tools may reveal themselves. The tools in the manual came through others' inspiration and are certainly helpful -- but our own will be particularly adapted for us and our situations.

Some of these cleaning tools can be very surprising as they come thorough our lives. We can even discover these through being "bugged", as Dr. Hew Len likes to say.

For instance, over time I've noticed (and been "bugged" by) certain discrepancies between versions of Morrnah Simeona's healing prayer found in different places.

Widely through the internet and in the book Zero Limits by Drs. Joe Vitale and Hew Len we find:

"Divine Creator, father, mother, son as one: If I, my family, relatives and ancestors have offended you, your family, relatives and ancestors in thoughts, words, deeds and actions from the beginning of our creation to the present, we ask your forgiveness ... Let this cleanse, purify, release, cut all the negative memories, blocks, energies and vibrations and transmute these unwanted energies to pure light ... And it is done."

I love the prayer, in principle. But every time I read it specifying only "son" and not including "daughter", my insides clench -- I am "bugged". I clean with this feeling, yet it recurs. My intellect wonders, could Morrnah possibly have meant to do this? Might it be a mis-quote, or possibly someone's approximation of her words? I don't know.

On the other hand, the Self-Identity Through Ho'oponopono Basic 1 Manual contains the same prayer. But here it states:

"DIVINE CREATOR, Father, Mother, Child as ONE: . . . " and continues as above.

This version feels more whole to me, as it includes children of both genders. Some will no doubt accuse me of being sexist for noticing. I apologize in advance for any offense.

So today, Dr. Hew Len spoke about the generations-deep hatred between men and women, suggesting that breast cancer in women was the result. "It is from what men have done to women for eons," he said. "We have [mistreated] them in many ways." Listening, I wondered if prostate cancer in men could be an equivalent result in the other direction?

Privately, I asked him about this and about the prayer. "You're cleaning with breast cancer and prostate cancer with this, Pam," he answered. "The prayer is an opportunity for you." I heard this and didn't quite get it.

Then he told us at lunch, "Morrnah was a very unusual person. Sometimes -- I don't know why -- she would say different things at different times, to different people. I would ask her about it, and she would say, 'Yes, because that is a different person!'" Was it possible that the two prayer versions could be an example? He smiled and said, "Could be. Sometimes she would just tell people things."

"You have an opportunity to clean with breast cancer every time you get bugged with that [prayer]. Maybe she even put the prayer those different ways just so people would clean with breast cancer." Whoa! Lights on, blinding flash.

Hmmm . . . . "bug" tool for me, and maybe for others too. I will imagine myself cleaning with breast cancer AND prostate cancer, because both men and women are suffering at each others' hands. Of course, what I'm really cleaning about is likely to be far more complex and far-reaching than my intellect can ever comprehend.

Thank you Morrnah, Dr. Kretzer, Dr. Hew Len, and Dr. Vitale. Being "bugged" offers a whole lot more opportunity now than it used to!

Peace begins with me,


Unknown said…
It was wonderful to see you again at the conference - and your insights are refreshing, keep up the good work! Rob Blotske
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Pam Pappas MD said…
Thank you for your comment, Rob. I enjoyed seeing you again also.

Happy cleaning!
Wow, I had never thought of that prayer that way. Thank you so much for sharing. I am really hoping to save up enough money to go to a Ho'oponopono workshop coming here to Chicago in November. I have been following this for a couple of years now, so this really would be awesome to go. God Bless.

Christine Zarek
Elisaveta said…
Благодарю тебя, Пам, за твой блог! Я - Елисавета. Я из России. Люди в нашей стране ничего не знают о Хоопонопоно, но я хочу знать больше! Я прочла книгу Джо Витале "Без ограничений". И я хочу спросить тебя: "Что еще мне необходимо знать, чтобы начать применять Хоопонопоно?" Прости за мой английский. Он очень плох - вот почему я не могу перевести всю информацию о Хоопонопоно.
Мне нужна твоя помощь! Пожалуйста...
Я желаю тебе любви во веки веков!
Я люблю тебя.

Thank you very much, Pam, for your blog! I am Elisaveta. I am from Russia. People know nothing about Hooponopono in our country, but I want to know more! I have read "Zero Limits" by Joe Vitale. End I wanna ask you: "What else need (must) I know for stating doing Hooponopono?" I am sorry for my English... This is very bad - that is why I cannot translate all information about Hooponopono.
I need your help! Please...
I wish you love forever and ever!
I love you.
Elisaveta said…
Thank you very much, Pam, for your blog! I am Elisaveta. I am from Russia. People know nothing about Hooponopono in our country, but I want to know more! I have read "Zero Limits" by Joe Vitale. End I wanna ask you: "What else need (must) I know for stating doing Hooponopono?" I am sorry for my English... This is very bad - that is why I cannot translate all information about Hooponopono.
I need your help! Please...
I wish you love forever and ever!
I love you.
Pam Pappas MD said…
Thank you, Elisaveta,

What a beautiful name you have. For more information about Ho'oponopono, you can go to and also Mabel has also created a Ho'oponopono Forum that you can join:

Peace to you,
Dear Pam,
I discovered SITH a while ago, practiced it for a couple of months (with great results), then got lazy again, old habits crept into my life again (not trusting God, for instance)...

And before I could say "strawberry", I was in one of the heaviest turmoils of my life so far... I really had FORGOTTEN about Ho'oponopono!

Till yesterday. Suddenly it was there, the thought "Read Zero Lemits again!"... and this is what I'm doing right now ;)

And it already feels better... and again, beautiful things are simply happening... like our cat, an old lady (14 years old), suddenly became asthmatic after we moved from the US back to Germany. I KNEW it was my responsibility, and yesterday, I finally started cleaning again. And, wonder, oh wonder, last night, she slept, without any trouble at all!

Pam, I have one question: Where can I buy the SITH Manual you are writing about?

Please send me an email back: matausch(at)

Thank you. I love you. God bless.
elgregcor said…
It's been a long while, but perhaps you will see this. I am looking for "the Self-Identity Through Ho'oponopono Basic 1 Manual" as mentioned in this blog post of yours. Can you point me to it...
Peace be with your spirit.
Pam Pappas MD said…
Aloha Greg,

I am sorry -- the manual I referenced is the one you receive when taking a Self Identity Through Ho'oponopono class for the first time. Thereafter, you may buy one at a seminar. I don't believe they would sell you the manual without your attending at least one training.

The 2012 sminar schedule will be published after 2/15/12:

Unknown said…
Dear Pam, you wrote this post years ago. Yet, when I red it I found that it applies to me as well. The same thing bug related to the Prayer. I have added 'daughter' after the son, because I have difficulties having only 'son'. Your insights about adjusting the tools in line with our own feeling helps me using the Prayer.

Also, lately I have discovered a lot of issues related to relationships between men and women within me. I recognize elements of the women's hatred of men, lack of self-trust of women, etc. I am doing a lot of cleaning. I would like to know about your experience using tools for cleaning those issues. What tools do you use, how can I find the tool that is best for me? I know, it is said that we can use 'thank you', 'I love you', the Prayer or some other tool that feels right for us.

I have the visual insights about my Unihipili. I can see her. At first I had two Unihipilis, two different types of girls. Recently one of them disappeared. I understand it as if the fragmented pieces have joined together. Two mornings ago I looked inside and saw my little girl eating strawberries. My whole day was so smooth and nice. I should feed her more with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, I guess. However, the tool for cleaning the hatred of men is still not with me as I would like to have. Would you have something to share with us on that?

Greetings from Croatia, Europe
Pam Pappas MD said…
Dear Milena,

The tools come through inspiration, and that's also how they've arisen over time.

It does not mean there is only 1 tool "for" this or that, or that one can only clean by using a tool mentioned by someone else.

Thank heavens! :-)

When you get quiet within, all parts of your I-dentity are connected . . . and you can ask Divinity "how do I clean with this(whatever you are concerned about)"? Something may come, maybe immediately or maybe not. The goofier the better, Dr. Hew Len has told me -- because this bypasses the intellect anyway. It may be an image or a phrase, a sound, etc. All senses are possible. It is lovely to have your own tools come, like that. Your individual one "for hatred of men" can come that way too.

Regarding the word "son" as written in some copies of Morrnah's prayer and "child" in others -- I asked Dr. Hew Len about this. He said, "How do you know that Morrnah didn't do that on purpose [have different versions at different times] -- just to bug us?" :-) I remember cracking up, because he was so right. Although I don't know her mind, I know none of our words really matter anyway. It is pureness of heart that matters -- and we can clean with any point that "bugs" us. We can often laugh while we're doing that.

Thanking Morrnah and Dr. Hew Len right now, while thinking of this.

Anonymous said…

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 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:

link to the comment:

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.
Pam Pappas MD said…
Dear Patrice,

What you have shared is of course unsettling, but in the interests of truth I am sharing it. Thank you for taking the time to reach out.

It's true that no one I know speaks of a 14-step Ho'oponopono process; a 12-step process is taught. Since I did not personally know Morrnah in those days, I cannot know which is "correct." It is left for each person to clean with as s/he feels inspired to do.

Pam Pappas MD said…

In further reviewing the Pacifica Seminars web site you have shared, I notice that it, too, contains some errors. I acknowledge using Google translator in order to understand the German, so this may be a factor. But the translated text attributes certain things to Dr. Hew Len which are not true. For instance, that he does not read the prayers in Ho'oponopono -- actually this was a part of all the many Ho'oponopono seminars taught by him that I have attended over the years. I have also attended some taught by others within the IZI,LLC group -- and they teach these prayers also.

I have also been shown certain questionnaires that are attributed to Morrnah, to fill out before doing the 12-step Ho'oponopono prayer process. It was said that doing this once was "enough," in training one's inner child to do the cleaning. He emphasizes care of the inner child as the most important relationship you ever have in your life. Perhaps this, too, carries through from Morrnah -- who the Pacifica Seminars site indicates emphasized this also.

The part about what "really" happened at Hawaii State Hospital has always interested me, as a psychiatrist. When Dr. Hew Len has talked with me about it, it has always been about the 4 phrases employed when reviewing patients' medical charts. I can't help but wonder whether he might have been trying to convey difficult concepts in a sound-byte world -- where people have to have something "simple" or they won't do it at all. He does carry a wide mantle of respect by many, even though your and Michael's material says he is very controversial. I understand from some who know, that Morrnah was quite controversial as well, for "updating" Ho'oponopono for modern times as well as for perhaps other reasons too.

Thank you again for reaching out, and for providing much for me to think about in these challenging times. When teachings are transmitted, there is always a danger of misattribution and distortion. Dr. Hew Len is now retired, and I don't know how he would respond to Michael's comments. I guess the best thing is to share as you are, and let people assess for themselves.


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