Monday, September 24, 2012

Bomb or Baby? You Choose

You may have seen this photo on the news today.  Patrolling Polish soldiers found this little girl abandoned on the side of a road in southern Afghanistan.

How frightening it must have been to go near the towel in which she was wrapped, no one else around for a mile!  The soldiers knew the risk of hidden roadside bombs along the route to their Waghez military base.  

But they were brave enough to look within.   

They named her "Pola" (after Poland), and brought her to a medical center on their base.  They also bought her some formula and a bib.  :-)

I cannot imagine the pain her mother could be suffering, to have left her daughter this way -- or to have had her taken from her.  Who knows what led up to this infant being left behind?   

Those who practice Ho'oponopono may also find something useful here.  In many trainings I've heard how we so often abandon own inner child, or Unihipili, and do not take care of it.  We may not even realize this is happening.  How this child has suffered inside us, for eons!

Being the container of all unconscious memories plus the runner of our bodies, our Unihipili carries major importance to our survival.  It also connects us with higher aspects of ourselves, linking us directly to Divinity.

Ho'oponopono trainings teach practices for caring for our Unihipili in a moment to moment way. 
It can also be like a "bomb" in our lives, if we don't -- and we'll wonder what happened when situations continue blowing up.  It makes itself known, and we can befriend and love it if we choose.

I often think of people dealing with trauma, who shut off their inner responses to get through the day.  Later there are flashbacks, insomnia, hypervigilance, irritability, and the sense that nowhere is safe.  Learning to care for ourselves -- especially our more "primitive" parts -- is an essential lifetime journey, even without histories of major trauma. 

I salute these Polish soldiers for taking a chance on this little girl -- and giving her a chance too.  So young, she would have died otherwise.  

What about your own inner child?  Is s/he safe inside you?  I'm hugging mine very gently today, while cleaning along with this story.

Thank you Morrnah Nalemaku Simeona, for the processes in Self-Identity Through Ho'oponopono that offer us peace no matter where we are.

Peace begins with me,

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Dalai Lama on Responsibility, Peace, and Joy

Seeing this quote today, I'm inspired to share it on this blog.  It applies to all of us, no matter what our religious or cultural backgrounds might be.

Practitioners of Ho'oponopono also speak of taking "100% responsibility" for everything showing up in our lives.  Next to understanding about one's personal identity and connection with Divinity, this may be the most important concept in Ho'oponopono.  

Yet for many it can be confusing.  It seems to ask us to take on much more than we feel is ours.  What about personal boundaries, after all?  What do WE have to do with riots in the Middle East, or genocide in African nations?

And what about codependency -- a state of blurring between what's ours to do, and what belongs to others?  In codependency, we try to control the alcoholics or addicts in our lives rather than deal with our own issues.  12-step programs warn against taking other people's inventories, and rightly so.

So how do we understand this idea from the Dalai Lama [and his seeming brother in heart, Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len] that "everything springs only from yourself"?  How do we work with this in our own lives, without becoming overwhelmed with the magnitude of suffering in the world?

I believe that when we're at peace, we can sense our interconnectedness with all of life.  We are all made of the same stuff.  We share molecules in continuous dynamic exchange.   Dr. Hew Len often tells us that we share eons of memories (or data) too.  A more folksy way of saying it might be: "If you spot it, you've got it!"

And the world can change, the instant our own perceptions of anything within it change.  According to Ho'oponopono, we are perfect beings -- but the data that runs us (and through which we experience life) can be pretty scary.  

The process of "cleaning" in Ho'oponopono means owning the fact that our experiences may be skewed, and that only Divinity sees things as they truly are.  In cleaning, we're taking care of our own experiences -- no one else's. We can accept all opportunities to let painful data (skewed experiences) go -- with the help of Divinity.  

Ho'oponopono holds that if we don't do this, ALL our suffering will only increase.  The Dalai Lama states this very succinctly also. 

Additionally, taking 100% responsibility allows us to be our truest, most powerful selves rather than victims.  But if all that happens to us is everyone else's "fault," we can never be anything but victims.  In this sense, taking responsibility brings great freedom.  We can clean, and receive divine inspiration that moves us into perfect action, joy, and peace. 

I don't know whether the Dalai Lama and Dr. Hew Len have ever met in this lifetime.  But I'm sure we're all sharing the same molecules, memories, and opportunities.  And it warms my heart that their messages are so very similar.

Peace begins with me,