Ua mau ke ea o ka 'aina i ka pono.
In the 1970s native
healer and lomilomi practitioner Mornah Simeona created
hooponopono process which is done
Hawaiian traditions, praying to the Divine Creator, and connecting
with reincarnation and karma to create a unique self-help problem solving
hooponopono process. She
her Christian education and her philosophical studies about
My favorite aspect of these hooponopono teachings is the concept and process used to free myself from limitations caused by events which happened in previous generations.
In my childhood and
life I felt intense horror at the institution of slavery in the
When my "metro
I painted this painting in 1987 at the request of my elderly Black friend, Wallace Bacon. Mr Bacon asked me to read the book To Be a Slave by Julius Lester and then to paint a picture of him on an auction block. This is the result.
What an wonderful invitation he offered me!! In hindsight I know that this was a healing experience for both of us.
After graduating from
married a Chinese man from
reincarnation and me
One day Maka'ala asked our class, "How do you know what life you were in at the time of that event? Perhaps you were a slave, perhaps a slave owner, perhaps neither. Why do you continue to carry that guilt? Guilt has no positive purpose."
Maka'ala's question woke me up and helped me to release shackles I'd imposed on my life. In an aha moment I realized that I had been finding myself guilty via my ancestors, that there was no logical reason for me to do so, and also that I could and should lay this burden down.
Maka'ala's message then went one step further. He suggested that rather than spend our energy feeling guilty, we ought to instead direct all of our intention and Light on creating the loving and healthy relationships with those people we have been separated from.
Ahhhhh, now I have another focus for that energy which had previously been bound up feeling guilt. What a relief!! It is much easier to replace a behavior than to simply stop doing or thinking something I've done repeatedly in the past. Now, if I ever notice that guilt creeping back in, I can remind myself to "keep my eyes on the prize".
Here is a hooponopono prayer written by Mornah Simeona that summarizes this teaching. I love this prayer!!
"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."
From Maka'ala I learned a four step hooponopono process used to cut cords that bind me to problem producing people, places, things, ideas or memories. Before executing this process, I must first determine that I am truly ready to release those cords.
Here's the cord cutting process:
1) Visualize a beam of light or a knife and use it to cut the cord.
This process is done by oneself with support from Spirit, without having to engage in any form of discussion or conflict resolution with another person or group of persons. What a gift!!
Embracing these behaviors help me to be pono. (I received this list from Maka'ala as well.)
Do one or two of these grab your attention? Which one/s?
Giving up the last word and allowing uncomfortable silence have both been especially juicy for me.
I find that it's usually good for me to speak up when I am in an uncomfortable situation in which I disagree with the speaker, especially if the speaker is a family member or close friend. If I don't "speak my truth", then I often end up feeling depressed and irritable because I've told myself that I was being disrespected.
However, if the conversation begins to feel like a verbal ping pong match, one of us needs to give up the last word in the interest of peace. I find that very often when I give up the last word the person I'm speaking with will come back later with an open mind and the conversation can then be completed harmoniously. We both feel better that way.Thank you, Maka'ala, for waking me up to so many truths, and for waking me up to the best of who I am.
Copyrighted 2010 Barbara Helynn Heard
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