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In the 1970s native Hawaiian
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 India, China
and Edgar Cayce.
teachings have influenced me personally via my
studies with Mana
Lomi® founder Maka'ala Yates, one of Mornah's
early students. Mornah's
views on spiritual concepts, as well as teachings from
other of his
teachers, are woven into all Mana Lomi® classes.
pain & harm which originated in
My favorite aspect of these
teachings is the concept and process used to free myself from
caused by events which happened in previous generations.
In my childhood and into my
life I felt intense horror at the institution of slavery in the United
I carried an invisible-to-the-eye
but very energetically real burden of horror, guilt and shame related
to the enslavement
of Africans by Caucasian Americans - relatives of my ancestors.
Do any of you feel this way too?
I grew up in a predominantly
middle class, Caucasian community in the suburbs of Boston.
parents actively sought opportunities
for our family to connect with people of other
When I was in high school my family hosted Black student
bused from inner city Boston to attend our school as part of an
When my "metro sister" Arizona
spent the night at my home she
always enjoyed talking with each other and we enjoyed each other. However, we never spent
time together in
school. She and the
other Metro kids
always ate at their own, separate lunch table.
I marvel now that it never occurred to me to be friendly
at school, and I suspect that my behavior probably resulted
burden of ancestoral shame.
I frequently felt
speaking with Black
people which made me stiff as I partially held back
I'm sure they could feel this too, and it probably made me
not so fun to
Thank you all my Black friends who have helped me soften my
I painted this painting in 1987 at the request of my
elderly Black friend, Wallace Bacon. Mr Bacon asked me to
read the book
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.
married Vietnamese-Chinese and Black husbands
After graduating from college
married a Chinese man from Vietnam
and we have two
now grown children together. We
divorced after 14 years of marriage, and
in 1994 I partnered with an African American man who I've
been with ever since.
My kids grew up with Gary as their second dad. We
some rough spots which have made us all strong in love. Yet
even with building these family
bonds, for a long
time I continued to
carry that invisible burden of ancestral shame.
This burden was an elephant in my living room.
One day Maka'ala asked our
class, "How do you know
life you were in at the time of that event?
Perhaps you were a slave,
perhaps a slave
owner, perhaps neither. Why
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
no logical reason for me to do so, and
also that I could and should lay this burden down.
give the energy of guilt another job: to keep my eyes on the prize
Maka'ala's message then went
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
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
Simeona that summarizes this teaching.
love this prayer!!
From Maka'ala I learned a four
step hooponopono process used
to cut cords that bind me to problem producing people, places, things,
or memories. Before
process, I must first determine that I am truly ready to release those
"Divine creator, father,
mother, son as one. If I, my family, relatives and ancestors
you, your family, relatives and ancestors in thoughts, words, deeds and
from the beginning of our creation to the present, we ask your
Let this cleanse, purify, release, cut all the negative memories,
energies and vibrations and transmute these unwanted energies to pure
light. And it is done."
cord cutting process:
a beam of light or a knife and use it to cut the cord.
Transmute the energy of the relationship into white
light surrounding the person, place or thing
3) Recycle transmuted energy back to the
be used in positive ways (I often visual the transmuted energy as rain.)
4) Fill the hole left in your
aura with something
which brings you joy (I am loved, I am beautiful, etc.), or fill it
a vision of the new situation you are choosing and creating.
This hooponopono process
releases and cuts
the energetic cord(s) or ‘aka
connect us with a person,
place, thing or event
and it restores balance,
and tranquility within
the self as well as
outside the self. This
manifests healing for
ourselves and others.
process is done by oneself with
support from Spirit, without having to engage in any form of discussion
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.)
- be non-defensive
- allow uncomfortable silence
- non self resistance (do what you want to do)
- eliminate guilt
- meditate to develop inner awareness
- accept difficult tasks
- walk away from gossip
up the last word
- actively slow down
- seek your truth within
Do one or two of these grab your attention? Which one/s?
give up the last word? can I allow uncomfortable
Giving up the last word and
uncomfortable silence have both been especially juicy
I find that
it's usually good for me
to speak up when I am in an uncomfortable situation in which I disagree
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
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
both feel better that
you, Maka'ala, for waking me up to so many
truths, and for waking me up to the best of who I am.
read ho'oponopono part 1: what is hooponopono
to read ho'oponopono part 2: concepts embedded in
to read ho'oponopono part 3: traditional family
to read ho'oponopono part 4: contemporary
hooponopono, cutting cords
to read ho'oponopono part 5 on being Hawaiian
to read ho'oponopono part 6: making amends
to read ho'oponopono part 7: radiating Light
to read ho'oponopono part 8: we live in an
to read ho'oponopono part 9: appendix - SITH®
2010 Barbara Helynn
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