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from my own life
mau ke ea o ka 'aina i ka pono.
very life, breath &
of the land
in right relationship
people, nature & Spirit.
Radiating Light is another
hooponopono practice I learned from
Shawn LaSala Kimmel, my first lomilomi teacher, and
further developed in
my studies with others.
concepts ~ radiating Light
In Shawn's lomilomi class many
years ago we did a hooponopono exercise that helped me wake up.
I have no idea whether I correctly remember
the details of this exercise or whether I have made them up to fit the
I learned. In any case, this is what I remember:
Our assignment was to discover
whether we experienced a greater sense of protection by projecting
towards a perceived danger or by withdrawing energy from this danger. I was partnered with
another student who
played bad guy for me. We
face to face while we both identified her as a dangerous "bad guy".
I first energetically withdrew from her for a few minutes,
intentionally projected energy towards her.
surprise at the time, I experienced a greater sense of safety when I
When I project energy, I radiate.
The way that I projected
energy, and hence radiated light and life way by repeating the words
"I am the Light,
I am the Light" non
stop in my mind.
When I returned home I soon
chance to use my new found "I am the Light" tool.
A family member was going through opiate
withdrawal as he tried to free himself from the grip of heroin
agreed to hold his
money to help him prevent himself
from using. Well,
opiate withdrawal is miserable
and his urge to use was strong. He
wanted his money NOW and felt totally justified because it was after
money that I was holding. Frustrated
angry, he stepped close in my face, yelled and yelled, threatened me
demanded his money. I
shook like a leaf in
Wisely or not, I stood my
ground. I could
have gotten hurt, but that wasn't my lesson that day.
"I am the Light,
I am the Light" ran continuously through my
mind as I stood there quaking yet somehow
I became the
calm in the eye
of the storm. He
eventually left the house empty handed and obtained money elsewhere to
get his fix that day.
Thank God, he did eventually
his addiction and has been successfully living clean and drug free for
decade!! He's my
husband and he's a
wonderful gift in my life. I'm
to have him in my life.
The lesson here was mine. The lesson wasn't about
helping him and it wasn't
about preventing him from using. The
lesson was about learning how to remain present and calm in the midst
of danger -
any danger. What a marvelous ability to have!
Writing this story is a great reminder for me!!
the light, look for the opening
A while later this
learning developed further
personal growth workshop called The Leap of Faith with the group
Spirit. In a
curious way this workshop, led by Jeff Alexander, teaches
fighting skills in order to
help people to lay down our swords and live
together in peace. We
can't lay down our
swords unless we're aware that we've picked them up. I've heard people
comment that as long as bullies know that you are willing
you don't ever have to raise a hand.
There may be some
"Look for the opening!"
is a phrase I heard repeatedly as I learned to punch and kick a man who
me by donning protective padding and then letting me repeatedly swing
force at him as he very realistically acted as if he was out to kill me. Standing in the fighting
ring with adrenalin
rushing full force, my mind again replayed non stop the words "I am the
Light, I am the Light".
By the time that weekend was
complete my mantra had developed from the simple "I am the Light" to
"I am the Light, look for the opening.
I am the Light, look for the opening."
This mantra serves me well to this day.
Pillar of Light
I've also experienced the
of "I am the Light, look for the opening" in a hooponopono meditation
Kukulu o ke Ao - the Pillar of Light, which I learned from Maka'ala
founder of Mana Lomi®. In
meditation I visualize myself in the center of a column of Light which
heaven and earth. I
breathe the energy
of this Light though my body, especially my spine.
After visualizing several specific steps designed to make
me fully present
column of Light, I focus healing energy in
and then send it to another person, place or thing to support their
healing and wellbeing.
contracts us and dims our Light. I use the Pillar of Light
when I feel anxious in response to a dangerous or unpleasant situation
outside my control. This could be an accident on the freeway, an
happening within range of my hearing, oil pouring into our beloved
body has degenerated because of illness into a miserable state, and so
the Pillar of Light meditation keeps my Light shining, keeps me
relaxed, and also
can help the person, place or situation to which I send healing energy.
in the midst of misery
Here's another hooponopono
lesson I learned
from Shawn LaSala Kimmel.
enter into a room full of upset or miserable people we have a choice.
Perhaps these are people we know well such as our family or
church community. Let's
say we were having a
good day before we
walked into this room. When
we join the
crowd we can join the pity party or the fight, or we can maintain my
When I first heard this story
remember thinking to myself that radiating cheerful energy in a room
miserable people would be disrespectful and irritating.
As I sat with this story, I changed my
use is it to join a pity
use is it to join a fight??? How
better it is to
maintain my love and joy and to share what Light I can with others!
This skill will be very useful
I ever find myself in a concentration camp, caught in a war, or as a
of a natural
disaster!! May I
have the willingness and strength to stay
present in love and joy!
ocean of darkness and an ocean of light
This is the last stanza of a
Quaker hymn that I grew up singing, and that I love:
an ocean of darkness
and I drowned in the night
came through the darkness
and the Light will be free
walk in the glory of the Light
Finally, I am inspired and guided by Martin Luther
cannot drive out darkness;
Hate cannot drive out hate:
can do that.
I am the Light ~ look for the
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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