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the Hawaiian Practice That Heals by Pene Beavan Horton

"I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you." Ten words. Would you believe that the use of 10 simple words some 30 years ago could empty a hospital ward of the criminally insane at the Hawaii State Hospital? That a clinic housing formerly deranged patients could, in four short years, be closed because it wasn't needed anymore? This is the story of clinical psychologist, Dr. Stanley Hew Len, the man who achieved this miracle. He used no force; he didn't even see his patients. "He used to sit in his office and look at the patients' files. While perusing them, he would feel something, a pain, an empathy. Then he started the healing on himself, taking full responsibility for what was going on with a given patient. That's how those people got better, because their doctor had the strange view that it was himself who needed the healing, not them," says Rosario Montenegro. ( What is Ho'oponopono? Simply put, Ho'oponopono is based on the fact that we see the world not as it is, but as we are. So everything that happens to us is coloured by our past memories and current perception of what is, which makes everything that happens our responsibility.

Someone is angry with us? It's our responsibility. If we can't get along with a family member or co-worker, it's our responsibility. Whatever the difficulty or problem, it is our responsibility. No exceptions. Literally, the world is our world, it is our creation, therefore our responsibility. This doesn't mean any of this is necessarily our fault. It does mean "that we are responsible for healing our self in order to heal whatever or whoever it is that appears to us as a problem." A strange and unbelievable story or something that works? Try it. Think of someone you're having difficulty with, or, as Rosario Montenegro says in his blog, when you have a sense that someone is in danger or in great need of some grace or healing. Say their name. Say the 10 words with real feeling. Do this as often as you care to before you meet this person again. Be open to finding them changed for the better, either in attitude or behaviour or wellbeing. Just notice and say the 10 words when you think of them. Try it. "I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you." As I understand the process, we're offering heartfelt love, sincere apologies for any wrongdoing in our life, asking for forgiveness and expressing our gratitude. Most of us don't have a whole lot of criminally insane associates, but perhaps all of us can benefit from internalizing and then projecting Dr. Len's loving thoughts, to heal ourselves and those around us.

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