You Don’t Have to Know (WT691)

You Don’t Have to Know (WT691)


WT 691 You don't have to know

This week Ross and I have been enjoying a road trip from Newcastle to Melbourne to Adelaide.

We attended a personal development workshop with Kachina Ma’an and I want to share one of the biggest takeaways for me.

We were discussing our limitations.

We talked about what holds us back.

One of those things is a belief or expectation that we have to know, that we have to analyse, that we have to truly understand what stops us from achieving or being what and who we want.

In one short sentence, Kachina dispelled that. She said, “You don’t have to know what’s in the garbage to empty it”.

Oh boy!

How liberating is that?

We don’t have to spend hours, days, weeks, months or years desperately trying to understand what holds us back. We simply need to empty the garbage.

Kachina gave us tools to do just this.

In less than 10 seconds a day, we can empty the garbage and start the day with a fresh new perspective.

This is similar to what Dr Joe Vitale talks about when he explains Ho’oponopono, in his book “Zero Limits”, where our aim is to clear the slate and get back to zero memories.

This may or may not resonate with you. That will depend on your beliefs and values.

For me, I’m all for an easy way to do things.  We don’t need to make it hard.

So, your mission this week is to become aware of your habitual thinking.

Become aware of your habitual expectations and if you find that they’re negative, be open to being able to release them.

Remember, you don’t have to know what’s in the garbage to empty it.

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Ho’Oponopono (WT561)

Ho’Oponopono (WT561)


WT 561 Ho'Oponopono

This week I thought I would share another story to demonstrate where I use Ho’oponopono [ho.ʔ]. I have mentioned it before in Weekly Thoughts and it is so powerful, it deserves repeating. We also have it proudly displayed on the top of our motorhome, clearing the way as we go.

Firstly, what is Ho’Oponopono?

The word “ho’o” means “cause” in Hawaiian, while “ponopono” means “perfection”. The term “ho’oponopono” can be translated as “correct a mistake” or “make it right”.

Ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian spiritual practice that helps us to forgive past wrongs, conflicts, misunderstandings, and similar.

It teaches us that difficulties are manifestations of past wrongs as memories, and these memories influence our daily lives, hence the need to clear them.

I first heard about Ho’Oponopono through Dr Joe Vitale. He had heard about and subsequently met Dr Ihaleakala Hew Len who had studied with the creator of Ho’oponopono (Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona). Dr Hew Len talks about how, at first he thought Morrnah was crazy, and yet he took on her teachings. He has a Phd in Psychology and he accepted a contract to work in a hospital/gaol for the criminally insane in Hawaii. When given the position he told his employers that he would not meet with the inmates; he would do his work in private.

Each day he would go to his office, open the files of the inmates and practise Ho’oponopono. Within a couple of years, the inmates were rehabilitated and the hospital/gaol closed down.

Amazing stuff.

Dr Hew Len understood that we are responsible for everything that happens, especially if we are involved or participating. Ho’oponopono helps us to clear whatever it is that we have done, consciously or unconsciously.

For example, if someone upsets me and I get emotional about it, I immediately look to how I am responsible for the situation. I know that I am responsible for everything that happens in my life. If I am part of it, I am responsible.

Sometimes I don’t know what that is on a conscious level. That’s where Ho’oponopono comes in. It helps me to clear and release or “correct a past mistake”.

By simply reciting 4 phrases, I can clear what is happening.

The 4 phrases are (said aloud or mentally, in any order):

  1. I’m sorry

2. Please Forgive Me

3. Thank You.

4. I Love You

What I am saying to the universe, God, Infinite Intelligence, whatever name you want to use is, I’m sorry, I don’t know what I’ve done to create this, Please Forgive Me, Thank you for the forgiveness and I love you.

Next time you find yourself in a situation that is not to your preference, take responsibility for it (even though you may not know how you caused it or what part you have played) and practise Ho’oponopono.

It really does work.

Give it a go and see.

I’m Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Thank You, I Love You!

Regards Shirley

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