Ho’oponopono 101

Technically defined, Self I-Dentity Ho’oponopono is a problem solving process of repentance, forgiveness and transmutation that requires complete participation from the four Self I-Dentity “members”: Divine Intelligence , Superconcious Mind, Conscious Mind and Subconscious Mind. These members or “elements” compose our being and create our life experience.


The interaction between Divine Intelligence (call it whatever you want) and the Minds is diagrammed extensively in Zero Limits. Len explains, “The purpose of life is to be Self I-Dentity, as Divinity created Self I-Dentity in its exact likeness, all life experiences are expressions of memories replaying, inspirations, depressions, thinking, blame, poverty, hate, resentment and grief are “fore-bemoaned moans”, as Shakespeare noted in one of his sonnets. The Conscious Mind has a choice: it can initiate incessant cleansing or it can allow memories to replay problems incessantly.”

Ho’oponopono theory operates from the basis that all problems and experiences in life are attributable to the memories stored in our Subconscious Mind. “Memory”, according to Len is, “a record in the subconscious Mind of a past experience.” When we trigger these memories, we replay past experiences; i.e., all those judgments, pain, etc. we carry around with us. Ho’oponopono healing is geared to rid these memories and pave the way for improved life experiences through incessant cleansing’ .


Joe Vitale, a maven marketer, found it hard at first to interact business wise with Len. His enthusiastic proposal to write a book on Ho’oponopono with Len was initially met with what seemed to be a hesitant silence. Vitale impatiently prodded for a response, which he received along the lines of, “I’ll have to clean on that,” from Dr. Len. Vitale then realized that all things, even when it came to business decisions, must cycle through the Ho’oponopono process for inspiration first.

What Len was not doing, was allowing his intellect to make an immediate decision, waiting instead for the answer/inspiration to come to him first. This is a tough concept for most of us to accept because we are a society motivated by immediate response and gratification. “Think before you speak”, is not something that comes natural to us; neither is “cleaning.”


To do Ho’oponopono, one must rid the mind/psyche of memories to receive guidance or resolve. The process occurs by way of incessant repetition of four simple phrases: I love you. I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. Cleaning is the mental exercise of running these phrases over and over and over again in your mind. Of these, I love you’, begins the “mystical process”. “Loving yourself is the greatest way to improve yourself, and as you improve yourself, you improve your world,” describes Vitale. “Whenever you want to improve anything in your life, there’s only one place to look: inside you.

And when you look, do it with love.” Isn’t that a habit we should all integrate into our daily living?

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