Ho’oponopono and Cleansing Repeating Patterns


At Christmas 2013, my brother-in-law gave me a copy of ZeroLimits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace & More, by Joe Vitale and Ihaleakala Hew Len. I had never heard of the technique before, but the book gripped me and I read the whole thing over a weekend. That book started me on a journey of practicing it and delving into the subtleties of Ho’oponopono. It has become my everyday tool for self-healing.

Modern Ho’oponopono, as Hew Len teaches it, fundamentally is a prayer or petition to the Divine. The technique removes your ego from the process. It is not something you do at all, but it is done to and for you by Divinity. The technique revolves around four simple phrases. However, the power of these phrases can be felt in how each opens you and helps you release. Sometimes, opening and releasing is all you need to do to heal yourself.

The four simple phrases are:

  • I am sorry.
  • Please forgive me.
  • Thank you.
  • I love you.

Say each phrase aloud as a petition or prayer to the Divine. You are opening yourself up to change as the Divine sees fit in cleansing your repeating patterns. Do not say it with the purpose to change the issue or problem you have. As Hew Len teaches it, you simply ask the Divine to cleanse (through these four phrases) the repeating memories and mental patterns within yourself that are manifesting themselves as the problem or issue you are experiencing in the world.

The phrases are innocent, as well. What follows is an example. “I am sorry for not being aware of the repeating pattern within me that is manifesting as this issue. Please forgive me for not cleaning on it sooner. Thank you for this opportunity to cleanse it and thank you for relieving me of this pattern. I love you.” This is how I often think of the phrases as I say them, but you could add other contexts, as well. You could also say them in any order you wish.

With each phrase, I find that I continue to open (in my being). With repentance and forgiveness there is an opening. With gratitude there is an opening. With love there is an opening. It removes barriers and helps one let go of what one has been holding onto (i.e. repeating memories and patterns). It also creates a space for change to occur. Sometimes that is all that is needed…a space for change to occur and being open to a change.

In practicing Ho’oponopono, you just pray to Divinity through these four phrases. You may find that the issue or problem goes way. It may return, in which case you cleanse again. Also you may try to find the root issue, because you could be hacking away at the greenery and leaving the roots intact and so it comes back. If an issue returns, you cleanse again.

I have used the technique for all manner of daily issues or problems that are encountered in life, but I especially like using it for internal self-cleansing. Due to our cultural programming — how we were brought up and experienced life at an early age, and believed concepts that we were taught — we all suffer in varying degrees for them. Many of us feel incomplete — “I am not good enough,” “I am unworthy,” “I am worthless,” or some other negative (and untrue) phrase we tell ourselves.

Over the years, I have developed a series of guided Ho’oponopono sessions to cover issues in our basic circuit imprints caused by our early conditioning. I have even taught these methods at retreats that I have attended. Everyone I have taught the technique to seems to get some value and healing from just opening up, letting go, and being open to change. Many tell me that they continue the practice this technique to this day.

I do recommend learning the technique fully. Ho’oponopono works for me for self-healing on a daily basis, and it may work for you.

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Eric Putkonen
Eric Putkonen started his spiritual journey in 1990. He focuses on nonduality and living awake and engaged. He doesn’t say he has attained the highest and all that a person can do, but he has realized substantial peace, contentment and joy in life and likes sharing what he has realized. He shares his thoughts and insights about nonduality on his blog at www.EngagedNonduality.com. If you have questions or want to speak with Eric, email him at [email protected].


  1. Hello,

    I would like to tell about ho’oponopono, Dr. Hew Len and about Morrnah Simeona.

    The Mantra “i love you, please forgive you, im sorry, thank you.” is not ho’oponopono and is not hawaiian. Dr. Hew Len never healed with a mantra “i love you, please forgive you, im sorry, thank you.” in Hawaii State Hospital. This Mantra was developed by Dr. Hew Len after Morrnah Simeonas death and its not ho’oponopono and not hawaiian.

    Morrnah Simeona (1913 – 1992) was a native hawaiian kahuna. She adapted the traditional Ho’oponopono to today’s times and realities. She has developed a 14-step Ho’oponopono-process. Everyone can learn and use this process. This is a modern version of the traditional Ho’oponopono process. Morrnah has founded the “Pacifica Seminars” in the 1970s and then the “Foundation of I” to spread her 14-step ho’oponopono around the world. She made it possible for all people to solve their problems with her 14-Step Ho’oponopono.
    In September 1990, Morrnah and Yvette Mauri founded “Pacifica Seminars” in Germany (see http://www.pacificaseminars.de). Pacifica Seminars Europe is the only organization in Europe, where you can learn Morrnah’s original Ho’oponopono-process today, that was developed by Morrnah.

    Morrnah Simeona was the teacher of Michael Micklei and Dr. Hew Len. Michael Micklei worked closely with Morrnah around 5 years together. Morrnah lived in Michael Mickleis and Yvettes home in Germany until she passed away in 1992. Michael Micklei translated Morrnah’s 14-step ho’oponopono to german. He has been authorized to do so by Morrnah Simeona.
    Michael Micklei knows Dr. Hew Len already at the time, while Dr. Hew Len worked in the Hawaii state Hospital in the 1980s. Michael Micklei and Dr. Hew Len gave togehter Ho’oponopono seminars (at that time Morrnah was still alive). In the seminars were teached only the 14-step ho’oponopono process of Morrnah Simeona. Never a mantra.

    Michael Micklei wrote in a comment to an another person:

    “…Dr. Len never healed in the mentioned hospital by only saying over and over “I love you” and “Thank you” to the “I”, Morrnahs word for the Source, for Divinity. Instead he used Morrnahs 12 (or 14) step process only, twice or three times a day. Every day he walked through the hospital he looked carefully to the patients, the doctors, his feelings. He taped this. And asked Divinity to heal his karmic bondages with these persons and matters. A hard job for three years. Divinity accepted the plea and healed. 2 persons were not healed, as there were no karmic bondages with Dr. Len.

    “Morrnah gave him this kind of order to do so (and at that time he worked really for the good to help Morrnah for her special spiritual job) and in classes, we both attended between Nov. 86 and later, Dr. Len was always telling in detail at the beginning that he was doing exactly this, nothing else. NO mantra was mentioned, never. At that time, Dr. Len was a student of Morrnah like me, so why and how could he use a quite different way in the hospital – and at the weekend in classes he said the opposite? Morrnah was also complex clairvoyant, she could see and hear everything.

    “All so called tools of Dr. Len (except 2 or 3) were developped by Dr. Len after 1992, which are only temporarily harmonizing or calming down – NOT cleansing, NOT being any ho’oponopono, as they are not mutual. They are (powerful) magic tools. They are not bad in itsself, but they block people to learn authentic ho’oponoponos – traditional ones or the one of Morrnah. People like those easy magic ways, they really think to heal karmic stuff of hundreds and more reincarnations by 11 words.

    “It is clearly the good part of Joe Vitale’s job to spread the name of ho’oponopono from the time of “Zero limits” across the world – but the illusion is inclusive: people know the name, but did not hear about the real content of ho’oponopono or even forget it. Pls keep in mind Dr. Len’s words (received by his divinity) in Zero Limits: “I’ve been told to kill the Divine to be home.” To kill the Divine? Well, starting to take him out from the cleansing. This does not seem a path up to the mountain.
    mahalo for sharing.”

    link to the full comment: https://www.facebook.com/Pacifica-Seminars-611710282175050/

    Dr. Hew Len does not speak anymore about Morrnah’s 14-step Ho’oponopono today and about the healings of his patients in Hawaii State Hospital with Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono.
    Nobody talks about Morrnah’s 14-step Ho’oponopono today. Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono is no longer known to anyone today. I really hope that Morrnah’s original Ho’oponopono-process regains fame among the people.
    I know Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono and would highly recommend it. So many things in my life have changed positively trough Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono.

    I can only say, steer clear of Dr. Hew Lens 4-pharse mantra and of Dr. Hew Lens cleaning tools!

    Michael Micklei has written a report about Dr. Hew Len and the healings in Hawaii State Hospital that happend with Morrnah’s 14-step Ho’oponopono. Please let me share this link (is only in german language, please use Google tanslator to translate to your language):

    As far as I know, Morrnah has been working hard on her 14-step ho’oponopono process for many, many years. Morrnah Simeona completed the final version of her 14-step Ho’oponopono process in 1991. It is the final version today. Pacifica Seminars teach this final version of Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono in seminars and in a book.

    Please share this information to another people 🙂

    Aloha and greetings, Patrice C.

  2. Re Tina’s comment – if you (Tina) have evidence to counter the above given information, and so qualify your own given but un-evidenced comment, please present your evidence here so that it may be fully assessed by the readers of this thread. 🙂


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