Monday, February 27, 2017

Skeptical Minds Want to Know

zero limits 11 : Skeptical Minds Want to Know

The purpose of life is to be restored back to Love, 
moment to moment. To fulfill this purpose, the 
individual must acknowledge that he is 100 percent responsible for
creating his life the way it is. He must come to see that it
is his thoughts that create his life the way it is moment to
moment.The problems are not people, places, and situa-
tions but rather the thoughts of them. He must come to
appreciate that there is no such thing as “out there.”
—Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len

As I mentioned earlier in this book, I wrote an article called
“The World’s Most Unusual Therapist” and posted it on my
blog. I added it to my web site at, as well. It was
also published in a book by David Riklan, 101 Great Ways to Im-
prove Your Life. This article became the most widely distributed
and talked-about article I had ever written. People posted it on
newsgroups, forwarded it to friends, sent it to their personal and
public e-mail lists, and more. Apparently the message in it was in-
spiring everyone. It was that very article that got the attention of
my publisher, John Wiley & Sons, and led to my writing this book
for you.

But not everyone loved the article. A few people couldn’t
believe that anyone, even a psychologist, could help heal mentally
ill criminals in a hospital. One person wrote to Dr. Hew Len
and demanded proof. The person wanted to know the facts
about Dr. Hew Len’s experiences in that mental hospital. So did I, truth be known. Here’s what Dr. Hew Len wrote as a detailed

The story, as most stories go, needs clarification.

It is true that:

1. I spent several years as a fee-paid service staff
psychologist at Hawaii State Hospital, a psychiatric
facility operated by the Hawaii State Health

2. I spent three years from 1984 to 1987 as the staff
psychologist, 20 hours a week, in a high-security unit
housing male patients who had committed criminal acts of
murder, rape, drug use, and assault and battery against
people and property.

3. When I entered the high-security unit in 1984 as the staff
psychologist, all seclusion rooms were occupied with
violent patients.

4. On any given day on the unit there were several patients in
metal restraints around their ankles and wrists to prevent
violence against others.

5. Violence in the unit by patients against patients and
patients against staff was a common occurrence.

6. Patients were not intimately involved in their care and

7. There were no in-unit rehabilitative work activities.

8. There were no off-unit activities, recreation, or work.

9. Visits by families on the unit were extremely rare.

10. No patients were allowed off of the high-security unit
without written permission by the psychiatrist and only with
ankle and wrist restraints.

11. The stay in the unit by a typical patient ran into years, the
cost being, I believe, around $30,000 a year then.

12. Staff sick leave ran extremely high on the ward.

13. The physical environment of the unit was drab and
somewhat rundown.

14. The unit staff was composed of basically wonderful and
caring people.

15. What I’ve described is probably typical of most psychiatric
units elsewhere in the country.

When I left the unit and facility in July 1987:

1. Seclusion rooms were no longer in use.

2. Wrist and ankle restraints were no longer in use.

3. Violent acts were extremely rare, usually involving new

4. Patients were responsible for their own care, including
arranging residential, work, and legal services before
leaving the unit and the facility.

5. Off-unit recreational activities such as jogging and tennis
were ongoing, not requiring approval by a psychiatrist or
the use of ankle and wrist restraints.

6. Off-unit work activities were begun, such as car washing,
without the approval of a psychiatrist or the use of ankle
and wrist restraints.

7. On-unit work consisted of baking cookies and polishing

8. Visits in the unit by family were taking place.

9. Staff sick leave was not a chronic problem.

10. The unit environment greatly improved with painting and
maintenance and because people cared.

11. The unit staff was more involved in supporting patients to
be 100 percent responsible for themselves.

12. The turnaround time for patients from admission to leaving
the hospital was greatly reduced to months instead of

13. The quality of life for both patients and staff shifted
dramatically from being custodial to one of family, people
caring for one another.

What did I do for my part as the unit staff psychologist? I did the Self
Identity through Ho’oponopono process of repentance, forgiveness,
and transmutation for whatever was going on in me that I
experienced consciously and unconsciously as problems before,
during, and after leaving the unit each time.

I did not do any therapy or counseling with patients on the unit.

I did not attend any staff conferences on patients.

I took 100 percent responsibility for myself to clean with the stuff in me that caused me problems as staff psychologist.

I am a creation of the I AM, perfect, as is with everyone and
everything. What is imperfect is the c_ _p, the memories that react,
replay as judgment, resentment, anger, irritation, and God knows the rest of the s_ _t that is carried in the Soul.

Peace of I,

Ihaleakala Hew Len, PhD, Chairman Emeritus

The Foundation of I, Inc. Freedom of the Cosmos

Though I was still learning ho’oponopono, I 
sometimes taught it to others if I felt they were 
open to hear about it. Of course, their being open 
was a reflection of me, not them.The clearer I 
became, the clearer the people around me 
became. But that’s a tough fact to accept. It’s so 
much easier to want to change the outer than the 

In Maui, a realtor drove us around to look at 
houses. Along the way, we did a lot of talking 
about healing, spirituality, the movie The Secret, 
and personal growth. It was all interesting, but 
something enlightening took place on one 
segment of our drive. 

The realtor had read my 
now-famous article on Dr. Hew Len and the 
ho’oponopono Hawaiian healing process he used 
to heal an entire ward of mentally ill criminals.
Like everyone else, the realtor found the article 
Like everyone else, he didn’t quite understand it.
As we drove around the beautiful island of Maui, I listened to the
realtor complain about a house he couldn’t sell.The buyer and seller
were fighting over it, causing a lot of anger, resentment, and more.
The sale was caught up in their bickering, and wasn’t going to close
anytime soon.The realtor was obviously frustrated by their actions.
I listened for a while and then felt inspired to speak up.
“Would you like to know how Dr. Hew Len might handle this
situation using ho’oponopono?’ I asked.
“Yes!” the realtor exclaimed, obviously curious. “I’m definitely
interested.Tell me.”
“This ought to be good,” Nerissa said.
“Well, I’m not Dr. Hew Len,” I began,“but I am writing a book
with him and I’ve trained with him. So I think I know how he might
handle this.”
“Tell me!”
“What Dr. Hew Len does is look within himself to see what is
within him that is sharing the experience he sees on the outside,” I
began. “When he worked at that mental hospital, he looked at the
patients’ charts.Whether he felt repulsion at their acts or something
else, he didn’t deal with the person; he dealt with the feelings he ex-
perienced.As he cleared what was within him, they began to get clear
and heal.”
“I like this,” the realtor said.
“Most people have no idea what responsibility means,”I continued.

“They are into blame. As they grow and become more aware, they
begin to consider that they are responsible for what they say and do.
Beyond that, as you become even more aware, you can begin to real-
ize that you are responsible for what everyone says or does, simply be-
cause they are in your experience. If you create your own reality,
then you created all you see, even the parts you don’t like.”
The realtor was smiling, nodding his head.
I kept talking.
“It doesn’t matter what the buyer or seller does in this situation,”
I said.“It matters what you do.What Dr. Hew Len does is simply re-
peat ‘I love you,’‘I’m sorry,’‘Please forgive me,’ and ‘Thank you.’ He
doesn’t say it to the people, he says it to the Divine. The idea is to
clear the shared energy.”
“I’ll do this,” the realtor said.
“But you don’t do it to get something,” I went on. “You do it
because it’s how we clear the shared energy so no one has to experi-
ence it again, ever. It’s a cleansing, and you never stop doing it.”
I paused.
The realtor seemed to get it. His eyes were wide and his smile
was big.
“If it comes up in your awareness,” I continued,“then it’s up for
you to clean and heal. Since you brought this situation of the buyer
and seller to my attention, then I have to clean on it, too. It’s now part
of my life experience. If I’m the creator of my experience, then this is
something I’m responsible for, too.”
I let all of this sink in as we continued our drive to look at other
homes in Maui.
A few days later I received an e-mail from the realtor. He said he
was continuing to use the Dr. Hew Len process.
That’s how it works.
It’s all love.
It’s continuous.
And you’re totally responsible.

One day I taught a seminar with Mindy Hurt, who runs the Wim-
berley, Texas, Unity Church. It was called “The Secret of Money.”
Later in it, I taught everyone the ho’oponopono method of cleaning.
Afterward one gentleman came up and said,“I have a problem saying
‘I’m sorry’ and ‘Please forgive me.’ ”
“Why?” I asked.
I had never heard this before. I was curious.
“I can’t imagine a loving God or Divinity who needs my asking
for forgiveness,” he said.“I don’t think the Divine has to forgive me
for anything.”
I thought about it and later knew the reply I should have
given him:
“You aren’t saying those statements to be forgiven by the Divin-
ity; you’re saying them to clean yourself.You say them to Divinity but
they are to clean you.”
In other words, the Divine is already showering love on you. It
has never stopped. At the zero state, where there are zero limits, the
closest we can describe it is as a state of pure love. It’s there. But
you’re not. So by saying, “I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me,
thank you,” you are cleaning the programs in you that are preventing
you being at the pure state: love.
Again, the Divine doesn’t need you to do ho’oponopono; but
you need to do it.
Recently I received a heart-wrenching e-mail from a dear friend of
mine. She asked:
“What would you say to someone who has been reading your
book, who watched The Secret, who reads your blog every day, who
does her best, yet is still broke, unhappy, and failing? I keep having
problem after problem. It never ends.What would you say?”
I felt her pain.After all, at one point I was homeless. I struggled in
poverty for a decade. My “overnight” success probably took 20 years
to occur. I know what it’s like to feel like you’re stuck in quicksand.

What would you say to such a person?
In the past I would offer solutions. I would say read The Magic of
Believing by Claude Bristol.Watch the movie The Secret seven times.
Create a scenario of how you want life to be.Take time every day to
meditate.Work on self-sabotage issues.
But that’s the frontal approach to change. I’ve learned—and Dr.
Hew Len will attest—that that approach rarely works.
So what’s left?
How do you or me or anyone help someone stuck and in pain?
According to ho’oponopono, the only way is by cleaning myself.
People who come before me—including the one who wrote me—
are sharing a program with me. They caught it like a virus of the
mind. They aren’t to blame. They feel trapped or cornered. I can
throw them a rope, but more often than not, they won’t use it, or
they’ll use it to hang themselves.
So what do you do?
All I can do is clean me. As I clean me, they get cleaned. As we
clean the programs we share,they get lifted from all humankind.This is
all I do these days. It’s what Dr. Hew Len first told me he did, on that
first phone call we had so long ago:“All I do is clean, clean, clean.”
All I do is say,“I love you,”“I’m sorry,”“Please forgive me,” and
“Thank you.”The rest is up to Divinity. I don’t think this is heartless
but instead the most heartfelt thing I can do.And it’s what I’m doing
right now, even as I write these words.
Finally, consider this spiritual punchline:
Since the story of this person who wrote me is now part of your
experience, that means it is up for you to heal, as well.After all, if you
create your own reality, then you had to create this situation, too, as it
is now part of your reality. I suggest you use the “I love you” state-
ments to heal this.
As you heal yourself, the person who wrote me, and everyone
else who shares that program, will get better.

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