The Basics--Definition of Ho'oponopono

topic posted Sat, December 31, 2005 - 10:13 AM by  Unsubscribed
Aloha kakou, greetings all:

As defined in the Hawaiian Dictionary by Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel H. Elbert, Ho'oponopono begins with the meaning the noun, "ponopono." The addition of "ho'o" makes "ponopono" a verb.

Ponopono begins with "pono." The definition of pono (#1 nvs): "goodness, uprightness, morality, moral qualities, correct or proper procedure, excellence, wellbeing, prosperity, welfare, benefit, behalf, equity, sake, true condition or nature, duty; moral, fitting, proper, righteous, right, upright, just, virtuous, fair, beneficial, successful, in perfect order, accurate, correct, eased, relieved; should, ought, must, necessary."

Five more definitions follow, including (#5 n) Hope.

Ponopono (#1 vs): "neat, tidy, in order, arranged, cared for, attended to, administer."

Ho'oponopono (a) is "to put to rights, to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up, make orderly or neat, administer, superintend, supervise, manage, edit, work carefully and neatly, to make ready, as canoemen preparing to catch a wave." This definition is commonly used for housecleaning.

Ho'oponopono (b) is "mental cleansing, family conferences in which relationships were set right through prayer, discussion, confession, repentence and mutual restitution and forgiveness."

In the practice of Ho'oponopono as a spiritual process, definition (b) is the purpose and format, while keeping in mind the definitions of pono and ponopono as qualities that are both inherant to the process as well as serving as the goals and ideals.

The best description of traditional family/community Ho'oponopono (b) is begins on page 60 in Nana I Ke Kumu, Look to the Source Vol. 1, by Mary Kawena Pukui, E.W. Haertig MD, and Catherine Lee. I strongly recommend both volumes of this book. In the section beginning on page 60 you will find a detailed description of the process, which has a formal structure and sequence of events.

Morrnah Simeona's individualized version is also a group process in the sense that you are working with the spiritual/subtle bodies of those you incorporate in your ho'oponopono, as well as with your own spiritual/subtle bodies and nature. The other people need not be present in physical form.

In other words, if you have conflict with a co-worker, you do not need to be physically present with that person in order to ho'oponopono with them and address your problems.

In several parts of the Huna book, Fundamentals of Hawaiian Mysticism, Charlotte Berney describes or references ho'oponopono, including that practiced and taught by Morrnah Simeona. On pages 166-168 Berney describes a ho'oponopono for couples. On pages 91-94, in a section titled Forgiveness, Berney describes a brief ritual in which the adversary is not physically present, but is addressed through spirit. This is very close to Morrnah's more detailed process.
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    Re: The Basics--Objectives of Ho'oponopono

    Sat, December 31, 2005 - 10:43 AM
    To quote from an early Pacifica Seminars handout, written by Morrnah Simeona, the objectives of Ho'oponopono are these:

    "(A) To release and cut (oki) all 'aka cords' or connections with imbalancing, inharmonious, negative situations.

    (B) To achieve Balance (Kaulike) and Peace of Mind (Maluhia), 'within and without' and among others and nature.

    (D) In 'exorcism' (Ho'omahiki), helps the release of earthbound spirits or spirits from individuals, places, situations, objects.

    (E) Reincarnation: Release (Ho'okino Hou Ia) of individual, etc., from unhappy, negative experiences in past lives; resolving and removing trauma from 'memory bank' without creating stress. The Law of Cause and Effect predominates in all of Life and Lifetimes."

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