Ho’oponopono is an old Hawaiian art of problem solving and modification of thoughts whose main tools are forgiveness and reconciliation, accompanied by love and gratitude. The generic meaning of the word Ho’oponopono is “To amend, to correct a mistake” and it is based on the following pillars:

  1. Everything that exists in our lives is a thought or memory that can be released, erased or cleaned.
  2. We are responsible for everything we see and exist in the universe and what we do or think individually affects globally.
  3. Ho’oponopono helps to erase limiting thoughts to bring peace and balance to life.
  4. Conflicts arise from oneself, are not imposed by external reality that is why it is possible to erase them.
  5. Divinity is the one who cleans, we make it easier.

Broadly speaking, this would be the conceptual heart of Ho’oponopono. However, it is necessary to know not only how this concept emerged, but also the transformations that it has been experiencing over the centuries, adapting to every age and type of society in order to understand its essence and its usefulness. It could be considered that there are three important periods that would define the existence of the Ho’oponopono: traditional practice, presence of the healer Morrnah Simeona that collected and updated all the legacy, and modern use from Dr. Ihaleakalá.


Ho’oponopono was born in different islands of Polynesia and it is estimated that the first inhabitants of Hawaii already used this method, so we can say the references go back to century XVIII.

The investigations of historians reveal how in the Polynesian cultures there were some particular conceptions referring to the healing. Here are some of them, as examples, although they do not always correspond to the same zones or times, but there are common patterns:

  • It was believed that the mistakes made by people in life were the cause of illness.
  • In some cases, there was also an “intermediary”: people’s mistakes angered the Gods and they sent diseases and punishments to people.
  • In detail: anger or unacceptable sexual behaviors could also be the source of illness.
  • In other cases, it was understood that the illness, especially of a child or young person, was a consequence of the mistakes made by the father (in some societies) or by both parents (in other cultures).
  • It was also accepted that diseases were a punishment for violating some spiritual laws.
  • Likewise, the disease could be the result of tensions, anger, or lack of forgiveness among members of a family or community.

In all these cases, the restoration necessary for healing went through the request for forgiveness. In the case of offense to the gods, the request for forgiveness was necessary by the presence of a priest who prayed or healed and directed the prayers. When that priest was missed, the elder or the most respected person of a family or group, used to take command and direction of the prayers.

Besides, Ho’oponopono required that the family or community gather together to carry out this process of prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, restitution and forgiveness.


In 1976, Morrnah Simeona (1913 -1992) recovered and unified all the ancestral tradition of Ho’oponopono and adapted it to the social reality of her time. Through her work, this Hawaiian art came to be understood as a process of problem solving not only in community, but in a more individual way through a psycho-spiritual process.

Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona was the creator of Self Identity through Ho’oponopono. She founded Pacifica Seminars in 1970, was recognized as a Kahuna lapa’au (healer) in Hawaii and distinguished as a Living Treasure by the State of Hawaii in 1983.

Morrnah Simeona’s ideas were adapted to her present, when, increasingly, families and communities did not live in the same space and where individuality was more important, so it was necessary to adapt through Self Identity.

These are Morrnah Simeona’s ideas:

Clean, erase, erase and find your own PEACE. Where? Inside you.

The main purpose of this process is to discover the Divinity within oneself. Ho’oponopono is a deep gift that allows us to develop a mutual relationship with the Divine within ourselves and to learn to ask that, in every moment, our errors in thought, word, act and action be cleaned. The aim of this process is essentially to achieve freedom, complete freedom from the past.”

Likewise, Simeone introduces for the first time the presence of negative Karma, where the person ends up receiving and experiencing the effect of the actions caused to the others in an earlier time.


The current conceptions of Ho’oponopono derive from the latest adaptations made by Dr. Ihaleakalá Hew Len, direct disciple of Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona and who updated the concept and application of Auto Identity to make it easier and more applicable to modern societies. The process became even more individualized and allowed to erase not only the person himself but also previous relatives and ancestors.

Today, Ho’oponopono is a tool used in multiple and varied fields and, in fact, also used in the consultations of Armoniom.

Four words constitute the conceptual body of Ho’oponopono through which articulates the amendment and correction of errors by the Divinity. These four powerful healing words should be repeated with serene joy and being aware that it is the person himself who creates a difficult situation or problems, not others. When responsibility is assumed and the memory created by this situation is cleansed, this is also erased from other people.

Even so, these four words that compose Ho’oponopono are recommended not only in front of a problem but in a regular and daily way and without limit of repetition or time:

By saying this, the person feels responsible of a specific situation, he is responsible for his own part for the damage caused. It is a feeling for own actions and for burdens of the past, own or familiar.

It asks for forgiveness as a reparation against the Divinity, that is, against the wiser part of the human being, whatever name you want to adjudicate. Sorry for the responsible part which created the situation and which drags it without letting go.

It is a thank you to the past memories that have materialized in a concrete situation and that situation offers an opportunity of cleaning memories. The problematic situation is what it is to show what must be cleansed. And that is why gratitude is necessary. It is also a Thanks to the Divinity for the listening received.

Love as a positive transforming energy. Love is declared to past memories and freed from the conflictive situation in which they are. Love, in turn, restores the balance altered by an energy that was not positive and harmonizes. What usually causes suffering is everything that has been created without love, with anger, contempt or devaluation.

Through the practice of Ho’ponopono and, in particular, of these four words (I’m sorry, Forgive me, Thank you, I love you) almost at the same moment the mind calms down, the subconscious starts to clear of stress and a state of inner peace begins to appear subtly.

When the subconscious is cleaned, when the past memories begin to erase, and what this Hawaiian art defined as poor programming, is when the person begins to open to the divine that exists inside each person. Thanks to Ho’ponopono it is possible to leave to the Divinity what happens next, which is something that no longer depends on the person, who has already fulfilled his main task, which is forgiveness and reconciliation.

It is not the person’s own mission to search for results on a rational level but to maintain a calm mind and inner peace that allows the solution to appear on its own.


– Pascale Pech
– Morrnah Simeona. Self-Identity through Ho’oponopono, Basic 1, Pacifica Seminars (1990)
– Joe Vitale. Cero límites: las extraordinarias enseñanzas del ho’oponopono, el método hawaiano para purificar tus creencias. Ediciones Obelisco, S.L. 2011

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