Ho’oponopono: Living in balance (part 2)

Ho’oponopono is the answer to bringing peace, harmony, wisdom and love into ones life and ultimately the community, society, the world, and the universe.  Meditation is an important element for ho’oponopono because it can increase and refine the receptivity of the Divine consciousness (Kumukahi) within all things.  Meditation is the indigenous Hawaiian way of reuniting the soul with our higher consciousness and with Kumukahi (the One Original Source).  The soul manifests its consciousness and mana (life-force) through the ‘piko’ (chakra) or centers of light or energy centers within the human cerebrospinal axis.  It is within this bodily prism that the soul consciousness and mana become identified with physical limitations.

Our body is programmable by language, tones, words or thoughts, all of which carry a frequency.  The kind of frequency created determines the desired outcome of the producer.  Each individual must work on the inner process and development in order to establish a conscious communication with the DNA, which is our super—conductor that can store light, therefore, information.

When a large number of people collectively come together with higher intentions such as meditating on peace – violent potentials will dissolve.  It is through meditation that all questions, all troubles, and all difficulties can be resolved or answered.

The following is a sample of a simple Hawaiian meditation technique called “Alo Ha.”  If you would like to learn more go to www.manalomi.com and see about one of our three-day ho’oponopono workshop.


  • Alo refers to the connection we have to all things including source or Kumukahi.
  • Ha refers to the essence of life from where the evolutionary process unfolds.  It is commonly used to describe the variations of breath.
  • Watch the inhale breath and exhale breath.  Without forcing the process of breathing observe the inhale breath and visualize the ‘Alo.’  Observe the exhale part of the breath and visualize the ‘Ha.’
  • This is good to use while sitting, walking, running, exercising or any of your favorite activities.  This meditation technique is important to use when the mind wonders especially during meditation exercises.
  • Pay particular attention to your intentions during the inhale part of your breath at all times before you exhale your words to others.

The objectives of Ho’oponopono

  • Release and severe (‘oki) unwanted energetic cord(s) or connection with a person, place or thing.
  • Restore balance (kaulike), harmony (lokahi), and tranquility (maluhia) within the self and outside the self.
  • Healing manifestation for yourself and others.
  • Transform your consciousness by including qualities of conscious living such as:
    • Love, Kindness, Unity, Discernment, Patience, Responsibility, Humility, Grace, Mindfulness, Gratitude, Engaged Detachment, Compassion, Truthfulness, and Giving Unconditionally.

For many of us spirituality comes later in life.  In our first half or more of life we foolishly weave a net of fear, worry and ignorance around ourselves until disease and/or health destroys us.  We find ourselves in chains created by ourselves.  What is worst or most destructive, our misguided thoughts or our wrong ways of living?  We must make changes in our lives now from things that deaden our spirituality such as anger, hatred, judgment, greed, and selfishness thoughts or from inharmonious living!

Before Kupuna Hale’s [1] passing, I would visit Oahu as often as possible on my summers away from Chiropractic school so we could have the opportunity to “hang out” with each other.  She was well known throughout Hawaii and was respected for her knowledge on the Hawaiian culture, its language and history.   She wanted me to remember the language as much as possible since I was living on the U.S. Continent.  While reviewing the Hawaiian language with Kupuna Hale I was able to help as many of the Na Kupuna (elders) in her area with my traditional hands-on skills (Mana Lomi) as my time offered.  As we drove around the village to offer mana lomi or other health remedies we would speak in Hawaiian with each other and discuss all kinds of things such as the old ways versus the modern ways of living.  How the kanaka maoli’s (original Hawaiian people) health had changed for the worst since her childhood days.  She asked me what I would do for a particular physical complaint or what kind of foods or herbs to suggest to help some of the ailments that the Hawaiians had.

On one occasion she told me about a recent gathering on Oahu for the sole purpose of discussing the concepts and principles of ho’oponopono.  There were five Hawaiian Kupuna panelists including her and about 100 people in attendance.   I could tell she was not happy with the outcome of that Kukakuka (talking story) by the intensity of her words.  She proceeded to tell me that the entire evening was spent discussing aimlessly whether the concept was called ho’opono or ho’oponoponoKupuna Hale always had a humorous side to her and brings laughter and joy in everything that she did, but on this particular day there was a serious tone to her voice that made me pay particular attention.  She told me “your work on indigenous Hawaiian medicine and bridging the gap to modern health care systems is very important Maka’ala, but don’t get caught up with wasted energies of useless discussions with any circle of people!”  “Keep doing your good work and let your actions speak for itself and don’t get caught up with discussions that go nowhere.”  Her words of “pa’a ka waha, hana ka lima” stood out for me and I carry this motto in everything that I do.  This phrase literally means to keep the mouth shut and work with the hands.  What she was telling me was ‘action speaks louder than words.’  Her concern at the time was that there were many “camps” of Hawaiian speakers and non-Hawaiian speakers on Hawaiian healing that had conflicting ideas about the old ways of treatments and remedies.  She said sometimes getting too stuck on traditions could stagnate expansion of an idea or a community.  She encouraged me to focus on getting the job at hand done without causing separation in others and to think outside of the box.

The following are four simple steps using the concepts of ho’opono.  For it to be effective, however, requires action, clarity and determination.  Of course you must first come to the conclusion that disconnecting or cutting the cord of any unwanted energies is essential for you to move on or to initiate change.

  1. Sever (‘oki) the unwanted energetic cord between you and the person, place, or thing.
  2. Transmute (loli’ana) or surround that which you are disconnecting into clear white light.
  3. Recycle this transmuted energy into the etheric space or universe around us.  It is like pouring a cup of water into the ocean where it becomes one with the seawater.
  4. Replace the empty energy receptor, which was created when the cord is cut with the feeling of joy or positive outcome that you would like.

You are now on the path of using the ancient Hawaiian principles to being well!  Remember,” cutting the cord” is about letting go, forgiveness, surrender and transition into a positive outcome.  MY

[1] Lydia Hale, known to many as Kupuna Hale, was one of many elder Hawaiian teachers in my life most of which were women. She was from Waimanalo, Oahu.   She insisted that I not forget the language of our Na Kupuna by speaking mostly Hawaiian to me when we had the fortune of being together.


About Maka'ala

Maka'ala is a Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian ancestry) trained in Hawaiian medicine practices since the age of six. He is the founder of Indigenous Botanicals and Mana Lomi®. He enjoys traveling around the world teaching Hawaiian principles and concepts of being well. In 2005 he was awarded the "Kaonohi Award" for excellence in Hawaiian medicine and community support. He is the author of "Na'auao Ola Hawaii - Hawaiian Principles of Being Well." Maka'ala is the Ambassador-at-large and Minister of Health for the Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi. His focus is "breaking the blueprint" from disease and illness and his mission is "bringing the healer back into the family."
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6 Responses to Ho’oponopono: Living in balance (part 2)

  1. Terri says:

    Severing energetic cords helped me through a very difficult time in my life. But then I forgot to continue using this technique when that critical time passed. Thank you for reminding me. Fortunately, I have totally accepted that each person has their own journey and I don’t need to follow or even be a part of their journey. Mine is fine for me and their’s is fine for them! Mahalo

  2. Kaulana Scalise Jr says:

    Maika’i loa, Maka’ala, Mahalo Piha. Aloha.

  3. I love this Maka’ala, especially the sharing Kupuna Hale’s mana’o. Mahalo for sharing the wisdom of your kupuna with us all. Looking forward to seeing you in Washington~

    • Maka'ala says:

      I feel so lucky that I was around when our wise elders were still in physical form. It truly was incredible to have been side by side with them. I am grateful for my “na kupuna.”

  4. Reblogged this on Ola Lokahi and commented:
    I am sharing this blog about ho’oponopono written by one of my kumu, Dr. Maka’ala Yates. He is facilitating a ho’oponopono workshop in Seattle, WA May 7-9 which I will be attending. Being with Kumu Maka’ala is always a delightful and inspiring journey.

  5. Rosely Laterza says:

    Mahalo nui loa! I try to read and research by myself, I live in Brasil.These writings are marvellous teachings from genuine ancient Hawai´i Aloha!

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