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Hoʻoponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) adalah satu amalan kuno Hawaii perdamaian dan pengampunan. Amalan pengampunan yang serupa dilaksanakan di pulau-pulau di seluruh Pasifik Selatan, termasuk Samoa, Tahiti dan New Zealand. Secara tradisinya ho ʻ oponopono diamalkan oleh imam penyembuhan atau kahuna lapaʻau" di kalangan ahli keluarga orang yang fizikal sakit. Versi moden dilaksanakan dalam keluarga oleh keluarga yang lebih tua, atau oleh individu sahaja.
Latar belakang Polinesia [sunting]
Dalam banyak budaya Polinesia, ia dipercayai bahawa kesalahan seseorang (yang dipanggil "Hara" atau "Hala) penyakit yang disebabkan. Ada yang percaya Angers kesilapan tuhan-tuhan, orang lain bahawa ia menarik tuhan-tuhan yang jahat, dan masih orang-orang itu telah beriman kesalahan yang disebabkan oleh kesilapan yang dibuat di salah satu sakit. "Dalam kebanyakan kes, bagaimanapun tertentu, upacara-upacara 'menguraikan-kesilapan' boleh dilakukan untuk menebus kesilapan itu dan dengan itu mengurangkan pengumpulan daripada mereka."
Antara pulau-pulau Vanuatu dalam South Pacific, orang percaya penyakit yang biasanya disebabkan oleh salah laku seksual atau marah. "Jika anda marah selama dua atau tiga hari, penyakit akan datang," kata seorang lelaki tempatan. Terapi bahawa kaunter penyakit ini adalah pengakuan. Pesakit, atau ahli keluarga, boleh mengaku. Jika tidak mengaku kesalahan, pesakit boleh mati. Orang-orang Vanuatu percaya bahawa kerahsiaan adalah apa yang memberi kuasa kepada penyakit. Apabila kesilapan itu diakui, ia tidak lagi mempunyai kuasa ke atas orang.
Seperti banyak pulau yang lain, termasuk Hawaiians, orang-orang Tikopia dalam Kepulauan Solomon, dan [Rarotonga ] dalam Kepulauan Cook, percaya bahawa dosa-dosa bapa akan jatuh ke ataskanak-kanak. Jika kanak-kanak sakit, ibu bapa disyaki pertengkaran atau salah laku. Di samping itu untuk penyakit, gangguan sosial boleh menyebabkan kemandulan tanah atau bencana lain. Keharmonian dapat dipulihkan hanya dengan pengakuan dan permohonan maaf.
Amalan tradisi [sunting]
“Hoʻoponopono” is defined in the Hawaiian Dictionary as “mental cleansing: family conferences in which relationships were set right through prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, and mutual restitution and forgiveness.” Literally, hoʻo is a particle used to make an actualizing verb from the following noun, as would “to” before a noun in English. Here, it creates a verb from the noun pono, which is defined as
“goodness, uprightness, morality, moral qualities, correct or proper procedure, excellence, well-being, prosperity, welfare, benefit, 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.”
Ponopono is defined as “to put to rights; to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up, make orderly or neat.”
Preeminent Hawaiian scholar Mary Kawena Pukui wrote that it was a practice in Ancient Hawaii and this is supported by oral histories from contemporary Hawaiian elders. Pukui first recorded her experiences and observations from her childhood (born 1895) in her 1958 book. Author Max Freedom Long, who lived in Hawaiʻi from 1917 to about 1926, documented traditional hoʻoponopono as used by Hawaiian families in his 1936 book.
Although the word “hoʻoponopono” was not used, early Hawaiian historians documented a belief that illness was caused by breaking kapu, or spiritual laws, and that the illness could not be cured until the sufferer atoned for this transgression, often with the assistance of a praying priest (kahuna pule) or healing priest (kahuna lapaʻau). Forgiveness was sought from the gods  or from the person with whom there was a dispute.
Pukui described it as a practice of extended family members meeting to “make right” broken family relations. Some families met daily or weekly, to prevent problems from erupting. Others met when a person became ill, believing that illness was caused by the stress of anger, guilt, recriminations and lack of forgiveness. Kupuna Nana Veary wrote that when any of the children in her family fell ill, her grandmother would ask the parents, "What have you done?" They believed that healing could come only with complete forgiveness of the whole family.
Hoʻoponopono corrects, restores and maintains good relationships among family members and with their gods or God by getting to the causes and sources of trouble. Usually the most senior member of the family conducts it. He or she gathers the family together. If the family is unable to work through a problem, they turn to a respected outsider.
The process begins with prayer. A statement of the problem is made, and the transgression discussed. Family members are expected to work problems through and cooperate, not “hold fast to the fault.” One or more periods of silence may be taken for reflection on the entanglement of emotions and injuries. Everyone’s feelings are acknowledged. Then confession, repentance and forgiveness take place. Everyone releases (kala) each other, letting go. They cut off the past (ʻoki), and together they close the event with a ceremonial feast, called pani, which often included eating limu kala or kala seaweed, symbolic of the release.
In a form used by the family of kahuna Makaweliweli of the island of Molokaʻi, the completion of hoʻoponopono is represented by giving the person forgiven a lei (Hawaii) made from the fruit of the hala tree.
“Aunty” Malia Craver, who worked with the Queen Liliʻuokalani Children's Centers (QLCC) for more than 30 years, taught courses in traditional hoʻoponopono. On August 30, 2000, she spoke about it to the United Nations.
Modern uses [sunting]
Traditional applications [sunting]
In the late 20th century, courts in Hawaiʻi began to order juvenile and adult offenders to work with an elder who would conduct hoʻoponopono for their families, as a form of alternative dispute resolution. The hoʻoponopono is conducted in the traditional way, without court interference, with a practitioner picked by the family from a list of court-approved providers.
Some native practitioners provide hoʻoponopono to clients who otherwise might seek family counseling.
Freedom from Karma [sunting]
In 1976 Morrnah Simeona, regarded as a healing priest or kahuna lapaʻau, adapted the traditional hoʻoponopono of family mutual forgiveness to the social realities of the modern day. For this she extended it both to a general problem solving process outside the family and to a psycho-spiritual self-help rather than group process.
Simeona’s version is influenced by her Christian (Protestant and Catholic) education and her philosophical studies about India, China and Edgar Cayce. Like Hawaiian tradition she emphasizes prayer. Unlike Hawaiian tradition, she describes problems as the effects of negative Karma, saying that “you have to experience by yourself what you have done to others,” and you are the creator of your life circumstances. Any wrong doing is memorized within oneself and mirrored in every entity and object which was present when the cause happened. As the Law of Cause and Effect predominates in all of life and lifetimes, the purpose of her version is mainly “to release unhappy, negative experiences in past Reincarnations, and to resolve and remove traumas from the ‘memory banks’.” Karmic bondages hinder the evolution of mind, so that “(karmic) cleansing is a requisite for the expansion of awareness.” Using her 14-step-process would dissolve those bondages. She did not use mantras or conditioning exercises.
Her teachings include: there is a Divine Creator who takes care of altruistic pleas of Men; “when the phrase ‘And it is done’ is used after a prayer, it means Man’s work ends and God’s begins.” ‘Self-Identity’ signifies, e.g. during the hoʻoponopono, that the 3 selves or aspects of consciousness are balanced and connected with the Divine Creator. Different from egoistic prayers “altruistic prayers like hoʻoponopono, where you also pray for the release of other entities and objects, reach the Divine plane or Cosmos because of their high vibrations. From that plane the Divine energy or mana would come,” which would transform the painful part of the memory of the wrong actions in all participants to Pure Light, on whatever plane they are existing; “all are set free.” Through this transmutation in the mind the problems will lose their energy for physical effects, and healing or balancing is begun. In this sense, Simeona’s mana is not the same as the traditional Polynesian understanding of Mana.
Creating state of Zero [sunting]
After Simeona's passing in 1992, her former student and administrator Ihalekala Hew Len, co-authored a book with Joe Vitale called Zero Limits referring to Simeona's hoʻoponopono teachings. Len makes no claim to be a kahuna. In contrast to Simeona's teachings, the book says that the main objective of hoʻoponopono is getting to “the state of Zero, where we would have zero limits. No memories. No identity.” To reach this state, called 'Self-I-Dentity', one has to repeat constantly the mantra, “I'm sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.” It is based on the principle of 100% responsibility, taking responsibility for everyone's actions, not only for one's own. If one would take complete responsibility for one's life, then everything one sees, hears, tastes, touches, or in any way experiences would be one's responsibility because it is in one's life. The problem would not be with our external reality, it would be with ourselves. To change our reality, we would have to change ourselves. Total Responsibility, according to Hew Len, advocates that everything exists as a projection from inside the human being. As such, it is similar to the philosophy of solipsism, but differs in that it doesn't deny the reality of the consciousness of others. Instead it views all consciousness as part of the whole, so any error that a person clears in their own consciousness is cleared for everyone. This idea of an individual having the ability to benefit the whole indirectly can be seen in the theory of the Hundredth monkey effect.
Pacifica Seminars [sunting]
Pacifica Seminars was founded by Morrnah Simeona in the 1970s and The Foundation of ‘I’, Inc. in the 1980s. In 1990 she started the first Pacifica Seminars in Germany. Simeona wrote three books: Self-Identity through Hoʻoponopono, Basic 1 (128 pg), Basic 2 (to use after two years of practicing) and Basic 3 (to use after five years). Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len was Morrnah'assistan in the seminars, however Dr. Hew Len decided to teach Hoʻoponopono in another way, in disagreement with Morrnah's taughts. Pacifica Seminars still exists and the seminars according to the ancient method are held on a timely basis among the others in Germany, Poland, France, Holland.
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