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There are many striking similarities between the Hawaiian forgiveness ritual ho’oponopono and traditional western counseling approaches. Ho’oponopono means to make to ‘make anything rightly right’. It communicates the profound hidden need to live in harmony with oneself and with humanity, nature and God. To ‘make rightly right’ signifies an intention, after deviating off course, becoming complete in body and spirit and achieving happiness and wellbeing. The traditional western counseling approach I would like to compare ho’oponopono is the reconstruction of dissociated schemas. The Hawaiian kahunas who practiced ho’oponopono believed that each human possesses three selves. The lower self ‘unihipiliis’ is seen as communicating personality moving towards things, people and experiences that it likes, and moving away from things it dislikes. The ‘uhane’ the mental self expresses the intellect and higher aspirations. The middle self is s able to think in extended time, cumulating knowledge, individuality, increasing understanding through its capabilities to discriminate. The higher self ‘aumakua’ can be translated to “utterly trustworthy ancestral spirit.” To ‘make anything rightly right’ means to connect oneself again with one’s higher self. To return to harmony and be balanced once again so that one is able to restore the environment and reshape reality. Ho’oponopono is a four step process; the first step the individual asks to reach a place of recognition, intelligence, courage power and peace; the second step the individual describes the problem , it may be a judgment they have made a specific action they feel ill at ease with or a memory that requires healing.; the third step entails saying the four sentences ... ... middle of paper ... new information; the ability to modify and elaborate the schemas in different contexts and as individual influences change. Reconstruction of dissociated schemas is a three component process characterized as arousal, symbolizing and reorganizing. References Barratt, B. B. (2014). ON THE MYTHEMATIC REALITY OF LIBIDINALITY AS A SUBTLE ENERGY SYSTEM: Notes on Vitalism, Mechanism, and Emergence in Psychoanalytic Thinking. Psychoanalytic Psychology, doi:10.1037/a0034973 Bucci, W. (2011). The role of subjectivity and intersubjectivity in the reconstruction of dissociated schemas; converging perspectives from psychoanalysis, cognitive science and affective neuroscience. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 28(2), 247-266. doi:10.1037/a0023170 Lee, P. J. (2007). Hoʻopono. Mountain View, HI: I.M. Pub., Ltd. Steiger, B. (1981). Kahuna magic. Rockport, Mass: Para Research.
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