Zero Limits and Ho’oponopono (Part 1)

Dew on Spiderweb by Luc  Viatour. Image via wikimedia. Click image for link up
Dew on Spiderweb by Luc Viatour. Image via wikimedia. Click image for link up

There is a line in a poem which goes: Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we first learn to deceive, by Walter Scott.

I honestly can’t remember how many times or even where I’ve seen that line, but as I sat thinking about how to start this post, it came floating from the depths of my mind. It feels like a good line to start with so I’m going with it.

0 is a wonderful number. When you try to divide anything with zero you get infinity, when you try to subtract zero from something or add it to something, it doesn’t change the original and,when you try multiplying it with a number you come back to zero.

In the Major Arcana, the 0 card is The Fool. The Fool signifies the child within us, That part of us which is beautiful, unmarked, trusting, full of joy and adventure. He starts the cycle of our lives and we are in one way or another always trying to come back to his essence.

The Fool: Gilded Tarot
The Fool: Gilded Tarot

In Numerology, 0 is the number of all that was before Creation. It signifies the God Power within us. It is also the number which signifies infinity – there is no end and no beginning, what is the end of one becomes the beginning of another.

0 is empty. There is just a vast space within it. It pulses with the power of potential. It is who we all are at the very depths. We just don’t see or realise it. To reach the Zero State therefore is to reach the state of fullest potential that we are. It is to empty ourselves of everything that we have learned and programmed within us, from all our experiences and emotions which makes who we think we are and to return to who we truly are. It is the process which Carl Jung calls individuation process. It’s the human us remembering the spirit us. It is the path we take when we awaken from the deep slumber we’ve been in, to brush away the cobwebs of the dream we have created and to finally remember that we are the prince and princesses of this Universe. It is in essence, the state where we reach total freedom.

In 2006, Dr. Joe Vitale wrote an article about a psychiatrist in Hawaii who succeeded in closing down a state hospital psychiatric ward which housed the criminally insane in the three years he worked there. What was stranger in this story is that he never saw any of these patients. He never went for ward rounds, he never sat in at the group therapy sessions, he just appeared every day to work, sat down at his desk and looked at all the patient files till it was time to go home. The psychiatrist’s name was Dr. Hew Len and the book Zero Limits is the story of Ho’oponopono.

Ho’oponopono is a profound gift that allows one to develop a working relationship with the Divinity within and learn to ask that in each moment, our errors in thought, word, deed, or action be cleansed. The process is essentially about freedom, complete freedom from the past.

Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona, Ho’oponopono Master Teacher,
creator of Self I-Dentity Ho’oponopono, named a Living Treasure
of the State of Hawaii in 1983
by the Hongwanji Mission of Honolulu and the Hawaii State Legislature 

Here’s the thing that Dr. Hew Len introduced to Joe Vitale at the initial stage of their friendship : If you say that you are responsible for your whole life and if you mean it, then you need to be responsible for EVERYTHING and EVERYONE that happens in your life.

Take a minute to wrap your mind around that, because I took a few minutes too. In fact, I had to also swallow some anger, frustration and yes, I did roll my eyes. BUT …then I started thinking. If we truly are the creators of our world, and if our world consists of everything we live and experience in the now; and if everything is based on our perception of things then wouldn’t it be possible that I am therefore responsible for everything which goes on within my world? And I mean everything…everything that comes into my path be it via the news of wars happening half way around the world from me to the political idiocy in my country to those who trigger my pet peeve buttons. If I say I am responsible for everything in my life, that’s what everything means. That’s what being accountable truly means!

Phew…scary huh? I honestly felt quite sad and dejected because if that was the case, I sure had a lot of housekeeping to do! In fact, I took the first book I saw within reaching distance, grabbed it and hit in on my forehead going “Aiyoh!” (that’s a Malaysian term for “Oh crap!”)


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19 thoughts on “Zero Limits and Ho’oponopono (Part 1)

  1. The word Ho’oponopono has an awful lo of o’s in it, which are like zeroes! there are times when I am totally in the flow and see everyone and thing that crosses my path as an extension of me. And then there are the other times….

    Thank you for bringing this topic to light Shree 🙂


  2. Whoa! Lots of long thinking to do here. I need a cup of tea, a comfy seat, my dog at my feet for this. Maybe a blanket too. I’m not much into numerology and all that. But I agree we are responsible for many this in our lives. We cannot control some aspects of it like the way nature is, or how other people react to us or what they will do.

    As for the tangled web we weave when we first deceive? Ever told a lie? That led to another lie to either justify or cover up the first lie? That leads to another lie? That got piled on a bunch of more lies with twists and turns until you lose track of what’s real and what’s not? My thoughts exactly.


    1. Hi! Thank you for dropping by and reading AND commenting too 🙂
      No we can’t control everything like nature but the things we can, we always have a choice! It’s quite a lot to take in for sure…I don’t think its totally sunk in either for me.


  3. Hows the head?? 🙂 hehe!.. Yes within my talks I would give, I often would say to those listening, We are responsible for creating everything in our world with our thoughts … I would ask for hand up if they agreed… Many wouldn’t put their hands up,
    Then I would begin by asking them to look about the room, the walls, the ceiling the lights, even the the paint on the walls.. Then ask them to look at what they wore, their shoes, jewellery, Cars houses, items in their kitchens etc
    I then would say.. Each item was once someones thought! put into action brought into reality..
    So YES, we Do ALL of us contribute to everything because we bring it into being with our thoughts.. Including war, crimes, you name it, and we are all connected… Yes very scary thought!..
    But by the end of my talk, More hands would go up in understanding our thoughts DO Matter, and DO make a difference… as I say we need to watch what future we are creating in the NOW…

    Loved your post,,, and I hope that book was not a hardback copy… Ouch! 😉


  4. You make me think way too much. Can’t you just post some cute kitten pictures or something?

    I guess what you said is a more in-depth version of the “you reap what you sow” or “you are what you believe.” Humans have a great deal to answer for.


      1. Well that was quite unexpected!

        And just to be clear, I was being a tad sarcastic. You can get cute cat pictures all over the internet, but there aren’t many places where you can get thoughtful and thought-provoking posts like you put up.


        1. Thanks so much Peter! BUT your suggestion came at the right time. AND it pointed out to me, as I mentioned in another comment to you, that maybe one wouldn’t have to “suffer” through the rest of this month…lol.

          Thanks again, it’s quite the awesome to have some …validation about the stuff we do 😀


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