We all have them. Haters. Sometimes, they come disguised as friends, co-workers, hell, even family. Sometimes, it’s the random hateful racist at the grocery store who makes a comment- loudly, to someone right near you- about how much he loves Donald Trump, and how Trump’s gonna fix this country with his wall. . . after you show this person your id with your “funny” (not-typical American) name (and maybe drop more $ than you should on pink champagne and seafood. . . but hey. . . a girl is gainfully employed and likes nice things). Sometimes, you see them coming, and are able to gird yourself, and laugh it off afterward. . .
But what about those other times?
When the unexpected, unadulterated, hateration comes out of the blue from someone you love and trust? When you go to share good news with a friend and they choose to dump all over it? When you are at the mall and encounter someone so negative, so nasty, that it has the effect of a cold blanket, drowning you in confusion and despair? No? Just me? Ah well, then I’ll write for me.
This is one of my biggest challenges. I really hate to spend too much time on haters, because I’m trying to be super-positive right now, but my spirit is telling me to write this, and if I’ve learned anything over the last 35 years, it’s listen to spirit man. . . It knows what’s up. So, how do you keep your energy up when you encounter someone who would rather shit on your parade then dance in it?
Love them. Love the crap out of them. In my love studies I came across information regarding Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len. Dr. Len took a job at Hawaii State Hospital, in a ward where they kept the criminally insane- (much like your haters. . . I mean who could hate on your loveable self?). He worked there for four years. When he started, there was a really high turnover rate, because the members of the ward were so troublesome. After a few months of Dr. Len’s work, the patients healed. Medications were reduced, shackles were released, patients were released! Here’s the kicker- Dr. Len DID NOT see the patients. He would review the files, and work on himself. . . Dr. Joe Vitale, who co-wrote a book with Dr. Len, stated that when he asked Dr. Len, “What was it you were doing that caused those people to change?” Dr. Len said, “I was simply healing the part of me that created them.”
WHAT??? !!!! You mean to tell me we create our haters? I know, I know, this sounds super crazy. Dr. Len was applying the Hawaiian healing technique of ho’oponopono. This starts with the idea that we create our own reality, and that we are totally, one hundred percent responsible for this reality. That means everything- EVERYTHING- is our responsibility. Even the craziness of others. We are totally responsible.
Why does this work? Because by accepting responsibility for suffering, your own suffering, and the suffering of others, you place yourself in a position where you can do something about it. And that doesn’t mean that you can make everything better, right now, all over the place. Man, I wish I could love away poverty and ignorance. But, I can change myself. I can work on myself. I can love myself. Through that love, and the vibrations that come from that love, I can help others, heal others, and maybe even change things. So, can we apply ho’oponopono to our daily lives? Can we work on ourselves, and as a result heal the haters? I’ll tell you how you can apply this amazing technique in my next post.
Meanwhile, let me know how you deal with your haters. Are you working on loving your way through? Do you just forget them and move on? Do you use them as your motivation to move forward? Do you cuss them out and never speak to them again? I’ve done all of the above, but this gal finds more peace when I love my way through. More to come on how you can get your Hawaiian healing on, and help change the world in my next post.