Hoponopono And The Work–For Nurses

I am a nurse with a prayer: that other nurses and healers learn
how to love and heal themselves.

This is a process that can be thoroughly enjoyed as nurses and other
healers learn to closely watch their thoughts, which is the key to
enlightenment and transformation.

Only as I heal can healing occur in my sphere of influence–which
encompasses the entire planet!!

Ho’oponopono is an ongoing process of cleaning and erasing shared
memories that cause pain and anguish. It’s an ancient Hawaiian healing
practice which recently has gained recognition.

We silently chant: I love you, Thank you, Please forgive me, I am sorry
as we direct these phrases to divinity as we understand Divinity to be
for ourselves.

When judgments arise, we concentrate the phrases on the judgments. And
even before the judgments arise, we ceaselessly say the phrases inwardly as
an inner mantra.

We may notice that fewer judgments arise.

Someone on my Ho’oponopono forum at Powerful intentions mentioned The Work
by Byron Katie as an adjunct to doing Ho’oponopono.

I bought Byron Katie’s first book “Loving What Is” in 2002 because of the
magnetic feeling her picture radiated on the cover. At the time, I did not
actually study The Work in any great detail for a variety of reasons.

Now, The Work in action is displayed on Byron Katie’s website, through a series of
excellent videos.

One thing I learned as a complete revelation, after viewing the videos on her website,
was that a judgment is not always obvious.

A judgment acts hypnotically to trick you into thinking that your thought, which
bring you misery, is the truth.

Forinstance, a person who states: “I want my cancer to stop growing” appears
to be making a perfectly legitimate request.

Ofcourse. If I had cancer, I would want my cancer to stop growing, too, and
so would most everyone else.

But only at first glance.

Byron Katie uses the following Inquiry to get to the heart of every thought
and judgment that is causing mental pain:

1) Is it true?

2) Can you absolutely know that it is true?

3) How do you react when you think that thought?

4) Who would you be without that thought?

5) Turn it around.

The following is a transcript of the session entitled: I Want My
Cancer To Stop Growing:

Byron Katie: Is it true that you want the cancer to stop growing?

Response: (after some time) Yes.

BK: So you want the cancer to stop growing. We’re looking at stressful reactions, here.
How do you react when you say to yourself that you want your cancer to stop growing and
it continues to grow?

Response: I have panic reactions.

BK: Give me a sress free reason to keep the thought–I want the cancer to stop growing.

Response: (after some time) I’m sorry, I can’t think of one.

BK: There isn’t one.

So I want the cancer to stop growing. Who would you be without that thought?

Response: I would be ordinary, in my own life, just the way it is.

BK: There’s 2 ways to live your life. One is stressed out and the other isn’t.
Either way, you are living it.

So, I want the cancer to stop growing?
 Turn it around—What’s the opposite?

Response: I don’t want my cancer to stop growing.

BK: Give me an example of how that would be true?

Response: (after some time) My cancer has opened doors I could never open on
my own or I would not have easily opened.

BK: That’s one. Give me another.

Response: Because it has opened my heart.

BK: That’s 2 now give me another.

Response: Because I am so much more alive than I was a year ago.

(Clapping).

BK: You’ve found three, you can find four.

Loving what is isn’t kind of liking or sort of appreciating, it is good,
it is loving it all.

It’s really exciting and I’m inviting you–Just one more!

Response: I’ve found 2 more.

BK: I’m right there with you.

Response: I don’t want my cancer to stop growing because I can be more
of who I am, and can be of service to others.

BK: Did you consider that one or two?

Response: It’s a mix.

BK: Ok! One more!!

Response: (crying) I don’t want my cancer to stop growing because
I want to be the world’s greatest lover for my wife.

BK: There’s more. Just meditate and sit with it. More will come.

My own insight: (I don’t want myself to stop growing).

Byron Katie’s work can be applied to any thought we sense is holding us back.

The Work of Inquiry, as so beautifully given to us by Byron Katie, is a
way to expose those tricky judgments and beliefs that imprison our minds.

Add to this Ho’oponopono and we have a powerful duo of monumental proportion.

Don’t leave home without them.

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Kate Loving Shenk is a writer, healer, musician and the creator
of the e-book called “Transform Your Nursing Career and Discover
Your Calling and Destiny.” The book is designed to stimulate
nurses to love their work and to prevent on-the-job-burnout.
Click here to find out how to order the e-book:
http://www.nursingcareertransformation.com
Check out Kate’s Blog: http://nursehealers.typepad.com
http://mukunda22.powerfulintentions.com
https://secretsofthenursehealers.wordpress.com
And the Lens: http://www.squidoo.com/katelovingshenk
http://www.squidoo.com/thinkriches
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http://progressives4pennsylvania.blogspot.com
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Published in: on May 24, 2007 at 1:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Healing The Mind With Ho’oponopono

This week, I witnessed the advent of electronic charting in
our workplace, and am gratified to be learning for once and
for all how closing the mind and opening the mind yield two
entirely different results.

I view the IPROB computer system as a fragment of myself.

(IPROB is the new OB/GYN based computer program upon which
all of
us must now chart our patient’s medical record).

Ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian healing technique that
nurses need to learn in order to survive as a thriving, active and
beautiful healing component of the health care system.

Using computers and other advanced technological machines
in our work tends to make a nurse feel separate from her
patients.

The strange temptation arises to gaze at the computer
wheneverI am in the middle of charting something. When my patient
speaks, I glance her way, glance back at the computer; glance at her,
glance back at the computer,like some sort of multi-tasking geek.

The reality is, that these technological advances can free
us up to be a healing presence for our patients.

But until I feel at peace with the machine, I can never
feel at peace with anyone or anything else.

A mind divided cannot be in harmony, which is what our
patients want from us: a well balanced and harmonious, happy
healing presence, takinggood care of her and making her feel good about being in
the hospital to begin with.

As soon as we come to see the IPROB machine as ultimately
meaning nothing,and that we make up our meaning about it and about
everything else, then an awakening occurs.

What I think about the IPROB machine is a reflection of my
mind, is not a truth or even a fact about it.

When I view IPROB as a problem, I am interpreting,
remembering, comparing and judging any memory I have about this and all similar
memories, certainly not living in the present moment.

Imagine two exact same scenarios experienced by two
different people:
One nurses decides that she loves IPROB. Consequently, she
is efficient,
moves patients through the system quicker, spends more
time with her patients,and barely has any problems or glitches in the system.

Another nurse decides that she hates IPROB. The computer
continually loses her entries, freezes up and shuts down.

I am somewhere in the middle, hating it and loving it,
trying to make philosophical sense of it, with varying degrees of success
and failure.

The mind creates the sress and fear, the balance and well-
being in these examples.

So where does the practice of Ho’oponopono fit into my
perception of what I see as a problem with electronic charting, with nurses
leaving the profession, with the nursing shortage, and with my own feelings of
powerlessness regarding all of it?

Firstly, Ho’oponopono teaches that problems and situations
do not exist outside of me, (or you), as we perceive them.

Perceptions are reflections of our thoughts.

If I perceive an outer manifestation as a problem, then I
have the opportunity to recognize that I am 100% responsible for creating it,
thus having 100% responsibility for erasing and cleaning the problem
and all my judgements and criticisms about the problem.

The perceived problems is simply a shared memory that we
all have in common, back to the beginning of humanity.

We clean and erase these problems by inwardly and incessantly chanting: I love you,
Thank you, I am sorry (for my part in creating this
problem), Please Forgive me
(for my part in creating this problem).

We inwardly and incessantly chant even before perceiving
the problem.

I feel relief by this practice because if I am 100%
responsible for creating all aspects
of my life, and if all of it without exception is an
inside job, then I can work
on it within myself without depending on anything or
anyone else.

At the same time, the phrases I love you, Thank you, I am
sorry, Please forgive me are
directed to my higher power, divinity, the angels, God/ess.

We let the unseen forces solve all “problems” as we chant
our phrases.

Ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian healing technique that
nurses can use to
save themselves, save our profession.

This is a spiritual practice that in its simplicity, fits
well into modern
life. It applies to every single problem our world is
having at this time:
violence in our schools, homes and communities, drug and
alcohol addiction,
deep depression and sadness, suffering of all kinds.

None of it is “out there.”

If I see it, it’s mine.

My responsibility is to take 100% responsibility, to stop
the blaming, stop
the finger pointing.

Bless Ho’oponopono: Bless all the spiritual practices that
bring us peace.

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Kate Loving Shenk is a writer, healer, musician and the creator
of the e-book called “Transform Your Nursing Career and Discover
Your Calling and Destiny.” The book is designed to stimulate
nurses to love their work and to prevent on-the-job-burnout.
Click here to find out how to order the e-book:
http://www.nursingcareertransformation.com
Check out Kate’s Blog: http://nursehealers.typepad.com
http://mukunda22.powerfulintentions.com
https://secretsofthenursehealers.wordpress.com
And the Lens: http://www.squidoo.com/katelovingshenk
http://www.squidoo.com/thinkriches
http://www.mukunda22.powerfulintentions.com/forum/thinkandgrowrich
http://progressives4pennsylvania.blogspot.com
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Published in: on May 16, 2007 at 10:15 am  Leave a Comment  

Happy Nurses Week and Please Save The Nurses

IPROB, an electronic charting system for Labor,Delivery,
and Postpartum, was introduced at our hospital a few days before
Nurses Week, 2007.

You might call this a lesson in mind over matter and attitude.
In most cases, minds were running amok, without direction,
in raw fear states with many nurses breaking down in tears.

Speaking for myself, I was on the verge of tears for a four
hour period the first evening I had to deal with it. I was
working in the emergency area of our hospital, and it was busy.

Help was just a phone call away, and I did call, particularly
when I had no idea how to admit or discharge a patient.

The fact that everyone else was in a state of near panic placed a
dark vibrational cloud over the entire hospital.

I came to accept a common site: of doctors and nurses huddled
over a computer, making sense (or nonsense) over data placed
in the computer, and by trial and error, were deciding what to do next.

By the end of my first four hours of a twelve hour shift,
I had an AHA experience. An inner voice of calm penetrated my
psyche and seemed to whisper,”This isn’t so bad! You can do it!”

I began to draw on my already growing experience with computers,
and put some missing pieces together.

I noticed the IPROB Help Team, besides the nurses who had helped
bring the system to our unit, were Israeli men and women. Detached
from our pain, they answered questions calmly.

And I liked them.

They were an amazing group who helped create IPROB
about ten years ago in Israel.. This team goes to the Hospitals that are going “live” in the U.S. and answer questions and ease the transition.

I decided to engage in conversation with them.

Do you have IPROB in Israel?

No, the system is too expensive for the frugal consciousness there,
they said.

Do you like the Universal Health care system in Israel?

We abolutely love it, they said.

Do you all have to serve in the military?

Yes, a mandatory 2-3 year (or more) stint is accepted by all.

Are you afraid to go out in the streets? Is it dangerous?

Not one of us has ever experienced terrorism, they said.

Or so they said.

The horror of terrorism wasn’t exactly the correct aura we
needed to create on top of the underlying fear surrounding IPROB.

The subject of terrorism was quickly dropped.

We were smack in the middle of a volitile environment.

People all have full and challenging lives. The reality of yet
another stressor seems to be effecting older nurses, in particular.

They (we) are questioning whether or not we want to live in a
fast paced technological workplace, with computers sucking out our vital
energy.

We question whether or not we want to retire sooner than later.

This is a problem in light of the nursing shortage.

Electronic charting in the medical record is sweeping the medical
industry.

How many older nurses are retiring earlier because of it?

And as we know, the retirement of older nurses is bad news for
health care to begin with.

If nurses are retiring sooner than later because of systems
that challenge a person’s ability to cope, then we are in for a
nursing shortage crisis that far surpasses what we had predicted.

Happy Nurses Week!

Keep the faith!!

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Kate Loving Shenk is a writer, healer, musician and the creator
of the e-book called “Transform Your Nursing Career and Discover
Your Calling and Destiny.” The book is designed to stimulate
nurses to love their work and to prevent on-the-job-burnout.
Click here to find out how to order the e-book:
http://www.nursingcareertransformation.com
Check out Kate’s Blog: http://nursehealers.typepad.com
http://mukunda22.powerfulintentions.com
https://secretsofthenursehealers.wordpress.com
And the Lens: http://www.squidoo.com/katelovingshenk
http://www.squidoo.com/thinkriches
http://www.mukunda22.powerfulintentions.com/forum/thinkandgrowrich
http://progressives4pennsylvania.blogspot.com

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Published in: on May 9, 2007 at 8:36 am  Leave a Comment