The World's Most Unusual Therapist

Two years ago I heard about a therapist in Hawaii who healed people but never saw them.

He worked in a mental hospital for criminals. Patients there were sedated and often even shackled. Staff called in sick a lot because they hated their job, the patients, and the environment.

But this therapist turned all that around. He did it solely by working on himself, doing an updated ancient Hawaiian healing method called ho’oponopono.

It took me two years to accept this story. I was fascinated but thought it was an urban myth. After all, how could a therapist cure anyone by working on himself and not even seeing the actual patients? It didn’t make any sense.

I heard about this therapist again this past summer. The story began to bug me so I began to research it. It seemed to take forever to find the man, but I did. I emailed him, asked if I could interview him, and he agreed.

We spoke on the phone for an hour. He’s now elderly, lives in California and Hawaii, and teaches people how to do this updated old healing method in private seminars.

He told me that he worked at that mental hospital for two years. He said it’s true that he never saw a client. What he would do was look at the patient’s file and then look within himself, trying to clear what was in him that created the patient and his condition.


The therapist said everything in your life is created from within you. When you change you, the outer world changes.

I’ve heard this before, of course. I’ve even written about this in my book, The Attractor Factor. But this unusual therapist was taking the idea of total responsibility into unknown territory. He was claiming that he could heal people — even mentally ill criminals — by healing himself.

He went on to tell me that in a few months of doing his inner work at that hospital, patients began to improve. Many that needed sedated no longer needed sedated. Many that were in chains could be freed. And many that had been in the mental hospital for seven years, were actually being released. Even the staff started to get better, beginning to love their job and joyfully showing up to work every day. In fact, so many patients got better, that the hospital closed.

Incredible. Simply incredible.

I wanted to know more. I kept probing to find out how this therapist actually heals himself to heal others. What was he doing inside himself, anyway?

“I just keep cleaning,” is all he could say.

Well, I’m leaving today to go see this therapist. I’m catching a plane to LA in just a few hours. I’m attending his seminar. I’ll do my best to report what happens at his workshop when I get back next week.

For now, check out this unusual therapist, named Ihaleakala Hew Len, and the updated ho’oponopono process at

If nothing else, be sure to read the mind-expanding article at

Towards the Light,



  1. K.K.Padmanabhan-Reply
    November 28, 2005 at 1:19 pm
    I will be happy to expand on what I have written here. I think you may be interested.

  2. JF-Reply
    January 4, 2006 at 4:44 pm

    This is consistent with the following quote: “Masters, isolated, are doing far more good for the world than presidents and kings are.” Lester Levenson, author of KEYS To The Ultimate Freedom.

  3. Phylameana-Reply
    January 4, 2006 at 4:44 pm

    FYI – your blog has been linked to from the Carnival of Healing. I’m looking forward to reading any future blog posts about your thoughts after you return home from the workshop.

  4. April 27, 2012 at 11:47 am

    “I LOVE YOU,
    I’M SORRY,

  5. ronnie-Reply
    September 20, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    You are highly recommended by my therapist. She feels I need to take your advice.

  6. January 15, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Great Article !, this article may be historical because was the article that bring the Dr. Hew Len to the World. Congrats Joe Vitale

  7. Meghana Agarwal-Reply
    July 5, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    I am sorry please forgive me. Thank you. I love you

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