I am gratified to be learning for once and for all how closing the mind and opening the mind yield two entirely different results after witnessing the advent of electronic charting in our workplace,.
I view the IPROB computer system as a fragment of my mind.
(IPROB is the new OB/GYN based computer program upon which all of us must now chart our patient’s medical record where we work).
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 whenever I 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, taking good 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 nurse 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 am relieved 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.