The 4 Most Powerful Phrases In The World

I read a while back about a therapist in Hawaii who practised something called Ho’oponopono (took me weeks to learn how to spell that reliably).

Annnnyway, the way the story goes, this therapist, Dr Len went to work at an ultra hardcore insane asylum. The staff turnover rate was crazy high, and the patients were so violent that most of them were pretty much shackled up. Not a nice place.

So, Dr Len starts working there, and never sees a single patient. He just sits in his office, all day every day. After a few months, the shackled patients were being allowed to walk around freely. Others were coming off their medication. Staff absenteeism & turnover dropped to zero. After three years, all the patients had left & the place closed down.

Yes, an asylum for violent & criminally insane patients closed down because everyone was healed & there was no-one left to treat!

Needless to say, this pretty much got my attention. What the hell was Dr Len actually doing in his office?

Well, he looked at the patient’s files, looked within himself to see how he created that person’s illness, and then healed himself. As he healed himself, the patients got better.

No, I didn’t mis-type that. He healed himself, and the patients got better. You can read more about Dr Len here.

The next question, of course, is how did he heal himself? Actually, it was very simple. He just looked at what needed healing inside himself, and said four things (the basis of Ho’oponopono), over and over:

  • I’m Sorry.
  • Please Forgive Me.
  • Thank You
  • I Love You

So imagine my surprise when I was recently reading “The True Power of Water” by Masaru Emoto. You may remember Emoto (what a great name!) – he wraps bottles of water with words, and then photographs the crystals that develop (or don’t).

Given that we’re 70% water, I figure it’s probably worth paying a little attention to what he has to say on the subject.

Now, Emoto has spent decades trying different words, different languages, all to see the effect they have on water. His basic discovery is that negative words (whether written down, sung, or thought at the water) result in ugly looking water, whereas positive words result in beautiful looking water structures.

Which I guess also means that whatever we’re bombarding ourselves with is more than just affecting our brains, it’s actively changing 70% of our physical bodies.

The really interesting thing though?

Guess what the single most beautiful crystal he ever found was.


The water that was wrapped in words for “Love” & “Gratitude”. That’s right – I Love You, & Thank You – or two of the magic four phrases from Ho’oponopono.