I am there with my notebook and my pen, and here is Morrnah Simeona, with a grandmother’s look, in white knit and skirt of gray flannel, the daughter of one of the members of the court of Queen Liliuokalani, who was the last sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.

Morrnah who returns from a conference at the University of Hawaii is in Philadelphia for a work seminar described as “Hawaiian Metaphysics.” She is then expected in Baltimore for a conference at Johns Hopkins University.

What exactly does she do — not as a speaker, but as Kahuna? Well, despite her English as fluid as that of a radio announcer, I find it very difficult to grasp what she tells me. For the most part, it seems to be summarized as follows.

“We tend to be haunted by our old fears, emotions, ideas and reactions, which not only contributes to the present psychological distress, but also to physical illnesses, since most diseases can be attributed to the pressures we create “. The role of a Kahuna is to help us flush out and erase the rubbish that pollutes our lives – in much the same way that we seek and erase unnecessary information in a computer.

For the moment, it does not sound too unreasonable, is it? Apparently what happens, if something really happens, is that we feel much better after a session with our Kahuna, since we expect to feel better. This is the old placebo effect, a subject on which Dr. Herbert Benson, a cardiologist at Harvard, has written extensively and is beginning to attract some respect in the medical community.

Morrnah had never heard of the placebo effect but after listening to my explanations, she replied that this is not the case to the extent that some of the people she had to do did not have high expectations. For some of them, it was just one more step in their never-ending quest for happiness and fulfillment.

The strangest thing, says Morrnah, is that this quest is inevitably abandoned after our encounters … because their problems disappear. In addition, she can help people she has never met – working through those who come to see her.

The only thing necessary, she says, is to appeal to the divine creator of our choice “through the divinity present in each person … which is truly an extension of the divine creator.”

The liturgy says:
“Divine creator, father, mother, son, indivisible … if I, my family, my parents and ancestors, have offended you, your family, your parents and ancestors, words, facts and actions from the beginning of our creation to this day, we ask for forgiveness … Clean, purify, detach, release and cut all negative memories, blockages, unwanted energies and vibrations and transmute these unwanted energies into pure light … And it’s done! “.

This invocation is called Ho’oponopono, it is compatible with all religions, says Morrnah, because “in all beliefs there is always a part of the liturgy where we ask forgiveness from those we have offended … But we are more far away: to families, parents and ancestors, because it is possible that the problem may spring from a grandfather who would have cut off someone’s head in another century. ” What we eliminate is transformed into “pure light”, she says, because otherwise, “we would pollute the atmosphere with all this waste rejected.” But in the form of pure light, there is no possible contamination “.

Morrnah says: “the computer automatically erases” the waste that has been kept since … who knows how long?

What is formidable with this system, she says, is that “it is simple, practical and infallible, that everyone can apply it, from the youngest to the oldest. that it’s so simple, but it’s really infallible – would not I have a problem myself that I’d like it to work on?

I wonder how I will succeed in writing something from this interview? People may think I’m a bit disturbed – and I can not blame them. Okay, Morrnah, I’m willing to go through with the experience. Things are not going very well with my eldest son since my divorce, and things have gone bad with my old wife. What do you think, Morrnah?

“Divine creator, father, mother, indivisible son … if I, my family, my parents and my ancestors have offended you.”

Shortly after, the interview ended, and all this episode came out of my mind. I then flew to North Carolina where lawyers were waiting for me to settle the final details of my divorce.

Jay is 22 years old. Last winter, when I had seen him again for the first time after three years, he had remained distant and told me that he could never look at me as a father, that maybe we could be friends … but not very close because that we did not have much in common.

The other night we had finished dinner at a restaurant, he and I with my youngest son, Grant. After Grant left us to go to his campus housing, Jay and I got into my rental car and we started to leave the parking lot. At that point, Jay lowered the volume of the radio and told me that his feelings about me had changed.

He said, “I know you love me,” and “I really need it. I want you to know how much I respect you and how much I admire the person you have become.”

The next day I met my ex-wife and after the lawyers left, she told me that she no longer felt any bitterness, that everything that had happened had probably happened for the better and that it had given us both a opportunity to grow.

I was immediately struck by the radical change of position that these two conversations reflected. It was really strange that they could have taken place within 24 hours.

It was not until I came back to Philadelphia, as I was rummaging through my work books that I came across the notes about my interview with Morrnah Simeona, the Kahuna.

Morrnah, would not you … have you?