Shine On You Crazy Diamond

by Frank Dobner

I have loved the music of Pink Floyd long before they were ever popular. Floyd chose to expose the underside of psychological experience (the shadow, so to speak) and did it to great effect and success. I believed it then, and still now, that so much of what is said in this music, is but one statement repeated in 14 studio albums and 26 well-played singles. That message is “we are asleep until we know that we are asleep, and only then can you awake.”

Well those are my words, not Pink Floyd’s. Pink Floyd from the title song said it:

Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.

I don’t generally like to quote other people’s lyrics, but they just popped into my head today when I was out for a walk. Everybody loves babies and puppies because we marvel at how good babies and puppies must feel, to be so giddy, doing nothing in particular. The rest of us need nuclear arms, pipe organs, beaver skin hats and Sex in The City to keep us happy. The fact is that none of this stuff matters or really exists.

Most of us continually look out into the world to find things or people to make us happy or to blame. For instance, what is your view of the world? Do you experience the world as an evil, conniving, vicious place? The bad news, is that you are creating it. Don’t believe me? Have ever had a “bad streak” where a whole bunch of bad things happened to you? Do you think that those things were a bad set of circumstances? I doubt it. I know this sounds harsh, but love really does make the world go around.


So, assuming that you can find some truth in what I say, you might ask yourself, “so what do you do about it?” I have just recently been introduced to the system of Self Identity ho’oponopono which is built on an old Polynesian practice. It essentially allows you to clean your own diamond. If you think about it, the only thing that separates you from your brilliance is your beliefs. Actually they are poisonous beliefs. They are your guilt and grievances against yourself which are projected out on the world. So the game is to tear down the wall.

When you continually become aware of all of the little judgments and bitches about yourself, the ho’oponopono system allows you recognize them, neutralize them and create an opening that allows you to experience a state that is naturally you….a brilliant diamond. The steps are:

1. I’m sorry. This is an acknowledgment that some thought (without you knowing about it) has entered into your mind and body and is causing havoc. It does not matter how small the thought is. For instance, maybe you never sent a thank you card for the $10 you received from Aunt Betty for your birthday. Well that thought is still there until your see it and do something about it. One important thing to note….it is not necessary to understand why you have the thought either. Just first knowing it, is all you need to do.

2. Please forgive me. You are asking for some greater source (call it what you like….God, Elohim, Divinity, etc.) to take this thought from you. You are not asking the greater source to forgive you, because no real power can even acknowledge that you can be anything but perfect. So don’t bother asking God for forgiveness, because he or she does not know what you’re talking about. Perfection only sees perfection. God is perfect.

3. Thank you. You are showing your faith that this thought has been neutralized on your behalf. You know now that this thought has been taken care of. One thing that I do, is for problems that are persistent, I need to do this 4 step system several times.

4. I love you. This transforms energy from stuck to flowing. It reconnects you to your essence and leaves the diamond brighter.

I find that this system is very akin to what I find in “A Course in Miracles.” Quite simply, the Course is designed to change your mind. The work involved in improving your experience using the above is continuous. Every moment represents another opportunity to be forgiven. And just to repeat, you are not forgiving anyone and you’re definitely not asking to be forgiven by God. That is unnecessary and a waste of time. Only you need your forgiveness. You need to get cleaned up.

I read the book “Zero Limits” co-written by Joe Vitale and Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len last weekend. It is a great place to learn the above technique and how it is really used. In this book, Dr. Hew Len says that your mind is like a PC. If you do not permanently delete unwanted files (bad thoughts) they just go into the recycle bin. In other words, you do not get rid of them, you just get them “out of sight.” Being “out of sight” these ornery thoughts just fester and cause unconscious rage and damage. Although freeing yourself from your personal junk is gift enough, your personal change can effect events, people and things beyond thought.

The real excitement caused by the work of Dr. Hew Len is based on a few principles:

1. The physical universe is an actualization of my thoughts. What is happening “out there” is created always by what is going “in here.” When you think about it, where do you experience the world? It is always inside, isn’t it?

2. When your thoughts are poisonous, they create a poisonous physical reality. Have you ever been around someone that is really angry (without them even speaking a word to you), and you can just feel it? Well, the same thing is going on within you, and AROUND you.

3. You are 100% responsible for what happens in your world through creating perfect thoughts. That means you need to clean, clean, clean.

4. There is no “out there.” Everything exists as thoughts in your mind.