Ho’oponopono Changes Everything
I recently attended a four day seminar that was literally a life changer for me. Based on the soon-to-be-released book Becoming a Sun, the author David Karchere was also the main facilitator of the seminar. More of that in a later post, though.
The Hawaiian Dictionary defines the practice of Ho’oponopono as mental cleansing: family conferences in which relationships were set right through prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, and mutual restitution and forgiveness.
The practice of Ho’oponopono is a tool for atonement, it corrects errors, restores and maintains good relationships among family members, erases the effects of past actions and memories that cause havoc and grief in our lives and the lives of others – by getting to the causes and sources of trouble.
The practice is so simple and the results so profound!
The four step Ho’oponopono process invokes the powerful forces of Repentance, Forgiveness, Gratitude and Love.
Step 1: Repentance – I am Sorry
- This statement opens the door to atonement. The moment you take responsibility for any negative manifestation you experience or witness you also create an opportunity for healing.
- The apology is an acknowledgement that we are sorry for whatever it is that we (or our ancestors before us) have done to cause the adverse circumstance to take place.
Step 2: Ask Forgiveness – Please Forgive Me
- We ask for forgiveness with the absolute certainty that it has already been granted.
Step 3: Gratitude – Thank You
- Whatever your petition or concern, the moment you take responsibility for its occurrence and seek a way out–you are guaranteed a response.
- Your “thank you” is the acknowledgement that your petition has been heard and acted upon.
Step 4: Love – I Love You
- Love is a great healing power that reverberates through your psyche and generates an immediate feeling of well-being.
- Say I LOVE YOU. Say it to your body, say it to God / The Powerful All That Is. Say I LOVE YOU to the air you breathe, to the house that shelters you. Say I LOVE YOU to your challenges. Say it over and over. Mean it. Feel it. There is nothing as powerful as Love.
The author Dr Joe Vitale heard about a Psychologist in Hawaii, Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, who cured a complete ward of criminally insane patients – without ever seeing any of them, by using Ho’oponopono. When asked how he accomplished this, he explained “I just kept saying, ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘I love you’ over and over again”.
Joe Vitale went on to write a book with Dr Len, Zero Limits, in which Dr Len states:
“We are all responsible for everything that we see in our world. By taking full personal responsibility and then healing the wounded places within ourselves, we can literally heal ourselves and our world. Whenever a place for healing presents itself in your life, open to the place where the hurt resides within you. After identifying this place, with as much feeling as you can, say the below four statements:
- I am sorry
- Please forgive me
- I love you
- Thank you”
“Blame is far easier than total responsibility, but as I spoke with Dr Len, I began to realize that healing for him and in Ho’oponopono means loving yourself. If you want to improve your life, you have to heal your life. If you want to cure anyone – even a mentally ill criminal – you do it by healing you.
Turns out that loving yourself is the greatest way to improve yourself, and as you improve yourself, you improve your world.
Suffice it to say that whenever you want to improve anything in your life, there’s only one place to look: inside you. And when you look, do it with love.” – Joe Vitale.
I am truly grateful for learning about this process, and for all the opportunities where I shall be able to practice it.
Are you also ready to love yourself?
Are you ready to improve your world?
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