I learned of the healing process of Ho’oponopono many years ago and was fascinated by this ancient practice founded in Hawaii. Last weekend I was at an event at the Hawaiian Sanctuaryon the Big Island of Hawaii, where there were several speakers including David Wolfe, the wonderful Aussie permaculture goddess Tania Leilani, and we were also blessed by the presence of master teacher or Kumu, Aunty Mahealani (below).
Aunty gave a beautiful talk on spirituality and the importance of healing ourselves and embodying love as a tool for healing the world. She also talked about Ho’oponopono and the power found in this simple practice.
The key to ho’oponopono is the concept that everything comes from you. Within ho’oponopono this is often referred to as 100% responsibility, and it means that every problem you experience is happening because of you. This is not meant to make us feel guilty and shamed, but is meant to highlight that we are all connected and that in every incident that happens, there is a part of us reflected in that and a learning for us to move towards love and forgiveness.
Ho’oponopono is a quite a complex tool that can be used in the traditional way which involves family traditions of exploring problems and resolving then with the guidance of elders. However the process has been simplified for easy use by those not initiated into Hawaiian traditions, into a set of statements to meditate on whilst holding an issue / person / negative belief in your mind. The statements are:
I am sorry
Please forgive me
I love you
I thank you
There are many processes we can use to clear ourselves of our limiting beliefs, negative thoughts and patterns which do not serve us – and this one I have used as a mantra in different situations, repeating it hundreds of times throughout the day whilst focused on on issue, and it does help to change the perspective and allow a shift to occur which takes us towards a new understanding of the situation.
Try it and see what you think!