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Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Day for Ho'oponopono

Ho'oponopono. (pronounced HO-oh-pohno-pohno)

It's a strange word, but it comes with a huge impact.  The word itself means to "make right."  It was designed as a means of establishing reconciliation and forgiveness.  Ho'oponopono is more than a complex word.  It is a full practice; it's a standardized activity.  The practice originates in Hawai'i and many other southern Pacific islands.  Ho'oponopono is a meditation, a mentality, and a mantra.   For all things or relationships that are wounded or broken, there is ho'oponopono.  So what is it?  What is this tongue twisting word?

As stated earlier, it is a practiced meditation.  Within this meditation, there is a series of 4 very simple phrases ordered into a mantra.  The 4 sentences are as follows:

I'm sorry.
Please forgive me.
Thank you.
I love you.

Very simply, the way one addresses the meditation of ho'oponopono is to focus on someone where there might be a schism in your relationship.  Then follow through with the 4 phrases with this individual in mind.  This does not necessarily need to be done with the person present.  Address them, and think:  I'm sorry.  Please forgive me.  Thank you.  I love you.  Then repeat this as many times as needed.  The purpose of this practice is to liberate you, as well as the other, from your resentment.   Ho'oponopono is even a practice that one can do internally.   Focus on yourself.  Apologize to yourself.  Forgive yourself.  Thank yourself. And finally, love yourself.   Repeat as needed.  As seen in the image below, the order of the 4 phrases is not relevant.  What is relevant is the discipline to give this mantra your undivided attention. The theory behind this practice is to transform your mind into a kinder and more forgiving one.   Through the practice of ho'oponopono, many people have discovered peace and the power of reconciliation.  We make mistakes.  Our friends and family make mistakes. Arguments happen and feelings can get hurt.  Ho'oponopono exists to make those right.  It exists because we are a loving people and because love heals.   Allow it. 



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