Every now and then I come across this wonderful little gem of Ho’oponopono. And when I do, I recite it a few times and can always feel a palpable shift in my energy. So starting today, I’m going to start a little research project of my own, and for the next seven days, I’m going to start and end my day by saying the Ho’oponopono prayer.
It’s the perfect moment to start this as I’ve recently moved back to Italy after a seven month stay in the states. And, as I’m sitting in the middle of August, with the majority of my friends still away on their ferragosto holidays – I’ve got a blank slate to start from. A new home and a new start to getting things off the ground from bella Firenze.
I’ll post my updates as I go, and if you want to play along with me, then post your progress here.
Here’s how it goes for those of you who are not familiar with the Ho’oponopono prayer:
I love you
I am sorry
Please forgive me
Ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness and reconciliation. Traditionally it was practiced by family members for a person who was physically ill as it was thought that guilt over errors the person had committed had made them sick – we can therefore say it was a kind of karma cleansing tool.
|“If we can accept that we are the sum total of all past thoughts, emotions, words, deeds and actions and that our present lives and choices are colored or shaded by this memory bank of the past, then we begin to see how a process of correcting or setting aright can change our lives, our families and our society.” Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona
However, modern researchers have found that the applications of ho’oponopono can have far reaching implications and can be used in any situation, problem, issue, relationship or concern – simply by directing the four key mantras above to the most important point of healing and manifestation of all – you.
Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len was a therapist at the Hawaii State Hospital. He worked with patients who had been diagnosed as dangerous and criminally insane. When he began working there, the ward he was on was assigned to was not a good place to be. The staff including the doctors quit or called in sick on a regular basis. It was a high-stress environment with many staff terrified of the patients and we can say, it was just as bad for the patients as many of them were shackled or heavily sedated. As Dr. Hew Len would review a patient’s file he would practice ho’oponopono repeating the key mantras over and over again and directing them not at the patients as you might have expected, but at himself as at the center of ho’oponopono lies the belief that we all have a responsibility for the reality we experience. So, Dr. Hew Len believed that to heal these patients he would first have to heal himself and as he did so, incredibly, even patients he had never seen began to heal. Patients came off their medication, stopped being violent and some were even released. People began enjoying coming to work there and absenteeism and staff turnover stopped.
Dr. Hew Len’s story then began to circulate and as people began to practice this amazing, profound yet simple technique they began to see incredible changes take place in their lives as blockages to success, to happiness and well being just seemed to disappear.
Ho’oponopono says that anything you don’t like that is going on in the world – is up to you to heal. When you heal yourself with love then the world is healed with you. If you wish to change something in your life, if you wish to attract something to you, then look inside you as there is no ‘out there’. It is already within waiting for you to love yourself to come into being.