Ho’oponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) is based on and ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. Although the practice as I will share with you is a modern version, its roots lie in the belief that all past debts must be forgiven and released. Traditionally healing priests performed ho’oponopono when family members were ill. Many cultures believed that illness was caused by errors, misconduct, and anger within a family or by a person.
In the metaphysical tradition, it is believed that all illness or physical pain is your body’s message or signal that unresolved emotions need to be addressed. In karmic theory, you experience what you have done to others, including past lives until you make amends. In the collective theory, you are responsible at some level for everything you see in your life. In Shamanic healing, it is believed that you heal generations backwards and forwards when you clear the energy for yourself.
By practicing Ho’oponopono you are clearing and cleaning the energy of programming at the karmic, generational and unconscious levels. You are connecting to the God, Source, Divine, Higher Power or Self of your beliefs. It is a very powerful practice of forgiveness. When you forgive, you set yourself free.
Marci Shimoff, best selling author of Happy for No Reason, Love for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Soul series, first introduced me to this practice indirectly. I heard her tell a story of a time that she used it when dealing with a difficult situation with her sister and how the communication between them was transformed after Marci had practiced ho’oponopono.
I started to practice it myself after that not really understanding its history or why it worked. I noticed things shifting with so many people each time I used this process when I was feeling anger towards someone or feeling my guilt towards another.
Since then, I have heard others share their stories of using ho’oponopono and a friend and fellow healer, Bambi Thompson shared an interesting history and explanation of ho’oponopono. A therapist entered a mental ward in Hawaii where the patients were considered to be hopeless and incurable. This doctor would sit in a room with a patient’s file in front of him and practice ho’oponopono on each patient. He had no interaction and did not involve himself in their treatment in any way. Miraculously, the patients were showing signs of improvement.
So how do you practice ho’oponopono?
- You call to mind a person or event that causes you distress or brings up emotions for you.
- Then you repeat the following phrases: I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.
- I like to also add tapping through the EFT points as you repeat the phrases.
- You continue until you feel peace, calm or a shift in your energy and emotional state.
I have done this while driving, walking, sitting at my desk, and lying in bed. Whenever I feel the need, I will say these words over and over again, until I feel peace or an energetic shift. I am always amazed at how my interactions and relationships shift dramatically and also my own energy and health improve.
Try it yourself. I'd love to hear how it helped you.