The literal translation is ‘to put to right; to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up, make orderly or neat.”
I first came across this practice on a Shamanics course approximately three years ago. Ho'oponopono is a Hawaiian practice for forgiveness, reconciliation and unconditional love. Its about taking responsibility for your role in a situation, whatever that may be, and it can be on a global scale, and saying 'I'm sorry' asking for forgiveness, giving thanks and saying I love you. It restores harmony within you and within others. You can use this everyday for any situation.
"Please forgive me"
"I love you"
Sounds simple doesn't it? It is simple, because love is simple and all life is connected. Does it work? Simple answer ....yes.
"In common with other shamanic traditions, the Hawaiian tradition teaches that all life is connected, Ho'oponopono, is therefore, not only a way of healing ourselves, but others and our world as well."
Timothy Freke, Shamanic Wisdomkeepers
Below see excerpts and links to other pages which give greater explanations.
"........everything happens to you in your mind. Everything you see, everything you hear, every person you meet, you experience in your mind. You only think it’s “out there” and you think that absolves you of responsibility. In fact it’s quite the opposite: you are responsible for everything you think, and everything that comes to your attention. If you watch the news, everything you hear on the news is your responsibility. That sounds harsh, but it means that you are also able to clear it, clean it, and through forgiveness, change it.
There are four simple steps to this method,
Repentance, Forgiveness, Gratitude and Love are the only forces at work – but these forces have amazing power. The power is in the feeling and in the willingness of the Universe to forgive and love."
You are responsible for everything in your mind, even if it seems to be “out there.”
Once you realize that, it can be painful, and you will likely resist accepting responsibility for the “out there” kind of problems until you start to practice this method on your more obvious “in here” problems and see results.
So choose something that you already know you’ve caused for yourself? Over-weight? Addicted to nicotine, alcohol or some other substance? Do you have anger issues? Health problems? Start there and say you’re sorry. That’s the whole step: I’M SORRY.
PLEASE FORGIVE ME
Don’t worry about who you’re asking. It could be a person or not, Just ask! PLEASE FORGIVE ME. Say it over and over. Mean it. Remember your remorse from step 1 as you ask to be forgiven.
Say “THANK YOU” – again it doesn’t really matter who or what you’re thanking. Thank your body for all it does for you. Thank yourself for being the best you can be. Thank God. Thank the Universe. Thank whatever it was that just forgave you. Just keep saying THANK YOU.
I LOVE YOU
This can also be step 1. Say I LOVE YOU. Say it to your body, say it to God. 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.
That’s it. The whole practice in a nutshell. Simple and amazingly effective.
More here http://www.laughteronlineuniversity.com/practice-hooponopono-four-simple-steps/
This is a very lovely link -
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