In Polynesian cultures, the practice of Ho’ oponopono is commonplace. Also known as “soul cleaning” and “repentance” (and occasionally referred to as ‘hooponopono’), the practice is an ancient ritual for reconciliation, restoration, and healing among family members and friends. In Ho’ oponopono, a person speaks directly to their thoughts and emotions as if they were another person. The goal is to recognize that everything in life—both negative and positive—is neutral until we assign meaning to it. Once you identify your thoughts and feelings as separate from you, you are then able to forgive yourself for any wrongdoings or mistakes in life. Once you forgive yourself, forgiveness of others comes easily because there’s no longer any resentment or hurt feelings holding you back from letting go.
Importance of Ho’ oponopono
Ho’ oponopono is not a quick fix for what ails you. It isn’t a band-aid for a broken heart or a relationship gone sour. It is a spiritual practice that teaches you how to be the best version of yourself both internally and externally. It teaches you how to forgive yourself so that you can move forward and live a happy, fulfilled life. It also teaches you how to forgive others so that you can move on from the pain and negativity that has been holding you back from being your best self. It is truly a gift that anyone can benefit from, regardless of their religious beliefs or background. It is a practice that has benefited people for thousands of years in many different cultures around the world, and it can benefit you too.
History of Ho’ oponopono
Ho’ oponopono was first mentioned in 1776 in the Hawaiian dictionary as a term used by elders to refer to the practice of confession. In the Hawaiian language, ho’ oponopono literally means “to make right” or “to correct”. The origin of the word is debated among scholars, but it is believed that the word “oponopono” was used by Hawaiian healers when they would chant over their patients. In the chant, the healers would say: “I [name of the
healer] make [name of the patient] be well.”
How to do the Ho’ oponopono ritual
The ritual of Ho’ oponopono is done by one person alone, in silence or with the aid of a recording. It is arranged in a four-step process that takes about 20–30 minutes. You can do this ritual as often as you like, whenever you feel you need to. The ritual is as follows: First, you say aloud or in your mind the name of the person with whom you have a grievance, including yourself. The purpose here is to clarify your thoughts and feelings, and turn those thoughts and feelings over to the care of the Divine. Second, you say aloud (or in your mind):
“I’m sorry. I was wrong. Please forgive me.”
The goal here is to take responsibility for your part in the situation and ask the other person (or your higher self) to forgive you. Third, you say aloud (or in your mind):
“I love you.”
The purpose of this is to remind yourself that everything is perfect as it is, and that the other person (or your higher self) is already whole and complete. Asking for forgiveness is about seeking reconciliation. Loving someone is about recognizing their wholeness and completeness. Finally, you say aloud (or in your mind): “I forgive myself.” The goal of this step is to clear out any guilt or shame you might feel about past mistakes or negative feelings that have been holding you back from being
your best self.
Benefits of Ho’ oponopono
The benefits of doing Ho’ oponopono extend far beyond clearing out negative energy in your life. Some of these benefits include: Feeling more peaceful and calm – Ho’ oponopono helps you to be less reactive and more present. You are able to fully experience your life without being weighed down by past regrets or future worries. Becoming more mindful and present – When you are able to look at your thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them, you are less reactive and more able to make conscious decisions. Clearing limiting beliefs and blocks – When you are constantly surrounded by negative thoughts and feelings, it is easy to get bogged down and stuck in a rut. Ho’ oponopono can help you to release these negative thoughts, and create space for new, positive beliefs to take their place.
The Power of Forgiveness in Recovery
Forgiveness is often the last step in a long road to recovery for those struggling with addiction. Unfortunately, many people find that they are unable to forgive those who have caused them harm, whether it be their families, friends, or significant others. This inability to forgive is often due to resentment and an inability to let go of the past. Ho’ oponopono is a great way to begin the process of forgiveness so that you can move on from the pain and
negativity that has been holding you back from being your best self. Forgiveness is one of the most important tools in your recovery. If you cannot forgive yourself for your past mistakes, it will be difficult for you to move forward with your life. You will always feel as though a dark cloud is hanging over your head, and you will never be able to fully enjoy your life. If you have trouble forgiving yourself for past mistakes, try the Ho’ oponopono ritual
The Ho’ oponopono ritual is an ancient practice that has been passed down through many
different cultures since the beginning of time. It is believed to be the world’s oldest form of
forgiveness, and it is a powerful ritual that can transform your life when used regularly. If
you are struggling with past regrets or negative emotions, Ho’ oponopono is a powerful
ritual that can help you to release these burdens and move forward with your life.
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