Author: Lindy Romez – Original Article
Hoʻoponopono is a powerful Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness.
The Hawaiian word translates to make it right with the ancestors, or to make right with the people with whom you have relationships. This powerful practice of Ho’oponopono is to align with and clean up our genealogy as well as to clean up our relationships with other people in our lives.
The story behind the effectiveness of this practice was when a Hawaiian therapist, Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len cured an entire ward of criminally insane patients, without ever meeting any of them. He simply reviewed each of the patients’ files, and then he healed them by looking within himself to see how he created that person’s illness, in-turn healing himself through a concept of taking total responsibility even if he did not cause it.
Dr. Len believes in that taking total responsibility for your life means that everything in your life – simply because it is in your life – is your responsibility. In a literal sense the entire world is your creation. This means that terrorist activity, the president, the economy – anything you experience and don’t like – is up for you to heal. They don’t exist, in a manner of speaking, except as projections from inside you. The problem isn’t with them, it’s with you, and to change them, you have to change you.
What you might be struggling to understand is how can this possibly work? How can you heal yourself and have it heal others? How can you even heal yourself? It has become very difficult for most of us to understand and trust that we have the power within ourselves to heal when we are in the habit of giving our power away.
The secret is in the method and there are four simple steps; Remorse, Forgiveness, Gratitude and Love. These forces have amazing power when said with feeling aloud, silent or in your head. The power is in the feeling.
Step 1: Remorse – I’M SORRY
We are responsible for everything in our mind, even if it seems to be “out there.” Once you realize that, it’s very natural to feel sorry. If you hear of a natural disaster, you feel full of remorse. What happens is something in our consciousness has created that idea. This realization 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, reach deep inside and with all your might say I’m sorry.
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. Although I think it is more powerful if you say it more clearly: “I realize that I am responsible for the (issue) in my life and I feel terrible remorse that something in my consciousness has caused this.”
Step 2: Ask Forgiveness – PLEASE FORGIVE ME
Don’t worry about who you’re asking. Just ask! PLEASE FORGIVE ME. Say it over and over. Mean it. Remember your remorse from step 1 as you ask to be forgiven.
Step 3: Gratitude – THANK YOU
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.
Step 4: Love – I LOVE YOU
Say I LOVE YOU to your body, God, the universe, the air you breathe, the house that shelters you, your challenges. Say it over and over. Mean it. Feel it. There is nothing as powerful as Love.
That’s it! Short, sweet and amazingly effective. Give it a try and share it with others! Together we can heal.
We continue to thank the world for the knowledge given to us by the ancients from around the globe. We are one, we are loved and we are blessed!