Ho'oponopono: Heal and Make Right

This is for those who may not know that ho'oponopono is a Hawaiian healing tradition that makes use of a simple four-part phrase to help a person or persons release negative thoughts, emotions and experiences.

This ancient spiritual practice is based on forgiveness and reconciliation, which can be used to improve relationships with others as well as the wider world.

It is, in a nutshell, a Hawaiian spiritual tradition that honours the belief in the interconnectedness and power of words and thoughts to create reality.

Ho'oponopono is a practice that has been passed down orally through the generations. It remains an important part of Hawaiian culture. Confessing faults, taking "total responsibility", and asking forgiveness are all part of the collective effort that can bring about positive changes.

In fact, ho'oponopono is a practice that teaches us how our thoughts and deeds have an effect on others. True healing on a global and personal scale requires empathy and compassion. We are all interconnected. What affects one affects the whole.

What Ho'oponopono Is

what ho'oponopono isHo'oponopono means "to correct a mistake." The mantra is repeated over and over to restore balance and peace where they have been lost.

The ancient Hawaiian prayer healing technique can be used as a healing tool for family conflicts, or to resolve conflict in the community.

Some people repeat the prayer daily as part of their mindfulness or meditation practice to keep a positive attitude, to raise their vibration, and to let go of any negativity they may have collected over time. The mantra is very simple, yet very powerful:

"I'm sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you."

This mantra should be repeated over and over while being present and focused.

Ho'oponopono and Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len

Ho'oponopono is a Polynesian oral tradition that has a long history. However, there's a well-known story which shows how effective it can be.

Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len is a Hawaiian therapist who practices ho'oponopono. He used this prayer to help mentally ill criminals, whom many considered incurable and dangerous, transform.

He used the ho'oponopono technique to heal prisoners in a high security prison for criminally insane people.

Instead of working with patients directly, Dr. Len used ho'oponopono as a means to work on himself by accepting full responsibility for his thoughts, feelings and experiences. He repeated in each patient file the phrase: "I'm Sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you."

This is a great way to release negative feelings and thoughts, and restore inner peace and harmony. The results were amazing!

As Dr. Len continued to practice ho'oponopono at the hospital, patients began to heal and transform, even though he never interacted directly with them. The patients gradually became less violent and more cooperative. They were eventually able to leave the hospital.

Many people have been inspired by Dr. Len to use his work to promote personal healing and transformative change, as well as to help others heal.

What Does Ho'oponopono Mean?

Quiet your mind and let go of any negative or distracting thoughts before you begin the ho'oponopono mantra. Concentrate on the words and the moment.

Focus on the person you are praying for. It's not necessary to know the person or persons, but you should focus on them to send healing vibes their way.

Let's now break down the meaning of ho'oponopono:

I'm Sorry

It's important to say sorry as the first step of the ho'oponopono. This is because you need to accept that "you are responsible" for everything that has happened to you or any wrong you have witnessed.

Saying "I am sorry" is a way of acknowledging that a wrong has been done. We are all connected.

What affects one affects all. Acknowledging your responsibility can be a powerful tool for cultivating humility.

Please Forgive Me

This is the part of ho'oponopono that involves repentance. This is the step where you ask forgiveness for any wrong that you're trying to correct.

You don't have to be the one who created the mistake. Asking forgiveness helps to defuse negativity and reminds us that we are equal. It also brings healing for everyone.

Thank You

Ho'oponopono is a practice that emphasizes gratitude.

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude and positivity can help heal and bring positive changes to your life.

I Love You

"I love" is an expression of love and acceptance towards yourself, other people, and the Universe. The importance of saying "I love you" is in the way it helps bring forgiveness and promote inner harmony and peace.

In ho'oponopono, the idea behind saying "I love you" is to cultivate self love and acknowledge the interconnectedness between all things. You can start the healing process by expressing compassion and love, both to yourself and others.

The Original Ho'oponopono Prayer

Many people who are familiar with this practice will know the phrase,

"I'm Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Thank You, I Love You",

However, few realize that the mantra has a longer form. Here is the original, full ho'oponopono prayer as taught to us by Morrnah Simeona.

"Divine creator, father, mother, son as one...
If I, my family, relatives, and ancestors have offended you, your family, relatives, and ancestors in thoughts, words, deeds, and actions from the beginning of our creation to the present, we ask your forgiveness...
Let this cleanse, purify, release, cut all the negative memories, blocks, energies, and vibrations, and transmute these unwanted energies to pure light...
And it is done."


Whether you are in need of spiritual or emotional healing, or you know someone who needs it, using ho'oponopono prayer as the driving process can bring huge benefits and amazing results.

Practising the technique is relatively easy once you have learned to be present and focused mentally and it can be done at any time as long as you can be quiet, relaxed and uninterrupted.

The benefits are real and tangible for the recipient after a certain period of time. This will depend on the person and the depth of their particular needs, but improvements come as time passes as you will experience when you use it for yourself or to heal another.

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Posted: July 24, 2023