Tuesday, January 14, 2014

30 Days of Forgiveness - Day 13 - Ways of Practicing - Ho'oponopono


I love you. I forgive you. Please forgive me. Thank You. --A prayer for forgiveness based on the principles of Ho'oponopono

Ho'oponopono, which means "to make right," is an ancient Hawaiian ritual of reconciliation and forgiveness. Traditionally it was practiced by a priest or among family members of someone who was physically ill. Today it is practiced by a family elder or by the person themselves.

There are many modern teachers of this process including Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona and Dr Ihaleakal√° Hew Len, who used this process on his psychiatric patients when nothing else seemed to work.

One of the key principles of this practice is 100% responsibility. You recognize that you have created this situation - whatever it is - and you are asking the other person for forgiveness as well as offering it to them. All forgiveness is self-forgiveness in this process.

To practice Ho'oponopono using this prayer, simply bring to mind the person or situation that is troubling you and repeat this prayer: I love you. I forgive you. Please forgive me. Thank you. 

Repeat the prayer as often as you need to until you feel the energy around this person or situation start to shift and continue to repeat it until you feel that the healing is complete.

If you experiment with Ho'oponopono this month I would love to hear about your experience either here or on Facebook. Click here for another example of how to use Ho'oponopono for the purpose of forgiveness.

[This post is dedicated, with love and gratitude to my counselor, friend and mentor, Dr Cat Saunders, whose support has meant the world to me over the past few years and whose support of the 30 Days of Forgiveness project has been amazing. 

In addition to being a counselor, Cat also has a line of greeting cards and she has donated three packages (containing 5 cards each) of her Ho'oponopono cards (featuring the above graphic) to be given away to three of our 30 Days of Forgiveness participants. 

If you have joined our Facebook group, you will be automatically entered to win. If you are participating outside of Facebook, please let me know in the comments section and you will be entered to win as well. Winners will be notified at the end of the month and prizes sent out shortly thereafter. Thanks Dr Cat and thanks to all of you for your commitment to forgiveness!

If you want to learn more about Ho'oponopono and the concept of 100% responsibility, I recommend this interview with Dr Ihaleakal√° Hew Len by Dr Cat. You will also find many other interesting articles on her website, as well as information about her counseling and other services. Check it out!]

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