The precepts of Ho'oponopono
Aged like fine wine, comfortable as a well-worn pair of shoes,
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Forgive the departure of animal related subjects but this seems a timely subject. November is a month for gratitude and giving thanks so I’d like to share something that I am grateful for every day.
Ho’oponopono, it sounds kind of magical, doesn’t it! In my opinion, it IS magical! I can’t remember when I first learned of this ancient Hawaiian forgiveness method but it quickly became clear that it works…and it can work for you too!
The origins of Ho’oponopono are lost to the mists of time but the word itself provides the explanation of what the process entails. “Ho’o” means to cause something to happen, “pono” means to be in alignment with all of creation, duplicating “pono” means total achievement of goodness. Therefore, Ho’oponopono means causing one to come into alignment with all of creation for the good of all.
While its origins remain a mystery, what has been passed down through oral tradition is that it was originally an ancient Hawaiian technique for conflict resolution and forgiveness. Anytime there was a disagreement between families or villages, the shaman would gather the involved parties together to begin the forgiveness process. Fast forward a few hundred years to the late 1970’s and Morrnah Simonea, a woman designated as a Living Treasure of Hawaii. Simonea felt that Ho’oponopono could be simplified for use in everyday life and created the modern method in use today.
As an example of the process in action, I’d like to share a story of one of Simonea’s most famous students, Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len. Dr. Len is a clinical psychologist and accepted a job at the Hawaii State Hospital in the criminally insane ward. It was a dangerous work place with high rates of absenteeism and job turnover. The staff was puzzled when Dr. Len requested that all patient charts be delivered to his office, then shut himself away each day with orders not to be disturbed. A doctor who did not see patients? Unheard of!
But a strange thing happened. After a few months, staff became aware that their relations with the patients had improved and the atmosphere of the ward had lightened considerably. In several more months, none of the prisoners were wearing handcuffs anymore. Within four years, the ward was closed down because all of the prisoners were cured or able to move to different ward.
How, the staff wondered, had such a change happened when the doctor remained locked in his office all day? Dr. Len had a simple explanation, as he sat in his office day after day, reading the patient’s charts, he made Ho’oponopono….clearing his own memories of traits he had in common with the inmates and in cleansing his own memories, affected positive change in the lives of those in his charge. To this day, it is considered a medical miracle.
The practice is actually simple, it consists of ten little words, constructed into four sentences that are repeated to free yourself whenever experiencing negative emotions or feelings. As written in The Book of Ho’oponopono by Bodin, Lamboy and Graciet, the explanation is as follows:
1. I’m sorry—is acknowledgement that I created whatever pain I’ve caused or errors I’ve made.
2. Please forgive me—because I did not know that I had that (memories) inside me.
3. Thank you—for allowing me to release and cleanse this memory.
4. I love you—my inner divinity, meaning I love me.
Essentially you are saying, I see myself in you, I forgive myself, I thank myself, I send myself love. And as you heal yourself, you heal others.
I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you, I love you…..such simple words, yet so profound their effects! I use them every day with the myriad obstacles that some days seem so daunting. But also with the small stuff…..Ho’oponopono can be used for the resolution of anything that brings up negative feelings….. frustration, anger, jealousy, conflict, disagreements…that person who swerves in front of you as you’re driving down the highway. As you say the sentences, you are releasing your own memories and as they disappear from you, they also fade away from the other person’s life. As shown by Dr. Len, it works!
Simple yet profound, isn’t it? And such a great gift from the Land of Aloha! If you would like to read up on Ho’oponopono, here are two books I highly recommend. The Book of Ho’oponopono by Luc Bodin M.D., etal and Ho’oponopono, The Hawaiian Forgiveness Ritual by Ulrich E. Dupree.
And not to forget the animals….November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! Please consider adopting an older animal, celebrate their wisdom and after all….they have much more experience in the fine art of friendship!
Have a wonderful November, “see” you next month!
Jeanna Billings is an Animal Communicator serving an international clientele, a Reiki Master and a Certified Crystal Healer. She volunteered for many years with humane societies and animal rescues, serving as a Board Director, Adoption Counselor and Humane Educator. She currently teaches animal communication classes and provides private consultations. She lives in Indiana with her husband, three dachshunds, two cats and a very chatty parakeet. You can find her online at www.ShamansSpirit.net .