Hoʻoponopono, Forgiveness Mantra

Hoʻoponopono is the self help tool used to release toxic, self-limiting beliefs, doubts, and fears from your mind. It does so by replacing those thoughts with feelings of faith, trust, and love.

Hoʻoponopono translates as “to make right”. To get this 100% you must follow the message to take responsibility for everything, every experience that comes into your life. This experience can come in the form of an action you have taken. It could be something you did in the past or present, or a problem someone shares with you.

It is a practice that does not require much teaching, but it is powerful for purifying the body and getting rid of bad memories or feelings that hold the mind in a negative tune.

This history of the practice

In 1976 Morrnah Simeona, regarded as a healing priest or kahuna lapaʻau, adapted the traditional hoʻoponopono of family mutual forgiveness to the social realities of the modern day. For this she extended it both to a general problem solving process outside the family and to a psycho-spiritual self-help rather than group process.

Simeona’s version is influenced by her Christian (Protestant and Catholic) education and her philosophical studies about India, China and Edgar Cayce. Like Hawaiian tradition she emphasizes prayer, confession, repentance, and mutual restitution and forgiveness. Unlike Hawaiian tradition, she describes problems only as the effects of negative karma, saying that “you have to experience by yourself what you have done to others.” But that you are the creator of your life circumstances was common knowledge for the people of old as “things we had brought with us from other lifetimes.”

Any wrongdoing is memorized within oneself and mirrored in every entity and object which was present when the cause happened. As the Law of Cause and Effect predominates in all of life and lifetimes, the purpose of her version is mainly “to release unhappy, negative experiences in past reincarnations, and to resolve and remove traumas from the ‘memory banks’.”

How the technique works

What you feel, hear and see you are influenced by your inner self. As such, everything around you involves your participation, as you are responsible for what you think and feel. Have you ever noticed that we are often our worst enemies? This is because each thought can activate a mechanism that recreates a (albeit illusory) world of problems.

The main purpose of Hoʻoponopono is to seek the cure of these problems through forgiveness. Not necessarily the forgiveness of others, but especially that of oneself.

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If you are still reading, then the question you should be asking now is. . . “When should I use Ho’oponopono?”

When you get something that evokes a negative emotion in you. If you experience a negative feeling about anything in your life, it is an opportunity to practice Ho’oponopono. It is a chance to clean that event from your life by using the simple act of forgiveness and gratitude by repeating the simple Ho’oponopono Mantra.

I love you.
I am sorry.
Please forgive me.
Thank you.

Each phrase is releasing the sentiments of repentance, forgiveness, love, and gratitude.  Simply repeating these words can trigger the release of blockages, negative memories, and traumas so that you can take more control over your own body and life.  Ho’oponopono is a problem-solving process that must happen entirely within you.  
 
To put ho’oponopono into practice, you don’t have to believe in deities, have any religion, or be isolated in a quiet place. Just say (mentally or out loud): I’m sorry. Forgive me. I love you. I am grateful.
 
You may already begin to experience feelings of compassion, new inner sensations, or a simple relaxation of mind as soon as you finish speaking all the words for the first time. When the energy that was blocked begins to be released by the cells, it is also common for practitioners to feel like yawning or sighing.
 
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