Do you know about the ancient Hawaiian healing practice of Ho’oponopono?

Lately, we’ve been talking a lot about the positive things that may come from this enforced lockdown.

It’s possible that a greater sense of community, increased kindness, shared experience, and slowing down of life may emerge from these weeks of quarantine.

We may begin to lean towards the older, sacred ways of thinking, feeling, being and doing as a result of this.

Of course, many people have been open and awake 👀 already to different ideas and methods of energy healing and vibrational medicine.

The healing practice of Ho’oponopono traditionally practiced by indigenous Hawaiian healers involves different steps, but there is a contemporary version that has been simplified to include just four steps.

Simple mantras that hold powerful healing energy, for you and for others. The mantras are:

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

Ho’oponopono became popular when Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, a therapist from Hawaii cured a ward of criminally insane patients without talking to them or spending any time with them. He did it by healing himself with the Ho’oponopono practice.

What does that mean?

Dr. Hew Len reviewed his patients’ files and decided to heal himself in order to heal those patients. How?
He looked instead within himself to discover what was going on within him that created the experience he was finding in others or the world outside. He asked himself, “What is going on in me that I am creating this experience?” and then recited the mantras to clear and release the discordance, data or karma he had with the patients.

Dr. Len said, “If I see you as being crazy, it is only my experience of you, so if I clear that, I can no longer see you as that.”
At the heart of his perspective is the notion of taking responsibility for whatever comes into our experience, and through the four mantras, clearing it with forgiveness and love ❤️, therefore, changing the experience we have and how we perceive others and the world around us.

It’s about being willing to take on responsibility for clearing out discordance that you did not personally create, because of the belief that we are all one. There is no separation, “You are in me and I am in you.”

By assuming responsibility, forgiving and loving himself and all of the patients, Dr. Len was able to create healing for them and for himself. He had great success with this, his patients began to be cured and his work gained prestige internationally.
Ho’oponopono is a lot more complex than reciting the four simple mantras, however, it’s a great place to begin.
Ho’oponopono is a fantastic healing tool for:

  • Clearing energy
  • Healing family dynamics
  • Healing relationships
  • Letting go of past relationships
  • Coming to peace with death
  • Clearing any karmic ties or past life issues

The miracle of Ho’oponopono is that you don’t need to involve anyone else or let them know what you are doing for this to work. You simply do it on your own.

How can this possibly work? Why would it affect anyone else for you to heal yourself?

Well, everything you see really happens in your mind. Every single person you meet, every experience you have and all the things that you see and hear are happening inside your mind. 🧠

It might sound strange to you at first, but everything you think and everything that comes to your attention is your responsibility. That means you also have the power to clear it and change it with this healing technique.

How to Practice Ho’oponopono

Decide who the person or situation is that you want to heal your relationship with. Bring it/them into your mind, even though this work is truly only about you. Visualizing the person or situation simply helps the healing process.

1. “I am Sorry”

The Hawaiian Healing Art of Ho’oponopono

You say sorry to the person, apologizing for everything and anything that comes to mind. You may not have caused the situation, but here in this first step of the mantras, you are taking responsibility for your energy and involvement that added to it. By apologizing, you start to heal any karma or energetic patterns and ties that may have allowed this situation into your life.

2. “Please Forgive Me”

Following on from your apology, ask to be forgiven. This step is about self-forgiveness; in order to clear the energy between you and this person or situation. Allow yourself to feel that forgiveness has been granted to you. Allow yourself to be released from all that you apologized for. You are forgiven of everything, no matter what.

3. “Thank You”

In this step, you are thanking the person for forgiving you and also for everything that they have done for you. Any lessons they have taught you or that have arisen from your contact with them. Thank them for what they have contributed to your life. Thank them for being a part of your life and for giving you the chance to heal this energy. Then direct that gratitude back towards yourself, thanking yourself for taking healing steps.

4. “I Love You”

The Hawaiian Healing Art of Ho’oponopono

Send waves of your loving energy towards the person or situation. Remember how you love them and tell them so. This part of the process is about loving and recognizing that their soul is just like yours. What is inside them is inside you. Send your love towards them and know that even if this is challenging, you can try to open your heart and find the love within it to direct towards this person.

The beauty of reciting these mantras is that even as you are directing them towards the person or situation you wish to heal, that same healing is reflected back towards you.

Ho’ponopono sends healing to both individuals and is a powerful way to clear your energetic ties to others, and release anything that is causing you fear, concern or holding you back from vitality and greatness.

Why not give it a go?

Ideally, you should practice the mantras every day for a month, or until you feel you have healed the situation within yourself.
It is an incredibly cleansing, liberating and powerful practice for healing and will bring you great harmony at any time.