For the last 40 years I've enjoyed the lolling sound of NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO, I received and used a mantra from my TM teacher, I have chanted in so many languages and reached the void in meditation with sounds I felt but did not fully understand. Then I discovered ho'oponopono. It's simple message, comprehensible to me and my little girl, took me to a higher level, or better a nothingness, a void I've been searching all my life.
I love you I am sorry Please forgive me Thank you
For me this simple prayer is such a profound healing, a depth of witch I had hardly touched before. Joe Vitale describes it as, "Ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian practice still in use today and is well-known for the miracle it does in clearing negativity from one’s mind and thought. It is believed to be designed to wipe out all the negativity in our thoughts and those blocks that are keeping us miserable. "
Imago therapy, Buddhism, and even Hinduism have taught me, that I am 100% responsible not only for myself and my actions, but also for everything around me. I learned that as I am part of everything, everything is part of me. What is out there is a reflection of who I am.
According to the teaching of Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, (an Hawaiian therapist that teaches Ho'oponopono) "..total responsibility for your life means that everything in your life- simply because it is in your life--is your responsibility. In a literal sense the entire world is your creation."
Jo Vitale explains it well in his collaborative book with Dr Lim, Zero Limits. "Being responsible for what I say or do is one thing. Being responsible for what everyone in my life says or does is quite another. Yet, the truth is this: if you take complete responsibility for your life, then everything you see, hear, taste, touch, or in any way experience is your responsibility because it is in your life.
This means that terrorist activity, the president, the economy--anything you experience and don't like--is up for you to heal. They don't exist, in a manner of speaking, except as projections from inside you. The problem isn't with them, it's with you, and to change them, you have to change you."
If you have read either of my books you have read the story of Atman, the expression of God that creates the entire universe to experience something other than himself. So this concept was not completely foreign to me, yet the tools proposed in ho'oponopono really made sense, more than any other teaching I heard so far.
Ho'oponopono suggests a simple yet intensely profound mantra, and in no particular order:
1. I start with I love you. Expressing love for everything, feeling part of the entire universe. The drop of the ocean that has within itself the whole ocean. I love you also reminds me of the Divine love that is always with me.
2. Next comes the I am sorry. Sorry for having forgotten that love, sorry that I have been preoccupied with so much I moved away from that love. And I tell myself I am sorry, sorry for having abandoned myself.
3. That's how I get to the next step of please forgive me. I ask myself for forgiveness for having stepped away from that love. Forgiveness for having forgotten that love.
4. And finally I am compelled to bring it back to thank you the act of being in gratitude. Thank you for everything, thank you for the love, thank you for the forgiveness.
Finally a mantra I can understand, one that enrolls all my being, the child in me as well as the adult, the spiritual as well as the practical. There is nothing esoteric about saying I love you, or thank you. We tell our children we love them, we say we are sorry to our loved ones if we have made a mistake, we ask our loved one for forgiveness, for we do not want to lose their love, and we express our gratitude.
I love you I am sorry Please forgive me Thank you.
Try it, feel the miracles come through directly from the divine. If you want to learn more about Ho'oponopono, email me or come to Sacred Wombcraft and I'll share what I have learned. For more information click on details on the top menu.