At it’s most basic, Ho’oponopono is made up of four principals described by less than ten words. As simple as that sounds, many struggle with this practice that translates roughly as “Making Things Right”.
This ancient Hawaiian problem solving ritual is as powerful as it is simple. Simple does not always mean easy though. Gaining a satisfactory Ho’oponopono experience takes some development within the practice.
The Basics of Ho’oponopono
Four principals that encompass an entire problem solving ritual in less than ten words:
- I Love You
- I’m Sorry
- Forgive Me
- Thank You
The first is intended to be addressed to one’s higher power, whoever than may be. This entire process is compatible with any and all religious belief systems I have encountered. So, to one’s higher power: I Love You
The second principal addresses the fact that at it’s heart this process is about forgiveness. Whether you are the one wronged, or the one that has wronged another the principal is the same. Taking responsibility. I’m Sorry
Next is the workhorse principal. It is what the process is all about. Forgive Me
Lastly, it is accomplished. A simple statement of gratitude that the problem, or conflict involved is gone. Thank You
These four principals are listed sequentially, but over time they are intended to be experienced simultaneously. The experience is meditative in nature, and just as many struggle with quieting the mind for meditation it is difficult for some at first to accept the simplicity and effectiveness of the practice.
Let’s start with an approach that may make this more accessible.
Preparing your mindset for Ho’oponopono is easier than you may think. Suspending disbelief in something new to your experience takes a moment in time, and then carrying through becomes far easier. There are two methods that my own sessions have found effective with all that attended.
The first is a concept found in other writings here, and is encompassed by a Chinese term: Cheng Ren (pronounced Cheong Zhen) It carries the mean of Accept and Allow. In this case it is about accepting that the process you are about to step into, and allowing it’s truth and effectiveness to prove themselves. There are far more involved meditative processes that accomplish this, but simply holding this idea in your consciousness works quite well.
Another method is a very simple meditation technique called The Sedona Method. It is equally simply, with just three questions to ask oneself. It is about accepting that things can in fact improve.
- Is it possible to feel differently than this? Yes, as you haven’t always felt as you do now.
- If I could feel differently, would I want to? Yes, or you wouldn’t be involved in any of this.
- When would I choose to feel differently? Immediately, or you wouldn’t be asking these questions.
Either of these approaches can prepare you mentally and emotionally for Ho’oponopono. Some use one, some the other, and a few use both. The important thing is to clear out anything but acceptance of what is to come.
Setting The Ho’oponopono Stage
This is both figurative and literal. The figurative stage involves the flow of energy involved in this process.
The first aspect is that of addressing one’s higher power. That is the source of the energy that will flow from above, and should be pictured as filling you through the top of your head, or crown chakra if you prefer. Understand, this is not a primer on the seven chakras, and no further understanding of them is required for effective Ho’oponopono experience.
This energy fills you and flows out of you to whatever the receptacle you designate. Whether you have been wronged by someone, or you have wronged others, the process is the same. The energy of forgiveness flows from your higher power above, through you, to the other party(s) below.
Facilitating this is a physical stage setting of a platform you stand on, with your higher power above, and a platform below for those receiving this energy.
Expanding the Four Ho’oponopono Principals
While it is true that the four principals or tenets of Ho’oponopono can be expressed in less than ten words, it is beneficial to explore them by expanding upon them. What follows is one of the better expansions upon each of the four.
- I know You, I appreciate who You are. I Love You.
You may or may not have a personal name for your higher power. Most such names highlight the higher power as a source of energy, or creative energy or at least knowledge.
- I am sorry for all that I or my ancestors have done that has caused this conflict, problem, or damage or has made it worse.
It is vital to be taking responsibility for the entirety of the issue at hand. One hundred percent culpability is what makes this so powerful, and so effective.
- Please forgive these errors and transform them into perfect light.
This is where the power happens. The request is made for forgiveness while disembodying the error from ones self. This removes and resolves the conflict from you and “solves” the issue for you.
- Thank You. It is done.
Don’t try skipping this step. It is what seals the deal, so to speak. Accept that this is done, and allow it to prove itself to you. Cheng Ren!
We have now expanded our principals from less than ten words, to just over fifty that more fully explain and illustrate our four principals or tenets. Still quite brief in the scheme of things especially when you consider the power and potential this practice has within our lives.
Meditate upon the basic four tenets, and follow up by doing so with the longer ones. As time goes on and you apply this to specific situations you want to resolve, and eliminate from your life you will find that they do in fact start to meld into a homogenous whole and become simultaneous as opposed to sequential.
Your Ho’oponopono Experience
As time goes on you will find that much like the concept of walking samadhi. Samadhi is the desired result of meditation. It is where all self falls away and base consciousness is revealed. Walking samadhi is the ability to attain this state in everyday life and not just in a meditative state.
With Ho’oponopono as time goes by and it becomes a norm in life, you will find that you are using it to resolve issues automatically and without effort. This is gradual, and happens without making it a goal. Simply use the practice to overcome problems and conflict in life, and the benefits will come of their own volition.
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