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The ho’oponopono prayer is a Hawaiian tradition used for centuries to restore harmony, balance, and achieve peace of mind.
Ho’oponopono can be used to forgive yourself and others, or let go of guilt and regret in your life, or improve relationships with family members or friends.
In this article, we will explore the ho’oponopono prayer and how it can benefit anyone who practices it.
What does the word ho’oponopono mean?
In the Hawaiian language:
- The word “ho’o” is a prefix and stands for “the act of causing”; and
- The word “pono” means “to correct, to put in order”.
Therefore, “ho’o-pono-pono” translates as “to cause things to become correct or orderly.”
What is the ho’oponopono prayer?
Ho’oponopono is a shamanic-like Hawaiian prayer where we repeat these 4 powerful key words to manifest forgiveness and healing for ourselves and others:
- “I’m sorry”,
- “Please forgive me”,
- “Thank you”, and
- “I love you”.
It is a cleansing and purifying ritual that helps us achieve peace of mind.
It is also a restorative practice to help repair broken relationships and create harmony, balance, and order in our lives by making amends with others as well as ourselves.
The purpose of the ho oponopono prayer is to eliminate any lingering negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions that are stuck in our psyche and weighing us down.
By using these 4 magical phrases (I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, and I love you), we can easily let go of all guilt, regret, or wrongdoings caused by our previous actions.
It is a simple and effective way to find inner tranquility and live in harmony with the world around us.
What are the benefits of ho’oponopono?
Practicing the ho’oponopono prayer in your daily life can help you:
- Let go of any negative feelings or emotions that no longer serve our happiness and well being.
- Find peace in forgiveness so we can let go of past regrets and mistakes to create a new future for ourselves.
- Become more forgiving to those around us.
- Experience a sense of balance in our lives by living harmoniously with others (not just ourselves).
- Improve communication and build better relationships with friends, family members, or spouses.
- Be grateful for all the things we have in our lives.
- Become more loving and compassionate with others.
- Become humble and more aware of our thoughts and actions.
- Develop self esteem and self worth.
- Become a better human being by taking responsibility and accountability for every wrong act that may have harmed others.
- Learn to self love and start again with a clean slate.
How to prepare for the ho’oponopono ritual?
We need to approach ho’oponopono with the right mindset in order to reap its full benefits.
I recommend you follow these steps before beginning the prayer:
- Sit in a quiet place and clean your surroundings.
- Make sure you are not distracted or surrounded by any noise.
- Think about what you want to clear from your mind and heart.
- Write down the name of the person you want to reconcile with.
- Write down what you wanted to tell the person in order to reconcile with them.
- Close your eyes and focus on your breathing.
Doing the above gives you the right structure and state of mind to get the most out of this ancient hawaiian practice.
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How to practice the ho’oponopono prayer correctly?
P.S.: Ho’oponopono is a completely mental process where the entire exercise of seeking forgiveness is done with the help of visualization.
To perform the Ho’oponopono prayer properly, one must repeat these four simple phrases over and over again until all negative emotions and negative memories are released – “I’m sorry,” “Please forgive me,” “Thank you,” and “I love you.”
Make sure that you repeat the 4 phrases in the correct order and sequence provided below:
Step 1: Show Repentance – Say “I’m Sorry” (from your heart)
We have to take full responsibility for any wrongs we have done and take ownership of any guilt or regret that may be a burden on our conscience.
We must first have an honest look at our actions and take responsibility for what has happened before being able to move on.
Apologizing is not just an empty gesture, but a sincere acknowledgement of the hurt that we caused to the other person.
Instructions: Visualize sitting with the person you have wronged, look into his or her eyes and say whatever you have written down earlier. Now, pouring your heart out finish by saying “I’m sorry” repeatedly till you feel sincerity in your words. Apologize with a sense of humility and remorse.
In the ho’oponopono process, repentance is important because it cleans and heals your spirit, your relationships, and your karmic debt.
Step 2: Ask For Forgiveness – Say “Please Forgive Me” (with a clear conscience)
Before asking for forgiveness from others we have to forgive ourselves. This can be difficult for many people to come to terms with because we may think that we are not worthy of true forgiveness.
We should also try our best to not judge ourselves because we are all humans capable of doing things that break other people’s hearts or violate their trust at some point in our lives.
In ho’oponopono, we need to be able to ask for forgiveness without reservations or apprehension because if we’re not honest with ourselves about our mistakes then we’ll never achieve peace of mind.
Now, once we have forgiven ourselves, we can ask for forgiveness from others by saying “Please forgive me” without making them feel like they’re on trial and that their forgiveness is an obligation.
Instructions: After saying sorry in step one, you have to ask or beg for forgiveness from the person in your mind. Say the words “Please forgive me” and give them the opportunity of having their say as well. See the other person smiling and hugging you, and then feel the weight of your guilt or regret dissolve.
Asking for forgiveness is important because by putting our egos aside we become vulnerable which makes the other person feel safe and this opens up the door for reconciliation.
Step 3: Be Grateful – Say “Thank You” (with a feeling of appreciation)
This is a critical step to take after asking for forgiveness and should never be neglected. If we express appreciation to the person who forgave us then it will only deepen our sense of gratitude.
When we are grateful to someone for forgiving us, it is also a way of saying “thank you” to the Universe because without that person’s forgiveness we wouldn’t be able to experience this inner joy and happiness.
By making the other person feel appreciated for their kindness, we’re showing our respect for what they have done to help us grow and become a better person.
Instructions: After the person forgives you, take a deep breath and say “thank you” to him or her for forgiving you. See that other person smiling back at you with love and affection in their eyes. Make the other person feel special by showing genuine appreciation for their kindness.
If you choose to say “thank you” for the sake of doing so, then there’s no point because it will come across as insincere and hollow.
However, if we are truly thankful in our hearts (imagine how you would feel after a satisfying ceremonial feast and bring that feeling of appreciation while saying thank you) then it can have an immensely positive effect on the person we have wronged even if they don’t realize it.
Being grateful is important because it brings closure to the hurt and pain that we have caused also helps the other person to feel good about themselves.
Step 4: Offer Love – Say “I Love You” (unconditionally)
Love is a healing force that can dissolve any anger, resentment, or hatred because love motivates us to see things from another perspective and be more empathetic towards others.
We should offer unconditional love to the person who has forgiven us by saying “I love you” without any expectation that they might love us back.
The ho’oponopono meditation is meant to improve relationships with family members, friends, and other people in our lives so this step of offering your love should come naturally from the heart without any ulterior motive.
Instructions: After being grateful in step three, say “I love you” to the other person without any motive for reciprocation. Feel that your heart starting to open up with love and affection for that person as you say those words.
When we offer love to the person who has forgiven us, it helps them heal too because now they are able to be at peace with themselves.
We are acknowledging that they have done something very important for you and we are grateful for their selflessness.
How many times do you say ho’oponopono?
There is no set number of times you need to say “I’m sorry,” “Please forgive me,” “Thank you,” and “I love you.”.
The intention of the prayer is restitution and peace for your soul.
Continue to repeat these phrases in your everyday life until you feel the guilt, regret, shame, or negative energy being released from your mind, body, and spirit.
What is the best time to practice the ho’oponopono prayer?
I recommend you practice this beautiful prayer before you fall asleep because your subconscious mind is programmed to heal your mind and body naturally when you are in a deep sleep state.
If you perform ho’oponopono at night, it will help your subconscious mind absorb the effects of this prayer much better than if you were to practice during the day when your mind is hyperactive.
Tools for accelerated success with ho’oponopono
You can make use of the tool below to get amazing results with this Hawaiian Kahuna prayer:
I hope this blog post has been helpful for you in understanding ho’oponopono prayer.
By adopting this prayer in our present lives, the divine creator or higher power can shed pure light on our inner self conscience so that we can see the errors in our ways and heal ourselves from the inside out.
So, what are you waiting for? give this process a try and achieve inner peace, balance, harmony, forgiveness, gratitude, and self love.
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