Ever heard these four short phrases in combination? At first, it sounds a little all over the place and covers some major and distinct emotional states.
But that’s exactly why it’s so powerful!
These four declarations are considered to be the English interpretation and mantra of “Ho’oponopono,” the ancient Hawaiin ritual of forgiveness and healing.
Ho’oponopono has been practiced on several Polynesian Islands for over a century. In these ancient and wise island cultures, it is believed that illness arises from someone’s “errors,” transgressions, mistakes, or pain they’ve caused others. In order to heal your illness, you must receive forgiveness from all parties, including yourself, including God.
This forgiveness ritual includes prayer, discussion of the transgression, moments of silent reflection, expression and acknowledgment of all feelings, confession, and finally forgiveness. The ceremony is completed by wearing a special lei and eating a symbolic plant to signify the release of negative energy surrounding the situation. And miraculous healing takes place from this powerful cooperative practice. To read more about this fascinating ancient ritual, check out this wikipedia page.
The English interpretation of Ho’oponopono has its own special flavor and energy about it as well. Often used in repetitious mantra, the phrases, “I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you,” signify taking responsibility for your entire reality, that which you create around you, with the premise that your external reality reflects your internal reality.
In turn, we share responsibility for all things happening in the world because they are happening in our worlds, which we create from within every single day. In order to see, experience, give, and receive love, we must love ourselves first. And therefore, we have the power to heal and transform our world by transforming ourselves.
Dr. Joe Vitale wrote about an incredible healing story and the power of Ho’oponopono in this article. Def check it out.
SO ANYWHO… I’m quite inspired by all this, and I’ve recently felt the urge to do some healing and releasing work on myself as I reflect…
I realized, I may be misunderstood. By many.
I may unknowingly or unfairly guard my energy and love from someone.
I may come across in a way I don’t mean.
I don’t mean to hurt anyone, but I might.
I may misunderstand others, or speak from emotion without consulting the deeper voice of my soul.
All said and done, I fuck up! We all do.
But it’s not about blame and shame. It’s about opening up to a higher perspective and the healing transformation that it brings.
So I’d like to express to the entire UNIVERSE that I love you all! And I’m sorry for everything. And I whole-heartedly ask for your forgiveness. And I’m so thankful, so grateful, so blessed to have you, know you, feel you, be with you in this dream-time realm we call reality! Let’s share and enjoy this wild journey together while we are here.
Ahhhhhhh, I let go and I receive.
May this inspire your inner healing one small phrase at a time.
Photo Credit: Brian Donovan via Flickr
Listen to this Ho'oponopono chant I created:
I’ve been journaling (almost) every morning for the past year and a half, and it is an amazing start to the day. Before seeing another human or speaking a word, you have the opportunity to clear your mind, express your emotions, release your worries, and set the tone for the day.
I have gotten into the habit of addressing myself in my journals as if I’m writing myself a letter. And wow! It’s so powerful to be your very own best friend, biggest fan, and most devoted lover. I started looking back through my journals and reading over the greetings and farewells to myself. No matter what I’d rant about in the entry, I noticed how important it was to begin and end with hope and positivity. I started writing “I love you” every day… because I needed to hear it, and I needed to say it.
So I collected some of my favorite good morning self-talks over the last 7 months, whether they be profound or just cute and silly! I am sharing them with you in hopes that you would maybe be inspired to write yourself a letter, call yourself “sweetheart,” or look in the mirror in the morning and say, “I LOVE YOU!” Does it sound stupid? Maybe. But does it feel damn good? YUP!
Hello my beautiful goddess…
…All is well in my world. We are free, we are channeling Spirit. We are open, we are wise. I love you millions, beautiful. All my love!
Good morning beautiful…
…I believe in your beautiful soul and I love you so infinitely much!! All of my joy and peace with you today.
Hello sweet soul…
…You are my special princess who I will stand by in all ways, forever. In love and light beautiful.
Hey beautiful dream keeper…
…I am who I am, and I’ll enjoy it how I will! All my love butterfly.
Hey special soul!…
…Wish me luck! My lucky stars. I love you sweet Gia.
Don’t stress little sweet thing…
…Use joy and passion as a guide. Never stop in the face of fear. Always onward and forward. Continuing the pace. Faith faith faith! We may not know why we are here, but we are here for something. SMILE. Love it. Love you dearly my Emily Marie.
Hi beautiful goddess!…
…I’m always open… I trust you, Universe! Let’s do it! Love you the most baby girl.
…Hold your heart close and don’t worry about the future. The light is on its way. Soon we will be soaring. Our spirit is radiating now. I love you!
Good morning my sweet pea!…
…I love you so, Gia Bean!
Hello special girl…
…I feel like I have a lot to heal. Always do. But overall I’m so proud of myself and so impressed with my everything! I love you!!
Good morning sweet child…
…Oooh I love you so! Have an epic and magnificent day, buttercup.
Hey wonderful spirit…
…Love you, soul and inspiration! Stay strong, stay true. Love you the most.
Good morning doll…
…Take it one moment at a time, that’s all we can do. All we can do. Breathe and try. Release, let go. Accept the mysterious outcome. Hear the guidance. Wait, meditate, accept. Love yourself fully and completely. Own the path, walk freely on it. I love you, Em!
Hi my love…
…Have patience, my dear. Just breathe and enjoy yourself. I love you so!
Hey gorgeous princess!…
…Nothing can stop my spirit from soaring. Nothing can hold my energy, my joy, my love from flowing forth. I love you with all my heart sweet princess!!
…Use your voice, be proud of your style. Confident in your uniqueness. I already know enough in my soul to birth this magical life. I love you to the core! To the max!
Hello sweet mama…
…I believe all the magical things will come true! I love you, little bean!
Hey sweet soul…
…May we rest our hearts inside our souls and know we can let go. Love you button.
Hey sweet pea…
All my love, all my light! I love you beautiful girl. Have a great day!
Here’s to practicing SELF-LOVE!
Photo Credit: Olga Filonenko via Flickr
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