Change your life today with this ancient Hawaiian forgiveness meditation…
Learning about healing practices from around the world can inspire us to live our lives as positively as possible. Here, we turn to the exotic, sun-filled island of Hawaii to find out more about a simple meditation technique that is believed to help you forgive, forget and instantly change your life…
For many Hawaiian citizens, embracing the ancient art of Ho’oponopono is essential for living a happy and fulfilled life. In particular, it’s thought that this life-changing ritual can cleanse the subconscious of any repeated worries, blockages and destructive self-beliefs that are holding you back in life. According to Ho’oponopono specialist Bruno R. Cignacco, our deep-rooted thoughts can manifest our reality – so if you’re finding things particularly challenging, you could benefit from undergoing this powerful subconscious cleanse in order to improve your immediate situation.
So, how do you tap into this way of living? Firstly, Ho’oponopono encourages you to harness empathy and to recognise other peoples’ difficulties within yourself through a series of forgiveness meditations. By practising these, you can ultimately begin to take responsibility for your own actions – and acknowledge their impact on the world – in turn helping you to accept, love and forgive yourself and others.
H’oponopono: the key sentences
Before embracing this ancient Hawaiian forgiveness practice, it’s important to familiarise yourself with its four core beliefs. Author Ulrich E. Dupree reveals more…
The magic words are…
I am sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.
“I am sorry”
I apologise. I perceive that I suffer, and that connects me to my feelings. I no longer reject the problem, but recognise I need to learn from it. I, or my forebears (through whom I am connected to energetically, genetically and by tradition as much as by history), have caused harm. Now, through the power of the spoken word, I am freed of this guilt.
“Please forgive me”
Please forgive me for having, through myself or my forebears, consciously or unconsciously disturbed you and me in the course of our evolution. Please forgive me for having acted contrary to the divine laws of harmony and love. Please forgive me for having until now judged you (or the situation), and in the past disregarded our spiritual identity and connectivity.
“I love you”
I love you and I love myself. I see and respect the divine in you. I love and accept the situation just as it is. I love the problem that has revealed itself to me and I will learn from it. I love you and myself unconditionally, with all of our weaknesses and faults.
Thank you – I understand that the miracle of transformation is already underway. I give thanks because what I have received and what will come to pass is what I have deserved through the law of cause and effect. I give thanks because, through the power of forgiveness, I am now freed from the energetic chains of the past.
Ho’oponopono in action: deal with conflict
Forgive those that have mistreated you by recognising and acknowledging the quality that is provoking you within yourself…
Think of a person who has caused you some difficulty. Feel deeply within yourself and notice your strongest feelings. Observe and describe this feeling as precisely as possible. Embrace it in a single word (e.g fear, anger). Take a deep breath and say, “Just like me, this person has experienced … (name the feeling). This person feels … (name the feeling) just like me, and I feel it with them. I am sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.” Repeat this exercise and carefully read the explanations of the four sentences one more time.
Ho’oponopono in action: develop empathy
Accept other peoples’ emotions and actions by looking for their existence inside of you…
Relax a little and think of a problem that concerns someone you know. Visualise their issue and search for a similar situation within yourself. What feelings come up? Observe your feelings and the problem. Now say the four sentences and read the clarifications relating to each – repeat them until a feeling of understanding and sympathy arises.
Ho’oponopono in action: let go of your past
Let yourself off the hook for any previous actions or decisions you have not yet forgiven yourself for…
Look into your past to find a mistake or error of judgment for which you cannot forgive yourself. Observe it from a distance. Look closely at the event and accept it for having helped you in your learning process. (Do not imagine you could have spared yourself this error – if you had not made it, it would still have found you). Now forgive yourself for having been annoyed about it for so long. Say the four magic sentences, and let go of it forever.