Cleaning Your Life With Ho'oponopono

The practice of Ho'oponopono comes from a very old Hawaiian tradition. The word Ho'oponopono is a Hawaiian word meaning 'make right' and it's a way of making things right in our lives. Originally it was used in family situations where there was discord among members of a family. A mediator would be brought in, and Ho'oponopono would be used to make things right between them. The earliest documentation of the practice is by a lady called Mary Kawena Pukui who wrote about it being used during her childhood. During Ho'oponopono, families would participate in prayer, confession, discussion, repentance, restitution and forgiveness.

In the 1980's Morrnah Simeona developed an updated version that can be used individually for our own healing and personal development. This new version is called 'Self-Identity Through Ho'oponopono' or 'SITH' for short. With Ho'oponopono, we can 'peel back the layers' of our personality and reveal our true selves, 'making right' the things that are wrong in our life along the way.

When we practice Ho'oponopono, we are encouraged to take one hundred per cent responsibility for everything in our lives. This applies not only to the good things that happen to us but the bad things too. If we see someone who is suffering in some way, then we have brought that person into our life and we are responsible for them being there. We are not responsible for that person, or for their suffering, but we are responsible for them being in our present moment. If we are suffering ourselves, in any way whatsoever, then we are responsible for that. If we are happy, we are responsible for that too. Ho'oponopono is the Law of Attraction in action every second of our lives. To take one hundred per cent responsibility means viewing every situation we find ourselves in as a projection of something inside of us, and not an external circumstance.

The idea behind Ho'oponopono is that everything that is wrong in our lives is simply our bodies, (with health problems) or our circumstances (with life problems,) replaying old memories, feelings or beliefs. Our subconscious has recorded every event that has happened to us so far in our lives. Every word, action, and deed both good and bad is held there along with the beliefs and thoughts we were brought up with. And some of those beliefs are still influencing our lives and the way we live them today. For example, how often were you told as a child, "Money doesn't grow on trees"? Or "We all have to work hard to make a living." And isn't it true that you are still using these beliefs as an excuse not to allow yourself the easy life and the riches you deserve? I know I am!

If we want to make things right again, we must 'clean' those old memories or feelings. Ho'oponopono allows us to release those old memories, feelings or beliefs that are held in our subconscious and causing us problems today. It can heal and clear all the energies held by current and past situations and people permanently. It only takes a few minutes to do each day, but don't be fooled by how easy it is. Just those few minutes can have fantastic results as each layer of beliefs and memories is gradually peeled away.

Okay, so down to the process itself… The first thing you need to do is to bring to mind a situation or memory that bothers you. So if, for instance you find yourself worrying about something, simply say to that worry:

I love you. (You're saying this to your problem, yourself, and to the Universe/the Divine or whatever you believe in. When you do this you're coming from the highest vibration possible; that of love.)

I'm sorry. (You're saying this to yourself and the Universe/the Divine for whatever it is in you that attracted/allowed this thing into your life.)

Please forgive me. (Say this to yourself to ask forgiveness for attracting/allowing this thing into your life.)

Thank you. (Say this to yourself, the Universe/the Divine for cleaning this memory and transmuting this problem.)

It's a simple as that. You can do it out loud or mentally if you prefer. You can say the words in whatever order they feel right to you. Say them whenever something upsets you, makes you angry, makes you cry, worries or frightens you. Say them whenever you're having problems with someone else. Say them whenever you can. And every time a bad memory or problem comes up for you, say them again. Even if you don't know what it is that's causing your problem, it doesn't matter. Simply say the words and let the Universe clean and clear the energy around your problem. Say them over and over again until you feel it's right to stop. As you say the words, observe what comes up for you. You may be inspired to take action to help with your cleaning, or you may find a different memory or other problem comes up as you work. In that case, do Ho'oponopono on the new problem or memory. And when you're glad or happy, acknowledge this by simply saying, "I love you. Thank you."

There are many different ways to use Ho'oponopono. I like to use it when I'm at the gym, saying the words to my body as I go round the circuit. I set the intention that these words are for my body and my health in general. Then I use the words mentally as I go round. I time the words to the music and after a few goes I don't even have to remember them. They just embed themselves into my subconscious. So now whenever I begin my circuit they're there automatically without my even having to think about it. This makes me feel that I'm doubly benefiting from the exercise I'm getting and that my body is finally getting the attention it deserves.

I use it at night, before I go to sleep to tell myself "I love you." "I'm sorry for all the bad things that I've attracted and allowed into our life." "Please forgive me and let's make things right." "Thank you." I tend to do this as if I was talking to my inner child. It seems to make more sense that way. I have learned from Louise Hay and others how important it is to love yourself so that you can allow more of the good things into your life but somehow, despite all the training, I've never quite managed it fully before. Doing Ho'oponopono makes it so much easier now and I'm really beginning to feel the benefit. And remember, loving yourself isn't about conceit, or about being perfect, or better than anyone else. It's simply about respecting and acknowledging yourself for being you.

If you have a headache or other pain, you can use Ho'oponopono on that too. Simply tell your pain "I love you." "I'm sorry." "Please forgive me." "Thank you." I'm also using it on the new house I've been Cosmically Ordering for some time now, and which doesn't seem to be manifesting for me yet. Every time I pass the house I've set my heart on I say "I love you." "I'm sorry." "Please forgive me." "Thank you."

If you seem to be surrounded by people with problems, simply do Ho'oponopono on those people. Do it mentally as you come across them. Say to them "I love you." "I'm sorry." "Please forgive me." "Thank you." You're not actually working on the people themselves, just on your own awareness of their problems and how they affect you. However, this seems to have some positive effect on their problems nevertheless.

The main teacher of Ho'oponopono today is Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len (Dr. Len for short.) He first used Ho'oponopono when he was working at Hawaii State Hospital. The ward where they kept the criminally insane was dangerous. Psychologists quit on a monthly basis. People would walk through that ward with their backs against the wall, afraid of being attacked by patients.

Dr. Len never actually saw any of the patients in the hospital. He had an office there and simply reviewed their files. And while he looked at those files, he would work on himself using Ho'oponopono. As he worked on himself, the patients began to heal. And after a few months, patients that had to be shackled were being allowed to walk freely. And those who had no chance of ever being released were being freed. Today, that ward is closed.

When Dr Len was asked what he did that caused this he said, "I was simply healing the part of me that created them."

So you see, Ho'oponopono can be used anywhere, any time on any situation. Whatever your problem is, no matter how big or small, just keep saying the words over and over to yourself and watch what happens. The results could exceed your wildest expectations!

I love you.
I'm sorry.
Please forgive me.
Thank you.

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