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The Corporate Hippie Guide to Ho'oponopono

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Introduction to Ho'oponopono

Ho'oponopono is a powerful Hawaiian practice of reconciliation, forgiveness, and healing.


Deeply rooted in the Hawaiian culture and tradition its philosophy centers around the concept of taking responsibility for one's actions and emotions. In this guide to Ho'oponopono, we will explore its origins, principles, techniques, and the potential benefits it can bring to your life.

Ho'oponopono: What is it?

Key things to know about Ho'oponopono

Application: How to use Ho'oponopono

Ho-oponopono: What is it?

Ho'oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian practice that seeks to restore harmony and balance in relationships, both with oneself and others. The term "Ho'oponopono" translates to "to make right" or "to rectify an error" in the Hawaiian language. It is a process of reconciliation, forgiveness, and healing that aims to clear emotional and mental blockages to achieve inner peace and well-being.

Ho'oponopono has its roots in traditional Hawaiian culture and was practiced by Hawaiian elders as a means to resolve conflicts and restore harmony within families and communities. It was a formal process that involved gathering together to address and resolve issues, promote forgiveness, and release emotional burdens.

In recent times, Ho'oponopono was popularized by Dr. Ihaleakalá Hew Len, a Hawaiian psychologist, and Morna Simeona, a native Hawaiian kahuna (wise person). Dr. Hew Len's adaptation of Ho'oponopono focused on the concept of self-healing and taking responsibility for one's experiences, emotions, and reactions.​​

Key Things to Know about Ho'oponopono

A central aspect of Ho'oponopono is the practice of forgiveness and repentance. By taking responsibility for our actions and seeking forgiveness, we open the door to healing and transformation. Forgiveness is not just about pardoning others; it is also about forgiving ourselves for any negative thoughts or actions we may have engaged in.

Repentance, in the context of Ho'oponopono, is about expressing genuine remorse and a willingness to change. It is an acknowledgment that our thoughts and actions have consequences and a commitment to making amends and choosing a different path.

The Ho'oponopono process typically involves four key steps:

  • Identify the Issue: Begin by identifying the issue or problem you wish to address and heal. This could be a past event, a relationship conflict, a personal struggle, or any negative emotion or belief.

  • Take Responsibility: Acknowledge your role in the creation of the issue or problem. This doesn't mean blaming yourself, but rather accepting that your thoughts, emotions, and reactions contributed to the situation.

  • Practice Ho'oponopono Mantra: Repeat the Ho'oponopono mantra, which comprises the four key phrases: "I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you." As you recite these phrases, direct them towards the issue or problem you identified and towards yourself.

  • Release and Let Go: Allow yourself to release any attachment to the negative emotions or beliefs associated with the issue. Let go of any anger, resentment, or fear, and embrace a sense of peace and forgiveness.

The Power of the words used:

  • I'm Sorry (Kala): Taking responsibility for one's actions, thoughts, and emotions and acknowledging the role they play in creating life experiences.

  • Please Forgive Me (E Kala Mai): Asking for forgiveness from the Divine or the Higher Self for any negative thoughts, actions, or beliefs that contribute to personal suffering or the suffering of others.

  • Thank You (Mahalo): Expressing gratitude for the opportunity to release and let go of emotional burdens, thus allowing healing and transformation to take place.

  • I Love You (Aloha): Embracing unconditional love for oneself and others, recognizing that love is a powerful force for healing and unity.

How to use Ho'oponopono

Ho'oponopono process can be practiced in various ways, depending on personal preference:

  • Meditation: Incorporate Ho'oponopono phrases into your meditation practice, directing them towards specific issues or relationships that need healing.

  • Journaling: Write down the issues you want to address and use the Ho'oponopono phrases as part of your journaling process.

  • Visualization: Visualize the issue or problem surrounded by healing light as you repeat the Ho'oponopono phrases.

  • Prayer: Use the Ho'oponopono mantra during prayer as a means of seeking forgiveness and healing.

The Subconscious Mind and Ho'oponopono
Ho'oponopono acknowledges the power of the subconscious mind in shaping our experiences and reality. The subconscious mind stores memories, emotions, and beliefs, many of which may be limiting or negative. Through the practice of Ho'oponopono, we can bring these subconscious patterns into awareness and release them, allowing for healing and positive transformation.

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