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How Hawaiians Say I’m Sorry

How Hawaiians Say I’m Sorry

Ho’oponopono Prayer

I’m sorry
Please forgive me
I love you
Thank you

Mood: 🙏🏻

Ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian healing practice of reconciliation. It literally means “to make things right.” Traditionally, Ho’oponopono is used by healing priests among family members of a person who is physically ill [thank you Wikipedia].

In polynesian cultures, it’s believed that a person’s errors [like anger or misconduct of sorts] caused illness. The solution to counter the illness is confession. Enter Ho’oponopono ritual.

It is believed to correct, restore and maintain good relationships among families, and it gets to the source of the trouble. The ritual begins with the prayer, then a statement of the problem, followed by a discussion amongst the family. If they can’t come to a conclusion, a respected outsider jumps in. The family works through the problem and is expected to cooperate.

Everyone feels lots of feelings. Then confession [i’m sorry], repentance [please forgive me], and forgiveness [i love you] take place. Everyone releases each other / lets go of the past and close the ritual with a ceremonial feast [thank you].

It feels good to get things off our chest and not carry the weight of misdeeds around. Ho’oponopono is like a mental cleansing, if you will. From ancient times in the Pacific, it has spread across the world and was even presented to the UN and is published in books and things. So basically, it’s legit.

It’s really just a unique way to take ownership of the world we create. Also really great for breaking up old junk in our lives [i.e. patterns of fear and negativity].

When we feel compassionate & feel forgiveness towards ourselves, we then have the capacity to spread it to others.

What’s cool about it is that it’s both personal and universal at the same time. No matter how you the words are used, they are simply powerful.

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