Ho’oponopono in a nutshell

Ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian practise, based on forgiveness and on taking responsibility for what’s on your world.

We already know by the Law of Attraction that we manifest (attract) everything that is in our life, the good and the bad. Some of this we have unconsciously manifested through old patterns, memories and beliefs. Ho’oponopono helps us clean the memories that created the beliefs and patterns, therefore helping us move forward with our life with less conditioning.

How does Ho’oponopono help us erase these memories? It is very simple, it does so through the repetition of 4 phrases: I’m Sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you, I love you.

Dr. Hew Len explains that every time you repeat these phrases it’s like pressing the Delete button in your computer: a memory that created your present situation is deleted. You don’t need to think about which memories you want deleted because that is for the Divinity (or the Universe, whichever you prefer) to choose, and the Divinity knows best about what is causing us difficulty. So simply repeat over and over again these phrases and trust that the healing is occurring.

One of the wonderful characteristic of this practise is that you don’t need to be sitting in silence, you don’t need to clear up time for it (you can if you want, but you don’t need to) you don’t need to go to a temple for it to work. It can be practised while walking down the street towards the supermarket, on the bus home or while taking a shower. Just repeat: I’m Sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you, I love you. 

Repeat them like a mantra, over and over. They work great as a way to calm the mind before a stressful event like sitting an exam or giving a presentation. Those times in which the mind seems to go on and on about something and you can’t cut the flow, simply replace the “noise” with these 4 phrases. They work wonders 🙂

What is the meaning of the phrases? What is at work?

I’M SORRY – Repentance

According to Ho’oponopono we are responsible for everything that’s present in our life, and that includes all the negative/toxic things. Therefore, you apologise to yourself and the Universe, because you know a part of you brought this into your life.

PLEASE FORGIVE ME – Asking for Forgiveness

Don’t worry about who you’re asking. Just ask! PLEASE FORGIVE ME. Dr. Hew Len, one of the most well-known ho’oponopono practitioners says: “You don’t say “Forgive me” because the Divine needs to forgive you. You say it because you need to hear it”.

 THANK YOU – Gratitude

You thank yourself because you know that by repeating these phrases you are cleaning the memories that caused this situation or problem. You are also expressing gratitude because whatever is in your life is there to teach you.

 I LOVE YOU – Love

This phrase opens our hearts to the healing energy of Love. We express our love to ourselves, to the Universe, to all humanity. We love ourselves, our flaws and mistakes, because we are always doing the best we can.

Say them over and over. Mean it. Feel it. There is nothing as powerful as Love, Forgiveness and Gratitude

This is Ho’oponopono in a nutshell. If you are interested in reading more about the subject, you can check the book “Zero Limits” by Joe Vitale and Dr. Hew Len. You can read about Blue solar Water here, or do an Inner Child Meditation guided by Dr. Hew Len here.

Namaste!

Paula

 

Monday Meditation: Zen Koan

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Happy Monday!

Today I decided to try a different type of meditation, not only because we are all different and you might enjoy doing a different type of meditation too, but also because trying new things is the only way to learn new things.

Today’s meditation is a Zen koan, what is that, you ask? It can be a riddle, a sentence or a short story, by trying to solve it (or understand it) your mind is asked to think in an unconventional way, it’s sent down a different path than the one it normally travels on. While trying to understand the deeper meaning of the koan by meditating upon it, the mind finds calm and begins thinking in a new way.  Anything that captures the mind’s attention in an unusual way is bound to help us unwind and relax because we stop the constant mind-chatter.

Later on, your brain may apply this new way of thinking when solving your every day dilemmas. So this type of meditation will also result in innovative solutions for your every day challenges.

Zen masters have been using these puzzling stories to test their students for centuries. Enlightenment is said to be suddenly experienced while meditating about a koan.

So, this Monday, let’s give our brains something different to mull over. Here are 3 Zen koans, choose one, the one that most resonates with you, and think about it during your day (if you can) or at least while you are riding the bus or the train on your way to work or school.

(Also, if you are a commuter this August in London, my heart is with you, while all the Waterloo Station works are done, moving around in public transport won’t be easy. Hope this koans will give you something interesting to keep your mind occupied)

1.– How do you put on a shirt of empty sky? 

2.– What is your original face, before your mother and father were born?

3.–  Not the Wind, not the Flag:

“The wind is moving the temple flag”, one monk said. The other said: “Just the flag is moving”.

Eno said: “Neither moves. Your mind is moving.” 

Enjoy!

Have a lovely day!

Paula