Life can be stressful. Unresolved negative emotions, limiting beliefs, and painful memories weigh us down. But an ancient Hawaiian technique called Ho’oponopono provides a powerful solution for profound healing and peace.
Ho’oponopono means “to make right” or “to correct an error” in Hawaiian. It is based on taking 100% responsibility for everything experienced in your life, instead of blaming others.
By sincerely accepting accountability and clearing your errors within, Ho’oponopono can transform relationships, health, finances and more.
The Healing Power of the Breath
Rhythmic breathing is calming and therapeutic. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing anxiety, depression and stress.
Ho’oponopono traditionally incorporates breathing as a way to focus, center yourself, and connect with inner divinity before reciting the mantras.
Here is a simple 7-count breathing practice to try:
- Inhale for the count of 7
- Hold your breath for the count of 7
- Exhale for the count of 7
- Hold empty for the count of 7
- Repeat 7 times total
Sit upright with eyes closed. Place one hand on your heart and one on your belly. Breathe slowly and deeply from your abdomen. Focus on your counts, visualizing divine light filling your body on the inhale.
Feel tension and negativity release on the exhale. After a few minutes, you’ll feel centered, open and receptive.
Ho’oponopono Mantras and Process
After the breathing, move into the 4 phrases of Ho’oponopono:
- I love you
- I’m sorry
- Please forgive me
- Thank you
As problems or people come to mind, silently repeat the mantras with sincerity. Imagine bathing them in your light. Taking responsibility, ask divinity to correct errors and release negativity from your shared past.
For example, if thinking of a stressful co-worker, mentally repeat phrases like:
“I love you [name]. I’m sorry for my harshness. Please forgive me for judging you. Thank you for teaching me patience.”
The process works by reconnecting you to inner wisdom that heals the origins of outer issues. Stay centered in your heart, allowing compassion to arise and old pains to dissipate.
How to Practice Ho’oponopono
Begin with the breathing, then move through the 4 mantras inwardly. Modify phrases to suit situations, allowing intuition to guide you.
- Take full responsibility without blaming
- Sincerely ask forgiveness and give gratitude
- Feel loving connection to self and others
- Allow inner errors and blockages to be corrected
Close by affirming, “Thank you, I am grateful and blessed.”
Practice as often as needed for up to 10 minutes. It can be done eyes open or closed, while resting or in motion. Over time you’ll experience deep healing, shifts and breakthroughs.
Benefits of Daily Ho’oponopono Practice:
- Improves all types of relationships
- Dissolves stress, anger and depression
- Frees from toxic memories and traumas
- Increases inner peace, calm and clarity
- Boosts self-love, confidence and purpose
- Attracts new opportunities and abundance
- Breaks destructive habits and addictions
- Supports better health, sleep and mood
- Connects you with inner wisdom and energy
The benefits are endless because it works on core subconscious blocks. Consistency is key to clear out old programming and rewrite your reality from within.
Author Joe Vitale’s book Zero Limits explains how he learned this transformative technique from master teacher Dr. Hew Len.
Vitale also offers various courses and certifications to learn beginner and advanced ho’oponopono practices for complete healing.
If you sincerely wish to correct errors and live an inspired life of inner peace, try this self-empowering Hawaiian ritual. Just breath, clean, and say the mantras – then allow them to work their magic within you! Everything you need is already inside.