Hoʻoponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) is a practice of forgiveness and healing. Its origins can be found in the practices of the South Pacific. It is NOT a religious practice. It is a practice of self-care typically used during times of sickness or interpersonal strife. 

The basic principal of Ho’oponopono takes inner responsibility for external experience. You can reduce stress and conflict by using the brain to accept responsibility for things seemingly out of your control. Life or world events may seem as if they have nothing to do with you or your actions. Yet through this practice, your body can stimulate hormones, chemistry, and inner peace to integrate stress and conflict in our lives. 

The practice is easy and can be accomplished in four easy steps. Well, the steps are easy, but the concept may be a little difficult to get one’s head around at first. Just try it. 

I really like this practice because it removes all victimization. You can research Ho’oponopono if you are interested in more advanced practices.

This is the simple version and the steps need not be done in order but it is important that each of the four steps be done. You can use the practice for specific or general issues in life. 


Step 1:


As I mention above, you are responsible for everything in your mind, even if it seems to be “out there.” Once you realize that, it’s very natural to feel sorry. I know I sure do. If I hear of a tornado, I am so full of remorse that something in my consciousness has created that idea. I’m so very sorry that someone I know has a broken bone that I realize I have caused.

This realization can be painful, and you will likely resist accepting responsibility for the “out there” kinds of problems until you start to practice this method on your more obvious “in here” problems and see results.

So choose something that you already know you’ve caused for yourself? Over-weight? Addicted to nicotine, alcohol or some other substance? Do you have anger issues? Health problems? Start there and say you’re sorry. That’s the whole step: I’M SORRY. Although I think it is more powerful if you say it more clearly: “I realize that I am responsible for the (issue) in my life and I feel terrible remorse that something in my consciousness has caused this.”

Step 2:
Ask Forgiveness  


Don’t worry about who you’re asking. Just ask! PLEASE FORGIVE ME. Say it over and over. Mean it. Remember your remorse from step 1 as you ask to be forgiven.

Step 3:


Say “THANK YOU” – again it doesn’t really matter who or what you’re thanking. Thank your body for all it does for you. Thank yourself for being the best you can be. Thank God. Thank the Universe. Thank whatever it was that just forgave you. Just keep saying THANK YOU.

Step 4:


This can also be step 1. Say I LOVE YOU. Say it to your body, say it to God. Say I LOVE YOU to the air you breathe, to the house that shelters you. Say I LOVE YOU to your challenges. Say it over and over. Mean it. Feel it. There is nothing as powerful as Love.

That’s it. The whole practice in a nutshell. Simple and amazingly effective.