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Ep. 38 – What is Ho’oponopono?

The Self I-Dentity Ho’oponopono Prayer.

Peace and blessings. This is my first podcast post of 2021 and I know it’s been a minute…the shadow work is real y’all. I’ve been having major breakthroughs and clearing a lot of blocks which has been pretty emotional and little debilitating. But Ho’oponopono is such a blessing!

But I’m still here and my new post time is thursdays by 11pm. I’m putting this out there now for accountability reasons because I need it. It’s funny how you can be doing something you really love and just not do it. Wtf? It’s a battle, guys but all I can say is no matter what, never give up. 

Listen to the podcast and keep scrolling.

Divine Inspiration

Anyway, I thought about doing a new year’s episode about resolutions but realistically we all know that resolutions do not work. So this year I am only seeking divine inspiration. Yes, that is kind of broad but I feel like it will keep me focused on the right path. 

Last year, I had a board up of all the goals I wanted to accomplish. Like grow my podcast following to a specific number and make a certain amount of money. But this year, I really want to be focused on the journey and being creative. I think just shifting the perspective to focus on creating all the time will help me in the day to day process.

That’s not to say that I don’t have goals. I have them and keep them open and flexible but when it comes to New’s Resolution and setting this crazy goal list in January, I just can’t get with the process because it hasn’t worked for me in the past. Studies show that most people don’t even continue their resolutions after January. 

But still every year, we want to start fresh and new right. It’s the cyclical nature of humans I guess. In actuality, we have an opportunity to start new and fresh everyday we wake up and really with each breath we take. 

New Year’s Day

Anyway, so here we are at the end of January and I am finally creating my first podcast episode of the year. What should it be on if not resolutions and/or intentions? Not to mention, we have to start the new year with a new Five minute Focused Shift meditation. 

I thought about talking about how New Year’s Day falls on an arbitrary day because of the Gregorian calendar created by the Romans that we follow. Our ancestors celebrated the real new year or the New Growth on the Vernal or Spring Equinox on March 20. Which makes sense because this is the time when the seasons change from winter to spring and springs represents a renewal of all things in nature.

That of course is something you may want to do a little research on for yourself. The calendar we follow is a story in itself. 

Anyway, I finally decided that I wanted my first episode of the year to be about something kinda new and different and of course beneficial to everyone listening. 

Aztec calendar consisted of a ritual cycle of 260 days and a 365-day civil cycle. The ritual cycle, or tonalpohualli, contained two smaller cycles, an ordered sequence of 20 named days and a sequence of days numbered from 1 to 13. (source: Britannica)

What is Ho’oponopono?

It came to me, Ho’oponopono! What is Ho’oponopono you ask? Well, I discovered the Ho’oponopono prayer or technique online sometime last year and I’ve had it as my screensaver on my phone for months now. I even wrote it on a sticky note to put on my computer desk.

To put it simply wikipedia says, 

Ho’oponopono is a Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. 

The Hawaiian word Ho’oponopono comes from ho’o (“to make”) and pono(“right”). The repetition of the word pono means “doubly right” or being right with both self and others.

Traditionally, Ho’oponopono was done as a secret ritual by the family elder to help work through problems in the family. It was also practiced in ancient Hawaiian energy and healing disciplines.

The modern version used today is called Self I-Dentity Ho’oponopono which is the updated version of the ancient Hawaiian problem solving process of repentance, forgiveness, and transmutation. Morrnah Simeona, known as a healing priest, created this version in 1976.

Forgiveness is key

It was later popularized by her prodige’, psychologist, Dr. Hew Len, who used this prayer to heal an entire ward of criminally ill patients. Which is a super interesting story, so def check that out online. Just search up Dr. Hew Len and you’ll find all the deats about it. 

Nowadays it is being used in this broader sense as a way to individually take full accountability for 100% of your life and forgive yourself and others for any and everything. It allows you to lovingly cut ties with anyone or anything that is no longer serving you and you can begin new.

The Ho’oponopono Prayer

  1. I am sorry.
  2. Please forgive me.
  3. Thank You.
  4. I love you.

That is it. It is very simple but let’s break it down a little further and then we’ll get into the actual meditation. First let me say that this prayer or technique if you want to call it, is a powerful tool that has been used for ages, there are many books and studies on why this actually really works. 

The Self I-Dentity Ho’oponopono Prayer

Zero Limits

In the book Zero Limits by Joe Vitale and Dr. Hew Len, Dr. Len explains it like this:

First say “I’m sorry” and “please forgive me.” You say this to acknowledge that something-without you knowing what it is- has gotten into your body/mind system. You have no idea how it got there. You don’t need to know…. By saying “I’m sorry,” you are telling the Divine that you want forgiveness inside yourself for whatever brought it to you. You’re not asking the Divine to forgive you; you’re asking the Divine to help you forgive yourself. 

From there, you say “Thank You” and “I love you.” When you say “thank you,” you are expressing gratitude. You are showing your faith that the issue will be resolved for the highest good of all concerned. The “I love you” transmustes the energy from stuck to flowing. It reconnects you to the DIvine. Since the zero state is one of pure love and has zero limits, you are beginning to get to that state by expressing love.

The book breaks down the process and has lots of testimonials from people who have had miraculous results from using the Ho’oponopono method.

The Map of Consciousness

The basic reason for the method is to cleanse all the programs and blockages that we’ve generated from all the lower vibrational emotions like shame, guilt and anger. And it’s not about not feeling what you feel but it’s about harboring and dwelling in these feelings.  

Remember episode 7, The Love frequency, we talked about the state of consciousness we live in and the frequency that state holds. When we look at the Map of Consciousness chart developed by David R. Hawkins, showing the state of consciousness, the energetic frequency, the associated emotional state, and the view of life. 

Here is the chart:

When we look at the chart we can see that acceptance is at the top of three in the section representing the energetic frequency of 350, the emotional state is forgiveness and the view of life is harmonious. This is living in the heart space or the flow state. In this state you are allowing Source to flow within you without blockages, therefore living in a state of pure inspiration. 

Blessing Blocked

Most of us are bombarded with thoughts and constantly thinking and trying to think our ways out of or into things. In the book, Dr Lin says we are “either coming from memory or inspiration, that’s it.” Vitale adds, “the divine sends a message and you act on it or not, if you do all is well, if you don’t you may have problems”. We get caught in the programs or memories from this life and even past lives which block the inspiration from manifesting.

For example, you get an idea that you want to move to a new city, maybe a city that you’ve never even visited before. That spark of inspiration most likely will be blocked by the many doubts that will surely arise. Like, wait I don’t know anyone there, I’ve never been there, it’s probably too expensive, remember what happened last time you got a bright idea, and the list goes on. 

In this case, we are allowing our programs or maybe even memories from past experiences to cloud our response to the inspiration. We don’t even give it a chance to exist and come to fruition. Our doubts and fears block our blessings and then we get angry or feel down because things rarely work out.

Acting on Inspiration

When we are clear of those blockages through forgiveness with Ho’oponopono, Dr Lin says, you just act on your inspiration, you don’t think about it. When you think about it you start comparing it to a memory or program in your mind. 

In this way, we are fighting the inspiration and the natural flow state. When we act on our inspiration without thinking, we are allowing the flow state to be the predominant force in our lives. This is where miracles occur.

Through the Ho’oponopono process you are cleaning the energy, the thoughts, the programs and starting from what Vitale calls the zero point where all of things are clear. And because we are all connected in an intricate way, when you cleanse within yourself, you are also cleansing everyone around you. You are cutting any ties to the lower frequencies that are blocking you in the most loving way. 

We all have gifts from the divine, some of us know what that gift is and some do not. Our job is to use our free will to figure that out and then return our free will back to the flow state. This is the crux of co-creation. 

It’s like Source sends us the gifts through inspiration and then gives us the free will to make choices and decisions, yet our choices and decisions are often clouded by our own negative programming, memories and thoughts blocking us from our gifts. 

Taking 100% Accountability

So how do you perform this practice? Well, the first thing that you have to do is take 100% accountability for every single thing in your life. I mean everything, good and bad. I know it sounds a little crazy but let me try to explain why it makes sense. 

We have to truly realize that all is consciousness which means everything that happens in your life, happens inside of you, inside of your own consciousness. Nothing is happening outside of you. We are the source of our experiences, we are expressing ourselves on an unconscious or conscious level while the subconscious mind is truly controlling it all.

When we take 100% responsibility for our own life and everything and person in our life, we stop blaming other people for our lives. We stop the victim mentality. We realize that the people in our lives are reflections of us. It is afterall, a holographic universe right? 

It might be a hard pill to swallow for some and some might even fully reject the idea but the truth is everything that we think is happening to us is really happening inside of us.

You Are Not A Victim

For example, you take your car to the shop and the mechanic doesn’t fix your car properly and over charges you for the work. You are hella angry of course and you feel victimized by the mechanic maybe because you’re a single woman and you don’t know much about cars. 

Well, that anger and victimization is happening within you. Yes, the mechanic overcharged you and didn’t fix your car properly but you are the one who felt angry and victimized, in your mind is where you felt a way. So is it your fault? No, but it is your responsibility.

Maybe now this memory leaves a bad taste in your mouth with mechanics and you feel weary of any mechanic every time you have to go even when it’s a different person. Now you’ve created a block of mistrust because of the one experience that you and only you experienced.

Concepts to Grasp

If you are like me, and you grew up with a difficult parent, or have had harm done to you by someone else, or if you were maybe born with a disease or illness, you may truly not agree with this concept. And I truly understand. Because this concept also assumes some other concepts that you may or may not believe.

The concept of the spirit coming back to earth for multiple lives and that we as spirits choose our path on earth before we incarnate. In these concepts we can see that the blockages can span beyond this life. Also, that we choose our path before incarnation for our own spiritual growth. 

But whether you believe this or not, accepting full responsibility for your life is uplifting in itself and helps you drop the victim mentality so you can take the drivers’ seat of your life. 

The other key thing to note is that our worlds are mirrors to ourselves, things and people you don’t like are really reflections of you so you must take accountability for that as well. If you can spot it, you got it. And by the same token, if you can feel it, you can heal it.

There is a super deep explanation as to how this works with the conscious, subconscious and superconscious mind but I won’t go into all that here, you can read all about that when you pick up the book. 

Reincarnation Cycle


Another thing to remember is that you are not saying these words to anyone or anything in particular. You are simply saying it to the divine, universe, God or whichever word you use for your higher source. And you are not asking the divine or God to forgive you, you are seeking self-forgiveness. 

When you say the words, you are saying them for yourself and surrendering it to the divine or God. That’s it. But because we are so embedded with programming and memories, it’s important to continually say the words over and over in your mind.

In the book, Vitale says, your ticket to zero limits is saying the phrase I love you. He says, even if you only say “I love you” over and over in your mind, not directed toward anyone or anything, you will see major positive shifts occur in your life.  The phrase,  I love you has three elements that can transfer anything which are gratitude, reverence, and transmutation. 

Imagine how powerful it is to condition your mind for repentance, forgiveness and transmutation so you can constantly live in the flow state.

Morrnah’s Prayer

So let’s get to it. I’ve created a five minute focused shift guiding you through the Self I-dentity Ho’oponopono prayer in repetition. So definitely listen to the podcast to hear it.

We can begin the practice by saying Morrnah’s prayer first:

Divine creator, father, mother, son as one..if I, my family, relatives, and ancestors have offended you, your family, relatives, and ancestors in thoughts, words, deeds, and actions from the beginning of our creation to the present, we ask your forgiveness. Let this cleanse, purify, release, cut all the negative memories, blocks, energies and vibrations and transmute these unwanted energies to pure light. And it is done.

Then in your mind slowly repeat over and over:

  1. I am sorry.
  2. Please forgive me.
  3. Thank You.
  4. I love you.
The Self I-Dentity Ho’Oponopono Prayer

Things to Remember

Remember it’s about taking 100% accountability for your life, not about blaming anyone or yourself for anything. It’s not about you being wrong or having wrong thoughts and emotions. The subconscious mind is so complicated that we can never really know all the workings of it and God. 

This exercise is about surrender! It’s about repentance, forgiveness, and transmutation and ultimately it’s about love. Loving everything about yourself and others no matter if you perceive it to be bad or good. It’s not, oh I love this crazy murderer.

No, I am sending love to this person because I recognize the feeling (the pain) he is feeling and I am essentially cleaning those feelings within me by sending the love, forgiveness, and gratitude to God/Divine. 

In turn, me cleansing myself, cleanes him as well because he is in my life. In this case he may not be a person actually in my life that I know, but maybe it’s something I heard about in the news. Now that this has come into my consciousness, I need to clean it.

Isn’t that the way of Jesus and every religion? Love thy enemy? I hope this gives you a good overview of Ho’oponopono. It really is just an introduction to the practice so I encourage you to do more research on your own if this is something that resonates with you.

And on that note, I think I will wrap it up here. And until next time, what do we do? We must do the inner work and create a shift in our own consciousness which will create a shift in the collective consciousness. That is the goal.

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