When I used ho’oponopono for the first time this is what happened.
I tried desperately to relax with each person that irked my nerves in the past few months but letting out those meaningful “I love yous” and “Thank yous” were telling my inner rebel to swallow his pride.
He did not take it lightly.
The feelings inside were so emotional that I felt like the Wicked Witch from the East being doused with a bucket of water from a ruby slippered Kansas girl.
A cleansing happens!
Yup that cute blue ribbon wearing heroine with a black dog in the Wizard of Oz can resemble the process of ho’oponopono.
What is Ho’oponopono?
Hoʻoponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness.
How do you practice Ho’oponopono?
The simple structure of forgiving someone or yourself is laid out in a prayer/mantra format. I prefer to chant mine or write it down repeatedly until I feel centered in a faraway paradise that I may call home. But how you choose to do this art of acceptance is up to you.
You will work through four repeating mantras: I love you, I’m sorry, Please forgive me and Thank you either directed toward yourself (I love you Bernard) or another being (Please forgive me, Cinderella) until you fully and completely resonate with the heart-based energy of your spiritual evolution.
There are a lot of great YouTube videos available but if you are looking for a deep and relaxing one to follow along with than try this one.
We are off to see the wizard
I love you
You are Dorothy along your first steps toward the Emerald City which can very well be a metaphor representing your heart chakra. And there she comes in her traveling pink bubble, the Good Witch of the North. The ideal and most compassionate archetype for the first phrase in ho’oponopono: I love you.
Using this phrase first helps to eradicate hate and centers the mind and body on the core element of all forgiveness…love.
I don’t use this expression of love that often because, I want to mean it every time (10 fold). I initially started off my ho’oponopono practice with myself. I aimed to forgive myself first because how am I suppose to take care or treat others with respect if I had none for myself. So for falling into my Munchkin land, I embraced this adventure and just followed the yellow brick road (a symbol of passage with your solar plexus that can emulate and respond to emotions) to find a way back home.
Initially when I am faced with forgiveness, I must acknowledge what ego (the Wicked Witch) has done to me! It created this straw man fallacy in my brain to prove my own reasons in keeping resistant and protected. Often times we believe in our frustration against others and what they did to us because the facts have been stuffed inside and out with so much nonsense it’s hard to think about saying sorry because we are too illogical and can’t comprehend how we have provoked such an occurrence.
Basically, each party involved is experiencing the situation differently based on how they choose to consume the situation meanwhile protecting themselves from appearing weak or hurt.
So greeting Scarecrow along our way is purposeful because we don’t want pests feeding off our crop nor do we want to seem like we act without thinking. People are only going to do the best they can with the resources and past lessons learned and sometimes that reveals just how little we actually know.
Ironically, it’s a no-brainer!
Please forgive me
Now we get to the heart of Dorothy’s alliance with compassion but unfortunately this friend is missing a heart. Our rigid and aloof counterpart is the only archetype with a synthetic weapon as well and I believe the ax is a symbol of our free hand in reconciliation.
We can choose to forgive or not
In either way, we are making a choice and utilizing our free well.
Additionally shown by the Tin Man not being able to talk or move, we too must loosen the relentless and heartless grip of being anti-merciful and ASK nicely for our forgiveness.
May need some emotional oil (crying perhaps) to move and speak freely but it will get you unstuck!
In the process of forgiving myself, I had to ask my guides and the Universe at large during my ho’oponopono session to be merciful as I make my way back to a pure state of living spiritually. Turning my gifts into profit has felt negative for a while now, but all that is changing as I step away from running my biz in greed to earning a consistent income based on my service to others.
The last mantra of this ho’oponopono cycle is about gratitude + appreciation which the cowardly Lion emulates triumphantly by singing his own tune about being king of the forest.
Realizing the courage it takes to forgive can allow you to rejoice in your own nobility.
The reward from traveling to the heart chakra in a meaningful way to make things right again is abundantly positive. Surely it’s something to be grateful for because you’ve conquered your own Wicked Witch in this chapter.
There’s more to the story
Now, I am not finished with my ho’oponopono practice and have been working on it diligently for the past few days as I face new lions, tigers and bears (oh my). But this so far has been an enlightening journey and I hope to have inspired you to try ho’oponopono in any and all cases where you need to forgive so that you can reach the other side of the rainbow and feel like there’s no place like home in the end.