Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Ancient Hawaiian Forgiveness Practice

The Hawaiians have a practice of forgiveness called Ho'oponopono. In general, Ho'oponopono means "to make right with the people with whom you have relationships". In this practice, forgiveness for a wrongdoing should happen immediately because it is inappropriate for anyone to carry anger or guilt any longer than necessary.

Part of this practice lies in the cultural belief that we carry inside our subconscious parts of the souls of all the significant people in our lives. Ho'oponopono makes any perceived wrongdoing "all right" with them, and they "all right" with you. The process of Ho'oponopono is to align with and clean up our relationships with other people in our lives.

How to perform this meditation

This exercise is my own modification of Ho'oponopono. I modified this exercise because "true" Ho'oponopono requires a guide from a Shaman or Family Elder. While I am a qualified and experienced healer, True Ho'oponopono is a cultural understanding far deeper than I am familiar with.

However, in my experience with this modification, I have been able to forgive many perceived wrongdoings from others, and forgive myself for my perceived wrongdoings. If you put forth an honest effort, I believe it will help you too.

1. Enter a meditative state and bring to mind anyone with whom you do not feel total alignment.

2. In your mind, see yourself sitting on a platform in a meditative pose. Then see the person you want to forgive (or seek forgiveness from) on a platform directly below you. Notice a silver cord or rope that connects you together.

3. Imagine an infinite beam of love and healing energy flowing from the Universe into the top of your head. Open up the top of your head, and let the energy beam flow down inside your body, fill up the body, and overflow out through your heart. Let the overflow of healing love and energy flow down and surround the person on the platform below you.

4. Once they are surrounded in the healing energy - and with genuine truth - forgive them, and ask them forgive you. Repeat the following :
  • I'm Sorry (repentance)
  • Please Forgive Me (ask/give forgiveness)
  • Thank You (gratitude)
  • I Love You (pure energy flow)

***Note - It does not matter if they accept or give forgiveness. The gesture, if from the heart, is all that is required.

5. Let go of the person and see them floating away. As they do, cut the cord that connects the two of you. If you are healing in a current ongoing relationship (friend, spouse or significant other), then bring the person inside you.

6. Repeat this process (over several sessions, not all at once) until you can see the person or think of them without feeling any negative emotions.

You can perform this exercise with anyone and everyone with whom you feel the need. It makes no difference if the person is living or dead, receptive or not receptive. As I said before, it is the gesture that is important to your healing.

Stay Zen!

Joe Vulgamore CHT is author of the Best-selling book "Alignment- Law of Attraction and the Seven Universal Laws" and "Powerful Powerful You - Understanding Your Power". He is a Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, and Holistic Healer. For almost 30 years, Joe has helped thousands of people from over 14 countries, across 5 continents, to make life-transformations through one-to-one coaching, books, and workshops.

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