To integrate the process of Ho’oponpono with Reiki is easier than you might think. But first, we have to understand what Ho’oponpono is, where it comes from and what it actually does.
What is Ho’oponopono?
Ho’oponopono is a Hawaiian cleansing prayer where we ask for forgiveness (repentance) to release blocked and/or negative energy to let the higher energy, the divinity, take over and do its work. Read more on Wikipedia.
This is a very simplified version of an explanation for this amazing method. Ho’oponopono translated, simply means, correction of any wrongdoing there is. However, where is it coming from and what is the history of this Hawaiian prayer?
A Short History of Ho’oponopono
In the Hawaiian tradition, there are two forms of Ho’oponopono
- Traditional Ho’oponopono
- Self-Identity Ho’oponopono
Traditional Ho’oponopono is done within a community or family setting. Wherever there is a problem, an issue, the whole family/community comes together, grouping themselves in a circle.
One member will have the role to be the facilitator making sure that every party, been involved in the problem, will have its say.
Other members will reply and so forth. This will go on until the issue is no longer present and everyone involved in the situation has received and is given Forgiveness.
This form of seeking penance is a secret and a sacred event and is in practice for a thousand years. Although, over the centuries, due to the invasion of missionaries, the form in how Ho’oponopono is conducted today already has been changed.
Nevertheless, it is still in practice to this day.
Self-Identity Ho’oponopono bypasses the need of a group setting or the need of any other person being in the same room.
Morrnah Simeona, a kahuna lapa’au (healer) and being made a “Hawaiian living treasure” in 1983 has developed, in 1976, the newer form of this ancient Hawaiian Forgiveness ritual which she named Self-Identity Ho’oponopono.
In her view, it wasn’t longer necessary to have these huge gatherings all the time since everything a person experience in its lifetime, good or bad, is “only” coming from within the person.
In other words, what each one of us experiences in the “outside world”, nothing more or less, is going on in the person’s “inside world”.
Everything we do experience is a reflection of what is going on inside of us and therefore we are, and only we, are responsible and no one else.
This is certainly hard to swallow at first, but when you have, at one point, understood the concept, it only makes sense and you understand that when YOU do the work for yourself and, due to the work, you will change; everything else, in time, as well does change.
Being responsible is not new, but with Ho’oponopono, it certainly becomes more meaning that there is no outside world, but only the reflection of what is going on inside of us.
No more “Blaming Game”
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The 4 Phrases of Ho’oponopono
In Self-Identity Ho’oponopono the person works with 4 phrases which are being said as a mantra as often as the person feels like it should be repeated, there is never a limit.
Here are the 4 phrases
- I am Sorry
- Please, Forgive Me
- Thank You
- I Love You
I am Sorry mean that we are aware of what is happening and what is going on and why we have this experience in our life.
Please, Forgive Me mean that we are taking full responsibility what is going on and that we ask for repentance for the actions we have done. These actions are not what we have done to another person, or said, it also means what we have thought and how we feel about a situation, person and about ourselves.
Thank You mean that we are thankful for the awareness of a specific situation. That we are thankful for the (life) lesson we have received, thankful for, finally, letting go of old patterns, shame, anger etc.
I Love You mean that we love ourselves unconditionally, that we love our divine existence and so forth.
As you can see these 4 simple phrases can and will do lots of changes in your life and therefore will bring changes in your “outer” experiences as well. You can’t do anything wrong and even, though, I wrote about awareness of a situation etc.; even this is not important that you really 100% understand the concept.
The important part is that you are doing it and, if you feel silly in doing it, well, just keep doing it. That’s all there is to it. 🙂
How can Ho’oponopono be used in a Reiki Session?
When you read this article you already have understood that you can’t blame anything outside of you when things are going wrong of some sort, because it is a part of you and so is the solution.
In Ho’oponopono there is a saying that if you experience the illness of a person, family, friend or a stranger, there is something inside of you who needs also healing otherwise you wouldn’t be confronted with it in your experience.
To bring this situation in your Reiki practice, or any other healing form you are using, it means that every client you will have with their healing concerns, that there is also a part inside of you who also need to be healed.
In the end, when you heal the issue, it will show in the other person too.
Please read this amazing story of the Hawaiian psychologist Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, to understand the concept.
He performed this method to the psychiatric ward of the criminally insane. He also worked closely together with Morrnah Simeona until her death in 1992 and kept giving courses in her taught Self-Identity Ho’opnopono until he retired a few years ago.
When you have i.e. a client coming to you battling tension headaches, you do your Reiki performance as you always do, but quietly saying the 4 Phrases over and over again, healing also the part of the situation inside of yourself.
It is fantastic what can occur, sometimes in the form of a miracle, sometimes it will take a while, there is never a real-time frame to be set.
I encourage every practitioner to try it out and experience for yourself what can happen, and what can change.
I am a Reiki Master/Teacher and practicing Reiki for the last 22 years. I only came along Ho’oponopono 2 years ago and I never looked back.
During my Reiki practice, I had clients, which I had for years, asking me if I did something different this time. Well, the only thing I did was using Ho’oponopono.
One case stood out of a female client who had a total hysterectomy due to cancer and after radiation treatments felt still not better, the pain in this area even had worsened.
I performed Reiki and included Ho’oponopono quietly saying the 4 phrases over and over again during the whole session.
She felt much calmer after the session has ended and after 5 more Reiki sessions, being followed upon, she finally told me that there was no more pain and even the lymphatic swelling of one of her legs has gone away, although, according to her doctor, it would be a constant situation after the kind of surgery and radiation treatment she had received.
You, now, can see how Ho’oponopono can be of help to you to enhance your Reiki treatment, but most of all to help yourself.
Please do understand that Ho’oponopono is a lifestyle something of a constant which does never stop.
We need to clean ourselves as long as we live, therefore, Ho’oponopono never stops. When you are aware of this fact, you will have Ho’oponopono integrated as a part of your daily routine like taking a shower or brushing your teeth.
I do and I don’t even have to think about it anymore, I just do it.
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