Perhaps there's an area of your life that you'd like to improve. An illness, injury, bad situation, or anything at all, really. You've tried many different methods to make it better – physical, emotional and mental efforts – but nothing, so far, has worked. It's time for you to consider the Hoʻoponopono.
According to Dr. Meherunisa Sutarwala, Hoʻoponopono is the process of rectifying a situation. Its roots are in the Polynesian cultures, whose people believed one's errors were the cause of illness. It was not necessarily the person with the error who experienced the illness, however. That could be a family member, other loved one or even someone in a subsequent generation.
The way to rectify the illness was through confession. This is a tradition that also exists in other cultures, of course, like the Catholic church. I'm sure we've all had the experience on a personal level of feeling relieved after admitting some wrong we'd committed, however big or small. Confession is good for the soul.
How is Ho'oponopono done? It's deceptively simple. You focus on the problem as it appears to be. And then you repeat to yourself: "I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you."
Because it's not necessarily the person who committed the error who will experience the negative result, and because we have all committed errors, Hoʻoponopono can be used by anyone to improve him or herself and can then have a positive effect on the greater good: the family, the tribe, the village, the next generations, even the world.
For example, let's say you find yourself in a difficult situation with a coworker. You're bothered by whatever the coworker is doing, but you don't feel like you can avoid it because you have to work with this person. Maybe you even like your job and don't want to lose it. In this situation, it may seem as though the other person is at fault, not you, so why should you apologize? You're almost certainly not feeling love for your coworker. There's no way you want to ask forgiveness from or thank that person.
As Joe Vitale, a certified teacher of Ho'oponopono writes, "Turns out that loving yourself is the greatest way to improve yourself. And as you improve yourself, you improve your world."
It really is that simple. Ho'oponopono can help you with your situation, if you're willing to give it a try. You may find yourself resisting it at first, and that's understandable. You are human, after all. But I do hope you'll try to relax into it. When you see the positive results, you'll be more likely to want to try it the next time. And the more successes you have, the more convinced you will be of its effectiveness.