Freedom Practice

There are so many times in our daily lives when it feels as though we’ve said or done something we shouldn’t have or we’ve NOT done or said something that we should have. When we reflect on our past there are times when we are not proud of the person we have been. Knowing that we cannot turn back time to make amends is an awful feeling. Regret can feel as though it binds us.

I want to tell you about a simple practice that has amazing benefit. It is drawn from the ancient ritual of Ho’oponopono. (Pronounce it by brushing over the first few syllables and lingering on the pono pono, “ho-o-pono-pono”.) It means “to make things right.”

I’ve been reading more about it lately and I am fascinated by the richness of this ancient tradition. Originally it included an entire family’s participation in a process that was used to explore and resolve problems and reach reconciliation.

This simplified version of the Ho ‘oponopono practice is easy to access by those who have not been initiated into the ancient teachings.

In the moment when you feel regret, disappointment, or any other challenging emotion beginning to move in, say these words out loud to yourself…

“I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.”

Such simple words when spoken with the intention of compassion are a healing balm.

By saying the words in a time of personal need you clear hurt with love, forgiveness and gratitude and you increase your capacity to be present in the world. The words break up old patterns and help you find a place of freedom a place where you can see and act more clearly.

See for yourself. Try it right now. Say, “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.”

Let these simple words bring you to a place that is more free.

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