What is Ho’oponopono
Traditional Ho’oponopono is a healing ritual from the Hawaian culture involving the one who has wronged others and all those they have wronged. In this ritual all feelings are aired out and eventually a forgiving and cleansing are achieved. Modern Ho’oponopono is much different.
Modern Ho’oponopono involves only oneself. The theory is that whatever you experience or comes into your life was attracted, or (dare I write it?), created by you, and you have the responsibility to heal it.
Healing the situation in Ho’oponopono is called “cleaning”. There are a number of methods for cleaning subconscious patterns and programs that don’t serve you, but the one that is most familiar is to repeat in your mind the following words in any order, as a prayer, as a mantra: I’m sorry, Please forgive me, I love you, Thank you.
Supposedly, these words clean any subconscious programs within us so that we can return to what is known as the zero point which seems to be a state of pregnant possibility, wherein we can be guided by inspiration and not memory or subconscious patterns and habits embedded within our physical, mental, and spiritual structure.
From what I understand, if this practice does return one to a state akin to an empty slate, then theoretically we can write our own programming upon this empty slate. That being said, using subliminal programs to accomplish this seems an easy and quite possibly, very fruitful endeavour.
It could be argued that we are simply using the Ho’oponopono statements, whether spoken aloud or internally, as a sort of calming meditative practice, and using it along with subliminal programs is no different than using meditation in unison with subliminals.
Perhaps. Or if we believe what is claimed about Ho’oponopono’s ability to go beyond the subconscious mind to what my old spiritual teacher called “the emptiness that is full”, then we have a much more powerful tool for life improvement and self-improvement.
Or we can say that the sincere belief in something’s power is enough to make it so. We may very well bestow the power upon what we believe has that power inherently. I may be overreaching here, but it’s just a thought, and I tend to overthink things…sometimes.
I do use Ho’oponopono’s four cleansing statements sometimes, though I’ve found that one can replace the statement “I’m sorry” with “I apologize” if one is uncomfortable with the “I am” part of the former statement and it’s implication of identity. Or just using any of the statements, instead of all of them, in any order seems to work.
Regardless of whether or not this practice does clean subconscious programming, or not, at the very least it can create a calming feeling that brings one into a present-moment awareness, and that is always beneficial.