This method was developed centuries ago by Shamans in Hawaii. They proposed that illness originates through unhealthy conditioning in the mind. They developed a simple set of four mantas (affirmations) to be used to recondition the unhealthy mind. This creates space for the healing mechanism of the higher Self to shine through. Following the effects of “letting go, letting come”, this energy then flows naturally to the location of the symptoms. The affirmations are:
- I love you
- Thank you
- I am sorry
- Please forgive me
Seen from an ego point of view, these affirmations merely increase guilt. It is therefore important to really understand the meaning of the affirmations before using them. First of all, find the willingness to turn on the ‘observer’ in your mind. This means withholding any kind of condemnation. The process of forgiveness turns from a ‘plea for supplication’ to a higher level: it is then addressed to the higher Self to reconnect with. A clinical psychologist might interpret these affirmations as follows:
“Dear conditionings: I have always found some measure of security in you, but the time has come to let you go free. I am now choosing another way (a better conditioning). I forgive myself for creating this situation in my mind and life. Thank you for this opportunity to release you in love.”
As in many other healing methods discussed in this book, you do not reject or suppress symptoms. On the contrary: gratitude is their due, because they have brought into awareness a useful message. In this case: “The time has come to release old blocking thought patterns. You are offered a new chance to transform and dissolve symptoms.” This is not a rational process; you merely allow the wholeness of the higher Self to manifest in the smaller individual self.
The intention only works if applied from a totally ego-less state of mind. This is of course the challenge of effectively applying Ho’o-ponopono. It’s not hard to memorize the affirmations, but to really mean them – from both head, heart, and hara (will), requires deep trust and ample practice. It’s a practice in forgiveness, surrender and acceptance.
Obviously, Ho’o-ponopono isn’t applicable for all types of symptoms. Especially symptoms that require immediate attention do not lend themselves well for this method. Ho’o-ponopono may be used in the case of blocks or entanglements on the energetic and mental level, where there’s less urgency for treatment.