By Jackie White
Ancient Hawaiians penned a prayer of forgiveness that can shift your perception of what forgiveness is and is not. It is so simple and can be applied to oneself in order to clear burdens or negative self-worth issues.
Ho’oponopono means to put things back in balance. Your life needs to be in balance for you to feel happy, secure, and content.
The prayer was originally designed to help divided families reconcile. Today it is commonly used as a mantra of forgiveness towards others or in the process of healing yourself.
The prayer is simple and concise to effectively address problems big and small. These four simple statements can release a world of hurt and resentment when prayed upon with intention.
I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.
How can something so simple clear deeply engrained patterns of negative self-talk and evaluation? The answer is in its simplicity. Let’s break each statement down to see what it means and how it can restore balance and peace.
I’m Sorry: This statement acknowledges the wrong that was committed. Saying you are sorry that something you may have said or done hurt someone or hurt yourself. It doesn’t excuse the wrong, but in a loving way understands and acknowledges that a problem exists.
Please Forgive Me: Asking for forgiveness allows you to apologize to others, to yourself or to The Universe. Asking for forgiveness from the heart begins to clear the pain that was caused. It is much bigger to forgive than to carry the burden of blame. This is essential for moving forward with a clear and unburdened heart.
Thank You: Saying thank you acknowledges that you see grace being extended to you by someone else or to yourself. Grace is a kindness that is filled with hope.
I Love You: Ending the prayer with an expression of love is essential because love bridges all gaps of pain and hurt. The compassion in love is the connection needed to heal wounds of the heart.
Utilizing the Ho'oponopono prayer as an intention of reconciliation is effective and strips issues down to what is really important. Feeling that you have been heard or acknowledged that there is a problem and on the forgiving, you release the negative energy and blame you carry in your part of the hurt.
The resistance that comes with forgiveness is that people mistake forgiveness for condoning or excusing the wrongdoing. That is not forgiveness. Forgiveness is about acknowledging and freedom from the restraints of resentment and blame.
The Ho'oponopono prayer is especially helpful with building self-esteem and self-worth. Use as a mantra to work through critical inner thoughts. Use it as a way to release yourself from negative feelings against yourself. Use it daily as a preventative measure to keep yourself in balance.
There is such power is these four simple sentences. Use them with intention and love and see how the Ho’oponopono Prayer can lift your burdens and fill you with loving intentions.
I’m sorry. Please forgive me, Thank you. I love you.
Jackie White has been writing about life and its ups and downs for many years. With a degree in Industrial Psychology and a life-long student of personal development she is intrigued by how each individual chooses to live their life. Jackie feels strongly that truly living your best life is imperative to attaining peace and fulfillment. SoulShine was borne of her desire to inspire and teach others to live their best life. This is her mission and her dream.