In the journey of personal development and spiritual growth, one particular practice of forgiveness and healing which originates from Hawaii has gained significant attention for its transformative potential – Ho’oponopono.

This practice, loosely translated as “To correct the errors” or “To set things right,” provides a powerful methodology for releasing memories that manifest as problems in our everyday lives.

In this article, we will delve into the essence of Ho’oponopono, exploring its principles, techniques, and the profound impact it can have on our well-being.

Inspiration from Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len

Ho'oponopono - Let the waters of life release us all!

The introduction to Ho’oponopono often involves the inspirational story of Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, who was a direct student of Morrnah Simeona the originator of the modern-day practice, reportedly cured an entire ward of criminally insane patients.

Introduced by Dr. Joe Vitale, this story exemplifies the transformative power of Ho’oponopono and its ability to bring about profound healing. If you have not read about this before, you can view the story here – Dr. Len

I read this article in 2008 and immediately sensed the impact as my life took a radical turn from that day forth. I have personally been practicing every day, moment by moment as consistently as I possibly can for 15 years now and can say without doubt that it is the single most important part of my daily life. I want to share a few key aspects of the practice here for you.

Taking 100% Responsibility:
At the core of Ho’oponopono lies the concept of taking 100% responsibility for everything in one’s life. This perspective emphasizes that our entire existence emanates from within, and by acknowledging this, we empower ourselves to shape our reality consciously.

When we say 100% we really mean it. For everything. If something shows up in our awareness, even seemingly unrelated or unconnected to us, it is up to us to take responsibility for that, whether we perceive it as a good or bad thing.

The Power of Cleansing:
Ho’oponopono serves as a medium for clearing, removing limiting beliefs and memories that hinder our ability to create a life aligned with our highest potential. It addresses the undercurrent of memories stored in our unconscious mind, encompassing our experiences, thoughts, and emotions, as well as the collective consciousness we are a part of.

This has the power to release deeply held trauma and stagnant undesirable emotions and limiting thoughts that are not serving you any longer and are waiting to be set free so you can live a life with less stress, bitterness, pain and suffering.

The Four Key Phrases:
A central aspect of Ho’oponopono involves repeating four key phrases as a mantra to facilitate the clearing process. These phrases – “I’m sorry, Please forgive me, I love you, Thank you.” – act as a 24-hour meditation, redirecting thoughts and aiding in the release of limiting beliefs. These words carry profound meanings, encouraging self-forgiveness, gratitude, and love.

Living in the Present Moment:
Ho’oponopono brings practitioners back to the present moment, fostering gratitude and preventing the recurrence of negative thought patterns. It emphasizes the importance of individual transformation, asserting that waiting for external changes or blaming others hinders true happiness.

Trusting the Process:
A core principle of Ho’oponopono is trusting the process and relinquishing the need for absolute control. This aligns with the idea that the Divine or universal forces work in mysterious ways, guiding individuals through necessary life lessons and experiences and understanding that challenges contribute to spiritual growth.

By consistently practicing Ho’oponopono, individuals can experience inspiration, clarity, and a peaceful outlook on life. The process of letting go and trusting the unfolding of events allows a smoother flow, preventing unnecessary resistance and control attempts that often lead to self-sabotage.

Recognizing Inspired Thoughts:
Distinguishing between ego-driven thoughts and inspired thoughts is crucial. Inspired thoughts, emerging effortlessly and resonating in the heart, indicate guidance from the higher self, that part of you that is connected to the Divine. Ho’oponopono aids in letting go of resistance, allowing individuals to receive inspired thoughts and take aligned actions.

Understanding Manifestation and Perfect Alignment:
The term “Perfect” doesn’t denote perfection in the traditional sense; instead, it signifies that everything is unfolding as it should, aligning either with our internal beliefs and programming or through Ho’oponopono, aligning with Divine Will.

While setting intentions, Ho’oponopono encourages aligning with the loving intentions of the Divine. It emphasizes the importance of letting go of specific expectations and embracing the journey, understanding that there is no such thing as personal intentions that do not emerge from old programming within the subconscious. There is no “Free Will” as such, only choice: The choice to follow Inspiration or to follow memories replaying in the subconscious.

As you align with the Inspiration coming through you will begin to resonate with that which is for your highest and best good, attracting opportunities, people and circumstances that will help bring what makes your heart sing into your reality; and by taking “inspired action” you will find that your manifestation abilities are supercharged, and you begin experiencing more and more bliss as you effortlessly live into your dream life.

Freedom from External Influences:
Ho’oponopono encourages freeing oneself from the influence others hold over emotions and perceptions through the process of forgiveness with oneself for any transgressions that have taken place. It suggests re-imagining relationships and circumstances in a positive light, acknowledging that external actions merely act as a mirror to bring awareness to memories that need releasing from within as they trigger pre-existing emotional buttons.

The Power of Collective Clearing:
Beyond individual healing, Ho’oponopono holds the potential to shift the collective consciousness. Clearing personal issues contributes to a broader impact on the human psyche, fostering profound changes in society and civilization as a whole. As you shift internally, so the changes are reflected back within society as a whole. If each of us take full responsibility for what presents itself, we will all have a much easier life.

Enhancing Your Ho’oponopono Practice

-Consistency is Key: The effectiveness of practices like Ho‘oponopono often lies in consistency. Make it a daily habit to engage in the cleansing process, and over time, you may notice positive shifts in your mindset and life.

-Adapt the Practice to Your Lifestyle: While the suggested method involves four key phrases, feel free to adapt the practice to suit your lifestyle. The essence lies in the the words that you feel inspired to use, so find a rhythm that resonates with you.

-Be Patient with Yourself: Transformation and personal growth take time. If you find it challenging to maintain the practice or forget to do it consistently, be patient with yourself. Remember that every effort contributes to your journey.

-Integrate Mindfulness: Combining mindfulness practices with Ho ‘oponopono can amplify the benefits. Being present in each moment, observing your thoughts without judgment, and staying aware of your emotions can complement the cleansing process.

-Explore Further Resources: Ho ‘oponopono is a vast topic, and there are many resources available to deepen your understanding. Consider exploring books, articles, or attending workshops on the subject to enhance your knowledge and practice. If you would like further information about the practice you can go to IZI LLC: Self I-Dentity through Ho’oponopono®. I have also written a book from my own experiences which you can purchase here: Heartfelt Manifestation.

-Connect with Like-minded Individuals: Sharing experiences and insights with others practicing Ho ‘oponopono can provide valuable support and encouragement. Consider joining online forums or communities to connect with like-minded individuals on a similar journey.

-Hire a Life Coach: Along with seeking further information and/or support from a group, a wonderful way to help you get clear on the process and to keep you accountable to taking 100% responsibility and with the practice of Ho’oponopono until it becomes second nature, is to work with a Life Coach who is dedicated to the cause. You can find out more about working with Paul to help you with this on the website at –

The Essence of Ho'oponopono
Incorporating Ho’oponopono into one’s life offers a pathway to profound self-discovery, healing, and alignment with the Divine. By embracing responsibility, practicing forgiveness, and expressing gratitude, individuals can experience a shift in consciousness that not only transforms their lives but also contributes to the collective well-being of humanity.

The simplicity of the practice, with its four key phrases, makes Ho’oponopono accessible to anyone seeking a powerful tool for personal and spiritual growth. Remember that personal development is a unique journey, and what works for one person may vary for another, so feel free to tailor these suggestions to your preferences and needs.

Trust is fundamental in any transformative practice. Trust the process of Ho‘oponopono, trust in your ability to create positive change while aligning with Divine wisdom. As we embark on this journey of self-healing and collective transformation, may the wisdom of Ho’oponopono guide us towards a life filled with love, acceptance, and inner peace.

Author's Bio: 

Paul Jenkin | Life Coach & Somatic Facilitator
With 26 years of experience in alternative health and personal development, Paul coaches entrepreneurs and creatives to let go of limiting programming and empower themselves to reach greater levels of personal freedom, peace and success.

Author of 'Heartfelt Manifestation’- he enjoys sharing information about a whole range of topics from LOA, optimal health, emotional intelligence, self-sovereignty and business. Schedule a 1-hr Expansion Call Today!