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Ho'oponopono Technique: How to Unlock the Healing Power

A growing number of people are keen to learn the ho'oponopono technique and how to unlock the healing power and mind cleansing potency of the process.

In this article, I explain how you can leverage that healing, cleaning powerful method that can potentially change your life for the better as well as those around you.

First, I would like to look at how the method can be used to aid the process of forgiveness.

Ho'oponopono and Forgiveness

These two great processes go together well to create a holistic means to heal the body and clean the mind of past negativity.

Forgiveness can be likened to a desirable gift. It is a thing we would dearly love to receive but we have no idea how to ask for it. Actually asking to be forgiven by other people is just not something that most people are comfortable with.

All too many people carry the heavy burden of past injustice. They are seeking forgiveness, whether from others or oneself, can be the remedy that relieves that burden.

What if you were told that there was a way to make forgiveness easier for you, while simultaneously experiencing deep healing? You'd be sure to want to know how, right?

The practice of ho'oponopono provides a means for forgiveness through deep healing of the person from the inside out. When you start to grasp the beauty and power of this practice you will begin to see its true value.

Are you ready for your healing journey to begin with this traditional Hawaiian practice?

The Forgiving, Healing Technique of Ho'oponopono

how to use ho'oponoponoYou might think that a powerful, beautiful and effective practice would be difficult to do or require lots of practice.

Ho'oponopono can work quickly or slowly, depending on how it is intended. It has many benefits, but the best is that you can do it yourself. It is also very simple.

This Hawaiian forgiveness technique is akin to chanting, or using a mantra. It's similar in some ways to meditating.

Sit somewhere quiet and comfortable. Close your eyes if you are comfortable doing so. Take several deep breaths.

The Mantra

Repeat the following mantra of four simple phrases:

″I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.″

The number of times you should repeat the Ho'oponopono affirmations is up to you, but the more times you can do it, the better.

Following the chanted mantra, it is relaxing to spend a few further moments in silence.

When you are ready, open your eyes, stretch and return to your day.

Who Are You Healing?

If you are aiming at healing yourself, then start the mantra with your own name:

"(Your name) I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you."

If you wish to use the technique for someone else, begin with their name:

"(Person's name) I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you."

Dr. Joe Vitale advises that you repeat the ho'oponopono affirmations no less than 108 times for the full effect to be experienced. However, to maintain the deepest inner calm, it is best not to tax your mind with counting, but just keep repeating until you feel you have done sufficient repetitions.

What Ho'oponopono Does

The surprising success of the ho'oponopono mantra is due to its focus on four spiritual aspects of healing that are equally important.

Included in this are:

  1. Love
  2. Repentance
  3. Forgiveness
  4. Gratitude

Let's take each of these and understand the healing power, of the process.

  1. I Love You (Love)

    Love is certainly a powerful tool. In order to forgive, you must also show love. You can tell yourself and the other person that you love everything.
  2. I am Sorry (Repentance)

    It is okay to be upset and sad. Take the issue which is troubling you, and tell yourself to be sorry.
  3. Please Forgive me (Forgiveness)

    This shows that you seek forgiveness and expect to be forgiven. No matter from whom you want forgiveness, repeat it.
  4. Thank You (Gratitude)

    Thank your God, yourself, and everyone else who has forgiven. Be grateful for all those who have forgiven you. Do not worry about the person you are expressing your gratitude to.

History Behind Ho'oponopono

Ho'oponopono is the modern interpretation of a traditional form of healing used in Hawaii by the ″kahuna″ or wise person/shaman of the family or group.

It was taken up and popularized by Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len when he used this form of Hawaiian prayer and forgiveness to cure an entire hospital ward for the criminally insane of without interacting in person.

Dr. Hew Len went through each patient's medical records, applied the ho'oponopono mantra and repeated the method. It changed detainees' mood for the better, raised their mental activity and even removed bad memories.

After several months, Dr. Hew Len was clearly able to heal the prisoners and allow them to be returned to normal prisons or in some cases attain early release back into society..

When to Use Ho'oponopono

Ho'oponopono, the beautiful technique for healing, can be used whenever you wish, whether walking on the street or cleaning up.

You can repeat the phrases when you use ho'oponopono in a variety of situations, either when you are alone and in a quiet place or simply out walking, waiting for an appointment or sitting on the train.

When alone, you can say the words aloud. However, when in a public place it would be better to whisper them to yourself or even internalize the mantra by repeating the phrases in your mind.

It can be used to cleanse your mind of negativity caused by bad past events, or when you are dwelling on a problem that seems at the time to have no realistic solution.

It can be used when you are feeling extra sensitive to bad news on the TV or to the antisocial behavior of other people.

It can also be helpful in healing relationships with other people that have become strained or broken down for whatever reason.

Whatever you use it for, always do so with the ultimate benefit for your self or the person being treated uppermost in mind.

Ho'oponopono Benefits

Ho'oponopono is certainly a highly potent technique that is used for achieving forgiveness.

But what are its other benefits? Ho'oponopono also has many other advantages when applied to yourself or another person.

For example, using the technique can lift a person's mood when they are feeling down or depressed.

It can help people to remember happy memories and feel the joy they bring, while being able to let go of debilitating memories that only brought unhappiness, shame or guilt.

Relationships can be healed when the deep-seated root cause has been mitigated and removed, allowing people to return to their previous happy state when together.

Negative feelings, thoughts and beliefs can all be replaced with their positive counterparts, allowing a sense freedom and fulfilment to be experienced by the release from negativity.

Past mistakes and the situations people find themselves in that make them feel down and powerless can be forgiven and allowed to be released to return control of their circumstances to them so they can be changed for the better are a result of external factors.


The practice of mental cleaning with ho'oponopono can help you or another person gain a greater sense of independence, growth and freedom.

There are so many benefits that come from the freeing of the mind from the burdens of negative past experiences and it is achieved in just about the simplest manner possible.

Whatever you intend to use it for, the outcome will tend to reflect the input from the user. So use it wisely and with a defined benefit in mind to gain the maximum value of success.

Last Updated: April 7, 2024