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Ho’oponopono Prayer for Forgiveness, Healing and Making Things Right

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Ho’oponopono Prayer for Forgiveness, Healing and Making Things Right

The Ho’oponopono prayer could be exactly what you're looking for in your relationships -- with others, with the earth, with yourself.

First things first, I just had to make a print of this prayer, I love it so much. Click here to see the Ho’oponopono prayer print I made! It's a unique gift, even if it's staying in your own home. :)

What Is Ho’oponopono?

Ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian practice for forgiveness and reconciliation. It’s more than the prayer alone; it's a process of making things right in your relationships -- with others, ancestors, deities, the earth, yourself.

The family ritual focuses on working through problems together, openly expressing feelings, and releasing each other. It’s the act and intention of holding a space for reflection, repentance, forgiveness, and gratitude.

Special words are exchanged, emotions are revealed, and forgiveness flows both ways. A ceremonial feast might follow, symbolizing the release.

The philosophy behind this practice is that we’re each responsible for what shows up in our reality. We own our feelings and our experiences. So even if someone else has wronged us, we're the ones saying "I am sorry. Forgive me..."

The foundation of this practice is unity: an unbreakable bond connects you to everyone else, even though we seem so separate.

When errors are corrected externally, errors are corrected internally. When you “cleanse” your consciousness, you contribute to the cleansing of the “collective consciousness.” When you forgive others, you, too, are forgiven because...

As within, so without.

Loving each other and loving yourself is kind of the same thing.

When you focus on healing the past, you help heal your life right here, right now. When you right any wrongs in your thinking, you adjust and amend problems in the physical realm.

As above, so below.

The practice of Ho’oponopono helps you understand and heal the experiences in your life that you’ve “attracted” or participated in, or have been affected by.

“In common with other shamanic traditions, the Hawaiian tradition teaches that all life is connected. Ho’oponopono is, therefore, not only a way of healing ourselves, but others and our world as well.” – Timothy Freke, Shamanic Wisdomkeepers

While the Ho’oponopono Prayer is by no means a complete training in the Hawaiian practice, it can be profoundly healing for all you’ve gone through and are still trying to move through.

I recommend it!

It’s helped me identify underlying currents of resentment and self-loathing in my life (from childhood, school, and surrounding my brother’s suicide) so I can “give them up.” So I can be free, and move forward.

You're allowed to move forward. Small rituals like this one can help.

The Ho’oponopono prayer is part of an ancient Hawaiian practice, and it could play a central role in your relationships and your own physical and emotional healing. Its four tenets: repentance, forgiveness, gratitude, and love. If you're ready to feel better, heal better, and move forward your own way, try this ritual.

The Ho’oponopono Prayer

There are four forces at work in this prayer: repentance, forgiveness, gratitude, and love. These are reflected in the four phrases that make up the prayer.

The phrases, which you can repeat in any order, silently to yourself or out loud, are:

  1. I am sorry.
  2. (Please) Forgive me.
  3. Thank you.
  4. I love you.

It’s natural to resist this practice at first, especially if you've got a lot of healing to do. I was! After a few times, it gets easier.

You might feel better right away, or feel your evolution like a slow melt into love.

This prayer has a lot of power in it.

It’s why I made a Ho'oponopono prayer print!

How You Pray Is Your Decision Entirely

You can chant these four phrases to address a specific problem in your life (regardless of whose fault it is), your past, your ancestral lineage, or your relationship with the earth.

You could also practice for no reason at all.

You can meditate quietly in a state of peace and gentleness. You can repeat this out loud in front of the mirror.

You can even play with the order of the phrases and see if you notice any subtle differences in how you feel.

(This is why in my book, Sleep Rituals, on page 241 in the Mirror Gazing ritual, I included a different version of the Ho’oponopono prayer. To see it, and 99 other rituals for better sleep, get a copy of the book.)

It’s neat to see what questions arise as you keep up with the practice, like:

  • “What am I sorry for?”
  • “Where do I still need forgiveness?
  • "Where am I still seeking forgiveness?
  • “What am I thankful for?”
  • “Do I really feel loved?” “Why am I worthy of love?” “Where do I want to feel more love?”

And sometimes, the questions can be just as enlightening as the answers.

Don’t be afraid to let the words, and the questions that come up, ferment with time. You don’t need answers right away. Let them come without forcing them.

Give the healing, reconciliation and release time to sink into your cells and seep through your life.

Then again, you might feel better right away... a lightening, a wave of peace, a shower of clarity, a freedom like no other.

. . .

Tell me:

Have you tried the Ho’oponopono prayer ritual? If not, do you think you’d like to make it part of your life now?

If you have or do, tell me in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

~ Jen

P.S. To strengthen your practice, get the special handwritten Ho’oponopono prayer print I made. Place it where you’ll see it, where you most need it. Bring on the healing.

The Ho’oponopono prayer is part of an ancient Hawaiian practice, and it could play a central role in your relationships and your own physical and emotional healing. Its four tenets: repentance, forgiveness, gratitude, and love. If you're ready to feel better, heal better, and move forward your own way, try this ritual.

Comments on this post (13)

  • Jun 15, 2020

    Miroslava, I’m actually not 100% sure on the words in their original form, but I would love to know. If you find out, let me know… and I’ll do the same. :) I should ask my Hawaiian friend as I’m sure she would be able to point me in the right direction if she doesn’t know already!

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jun 15, 2020

    Jamie, thank you so much for sharing this here. You are so right. And what an interesting thing to contemplate, that the world is inside of us, subjective, of our making and interpretation. Every time I write, I realize how much more work there is to do… :)

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jun 15, 2020

    Paulette, thank you. You are a gift to your parents, and to me, and to the world. Thank you for what you did. I am sending you and your family all my love, and wishing peace and light for your mom. x

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jun 15, 2020

    Hello Dear!
    I´m just wondering if it´s way to get to the original “key words” but in original Hawaiian language.?
    Do oyou know where can I get them?

    I´m a lover of that culture , I danced Hawaiian for many years, and love that culture. That´s why practicing Ho’ oponopono has great meaning for me.

    — Miroslava

  • Jun 15, 2020

    Hi Jennifer,
    Thanks for your post. It brought a little tear or two to my eye.
    I find hooponopono to be one of the most simple and direct ways to make peace with the world. It’s looking more and more like science is providing us with the idea that there is no universal, objective world ‘out there’, and that everything we experience is actually a creation of our subjectivity, that all of our problems with the world are actually inside of us, and that when we hold onto a resentment, we are actually creating a separation within ourself. Healing that separation with a deep sense of humility, and a willingness to take responsibility for ‘the other’ makes more and more sense to me. I have been practicing hooponopono in the past and found myself spontaneously just see how inside of the person who has ‘wronged me’ or ‘upset my feelings’ there is an innocent person with the same vulnerabilities as myself, and someone who is asking to be acknowledged and valued. Just writing this makes me aware that I still have so much work to do.
    Bless you, thank you and aloha,

    — Jamie Dick-Cleland

  • Jun 15, 2020

    I love this prayer/meditation and taught it to my mom and dad. My mom is in hospice and preparing to pass so I thought it would be helpful for her to emotionally prepare for the journey as well as help dad at the same time.

    — Paulette Fara-Schembri

  • Apr 14, 2020

    Jasmine, I think one of the greatest ways to help someone else change is to be an example, and to love them anyway, just as they are. I know how hard that is, but it’s what I’ve learned <3

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Apr 14, 2020

    Hi, I would like to make Hooponopono prayer to change my brother’s view of life, help him have more strength and determination towards actions of life changing.

    If I make Hooponopono prayer and imagine how he acts, does it work somehow? please help me, i want my brother change towards good things

    — Jasmine

  • Sep 16, 2019

    Patti, wow thank you for saying this! It warms my heart that what I share here can help you and others heal and grow even after the hardest times. It’s an honor. I’m so grateful that you’re here and will be reading! “thank you”

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Sep 16, 2019

    Wow, God does work in mysterious ways! I just happened to stumble on to this website
    what a blessing and a comfort your blog is!
    I will be reading your blog every day because it is so beautiful.
    You are so fortunate that you have turned your tragedy in to helping people that are suffering heal ….
    with actual steps that are so easy to follow

    " thank you"

    and may Peace be with you
    as you send Peace to me and everyone that is reading your blog!

    — Patti

  • Jul 29, 2019

    Hi Jack, if I were to say one word that I live by and pray by, it would be: Love. I have faith and though our specific beliefs might be different, I believe the basis of what we share is that word. And I write what I write, and share what I share, because it’s how I like to put my love into the world, to help other people. I think we’re both on the right path :) ~ Jen

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jul 29, 2019

    Good Morning to you! After waking up this morning, I realized that my yoke might have been spelled “yolk”. I need eggs !!

    — Jack Hurst

  • Jul 29, 2019

    It’s nice to watch you grow.
    The yolk that I wear is easier than the one you are wearing.
    St. Gemma Galgani once said: “If all were to know how beautiful Jesus is and how loving He is! They would all die if love. And yet, how is it that He is so little loved?”
    I hope some day you get to know Jesus.

    — Jack Hurst

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