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I learned of this beautiful and simple practice several years ago, but it was only recently that I came to understand it deeply. Reflecting on each of the four elements of this practice, each in turn, really got me into the sense of the power that it has to heal wounds between people, put relationships back on track, and generally sweeten the garden all the way around.
Here’s a snippet of additional background from the Wikipedia article:
“Hoʻoponopono” is defined in the Hawaiian Dictionary as “mental cleansing: family conferences in which relationships were set right through prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, and mutual restitution and forgiveness.” Literally, hoʻo is a particle used to make an actualizing verb from the following noun, as would “to” before a noun in English. Here, it creates a verb from the noun pono, which is defined as:
…goodness, uprightness, morality, moral qualities, correct or proper procedure, excellence, well-being, prosperity, welfare, benefit, true condition or nature, duty; moral, fitting, proper, righteous, right, upright, just, virtuous, fair, beneficial, successful, in perfect order, accurate, correct, eased, relieved; should, ought, must, necessary.
Ponopono is defined as “to put to rights; to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up, make orderly or neat”. (Bold is mine.)
If you want a little more background, you can check out the Wikipedia article.
Try it out – the practice is gentle and if performed in a heartfelt manner, can really clear the air, align the energy, and fertilize the soil for new growth in any relationship where you’ve experienced turbulence.
And, the more you use it, the faster it works!