Growth Strategy #46: Ho'oponopono - heal wounds

Growth Strategy #46: Ho'oponopono - heal wounds

I came across Ho'oponopono when studying Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP in 2006.  The leader of the course was a fan and had traveled to Hawaii many times to practice and learn to train others on how to use it.  

It is a simple method and anyone can do it at any time.  I find that the method works equally well, when focusing on others or oneself.  

Good for:  Self-love and forgiveness; seeking forgiveness from others
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Ho’oponopono is a Hawaiian spiritual practice that has been around for centuries, but has recently gained popularity in the Western world. It’s a powerful tool that can be used to manifest positive change in your life and even heal deep emotional wounds. Let's take a look at what ho'oponopono is and how it works.

Ho'oponopono (pronounced hoe-oh-poh-noh-poh-noh) is an ancient Hawaiian healing process that helps restore balance and bring peace into people's lives. The practice involves repeating four simple phrases in order to heal ourselves from negative influences or patterns in our lives.

The four phrases are  "I'm sorry," "Please forgive me," "Thank you," and "I love you".

By repeating these four phrases, we are able to release any negative thoughts or feelings we may have about ourselves or others. We are also able to open up to the possibility of new possibilities and opportunities in our lives.

Some of the key principles

  • Acknowledging and taking responsibility for one's own actions and their impact on others.
  • Asking for forgiveness and making amends for any harm caused.
  • Seeking to understand the perspective of others and to find common ground.
  • Focusing on the present moment and letting go of the past.
  • Practicing self-love and self-forgiveness.


The process

  1. Ho'oponopono begins with self-reflection. Before repeating the four phrases, take some time to reflect on yourself, your relationships, and your life as a whole.
  2. Ask yourself questions such as “What am I feeling right now? Where do I feel this emotion coming from? How can I bring peace into my life?".
  3. After reflecting on these questions, begin repeating the four phrases out loud or silently within yourself. As you do this, visualize any negative energy leaving your body and being replaced by positive energy.
  4. Visualize yourself surrounded by light and love. Focus on letting go of all negative thoughts or emotions that come up while repeating the phrases. This will help clear away any blocks preventing you from achieving balance in your life.

Experts on Ho'oponopono

There are many experts in Ho'oponopono, and the practice has been taught and studied by a wide range of individuals from different cultural and professional backgrounds. Some of the experts in Ho'oponopono include:

  • Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona: A Hawaiian spiritual leader who developed a modernized version of Ho'oponopono known as the "Self-Identity through Ho'oponopono" process.
  • Joe Vitale: An author and speaker who has written extensively about Ho'oponopono and its application in personal development and self-improvement.
  • Ihaleakala Hew Len: A therapist who has used Ho'oponopono in his work with clients and has written about his experiences in the book "Zero Limits."
  • Len Sperry: A clinical psychologist and professor who has written about Ho'oponopono and its potential applications in the field of psychology and therapy.


This ancient Hawaiian healing practice that can help us let go of negative thoughts or emotions so we can create more balance in our lives.

By taking some time for self-reflection before beginning the process, we can open ourselves up to new possibilities for growth and healing within ourselves and our relationships with others.

With regular practice of ho'ponpono, we can manifest positive change in our lives by releasing old patterns that no longer serve us so that we can live more harmoniously with ourselves and others around us!

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