Yesterday, some clouds were covering my ability to see all the good in my life. I had a day of self doubt, worry, anger and the inability to look beyond my personal failures to little successes that have lined my path over the past years. I was focused on all the grayness, the inconsistencies, and the feeling of not measuring up to my own standards.
Then I began to heal my negativity by using an ancient Hawaiian healing prayer called Ho’oponopono.
Ho’oponopono means, to ‘make right, or to rectify an error.’ According to ancient Hawaiians, error arises from thoughts that are tainted by painful memories from the past. Ho’oponopono offers a way to release the energy of these painful thoughts, or errors, which cause imbalances and disease.” (Page 5 of Zerolimits)
The process is to repeat four statements over and over again until you feel a sense of peace. It can be done around any situation. I felt my anxiety level decrease steadily each time I spent five to ten minutes repeating the statements which are: I love you, I am sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you.
I am most hard on myself, and therefore, I am the last person I want to forgive. When I started the prayer yesterday, I could feel the anger bubbling to the top and I felt like I deserved a good scolding from my own self. But as I worked with the statements, I was able to come to a place of knowing that I have done my best, I am learning from my mistakes, and I am in the exact place I need to be in order to move forward in my life. I went to bed, repeating the statements over and over, allowing the words to move through my body, looking for places where unforgiveness rested. I would stay there in my mind and pray the statements until I felt a shift of energy, releasing the negativity.
I know I still have some work to do, but a hug from one daughter and words of wisdom from another ( You are here now, and you are successful now!) was enough to remind me that success isn’t always measured in the amount of money in a bank account. And like the clouds being lit by the sunset, I am aware that Divine Guidance is moving in and through my life, and there will be light at the end of this situation. I have to remember to look for the silver lining, but I can’t see it unless I am willing to look at the situation head on, and move through it.
I love you, I am sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you.