Ho’oponopono “I am sorry, please forgive me, I love you, thank you.”

"Let me share with you a technique I use daily in meditation and when I’m upset. It’s very effective. It’s known as Ho’oponopono and comes from Hawaii. I first heard about it twelve years ago. I was told about a psychiatrist who worked in a busy hospital and had many patients to deal with. Instead of going around to meet them, he would simply be on his own in his office with the person’s file in front of him. While looking through it he would concentrate all his efforts on that person while reciting over and over the
following mantra – “I am sorry, please forgive me, I love you, thank you.”

It was noted that patients began to get well and in time were discharged. I don’t remember all the exact details of why this works, but essentially the practice of Ho’oponopono is that everything in our life and other people and all the bad and good going on is everyone’s responsibility. Too much bad feeling has affected the world and Ho’oponopono corrects this by becoming one with the divine power of the universe. The method can be changed to suit religions by adding “Dear God/Allah/Jesus” before the mantra. I’ve found by doing this method and focussing on people who don’t seem to get along with me, they start to say hello and don’t seem to have a problem."

From. Prison Phoenix Trust's Newsletter, Winter 2012.