Hoponopono (Ho’oponopono): healing through forgiveness

the Hoponopono (Also known as writing Ho’oponopono) It is a philosophy of conflict resolution and spiritual healing based on forgiveness, reconciliation and love.

Hoponopono (Ho’oponopono): to forgive oneself

Its origins can be traced back to the earliest inhabitants of the Polynesian island of Hawaii, who practiced healing rituals based on the Hoponopono philosophy. In the twentieth century, My name is Siméon adapted ancestral teachings and techniques to modern times and popularized what we mean today by Hoponopono.

Although in the old versions of this healing art the figure of the healer was instructed by priests, in the current version the action lies with the individual who wishes to be healed, so we can understand this spiritual art as a method self-help.

Polynesian beliefs

In the popular cultures of the Polynesian islands, it was believed that the mistakes made by people caused disease, as they innervated the spirits of the gods. Moved by this dogma, they thought that in order to debug errors, the individual had to clean. If the confession was not granted, the person could become ill and die. Keeping the mistake a secret is what caused the disease to continue to develop.

In the paradigm of psychoanalysis, one could translate Polynesian beliefs by the concept of repression. By not being aware of these negative elements for health, the tensions they cause are anchored in the psyche, then somatized. By admitting the error, the harmful effect on the person is canceled, neutralized.

Ancestral practice of Hoponopono

“Ho’oponopono” means, in Hawaiian, a kind of mental hygiene: family gatherings where relationships are channeled and balanced by words, discussion, confession, compensation, repentance, sincere understanding of others, forgiveness and ultimately love.

While the particle “ho’o” is a prefix that converts a noun into a verb, the noun “Pono” can be defined as “kindness, morality, righteousness, virtue, righteousness, ethics …”.

In this way, “ponopono” means “reorient, Correct, reorganize … “.

One of the foremost scholars on the Hawaiian tradition, Mary pukuiDescribes the early steps of Hoponopono in Polynesian culture as “a family tradition where family members meet with other distant members of the same family and redirect rooted issues between them, forgiving and understanding each other. other”.

Hoponopono was conceived as a spiritual method to restore bad interpersonal relationships which have led to pathologies and diseases of the individual, and therefore of the group. It was possible to get to the root of problems, and it was believed that this also improved individual and family relationships with the gods, which provided certain essentials for spiritual peace.

Hoponopono at present

Of course, the concept of Hoponopono is not due to experimental psychology and the psychological intervention practices that contain it do not have the backing of science. Yet, it has been used in various contexts over the past decades.

Traditional application with criminals

During the second half of the 19th century, a prison program was implemented in Hawaii in which criminals had to work with an elder who led Hoponopono meetings with their families, as an alternative method of debugging inter and intrapersonal conflicts.

Karma Catharsis

In the 1970s, the traditional Hoponopono was adapted to the needs of industrial society. He extended the philosophy of forgiveness and conflict resolution to social issues, and also acquired, on the other hand, a psycho-spiritual character of emotional purification of the ballast of each individual.

This adaptation places a lot of emphasis on the effects of negative karma. Being aware of and experiencing for yourself the pain you have caused to others is one of its foundations. Hoponopono’s philosophy has elements of solipsism, going so far as to assert that “everyone is a creator of their own life and their circumstances. Every immoral action leaves its mark on the psyche and is reflected in every object or living being it has witnessed. At this moment”. .

The cleansing or purification of karma becomes an indispensable condition expansion of consciousness.

Hoponopono: limitless

The 21st century versions of Hoponopono emphasize the importance of reaching “the state of zero, where there are no boundaries, no connections, no memory, no identity.” To achieve this state, called “Self-I-Dentity”, the following mantra must be repeated several times:

Please forgive me. I am really sorry. I love you.

The philosophy behind modern Hoponopono advocates full responsibility for our actions and those of others. Conflicts therefore arise from oneself and never by the force of an external reality. If you want to change personal reality, you have to change yourself. Although this postulate sounds like solipsism, the truth is that Hoponopono does not deny the reality of the consciousness of others.

Instead, Hoponopono he sees the calculation of the consciousnesses that inhabit the world as intertwined pieces. If we cleanse our own conscience from the mistakes made, we will erase everyone’s conscience. Certainly a philosophy that can help us understand ourselves better and be more connected to the people around us.

introductory book

Do you dare to try this philosophy? I invite you to obtain the book of the Dra. Carmen Martinez enter this link.

Bibliographical references:

  • Pukui, Mary Kawena and Elbert, Samuel H., University of Hawaii (1986) ISBN 978-0-8248-0703-0
  • Simeona, Morrnah, Self-Identity through Hoʻoponopono, Basic 1, Pacifica Seminars (1990)

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