On March 10th I wrote about the process for healing our relationships with others: 1.) I am sorry, 2.) Please forgive me, 3.) I love you, 4.) Thank you. We use the same steps to heal ourselves. We aren’t talking about a one-time or even an occasional healing, but rather a setting up a daily practice that will become automatic.

The are five basic principles of using Ho’oponopono: A.) our negative memories are stored in our subconscious and replayed there frequently, even when we are not consciously aware of this activity, B.) these memories must be erased because they cause us problems, attract more negativity to us, and delay our spiritual progress, C.) we do not have to focus on a specific problem for this to succeed; in fact, we might be unaware of what is causing our problems, D.) we must accept responsibility for eliminating this negativity from our lives, and E.) once we have trained our subconscious to eliminate negativity, it will do so automatically.

This process is not something our intellect easily understands. Therefore, in order to make this work, we must use it many times until we are comfortable with it; then stand back and see how it affects our lives. The steps for cleansing are:

1.) When we become aware of a problem we must accept responsibility for the fact that we are attracting this problem and say, “I am sorry. Please forgive me and remove from me whatever is in me that is attracting this.”

2.) In a spirit of love and harmony tell yourself, “I love you.”

3.) Say to yourself, “Thank you.” This indicates the issue is now closed.

4.) Be patient. Forget your expectations of how or when this will happen. Let go and let God. Remember the saying, “Man proposes, God disposes.”

I finish with a quote from Mabel Katz on page 131 of her book: “Ho’oponopono helps you let go  of what is not you, so that you can find out who you really are and fall in love with yourself. Only when you love and accept yourself, can you love and accept others.”

Next blog: Why self-healing with Ho’oponopono works.