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How to Practice the Power of Ho'oponopono in Recovery

How to Practice the Power of Ho’oponopono in Recovery

The practice of Ho’oponopono comes from Hawaii. The secret to it is there is no such thing as ‘out there’ when it comes to forgiveness and healing. Most, if not all, of the work of forgiveness and healing starts within. Learn more about this practice and how you can use it to help you heal in recovery.

Power of Forgiveness

You may think that the secret to letting go of what other people have said or done to you starts ‘out there,’ but it really begins ‘in here.’ The inner landscape of your soul is a complex place and it requires a lot of grooming, work, and energy to keep it strong. You are responsible for what you think and how you respond to your environment. When you become aware of your responses, you can change how you engage with your environment to create a more positive impact. There are four steps in this method of taking ownership and responsibility for your actions. This includes some very key elements necessary to forgive yourself and others.

I’m Sorry

You are responsible for what is inside your mind. Once you realize that, you can stop resisting the acceptance of responsibility for what is ‘outside yourself,’ and start to practice this method on problems inside yourself and heal. You can:

  • Choose something you have a challenge with (addiction, for example)
  • Start by offering yourself an apology
  • Accept responsibility for what has happened
  • Offer remorse to yourself and others for how your actions and behaviors impacted other people and yourself

Ask Forgiveness

Don’t think about who you are asking or for what reason you’re asking. It is better to say it to their face than to not offer it at all. You are asking to be forgiven of ways you harmed them and seek their forgiveness and, in turn, tell them you are sorry for what happened.

Offer Gratitude

Saying ‘thank you,’ can be very hard to do but it doesn’t matter who or what you are thanking. Offer thanks to your body for all it does for you. Offer thanks to your mind, spirit, and life for what it offers you. Thank your higher power and give thanks and gratitude to those who accepted your offer of apology. Keep offering this on a daily basis to remind yourself of the power of gratitude in life.

Offer Love

Saying ‘I Love You’ can be the hardest words when you feel bitter about harm caused or you feel sad because you caused someone else harm. Saying these words is a challenge but you have to say it and mean it for it to have the right impact. There is nothing as powerful as love itself. What you want to do is offer genuine love to those you care about and practice living a life that will continually offer them reasons to return that affection to you and say sorry when you have done harm.

The power of this Hawaiian practice is in the doing of it on a daily basis. When you practice love, gratitude, and forgiveness of self and others you can start to heal and seek a pathway forward out of addiction into recovery.

There is a lot of power in words. Forgiveness and gratitude are not just nice concepts, they are critical to holding our lives together, knitted by a spirit of love and understanding. If you are ready to give it a try, call us. We will help you discover the power of positive living in recovery. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401