Ho’oponopono: The Hawaiian Forgiveness Ritual as the Key to Your Life’s Fulfillment
This wonderful little book is deceptively simple. There is a lot packed into it that is not obvious at first. The author presents the ideas behind Ho’oponopono in a heart-felt way, rather than in a very mentally stimulating way. He does not go into a lot of details, stories, or overtly ‘brilliant” ideas (though they are there). This book appeals to the heart, while giving a few things that help to keep the mind busy while that heart connection is made with Ho’oponopono.
It is a small format book. Yet, the author has managed to put in as much, if not more, as you would find in many a full-sized work. It is beautifully done with lovely pictures and layout.
Ulrich explains the use of Ho’oponopono is four sentences “I am sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.” (The order of the sentences does not matter much according to the experts).
He shows us how to use Ho’oponopono in a variety of situations to clear old patterns of resentment and unforgiveness. The examples include forgiving ourselves as well as forgiving others.
The book also touches on the background of Ho’oponopono, where it came from and how it is used in Hawaii for healing on an individual and in group and family situations. It also mentions the spiritual principles behind Ho’oponopono as well as ideas for healing our money situations, work issues health and so on.
Different authors seem to arrive at different ideas as to what Ho’oponopono actually means and Ulrich seems to have his own definition which works in the context of his book and in using the material. For example: I have seen very different definitions of what ‘Aloha’ means too, so perhaps that is a quirk of trying to translate something with deep cultural significance into another language (ie even the casually used ‘goodbye’ in English actually means ‘God bless you’ – but not so many know that, use it that way, and translate it accordingly).
I learned quite a bit about Ho’oponopono from this book, even though I have known about it for a while. I mostly learned about how I could apply it in real life. It seems to me that is the real value of this book: learning how to apply forgiveness in simple, basic real-life situations.
Although I have not had any contact with the author, I should declare a minor interest in that we both have the same publisher.
I am happy to recommend this wonderful, beautiful and very practical book for anyone who want to know more about Ho’oponopono and is open to connecting with it in a heart felt way.