You've heard the expression, "The Greeks have a word for it." So do the Hawaiian people, when it comes to starting a new year with a clean slate.

Ho’oponopono is a very powerful ancient Hawaiian healing and problem-solving process, which releases memories that are hurtful and problematic. This method works mainly through prayers, meditation as you understand it, or by just saying the words.

"Divine creator, father, mother, son as one… If I, my family, relatives, friends and ancestors have offended you, your family, relatives, and ancestors in thoughts, words, deeds, and actions from the beginning of our creation to the present, we ask your forgiveness… Let this cleanse, purify, release, cut all the negative memories, blocks, energies, and vibrations, and transmute these unwanted energies to pure light… And it is done.”

You can say this in any order you like, and you can use it for any problems that have been haunting you during the past year. Saying this mantra silently or out loud can help you cleanse your mind and body of bad thoughts, guilt and shame. The expression comes from the word ho’o, meaning to make or to try, and pono, meaning right or honest.

The mantra therefore means to “cause things to move back in balance."

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If there are too many words for you to put to memory, the shorter version is simple: "I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you."

One of the reasons that this mantra is so powerful for forgiving others is that you accept and acknowledge the wrong before asking for forgiveness.

By asking for forgiveness, you are essentially letting go of the past and gaining complete freedom.

If you regularly practice the mantra, negative mental thoughts and low self-esteem can be replaced by positivity and confidence – a great way to enter a new year.

Happy 2023!

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