Forgiveness Exercises

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Forgiveness Exercises

This is a fairly new spiritual tool to my morning Spiritual Practices routine. I first heard about Hoʻoponopono a few years ago.

According to Wikipedia “Hoʻoponopono” is a Hawaiian “mental cleansing”  practice whereby “…relationships were set right through prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, mutual restitution and forgiveness.” “…goodness, uprightness, morality, moral qualities, correct or proper procedure, excellence, well-being, prosperity, welfare, benefit, true condition or nature, duty; moral, fitting, proper, righteous, right, upright, just, virtuous, fair, beneficial, successful, in perfect order, accurate, correct, eased, relieved; should, ought, must, necessary.

Ponopono is defined as “to put to rights; to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up, make orderly or neat”.

At first, I would only use the Hoʻoponopono technique in times of crisis or intense conflict with someone. I would see the person in my mind’s eye and if I felt any angst towards them I would repeat the Hoʻoponopono statements (I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you) a couple of times until I felt better emotionally.

I don’t just use the Ho’oponopono on my relationships with others – I also use it on my relationship with Self. I frequently use it to soothe my Inner Child by saying, “Little Linda – I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you” when I feel there’s some residual feelings from my childhood that are surfacing.

I also use the Ho’oponopono on my relationship with my body. It’s been a life-long struggle of Self-Love and Self-Acceptance for me, and I find using the Ho’oponopono is a great affirmation and act of Self-Love and Self-Acceptance.

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Forgiveness is not something we do for Other People… It’s something we do for Ourselves to move on.

Another forgiveness exercise that I’ve used in the past comes from the book, Alcoholics Anonymous. It says that whenever you have a resentment against another to pray for them what you wish for yourself – every day for two weeks. Before I start, I have written the beginning and ending dates on my calendar with a hatch mark. Then this is what I say, “I pray for ___________’s Health, Happiness & Prosperity.” Sometimes only once, but more often than not, I say this three or more times during a session. I say it until the negative thoughts, feelings and energy pass.

Generally, in the beginning days of this forgiveness exercise, I am usually saying this through clenched teeth because of my emotional upset. I find that over time the emotions ease and it becomes easier to say it with sincerity.

And – I have been known to have to repeat this 2-week process more than once – sometimes immediately after the initial process, other times it may be months or years later that I need to renew my attempt at a deeper level of forgiveness.

Spiritual Books That I Recommend

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  • Getting into the Vortex,  by Abraham-Hicks
  • Getting in the Gap: Making Conscious Contact with God Through Meditation (Book & CD), by Wayne Dyer
  • Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering The Art Of Manifesting by Wayne Dyer
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
  • The Power of your Subconscious Mind, by Dr. Joseph Murphy
  • The Moses Code: The Most Powerful Manifestation Tool In The History Of The World by James F. Twyman

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