How To Use The Ho’oponopono Meditation: For Forgiveness And Emotional Healing

How To Use The Ho’oponopono Meditation: For Forgiveness And Emotional Healing

Acceptance, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Love 

The Hawaiian word ho‘oponopono  derives from ho‘o (“to make”) and pono (“right”).  As you can see,  the word “pono” is repeated twice: to accentuate the dual action and effect of finding true closure: with oneself and the word. The ancient practice includes the repetition of four sentences : 

I love you! I am sorry! Please Forgive Me! Thank You!  

 It is incredible how powerful those four sentences can be. 

And how healing.

The Purpose And Method Of That Meditation 

Essentially, the ho‘oponopono chant is used to help us cut cords with the past, and transform and improve our current and future relationships. It is impossible to break free from the past if we don’t first heal from it.  Because until we do, we will keep attracting the same situations or people who would trigger similar (or even identical)  old fears, insecurities or still unredeemed traumatic experiences from our past (even memories that date back to when we were just born!). 

In order to cut cords (energetically) with people who have hurt us (including us) we need to be in a present state of forgiveness and love. SayingI am sorry to yourself (or a person you have wronged in the past) is, I find,  the most noble, humbling and liberating feeling.

Repentance/Acceptance Of Self

Even though the practice is navigated primarily to heal our relationship with other people, I have also been using it internally: addressing my own body with this potent feeling of repentance and compassion for all the times when I have mistreated it. Apologizing for all the years when I have not loved it; disregarded it; judged it; abused it; or simply didn’t honor its needs and wants. 

Accordingly, saying that we are sorry means more than an apology. It is a statement of self-acceptance. What has happened already IS and, as such, is already  imprinted in our memory. And we can`t change it. But we can alternate our reaction to it! By doing that we will gradually minimize (and even erase) its residue in our cellular cognition.  And heal.

Place your hand on your heart center and breathe into it…know that you can always move on. Our body is designed to heal and restore to its optimal health and emotional equilibrium. But, first, we need to clean it from the viruses of the past that have tried to invade our homeostasis with their harsh tongue and judgment

Forgiveness

Forgiving ourselves is not less difficult than forgiving someone else. It may even be harder… Often, we are own harshest critic.  Saying that we forgive ourselves (and everybody who has hurt us) is the enlightened path that exits the vicious spiral of vengeance, victimization and on-going accusations. Forgive and forget. Allow your body to address its pains; listen attentively…and then let go. Whoever mistreated you (whether it was You, your parents, your spouse, co-worker, or a complete stranger)…it is now gone.

You have forgiven them. *

(*You need to be patient with the process and come to this practice regularly until you are completely healed and restored) 

Gratitude  

From a law of attraction point of you, we are all energy. And in order to change our reality and to attract the kind of relationships/or circumstances we want,  to thrive and excel in every area of our life, we need to already be in a state of gratitude for having it.  And if your body (and mind) still holds on past judgment and self-actualization that is negative, you can`t possibly move forward, without carrying the same habitual patterns and emotional baggage. 

Saying “Thank You” to yourself (or the person/people/events) you are thinking of immediately creates space for you to surround your being with more positive emotions, experiences and overall healthier self-esteem. Because we all deserve (and are capable) to create the kind of life that makes us happy.

Love

The most blissful sentence. And it`s a pity we often times tend to search it outside of ourselves.  Because no one can truly love us, if we don`t already love ourselves: just the way that we are, with all our imperfections and areas for improvement. Saying that you love, love, love yourself is the foundation of releasing all old limitations and blockages from giving and receiving love from others. 

Now please take a moment to close your eyes, tune in and repeat those sentences with focus, intention and unconditional acceptance, forgiveness, love and gratitude.

From my heart to yours,

Ana-Maria

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Repeat to yourself every time when you are reminded of a negative experience or past trauma.

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If it is easier, listen to this meditation first to get into the habit of repeating to yourself. 

Now I Pass It Onto You. 

Letting Go Of Control: Tips For Easier Surrender And Releasing The Past

Letting Go Of Control: Tips For Easier Surrender And Releasing The Past

The secret of happiness is knowing that there are some things you can control and some things you cannot.” – Epictetus

Letting go of what is outside our control doesn’t equate apathy or ignorance. Feeling our emotions in their raw tantrum is the only way to, later on, release the avalanche of regret, doubt, fear, rejection, betrayal, and loneliness. Letting go of accusations, victimization, and self-pity doesn’t mean we ignore our emotions. It means we are not being manipulated by the illusion of being purposely wronged or mistreated. As the saying goes, Life doesnt happen to you, it happens for you. All wounds are teachers. And the best ones.

But sometimes we forget that with our thoughts we attract everything that happens to us. And instead get trapped in a perpetual and draining self-induced feeling of separation, martyrdom, and injustice. We start blaming the situation instead of looking within to find what we must change to stop creating the same reality over and over again: of feeling

unworthy/betrayed/wronged/cheated/unappreciated/dissatisfied/jealous/envious/unattractive/ unlovable/unsuccessful/etc.

  You probably feel a sense of repulsion just from reading the listed qualifiers, due to their negative vibrational frequency. Yet, sometimes we subconsciously repeat them to ourselves – every time when Life sends us a challenge or tests our reaction to events that are outside of our control. No wonder we keep repeating the same patterns of behavior that “prove” our limitations to be true instead of consciously releasing those limiting beliefs from our cellular memory. Most of us want a thriving relationship, loving family environment, a fulfilling career and on overall prosperity. However, we most likely will continuously struggle to create our best life (and keep the affluence flowing) if there is a hidden blockage in our subconscious mind that doesn’t allow us to believe that we are capable and deserving of happiness, success and unconditional love.

Knowing that we are always protected by our higher self, and our higher purpose in this life is not the same as actually believing it. Belief requires surrender and a conscious release from subconscious blockages that trigger the doubts and fears we experience when life events and people don’t meet our expectations. Yet, it`s never them that fail us. What we choose to believe is what manifests for us. Believing that everything and everyone enters our life at the perfect time and place saves us a lot of worrying for the things and people who exit it, or come to us in a later time and phase of our growth.

Knowing that you are not in control of other people but are in control of your own mind and emotional body will forever liberate you from the chains of attachment to the past.

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Silently repeat to yourself and embrace your physical body with a loving hug: as if you were your own best friend/lover.

 

The Practice

Whatever that has happened or is happening to you is a result of the past. And even if you can`t change it, you can change how you see it (and how you see yourself). I lovingly ask you to start this practice today and do it every day for the next twenty-one days.

Now please take your journal and begin writing down all of the affirmations I wrote down for you, as you can add your own and adapt them to your own language. Please note that is very important to say them in present tense and to keep them action-oriented.

Afterwards, please free-write about the emotions this practice is about to invoke in you and close the practice with the mantra: “I choose to allow those affirmations to work for me and to guide me towards happiness and self-acceptance.

The Affirmations

“Today, I lovingly release the pattern in me that…*”

(*for example: the pattern in me that doesn’t allow to be loved/the pattern in me that attracts toxic partners/ the pattern in me that is afraid of success/the pattern in me that repeats the behavior of my parents/the pattern in me that procrastinates/the pattern in me that attracts scarcity/the pattern in me that is always late/unmotivated/jealous…etc.)

“Today, I accept myself as I am.”

“Today, I move forward and let go of the past.”

“Today, I choose to change and forgive myself and others”

“Today, I lovingly release all negative feelings from my mind and body.”

“Today, I choose to feel better about myself and everything that happens to me.”

“Today, I release all limiting beliefs that hinder my happiness.”

“Today, I choose to feel complete, whole and guided.”

“Today, I choose to treat everybody with compassion and kindness, including myself.”

“Today, I choose to speak up and express my needs with love”

“Today, I choose to be liberated from any blockages or fears that hold me back.”

“Today, I choose to be calm and feel supported in everything that happens.”

“Today, I invite love to find me, and I stop looking for it elsewhere. It is already in me.”

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If you would like to inquire more about this practice and learn how to create your own affirmations depending on a life event/or trait you want to work on, please send me an email.

 

With Love and Care,

Ana-Maria

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Connect To Your Heart With Meditation

Connect To Your Heart With Meditation

Our heart contains the memory of every moment of triumph, defeat, happiness, shame, sorrow, courage and anger we have experienced in our lifetime.

On a biochemical level, our heart literally tries to protects us from experiencing a situation resembling old trauma or negative experience by shutting down. Thanks to the so-called messenger molecules, our brain translates every emotion into a chemical equivalent that we feel in our whole body (liver, kidneys, intensities) but mostly in our heart.

For example, it is very common that people become closed off for new romance shortly after a break-up because the heart acts as a guardian and tries to keep us at bay from falling again for an emotion that may hurt us. In this case, it is very important to be very mindful of your past and mindfully and continuously attest to your heart that is safe for you to be loved, respected and heard. In order to practice this conscious attainment to your heart health, you need to spend the time to retrace the earliest memory you can remember of you being hurt or neglected as a child (or a young adult) and send healing thoughts to that experience. Now lovingly reassure your heart it is safe for you to let go of past pains.

That equation applies to every other situation and relationship. It might be a colleague/your boss/a family member/an estranged friend. Very often we attract people that resemble a behavior we are trying to escape from. Perhaps your boss is disrespecting you, or your colleague is talking down on you; or your family members are not supporting your lifestyle choices?

Whatever that might be it is always a reflection on your view the world and yourself. Whatever we project is mirrored in the external environment and the way people treat and perceive us. And it all begins in your heart. If your heart is attuned to vibration of unconditional love and compassion you will begin to emanate this to everyone you meet and they will subconsciously start to mirror your vibration of self-respect, mindfulness, and kindness. The most efficient way to be more attuned to your heart is through movement therapy and meditation.

I created a clip for you with instructions you may follow to start your meditation practice.

    • Begin by visualizing your heart shining brightly surrounded by light
    • Place your hands a few inches in front of it without relaxing them on your chest. The heart has a very high magnetic frequency and you might even feel your hands warming up. Imagine a golden thread connected between your heart, hands, and temples
    • Align your thoughts to match the vibration of peace and surrender. Then stay in stillness and let go of any thoughts. Just feel your heart, and listen. Ask your heart what does it need and why does it want? What is it afraid of and is it ready to let go?
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My favorite meditation music for this practice.


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With Love and Care,

Ana-Maria

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Self-Love Practices

Self-Love Practices

Love, scientifically speaking, is not more than an illusion created by a mix of chemicals and hormones that produce the fuzzy feeling we feel in our heart for another person.

Yet, philosophically speaking, there is more to love than the “feeling” we associate with its presence or lack.

Love is a choice. Love is a daily commitment to validating that choice with our actions. Love doesn’t fade, even when the sexual attraction begins to subside. Love is caring and always present, even when we hurt, or experience pain. Love is omnipresent. It exists in and for all of us. Love is our state of consciousness and is our responsibility to access and spread it generously to those we encounter.

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A common misconception is that love just happens to us without us doing anything to attract it to our life. True, it is very possible (and frequently occurring) to meet a stranger that emanates magnetizing charm that pervades our imagination and succumbs us our hormonal state to a state of abiding arousal, also known as infatuation

Yet, technically speaking, we owe that attraction to the exchange of pheromones and our fantasy-subconscious that is responsible for our perception of the ‘other’ as a highly compatible lover: which, by itself, does NOT necessarily translate to long-lasting partnership compatibility!

In other words, in order to attract a relationship that lives beyond our present state of lack (as, very often, we get attracted to people that possess a quality we want, but don’t have) we must enter a state of mind that is already tuned to self-love and compassion.
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We cannot attract (or even witness love, even if is there in front of us) if we don’t feel as we can/want/or are ready for it.
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Love is everywhere around us. It is not a container that ever goes empty.

And You, dear reader, have an equal share.

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Before you start dating please first ask yourself:

    • Are you ready to attract a thriving, loving relationship that fills us up from the inside out?

 

    • A relationship that is not conditional and is ever-flowing?

 

  • A loving relationship that is not selfish and is healing?

If the answer is YES then you must love yourself first before loving someone else. If the answer is NO then you must love yourself even more before loving someone else.

Here are my personal practices for self-love.

  1. Gratitude. Every day find a time in your day to be grateful for having a heart that can love and be loved by others. Live your life as you already have the intimate partner you desire. How would it be to have them in your life? How would you feel? How would you act? Imagine the excitement you will feel spending time with them or responding to their text message. Now send all of that ecstatic vibration back to your heart and thank the Universe for sending love your way, every day.)
  2. Spending time doing something you love. That’s an activity that is uniquely yours but I recommend you to do an activity that is independent of external stimuli and you can do by yourself. Check out my curate your happiness ritual article.
  3. Exercise and eat proper nutrition for your body. This one is SO important! You need to feel connected to your body to release stress and connect to your creative power (the same chakra – Svadhishthana – associated with our sexuality, fyi!). Eating an alkaline diet will help you to stay hydrated and more in tune with your body and heart. Loving your body brings you self-respect, confidence and healthy sexuality.
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Practicing yoga is a gentle and loving way to energize your body and release stress.

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The more love we feel for ourselves, and for the world around us, the more love we will attract to our lives.
Do you love yourself enough? Take a moment to reflect and be very honest with yourself…

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~ With Love and Care,

Ana-Maria

 

 

 

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Unleash Your Creativity In Three Steps

Unleash Your Creativity In Three Steps

I genuinely applaud you if you’re the kind of person that never faces self-doubt. 

However, statistics show that most creative souls experience an immense amount of self-doubt and creativity blockages.

In reality, creativity is an ever-flowing source of inspiration.

it is when we COMPLETELY let go of the inhibition to be creative when we can unleash our already inbred creative power.  

Below are my three pillars of tuning in to creativity – the creativity we all humans have inside us, regardless of our “left”/“right”-side of the brain predispositions.

I. EXPRESS

We express our creative talents differently. Some of us like to play an instrument, to sing, to paint, to cook, to write poetry, to take photos…

Once we find it, we must connect to it and recognize it as our source of intrinsic and omnipresent passion.

When we are passionate about our creative mark, inspiration follows us everywhere we go. 

We begin to “breathe” our art, to exhale creativity and tune in with its medium of expression.

II. HONOR

The opposite of passion is stagnation.

And stagnation stems from fear: fear of not being good enough, creative enough, skillful enough, experienced enough, worthy-of-calling-yourself-an-artist enough. 

And that’s why so many people live their lives in regrets for not following up on their childhood passion to play the piano, be a painter, learn how to sing, take more dance classes, etc.

There is this stereotype that if one hasn’t been working on their gift from an early age they are doomed to abandon their needs for creativity and wait for another lifetime to pursue them.

And that’s, in short, the shame of following up on an idea what creativity is, without honoring your unique life situation.

Whether you have been an artist all of your life, or you suddenly wake up one day in your 40s, with the desire to sing/paint/play an instrument/etc, honor that need.

III. CULTIVATE

When you find what makes you feel joyous and creative, you have to begin showing up for it and set time in your life to just do it.

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With Love and Care,

~Ana-Maria

 

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Get Back Your Power!

Get Back Your Power!

We, human beings, have the precious gift to GROW from any challenge.

To either let the obstacles burn our passion, or ignite our strength.

To make us stronger and eager to move on.

And as phoenixes, to transpose our ashes to gold. 

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*To make peace with the past
*To forgive and detach

*To owe our mistakes

*To admit we have failed

*To send love to our wound

*To allow healing to bloom

*To be bold to take action

*To monitor our reactions

*To peacefully let go of what we don’t want in our day

*To trust something better is coming our way

*To take responsibility to come back on track

*And, determinedly, take our POWER back!
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~ With Love and Care,

Ana-Maria

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Curate Your Own Happiness Ritual

Curate Your Own Happiness Ritual

The quality happy time we spend with our friends, partners, and family members is indispensable and incompatible to anything else. But, nevertheless, for our personal growth, we also require an individual “solo” time with ourselves to reflect, replenish and refill our own happiness-trunk.

If we constantly measure our moments of happiness through experiences involving an external condition, we are trapped in a co-dependence on sources outside of ourselves to bring us comfort and fulfillment.

Therefore, please ask yourself:  “Do I have a ritual for self-sourced happiness?” ;”One that doesn’t include other people?”

It can be any of the following:

Perhaps writing in your journal? Or going for a walk? 

Or reading a book? Maybe drawing?

Treating yourself with a massage? Listening to uplifting music? Meditating?

Playing an instrument? Or cooking a meal? Or reorganizing your closet?

 

———- Whatever that practice means for you, it is uniquely yours, and you are the only one in command to execute it and show up for it on a regular basis.

•>Accordingly, my second question for You to ask Yourself is:

“How often Do I Make Time (in a day) To Be Happy?”

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I know you are busy. And so I am. However, I know how much more motivated, organized and self-determined I am when I invest thoughts and energy into my own well-being.

My invitation to all of us is to focus on spending at least a few minutes in a twenty-four-hour frame to replenish our senses and do something we love…in our own company…for as much or as little time we can find in a hectic day:  even if that comes down to just listening to a song we love, looking at a beautiful picture, or simply closing our eyes and sending thoughts of self-care and affirmation that we are doing the best we can in any given situation.

~ With Love and Care,

Ana-Maria

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