Thought to process up to 40 million bits of data per second, the subconscious mind is pretty powerful. It is the home to every piece of information we take in and is responsible for 95% of our daily activity. The sheer power of the subconscious can sometimes make us feel like it is a law unto itself, so it’s no wonder that many of us find ourselves experiencing thoughts that we don’t consciously want to.
These deeply rooted ways of thinking govern every aspect of what we think and why we think it. Overcoming these attitudes can feel like an uphill struggle, and one that we feel we are destined to fight for the rest of our lives.
There are many techniques such as hypnosis, auto suggestion and meditation that can offer some help in the battle against our damaging beliefs, but in recent years a new practice called ho’oponopono (ho-o-po-no-po-no) claims to clear our subconscious mind of all our negative and limiting ways of thinking.
Originating in Hawaii and used within families for centuries to dissolve disputes, ho’oponpono has since been revived by Morrnah Simeona, and subsequently Dr Ihaleakala Hew Len, in order for people to apply it to every area of their life.
The underlying message of ho’oponopono is that we are all 100% responsible for our reality – the good and the bad. The struggles we face in our lives derive from the multitude of negative beliefs we have adopted in this life and past ones we may have lived. This means that our subconscious mind is constantly full of limiting beliefs that we have picked up along many journeys and if we wish to make progress in this life we must ‘clean’ our subconscious of these thought processes.
‘Cleaning’ is the term given to the process of releasing our negative beliefs from our subconscious mind and is surprisingly easy. It involves the repetition of four phrases: I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you.
Repeating this mantra allows us to take responsibility for any problem and enables us to express love and gratitude for the solution. By taking responsibility we realise that the answer lies within us instead of ‘out there’ and our acceptance of this opens us up to clearing the damaging beliefs we have carried for so long.
The purpose of ho’oponopono is to constantly ‘clean’ anything in our life that isn’t how we want it to be. It could be an illness within our body, a relationship issue or a financial worry. By recognising the issue and feelingly repeating the four ho’oponopono phrases we are releasing the problem from our subconscious. Repeated and consistent ‘cleaning’ will eventually lead us to a state of zero limits – a place where we can channel inspiration from our higher self, or from the Divine as it is otherwise known in ho’oponopono.
The zero state is ultimately where our true power lies. It is free from the negative programming our subconscious mind has accumulated and is the source of our inspiration. By repeating the four ho’oponopono phrases we begin the ‘cleaning’ process and allow our subconscious mind to break free from the limiting patterns of thinking that might be keeping us from reaching our full potential.
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