Forgiveness with the Ho’oponopono Mantra

The Ho’oponopono mantra is a simple and highly effective mantra that integrates the power of unconditional love, forgiveness, and gratitude.

The meaning of Ho’oponopono is ‘to make right, to repair.’

By connecting to the energies of the 3 powerful positive emotions, you can permanently cleanse and release negative beliefs, judgments and fears that are locked in the unconscious and subconscious parts of our minds. By accessing painful memories at those levels with the intention of releasing them, you begin to free yourself from them, the energetic blockages that were created with them,  and eventually you are no longer being influenced by them in your day to day life, leaving you free to make truly conscious decisions.

Using the Ho’oponopono mantra will help you shift out of fear and judgment, into a clear, objective decision making process.

The premise of Ho’oponopono is taking 100% self-responsibility for all external manifestation, i.e. realizing that our process of interpretation of life and our day to day circumstances is tainted by our fears and judgments, which are based on previous memories (in ourselves or the collective unconscious.). No judgment, blame, or shame comes with realizing that the way that we choose to interpret life is greatly influenced by our conditioning. It is a fearless and powerful practice that empowers us to make conscious choices that lead to greater inner peace, joy and happiness.

The Ho’oponopono mantra is very easy to use and can be applied to the healing and release of different negative emotions and memories as follows.

  1. Healing our relationship to ourselves by identifying places within ourselves where we may not be loving ourselves and how that influences the decisions we make in our life
  2. Healing our relationship to others by identifying relations that carry old or new hurt and where we are applying judgment and fear rather than love and forgiveness
  3. Healing a character trait/ ‘negative’ quality we dislike in another and which we have a judgment of and an aversion to due to our fear that it might impact us negatively
  4. Healing a character trait/ ‘negative’ quality we dislike in ourselves and which we have a judgment of and an aversion to due to our fear that it might also impact us negatively

When doing the Ho’oponopono mantra, you can choose to use any one aspect that you wish to heal in any of these 4 categories and apply the Ho’oponopono mantra to it.

The mantra has 4 parts and each part must be done consciously and progressively. When doing the mantra, it is key to dive into all the negative emotions and feelings that arise within your mind, body and heart and to let all of them surface and get an accurate reading for what you feel and the level of intensity of the negativity and emotional charge that is attached to the situation (person, self, negative character trait, etc.)

This ‘charge’ will be your gage when it comes to checking how fast and efficiently you are releasing the energy around a certain situation.

Before moving onto the the next part of the 4-part mantra, you will want to assess and confirm that there was a measurable and permanent energy shift in you that lets you access a new perspective on the situation and the experience of a less ‘emotionally charged’ and clearer, and more harmonious state towards that situation.

The first part of the mantra is simple. You will repeat 3 powerful words,


By expressing unconditional love to anything, you transform it. You give it the essential unconditional quality it needs to be free and open, i.e. LOVE. Without this first step, it is not possible for the person, self or element to be able to be in a totally open space to receive an apology and heal.

The second part of the mantra is also simple. It is one that is based on the fact that whether it is conscious or not, negative emotions arise as a result of some pain and hurt that need to be acknowledged and heard.


Whether you consciously understand or not what part you have to play in the pain or hurt of yourself or another, or in the negative emotions and feelings that arise as a result of that pain, acknowledging the pain/ hurt by saying ‘I am sorry.’ is a crucial step in the healing process and the release of the negative emotional charge that exists around the hurt.

The third part of the mantra is also extremely powerful as it enables for the power of forgiveness to express itself.


Humbly, you ask yourself or another to forgive you for any fear or judgment that you hold against yourself or another, or the character trait you or the other embodies so that there is no longer an opposing force that sustains the existence of the negative emotion that was previously judged and rejected.

The fourth and last part of the mantra is the ultimate expression of one of the most powerful forces in the Universe, that of Gratitude.


By expressing gratitude to yourself, to another and to the Universe for granting you the opportunity to release negative emotions and feelings from your energy field and life, you gain access to a new level of inner peace, joy and happiness that is not attached to any external circumstances.