Fall is the most perfect season for creating a sense of hope, forgiveness and letting go!
Autumn is my favorite season! I love it for many reasons including the extreme beauty of it all. From viewing the reveal of the Autumn colours on trees, listening to children laughing as they are playing in falling leaves and tossing them in the air to being able dress warmer by wearing my tall black boots, baggy sweaters, comfy leggings to eating comfort foods seasoned with ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin spices and everything nice.
There are so many wonder things to appreciate about Fall.
It’s a time for reflecting and retrospection. It’s the last quarter of the year to analyze and assess your goals. Are you on track with the goals that you set out for yourself at the start of year? If not, no worries it’s a great time to recharge and put a new game plan in place to finish off the year in a manner that makes you happiest and feeling most successful.
When I see the leaves gently fall and land on effortlessly on the ground it reminds me that it a good time of year to let go and forgive. It’s okay to let go and it’s ok to forgive. Letting go clears space for more goodness, better health and a clearer mindset.
If it is a person that you need to forgive remember it is not about saying what happened was right or acceptable but to release the emotions and truly forgive is a gift for you. There are a variety of ways to forgive: call, write, write and burn (sending your thoughts in the universe), or practice H’oponpono.
*Through my experiences I discovered an amazing and powerful ancient
Hawaiian technique called Ho’oponopono. It is designed to help the
individual to get rid of any judgments they are holding. It is a method that
involves aspects of forgiveness, repentance, gratitude, and love. The best
part is that it’s simple to do and you don’t need an expert to achieve results!
A Hawaiian healer, Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona, originally taught
Ho’oponopono. She founded a version called “Self I-Dentity through
Ho’oponopono”. A student of hers shone the spotlight on this technique
when he cured a ward of criminally insane inmates at a Hawaiian State
Hospital using Ho’oponopono.
This student’s name is Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len. He worked as a staff
psychologist at the hospital from 1984-1987. What was so astonishing was
that he never met any of the inmates face to face.
How is it possible that he had results you may be asking? What kind of
results? It was very straightforward. Over a period of a couple of years, he
read over each patient’s file and practiced Ho’oponopono upon himself. As
he read the patients’ files he noticed that something would come up within
him. So he did the process of Ho’oponopono within himself and miracles
occurred. Patients changed and were eventually let loose of their shackles
and got to leave their confinement in the hospital. It is a simple prayer
made up of four sentences: “I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. l
The prayer is repeated for several minutes, and it can also be done
continuously throughout the day.
It seemed strange to me, and it likely must seem strange to you, but to heal
others you must heal yourself. This requires a deep understanding of how
everything is created in your mind. We create our reality by our thoughts,
feelings and actions.
You are responsible for what you “see”. If you found yourself getting angry
with that statement that’s okay. It’s a common reaction. When you are
ready to accept it, you will understand it. The bright side is you are more in
control than you may realize. That’s powerful!
Sometimes, with this technique, it is easiest to begin with a problem
that you know you created. Being overweight from overeating is a good
example. That’s easy to understand. Sometimes the reasons for a condition
in your life go deep, but if you are willing to admit your own responsibility
for overeating or any other bad habit that is causing you stress and illness,
this technique can truly help! Through acceptance you can transform.
If you are interested in knowing more about this practice, Dr. Hew Len
has written a book called Self I-Dentity through Ho’oponopono. Also,
Joe Vitale, an author of self-improvement and self-healing books co-wrote
a book called Zero Limits with Dr. Hew Len and discussed in further
detail the work of Dr. Hew Len and the miracle of the inmates going from
shackled with wrist and ankle restraints to living on non-violent wards or
released completely. When Vitale asked Dr. Hew Len about healing them,
Dr. Hew Len corrected him, “I didn’t heal them. I healed the part of myself
that was responsible for creating them.”
For further learning about this technique check out the resources below.
What is your favorite part of this season does it include some hope for the future, some forgiveness and letting go? What do you love and most look forward to about Autumn?
Enjoy this season of hope, letting go and forgiveness,
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“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the
healing of the world.” – Marianne Williamson
*Excerpt from my book- All Kids Can Thrive: A Holistic Education Resource for a Successful and Conscious Classroom (p. 172 & 173) Available on Amazon and Barnes & n
Note: I am a Certified Ho’oponopono Practitioner. If you would like to become a certified by Dr.
Joe Vitale, check out this information: joevitalecertified.com/hooponopono/
Vitale, Joe and Ihaleakala Hew Len, PhD, Zero Limits-The Secret Hawaiian System for
Wealth, Health, Peace and More (Wiley: 1st edition, May 18, 2009).
Simeona, Mormah Nalamaku and Ihaleakala Hew Len, PhD., Self I-dentity Through
Ho’Oponopono (Basic1) The Foundation of I, (9th revised edition, 1989)