Rain, rain, beautiful rain. This is the third day we've had some rain...the most we've had all summer. It feels wonderful walking in the rain for a change. It would feel even better is I was home in bed listening to it, but, hey, I am finally going to take some time off...the week of Labor Day. I'm so looking forward to it.
This morning on the train, I had a little chuckle. Gillette had bought up all the advertisement space on the car I was on to advertise their deodorant. In big letters it said....Warning B.O. Zone. You have to ride the subway system to see the significance of it, but suffice it to say, there are some pretty raunchy odors there in the summer time. Much of it is culture, but HEY you are in this country now...our culture is not to stink.
Today I wanted to share a little about what I've been learning about Huna. No, I haven't given it up yet, still studying...just haven't written about what I have learned. A few posts back I spoke of letting go and forgiveness according to the Hawaiian Code of Forgiveness, when we forgive others, we are also forgiving ourselves. We carry inside us as parts of our unconscious mind, all the significant people in our lives. It is helpful to think of these parts of us as similar to like Carl Jung's archetypes. Perhaps there are family patterns that that you do not want, generational themes that get passed along in families. The process of Ho'oponopono allows us to clean up our genealogy as well as to clean up our relationships with other people in our lives.
Ho'oponopono ("to make right") is a healing process used by both the ancient Hawaiians and those who practice Huna today. There are times in our lives when we carry negative energy or emotions from our past, and even though we feel we have moved on, that negative impact on our lives and our emotional well being lingers on. When this negativity from our past seems to follow us around, it might be time for Ho'onopono, the Hawaiian process of making things right. It is a very powerful process which is very easy to remember. You can go deep with it rather quickly, bringing lightness and healing quite soon to your heart and mind. One of the central exercises - you could call it a personal discipline - one of the primary gifts of Ho'oponopono, is a very effective forgiveness exercise.
The following is a very simple meditation adapted from the Ho'oponopono technique.
1 Light a Candle; sit down in a quiet space where you know you will not be disturbed.
2 Take several deep breaths until you feel centered and calm.
3 Now, imagine a golden light pouring though the top of your head, bathing each cell as it surrounds your body.
4 Next, think of anyone who you has hurt you in the past or someone you feel has hurt you...anyone with whom you do not feel totally aligned or supported by.
5 Picture the person in front of you and mentally say "I apologize, I forgive you, I love you". Now let go of the person. Surround the person in golden light and see them floating away. If appropriate, cut the cord that connects you to that person.
6. Now visualize the next person ; repeat the phrase, again surround them with golden light.
7. Continue with this process until you can't think of anyone else Remember to also forgive yourself. No matter how long it takes, make sure to give yourself enough time to perform this healing.
8. Finally give thanks all the people you have visualized and don't forget to thank yourself
9. Take a few clarifying breaths; open your eyes. Be sure to have a large glass of water on hand to ground and cleanse you.