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A Potent Twist on Forgiveness

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Here in the U.S., it’s vacation time. Recently, I took a trip to Colorado to visit family and friends. It was a wonderfully spacious vacation, with intimate conversations, mah-jong games, and visits to my favorite consignment shops.

Vacation time also means eating stuff that I normally don’t have–like ice cream and sugary drinks. My indulgences caught up with me. I had abdominal pain for hours. If this is sounding like TMI, trust me. There’s a point to this story that makes it worthwhile.

What I did next was somewhat of a Hail Mary. Literally.

I took responsibility for the situation I was in. It was as if the little kid in me had gone to the county fair and gorged herself on pink cotton candy and multi-colored taffy. The adult in me knew better but she went along for the ride.

I asked for help from the Divine.  You might call this God or the Universe or simply, a higher power.

I had a conversation with the Divine, using a prayer for forgiveness, the Ho’oponopono. It went something like this:

I’m sorry that I disrespected my body.” Remorse and sadness washed over me.

Please forgive me. You have given me this precious gift of life.” I felt the sacredness of this gift.

“Thank you.”  There was true gratitude for being in a human body.

“I love you.”  I made a pact with the Divine, to take care of my body, to eat well for the rest of my vacation and beyond.

I repeated the words over and over:

  • I’m sorry.
  • Please forgive me.
  • Thank you. 
  • I love you

Within five minutes, the pain was gone. It did not return. I was pain-free for the rest of my vacation.

Merely coincidence? I think not. This stuff really works.

What makes the above process so potent is that I am asking for forgiveness, not from another human being, but from the Divine.

I’d love for you to try it for yourself:

  1. Pick a situation that feels unsolvable.
  2. Take responsibility for the situation. This can be really hard for some situations!
  3. Ask for help from a higher power. 
  4. Say the Ho’oponopono prayer to that higher power. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. 
  5. Repeat the prayer until you feel a shift in the situation. 

Let me know what happens by posting a comment below.

Hat tip to Brynne Dippell, who taught me this process and to author Joe Vitale, who made this process more widely known.  Click here for a video on this process that will leave you with wonder and awe.

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