Ho’oponopono for Earth Day

By UPLIFT on Thursday April 18th, 2019

Cultivating Inner and Outer Harmony


Article Update Friday 19th April 12:21 pm (Sydney Australia Time) Thank you to everyone who is engaging in this discussion. We value your feedback enormously. We of course respect wholeheartedly Hawaiian ancient wisdom and teachings. We have edited this article to reflect our respect for ancient indigenous cultures and also you, our readers. Love and Gratitude – Team Uplift.


Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows, you’ve closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside, and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air, you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart. – Desmond Tutu

The beach we visited as kids was home to hundreds, if not thousands, of pipis (small clams). As the waves receded, rows upon rows of their smooth shells would stand up, saluting the sea before burying themselves back into the sand. We would hop between them on our toes, careful not to tread on these little creatures; they seemed almost mythical – hiding in their shells. Then, as if overnight, they were gone.

With the disappearance of the pipis also came a reduction in fish, and then less and less seabirds. Our pride for this beautiful world with its strange creatures evaporated and was replaced with shame. Overcome with the guilt of being part of the human race destroying the Earth, my sister and I were unable to even contemplate finding a way through the overwhelming task of making environmental amends.

The Power of Making Things Right …

Over the years, the collective efforts to take care of our home planet have taken many forms; from local initiatives to global climate councils, from local schools planting trees to carbon emission treaties. Yet, there is one simple thing that is often overlooked in the art of making things right: Self-Forgiveness and Forgiving others too.

Healing the Earth and healing ourselves are completely intertwined. Therefore, forgiveness will play a tender and crucial part in our planetary evolution and transformation. By taking responsibility for healing ourselves and our environmental guilt, we will lay the groundwork for creating harmony with our planet.

How the Hawaiians have Inspired us …

Bill Mollison, credited as a modern visionary, considered Hawaiians to be among the greatest experts on land management and sustainability. In order to survive on small islands with limited resources, surrounded by thousands of miles of ocean, people learn to live and work harmoniously with each other AND with the land.

Honoring the ancestorsOffering a pule (prayer) as a sign of respect and acknowledgement to the ancestors.

The Hawaiian term Malama Pono loosely refers to the idea of caring for one’s self and living life in a healthy way. However, more and more, we understand that the wellbeing of the individual, the community, and the land are co-dependent on healthy symbiotic relationships. The responsibility of caring for one’s self includes: honouring our ancestors, looking out for future generations, and living from a place of integrity. Striving to live from authentic integrity often brings challenges, fears, disagreements with friends or relatives, colleagues and employers, and sometimes even bitter confrontations. The Hawaiians have a beautiful practise based on ancient Hawaiian traditions, prior to western influences, for bringing resolve and restoring harmony. They call it Ho’oponopono. The word does not mean forgiveness; it means to ‘set things right’  in a morally correct way.

There are many approaches to Ho’oponopono practised in different ways across the Hawaiian Islands, depending on each family tradition. No one way is correct, but the objective is to consciously channel negative energy into positive outcomes for self and community. The West has taken great inspiration from the intentions of ancient Ho’oponopono and offers a 4-step heartfelt process to make things right:

1. I’m Sorry – This is not about being wrong or right, it is about humility and recognising that even when we mean the best, or stand firmly in our own integrity, we can still inadvertently hurt others. This is a natural part of being human and acknowledging this is a powerful way to re-examine and reflect on the pillars and values of our own integrity.

2. Please Forgive Me – We free ourselves when we ask for forgiveness. Even if the person we ask doesn’t give it right away, we have done all that we can to resolve the situation just by sincerely asking for resolution. The ball is no longer in our court for this particular issue, we have completed our part and remain open for future reconciliation.

3. Thank You – Gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to open the gates of humility and the ability to receive even more life-lessons. Demonstrating gratitude for painful situations or challenges communicates that we are accepting our reality and learning and growing from it. We are emerging stronger and wiser for having weathered the storm.

4. I Love You – Love is the energy that connects us all; it is what animates us to take care of ourselves, our community, and the land. Only from an honest place of love can we accomplish anything of real and lasting value in this world. Yet we often block this energy with unresolved wounds or trauma. The essence and intention of Ho’oponopono clear these blockages, returning us to a place of joy, connection, and personal power.

The Ho'oponopono prayerThe prayer inspired by Ho’oponopono can help relieve us of negative emotions that we carry.

You can say the four principles to yourself, to your relatives, to your ancestors, to future generations, and to the land. By focusing this intention in the present moment, you can experience a profound energy shift. The power of humility, forgiveness, gratitude, and love is a great catalyst for lasting, positive change.

Global Ho’oponopono Inspired Prayers and Intentions for Earth Day

Ho’oponopono and its many inspired prayers and intentions are beautiful antidotes to the many challenges we face in life. We may all benefit from hearing the stories of others, as these can bring us closer together and strengthen our understanding of this powerful practice.

We invite you to practise Ho’oponopono, or your own variation on this theme, this Earth Day, April 22 2019, and to share your own stories with us in the comments below. Many people try it for one day and feel liberated and empowered by the peaceful resolutions and the creative solutions that emerge. Start with yourself, then expand the ritual to friends, family, and colleagues. If you can’t yet find the courage to speak it out loud, you can write it down on a piece of paper. It is your solemn and heartfelt intention that will forge the path to peace and harmony.

Healing our Earth starts with healing ourselves, our connection to each other, and to the ecological systems that sustain ALL life. All true and benevolent approaches are needed at this time to protect what is vital. This will require unprecedented cooperation, respect, and love.

Before taking to the streets or to your garden; before sitting down on the generous grass to picnic with friends, take a moment to go inside and make things right with yourself so that you can bring a humanitarian and spiritual roundedness to your Earth Day festivities!

I am going to set a strong Ho’oponopono inspired intention so that the pipis come home in their multitudes, bringing a surge of fish and a chorus of seabirds.

We love you and we thank you.

Team Uplift.

Global Ho'oponopono for Earth DayJoin us in practising Ho’oponopono on April 22 for Earth Day.

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21 Responses to Ho’oponopono for Earth Day

  1. My request to the UPLIFT team:

    I would be very happy if you would write an article about Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono, known as the 12- or 14-step process.
    I would be happy if Morrnah’s procedure became well known.
    And, according Morrnah, it is “a gift of divinity to humanity.”
    Her ho’oponopono process is known as the process that ends human suffering.
    It is known to be very powerful and can work wonders!

    Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono process is a gift to the world.

    Nobody talks about their Ho’oponopono-process and about Morrnah’s teachings. Why? Why don’t people know Morrnah’s Ho’oponopono-process?

    Please visit the website of Pacifica Seminars Germany. For non German-Speakers: Please use an online-translator.

    Morrnah never taugt Mantras.

    This mantra (I’m sorry, please forgive me, I love you, thank you) is not Ho’oponopono and not hawaiian.

  2. So beautiful to practice this open-hearted intention and share it with the universe. Forgiveness and an offering of love and acceptance is a powerful way to start the day. I often feel the energy of our changed environment – like you did with noticing how the pipis had disappeared – and it can sometimes be hard to forgive ourselves as a human race for our actions. Thank you for sharing this and helping gain wider use across all cultures.

  3. Dear Uplift writers and staff,
    Please rewrite this article, rename it, and remove the misrepresentation of Hawaiian culture!

    After reading an article by a Hawaiian person it seems that this 4-part Forgiveness process is not Ho’oponopono at all. It is a Western misinterpretation and misrepresentation of Hawaiian traditions. More specifically, it is a Forgiveness process written by Joe Vitale and CALLED Ho’oponopono by him – I am not sure why he used the term (marketing?).

    Here is an article written by a Hawaiian person on the subject :

    Please read it and change your article so that it reflects the situation correctly!
    It seems that you have already made changes, but I think maybe you misunderstood what the actual problem was. Please fix! You could call the article “Forgiveness for Earth Day”, and explain that Joe Vitale’s 4-part Forgiveness process is loosely inspired by Ho’oponopono, or something like that.

    I think it’s important to respect people’s culture, especially in your article which calls for healing our connection to each other in order to heal the Earth!!!!

  4. Dear Friends!

    This morning we had to chop 3 young ash trees that were growing out “quite” out of our house’s wall, starting to cause trouble after we had let them grow for over 15 years (they were there when we moved into the house and “should have been removed right away”).

    I’m so grateful that I read the four steps

    1. I’m sorry

    2. Please forgive me

    3. Thank you

    4. I love you

    So this morning I got up in the light of the full moon and went out for my morning greeting of the wind, the stars, the moon and the old mother ash “Yggdrasil”, our neighbour and the “mother” of the three young ashes.

    I talked to the old ash and asked her for forgiveness for our chopping down of her daughters. I talked to the three Young ashes, that this is the last moon night and soon would be their last sunrise. I talked to them and the four steps were a BIIIG HELP for me.

    When our daughter was chopping them down I was still Standing there Talking to them and Tears were running down my cheeks. It was a day with an extremely strong lesson for me, a soul who wants to keep all trees unpruned and healthy. Forgiveness for those who do chop down trees is a strong lesson for me to learn…

    I THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! This lesson came just in time for my personal experience with the ash trees…

    Lots of LOVE;

    • Hey Natali!
      Nice of you asking for forgiveness to the trees. I’m sure they felt your feelings.
      What do you think about, when chopping down a tree, plant another one in another place? I’m sure they will appreciate that too.

  5. I AM so grateful to receive your wonderful newsletter and the wonderful inspiring letters. Although I live in a remote place in the South of Germany far away from all the wonderful things that are H
    happening in the world, I do feel connected.



  6. You listen.
    You be quiet for a moment.
    You think about it.
    You apologize.
    You talk.
    You appreciate everything.

    Repeat as often as necessary – or desired.

  7. Our Universal diversity launguage can be a generational builder if we learn to live within the spirit of being human for we are the pearls of our humility Humanitity like the deep rooted veins of ecology and our creed our harmony or the need for want are superfacial to our needs uprooted or self pessimism our unbelief or selffish pollution incarnaliity

  8. Regarding the article on the practice as it is known in. Hawaii, why squabble about the details? By saying these four things, are we not “making right more right”? I am thankful for the Hawaiian inspiration for this practice, and I understand the importance of clarification. But for me, on this day of at-one-ment, the original meaning of “atonement”, the popular practice is of benefit in helping us to “make right more right”, and be in alignment with the Great Mystery, the source, whatever name you give it.

    The Sufi path is to “rise above the distinctions and differences which divide us, to unite us all in the perfection of the One Being.” So I say, Bravo! For this creative “piggy-backing” as we say in the field of gifted education, when someone uses another’s idea to jump into a new direction. When I read this article, I think of my elementary school students saying, “Hey! He stole MY idea! No fair.”

    • As a histortian, author and on the kupuna (elder) lomi council, I would like to thank you for your vision, and it seems that many people around the planet are waking up by finding indigenous pathways to lokahi (unity). I personally have studied world religions and see where they all converge harmoniously.
      The actual practice is, of course, much deeper than these 4 statements, which are perhaps a first place for many to start their own path to being more pono. Accurate language/translation is essential, however, and to “make right more right” is the actual meaning…. not kala (forgiveness), nor to ‘fix a wrong’ as churches in Hawaii came to re-define it.
      What is important is to keep some other things in mind: Show respect for the hosting culture always! The Hawaiian culture was an oral ‘living language’ culture, and by re-defining Hawaiian spoken words into Western terminology is usually brutal and looses the real meanings. So much has been lost in the last few centuries, when the language was deemed illegal to speak, and traditional medicine were illegal to practice, etc. And now, most of our elders are ‘walking the rainbow’ (passing away). We have lost most of our ‘library’ so to speak. Now many are trying to remember and preserve the precious, authentic pieces we still have left.
      It is far bigger than ownership of an ‘idea’. Thus when someone comes along and gets a taste of Hawaiian traditions, then reworks it to the point of inventing a new process (while charging money and offering a credential for it), well that is rude and opportunistic as well as erroneous and hurtful. Not pono!! So saying that this was “inspired by Hawaiian ho’oponopono” may be a good start. Mahalo, and malama pono!

  9. What a beautiful synchronicity! As a follower of the Day Signs (or Dieties) in the Mayan cosmology, today is the day, TOJ, which is all about Grandfather Sun, and the Law of Karma. It is a day to atone be at one with the Creator, to make an offering for the benefits AND the challenges life brings us. So in my morning contemplation and prayers, I did my at-one-meant with Ho’oponopono, remembering when I last did that in a beautiful process with a group of people, where we walked around, and for each person we met we held hands and each of us said the four prayers. So beautiful!

    Well before reading your article today, I sat and thought of the people in my life for whom I wanted to say these things, and it was an experience of tearful gratitude. Also, in the book I am using as a daily inspiration, The Book of Destiny, Barrios tells us on this day to ask Mother Earth to forgive our abuses, conscious or unconscious. When I re-read his beautiful words about TOJ. I knew ho’oponopono would be a perfect practice for this day.

    I am in the process of writing a book uniting Sufi and Maya wisdom, and I have now included ho’oponopono in my writing as a beautiful offering to make on the day of TOJ.

    So thank you for this, affirming my intuition and helping me to remember to use this process often.

    With loving gratitude,
    Sofianna (spirit name)

    • I am looking forward to Earth Day This has given me new ideas. Planning on something positive for Earth Day, maybe teaching some kids where I live about Earth Day. Thank you Uplift❤️

  10. Thankyou Pattie Shaffner for
    “Making righr more right on the path ” Ho’oponopono..it is good to respect indigenous culture by not mis_representing sacred teachings & not understanding the essence & origin of it all.Mahalonui.Lawa.

  11. I have been saying these 4 things over and over for many months. I believe there were very instrumental in getting over a ‘hump’ in my healing from a serious hurt. I now see I can turn my attention from being ‘personal’ to being global. 🙏🏿

      • This paragraph is what makes this article acceptable (for me, as a cultural archivist and historian): “There are many approaches to Ho’oponopono practised in different ways across the Hawaiian Islands, depending on each family tradition. No one way is correct, but the objective is to consciously channel negative energy into positive outcomes for self and community. The West has taken great inspiration from the intentions of ancient Ho’oponopono and offers a 4-step heartfelt process to make things right….”
        Without this clarification, it truly is insulting to Hawaiian traditions and peoples. Well done!

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