I also love and often chant the ho’oponopono song.
Ho’oponopono, sometimes referred to as simply ho’opono, is a concept, a value and a related set of practices that have been used in Hawaiian and other Polynesian cultures for centuries to support harmonious relationships between people, nature and Spirit. Specific ho’oponopono practices have developed over time and they continue to evolve to this day. Harmony in one’s external relationships begins by establishing harmony between one’s own body mind and spirit.
In her book Ho’opono, Pali Jae Lee writes, “If it is good, if it is in balance, if it is right, if it helps, if it is righteous, if it corrects, if it is responsible, if it is caring, if it is humble, if it is peaceful, if it honors, it is pono.”
Ho’o means to cause something to happen, so ho’opono means to cause something to be pono – to be right, good, just and/or in alignment with all people, places and things. By reduplicating pono in the wordho’oponopono, full achievement of goodness is accentuated.
When determining whether a thought, word, deed or action is truly pono – that is whether it serves the highest good — we consider how it affects not only our present generation of family and community, but also how it affects both our ancestors and our descendants. All of life forms are inter-connected. In land based indigenous cultures family includes not only our human relatives but also all of nature. To be pono on all levels, a thought, word, deed or action will serve the highest good of all of creation.