I was first introduced to Ho’oponopono, the ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness, quite a few years ago. I was very intrigued by it so I bought several different books on the subject and I experimented with using it. When situations in my life arose that needed reconciliation and forgiveness, using it was both simple and effective. In time I found myself sharing the practice with clients and friends who were struggling with conflict. Their feedback indicated that many of them found it helpful too. Recently a friend recommended that I read Joe Vitale’s book Zero Limits, which was first published in 2007. While I had certainly heard of Joe Vitale, and listened to him speak in a couple of talks and interviews, I hadn’t read this book.
While there was certainly much in it that I had read in other books, my biggest takeaway was the concept of my personal responsibility for everything that shows up in my life. I have always believed in being accountable for my own actions and not blaming others for their outcome. However the idea of being 100% responsible for everything that shows up in my life was new to me. Not an easy concept to get one’s head around for sure. Then inspiration hit. I was in the shower and suddenly had the idea of creating an essential oil synergy around Ho’oponopono. I love my essential oil blends and I believe that this will help me deepen both my understanding and my use of the practice.
So now the fun part, what essential oils would be appropriate? What are the elements of Ho’oponopono?
Taking responsibility for everything that happens.
Then seeking forgiveness and reconciliation for what has happened by saying to yourself:
I’m Sorry; Please Forgive Me; I Love You; Thank You.
Interestingly enough finding appropriate essential oil choices wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be. I couldn’t find a simple listing anywhere that would cover these elements. In the end it took quite a bit of detective work on my part, and a lot of ‘thinking outside of the box’. I looked through my extensive library of books on essential oils. I reviewed my notes and files on Dr. Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing. I found some elements but knew that I didn’t have it right yet. I moved on to look at books about the Chakras and Bach Remedies. Again I got some more ideas but no one definite list. It took me some time to carefully consider all the information I had gathered and after doing so I have come up with the following list of oils to choose from:
Responsibility: Cedarwood; Cinnamon; Fir; Frankincense; Geranium; Ginger; Juniper; Lavender; Lemon; Patchouli; Roman Chamomile.
I’m Sorry: Bitter Orange; Carrot; Coriander; Grapefruit; Jasmine; Marjoram; Myrrh, Neroli; Patchouli; Rose; Yarrow.
Please Forgive Me: Bitter Orange; Frankincense; Grapefruit; Jasmine; Lavender; Lovage; Myrrh; Neroli; Patchouli; Pine; Sandalwood.
I Love You: Bergamot; Clove; Ginger; Jasmine; Juniper; Lavender; Neroli: Palmarosa; Rose; Rosemary; Spikenard; Ylang Ylang.
Thank You: Cedarwood; Jasmine; Orange.
For now the oils I have chosen to use at a 1% or less dilution in a mister spray are: Cedarwood; Ginger; Jasmine; Neroli and Orange. What would you use?