Our exclusive interview with Dr. Joe Vitale is one of the most eagerly awaited features of our brand-new Autumn 2021 issue. He spoke to us about the power and depth of the Ho’oponopono prayer – “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.” Today, we wanted to share a sneak peek of the feature. The whole interview is available in the magazine – click here for your nearest stockist, or subscribe here to receive a copy direct to your door.
When someone as successful as Joe Vitale speaks, the world listens – and rightly so. Dr Vitale has written eighty books, played the starring role in the movie ‘The Secret’, launched fifteen albums after the age of sixty, and is a word renowned speaker and personal development expert.
We spoke to Joe recently at one of our Positive Nights events, and he generously shared a bunch of “life hacks” with us…
Ho’oponopono – what is it?
Ho’oponopono originates from Hawaii. It is a prayer to the Divine/God/The Great Something (insert your own understanding here). It consists of four short phrases which can be said in any order. These phrases are more than they appear, however … and herein lies the magic.
In the words of Dr Vitale, “Ho’oponopono is a shorthand prayer for something that is impacted with lots more meaning and energy. The four phrases are a kind of combination to open up our heart and allow more spirituality to come in.”
Joe has written a number of books, most notably ‘Zero Limits’, elucidating the Ho’oponopono prayer in depth. He is a fantastic storyteller, and his book is a great place to go to dive deeper into the ‘meaning and energy’ of the prayer:
“I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.”
How does Ho’oponopono work?
The prayer is a supplication to the Divine, That which is always available and willing to listen and respond to us with the utmost Love. “Using Ho’oponopono, you are saying, ‘I can’t solve this on my own, please help me.’ You are requesting assistance to solve the problem, which is a form of surrender to the Divine.”
Ho’oponopono really comes into force when we perceive a problem in our life: a ‘controlling’ boss, a ‘lazy’ employee, a ‘dis-compassionate’ spouse, or a ‘thoughtless’ friend. Notice the perception words are placed in inverted commas here. This signifies that these are our perceptions of these people. This is what we are seeing through our eyes and mind and heart. The groundwork here is to acknowledge, at least on some level, as much as you can, that the issue, the perception, the idea of what or how this person is, is inside you.
As Joe puts it, it is “a perception based problem”. The upset is inside you. The anger is inside you. Vitally, it is your responsibility to ‘clean it up’, so the situation can aright itself and shift in whatever way necessary for harmony to be restored.