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Saturday, April 16 • 10:00 - 11:40
'HO'OPONOPONO Forgiving, Forgetting & Remembering '

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A Traditonal Way of Making Things Right

We forgave and were forgiven, thrashing out every grudge, peeve or sentiment among us. In this way, we became a very closely bound family unit.

Literal translation:
Ho'o- to do or to make something happen.
Pono- Right or Rightiousness
Ponopono- to repeat a word in Hawaiian gives the root word a deeper significance.
In this instance, very right.
Thus the word Ho'oponopono literally means 'to make very right'.

The Bowl of Light a Traditonal Story
When we are born into this realm of existence, we are born with a perfect bowl of light. This light allows us to do all things in this universe. Fly with the birds, swim with the fish, speak to the wind and the trees. As we grow and experience life we have a tendency as human beings of picking stones 'pohaku'. Every time we pick up a stone and place into our bowl our light will dim, because light and stone cannot hold the same space. When we come to a place that there are many stones in our bowl, our light will no longer shines, and we are selfs, become stone. It is also foretold, at this time, that if we should tire of carrying these stones in our bowl, we must turn 'huli' our bowl upside down and dump the stones out. This allows our light to shine brightly once again.

This Traditonal story captures the essence of Ho'oponopono. As a process, practitioners of Ho'oponopono understand that for true healing to take place, all of the stones 'limiting constructs' of our experiences must be removed. Ho'oponopono includes the use of prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, mutual restitution and forgiveness.(1986 revised Hawaiian Dictionary)

From a traditional perspective a movement through forgiving, forgetting and remembering was observed through Ho'oponopono. It is understood that in order to truly forgive one must also forget so we are able to remember a state of health and well being prior to the inhibiting or conflicting experience.

Ho'oponopono provides people with a means of returning to whole-ness. An alignment also a state of 'rightness' with ones self, family, society, a higher power(s), and therefore our universe. "

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Kawika Foster

Kawika Foster is a traditional practitioner of Hawaiian culture and traditions. He was accepted as a student of Kumu Paa Lawrence Aki in 2007. Since his acceptance Kawika learned the cultural practices of his Hawaiian heritage. He learned in a traditional manner. Once initiated into... Read More →

Saturday April 16, 2016 10:00 - 11:40 AEST
Scout Hall Sky Cnr Burrningbar Street, Mullumbimby