Sometimes events can be so incredibly traumatic that the only thing left to feel is numbness. Floods of emotion, like floods of heat or cold weather, eventually make you numb to more. Being reminded of the teachings of Buddhist philosophy, this goddess remembers that existence is suffering (this is also known as dukhka) and its cause is attachment and craving. Being a student of nature and science this goddess knows that energy can neither be created or destroyed, but changes shape to make way for the trials it faces.
As we make way for new trials in our lives we must remember to honor ourselves and honor the process. Ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. Traditionally it is performed by a healing priest on an individual who is physically ill. However in modern times it may be performed alone. Polynesians believe that a person’s errors (called hara or hala) cause illness. The practice is a type of mental cleansing in which relationships were set right through prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, and mutual restitution and forgiveness. The mantra goes as follows:
“I’m sorry, forgive me, thank you, I love you … ”
How beautiful and comforting to think that harmony could be restored only by confession and apology.