I love you.
A simple statement. Most of us reserve these words for those nearest and dearest to our hearts - family, loved ones, very close friends. We'll often say "I love this" or "I love that" about stuff or situations that we like... but think about how often you hear the words "I love YOU." We know by now it is not only romantic love. The power and energy of LOVE is something much greater.
This past weekend I picked up a book that was sitting on my shelf staring at me as I sat on the couch, for some reason it caught my eye. I really felt the need to pick this book up and start reading it, even though I had purchased this book over a year ago, was already in the middle of two other books and had plenty on my to do list. Following my intuition, I picked up the book and started reading it Saturday afternoon and by Tuesday I had finished it!
The book is called Zero Limits by Joe Vitale. It tells the story of Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len who cleared a ward of the criminally insane using only the Ho'oponopono prayer and never actually seeing any patients in a therapeutic setting. The ideas shared in the book are quite simple and amazing. The suggestion is to take 100% responsibility for our life, and everything we encounter in it, and constantly "clean" our life experience and what we encounter by repeating the words of the prayer, addressing it to the Divine, or God. The words are simple but strong...
I love you.
Please forgive me.
So simple! The power in these words is that they speak to the Divine in each of us, in everything really. If each and every one of us were to take 100% responsibility for our life, bless everything and everyone with love and forgiveness, live life treating each other as the Divine expressions that we each are, imagine what a beautiful world we would live in - a world that truly works for everyone!
Now I find myself saying "I love you" to absolutely everything. EVERYTHING! People, places, things, situations, conditions, circumstances. I choose LOVE. I choose to be love, give love, recognize love, love love. I am not even sure what that means sometimes but that doesn't matter. When I simply repeat "I love you" quietly in my mind I am changing my consciousness, slowly but surely change is taking place.
Why bother doing this? Maybe there are some things going on in your life that you don't like... doesn't matter what it is. It could be your job, where you live, your body-perception, your relationships... we all have something that bothers us or we don't like. My new practice is to simply repeat "I love you", quietly in my own mind, when I see or think of these things I don't like or don't want in my life. I've heard it said that when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Miracles happen!
Peace begins with me... With you... With each and every one of us...
I love you.
(Repeat often for an improved life experience!)
(collage created by my cousin Nicole and her two lovely daughters, Tegan and Maslyn)
For more information on the prayer, the book, or the author... Google it!!