Harmony vocals: Ruth Finlay
Flute: Laura Nashman
Cello: Lucas Tensen
Bass: Chris Gartner
Vocals, guitar and vibraphone: Michael Moon
Based on the ancient Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono, this beautiful one hour healing chant soars with lush harmonies, flute, cello and guitar. This CD can be used for personal transformation, group-healing circles and as a peaceful backdrop to driving, cooking and other daily activities.
This Forgiveness Chant is based upon an ancient Hawaiian healing practice of reconciliation and forgiveness called Ho’oponopono. I read the story about how Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len begun healing dangerous, psychiatric inpatients after taking over the very difficult psychiatric ward at the Hawaii State Hospital. As he read each of the patients’ files, Dr. Hew Len would use Ho’oponopono to recognize where in himself he was also like them, and would repeat “I’m sorry, I love you,” over and over to himself. In a short time, the inpatients became more balanced, and would require less medication. Shackles were removed and in time many were discharged from the hospital. Dr. Hew Len learned this technique from the Hawaiian Kahunas. Whenever there is anything in your world that needs healing, he says, “open to the place where the hurt resides within you” and repeat with deep feeling, “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.”
I began saying these words to the food I was preparing, to my body, to the river and to the forest below my home. Soon the words became a melody and morphed into this chant. In the process I discovered that what upsets me about humanity’s treatment of the planet also resides in me and so I began singing it wholeheartedly to myself.
These healing words, especially sung with feeling can invoke a deep heart opening and emotional clearing. This has resulted in it being called ‘the tissue chant’ in my workshops. When upset with yourself or another, sing this to yourself and see what happens. Sing to our oceans, forests, animals, indigenous tribes, politicians, warlords and corporations. Forgive yourself for your involvement with what is being done to the Earth, let the emotions flow, develop compassion and your world can transform.
Dr. Joe Vitale who researched Dr. Hew Len’s story and Ho’oponopono, speaks about ‘total responsibility’. We are responsible for EVERYTHING we experience in our world. He advises that “loving yourself is the greatest way to improve yourself, and as you improve yourself, you improve your world.” This is the core of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on INTERBEING. As he conveys in one of his poems, ”I am the twelve-year-old girl, refugee on a small boat, who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea pirate, and I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and loving… My joy is like spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom in all walks of life.” As the Mayans say “In Lak’ech Ala K’in” I am another yourself.
Let us hold the Earth and each other in our hearts as we sing this healing prayer.
“I’m so sorry
With all my heart I love you
I thank you”
Forgiveness Chant edit
“The ‘Earth Healing’ cd is very moving. I listened to it while catching up on some work and had to stop myself and sit down for a bit. I find myself humming it and singing it quite often! I am now using it in a workshop of mine. I also shared it with the staff last week in some training classes I was doing. It was the perfect piece of music. A client loved it so much I had to gift it to her. I will keep on sharing this important chant.”
“Your forgiveness chant has encapsulated me and the vibrations from last evening are still with me. Thank you for sharing your gifts.”
Tammy Price Correia