Fire in my heart; Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō

Esoteric Spiral
3 min readFeb 14, 2021


View of Mauna Kea

My arrival to the big island of Hawaii coincided with the new moon. This was one of many synchronicities which encouraged me to feel that I was on the right path, and where I needed to be. My favorite intuitive astrologer provided a guided meditation for February, which I finally found myself ready for that first night. It happened to be a Hawaiian prayer known as the Ho’oponopono meditation. This consists of repeating the words;

I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

At the time I wasn’t sure what I was apologizing for, nor why I asked forgiveness, and who was I thanking? The very next day I had Nahko and Medicine for the People shuffling on YouTube music on my way up to the Pu’u ‘O’o Trail. I was reminded to look beyond the illusion of separation to the truth that we are all one, and I am as much a part of the Great Spirit as it is a part of me, as well as everyone I encounter.

If I want to know God, I must know myself
I want to see God, I must see myself
I want to love God, I must love myself

During my trek over lava rocks and through patches of jungle I found myself inspired to say the prayer out loud. I kept repeating it until somehow I began singing it, trying out different vocal inflections. Over time I began inserting additional details. “I am sorry for worrying too much, please forgive me for being distracted, thank you for bringing me back to present. I love you.” When my ankle started to ache from behaving like a mountain goat all day I paused to massage it and chanted the original prayer as if I was apologizing for the strain, and thanking my ankle for all the work it was putting in.

Inspiration dawned as I pushed onward through the longest hike I had undertaken in decades in the heat of the Hawaiian Sun. My phone has a voice recorder and to ensure the words were not lost I pulled it out and created my own prayer of appreciation, it was an empowering way to feel thankful for the experience I was having. I transcribed the words below to share with you.

I love my legs for they support me

I love my feet for they move me

I love my eyes for they lead me

I love my heart for drumming the rhythm of my life force

I love my lungs and veins, the chemists of this bodily manifestation

I love my ears for the awareness they bring of fellow life forces around me

I love my nose for guiding me in what fuel to put in my body

I love the trees for the oxygen they provide for all of us

I love the breeze for how it feels against my skin and carries on it the seeds of new life

I love the earth for rising to meet my feet and the friction that connection creates which carries me toward a new journey each day

When I awake I praise the honor to be here and bear witness

I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.