On the hippy, dippy self-improvement front I also listened to a webinar the other day by a bloke called Joe Vitale. I think that his ultimate aim was to sell me an online course. He didn't succeed but he did whet my appetite to find out more about Ho'oponopono for free. This is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness that is quite tricky to spell! The original target was family members but some teachers have extended the concept to include all humanity. Now I might have got this completely wrong but a kind of shared karma is proposed that is created by all. As such we have responsibility for the actions of others and consequently can obtain forgiveness for their wrongs as well as our own. This focus away from individualism and towards a collective identity fits with ideas from Eastern cultures but is difficult for us Westerners to grasp.
I wondered if this could explain why shockingly bad things happen to people who really don't deserve it and some 'baddies' seem to get away scot free. 'What bollocks!' I reckon some of you might be saying and of course you're perfectly entitled to think that. I found it helpful though. Until a better idea comes up, I'll add in into the eclectic and ever evolving mix that forms my personal philosophy on life. So now this Ho'oponopono prayer has been added to my meditation repetoire. I use it to seek forgiveness for myself and any naughty people who don't feel the need to ask for it themselves. I'm hoping that by using it I may be improving the lot of us all!