I’m back with my review of At Zero, Joe Vitale’s second book about Ho’oponopono.
You can read my review of Zero Limits, Joe Vitale’s first book on Ho’oponopono here.
From the very first chapter, I warmed to this book. Vitale begins his book by talking about the storm his first book on Ho’oponopono, Zero Limits, caused. In Vitale’s words “the shit hit the fan.”
I liked this first chapter for two reasons: first, I found Zero Limits to be a strange book, difficult to fully comprehend. The second reason was that in my experience, when real forgiveness happens is when things fall apart, the phoenix crashes and burns, things can get ugly and “the shit hits the fan.”
Real growth and big time forgiveness comes with challenging how things are, and often upsetting people in the process. Not all forgiveness is like this, but those paradigm changing forgiveness experiences can be like this, because they bring about real change and take you way out of your comfort zone.
So, I wasn’t the only one not to love Zero Limits.
The structure of At Zero is easier to navigate, too. the testimonials are all in one chapter, and there are chapters on the practical applications of Ho’oponopono and the history of Ho’oponopono.
As a teacher of The Law of Attraction, Vitale takes time to reconcile the Law of Attraction with Ho’oponpono. I must admit, I do not fully understand this aspect from my first reading, but I am willing to go back and try again.
I appreciated the way the book focused on the concept of taking 100% responsibility for what appears in your life. I was familiar with this concept from work on Radical Forgiveness, that things come into your life so you can heal yourself.
Even though I know and understand this concept, I still found myself challenged. How easy is it to slip back into being a victim, where things happen to you, rather than being aware that everything happens for you – to heal, to grow, to change.
I appreciated chapter 17: Did it really happen? In this chapter, Vitale questions the stories of Dr Lew Hen, but tackles the nature of our interconnected world. He questions where the effects of Ho’oponopono may start or stop. And if our minds are only aware of 15 bits of information out of the thousand of bits of information we are presented with at any time, how can we possibly be aware of the full effect of Ho’oponopono?
Most importantly At Zero has motivated me to put Ho’oponopono into practice in my life. I have been repeating the four phrases to myself in my car and at quiet times during the day.
I have also been using a pencil with an eraser to “clear” problems at work.
I have found that things at work have improved, but it is because of the work I have been doing with Ho’oponopono or is it just that things have changed?
I am going to keep up with my work on Ho’oponopono, repeating the four phrases to myself in my car, as I’m going to sleep and at quiet times in the day. I think it does have a very special power which I am willing to open myself up to.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed At Zero because I feel it really completes the story that began in Zero Limits. It is perhaps the book I wanted Zero Limits to be.
Life is not perfect, and Ho’oponopono will not make your life perfect or solve all your problems, but will bring more peace to your life.
Please forgive me.
I love you.
Sending love to you all no matter how imperfect your world is,