How It Works
A Sample Releasing Process
The following explanation and
process will give you an understanding of what The Sedona Method is and a small taste of what The Sedona Method can do for you.
Remember, this is just a sample. For you to get maximum benefit and sustained
results, we highly recommend that you work with our audio program and/or attend
one of our seminars.
There are three ways to approach the
process of releasing, and they all lead to the same result: liberating your
natural ability to let go of any unwanted emotion on the spot, and allowing
some of the suppressed energy in your subconscious to dissipate. The first way
is by choosing to let go of the unwanted feeling. The second way is to welcome
the feeling, to allow the emotion just to be. The third way is to dive into the
very core of the emotion.
A simple exercise
Let me explain by asking you to
participate in a simple exercise. Pick up a pen, a pencil, or some small object
that you would be willing to drop without giving it a second thought. Now, hold
it in front of you and really grip it tightly. Pretend this is one of your
limiting feelings and that your hand represents your gut or your consciousness.
If you held the object long enough, this would start to feel uncomfortable yet
Now, open your hand and roll the
object around in it. Notice that you are the one holding on to it; it is not
attached to your hand. The same is true with your feelings, too. Your feelings
are as attached to you as this object is attached to your hand.
We hold on to our feelings and
forget that we are holding on to them. It’s even in our language. When we feel
angry or sad, we don’t usually say, “I feel angry,” or, “I feel sad.” We say,
“I am angry,” or, “I am sad.” Without realizing it, we are misidentifying that
we are the feeling. Often, we believe a feeling is holding on to us. This is
not true… we are always in control and just don’t know it.
Now, let the object go.
happened? You let go of the object, and it dropped to the floor. Was that hard?
Of course not. That’s what we mean when we say “let go.”
You can do the same thing with any
emotion: choose to let it go.
Sticking with this same analogy: If
you walked around with your hand open, wouldn’t it be very difficult to hold on
to the pen or other object you’re holding? Likewise, when you allow or welcome
a feeling, you are opening your consciousness, and this enables the feeling to
drop away all by itself—like the clouds passing in the sky or smoke passing up
a chimney with the flue open. It is as though you are removing the lid from a
Now, if you took the same object—a
pencil, pen, or pebble—and magnified it large enough, it would appear more and
more like empty space. You would be looking into the gaps between the molecules
and atoms. When you dive into the very core of a feeling, you will observe a
comparable phenomenon: nothing is really there.
As you master the process of
releasing, you will discover that even your deepest feelings are just on the
surface. At the core you are empty, silent, and at peace—not in the pain and
darkness that most of us would assume. In fact, even our most extreme feelings
have only as much substance as a soap bubble. And you know what happens when
you poke your finger into a soap bubble: it pops. That’s exactly what happens
when you dive into the core of a feeling.
Please keep these three analogies in
mind as we go through the releasing process together. Releasing will help you
to free yourself from all of your unwanted patterns
of behavior, thought, and feeling.
All that is required from you is being as open as you can be to the process.
Releasing will free you to access clearer thinking, yet it is not a thinking
process. Although it will help you to access heightened creativity, you don’t
need to be particularly creative to be effective at doing it.
You will get the most out of the
process of releasing the more you allow yourself to see, hear, and feel it
working, rather than by thinking about how and why it works. Lead, as best you
can, with your heart, not your head. If you find yourself getting a little
stuck in trying to figure it out, you can use the identical process to let go
of “wanting to figure it out.” Guaranteed, as you work with this process, you
will understand it more fully by having the direct experience of doing it.
So here we go.
Choosing to Let Go
Make yourself comfortable and focus
inwardly. Your eyes may be open or closed.
Step 1: Focus on an issue that you would like to feel better about,
and then allow yourself to feel whatever you are feeling in this moment. This
doesn’t have to be a strong feeling. In fact, you can even check on how you
feel about this exercise and what you want to get from it. Just welcome the
feeling and allow it to be as fully or as best you can.
This instruction may seem
simplistic, but it needs to be. Most of us live in our thoughts, pictures, and
stories about the past and the future, rather than being aware of how we
actually feel in this moment. The only time that we can actually do anything
about the way we feel (and, for that matter, about our businesses or our lives)
is NOW. You don’t need to wait for a feeling to be strong before you let it go.
In fact, if you are feeling numb, flat, blank, cut off, or empty inside, those
are feelings that can be let go of just as easily as the more recognizable
ones. Simply do the best you can. The more you work with this process, the
easier it will be for you to identify what you are feeling.
Step 2: Ask yourself one of the following three questions:
• Could I let this feeling go?
• Could I allow this feeling to be here?
• Could I welcome this feeling?
These questions are merely asking
you if it is possible to take this action. “Yes” or “no” are both acceptable
answers. You will often let go even if you say “no.” As best you can, answer
the question that you choose with a minimum of thought, staying away from
second-guessing yourself or getting into an internal debate about the merits of
that action or its consequences.
All the questions used in this
process are deliberately simple. They are not important in and of themselves
but are designed to point you to the experience of letting go, to the
experience of stopping holding on. Go on to Step 3 no matter how you answered
the first question.
Step 3: No matter which question you started with, ask yourself this
simple question: Would I? In other words: Am I willing to let go?
Again, stay away from debate as best
you can. Also remember that you are always doing this process for yourself—for
the purpose of gaining your own freedom and clarity. It doesn’t matter whether
the feeling is justified, long-standing, or right.
If the answer is “no,” or if you are
not sure, ask yourself: “Would I rather have this feeling, or would I rather be
Even if the answer is still “no,” go
on to Step 4.
Step 4: Ask yourself this simpler question: When?
This is an invitation to just let it
go NOW. You may find yourself easily letting go. Remember that letting go is a
decision you can make any time you choose.
Step 5: Repeat the preceding four steps as often as needed until
you feel free of that particular feeling.
You will probably find yourself
letting go a little more on each step of the process. The results at first may
be quite subtle. Very quickly, if you are persistent, the results will get more
and more noticeable. You may find that you have layers of feelings about a
particular topic. However, what you let go of is gone for good.
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