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The Sedona Method is a unique, simple, powerful, easy-to-learn and repeat technique that shows you how to uncover your natural ability to let go of any painful or unwanted feeling in the moment. Some call it the greatest secret. The Sedona Method consists of a series of questions you ask yourself that lead your awareness to what you are feeling in the moment and gently guide you into the experience of letting go.

Source: The Sedona Method at Sedona.com

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Disclaimer: The Sedona Method does not treat, diagnose, cure, advise about or in any other way address physical or mental illnesses.

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_toggle title=”What does it do – what will I get out of it?” color=”blue” size=”lg”]Imagine you’re really wound up about something or someone … or just feel listless, bored and lacking in energy. What do you do? Part of you wants more than anything to get rid of the feeling and another part of mysteriously seems to want to hold on to it – as if your life depended on keeping hold of it.

Now imagine that it’s completely OK to feel as you do. How would that change things for you? Usually, as soon as we can let go of opposing the feeling, it will start to release and eventually dissolve.

I have seen countless people begin the process with very intense feelings and then miraculously let them go. I have experienced the same thing myself countless times.

Of course, feelings or moods don’t always spontaneously let go as soon as we begin the process. Other times, progress will be slower as the feeling state drops away layer by layer. No matter how intense or overwhelming your experience, it is very likely that you will get at least some relief by using the Sedona Method, if you are open to it.

If a feeling is really not ready to release, we can get to a point where we can accept it completely – then we only have the feeling to deal with instead of the feeling plus ‘Why is it here?’ ‘I shouldn’t feel like this’ and ‘this means that ..’ This is especially true of the very deep feelings that arise as part of our natural healing process, for example, when we need to come to terms with a loss in our lives or an unwelcome change in circumstances.

As you keep working with the Sedona Method, letting go gets quicker and easier and you find that you can release more and more subtle feelings – the kinds of states you didn’t even realise were feelings because they appear to be inseparable from you.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”How does it work?” color=”orange” size=”lg”]This is a very interesting question and one that I have been researching since I discovered the Sedona Method in 2014.

According to Hale, a problem is made of three parts:

  1. Firstly, we are often not aware of how we feel about a situation because our feelings are fuzzy and mostly below consciousness awareness and/or because we habitually suppress them as soon as soon as we feel something brewing.
  2. When we are aware of how we feel, we often don’t like it so we want to change it and decide that we shouldn’t feel like we do. That’s when we start chastising ourselves, looking for someone to blame, asking ourselves endless Why? questions as we look to the past or our identity for explanations or we just poor a big glass of wine.
  3. And the third part is we think it’s personal, all about us. We might think that our feelings are especially hard for us to deal with or that it’s unusually difficult for us to take the action we might need to take or to face up to how we feel. This is also where ‘it always happens to me’ and ‘why me’ belong.

The Sedona Method processes are structured t deal with each of these elements piece by piece and as each component of the problem releases, you perspective shift dramatically and the stress and any sense of overwhelm starts to melt away

Remember also that this is a form of self-enquiry, which people have been practicing for thousands of years. So while the way we approach each situation and the specific questions and formats have been developed over the last four decades, there is nothing new about this about this basic approach to alleviate mental suffering.

From a neurological perspective, I am huge fan of Antoni Damasio and his Somatic Marker Hypothesis and I have a hunch that releasing allows us to slow down long enough to ‘see’ our encoded memories. Once we see that they are memories and not facts, we have many more options available to us in the present.

For more information on self-inquiry based spiritual teachers and the psychology and neurophysiology of self-inquiry approaches, see  Further reading.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Is it the same as meditation?” style=”arrow” color=”sandy_brown”]Yes and no!

Doing the SM brings about a lovely sense of clarity and peacefulness and it gives you a chance to switch off and observe what’s going on in mind and body. So in this sense, it is similar to meditation.

Where it differs is that it’s also a technique that you learn and then use anywhere and any time. Sometimes, just asking yourself the first question ‘could I allow/welcome this feeling?’ can produce instant relief in a stressful situation.

Also, you don’t need to sit on a meditation cushion or in a quiet room to do the SM. You can use it while you’re walking, sitting on a train or even while in a meeting. As you get more practiced at it, you will find that you are able to release stress and tension even when you’re surrounded by other people.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What training do you have?” style=”arrow” color=”sandy_brown”]I have been studying and practicing the SM since 2014. Since then, I have attended numerous live and online retreats and courses, and I attend the yearly facilitator training event. It’s actually my hobby — so if you see me walking with my headphones on, I am probably listening to a recording of Hale Dwoskin facilitating someone in the SM.

I am also a massage therapist and my training is in Holistic Bodywork, focusing on Thai Massage. I have been studying and practicing this since 2016. This training brought me into contact with many amazing teachers in the trauma field, and inspired me to study for the Heilprakiker exams here In Germany. It is also the reason I developed a more embodied form of the SM.

Your can find out more on the ‘About me‘ page.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Do I need a facilitator or can I do it alone?”]Yes of course you can do it on your own. Other than attending retreats, and the occasional partnerships. I used it by myself for years and found it very beneficial.

Releasing or letting go is a skill you develop as you work with the Sedona Method and the more you practice it, the faster and easier the process becomes.

Having said that, working with a facilitator will give you a huge advantage as the work will go deeper faster. We all have blind spots and our brains by their very nature get stuck in familiar thought patterns and loops. A facilitator will help you become aware of these mental habits and help you release them.

Also, there is something so powerful about sharing your experience with another person who listens to you without judgement and encourages you to acknowledge your current experience – whatever it may be.

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If you do not want to share details of what you need to work on, that is also absolutely fine. We are working with your feelings and sensations, and we can do this without knowing anything about the specific events or situations that have triggered them.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Isn’t this just denying feelings – doing a spiritual by pass?”]Toggle content goes here, click edit button to change this text.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What about my childhood, my upbringing etc? Doesn’t it matter?”]Toggle content goes here, click edit button to change this text.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Does it work with depression and anxiety?”]Toggle content goes here, click edit button to change this text.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What happens if I have unresolved trauma?”]Toggle content goes here, click edit button to change this text.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Can I use it on physical pain?”]Toggle content goes here, click edit button to change this text.[/vc_toggle][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator color=”custom” border_width=”3″ el_width=”60″ accent_color=”#f5be00″][vc_custom_heading text=”Lester Levenson” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Lester Levenson is the person who originally inspired the Sedona Method. It has since been expanded and developed by Hale Dwoskin, who was a student of Lester’s In from the early 70’s until Lester’s death in 1994.

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Lester Created The Sedona Method to Save His Own Life

Lester Levenson

Lester Levenson was a man who had mastered life’s greatest challenge. In 1952, at age 42, Lester, a physicist and successful entrepreneur, was at the pinnacle of worldly success, yet he was an unhappy, very unhealthy man.He had many health problems including depression, an enlarged liver, kidney stones, spleen trouble, hyperacidity, and ulcers that had perferated his stomach and formed lesions. He was so unhealthy, in fact, that after having his second coronary, his doctors sent him home to his Central Park South penthouse apartment in New York City to die.

Lester was a man who loved challenges. So, instead of giving up, he decided to go back to the lab within himself and find some answers. Because of his determination and concentration, he was able to cut through his conscious mind to find what he needed. What he found was the ultimate tool for personal growth—a way of letting go of all inner limitations. He was so excited by his discovery that he used it intensively for a period of three months. By the end of that period, his body became totally healthy again. Furthermore, he entered a state of profound peace that never left him through the day he died on January 18, 1994.

“I began by asking myself, “What do I want out of life?” And the answer was happiness. Investigating further, I went into the moment when I was feeling happiest. I discovered something which to me was startling at the time. It was when I was loving that I was happiest. That happiness equated to my capacity to love rather than to being loved. That was a starting point.”

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There are two channels that list his videos:

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]You will find lots of Lester’s talks on YouTube. They are old recordings and sometimes the sound quality isn’t that good but his personality shines through. He is very funny, quick-witted and at times very direct. Listening to him never fails to put a spring in my step.

Lester’s talks are long way from the cliche of a spiritual teacher who is at all times serene and Zen. This has been one of the most powerful lessons for me; freedom (or ‘imperturbability’ as Lester called it) doesn’t mean you lose your personality and become expressionless, flat and accepting of everything. Not at all, it can mean you get into a lot of action – the difference is that you are not personally invested in your actions or your emotions as you recognise that  feelings flow through you but they are not you. As one teacher said,

if your practice doesn’t help you feel more alive, it’s not working.

So have a listen, see how you feel and stay open to his message.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Hale Dwoskin” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Hale Dwoskin leads the retreats on the Sedona Method. These are organised like a ‘satsang’ where Hale usually starts with a group release , which is similar to a guided mediation using the questions from the Sedona Method. The presents a topic and the participants have plenty of opportunity to work with Hale directly or just discuss how the Sedona Method can be applied to whatever situation they are facing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1602624596708{padding: 15px !important;background-color: #e5e5e5 !important;}”]

Hale Dwoskin’s Bio and Story

You can find Hale Dwoskin’s full Bio and his story of how he found the Sedona Method and then took over the organisation after Lester’s illness. You can read the full story here.

One of the things that impresses me most about the process of releasing is that it has resulted in a sense of unshakable peace, happiness, joy, and calmness that is always with me, no matter what’s going on around me. Not that there still aren’t ups and downs, but, as Lester used to say, this is really the “bottoms-up method.” I know from my own direct experience that what I used to think was a peak experience, or something really terrific, is now normal, and my peaks just keeping getting higher and higher. I have no idea how far “up” is, and I’m looking forward to finding out.

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You can find all Hale’s videos on YouTube – The Sedona Method and on YouTube – Letting Go

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On the Sedona Method official website at Sedona.com, you can read a lot more about the method and how others have benefited from it.

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