There are many other teachers and writers that lead us to the same place we reach by using the Sedona Method. It’s always good to hear the same teaching filtered through different minds.
The Sedona Method has more techniques than most of the other teachers or approaches, making it a much more accessible way to access the ideas contained in the books on this page.
I find it very interesting and reassuring to discover that more and more therapists and scientists are finding agreement with spiritual teachings about the causes of our suffering and the easiest way to resolve — or at least alleviate – it. The more I read about neuroscience, nature of consciousness, trauma therapy, massage and even the creative process, the more certain I have become of the effectiveness of this approach.
But to benefit from it, you need to do it — the Sedona Method is experiential, so you cannot learn it from a book or by thinking about it. But as an inherently very curious person (and a rather cynical one), I do enjoy reading books that help me understand how and why the Method works. The books recommended on this page have much to say about the essence of the human experience, and about the therapeutic process, what causes us to suffer and how we can free ourselves of our limited concept of who we are, what we can do and have done.
Neurology and psychotherapy
Non-duality and Advaita/Vedanta
When I discovered the Sedona Method back in 2014, I had no idea that Lester was just one of many teachers who had found freedom through a non-dual understanding of the world.
His realisation came about through an intense period of self-enquiry triggered by the prospect of his own imminent death. This was back in 1952, he had just had a second massive heart attack and was told by doctors that there was nothing more they could do. You can read more about Lester’s story here.
The self-enquiry practice he had stumbled upon is far from new and in fact dates back to the Upanishads from around 6th and 7th Centuries BC:
The Kaushitaki Upanishad asserts that “external rituals such as Agnihotram offered in the morning and in the evening, must be replaced with inner Agnihotram, the ritual of introspection”, and that “not rituals, but knowledge should be one’s pursuit”.
But back then, in Sedona, Arizona in 2014, I didn’t know any of this and I sat in that seminar room wondering where all these crazy ideas came from —
I thought Hale and Lester had come up with the whole thing! I was amazed (and a little suspicious) that these two guys had stumbled upon such a profound truth.
Needless to say, I was very relieved when I realised that this was in fact a very established path. It is documented in some extraordinarily beautiful texts, including the books by Balsekar and Ramana Maharashi (translated notes from his talks) which are recommended below. I have gained a deeper understanding of these teachings by reading many authors from very different backgrounds and perspectives who had come to the same conclusion.