I've been hearing about The Sedona Method® for several years now. However, until recently, it has never quite caught my attention.
Perhaps it was the way it was introduced, but it just seemed so simplistic.
In fact, you may have heard of it. It is the method that has these three questions:
- “Could you let it go?”
- “Would you?”
When I first heard of these, I thought, “What good is that? I can't just let go of resistance by asking myself to.”
However, recently I was led to check it out more deeply. First I got their Quick Study Course, and then I decided to pick up the book: The Sedona Method, by Hale Dwoskin.
Right up front, I'll tell you, at risk of sounding hyperbolic, that this is quite possibly the best spiritual / personal development book I have ever read, and I've read a large number of books.
My predominant thought as I was reading, first was, “I'm sorry I passed this over all this time,” and second, “I can't believe I got all this content for $10.”
The book is over 400 pages, and could easily probably be split into several books.
I realized that what I thought was The Sedona Method® before was just barely scratching the surface of what it can really do.
Yes, those are the basic three questions. But unless you know how to really apply them, they seem completely useless.
Enough about that, though. I want to introduce the background of this method, first.
Lester Levenson: The Founder of a New System of Awakening
I could honestly write an entire blog post about Lester Levenson himself. His story is fascinating, and I highly recommend his autobiography, No Attachments, No Aversions: The Autobiography of a Master, to learn more about him.
But basically, he used to be an atheist. Over the years, the stresses of the world added up, compounding more and more, along with a deep sense of unhappiness. He started getting migraines, ulcers, and myriad other medical conditions.
Finally, in 1952, at the age of 42, it all came to a head, when he had a severe heart attack. The doctor told him that he could die any day, and not to do any more physical activity as was necessary.
Severely depressed, Lester went home, and started pondering the nature of happiness. He just could not accept that this was it—that after a life of outward successes, he had never really found happiness.
So he started to think about happiness, and when he was the happiest. He realized that it was when he was feeling love.
So, he endeavored to transmute all non-love feelings within himself, regarding every situation throughout his entire life. If he felt even a bit of resentment, anger, frustration, or anything else, he endeavored to change that to a feeling of love.
His second realization was that we are responsible for our lives. He realized that every thought is materialized in outer reality. He didn't have the words back then to call it the law of attraction, but that's essentially what it was.
And he saw that our resistance—the negative feelings, thoughts, and beliefs we hold in our subconscious—keeps us creating what we don't want.
So, he took full responsibility for every part of his life.
And his final realization was that we are infinite beings. We are not the ego we believe we are, but what he called Beingness: the Essence that underlies and supports all apparent things.
After only three months of going through this process, he had reached what you could call enlightenment. He saw through the ego stories, to the Light of Beingness. If any non-loving feeling came to the surface, he now knew the way to dissolve that into perfect Love.
And, along with his awakening, he had also completely healed his own body. He went on to live another 42 years, to spread this method to others.
So, Lester Levenson is the source of The Sedona Method®. One of his students was Hale Dwoskin, who carried on his legacy after his death.
Why Should You Care?
All right, so, great, Lester Levenson was enlightened. What's it matter to you?
It matters for two reasons:
First, because The Sedona Method® leads you effortlessly on the path to enlightenment, if indeed there is a path. It shows you where you are holding negative feelings, thoughts, or beliefs, and allows you to release them. And the more you release them, the more the Light of Beingness can shine through. Practically speaking, this means that the more you release, the happier and freer you are.
Second, because The Sedona Method® helps you to manifest your desires. It shows you where you are resisting your own manifestation, and allows you to release that resistance, clearing the way for your manifestation to enter your life.
In essence, these two reasons are really the same, which I'll discuss a bit in this post, but much more in upcoming posts.
The Way to True Happiness
As I said, The Sedona Method® leads the way to true happiness.
When you release, you are not only releasing the individual resistance that arises. You are ideally releasing from the root.
The Sedona Method® holds that every single thought and feeling has its source in four basic wants:
- The want of separation
- The want of security
- The want of approval
- The want of control
These four wants cause you to push against or cling on to reality.
You push against things you don't want in your experience, and cling on to things you do want in your experience.
You are constantly either running away from or towards various experiences.
You are doing anything but looking within.
These four wants, and the feelings they evoke, start to cover over the Light of your true nature.
Because of the want of separation, you start to feel separate from the world.
Because of the want of security, you start to seek security in outside things. Without these things, you feel insecure.
Because of the want of approval, you seek love from others, because you feel you lack it yourself.
And because of the want of control, you feel you need to control your world, so it will give you all the approval and security you need.
But the thing the ego doesn't know is that you are really lacking none of these things.
You have security, approval, and control as inherently part of your nature.
But, you seek for it on the outside. And even when you do find it, you fear losing it, which causes you to cling on to it.
With releasing, you let go of these basic wants. And the more you release them, the more the Light of Beingness can really shine through.
And once that Light shines through, you can begin to see who you really are.
Living fully in yourself, you feel perfectly secure, loved, and in control.
You have unconditional peace and happiness, because you require no outside circumstances to allow you to be who you are.
Perhaps this sounds lofty, but even just a bit of releasing can help you to have less stress and anxiety, causing you to be happier overall.
Happiness is a fact of life. By removing your resistance, that happiness can shine through effortlessly.
It's like if you were to draw heavy curtains over the windows, and despair that there is so much darkness.
You don't need to create light. You just need to open the curtains, and the sun will happily shine through.
Releasing is the process of opening the curtains and letting what has always been there, to shine as it was meant to.
Manifesting Your Desires
This one is a bit more complicated, and I definitely want to expand this into its own post. However, I will go through the basics here.
Most people who are trying to use the law of attraction, well… really aren't using it. And I'll show you why.
Remember above when I said that one of the four wants is the want of control?
In other words, the want to have your world as you want it to be?
Does that sound familiar at all?
Like, maybe the want to make your goal manifest?
Now, I'm not saying you can't manifest your goal. You definitely can, and I have manifested countless things in my life.
However, most people approach it from this perspective of the want of control.
They feel threatened without their goal, so they want to try to manifest it into existence.
Perhaps you feel it's not okay the amount of money you have now, so you need to manifest more money.
Hint: The stronger that want for money, the more you're just demonstrating that want of control.
You are doing what I said above: pushing against what you don't want, which is the lack of money.
We all know that this is LOA 101, but it is so subtle and insidious, that it can be really hard to catch.
Here's the litmus test to know whether you want your goal because of one of these four wants—i.e., for what you think it can give you—or whether you truly just want the goal for the sake of having it:
Ask yourself: “Would it be okay if I didn't have this?”
If the answer is “no”, then you want it out of a place of lack, either from want of security, approval, or control. Separation is a sort of special case that is beyond the scope of this post.
The louder and more resounding that “no”, the more resistance you have to your goal.
I've been saying for a while now that the key to manifesting your goal is pure detachment. It'd be great if it came, but you really don't care.
This goes against what a lot of common wisdom in the LOA community says, I know, but I've put this to the test many times now.
So, coming back to The Sedona Method®, it can help you to release your resistance to your goal.
It can help you to become what they call “hootless” about your goal.
And when you're okay whether it comes or not, then and only then will the path be cleared for the goal to be manifested in your reality.
There are many stories of people manifesting many, many things with The Sedona Method®.
Just myself, here are some of the things I've manifested since using this method:
- A trip for Christine and me to get away
- An unexpected refund
- A better, more accessible, and less costly webinar option
- Unexpected money
- More sign-ups for my free membership
- More comments on blog posts
For each of these things, I got to a place of detachment, and things just worked out.
So, it does definitely work. And really, the reason is obvious: it is basically a highly effective form of Step 1 of the Effortless Manifestation Process.
I've always said, Step 1 is everything. Clear the resistance, and the rest will take care of itself, as long as you have a clear vision of your goal.
The Key Is Here
The Sedona Method holds the key to releasing all your resistance.
Not only on your particular manifestation, but on everything.
The first part of the book gives you all the theory behind the technique, plus some general releases.
The second part shows you how to apply this technique in several different areas of life, including:
- Overcoming anxiety
- Overcoming guilt/shame
- Breaking habits
- Achieving happier relationships
- Attaining greater wealth
- Achieving health and well-being
Finally, the last two chapters of the book show you my favorite two methods of releasing: the holistic release, and what is simply called, the 5th way.
I know I skimmed the surface a lot in this post, but honestly it was necessary. I will be going into much, much more detail in future posts, applying these ideas to my own teachings.
But, I highly recommend you go and pick up this book now, if you want to learn the method itself.
By the way, if you're interested in learning more about releasing resistance to manifest your desires, I recommend you register for this weekend's free webinar, Practical LOA. During this webinar, I'll be demonstrating how to manifest whatever you desire, using a client who has volunteered to do a live session. I'll be accepting your questions throughout the webinar, so it's a great opportunity to learn more.
How About You?
Now it's your turn. Have you ever tried The Sedona Method®? If so, how did it work for you? Please share your thoughts in the comments.