The Sedona Method is a simple but powerful technique for letting go of negative feelings. The technique is founded on the work of Lester Levenson, a physicist and engineer, who was able to cure himself after being given only a few weeks to live in 1952.
Like many people facing adversity, Lester believed that he had done wrong. He wanted find the cause of his illness, make it right and possibly have another chance.
What Levenson found was startling:
He realized that his physical suffering was caused by emotional pain. It was that understanding that is basis for The Sedona Method.
Lester reflected on his life and the absence of "loving"
emotions. He realized that he had allowed anger, negativity and resentment to cloud his relationships. And that he had held onto those negative feelings.
He worked on himself until he was able to release all his negative feelings. Quite dramatically his life changed. All the symptoms of his illness disappeared and he achieved perfect health, living forty years beyond his doctor's expectations.
Levenson spent over twenty years refining The Sedona Method.
The Sedona Method, also called "the Release Technique", asks you a series of questions designed to help you identify and remove the subconscious blocks that keep you holding onto your emotional pain.
While there are many aspects of the Sedona Method not included here, the steps to forgiveness can be very simple and easy, and it often works within a few minutes.
There are three simple questions that you repeat, in sequence, over and over again, until you are able to let the feeling go, and you then let it go. The questions are:
As you can probably see, the steps to forgiveness work by releasing thinking blocks. So you might ask, how does that free you of emotional pain?
The reality is that thoughts and feelings are very closely connected. If you feel angry feelings, you will have angry thoughts. And likewise, when you are thinking negative thoughts, such as, imagining something bad happening, you will find yourself feeling bad.
You can change your feelings by changing WHAT you think about and HOW you think about something. If you are thinking worrisome thoughts, you can change what you are thinking about by recalling a time when you felt a different way - happy, joyful, in love for example.
Just reliving that experience and remembering HOW you felt will create a shift in your thinking.
Sometimes you THINK that you WANT to forgive someone, but when you ask yourself "COULD I let this feeling go?"
Sometimes your answer will be yes, but often it is more like: "I don't know if I can."
Then you can ask yourself" If I could, WOULD I?
When you are ready, obviously the answer will be yes but if you are doing the technique for the first time, it is likely to be "No.", and that is okay, just stay with it.
Perhaps you may come up with something like "No, I don't want condone his/her behavior." Even though you KNOW rationally that forgiving the person does not necessarily mean condoning their behavior.
Your logic, in this case, reveals thoughts and emotions stuck in an outmoded theory. It may seem "logical" but it simply makes no sense for you - especially if you want a happy, fulfilled life.
You may understand that taking these steps to forgiveness means emotional freedom for you, but there it is, . . .
the old conditioning stops you from having the internal peace you want.
Learning and practicing how to forgive means you work through that.
And then, when you get to yes, you simply do it. The question then becomes, when? (And hopefully, the answer is NOW!
I recommend that you combine mindful meditation practice with the simple questions asked in the Sedona Method, until you feel a shift. You will come to a point when you are ready to let the feeling go -- and you do. When that happens you simply won't be able to access the feeling.
It may take just a few minutes to get to that point. And it can take longer depending on how ready you are to let the negative feelings go.
Stay focused on the sensations themselves. Thoughts, or your story about your feelings only feed and strengthen the pain, like throwing wood into a fire. When your stories or thoughts arise, simply allow them to pass and gently bring your attention back to the raw sensation.
Repeat the sequence, answering the questions each time until you feel a shift and can no longer access the feeling. It may takea few rounds but you will get there. .
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