RELEASING: THE SEDONA METHOD
The Sedona Method is all about letting go of or “releasing” emotions. It teaches us that releasing is quite natural and healthy, and when we really pay attention, we notice that most feelings come and go quite easily… IF we don’t hold them in, avoid them, or attach ourselves to them. The only reason a feeling hangs around is because we don’t allow ourselves to feel it and let it flow out.
When we talk of releasing, we are talking about letting of negative feelings; ones that cause us pain and disrupt our lives. The founder and author of The Sedona Method, Lester Levenson, explains that contrary to popular belief, emotions, not thoughts, are the cause of suffering; and he defines these main suffering emotions as AGFLAP – Apathy, Grief, Fear, Lust, Anger, Pride. The goal is to replace them with the non-suffering feelings, CAP – Courage, Acceptance, Peace.
What is interesting is that we hold onto our feelings and don’t realize we are doing it. It’s even part of our language- think about it – when we are sad, we say, “I AM sad”, not, “I FEEL sad.” This makes a huge difference because what we are really saying here is that we ARE the feeling, when we are clearly not. Without knowing it, we are holding on to this feeling for dear life…but when we master the process of releasing, we discover that we have the control to simply let it go.
Levenson teaches us that to let go of an unwanted feeling, you initially need to ask yourself 3 questions:
1. Could you let this feeling go?Is it possible to take this action? Don’t second-guess yourself, don’t debate about the consequences, etc.
2. Are you willing to let this feeling go?Would you rather have this feeling, or would you rather be free of it?
3. When?You can let it go anytime – it’s your choice. Why not now?
It’s hard to understand how these 3 simple questions could help us so profoundly. What we must remember though is that releasing is a natural process, feelings want to be felt and then flow out of our awareness. They don’t want to stay around; they are inviting US to let them go. So in essence, releasing is not something you do, rather you allow it to be done.
The Sedona Method incorporates several techniques for releasing, but many find the following the simplest and easiest to use; welcoming and allowing a feeling. The process of welcoming a feeling is a conscious decision to feel, a conscious choice to allow what you are feeling to be exactly what it is. Let’s take an example: If fear is an emotion that holds you back, don’t run from it, instead go up to it, stand in front of it and say, “come on in fear…I welcome you, I embrace you!” Take in that feeling with all your heart and soul. Then what happens is that emotion feels free to leave – you have invited it to go. And it is happy to oblige.
- 1. What is the Sedona Method all about?
A. Connecting with the desert
B. Being one with fear instead of letting fear rule you
C. Going to the heart of the matter
D. Letting go or releasing emotions
E. Tracing a childhood experience
- 2. The Sedona Method teaches us?
A. Love is the answer to everything
B. A place in Arizona
C. Kindness breeds likeness
D. Crying and releasing what we are holding on to
- E. When we pay attention, most feelings come and go quite easily
- 3. AGFLAP stands for?
A. Apathy, Grief, Fear, Lust, Anger, Pride
B. Acceptance, Giving, Feeling, Liking, Appetite, Person
C. Allow, God, For, Love, Aims, Peace
D. Anything, Given, Falls, Later, After, Patience
E. None of the Above
4. Our goal is to replace the above feelings with CAP, better known as?
A. Conditioning, Altering, Priority
B. Courage, Acceptance, Peace
C. Calming, Allowing, Patience
D. Caring, Appreciation, Penance
E. Confession, Alter, Piety
5. To let go of an unwanted feeling, you initially need to ask yourself these questions?
A. Could you let this feeling go?
B. Are you willing to let this feeling go?
C. When can you let it go?
D. What is the meaning of life?
E. A, B and C