Hale Dwoskin: The Sedona Method – A New Path to Happiness

What if someone told you there was a way to stop self-sabotage, achieve your goals, and be happy no matter what circumstance or situation surrounds you at any moment? Believe it or not, you can open the door to emotional freedom, happiness and success by learning to release negative emotions, thoughts and memories with the Sedona Method. This simple, yet effective technique allows you to reconnect with the peace and wellbeing already inherent within you.

Hale Dwoskin, New York Times bestselling author of the book, “The Sedona Method: Your Key to Lasting Happiness, Success, Peace and Emotional Wellbeing,” brought the method to the mainstream after studying under its founder Lester Levenson. He joined Elevated Existence Magazine founder, Tammy Mastroberte, as part of the Living an Elevated Existence Mind, Body & Soul Telesummit to demonstrate and teach about the releasing technique – a simple yet effective method to reconnect with the peace and wellbeing already inherent within all of us.

“In 1952, Lester Levenson was sent home to die by doctors after a second coronary,” Dwoskin explained on the call. “He was a type A personality, very successful and driven, and living on Central Park South in Manhattan. He had good relationships, but was a physical and emotional basket case.”

Levenson was 42 years old at the time, and it was then that he discovered a process of self-inquiry he called “correcting things with love,” now known as The Sedona Method.

“He discovered we all have this natural ability to let go of our stress, tension and anxiety, and also all our inner obstacles to creating success and wellbeing,” Dwoskin explained. “He realized if you tap this natural ability, nothing can stand in your way. He discovered you could resolve longstanding patterns and started to feel more alive. At the end of a three-month period, he went from a physical and emotional basket case into a state of profound peace, and he lived another 42 years after the doctors had given him that death sentence.”

Dwoskin met him when he was 22 years old, took his course, and realized he wanted to dedicate his life to teaching others how to release and let go.

“I was only 22, and to see these issues I had  been carrying dissolve so easily, something shifted inside, and I had this inner knowingness that I was going to dedicate my life to these teachings. It’s almost 40 years that I’ve been doing this now, and there are hundreds of thousands of people all over the world who do this process.”

Dwoskin also expanded on the technique and teaches five different ways of releasing, including the initial technique of welcoming the negative emotion, thought, attitude or belief, and a technique called Holistic Releasing, which is welcoming the polarities that run our life and watching them dissolve, he noted.

“There is also a technique for diving in, where if you go to the surface of any emotion, it feels like it is getting darker, but if you go a little deeper, there is nothing but light, peace and love. That is our basic nature,” Dwoskin said. “All the emotions we struggle with are just very a thin coating on the top. When you move through it, you will see underneath and the coating will dissolve.”

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Dissolving the Barriers to Peace
Many of us reach a point in life where we start searching for more than just good health, good relationships or money in the bank, believing there has to be more happiness then only external circumstances can bring, according to Dwoskin. The Sedona Method helps us dissolve your barriers to discovering the truth of who we are, and to sticking with our positive practices or disciplines we know we should be doing but can’t get ourselves to do, he said.

“From a process orientation perspective, it shows you how to tap your natural ability to let go of thoughts, feelings, attitudes, beliefs, judgment, memories, and all the tendencies or past judgments we stumble over, even when things are going well. Having a tool to do that is what the Sedona Method is all about,” he explained. “It enhances whatever it is you are already doing because if you know you have taken a course in making more money, but you can’t get yourself to do it, you can remove the obstacles and start doing it.”

While a positive mental attitude and state of mind is important, and there are many tools to help us accomplish this, Dwoskin doesn’t believe we need to suffer in the process. We shouldn’t have to re-experience trauma or rub our faces in it in order to deal with it.

“Rubbing your face in it just gets your face dirty and you suffer more,” he said. “What the Sedona Method does is show you how to dissolve all your inner barriers to success and to maintaining a positive attitude so it happens naturally and you don’t have to work at it.”

We can peel away the negatives, and underneath we will find the positive, which is our natural state and at the core of every one of us. The Sedona Method helps bring this out, and can even help those who are currently successful go to the next level.

“Even people who are succeeding or not letting the barrier stop them – the barriers are still there. They are moving around them or compensating for them, and that is what most people say success is – not letting the barrier stop you,” Dwoskin explained. “But what if you could just dissolve them and spend all that energy on creating what you want instead of holding off the things you don’t. That is what’s possible with the Sedona method and success.”

In the area of health and wellbeing, as people release, their body and mind get healthier and more at ease, and many people will see ailments improving – similar to Lester Levenson did years ago, he noted.

At a recent retreat, Dwoskin worked with a man in his 60’s who was raped by a priest when he was only eight years old. When he told his father, he did not believe him, and beat him for 15 years because he though he lied about the priest. After working on it in the seminar, the issue dissolved.

“He started sleeping and decades of insomnia went away, his relationship with son and wife healed, and he had a whole bunch of other addictions fall away. His whole life completely transformed,” he said. “When you do this process, things you never thought possible start to change, and the goals that seemed our of reach now seem possible.”

Five Questions
The Sedona Method is as easy as asking ourselves five questions as a process of self-inquiry. This helps get us in touch with our natural ability to let go.

“Most of us adults have forgotten how to do this naturally, but as you use the Sedona Method, the natural ability we had when we were very young is available to us again,” Dwoskin noted.

By starting the process on negative emotions, we will eventually discover attitudes and beliefs also getting in our way. We are always doing something with our emotions – usually denying, repressing or escaping them – but this method teaches us to let them go.

“Healthy expression is necessary, but most of us are stuck in unhealthy expression or we repress,” he said. “Also, many of us are so unable to express how we feel, so afraid of how we feel, or are so in denial, we have lost touch with out emotions and then when it comes up, we explode like a pressure cooker. The Sedona Method is a balancing point. It’s the escape value so you can start letting go of the pressure.”

The basic releasing technique starts with an emotion, and the first step is to focus on the feeling. Then we can ask ourselves the following questions:

1.What is my ‘now’ feeling?
2.Could I allow myself to welcome this feelng?
3. Could I let this feeling go? (Just for now.)
4. Would I let this feeling go?
5. When?

This process can be repeated s many times as needed in order to feel better and find relief.

“If you are mousy you, get a backbone and stop letting people walk all over you. If you are over assertive, you get a balance,” Dwoskin said. “People com to a balancing point, and they start behaving in ways that are for their highest and best good.”

If there is a situation in our life we want to change or improve, we can start by allowing ourselves to feel the emotions connected to it as best we can. And if we can’t start with the emotion, we can start with the thoughts because as we work with them, the emotions will come, he noted.

“The more you do it, you will realize you can eventually do it without asking the questions. You can just tap that natural ability to let go,” Dwoskin explained. “Even people who have struggles with things for a long time are surprised at how easy it is. But I always say, don’t discount how easy it is. Most people think it has to be a struggle to grow, but it doesn’t have to be. You can just let go.”


Paul Scheele: Optimizing the Brain for Successful Relationships

What if you could reprogram your mind to be happy no matter what, to improve your self-esteem and to become magnetic to people around you so all your relationships could improve?

Paul Scheele, co-founder of Learning Strategies Corp., combined his background in biology, human development, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), accelerate learning and more, to help other achieve the results they want in relationships, work, money and health, easier and faster then through traditional methods. He is an expert on learning how to tap the other 90% of the mind (the subconscious) and his work has been used by several well-know, peak performance experts such as Jack Canfield, Tony Robbins, Ken Blanchard and Brian Tracy.

Speaking on the Living an Elevated Existence Mind, Body & Soul Summit, Scheele explained how we can reprogram our brain to improve relationships in both our business and personal life, rather than running on the old programs set years ago.

“What we can do is install more positive, more functional strategies within us that allow us to get the results we truly desire,” Scheele said on the call, explaining most of us are operating on the dysfunctional programs given to us by our family, society, religion, etc. “If [the mind] is running on autopilot, the autopilot has been trained historically in an unquestioning way. We have accepted a lot of programming of our culture, which contains a lot of blind spots.”


Scheele explained how the different parts of the brain operate, including the part known as the reptilian, which gets activated when we are afraid for our safety, and around that, the mammalian or limbic system, devoted to emotional safety. There is also the neocortex, devoted to judging and making sure our reality stays in tact, he explained.

“The exciting thing being discovered by researchers today – the next evolutionary step – is called the prefrontal cortex or frontal orbital cortex, and this is where we are actually living into the emerging future,” he said on the call. “If we can learn to make values-based decisions, rather then decisions based on fear, worry and doubt, then we are transcending and moving into what our full potential is — what is really trying to emerge.”

Using NLP, Holosync technology and his expertise in preconscious processing and accelerated learning, Scheele developed Paralminial technology – an idea that came to him in 1976 before the technology was available to carry out his ideas.

“In 1981, my business partner and I had a cassette recorder with stereo microphones, and one of us what speaking in one channel and the other in another channel. One would do a guided visualization, and in the other ear the person was guiding the listener in a step-by-step process of change,” Scheele said.

A similar technique is used today, but with the sophisticated digital recording available, the Paraliminal technology is even better. “It uses neuro-linguistic programming and language, speaking to both sides of your brain simultaneously to access that vast non-conscious mind and put you in touch with the resources to accomplish what you want,” Scheele explained. “These go right into contact with those resources already within you.”

For the Living an Elevated Existence Summit, Scheele put together a package of four paraliminals – Instantaneous Personal Magnetism, Self-Esteem Super Charger, Positive Relationships and Happy for No Reason – along with two videos, including “Love and Long Life,” with bestselling author and relationship expert Dr. John Gray. Summit listeners can purchase the package for 60 percent off the retail price.

Recipe for Successful Relationships
When looking at the word ‘relationship,’ the key part of is ‘relating,’ said Scheele, who shared his four core abilities for relating. These are:

1. Kindness, Compassion and Appreciation – “Very often we are raised with very shame-based ways of communicating. ‘What is wrong with you? Can’t you do anything right? I hear you, but you’re wrong.’ How do we tap in to see the awakened self in another,” he said, explaining the Indian tradition of placing our hands on our chest and saying Namaste is about the divinity in us seeing the divinity in another. “So this idea of developing kindness, compassion and appreciation for another is so huge.”

2. Accepting Personal Responsibility – We need to move from being dependent in relationships to interdependence, said Scheele. We are the creator of our own happiness and need to take responsibility for that rather than relying on another person.

“A real, healthy relationship is one which is an interdependent partnership. So we are eliminating helplessness, and we are really realizing our true power as individuals,” he said. “We feel that it’s better to be with each other. We are stronger. We have more fun, and it’s companionship. But if you don’t’ fulfill your 50 percent of the relationship, I’m not 50 percent lost. We each come into the relationship at 100 percent.”

3. Choose Honest Self-Reflection and Truthfulness – Choosing honest self reflection and truthfulness requires a certain amount of vulnerability, and in her studies, bestselling author Brene Brown found the one thing that correlates with overcoming shame is vulnerability, Scheele shared. What is requires is to reflect and go for the truth with ourselves and in our relationships.

When we have done something we feel bad about, often we choose not to tell our partner because we don’t want to hurt them. However, we are then living a lie, which takes a lot of energy, he noted. Instead we can speak from a place of truth.

We can say, “I really want to share with you something that I don’t’ feel good about. I feel sorry that I did it, and I would like to make it right with you, and I understand that if you can’t tolerate the thought that I’ve done this and you need to leave the relationship, then that is my responsibility, and I get it. You need to take care of yourself but here it is,” said Scheele.

4. Honor the Space Between Us as Unique – “I have me and you have you, and when we come together, there is a space between us that is ‘we’ or ‘us,’ and there is a mutual benefit of being here intentionally,” he explained. “It’s not important what emerges between our ears, it’s what is between our noses, and that is what is called presencing. It’s being present and sensing what is emerging that is more valuable then me living my life alone and you living your life alone.”

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