The art of letting go and releasing is a fantastic tool for unleashing freedom in your life! How would you feel if you could completely let go of your limitations, depression, and trade all that for real happiness and freedom in your life? Letting go enables you to drop negative emotions and increase positive emotions.
These releasing techniques will allow you to have control over your feelings and emotions instead of these negative emotions control your life. In my personal opinion, learning the art of letting go and releasing is one of the best self-help methods in existence today.
Sound interesting? Well, let’s start from the beginning. Emotions are how we feel. We feel grief after the death of a family member. We lose it when someone pushes our emotional buttons, yet we can feel really empowered when we are in the zone at work and produce great results.
Emotions are useful and help make us human. But sometimes emotions hold us back. The fear of public speaking can cause us undue stress and anxiety. Our emotions, if we let them will keep us from forgiveness of someone that hurt us a long time ago. These same emotions can create addiction problems such as smoking, drug abuse, and even the ability to sustain a healthy relationship. So you can see, our emotions are responsible for almost every aspect of our lives.
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You see, the secret you must realize is this: You are not your emotions. That’s right. You are not your emotions. And your emotions are not you. Emotions are just things that you experience. Rather than “I am angry,” a more accurate description might be “I am experiencing anger.” And rather than “I am courageous,” a more precise version maybe “I am feeling courageous.”
So, emotions are just things you experience. Sometimes they feel good, sometimes they run riot. One thing you can be sure of is that with these releasing techniques, you can learn to let go and turn these bad emotions off. How? Through the process of the art of letting go and releasing.
Now, releasing is all about learning the art of letting go of your negative emotions. When you learn to let go of your negative emotions, you will almost instantly feel your energy get lighter and the stress will just wash away in no time at all. You will live your life with greater joy and freedom and be able to live freely without the world crashing down on you. Releasing is always a great idea. (You can let go of positive emotions too, and you’ll typically feel even more positive as a result.)
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How can you release it and just let it go?
Firstly, you need to recognize that we’re each desperately holding onto our emotions – even those emotions that aren’t serving us. We’re clenching them like we’d clench our hands around a pencil or a small ball.
We’re holding on to that fear, that grief, that apathy – because we somehow think that it is us and that we need it. It’s important to understand that our emotions are not who we are and we don’t need to react to life with any particular emotional state, we can make the conscious decision to just let it go.
Understand that you can just relax your physical state of stress and allow that negative emotion to just wash off of you like water flowing downstream.
Let’s do the art of letting go together. Think of something right now that you know is a concern for you. You could take a recent work-related issue or even someone that you don’t get along with. Or, you could just take a general problem or something you are worried about. For now, just pick an easy issue problem just to learn and understand the process of releasing.
Think of that thing, and notice the resistance that builds up in your stomach. Now, ask yourself this simple but important question: “Am I able to really let this go and be at peace with this issue?”. Use whatever wording that works for you.
This is just one way of saying: Can I let go of the emotional hold I have about this issue right now? Can I really let go and move into a space of forgiveness and peace? Can I stop resisting and open up to my higher purpose?
As you move through these feelings, ask yourself again, “Am I able to completely let this issue move out of my life so that I can move into a better energy state”. – Inhale and exhale, when you exhale, answer as honestly as you can with a “Yes” or “No” and say it out loud.
The answer of “Yes” or “No” really doesn’t matter, I know this will sound crazy to you but this technique will provide an emotional release for you at some level. All you have to do is trust the process. Listen to your heart and notice your feelings when you are done.
While exhaling, feel the release happening. Feel yourself unclenching that grip. Feel yourself just letting go of that emotion. Notice the difference? Remember, we are the ones that are holding on to our emotions. It is very important that we all understand that we are the only ones that allow these thoughts to continue.
Let me ask you a simple but obvious question: Is holding on to these negative emotions and allowing them to take up space in your mind and stop you from living the life you truly want to live? Or would you rather stop resisting the mental chatter and just let go for true freedom?
Remember, by using the art of letting go, we’re not agreeing with it, or letting somebody off the hook. We’re simply releasing the emotion attached to it. We’re granting ourselves greater peace and serenity.
Ok, when you think you have let go, connect again and observe your feelings on that issue, is there any residual negative energy around this issue? If it seems like there is, repeat the process again: connect deeply with the emotion. Ask yourself again, “Am I able to completely let this issue move out of my life so that I can move into a better energy state”. – Inhale and exhale, when you exhale, answer as honestly as you can with a “Yes” or “No” and say it out loud and feel the release of this energy.
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Try this again a few more times. You will discover that you begin to feel very different about that issue. You should notice in a few minutes or so that the negative emotion has shrunk in size and intensity or maybe it’s disappeared completely. This is very good work you are doing for your self, congratulate yourself for taking these brave steps towards a better life!
Let’s try the art of letting go of it once more. This time, make sure you follow through the entire process. Out loud, too, if you can. Again, think of a situation that brings up some resistance in your stomach. Pick someone who really annoys you or just a small concern you may have about something today.
Really feel the sensation, the energy, and the feelings around this issue or event. Ask yourself again, “Am I able to completely let this issue move out of my life so that I can move into a better energy state”. – Inhale and exhale, when you exhale, answer as honestly as you can with a “Yes” or “No” and say it out loud, and feel the release of this energy.
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As you answer, loosen your clutch on the emotion. Relax into the comfort. Release. Feel yourself unclenching. Feel yourself letting go. Releasing feels great. It’s like the feeling you get when the doctors call you, after those worrying tests – and say you’ve got the all-clear. It’s total relief. That’s releasing.
To help you learn the art of letting go and feel the release even further, imagine two doors in front of your stomach opening, allowing all of the pent up negative energy to just move out of your life as you let go. Can you really feel it happening? You’ve done well, celebrate your new way of living in freedom!
Now check how you feel. If the energy is still a little negative, that’s ok. Repeat the process until you feel better about the issue, or want to finish. Now, if you are just not feeling like you are making progress, don’t even worry about that either. All you have to do at this point is to take a break and let go of any expectations for the results you want. Just keep working and you will make progress.
Sometimes you’re too busy “watching” to really experience the results you want. If you answered “No” at any time during the process of letting go, don’t concern yourself too much. Each and every step you take towards this healing process will take you closer and closer to the emotional freedom you really want in your life. Just release on it and move on. And that’s it, really.
The art of letting go and releasing is the quickest and easiest method for letting go of troublesome emotions. This is a very well known and practiced method taken from psychotherapy to what is known as tribal drum therapy and beyond.
The only difference is that you are releasing these negative feelings directly for your self instead of dancing around the issues you want to release.
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There’s no need to spend years sitting on a couch, going into your “back story” and analyzing precisely why things happened that way. In this process of releasing, you release yourself directly and then just move on with your life and come back to the process as needed.
It really is as simple as that. Just become aware of these emotional issues, relax and ask: “Can I really let go of this issue, is it important enough to control my life?” – exhale and answer “Yes” or “No” and feel the joy and peace of really letting go. It is easy, but you have to do this for yourself.
Here are more methods on the art of letting go and releasing
There are other ways of releasing, too – all based on the same core “letting go” principle. One of the most popular is the three questions method. This was popularized by the late Lester Levenson and is now taught in the Abundance Course (ReleaseTechnique.com) and The Sedona Method (Sedona.com).
This art of letting go technique is based on the following premises:
1. We don’t know that we can let emotions go
2. We don’t want to let go of emotions
3. We can deal with emotions and let them go later
Ok, the key here is that releasing works because we are addressing each question in a very aware state. This allows you to stop the habitual mind chatter by focusing on the issues, cycle through all the emotions and slowly let go of the feelings associated with what is holding us back from the life we really want for ourselves.
Here are the steps:
- Become aware of an issue you want to work on releasing, feel the emotion, and connect with it.
- Ask yourself: “Could I let this go?” (yes/no – answer out loud, honestly)
- Move on to ask: “Would I let this go?” (again, yes/no)
- And then: “When?” (now/later)
- Feel that release – then become very aware as to how the issue feels to you right now. If there’s still some emotional charge, go back to step one and loop again: you’ll find some issues are layered like onions and are released over multiple passes.
Or, if you are feeling like you can’t move forward on this issue, just let go of that feeling and start over again to see how you feel or just take a break for a while and start again when you are ready.
Chris Payne created his “Effort-Free Life System (EffortFree.com) and is a very popular releasing method called the “welcoming technique” used by many releasing teachers and coaches.
Here are the steps to follow for this technique:
1. Lower your head and place your hand on your chest or stomach. Become very aware of the emotion or perhaps a situation that really has your emotions ramped up.
2. Notice the intensity of that emotion and how it feels in your body, and give the intensity a rating from 0 to 10.
3. Welcome the emotion into your awareness, just as you’d welcome your best friend into your house. Welcoming doesn’t mean you have agreed or that you have forgiven those feelings. All you have to do is in this moment that you have created, allow yourself to embrace, accept, and welcome your feelings. Allow it to be there, instead of pretending it doesn’t exist. Feel the release and the emotion of peace in your life.
4. Now get in touch with the emotion again. How does it feel?
5. Check the intensity of the feeling and give it a new rating from 0 to 10. Keep going until it comes down to 0. If you just can’t release or at least soften the feelings, ask yourself again if you are able at this moment to let go. If needed, take a break and try the process again later. Some issues as you know will require more work than others.
Releasing master teacher Lester Levenson, who has contributed to The Abundance Course work and also The Sedona Method suggests this type of personal work for anyone wanting to live free of having control issues, approval, and anyone wanting more security in there lives. These are general terms that can help you release emotions right across the board.
You know, releasing is all about letting go of emotions. It’s about detachment. It’s what the Eastern world calls letting go of our attachments and aversions. In the Western lifestyle, some people would equate this process to the saying: “F**K it!” It’s a very interesting yet effective argument by John Parkin in his popular book with this as its title.
Try each of these techniques yourself, and start using whichever suits you best. But remember to try them. Releasing isn’t just for reading about. It’s experiential.
Understanding the art of letting go and releasing techniques is a powerful method for gaining greater emotional freedom
It helps you realize that you are not your emotions – and thereby allows you to release all of the limiting thoughts, emotions, and feelings that have held you back in the past.
You’ll become happier, enjoy more self-empowerment, and simply be freer when you discover releasing for yourself. Take some “me” time and really examine your day to day behavior, acknowledge any repeating negative emotions and look at the people close to you at home and at work and try the techniques you have learned here and let each one go one at a time.
Take your time and be honest with your feelings. This is just about you and no one even needs to know about this exercise but you. You’ll feel the benefits in your life almost immediately.
Put a note on your bathroom mirror that says “Can I let this feeling go”. Practice it as often as you can – and do it all the time. Even when you’re talking to somebody, you can release there and then, at that moment. It’s simple and it’s easy.
To learn more about releasing, I’d suggest one of the following books:
• The Sedona Method – by Hale Dwoskin – Sedona.com
• The Abundance Course – by Larry Crane – ReleaseTechnique.com
• The Secret of Letting Go – by Guy Finley – GuyFinley.com
• Effort-Free Life System – by Chris Payne – EffortFree.com
• F**k It – by John C. Parkin – TheFuckItLife.com
Discover the art of letting go and releasing for yourself, embrace it in your daily life – and I promise you’ll never look back.