Disclaimer: this book may change your life. Letting Go provides a method for understanding core emotions we all experience – like guilt and anger – and the process for letting go of our involuntary reactivity which, once examined, frees us to live from a more centered place.
A blended approach, combining spirituality and psychology
Hawkins blends his medical and psychological background with a Buddhist approach and prescribes a way to handle ourselves when our emotions are overwhelmed. He has written a collection of books with his unique viewpoint.
“You will become lighter and happier as you read it.”David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.
Chapters are organized by emotions like “Grief,” “Courage” and “Pride” and detail how to deeply understand each, along with techniques to create a shift.
The “what for” method
The “what for” approach Dr. Hawkins details particularly resonated with me, allowing to me examine the reason for my goal-orientation and ambition. In this technique, we ask of ourselves that question when we desire something or feel upset. If we want a new car, for example, we ask ourselves, “what for?” Perhaps it is for transportation but maybe it is because we desire a fancier car. What for? Because it may symbolize achievement, success or rank. Repeating the same question, you come closer to understanding you want the car to feel worthy, adequate or the envy of others. In these realization, you understand your motivations and desires more.
One Amazon reviewer notes:
“Letting Go” pretty much short cuts the Course of Miracles methodology, by providing systematical and mechanical steps to heal, forgive and free-up energy, and the book doesn’t have a religious over-tone.”Amazon review
The book can get repetitive at times, so I recommend skipping sections that feel that way and re-reading the ones that are illuminating.
Note: there is some reference to what I call “magical thinking” in medicine, meaning using powers of the mind to cure ailments like the flu and cancer. I simply glanced over what I did not agree with, as I tend to do anyway, and focused on the other incredible insights with which I did agree.
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