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    Hi Everyone!

    I'm a 65 year old IT engineer and photographer. I am also a type 2 diabetic. I have been happily married for 37 years. I am not ready to retire, but I would love to spend more time as a creative than as a techno-geek.

    I have studied many forms of self-improvement or self-development since my early 30's. I have been a seeker looking for a better way, for more life, more happiness and peace of mind, more success, more abundance, etc. Needless to say, most of what I studied worked well for the authors and not so well for me.

    I have had some experience with Larry Crane's course, but no abundance. I need to tell you that back around 2007 or 2008, I ordered the Sedona Method CD set. At that time I wasn't ready and what I received and listened to was not what I expected or needed at the time. Much like Larry's course, the sales copywriting and marketing were more powerful than the product. Seriously, I thought it was a load of bunk at that time. I returned the course, in great condition, for the full, no questions asked refund and walked away from The Sedona Method and releasing.

    Since those days, I have been focused on spiritual development, not religious. I have been working on accepting life on life's terms and playing the cards I have been dealt. I am not rich. I have health issues.

    What brings me here is the book, The Sedona Method. I am about half way into the book. I don't believe releasing will help my financial situation, but it could help my creativity, my health and bring me more peace of mind. The Sedona Method book is very good, so far, and I am enjoying learning and doing the exercises! I had considered ordering the home study course (again), but the $400.00 is a bit of a stretch that I cannot justify doing at this time and based on what little I know so far. From scanning posts here in the community, the book may be all I need.

    Thank you!

    Greg

  • #2
    Hi gthopkins!

    You have some ideas about how releasing can help you. And that's OK. However, your ideas are yours. It's up to you to decide if letting go of your ideas is worth a try. TSM book has all the basics and can help you get a pretty good idea of how the process works. Lots of people have found the book alone to be incredibly helpful. I recommend that you actually try the processes out so that you can explore what letting go can do for you. Lester, Hale, and I with my clients want people to actually explore the processes to see, through their actual and direct experience, what the processes can do. BTW, it's not uncommon for people have breakthroughs in other areas than their initial goals because unraveling our belief systems doesn't necessarily happen in the order that we want them to. What we discover is that beliefs that we were clinging to in other areas need unraveling first so that we are more open and ready for success with our goals.

    One of the things that often confounds people is that there is often resistance to accomplishing certain goals. When we let go of resistance in other areas we find that the initial goals start to succeed. This is because we can see how there are internal controversies that get in the way of our success in other areas and we see how these controversies play a role in our initial goal. I know this is going to sound patronizing but the fact is that many of us are resistant to taking action steps on behalf of our goals and that's a big part of why we aren't successful. Releasing on taking actions steps is eye opening. It reveals to us all sorts of underlying thoughts, feelings, ideas, beliefs, programming that get in the way of our success. Letting go of resistance to action steps opens us to flow. When we are in flow we have more energy, enthusiasm, confidence, curiosity, vision, creativity, and courage to take steps on behalf of our goals. And yes, sometimes, we find that things magically unfold for us with very few action steps or none at all. It's important to be honest with ourselves and consider the role resistance plays in our lack of success so that we can release the resistance and accomplish our goals.

    Warmly,
    Delilah
    www.theaccordcenter.net

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    • #3
      good for you for giving it another go.....what are the infinite possibilities I wonder??

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      • #4
        Yes, I agree with zannierose, it is great that you're giving it another shot. And I'm glad to read that you're doing the exercises. There is a peeling the onion aspect to this for some, and not so much for others. I don't know why that is but it just is. I answered "no" to every question for the first two years I used TSM. I too felt a little better as I went along even though I answered "no" for the two years but eventually there were breakthroughs.

        I also came to discover that I had ideas about what was possible and not possible and had to let them go because they were getting in the way of my progress. Do you remember what Larry Crane used to say sometimes? He'd say, "Could you let go of wanting to be so smart and allow it to be something other than what you think it is?" For some reason that question really worked for me.

        One of the things about abundance AKA financial success is that we tend to look at things in dollars and cents. I have written elsewhere about how gratitude made a huge difference for me when it came to money. This was before I ever knew anything about TSM. I'll copy and paste what I wrote so you can read it and see if it resonates with you.

        THE POWER OF GRATITUDE

        The first time I learned about the power of gratitude was years ago when I fell very ill and had to leave my job. I had no money coming in and I was terrified. I was scared because I was ill and I was scared because I had no income. I had been studying various spiritual teachings and out of desperation I began a daily practice of gratitude. I would spend time every day giving thanks for anything and everything I could think of. I gave thanks for all the little things and all the big things in my life. I gave thanks for things that we all take for granted like hot and cold running water and finding a pair of matching socks. I kept up this practice because I noticed that it helped me feel better in the face of so much fear. And eventually something amazing happened. When it came time to pay my bills I regularly found money in my bank account that I didn't really have. At first I would check my check book over and over and call the bank to see if the balance I saw there was correct. Every time I called the bank the balance was confirmed with no irregularities. The teller on the phone would politely suggest that perhaps I forgot making a deposit! I know it doesn't make sense but this is how it went. After paying my bills for the month I'd forget about the mysterious money appearing in my account but the next time I had to pay my bills money would be there that I couldn't track back to anything I did. Try a daily practice of giving thanks and see what happens for you!

        The reason I shared this with you is because when we look for abundance, we find it. giving thanks for what we do have, for what is working, is seeing the abundance in our lives.

        Warmly,
        Delilah
        www.theaccordcenter.net

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        • #5
          Thank you, Delilah! I spent many years doing daily and weekly gratitude lists. There is something concrete or resolute about putting things on paper. Anyway, my gratitude lists could be as small as 5 or 10 items. One day, I started writing my list and more than two hours later, after losing track of time, I had 8 pieces of 8.5x11 sheets of lined paper filled on both sides of the page. Sixteen pages! I sat there in shock! I had no idea where it all came from. I listed everything from clean drinking water, my blue eyes, love of music, music talent, puffy cloud formations, ocean salt water, my pad, my pen, toilet paper, dental floss, light, each close friend and why I was grateful for them, and slippers just to give a tiny idea of the variety of items listed. The list came poured out of me like water from the faucet. Looking back to that time, I was making three times what I earn now. I had more successes than failures, but the failures were painful and made life feel like an out of control roller coaster.

          I would love to have that kind of financial income again, but without all the pressure and ups and downs and huge amount of travel. Emotionally, I was stressed. It was the stress that caused a friend to suggest making gratitude lists. I shared my 16 pages with him and when he was done reading he just said "wow!" It's been 19 years since I made that list. I don't know if it is directly related, but as I slowed down on making my daily list, I lost my job, got diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, ruptured two disks in my back and slowly slid into a different kind of stress and pressure. My age at the time of the slide didn't help. Younger kids right out of college were doing what I had been paid over 6 figures for and they were doing it for $45k USD. I changed careers, finally got another job and discovered a bunch of talent I didn't know I had. I never did get back the level of income, but all the debt is paid.

          I hesitate to spend the $400.00 on the SM home study course because of all the additional courses I see listed. It appears to me that marketing and truth may be off when it comes to simple. Lester achieved freedom in three months, yet there appears to be decades of learning for sale. Lester found freedom for free and valued it. I guess SM understands that we, as humans, only value what we pay a high price for.
          To me, this seems contrary to the desired goal. I'm just saying.

          I think I will stick with the book. If it covers the basics that should be good enough, right? If it is not, Larry Crane, also has a book which for only $40 dollars may fill in what the SM book left out.

          Thank you so much for reminding of gratitude! That may be exactly what I was missing. Hopefully others will also incorporate gratitude in their journey. Maybe continued work on releasing will cause the complete SM home training offerings to drop into my lap. You never know.

          PEACE!

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          • #6
            Hi gthopkins!

            Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experiences with a gratitude practice. There is a lot there to look at and learn from and more importantly to release on. Releasing can help with all kinds of stress. And it can help with opening us up to our innate wisdom and ability to envision ways to either find ease in stressful situations or to find ways to lessen stress or create different situations for ourselves that are more in line with what we want for ourselves situationally. Often we discover underlying beliefs about work and money and what we have to do in order to have money that can be released on and that opens us to see things from an entirely different perspective that was always there but we weren't able to see.

            Yes, the book is fairly comprehensive and many people have had remarkable experiences with just using the book. You might be able to find the supercourse on a website that sells used books and products. Keep checking them out and you might find a real deal there.

            One of the things that people seem wither to not know or not want to acknowledge is that by the time Lester had his epiphanies that lead to TSM, he has been a seeker for a long time. He explored many different spiritual, religious, and therapeutic processes before he was diagnosed with terminal heart disease. So the truth is, as the facts of his life show, it took him many more than three months to have his breakthrough.

            The different programs that are available for sale exemplify how TSM has evolved through Hale over the years. There are many ways to approach releasing. One needn't purchase all of them to get a lot out of releasing. Again, the book has all the basics and can take anyone who practices the processes as far as they want them too. I encourage people to get really good with the basics, to really get how letting go and welcoming actually works so that if or when they decide to purchase another program they have a strong foundation with the basics.

            The main thing is to give ourselves time with the processes. Even when people have breakthroughs they can be fleeting if we don't continue to help the bodymind to get really comfortable with releasing. Lots of people release for 5 minutes a day or even an hour a day and don't find that they have much movement outside of a bit of peace. Folks need to consider how many years of deep programming they have had over their lifetimes by the time they come to releasing. It takes a while to unravel all of that.

            Please feel free to keep us posted on how things unfold for you,
            And feel free to come here with any questions you have about process.

            Warmly,
            Delilah
            www.theaccordcenter.net

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            • #7
              Hi everyone,

              I bit the bullet and ordered the Super Course. I received a few chats and a couple email telling me I can't go wrong with an investment in TSM and all who communicated indicated they did the home study super course. I hope I made the right decision. I'm not sure if I mentioned before, however, I own the Abundance Course, by Larry Crane. I went through 10 CD's working the exercises and pausing over and over to keep up with the pace of the audios. I did the course three times. Five years later, I did it again. After all that, I had more frustration and very few gains. Maybe it was the teacher and maybe it was me. The only one getting abundance was Larry. lol

              I have been reading Hale's and Lester's new release of the book "Happiness is Free". Although the book seems to be marketed along with or aligned with Rhonda Byrnes' The Greatest Secret (book 5 in The Secret series), I am still enjoying Lester's lectures and Hale's releasing experiences. Has anyone else read the book?

              Thank you!
              Greg

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              • #8
                Hi gthopkins!
                Question: Do you release regularly? It's great that you've gone through The Abundance Course three times and then 5 years later went through again but do you release everyday? And it's great that you purchased the Supercourse. I assume you're going through it now. That's wonderful. Releasing works best if we release regularly. And this is true for the goal of abundance. One of the biggest stumbling blocks people have when seeking to fulfill the goal of abundance is the reluctance to release on action steps. What kinds of action steps have you been taking and have you been releasing on taking action steps?
                Warmly,
                Delilah
                www.theaccordcenter.net

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                • #9
                  Hi Delilah, After several attempts at working with the RT CD's, I found it necessary to use the guide and work on my own. Working at my own pace and not continually pausing the CD helped me feel more relaxed, but, still not much in the way of gains. I actually spoke with LC a few times and he rushed me through the process and insisted on fast - no thought releasing. I felt like I was being pushed and naturally pushed back. After reading the first half of the book The Sedona Method, I realized RT, as taught by LC was not working for me. It was probably a personality issue. You may have had a school teacher that was difficult to learn from and when you changed teachers or repeated the course with another teacher you breezed through.

                  I found an RT teacher from Denmark about a year ago. His pacing and tone and were easier to release with. He seemed kinder more relaxed. My only issue with this guy was the courses were only available online and not downloadable. His free YouTube videos I could download. I return there when he posts something new and I work through the specific video. I have not been fully dedicated to releasing and I do not release every day.

                  It was only recently that I found one of Hale's videos, which took me to reading the SM book. As a side note, I received The Greatest Secret as a Christmas gift and as I read Rhonda's book I found both Hale and Lester were quoted quite a few times. I had two different sources resonating with me and both contained Hale and Lester. Which provides with one instructor I had issue with and three who resonate.

                  BTW - The Super Course has not arrived, yet, so, I am not working through the Super Course. I hope I answered your questions. If not, let me know where I missed and I will try again.

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                  • #10
                    Hi gthopkins!
                    The one thing that you didn't speak to is the subject of action steps. What action steps are we taking, besides releasing, to accomplish our goals? When we aren't releasing regularly and when we aren't releasing on taking action steps then we are stuck in magical thinking. Action steps need to be addressed directly and any resistance to taking action steps needs to be dissolved. If we want real magic then we have to be fully open to all the elements of releasing on success in the area of abundance. Everyone wants money to just fall into our laps. Sometimes that does happen. But Lester taught that resistance to any one thing is resistance to everything. So resistance to taking action steps is resistance to the goal of abundance. Resistance to our goals comes in many different guises. Releasing regularly uncovers all the resistance and helps to dissolve it. All goals require releasing regularly.
                    Best,
                    Delilah
                    www.theaccordcenter.net

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                    • #11
                      Hi Delilah, that's a wonderful question. Because I am not releasing daily and only recently getting back into it, I have not been releasing on action steps. That said, I do need to do that. One of the reasons I returned to the possibilities available with releasing is to clear limitations for abundance, art - photography and spiritual growth. I have never been one to take charity. Having the documentary, The Secret, the year it became available, the greatest issue I had was my perception of the message. I have never been able to sit and think and materialize anything except a sore butt. There has been a lot said about the message from the movie and what seems to be a lot of back - peddling to correct that misunderstanding. Many still think The Secret only requires we think and we will be rich. Not so much!

                      Your very insightful question prompted me to realize before a photoshoot, I have been releasing on specific steps I must do in order to have a successful shoot. I have been learning about photography since I built my first darkroom when I was age thirteen. Some steps requiring I release have been regarding getting up at 4:00am on my day off in order to catch the best light or the commitment to get out and practice daily and even in bitter cold. I had to release on charging money for my work. On accepting compliments. On allowing others to see beauty in what I think is junk. What I see and what other people see can be drastically different and that is okay. It turns out that getting up early has a ton of perks like no traffic or parking issues or crowds or people wandering into a shot. I get a lot done, have plenty of time for post processing, I can still enjoy the rest of the day (and squeeze in a nap) and I accomplished what I set out to do. I could not see any of that before I released all the negatives thoughts and feelings about getting up early, the cold, the darkness, being alone (which I liked). I also found I had some expectations that surfaced the more I did the early shoots or any shoot. I had to release on these, as well.

                      I need to state here that any releasing done was done with what I learned by Larry. It felt weird imagining inserting a tube in the area where I think I felt a clutching sensation while thinking about an expectation. Imagining that as I allowed the thought or feeling to come up and pass through this imagined tube like a jet of steam set up other expectation to release on like expecting to be able to imagine the escaping steam. When I couldn't visual this, I had expectations that I should be able to do this. Eventually, I saw a video of Hale dropping a pencil. So simple. Maybe even elegant. It helped me a lot. I need to keep it simple because I tend to intellectualize everything. I have to figure it out. Yes, I did release on having to figure it out.

                      There is nothing wrong with the Release Technique. I had issues with the teacher so I put the CD's on a shelf and moved away from releasing while assuming I had wasted my money and that something was wrong with me because I was having these issues. Nuff said about that.

                      I stand corrected! Darn! I guess I did get some gains from working with the Release Technique and The Abundance Course. I almost want to cancel the TSM Super Course. lol

                      Thank you for asking about releasing on action steps. I typed this response while doing my job and working at one desk and sliding to my personal system and back again. I hope my reply makes some sense.

                      Thank you!
                      Greg

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                      • #12
                        Hi gthopkins!

                        Thanks for taking the time to share what you've shared here.
                        I'm glad to read that you have become more fully aware of how releasing on action steps has actually given you some gains. I strongly urge you to keep releasing on any and all resistance around action steps because even though the gains you have shared here are excellent, you've really just only scratched the surface. Success with releasing happens in layers. The more we release the more we discover what is standing in the way of our success with any of our goals. Using the old analogy of the iceberg, the conscious mind is only the tip of the iceberg. The largest part of the iceberg is submerged below the surface of the water and we have no awareness of the part that is submerged. The same is true for the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is the part of the mind that is buried below consciousness. The conscious mind is only the tip of the mind and it's a small fraction of the entire mind. The subconscious mind is where all the feelings, thoughts, ideas, beliefs, programs that work at cross purposes of our goal are buried. Releasing regularly uncovers all the feelings, thoughts, ideas, beliefs, programs so that we can unravel them and let them go. The notion that we've released on resistance and that's it is misguided. If we haven't accomplished our goal we can assume that there is more resistance to the goal itself or to taking action steps to accomplish our goals. The solution for this is to keep releasing so that we can let go of whatever is in the way of the goal. Many of us go through the basic foundational course many many times over because each time there is more uncovered. And many of us do the same with any of the other recorded material. Eventually we learn how to ask ourselves the questions so that we can release without the recordings also. I say also because there is always value in going back yet again to the recorded material no matter how experienced we are.

                        The device that Larry uses to point to how releasing works is great at the beginning, especially for folks who don't understand that we are energy beings and that all feelings, thoughts, ideas, beliefs, programs are just energy coming up to be released through the entire bodymind vehicle/instrument. Keep using the device or the one that Hale uses when he suggests that we "drop it", until we find ourselves able to think of and experience energy flowing through the whole body is very useful. FYI, we can and do release and let go through the top of the head, back and front of the forehead, the entire face, throat, the chest, arms, elbows, hands, stomach, lower abdomen, pelvic floor, legs, knees, feet, all the different parts of the spine, the entire spine, and all of the organs. Practice welcoming because that will help to tune into the energy flow and it's the second most fundamental way to let go. Welcoming is one the most powerful ways to let go and enhances letting go in every single process that is presented.Hale's way of introducing welcoming is a great way to start to open to and experience the flow. Remember that releasing can feel like a warm sensation, or electricity, or a buzzing sensation or water flowing through the bodymind or places opening and becoming more spacious inside the bodymind. Other sensations occur as well but we discover that only from releasing with regularity. It's best to think of playing around with releasing because otherwise we tend to get too serious about the process and that causes us to contract. If there is a contraction, welcome it and it will soften and release. You'll find this out on your own as you keep exploring what I have written here.

                        You're going to find that using the Supercourse will help you move forward enormously and it will even help you get far more out any of Larry's material.

                        Please keep us posted on how things unfold.
                        Warmly,
                        Delilah
                        Last edited by DelilahCertifiedSMCoach; 01-12-2021, 01:38 PM.
                        www.theaccordcenter.net

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                        • #13
                          Hi Delilah,

                          You are amazing! This is great stuff and I look forward to getting back into releasing and learning more. You gave me a fantastic gift with this "It's best to think of playing around with releasing because otherwise we tend to get too serious about the process and that causes us to contract".

                          Taking myself or work, music, photography and many other things too seriously has been the story of my life, as they say. Until recently, I have always plowed on through in a very serious way. Like most things I try to or succeed in plowing through the results are dismal, at best. I get serious about money and income and the lack of money persists and may get worse. I have had that happen in just about every area of my life.

                          There is one occasion where I succeeded beyond my expectations. I have had a very long and successful IT Engineering career and only because I treated all technology as "toys". Mobile, desktop/laptop, servers, mainframes have always been, to me, just toys so there was no fears. Solutions would just pop into my head for issues with hardware and software and networks that were completely new to me. It was like issues, bugs, and failures and other problems seemed to rectify themselves.

                          In reality, that wasn't the case, but I was free to play which left me open to all sorts of possibilities that my colleagues couldn't even imagine. That all happened by accident. In other words, I just loved having access to all sorts of amazing technology and it rarely seemed like work.

                          It would be amazing to treat other important(my perception) activities as play. Thank you! I suspect releasing may allow that to happen.

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                          • #14
                            Read all your posts with interest. They were very benificial to me. The main conclusion is what Lester said: " even imossible becomes possible, when you fully released on it" .
                            The thing is how to fully release!!! .
                            Ok, I'll restart the Super ourse. If I have not finish the book, can I do the Super course or should I finish the SM book first? I find it easier to do the course. But I did not finish book, have stuck on Goals

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                            • #15
                              Hi illa!

                              You can absolutely do the Supercourse before finishing the book. You may find that the Supercourse enhances the book for you.

                              Warmly,
                              Delilah
                              www.theaccordcenter.net

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