The 5 Top Release Techniques and Methods Compared

Top Release Techniques/Methods Reviwed/Compared

There are many new forms of healing surfacing that are powerful methods for releasing subconscious beliefs that keep us stuck in the past. I am going to review five of them here. I have chosen these techniques because they all work to release limiting beliefs that come from fear and therefore keep us from finding the fulfillment from life that we desire. The five that I will discuss here are The Sedona Method, The Release Technique, Emotional Freedom Technique, Access Consciousness and The Freedom Release Technique.

All of the techniques come from the understanding that suppressed emotions sabotage health - mental, physical and emotional health. Science is now proving that suppressed beliefs lead to ill health. Chinese medicine and other ancient medicines have known this all along. Newer authors, such as Louise Hay, have even listed the emotions that are connected to specific body parts. For example, if you cut your thumb it means you are worrying.

The foundation of these emotional release techniques is that you must release your limiting beliefs in order to stop suppressing emotions and enjoy good health. Years ago the only way to do this was through counseling or psychotherapy. It could take years using talk therapy as opposed to the much more effective and almost instant results with the newer techniques. Let's start by having a look at The Sedona Method.

The Sedona Method

The Sedona Method ReviewThe Sedona Method was created by Hale Dwoskin who studied under a man named Lester Levenson. Interestingly, The Release Technique was originally developed by Lester Levenson. The connection is that Dwoskin studied under Levenson and then created The Sedona Method.

In The Sedona Method, you let go of unwanted feelings by moving through a few specific steps. First you identify the fear that has come up for you. You feel it and take it into your heart. Then you ask yourself three questions. They are:

1. Could I let this go?
2. Would I let it go?
3. When?

The benefit of this method is that you are acknowledging your fear when you identify it and take it into your heart. When feelings are suppressed they keep trying to find their way to the surface. When you finally look at them and accept that they are there, the act of witnessing them allows them to fade. It is like a little child that bruises herself. She just wants to be acknowledged that she is hurt and then she may run off and play.

Once taken into the heart, the questions connect with the fear at the conscious level, asking if you are ready to let it go. If the answer is no, you continue to take it into your heart and repeat the questions until you are ready to release it.

The benefit of this method is that it is easy to do and can be done anywhere, at any time. Every time you identify a fear you can use this method to release it. A couple of drawbacks are that you may not be able to easily identify what the emotion is that you are feeling. Sometimes we become overwhelmed and don't have the clarity we need at the time of the intense feelings.

Another negative is that it this work, and a couple of the others, don't go to the cause of the emotion which is the subconscious belief that generates it in the first place. I see this as a limitation compared to other techniques I will discuss here. However, it is certainly worth using and can help you improve your life experience.

Click Here To Go To The Official Sedona Method Website

The Release Technique

The Release Technique ReviewAs I mentioned earlier, The Release Technique was created by Lester Levenson but is now mostly associated with Larry Crane who has done a lot to promote the technique. It has been fifty years since it first was created, so Levenson was certainly a pioneer in this line of work! To use The Release Technique, you are instructed to think of the frustration or fear that is coming up for you and rate it on a scale of one to ten, ten being the most frustrated.

Once you have rated the feeling you simply say yes to it many times. This again is working by accepting what the feeling is instead of suppressing it. This is key to releasing our emotions. After saying yes and acknowledging the feeling many times you ask yourself again how intense the feeling is on a scale of one to ten. You continue to work in this way until the emotion is at an acceptable level for you.

With The Release Technique having been available for so long, Crane has worked with top researchers on the effects of spirituality on the brain using his Technique. The results showed the activity of the brain showed more focus and increased motivation. He also claims The Release Technique lowers blood pressure and changes negative thinking among other benefits. The drawbacks of this Technique would be the same as what was noted for The Sedona Method.

Click Here To Go To The Official Release Technique Website

Emotional Freedom Technique AKA EFT or Tapping

Emotional Freedom Technique - EFT - TappingThese first two techniques are similar in that they use statements to help release the emotion after acknowledging what the feelings are. The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT as it is commonly called, is after a similar effect but through a different method. It was founded by Gary Craig.

EFT, also called Tapping, is a method of releasing identified feelings and emotions by touching certain points on the body, repeatedly tapping the point with your fingers. This method works on meridian lines where feelings and emotions become lodged in the body. As mentioned earlier, the link between the body and emotions has been clearly proven so it makes sense that you could work on the meridian lines to release emotions.

In EFT the feelings are again identified and rated on a scale of one to ten. This helps you identify the intensity of the emotion and make a comparison after using the Technique. It also uses a statement when beginning the process of tapping. The initial statement is, "Even though I have (this feeling) I deeply and completely accept myself." It then continues with tapping points on the face, hand and upper chest, tapping with the fingers of one hand.

After going through all the points to be tapped, the feeling is rated again from one to ten. If it is still high then the process is repeated.

The benefits of EFT are again that it is easy to use, although you may be choosy where you use it since you will be tapping several points on your face and hand. As long as you don't mind answering questions from curious onlookers, there is no limitation to when you can use it. There are many people who are using it and praising the effects.

Some people that I know personally who have worked with an EFT practitioner found that it certainly helped them in the beginning of their healing process and then they felt it was time to switch to a different technique that could take them deeper. Like the first two, you have to identify the emotion yourself. In my experience, emotions can run deep and what appears on the surface may not be the core emotion that needs to be released.

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Access Consciousness

Access ConsciousnessAccess Consciousness is newer than the first three methods discussed here. It was founded by Gary Douglas and is promoted by Douglas' business partner Dr. Dain Heer. Access Consciousness uses a clearing statement to release the feeling that has been identified. Unlike the first three methods, it also uses questions to help release and identify certain feelings. The way it works is that the practitioner, having identified what the emotion is that is affecting you, asks if you will "… uncreate and destroy it now?" If you answer yes, then the clearing statement is used to release it.

The clearing statement is an abbreviation of the original version of this release technique and, taken literally, makes no sense. Perhaps that is part of the effectiveness of it. The logical mind can't make sense of it so the change happens on a different level.

I have taught myself enough of Access Consciousness that I can feel the effects of its use. I feel the release in my body when I use the clearing statement. It usually happens with a sigh as I feel the emotion or fear leaving. I have used it with others and felt my friends go from a state of hyper-emotion to calm in a matter of minutes.

Thanks to Dr. Dain, there are enough YouTube videos that you can get a good sense of how Access works. However, for a beginner, the process of getting the best wording for the clearing statement can be a bit complicated.

The use of questions with this method is unique when compared to the others. Simple questions such as, "Who does this belong to?" or "How does it get any better than this?" can lead the user to release what is not theirs to be concerned about and toward a better life.

Click Here To Go To The Official Access Consciousness Homepage

The Freedom Release Technique

LOGO-Freedom-RT3The final method that I will discuss here is also the newest one to surface. It is a release technique that I created called The Freedom Release Technique. It is different than the others mentioned in this article in a few ways. First, it requires a practitioner who has the ability to look into your subconscious to discover the underlying life experience that is the foundation of the emotion or fear that you are experiencing. Even though it is another release technique, it is unique in this way.

I find it interesting as a woman that the other four techniques were all created by men. I can only guess at the reason for this. As a practitioner in the alternative therapy world, men make up a small percentage of my peers. Perhaps they are better marketers or more determined to bring their work into the world. Whatever the reason, I am happy to bring FreedomRT into the world to join the release techniques that are supporting you at this time.

The reason that the Freedom Release Technique is not yet taught to individuals is that it requires the ability to intuitively discover what the foundational belief is that is causing the feelings that are surfacing. Because the Freedom Release Technique is going deeper than the surface feeling or emotion, it takes intuitive skills to discover the underlying belief that is causing resistance and unhealthy feelings in your life. A lot of people are seeking emotional clearing who do not have that skill.

The greatest benefit of FreedomRT is that, once cleared, because the method goes to the source, which is a limiting belief, that particular aspect of that emotion should not surface again. The Freedom Release Technique also uses a statement. The practitioner asks about the feeling that has surfaced and then asks, "May all be revealed." The practitioner is then able to identify the memory and/or belief that is causing the feeling. FreedomRT then releases and clears the belief from the subconscious.

Once a belief is cleared, new experiences begin to show up in your life because you have released the limiting belief. An example would be never having enough money. With the other techniques you would release the fear about not having enough money. With FreedomRT the practitioner would go into the subconscious and discover what the belief was that was creating the fear in the first place and release that belief.

By clearing the original belief, the benefits are greater than with the other methods and the changes you see in your life are more noticeable. The Freedom Release Technique then goes a step further and envisions you living your life without that fear. This supports you in moving forward because, without your limiting belief, you welcome new experiences into your life, like more money.

The drawback of FreedomRT is that you need to have a one-on-one session with a practitioner as opposed to being able to clear the feelings for yourself. The greatest benefit is that you are going to the original incident that created the limiting belief and clearing it from there as opposed to simply clearing what is on the surface.

Everyone needs to heal the wounds of their past. It's the only way to move into fully loving the self and creating a happy and abundant life. Without doing some clearing of fears and limiting beliefs, it could be a long journey. The more that is released and cleared, the better life becomes. And the deeper the work, the faster the good life appears.

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  1. Julia

    I’ve been doing the Sedona Method for a little over seven years and have attended almost every retreat they put out since I started. I’m not an official coach or instructor but I might be able to answer some questions concerning the Sedona Method.

    With reference to identifying or having a name for the emotion, it doesn’t really matter. Perhaps letting go of wanting to figure it out (or know what the emotion is might help). ???? Nothing in life and no words have any meaning except for the meaning we give them. Hale would say that words are symbols representing symbols of a concept or thing that never really was.

    A lot of the time, I don’t have a name for what I am feeling at all. I’ll just call it an uncomfortable sensation which I can’t name. Then I welcome, be with or allow it to be as it is, it generally dissolves regardless of what I call it.

    As for the subconscious belief which generates the emotion in the first place, I was taught and agree that the root cause (or belief) is pretty much the same regardless of the emotion: that belief is the belief in separation.

    If we didn’t buy into the belief that we were separate, we wouldn’t experience any wanting. If we are one with everything, what could everything want? Nothing. ????❤️ Oh and letting go of separation is essentially the crux of and the ultimate goal of the Sedona Method.

    • Dee

      Thank you, Julia!

      • Shiva

        Very weii said, thank you Julia

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