This blog post from 2006 on anxiety2calm.com reviews two of the most popular ways of relieving anxiety. The Sedona Method, originally created by physicist, Lester Levinson and Byron Katie’s method of being in the now are simple and powerful techniques. The Empowering Team has experienced both.

From Anxiety to Calm

Byron Katie

Byron Katie

I was wondering when thumbing through Hale Dwoskin’s Sedona Method and Byron Katie’s Loving What Is if there is any more to these treatments than just re-packaged Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Such recycling is not uncommon by American marketing gurus turned Life coaches (for me Journey Therapy was not much more than a re-invention of hypnosis). For sure some people, and not just Americans (!), have seen the massive financial benefits at targeting miracle cures for anxiety disorders, depression, agoraphobia, insomnia, OCD etc etc.

Lester Levinson

Lester Levinson

Firstly we should remember that there is nothing wrong with miracle cures accept for when they don’t work at all. That is why I am increasingly suspicious of some programmes, for sale online for vast sums, which can not be externally verified at all. The grandiose claims they make are not repeated across the net. The thing is that many people who get over mental health issues get on with their lives and don’t stop to visit their old chat rooms like the A2C Forum and tell others how they recovered. But some do. And as I said the lack of independent verification is to say the least worrying.

I chose Byron Katie and the Sedona Method today because they are two that I do believe in. On the face of it their techniques have much to do with CBT, questioning the negative thought processes that lead to anxiety and depression. But in fact they go much deeper. Firstly their questionative processes are more long winded and more thorough than those that tend to be used in CBT, and secondly they go more into the core of ourselves, instead of being purely symptomatic treatments. Being something of a cross between psychotherapy and cognitive therapy and dealing with the underlying issues that I believe are important for many. They are worth a look.

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Sedona Method, Byron Katie, is it all CBT?
Original post: February 20, 2006

The Sedona Method asks you three questions about where you are stuck: regarding the place of being stuck, Could you let it go (the thought)? Would you let it go? When?

Although the is much more to the process and the explanation, it is and can be just that simple. One of our team found the Sedona Method to be very helpful and easy to use. Another of our team was able to let go of a failing relationship using Byron katie’s work. This entails looking at the thought you are having. The question to ask is: Is this thought true? How do you know? Who would you be without your story?

*Please note that we do not given medical advice nor advocate dropping any therapy you are involved with. We present these methods as options to explore.

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