Sedona Method and Release Technique
Date: August 16, 2004 05:04PM
OZ hit the nail on the head.
My idea of a good LGAT would be something where, after just one or two seminars, you dont need the LGAT any more because you've achieved solid benefits and can apply them in any setting, not needing to return to the LGAT to keep the high going.
Another sign of a good LGAT is they are set up to ensure that you have plenty of time to sleep and there is private time structured right in so that you can go off by yourself, or take a cat nap.
You should be able to choose your own seat and keep it, and the chairs should be comfortably spaced apart.
Finally, there should be no sales pressure. Critical thinking would be appreciated and socially rewarded, not discouraged.
The LGAT should encourage participants to make use of continuing education resources in their areas--resources not sponsored or in any way connected with the LGAT (eg 'Dont underestimate your local city college--city colleges often have excellent small business courses!')
Here are concerns about the LGAT models many of our members have been exposed to:
1) These LGATs promise ( or seem to promise ) fast, even miraculous results. Problem is, people who are interested in fast results are often impatient--both the persons who create the programs, and those who are interested. Right away, impatience can set a person up for trouble.
2) I read a history of the 1960s by Gary Lachman, entitled Turn off Your Mind. In the early days of the Human Potential movement, there was an infatuation with methods of 'rapid de-conditioning'-- which were later incorporated into today's LGATs. The thing that jumped out at me was how many of the people who developed these dangerous 'rapid deconditioning' techniques, were impatient, immature, and, above all, power hungry. Even when such persons were altruistic, their impatience, immaturity and lust for power led them to endanger themselves--and others.
3) The more rapid a method is, the greater the risk that it will merely add a layer of confusion or even trauma, to what you already have.
4) The more rapid and dramatic the changes produced by any technique, whether it is an LGAT or something else, the greater the risk that the relief you obtain is by 1) suppressing your troubles, rather than achieving personal insight and integration and 2) the rapid methods tend to put the focus on, and enhance the power of the LGAT leader, making the subjects more childlike.
5) Because the high is based on suppression of your issues, rather than resolution of them, the high is dependant on the unique social setting of the LGAT, making you dependant on the LGAT, instead of enabling you to
'graduate' and not need the LGAT after gaining the benefits.
Methods that are slow, where you know what techniques are used, are less glamorous and feel less magical precisely because you stay conscious, stay adult and the results come 'from your own juices'. You'll feel the benefits when out of the LGAT setting.
You'll come out feeling invigorated, but still yourself. You wont be high, which means you wont be vulnerable to a let down, either.