Afonso

The Letting Go Technique Explained

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Happy Xmas to everyone!

I wish happiness, love and wisdom to all the beings in this forum. May grace be with you :x Today, I want to give you guys a christmas present! It's a gift from my heart that arose after months of applying one of the most profound techniques I have ever learned - Letting Go - applied to the body!

 

1. Introduction

It's a perfect tool for healing and spiritual growth. It's so simple but so easily overlooked. You can do it everywhere, anywhere, all the time. Big news, it will happen by itself spontaneously when you invest some time in it. It's so effective that you'll have no chance but to do it. Everything's going to get better from the moment you start applying. I know, I know, one of more of those... Skepticism is healthy. But don't let the mind prevent you from just trying it.

 

If this guidance is aligned with your destiny, you're in for some good surprise! Read it slowly and let it be understood experientially. Stick to it and watch what happens. I will try to keep it as short as possible.

 

2. Theory

Your Ego is made out of resistance. Resistance to what is. Resistance to Reality. Since you were a toddler, you have been resisting Reality. Because of this, you have developed some deep layered contractions and tensions that are still with you today. These tensions are right there in your body and keep you from enjoying your full potential in life. The Ego is made up of these contractions which create a mediocre sense of self. The more contractions there are, the more the Ego feels real and solid. It's hard for an ordinary person to sit still because there's so much contraction that it's painful. These tensions corrupt your energy system and give rise to all the negative thoughts. These contractions are basically suppressed energies in motion - emotions.

Energy in Motion => Resistance (Contraction) => Thoughts

As this energy is released, the thoughts that originate from the corresponding emotion disappear altogether, the Ego is dissolved, slowly and gradually. The goal is to dissolve every bit of contraction till full liberation.

While applying the technique for months and years, you'll experience higher and higher emotions, higher consciousness and all the benefits from dissolution of the Ego. The benefits are fast and easy.

 

3. Technique

Stop moving for a second. Be aware of the entirety of your body sensations all at once, specially the torso. Do that for 15 seconds. Now, think something from your life that makes you uncomfortable (the most uncomfortable thoughts make best for this example). Notice that there's an immediate response in the physical body. There's some contraction in the chest, abdomen, solar plexus or other place. The uncomfortable feel is that contraction. Now focus on it like a laser without trying to remove it or change it. Just be still and focus on it. Watch it dissolve magically. What's left is a lighter emotion, less thoughts and higher awareness. DON'T LISTEN TO THE THOUGHTS. They are just mind rationalisations for the discomfort, no matter how true and reasonable they might seem.

Discomfort => Body awareness => Contraction detected => Focus and release

You have been denying and contracting for all your life so it might (just might :P) take a bit of time till you 1) are aware of your body contractions 2) can free up the tensions fast. Usually it takes days to dissolve these contractions once you are aware of them. As time goes on, you'll find yourself releasing them in a matter of minutes. There are literally dozens of thousands of these contractions which are stored in a layer of feelings. The more you apply the technique the more you dive deep in this layer.

 

4. Applications

You always have contractions on your body. There's always some tension underlying your current experience, even if you're not aware of it. Spend some time being aware of your body (body awareness is key here) and let go of the contractions that you can perceive. Remember, let go is just to focus and release the energy. Do this all the time, ALL THE FUCKING TIME. Specially when you feel triggered and uncomfortable. You'll see, in a matter of days, that this is (the?) most powerful technique and you'll be doing it all the time. Then there comes a point where there's always great awareness of the body and the technique just works by itself without "you" doing anything.

Even if you don't feel triggered, you can always be aware of the contractions present right now. Just turn your attention to the body. Be still. Tip: usually it's on the torso area that these blocks manifest, but not always.

 

Dissolving problems

So, this is the most important technique for all of your problems... I see people debating on the forum on many topics: dating problems, self-help problems, insecurity problems, anxiety problems, etc. Know that all of those are just internal blocks which are creating all the thoughts and "problems" on your life. Apply this technique and watch those disappear. Then, you won't need to fix your problems, because they will magically dissolve when the energy is not blocked. See what contraction is causing your current suffering/problem.

 

5. Key messages

Be aware of your body.

Be aware of the contractions right now.

Don't listen to the thoughts.

Be still.

And let gooooooooooo.

 

6. Final bells

This technique is amazing, you'll benefit a lot! I'll bet it will become your favourite practice. As time goes on, it will not be seen as a practice but just as surrender. This teaching is heavily discussed in David Hawkins' book Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender. But here, I strongly point that the blocks are in the body, not in an imaginary land.

Lots of love and I would love to read your ideas and experiences! I wish you well 9_9

Edited by Afonso
Dissolving problems added.

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am i doing it right if the tensions dissolve after 2-3 seconds after I summon/sense them?

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8 minutes ago, Ilya said:

am i doing it right if the tensions dissolve after 2-3 seconds after I summon/sense them?

Hard to know. I would say that's way too fast. If you're feeling them, you're good to go. Just keep at it. Maybe you're aware of them when you get triggered but then you are not aware of them when you're not so triggered. Triggers are useful in the way that they expose these suppressed emotions.

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@Afonso great post. Add stomach breathing and this is so subtle, so powerful, it’s life changing. Not to mention all the health benefits. Also contributes to non-reaction, improving quality of life and relationships. 

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Wise words man

Thank you, I will give this a shot!


Enjoy and focus on the process, not the result.

 

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@Afonso  Thank you! :x

8 hours ago, Ilya said:

am i doing it right if the tensions dissolve after 2-3 seconds after I summon/sense them?

If the tension dissolves so quickly, maybe it's just a regular muscle tension without any emotional baggage attached? If you try to release something you've been carrying around since you were a child, it will take much longer and be much harder. Usually it cannot be even released at your first try. Some resistance you'll be releasing for years - it goes so deep.

Pay attention to the feelings in the body - they can also shift and move! Something that first felt like anger will move to another part of the body and turn out to be fear, for example. If you pay attention to the emotions, you'll notice that all of these tensions are really fears of different kinds.

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Thank you @Afonso a lot. This is basically what you will be doing all the time in a vipassana retreat, I've been in a retreat once and from the time I wake up in the morning till I go to bed, all I have to do is this. This seem easy when you hear about it but when you practice it, it's fucking hard. I have to say it's really really powerful, I've doing it for about 6 months and I've feel small results in myself, imagine how it would be like if I can keep doing it for 5 years @@.

Btw, in your model "Energy in Motion => Resistance (Contraction) => Thoughts" I think it is a two way connection <=> because when you have a thought it also generate emotions in you.

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Nice-- you're right about contraction

After you uncontract completely, your experience of resistance becomes something else entirely. It is very nice to be out of your own way.

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@Afonso , my man, its beautiful to see how much you grew from the first few trips of 5meo :) keep it up. Also, happy Christmas to all of you guys :) let the love flourish! Spread the inner joy :x

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@Afonso Thanks for sharing :)

I bookmarked it!


Knowing is not enough. We must apply.
Willing is not enough. We must do. 

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Thanks guys for the feedback!

I've added a paragraph entitled Dissolving problems on 4. Applications which explains that all your problems are energy blocks! The easiest solution is to be aware of the contractions related to such problems.

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@Afonso One of the important factor in this is that your quality of your concentration will determine the deep of your awareness of the sensations, the more you concentrate the subtle of the sensations it gets.

And one of the thing that make me curious is that if the emotions that is too subtle, that we are not aware of, are they gonna dissolve or they will remain in our body?

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For a simple thing like letting go that was alot of complicated theory and concepts so a little way into it I let go of reading it... worked like a charm.

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@Thinh Work with the sensations that are most apparent to you right now. Work with what you can right now. The subtler sensations will come up and become not so subtle as the practice evolves. Don't worry about what's not here, now.

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@Afonso thanks man! I'll cure the shit out of my anxiety with this technique~ 9_9 


''Not this...

Not this...

PLEASE...Not this...''

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