The process and concepts set forth in this book, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph. D., can be life-changing.
I’m really excited about practicing the simple suggestions over time and experiencing their benefits.
Contrary to some reviews, I didn’t find it technical at all, much less overly-technical. It’s interesting and easy to read, with a nice balance of breadth and depth.
I also consider Dr. Hawkins a valid and impressive authority on this topic; not always easy to find or distinguish in these days of wildly proliferating “experts”.
He begins the book by explaining the mechanism of letting go. Since it involves emotions, he then follows by going into depth with each of the emotions he has already delineated in his previous books (most notably the fascinating Power vs. Force).
I don’t think he’d have had to include them in this book, but for those who don’t already have his other(s), or even just for reference, it’s helpful to have it all in one place. Plus, here his discussions of the emotions are more focused on the letting go process.
Along with his descriptions of the emotions and how their “hierarchy” comes into play, he gives great examples which help clarify and elucidate the letting go mechanism.
And if you’re like me, you’ll find that reading about the more difficult emotions will trigger in you some recollections and/or sensitivity to your own experiences with it, making it clear that it’s still lurking around.
And by this point, you know what to do next.
In fact, while reading one of the first few chapters, I allowed myself to go with what I was feeling at the time (i.e. using his letting go process), and although it didn’t even seem like a huge “cleansing”, I was astonished to find that the next day I felt remarkably better; lighter, happier, more prone to laughing, etc. I wasn’t even looking for a change, it just was impossible to not notice! It had to have been the process, proving to me that if it could have that effect even when done half-a**ed, imagine what might be in store if I actually do it more thoroughly and deliberately.
So, as I said, I’m quite excited to have this book.
My only complaint is that he doesn’t go into the mechanism of letting go in as clear a way as I expected and would have liked. Since this is something you want to get in the habit of practicing regularly, it would be nice to have one part of the book to refer to easily.
Within his chapter “The Mechanism of Letting Go”, there are really only 3 pages that tell you how to do it. And even then, it’s really only a few paragraphs of that. And it’s not written as steps of a process, but rather just a few instructions (two, actually) without a lot of detail.
But maybe that’s enough. Sometimes the most simple things hold more truth, depth, and power than those that are complex. (And who would really do it consistently if it was too involved, anyway? Not me!)
But I find that as you read the rest of the book, some of the details become more clear, although I found some of the details a little contradictory to his simple description of the process. I can only conclude that perhaps you have to learn the subtleties on your own as you practice, i.e. how it works best for you.
So although it’s not written with the process described thoroughly and concisely in one place, it seems that the book ultimately gives you what you need.
Again, I feel lucky that this book crossed my path, and feel it’s potentially very powerful.
Note: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes and this review reflects my honest evaluation.