Though usually presented in a very self-helpy, get more stuff type of way, the Release Technique actually comes from students of a very beautiful and powerful teaching. The technique itself is a very solid method for letting go or “releasing” our constant grip and desire to control emotions, negative habits, energy, and thoughts. These are the driving factors behind most of our suffering in life around unwanted experiences. It is a simple process, but can represent a total 180 degree shift from our learned, habitual pattern of holding on to, analyzing, and resisting these energies. As such, it can develop some very powerful new habits in how anyone experiences their thoughts/emotions, and therefore the perception of life itself.
The release technique has been around for several decades – well, it’s been around for 1,000s of years, but this particular embodiment labeled “The Release Technique” started in the US many years ago and has spread much further now. It boasts many dedicated students.. some fiercely dedicated, many with inspiring stories. It can yield very powerful results and, like most methods similar to this, can grow deeper and deeper with time and practice.
If you have ever heard of the Sedona Method and think that this sounds remarkably similar, that’s because it is. Both that method and the Release Technique come from students of a man named Lester Levenson (whose story is absolutely fascinating and worth reading separately,) and are based upon his teachings. It is essentially a distillation and refinement of the processes he went through to heal himself mentally and physically after being diagnosed with weeks to live.
Larry Crane – Facilitator
The Release Technique is taught by a man named Larry Crane, who was extremely successful from an outward perspective: had the money, the cars, national recognition, but was still depressed to the point of considering suicide. His introduction to Lester Levenson took him down the path of dedicating himself to this work, which is now his sole professional activity. His hotline is available every day to support students of the technique and he himself is known to answer regularly and work with callers, something quite unusual in any modality.
The Release Technique does not have a book out there, at least not one nearly as easy to find and massively produced as that of the Sedona Method. The primary way to get introduced to the material is through the audio/workbook package known as “The Abundance Course.” The recordings are Larry explaining and taking you through the process in his own unique way (more on that later,) and also has interjections of actual recordings from Lester Levenson.. something I find an extremely valuable addition.
The “How” of The Release Technique
Compared to some of the other variations out there, this method takes what you might a call a more kinesthetic approach initially. Larry Crane asks you to visualize the energy moving out of your stomach or chest in various ways, which can be a great way to get in touch with the feeling of “releasing.” It is a rather abstract idea for many people, and can get even more so the more it is intellectualized or discussed. Visualizing the movement of energy can often get one in touch with this sensation and serve as a starting point for working more deeply into it.
In the spirit of Lester Levenson’s teaching, the Release Technique has you get in touch with the core emotions and wants behind almost every thought or behavior. These are the wanting security or safety, love and approval, or wanting to control (something that is literally constant in many people.) These are the “attachments” and on the opposite side of the coin are the “aversions” – the things we are clinging on to in life and those things we are constantly looking away from. Almost every area in life has both attachments and aversions, which seems to be impossible, but that tends to be the very thing keeping any unwanted emotional content “stuck.” We don’t want to look at some aspect of it, and/or we are clinging to it because we believe it is critical either to our safety, how we are viewed by others, or provides us with some aspect of control.
The technique involves examining these attachments and aversions through the direct experience of welcoming them up, and allowing this energy to pass through you, to stop clinging to it (attachment) and/or resisting it so strongly (aversion) so that it can move freely. The stomach and chest analogy continues to be used for some time in order to keep you in touch with this kinesthetic experience rather than a purely intellectual exercise which the mind will either chew on endlessly or give up on.
This is examined on a wide variety of topics in the abundance, and also while moving you up through a progression of emotional states: from total apathy and defeatedness to acceptance and peace with what is. Fascinatingly, through direct experience, you can see that even on topics you might rate yourself as feeling either great or awful about, you will find yourself able to get in touch with every energy state on this scale and notice how some aspect of it is locking the energy in place. The course itself is quite thorough and warrants a separate review in and of itself, as it is far more than just “how to do the release technique” but a rather deep exploration of using it.
Larry has a New York, let’s get down to business type of vibe. It can be a bit gruff, and is not flowery and full of self-help sounding music and whispering you down to a relaxed state.. none of that. “Here’s the process – let’s do it, and let’s stay with it. I’ll kick you in the ass if it’s required to get you moving” is how I perceive the tone, if it’s not explicitly said in some of his 1 on 1 or other work. Some do not resonate as well with it and others absolutely love it, finding it a welcome change from what is often presented in this arena.
Should you Check out the Release Technique?
My suggestion is that if you resonate with this type of releasing work in any way- are interested in experiencing the movement and freedom of energy and expression that can come from this way of dealing with emotions and thoughts that is so different from the usual suppression, you should at least check out some of the free material on the website below. If you are unsure about whether you want to go with Sedona Method or Release Technique, there is no reason not to look at both sites / videos and see which you resonate with more. I plan to put up a comparison soon, as there are differences primarily with the facilitators (Larry and Hale are very different personalities) and the general direction they tend to take.
Like I’ve said about some other things, the RT website has a lot of the “make more money and get a great relationship” stuff right out of the gate, because that’s what captures the attention from a marketing standpoint, but I highly suggest you check out some of the free material or video to get a taste of this and explore the process for the sake of what it is. External results are a nice byproduct but it is really about a new of processing and freeing the thought patterns and emotions that can weigh us down so heavily. I don’t believe it is “better” or “worse” than the other method for this but you may resonate with Larry Crane’s style more or less, so definitely give it a look.