About 20 years ago I had the opportunity to discuss my work (which was only a few years old at that point) with Dr. Larry Dossey, a pioneer in the mind-body and holistic health fields. I told him how the Lefkoe Belief Process (LBP) eliminated beliefs and how the Who Am I Really? (WAIR?) Process seemed to help people get into an altered state of consciousness in which they experienced nothing was missing and anything was possible.
After discussing my work with me for a few minutes, Larry asked if I had studied Buddhism. I replied that I had read a little about it, but certainly was not a student of it. He then told me that I had “re-invented Buddhism.” I think what he meant by that was I had created a simple, practical process that was based on many of the tenets of Buddhism.
Does the Lefkoe Ocurring Process facilitate “witnessing”?
Last week I realized that my newest course—which teaches people how to distinguish between reality/events and the meaning we give those events, and then how to dissolve the meaning—also seems to have much in common with Buddhism.
The process of dissolving the meaning of events using the Lefkoe Occurring Process (LOP) seems to be diametrically opposed to the techniques Buddhists use: Buddhists say we should just “witness” the stream of thoughts and emotions and not do anything about them. I on the other hand suggest you actively dissolve them. Witnessing is supposed to be a passive state while the use of the LOP is a very active process. But the purpose of the two seems to be the same: to get to the point where you have detached from the events and can “witness” them without giving them any meaning.
And because meaningless events can’t cause you to feel anything, because only the meaning you have attributed to them causes feelings, when you merely witness events without giving them any meaning there are virtually no feelings. (Sometimes conditioning causes feelings, but this is a relatively small source of our feelings. And obviously, a real perceived threat to our survival would cause fear.)
In fact, people in my Lefkoe Occurring Courses have discovered that by the end of the course you actually stop giving meaning to most events and are able to quickly and easily dissolve the few meanings you do create. At which point you merely “witness” the events in front of you.
The value of being able to witness
What is the value of being able to observe events without meaning and emotions? As Ken Wilbur put it during an interview: “The better able you are to witness, the better able you are to embrace life fully, because there is no fear.”
And as one of the participants in the current course put it:
Dissolving the meaning does not mean that you give up your option to have and maintain an opinion about an event. It just gives you the freedom to think more clearly and objectively about the issue, and then the freedom to choose your own opinion based on “clear-headed” ideas that are not clouded by strong, usually negative emotions that limit your ability to see the possibilities clearly. This process then allows you to live the life that you choose, act the way that you deliberately and consciously desire, rather than to be tossed around in a sea of limiting and negative emotions and beliefs that tend to be so pervasive and overwhelming to most of us much of the time.
I found a short description of the witness state on the Internet that gets at the heart of it. (http://scienceofenergyhealing.com/developing-the-witness-observer/)
The witness/observer is basically a “persona” within you that is not identifying with what is going on. It’s just noticing what’s happening. It’s response is always one of curiosity. Another part of your mind might be judging or labeling the experience—the favorite one being “This is bad”—but the witness/observer perceives everything from the premise of allowing and trust in a good universe. It’s an open mental stance, not closed or contracted. In Buddhism, developing the witness/observer is a foundational piece of their teachings. …
When we give meanings to meaningless events that lead to “negative” emotions such as anxiety and anger, the body secrets stress chemicals that cause inflammation, the major cause of degenerative diseases and aging. By using the witness/observer with its innocence, openness and trust, we can sail through adversity in a healthier way.
The results produced by The Lefkoe Method
So the LBP helps people permanently rid themselves of specific illusions (beliefs) they have about themselves, people, and life. The WAIR? Process helps them experience themselves as the space in which their life shows up—as the creator of their life, not merely the creation. And the Lefkoe Occurring Process helps people to easily witness events without the meaning and emotions that usually accompany our observation of events.
Maybe The Lefkoe Method is a practical Buddhism for our time.
I still haven’t read much about Buddhism so some of what I’ve attributed to Buddhism in this post might not be accurate. If you are more familiar with it tell me what you think. What are the similarities and the differences between The Lefkoe Method and Buddhism? Please post your comments below.
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