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Letting Go describes a simple and effective means by which to let go of the obstacles to enlightenment and become free of negativity. During the many decades of the author's clinical psychiatric practice, the primary aim was to seek the most effective ways to relieve human suffering in all of its many forms. The inner mechanism of surrender was found to be of great practical benefit and is described in this book. 

Dr. Hawkins' previous books focused on advanced states of awareness and enlightenment. Over the years thousands of students had asked for a practical technique by which to remove the inner blocks to happiness, love, joy, success, health, and, ultimately, enlightenment. This audiobook provides a mechanism for letting go of those blocks. 

The mechanism of surrender that Dr. Hawkins describes can be done in the midst of everyday life. This audiobook is equally useful for all dimensions of human life: physical health, creativity, financial success, emotional healing, vocational fulfillment, relationships, sexuality, and spiritual growth. 

It is an invaluable resource for all professionals who work in the areas of mental health, psychology, medicine, self-help, addiction recovery, and spiritual development. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2012 David Hawkins (P)2015 Hay House

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Loved it

A great reminder to release the need to control what we can’t, to be present and accepting of situations opens up the space for alternative solutions. Some say it was long but I like these type of books, the repetitiveness engrains the teaching in your mind.

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YES. Life changing

Trully life changing book for anyone. Even if you are arleady familiar with and practice sutrendering... It's very clearly explained and argumented.

This simple technique is all you need. Don't be blinded by all new age books and techniques that offers only temporary releases and experiences. This is a way of living every single day that will lead you to a true liberation.

You can clearly feel that the book is written from a very high frequency state.

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Doubtful yet enjoyable

The bulk of the book has practical methods for moving beyond your emotions and understanding how much they control your current life. I’ve been working through these methods due to reading other books over the years so I can attest that it works, though this one is very well written to “learn the skills”.

However it does get, perhaps too ‘spiritual’ and ‘be healed by a tv preacher’ like at many points that I found it distracting or taking away from the the tools it was teaching. I understand it’s sharing these examples of enlightenment and energy as a goal and perhaps my mind is too closed, but I could have done without these sections.

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Profoundly transformative

Can’t say enough about how profoundly I was impacted by the this book. I’ll be reading it again and again to assimilate and implement the techniques of letting go.

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Absolutely amazing! will listen to it again !👍❤

Loved it ! Thank you Dr. Hawkins. It really helped me understand the art of surrendering my negativity and others negativity to the Ultimate Source, and remain in Peace , which is the ultimate gift . THANK YOU 💓God BLESS 💖

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Helpful but wayyyyy to long

The content is great but spread across 12 hours. I think they could have condensed the content into 3-6 hours.

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this book will blast your mind.

hands down the most articulated, yet most simplified book on the topics at hand. I will never be the same after reading this book. thank you for the pivotal point in grasping the true simplicity of life in all its complexities.

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Awesome

Love love love this this book. Helped me through a painful time in my life! I’ve listened to it twice and plan to listen to it again and again. Highly recommend.

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An abundance of practical information & philosophy

The audio is clear, though the narrator is rather monotone. Thankfully I found the content fascinating so it was easy to get over the naration.
I found that each chapter of this book provides intriguing concepts worth reflecting on as well as practical instructions to practice. The content meshes well with many other modalities, philosophies, and even religions.
Anyone could use this technique.
Those with severe traumas may initially feel uncomfortable, invalidated, or enraged, but he actually does a good job of exploring and managing those reactions as well, if you are willing to go there with it.
My only complaint is that the overall theory still follows the "good vibes only" mantra and fails to acknowledge the potential toxicity of not acknoging and exploring "negative" emotions.

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He's not as legit as I though

I feel like there's some good stuff in here, but I feel like I've been misled. The book gets good reviews, and he's an MD, so I thought it was a credible book. However, some of the stuff he presents as facts are just his own brand mysticism. I tried looking for info on this guy and it turns out his wikipedia page has been taken down several times, which is suspicious to me.

Anyway, if the book had been presented as being by a philosopher/mystic kind of guy, then I'd know what I was in for. Instead, it's got this veneer of being a widely accepted scientific work; which it isn't. It's more in line with the work of Wayne Dyer or Eckhart Tolle.

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  • Rich
  • 2015-10-23

Severely Flawed

The premise of this book--letting go of negative feelings--is a good--if not excellent--premise. The first chapter's hook is thorough and humorous. Lownds is a fine narrator. The execution of this book, however, is a step short of complete failure.

Hawkins' rhetoric on the benefits of "this technique" (as he frequently refers to the act of "letting go") is pleasant--if not healthy and beneficial listening. But when he dives into his scientific proofs of these benefits, he sounds like a complete fool. There is no quality science or evidence to be had in any page of this book.

There are good takeaways from this title, but for a wholly more satisfying read on this topic, turn to Michael Singer's "The Untethered Soul." Don't waste your credit here.

My key takeaways from "Letting Go:"
- The hierarchy of negative emotions: apathy, guilt, fear, anger. Courage is the breakthrough to the positive side of the spectrum.
- Guilt steals our past and present. Fear steals our present and future.
- The three states of consciousness: inert, excited, peaceful.
- The ego can be credited as the source of all sadness.

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  • JM FItts
  • 2020-05-26

Uggh

I wish the reviewers of this book would have mentioned this guy claims people can see auras and that a daughters asthma was caused by her being angry at her mothers asthma. Ever hear of genetics Doctor? And he mentions Jesus enough times to question his true motives.
Once again- UGGHHH

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  • Tom A.
  • 2016-02-15

Lots of talk / No action

The book is about letting go. The author goes and and on, chapter after chapter, about how great it is to "let go". However, he never gives you any techniques or directly applicable advice on how to actually "let go". Very disappointing. Returning the book. Just trying to help other potential listeners from a wasted credit.

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  • ScottishLass
  • 2015-07-22

Read it, practice it... and change your life

We all know the truth that if we are dissatisfied with our lives, nothing will change until we change. But how to genuinely do that beyond just the words or the intentions? This author speaks from his own, as well as his patients, experience to share a simple process that brings more freedom, joy, and love into our lives. Just try it with 100% daily focus for 2 weeks and you WILL see an improvement.

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  • Kobit W Beaver
  • 2015-07-29

A must have missing Instruction Manual on being human

What did you love best about Letting Go?

That you could validate the information for yourself, instantly, was a very rare gift.

What other book might you compare Letting Go to and why?

Many books on matters of the human mind, experience, or spirit, and or matters of spirituality, use esoteric sounding language and teachings of the ancients to fluff-up what is being presented--it all sounds very impressive--which the reader is then largely expected to take on faith. Not so with Hawkins' work; He tells it like it is, and shows the reader exactly how we may experience the truth of this work for ourselves, right now, as we read. I have nothing to compare Letting Go to because I don't know of other books like this. It is a unique writing.

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Absolutely Wonderful! A true gift to the world. Dr. Hawkins set out to help alleviate human suffering--no easy task--and his work Letting Go is a must have manual for anyone with a human life. Suffering comes about as a consequence of simple misunderstandings, about ourselves, and others. Thank you Dr. Hawkins for all your work.

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  • CHET YARBROUGH
  • 2018-08-24

COSMIC MIND

David R. Hawkins died in 2012. He was 85 years old. Hawkins lived life. like all human beings, in transition. At turns, Hawkins transitioned from agnosticism to atheism to belief in God. This progression seems correlated with education and experience but ends in philosophical belief. In each transition, Hawkins uses his intellect to form a philosophy that has appeal to many in search of life’s meaning. At times, Hawkins seems beyond reason but each step he takes offers insight to how one may live a more fulfilling life. Hawkins might be broadly characterized as a mystic. Even so, he was a formally educated, practicing physician, and psychiatrist.

To escape the trap of Plato’s cave, Hawkins explains one must use their senses to accept the mind’s perception of reality and continually let it go until its negative power disappears. An example would be one who gets angry over some event or action and accepts the anger; looks at it, accepts it, uses the mind to understand why there is anger, where it is coming from, and then letting it go. In the process, one finds anger has no meaning other than what one’s mind gave it.

With continual use of this process, Hawkins believes individual minds tap into a cosmic mind that shows the world as it really is; not simply as shadows on a cave wall. There is wisdom in Hawkins’ perception of life and how one can more constructively deal with its vicissitudes. “Letting Go” is wise counsel for those troubled by emotional and/or physical trauma. However, the principle of a cosmic mind takes a leap of faith.

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  • 2016-02-05

Very poor.

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I wanted to like this book so much and thought it would be really good and it wasn't. It's a reasonable primer for psychology students in that you do learn some new good information but the KEY issue is "letting go" and that's what he never, ever gets into as to how to do that.
Chapter 2 is a rough idea, but no examples or imaginary scripts of the inner dialogue that needs to be exchanged to help us learn how to "Let go" of basic feelings.
First of all you need to be in therapy just to know what your biggest problem is in order to know who you are and what to be alert for, and most of are not as helping people by doctors today is a multi billion dollar business few of us can afford while most people never do get better no matter how much they spend.
THE CRUX of the book should be how to implement "letting go" ,and yet that's the least of the priorities discussed, so I didn't like the book at all and I listened to it twice just to make sure I didn't miss something.

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  • Jo Mom
  • 2015-10-01

Where was the method?

I listened to the entire book and never heard the method for letting go! Where was it?

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  • Rich S.
  • 2016-02-28

His Last Word Is A Masterpiece

Completed in the last year of Dr. David Hawkins life, this book is a masterpiece summation of his teachings. Written in easy to understand language, well read by Peter Lownds, "Letting Go" guides you through steps to free yourself from feelings and emotions that are blocking you from true happiness. This is the best book of its type that I have ever read.

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  • Elim.Garak
  • 2016-02-29

The Book of No-Value-At-All

What would have made Letting Go better?

If it was never published! VERY Disappointed in Hay House. I thought they had more integrity that publishing this junk.

Has Letting Go turned you off from other books in this genre?

I have ready hundreds of books on Zen, Meditation, Personal Growth, and other such categories. This book is full of nothing but filler words, examples of people that overcame this or that, but with no discussion of how or what they did.Intro: The book starts off talking about how great Hawkins is, and all his wonderful books. After about 45 minutes of this nonsense, I thought "What is that about"There are chapters on various emotions. Let me show you the content of the worthless mess. Example - "When you feel happy, you feel good, at peace, at ease, you have a feeling of being at one with the world, feeling good, you feel like saying hi to people, you feel wonderful. When you feel happy, you are in the good place, everything is good in the world. That leads to you have a better outlook, you feel positive, good about the day, you feel great, happy, pleased...... "ON AND ON AND ON CHAPTER AFTER CHAPTER.Then Examples like this "There was a man that was fearful about losing his job. When he finally lost his job, and got a new job, he found he was better able to handle the fear better" -- OKAY, AND... ?Many examples that the above.

What aspect of Peter Lownds, PhD’s performance would you have changed?

The narrator had a pleasant voice, too bad it was wasted on this junk.

What character would you cut from Letting Go?

The ENTIRE BOOK

Any additional comments?

TAKE THIS OFF Audible.

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  • sara galasso
  • 2021-01-03

life changing book. so glad to have chosen it. <3

fantastic audible book. I loved power vs force but letting go is just perfect. especially with all going on right now. if we all took the some and energy to learn and apply these concepts we would be living in a perfect new world in no time. thank you Hawkins.

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