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Summary

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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A masterpiece

This is the last of 11 books written by Dr David R Hawkins M.D. Ph.D. 1927 - 2012 (aged 85).

He headed up the largest psychology practice in New York with 50 psychologists under him so he is an acknowledged expert in his field.

All of his books were written with his intention to help readers move further along in our journey from us being controlled by our mammal brain to us reaching the highest states of consciousness (enlightenment).

This audiobook is 12 hours long which is about double the length of an average audiobook.

Does it need to be 12 hours long or is it one idea with a lot of infill? It needs to be 12 hours long.

It seems to me to be a book for people who are already part of the way along the road away from thoughts and into consciousness.

The further along on this path that you are the more this book will resonate with you.

If you are not into spirituality then maybe you might not get as much from this book. The book mentions God.

It is the most advanced and expert self help book I have ever read.

This book "Letting Go" has so much in it that it is difficult to review without writing another book (:

One point that I haven't read elsewhere is that emotions cause thoughts, not the other way around.

He suggests that if you look at these emotions as they come up (generally fear, guilt or pride) without trying to change them, they will eventuality dissipate.

By dissipating 1 emotion you could get rid of thousands of thoughts around that particular issue.

I highly recommend buying this book.

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  • 25-01-16

An exceptionally influential read

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The book has become my first point of reference to understand and manage my emotions and feelings. The content is simple and profound, the narrator is an excellent choice, it's just a brilliant read/ listen that I just love picking up and listening to the specific topics again and again as needed. Thank you David R. Hawkins for sharing your priceless wisdom, you have made me a happy and content soul, something that until my first read I was at a loss to find.

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Not convinced

I didn't like this book to the point where I was irritated by what the author was saying. There are plenty of books on psychology that I found more helpful. Examples of where the method has worked were not very credible along the lines of 'once a man not completely happy with his career let go and got promoted to the director level in 2 days'. Sorry, Mr Hawkins but I'm not convinced.

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Auras, Vibration energy etc...

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I suspect this book may have a valid central message however I couldn't pursue it due to the discussion of auras (which are "scientifically proven" by "experiments") and "vibrational energy" which transmits our emotions to every living thing in the universe apparently!

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Loved it ❤

l'm definitely reading this book again. Years ago, I was following the tool recommended in the book unconsciously and I was "truly" happy. Clear minded, had like a shield surrounding my heart, my feelings, the whole chest area if I would point physically to it. Even money was flowing in my hands without paying an effort. Then I have been through a shock of losing both of my parents and I couldn't handle it, I gradually lost myself and the people around me. I became more angry, more afraid I guess. Now, hoping to get things back in control with the help of this book. Thank you auther.

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  • 07-06-16

Remarkable

A very insightful book with an honest approach.
Shame about audible books not having the same table of contents as the hard copy as this would make it easier to follow

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Returned!

I tried it. Only got through the first few chapters.

There seemed to be long list about the very obvious, little research or objective evidence for the claims made and although this book claims not to support any faith or belief system, it appeared that adopting the ideas in this book might be a belief system in itself.

Sorry sent it back.

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inspiring

excellent book. i had to restart midway as I thought I missed the actual mechanism of surrender, but I realized that the author does not actually give a mechanism because one has to experience it. best to start from the last chapter. the bio of the author

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a book every human being alive should read

Dr. Hawkins is legendary. one day soon the World will know. <3 This book is the answer to all our problems plus so much more.

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DIY Buddhism mixed with very questionable woo

"to walk the aisles of any "spiritual" bookstore is to confront the yearning and credulity of our species by the yard"
- Sam Harris, Waking Up

Unfortunately for this book this quote very much applies. Its hits mostly touch upon fundamental aspects of buddhism, such as love, free will, letting go, non attachment - but when these topics are mentioned they are often misinterpreted and miscommunicated, or not pointed at and named directly at all.

The book's real downfall, and indeed where I could stand it no longer is its serious endorsement of "vibrational energy frequencies" "chakras" and other lots of other spirituality nonsense.

A reader (listener) would be much better served if they were to study free will in a philosophical setting, and learn buddhism from a buddhist book.

This weird mix of science misunderstanding and hindu-based "truths" are not to be taken literally, they are at the very best metaphors.

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  • 23-10-15

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
  • 26-05-20

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.
  • 15-02-16

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
  • 22-07-15

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
  • 29-07-15

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
  • 24-08-18

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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  • dennis
  • 05-02-16

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
  • 01-10-15

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.
  • 28-02-16

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
  • 29-02-16

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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