The books recommended on this page have helped me understand how and why the Sedona Method is so effective. From neuroscience to nervous system studies and non-duality, there is mounting evidence that the ‘I’ we think we are is not quite as solid as our minds would have us believe.
Neurology and psychotherapy
Non-duality and Advaita/Vedanta
When I discovered the Sedona Method back in 2014, I had no idea that Lester was just one of many teachers who had found freedom through a non-dual understanding of the world.
His realisation came about through an intense period of self-enquiry triggered by the prospect of his own imminent death. This was back in 1952, he had just had a second massive heart attack and was told by doctors that there was nothing more they could do. You can read more about Lester’s story here.
The self-enquiry practice he had stumbled upon is far from new and in fact dates back to the Upanishads from around 6th and 7th Centuries BC:
The Kaushitaki Upanishad asserts that “external rituals such as Agnihotram offered in the morning and in the evening, must be replaced with inner Agnihotram, the ritual of introspection”, and that “not rituals, but knowledge should be one’s pursuit”.
But back then, in Sedona, Arizona in 2014, I didn’t know any of this and I sat in that seminar room wondering where all these crazy ideas came from —
I thought Hale and Lester had come up with the whole thing! I was amazed (and a little suspicious) that these two guys had stumbled upon such a profound truth.
Needless to say, I was very relieved when I realised that this was in fact a very established path. It is documented in some extraordinarily beautiful texts, including the books by Balsekar and Ramana Maharashi (translated notes from his talks) which are recommended below. I have gained a deeper understanding of these teachings by reading many authors from very different backgrounds and perspectives who had come to the same conclusion.