Lefkoe Method – Is It a Scam? – The Definitive Guide

What is the Lefkoe Method and can it truly help you to quickly eliminate limiting beliefs? Is it evidence-based and effective, or is it a scam?

In this ultimate guide and review, you’ll find the answers to all of your questions, including every fact that’s available on the Lefkoe Method and its 7 unique processes, and research on how effective it is exactly. I personally was completely shocked by what I’ve found, and I want to share it with you!

What is the Lefkoe Method?

According to Professor Lee Sechrest of the Department of Psychology in the University of Arizona, who’s conducted multiple independent, controlled studies on The Lefkoe Method (TLM), “[TLM] developed by Morty Lefkoe, aims to eliminate, quickly, long-held beliefs and ‘de-condition’ the stimuli that produce fear and other negative emotions, e.g. the fear of speaking in public.”

You might be thinking now, “Quickly eliminating long-held beliefs? Are you kidding me?? Everyone knows that this takes a long time and is very difficult!” – but if this is your way of thinking, you’re exactly the person who can benefit the most from learning what results the studies had.

My guess is that like most people, you too have tried to change your financial situation, weight, addictions, personality, etc. and discovered that either couldn’t change at all, or you changed and then the old patterns returned, or they needed constant reinforcement, or the change cost you a lot of time, effort, etc.

As a result, one will form the belief that “Change is difficult and takes a long time.” Yes, even many leading psychologists and researchers will hold this belief and one of the things it’ll cause them to believe is that “core beliefs can’t be permanently eliminated”.

Professor Sechrest echoes this by saying, “Many, if not most, psychologists contend that long-held beliefs can be totally eliminated, if at all, only after extensive time, effort, and specific retraining. TLM challenges that assumption and contends that even beliefs formed early in childhood can be permanently eliminated in a matter of minutes. The basis for this claim is thousands of clients who state that a belief that was experienced as true is no longer experienced as true and that the behavior and emotions that result from the belief are permanently eliminated. Moreover, TLM contends that emotions that result from conditioned stimuli, for example, fear that is always experienced when one makes a mistake or is rejected, can be quickly and permanently stopped by de-conditioning the stimuli. This also can be accomplished in a matter of minutes. Those are bold claims, but they can be empirically tested.”

And tested they were. Again, and again.

The scientists were surprised by what they’ve found, and I bet you’ll be too.

But it’s not just academia that has been showing a keen interest in the Lefkoe Method.

This still little-known method is quickly gaining popularity and recognition not just among academia, licensed psychotherapists, but also among thought leaders like Vishen Lakhiani (the CEO of Mindvalley), Jack Canfield (Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul) and others you might be following, unaware of them singing praises of the Lefkoe Method.

Most people who follow these famous gurus will trust their recommendations because due to them being public figures and the responsibility this carries with it, they make sure they only recommend what they firmly believe is effective.

Others will need to see scientific evidence that this is really the case, which is a smart idea since the self-help industry is unregulated and you never know if you are only getting results due to your expectations and magical thinking. Ever wondered why almost no self-help techniques undergo truly independent, rigorous, controlled studies outside the self-help industry by researchers who are free from financial interests? We can only guess why…

Later in this review, you’ll discover the history behind, and the several interesting processes in the Lefkoe Method that create changes on various levels, including the spiritual. But now you’re surely eager to discover what the results of these studies were, so I’ll give you the inside scoop right now.

 

The Lefkoe Method Research Studies

Study #1

The first study that was conducted on the Lefkoe Method was done in 1994. Back then the Lefkoe Method was called the Decision Maker Process, and the Lefkoe Belief Process was called the Decision Maker Belief Process. Morty Lefkoe and his colleagues had been successful in assisting about 1,000 clients to eliminate the beliefs underlying such problems as depression, phobias, anxiety, workaholism, bulimia and other eating disorders, unsatisfying relationships, sexual dysfunction, and poor performance at sports. After the underlying beliefs were eliminated, these and other dysfunctional patterns disappeared.

 The Lefkoe Institute, in collaboration with Professor Sechrest, performed a study involving 16 incarcerated adults and youths at two institutions in Connecticut. The study strongly indicated that using TLM, the Lefkoe Belief Process specifically, to eliminate such beliefs as ‘I’m bad’, ‘I don’t matter’ ‘There’s something wrong with me’, and ‘What makes me okay is the power that comes from a gun’ reduced the hostility and anti-social behavior and improved the self-esteem of the subjects. Because of the small sample, the study, although reflecting statistically significant effects, was never published; the study found that the effectiveness of the Lefkoe Method was fairly large.

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Study #2

The second study on the Lefkoe Method was done by Cunningham in 2006, in collaboration with Sechrest and Lefkoe, and published in the journal of Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. It examined the Lefkoe Method’s effectiveness in eliminating the fear of public speaking. The first, 1994 study, is referenced in this study too.

40 subjects were randomly assigned from public speaking groups (Toastmasters) to the TLM and the control group. The TLM group received their Lefkoe Method sessions from Morty Lefkoe over the phone (reported to be just as effective as in-person sessions).

During his decades of work with thousands of clients using the Lefkoe Method, he had discovered that specific beliefs were underlying the fear of public speaking. He helped the test subjects eliminate those and the relevant emotional conditionings too, using another process in the Lefkoe Method, called the Lefkoe Stimulus Process.

In this study, the fear of public speaking was virtually eliminated (from fear rated at 7 on a scale from 1-10) and on average went down to 1,5 where 1 meant zero fear. Follow-ups years after showed the effects were permanent, in fact, even improved over time (what’s called the “sleeper effect”).

The study concluded: “The large, positive changes on all outcome measures subsequent to treatment give strong support to the claim of efficacy of the TLM for reducing fear associated with speaking in public. The fact that change was of the same magnitude even for the wait-listed subjects adds to the robustness of the evidence of TLM’s efficacy. The TLM resulted in substantial decreases or complete eliminations of fear, accompanied by positive changes in confidence and reduced negative sensations felt during speaking in public, in both groups. Overall, the TLM appears to have potential as an effective, quick, and convenient procedure to eliminate the fear of speaking in public.”

The effect sizes (a statistical measure of how powerful TLM is) were extremely high in this study. If you are looking for a definitive way to surgically and permanently remove limiting beliefs, you’ll be interested in this quote from the study:

“TLM has a good bit in common with CBT, RET and other generally cognitive methods of therapeutic intervention, but it is not simply a reformulation of any of them. In its emphasis on eliminating beliefs, rather than learning to cope with them, it is distinctive. It is also distinctive in its claim that the problems resulting from those beliefs can be eliminated entirely, not just reduced by some degree.”

You can do just that for FREE by clicking on this link, where you can eliminate a belief that’s been holding you back for your entire life, in just 20 minutes.

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Study #3

This is where it gets REALLY interesting. In this third study, they compare a Tony Robbins audio program with Morty Lefkoe’s Natural Confidence program, that systematically eliminates the 19 most commonly held limiting self-esteem beliefs and 4 emotional conditionings.

They not only compared these 2 programs against each other but against CBT-related therapies too. CBT is the most researched evidence-based psychotherapy that is the therapy of choice for most psychological issues, due to its proven effectiveness.

This is where the Lefkoe Method beat them in 4 out of 5 areas, sometimes by having an over 2x or 3x as great effect size (and CBT-related therapies already have a high effect size, meaning they are very effective).

Studies calculate differences between outcome measures before and after, with what’s called an “effect size”, which shows how strong the effect of each method is. In general, effect sizes ranging from 0.1 to 0.3 are considered small, those ranging from 0.3 to 0.5 are considered moderate, and those above 0.5 are considered large.

Interestingly, it isn’t obvious from the careful wording of the study how insanely effective the Lefkoe Method is, only if we look at the data.

In the study they tested 1. daily stress, 2. self-esteem, 3. negative affect, 4. positive affect, and 5. trait anxiety. It’s important to note that the group that did TLM online had eliminated 4 of the most heavy-hitting limiting beliefs before the study was conducted and didn’t start from their baseline, meaning the effects of the Lefkoe program are significantly stronger than even these numbers suggest.

The results?

The Robbins material had no significant effect on any of these. Sorry, Tony! I’m still a big fan of Tony and recommend you learn from him as much as you can.

CBT’s effects on each of these 5 dimensions in order, in comparison to TLM, are:

1) (no data on CBT) vs 1.08 (large effect size of TLM)

2) 0.77 vs 0.5 (the only slightly lower metric, still bordering on a large effect size)

3) 0.6 vs 1.31 (2.18x difference!!!)

4) 0.35 vs 1.19 (3,4x difference!!!)

5) 1.22 vs 1.25 (Again, a very large effect size)

So basically TLM blows CBT out of the water, yet the study conservatively states, ” these effect sizes are impressive and comparable to those seen in CBT-related interventions.” Except that they are way greater, but hey ho.

By the way, the only metric TLM scored lower than CBT was self-esteem which is not what TLM is meant to improve, but rather largely to demolish and normalize. TLM puts a strong emphasis on so-called “survival strategy beliefs”, the extra layer of belief that covers compensates for the underlying negative self-esteem beliefs. Like “What makes me good enough is to achieve” that covers up “I’m not good enough”. The former will increase our self-esteem, but is unnatural, harmful and actually creates more insecurity and compulsion than having natural confidence. So TLM scoring lower in that area is a very good thing.

Studies #4, #5 and #6

Additionally, thisthis, and this study are all baffled by the efficacy of the Lefkoe Method and call it an “outlier”, referring to its extremely high effectiveness. The last study even had to remove it from its analysis because of that, just so that they could fix their confidence interval…

In 2008, researchers Meyer and Scott said, “CBT fulfills the criteria for a well-established empirically supported therapy, as  its efficacy has been established in two or more carefully designed methodologically reliable randomized controlled trials.”

This is true to the Lefkoe Method too, therefore based on my 6 years of experience facilitating TLM, the over 150.000 people who have benefitted from it, and the above-mentioned studies that are the exhaustive list of all research done to date on TLM, this is my personal conclusion:

The Lefkoe Method is a well-established, empirically supported very effective intervention that aims to eliminate, quickly, long-held beliefs and de-condition the stimuli that produce fear and other negative emotions.

You’ll be able to eliminate one of your limiting beliefs for FREE with the Lefkoe Method in just 20 minutes from now by clicking on this link.

I recommend you do this right now before you read about the history of the method because you’re just 20 minutes away from eliminating a belief that’s been holding you back for your entire life and experiencing a huge shift. Go ahead and eliminate that belief now.

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Steps of the Lefkoe Method (specifically the Lefkoe Belief Process)

The Lefkoe Method (TLM) is more a tool for the facilitator than it is for the client, because it only needs to be done once, and the client doesn’t have to do anything else with that particular belief, unlike in other cognitive-type therapies. TLM also needs training to be effective, therefore I recommend that first, you use the Lefkoe Institute’s free videos to eliminate your first beliefs, or, better yet, use the most effective approach of all: schedule a session with a trained facilitator. The videos work for most people, while the private sessions are the most effective. So I highly suggest that you start with either one of those.

Having said that, here are the steps of the Lefkoe Belief Process(LBP):

  1. Confirming that we have the belief we want to eliminate

The Lefkoe Belief Process (LBP) begins with the client describing an undesirable pattern of behavior or feelings that he has been trying unsuccessfully to change. Feeling patterns could include fear, hostility, shyness, anxiety, depression, or worrying about what people think of you.

Identifying our limiting beliefs is not part of LBP, and is done using other techniques TLM has. But you can easily find a belief that they do hold in a list of common limiting beliefs, and eliminate that.

Once we’ve found a belief we think might be causing the pattern we want to change, we need to verify if we really do hold that belief. Intellectually we often deny having a belief, as a defense mechanism. We need to skip the intellect and notice if there’s even the slightest resistance or negativity in our body as we’re saying the words of the belief out loud. If we do, we have the belief.

Important! Write down the way you feel inside your body when you say the words of the belief out loud. Does it seem or feel true? Is there some negativity, or resistance in your body somewhere, and if yes, where? You’ll use these feelings as a comparison at the end of the process to determine whether the belief is gone.

  1. Find the earliest source of the belief

The source is always concrete, objective, external events (not how we felt)that happened frequently (unless it’s a single, very traumatic event). For example, with the belief “I’m not good enough”, instead of saying “My parents and my childhood sucked” or “My father was very rude”, the actual sources are concrete, factual events, or patterns of events, like “My father would yell at me when I didn’t do what he wanted me to do, or the way he wanted me to do it”. Find the earliest possible sources and find the common theme in them like in the example above, so you don’t have to deal with hundreds of unique events.

  1. Find alternative interpretations to the events

The purpose of this step is to help you realize that your interpretation (the belief) of the events is not “THE” truth, just “a” truth among many other equally valid interpretations. This step will shake the foundations of your belief a bit and paves the way to complete dissociation from it in later steps.

Your interpretation of the events was a valid, reasonable one at the time, given your level of maturity, or cognitive development when you formed the belief. But there are other equally valid interpretations that you simply didn’t think of.

So ask yourself questions like “What would other people say the events might mean?” and “What other reasonable interpretations can the events have?” Come up with 5 or 6 of them that feel equally valid to you.

  1. Seeing part

According to science, the overwhelming majority of people are visual, and this step will deliver a KO to their belief. The 5th, feeling step will close the coffin on it for visuals, or eliminate it for Kinesthetic types who don’t respond well to this step.

When we recall the events, it appears as if we can “see” the belief in the events, as if it was inherently true about it and inseparable. For example, seeing our mother scolding us is the event, but we see it as if “I’m not good enough” is an inherent, integral part of it, the eternal one truth about it. This mental layer is what we’re peeling off the events here.

First, take a minute to fully experience the events in your mind, seeing, hearing, and feeling everything that happened. When you’re back in the source like this, in the here and now, ask yourself these questions:

“Didn’t it seem that when I saw my parent’s behavior that I saw (words of my belief) in their behavior? Like if a friend was there and saw what they did, I could point at it and ask, “Can’t you also see (my belief)?”If the source is other than your parents, substitute the parental behavior with the concrete, observable external events.

Now that you’re seeing the belief in the events, let’s talk about what “seeing” something means. Anything that we can see can be described by a color, a shape, and a location somewhere in the space in front of us.

Staying with the source event, answer this question. “If you really saw that (words of your belief), where was it exactly in front of you, with a color, shape, and location? That even I could have seen it if I were there if you pointed at it for me?

Did you really see the belief, or did you just see parental behavior or events? What would have I been able to see exactly if I were there?

Is it real that (words of your belief) was never out there in the world, and that it was only in your mind? (The answer should be, yes.)

  1. Events have no inherent meaning

At this point, you realize that the events had painful consequences, but those events had no universal, inherent meaning. For example, how your parents treated you was painful, but I can’t tell anything for sure about the kind of person you are today (i.e. good or bad, important or unimportant, etc.) based on how 2 random people out of the 7 billion reacted to you when you were a child.

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Or you trying to quit smoking unsuccessfully felt frustrating, but does it mean that “Change is difficult and takes a long time”, or did you just not use the most proven methods, or were you not ready for the change, or were your limiting beliefs keeping you from changing, while others with different beliefs can do it quickly and easily?

In other words, does your inability to quit smoking tell me anything for sure about the very nature of change itself?

No, it doesn’t. Events have consequences but have no inherent meaning.

  1. Feeling part

Didn’t it feel that the events caused you to feel (the words of your belief)? It did, didn’t it? But you’ve just said that events have no inherent meaning. And meaningless events can’t cause you to feel anything, including (the words of your belief).

Now choose an alternative interpretation that felt the most real to you in step #3, close your eyes and experience being in the source event again, feeling and seeing what you did back then, and give the events this new meaning from step #3. Take your time to really imagine yourself re-living the events this way.

Do you still feel (the words of the belief)? (The answer should be, no.)

Can you see that nothing in the world caused the feeling and that it was caused by the meaning in your mind? (the answer should be: yes)

  1. Confirming that the meaning is completely separate from the event

Is it clear to you now that the only place (the belief) has ever existed has been an interpretation in your mind? (The answer should be, yes.)

  1. Verifying if the belief is gone

Say the belief out loud.

Compare the way you’re feeling to how you felt in the first step when you still believed the words of the belief.

Does that statement feel true at all? (The answer should be, no.)

The History of The Lefkoe Method

On January 2, 1986, Morty Lefkoe was on a commercial flight heading to Los Angeles, California. This is when he finally managed to do it.

He eliminated his first limiting belief.

Morty had been disillusioned with consulting that he had done successfully in previous years. But eventually, he realized, that the changes he suggested to his clients were almost never implemented in their firms unless he was carefully guiding and supporting them from start to finish. Other consultants he told about this experienced the same problem.

He wanted to make a difference in his clients’ lives, but it wasn’t happening. Not just corporations, but people in general resisted change for some reason.

Once he had figured out that the reason for this was limiting beliefs, he dropped his old approach to consulting and created a new one that reflected this new understanding. At the same time of this shift in his understanding, he created a new company called the Decision Maker Institute (His previous company was called Lefkoe Associates Inc.) This was in 1985 when Morty developed what he called the created the first of the Decision Maker Processes to help his clients eliminate beliefs (obviously using a different method than TLM). That was about a year before the fateful event in 1986.

In that year his re-imagined consulting business was struggling because he had no takers for his new services. On that fateful day, he was on his way to California to meet a new client, Carter-Hawley-Hale (CHH) that wanted to encourage people who were on unemployment or welfare to get back to work.

In his book Re-Create Your Life, this is what Morty said he told the CHH human resources department to convince them to meet him:

You want to motivate these trainees. That’s easy. The difficulty is that motivation is a feeling that lasts only a day, a week, or a month, and then it’s gone. A more effective method would be to help the trainees discover and eliminate any beliefs that might get in the way of their success in the program.

On the way to the meeting, flying from New York to Los Angeles, he had 5 hours to think and reflect on why he had been struggling to get companies to accept his programs. He was about to do the same and wasn’t willing to continue the same old pattern of being defeated and getting back up again. This commitment to change led him to ask the question that is the reason why this article can exist today:

Well, I wondered, if my life was the result of my beliefs, what did I believe that could be responsible for the pattern I had just identified in my life?

What was his answer?

I had always seen myself as someone who never gave up. No matter what, I’d keep going. In fact, that was the one trait most people who knew me always acknowledged. So what did I actually believe? Five hundred or so miles later I had found the answer: “I’m someone who overcomes obstacles.” That was the truth about me. In fact, it feels as if that’s who I really was.

He realized that if his identity was that of someone who kept getting back up, and if he had the belief that who he was, was someone who overcame obstacles, his very existence would have been threatened if he didn’t keep creating obstacles in his life.

He then reflected on that and spent the entire 5 hours on letting the inspired ideas flow through him and wrote them down. What he wrote formed the basis of many of the steps of the Lefkoe Belief Process that you can use today. He said,

By the time I landed, I felt different, as if something profound had shifted in me, but I didn’t know what.

But he didn’t start organizing his notes into a method until he met CHH and returned back home. CHH told him they’d get back to him 10 days later after meeting with another consultant. But as he returned home and began sharing with his wife, Shelly what happened, the phone rang. It was CHH who had liked his presentation so much they decided not to interview the other consultant and work with Morty instead. The curse was finally lifted.

Morty thought that maybe it was due to him changing his belief that caused him to present his ideas more convincingly. So he sat down to read through his notes and organize them into an applicable method. And thus the original version of the Lefkoe Belief Process was born.

Morty taught his wife, Shelly Lefkoe how to use the process, and together they worked with a large number of companies as consultants. Initially, Morty and Shelly Lefkoe were focusing on helping businesses and later they transitioned into helping everyday people.

This has caused the process to undergo several improvements and new iterations. The Lefkoe Method requires training to use effectively and is composed of several different processes other than the Lefkoe Belief Process that each require training. That’s why the Lefkoe Family has been watching over carefully who is allowed to represent it as a certified Lefkoe Method Facilitator.

Originally there was just a single process, called the Decision Maker Belief Process, aimed at eliminating beliefs. For about two decades, the Decision Maker institute worked with companies like GM, Kondex, Harris Graphics, the Copps Corporation, Duratrack, New Jersey Bell , TRW, Carter Hawley Hale, Tenneco, Lands’ End, and eventually with every one of the former Bell telephone companies, where the firm has worked with about 10,000 people. Then, in mid-2001, Morty began developing more processes. You’re soon going to discover what they are called and what they do.

When the Decision Maker Process changed its name to The Lefkoe Institute, the names of the processes changed to their current names.

Morty passed away from cancer in 2015 and Shelly has continued his legacy. Shelly is just as passionate about the Lefkoe Method as Morty was, in her words, “I am clear that spreading it is what I am here to do.”

The Lefkoe Occurring Process was born in 2009 in December when Morty read the book called The Three Laws of Performance by Dave Logan and Steve Zaffron (Jossey-Bass, 2009). Morty was inspired by a few paragraphs in the book that ended with the conclusion,

None of us see things as they are. We see things as they occur to us.

Morty began thinking about these and applying the ideas in his life by noticing the meanings he gave to his life circumstances and changing them to empowering ones. He wrote about his findings on his blog in the middle of December.

Morty was a great creator and experimenter. Unaware that CBT had already explored this in great detail, he was excited to discover how we create reality with our thinking, and how this new approach would work out for him. As he wrote in that article,

I intend to keep noticing how things occur for me and see if I can trace the source of that experience. I also will see if I can shift my “occurring” and if I can’t, why I can’t. I also will see if the new occurring lasts, in other words, does it exist only at the moment I create it, with the old one “re-occurring” the next time that person or situation shows up, or does the new one I created continue to occur for me?

In the following years, he developed his own method of fighting Negative Automatic Thoughts (occurrings) from the ground up, with the Lefkoe Method principles serving as its basis. This has resulted in a more mindfulness-related approach than what CBT uses.

In the meantime, Shelly Lefkoe, who’s passionate about teaching people about conscious parenting, integrated the Lefkoe Method into her parenting teachings. I highly recommend that you read her parenting ebook.

Originally the 2 certified Lefkoe facilitators were Morty and Shelly, which was expanded to their lead trainer Rodney Daut and their daughter, Brittany. Likely they were the 4 people certified to use all processes in 2005. I only know about one additional certified Lefkoe facilitator Anne Lieberman (now retired) who had trained with the Lefkoes for 5 years to be able to represent the method. That’s just 5 certified trainers as of today that I know of, but there are various Lefkoe Method training programs that you can take if you want to be able to facilitate the method for others with the best possible results.

I’ve been trained by the Lefkoes, taken their courses, and studied their method with tremendous passion and focus for 6 years, while working with my own clients using TLM. If you want to learn about the Lefkoe Method and gain the most cutting edge insights about it, you’re at the right place.

 

The 7 differences between the Lefkoe Method and CBT

This is what Cunningham had to say about this in the 2006 study:

“Although the Lefkoe Belief Process (LBP) is similar in some ways to cognitive therapy approaches (CT), there are many unique aspects that distinguish it from other such approaches.”

There are 4 major differences between the two according to her.

1. “First, some versions of CT attempt to change beliefs by challenging the validity of the evidence that the client uses to support them. With LBP no attempt is made to get clients to see that a current belief is wrong or not true, to see it as illogical, to accept that it does not make sense, or to reject it as self-defeating. The LBP actually validates people for forming the belief earlier in life by assisting them to realize that most people probably would have made a similar interpretation under similar circumstances. It ensures that people realize that their belief actually is one valid meaning of their earlier circumstances.“

2. “The ‘evidence’ that people offer for a belief usually is not the actual reason they believe it. The evidence offered usually consists of recent observations that appear to substantiate the belief. The real source of one’s beliefs, the LBP assumes, is interpretations of circumstances earlier in life. Fundamental beliefs about one’s self and life are usually formed in childhood. After a belief has been formed, however, one acts consistently with it, thereby producing ‘current evidence’ for the already-existing belief. In other words, life becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Because the evidence one presents to validate one’s beliefs usually is a consequence of the beliefs, not its source, challenging the validity of that evidence is not the most effective way to eliminate them.

3. “A third element that distinguishes LBP from some versions of CT has to do with getting the client to agree to act consistently with an alternative belief to test its possible validity. Because the current belief is totally eliminated by doing the LBP, one has no need to try to act differently when one goes back ‘into life’; one’s behavior changes naturally and effortlessly once the belief is gone.”

4. “Still another distinction between the LBP and many cognitive approaches is that the latter frequently is a tool for the client, whereas the former is a tool for the facilitator. Cognitive approaches assist clients to think more rationally in order to act more rationally in the face of strong emotions such as fear, anger, depression, hostility, etc. The LBP is used by the facilitator to assist clients in eliminating the beliefs that produce such emotions. When these emotions stop after the beliefs that give rise to them are eliminated, there is no longer a need for a tool for clients to deal with them more effectively.

5. “Finally, the Lefkoe Stimulus Process facilitates de-conditioning the stimuli for negative emotions, which has nothing to do with beliefs. In order to get rid of the fear of public speaking, one has to extinguish the conditioned stimuli that have become associated with fear, such as facing criticism, feeling that one is not meeting expectations, that one is being judged, or that one is being rejected. The point of this process is to assist the person to realize that initially the current stimulus never produced the emotion. The current stimulus got conditioned to produce the negative emotion because it just happened to be associated with the real original cause in some way.”

6. A sixth distinction that’s not mentioned in the study is the spiritual process that TLM uses at the end of each session. The process is called “Who Am I Really?” (WAIR) and its purpose is to help facilitate an altered state of consciousness that transcends our conditioning, in which nothing is missing, and where we experience ourselves as the creator of our beliefs.

7. (No positive reframing of source like in CBT, infusing the original events with mindfulness)

8. Lastly, the Lefkoe Method is based on 1 main, and 2 secondary principles that CBT doesn’t holdThese lead to significant differences in their outcomes. These principles are:

  • Events have no inherent meaning.
  • There’s no meaning in the world.
  • All meaning is in our minds.

Exactly because the Lefkoe Method – specifically the Lefkoe Occurring Process that challenges and dissolves negative automatic thoughts (NATs) in our mind, is based on these principles, it’ll deal with these thoughts differently than CBT.

CBT emphasizes replacing the original negative automatic thought in our mind with a positive alternative. But TLM’s occurring process instead helps us realize that there never was an inherent meaning, we just gave it an arbitrary one. Remove the meaning, and you’ll be able to look at the situation fully objectively, with all possibilities open to you. This is the state of mind J. Krishnamurti called “the highest form of intelligence” that is “the ability to observe without evaluating”.

It’s a meditative state, reached through a cognitive gateway instead of long meditation. When practiced consistently, this meditative state becomes the norm for us, and the frequency of NATs in our mind significantly decreases.

So the side-effect of these principles are:

  • A more “enlightened” view of the world around us
  • Being more in touch with “what is”, or the present moment
  • Having access to all possibilities, vs. consciously limiting it to specific positive ones
  • Which leads to greater adaptability and potentially creativity

The List of the processes in the Lefkoe Method

1. The Lefkoe Belief Process (formerly known as the Decision Maker Belief Process) 

This process helps people eliminate their beliefs. When a client makes a distinction between the events that were the source of a belief and the meaning he attributes to those events, the belief is eradicated.

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2. The Who Am I Really Process (WAIR)

What this process does is to help create an altered state of consciousness that transcends our conditionings, in which nothing is missing, and where we experience ourselves as the creator of our beliefs. Many clients have said that this is the most powerful part of the Lefkoe Method.

3. The Lefkoe Stimulus Process

This process is used to de-condition stimuli that automatically cause specific emotions. When the client makes a distinction between the actual cause of an emotion and its associated elements, the emotion will no longer be produced by those elements.

(The first 3 processes are used in the Lefkoes’ most transformative course; Natural Confidence that helps you eliminate the 19 most commonly held limiting self-esteem beliefs and emotional conditionings. The Natural Confidence course helped create the most dramatic positive changes in people in one of the studies above.)

4. The Lefkoe Occurring Process (Formerly “Change Perspective Process”)

A process that eliminates Negative Automatic Thoughts and what Morty calls the “occurrings”, or false perceptions of events that NATs cause. As I’ve mentioned above, the Lefkoe Method’s underlying principles turn it into a mindfulness-based practice that is different from the way CBT approaches the matter.

5. The Lefkoe Sense Process

The Sense Process that is Stimulus Process, eliminates general emotional senses we have of ourselves and life. This includes the negative emotional “sense” of oneself that is similar to what the Buddhists call “Chitta”; one’s general state of mind or mood, and in this sense the self-perpetuating sense of self that we instantly recognize as “us”, a state that we try to return to and reinforce through our habits of thought and action, driven by our identity beliefs.

6. The Lefkoe Expectation Process

Often the way we feel is the result of our expectations. This process changes how we feel by changing negative expectations to positive ones very effectively.

7. The Lefkoe Changed Environment Process

This process is particularly useful in organizations to facilitate unlearning. It is used to eliminate beliefs when the existing belief was logical and appropriate for an earlier environment that no longer exists.

8. Identifying limiting beliefs

While it’s not strictly a process, TLM has various techniques used to find unconscious limiting beliefs. They even have a separate Lefkoe Method training program for that, called TLM2. Talking of which…

Lefkoe Method Training Programs and Offers

The various Lefkoe Method trainings for therapists and later to anyone else, have been around since 2001. Before that, the Lefkoe Institute seemed to only teach TLM to a handful of people and instead of teaching, help their clients eliminate their beliefs.

All of that has changed since because now there are several Lefkoe Method training programs you can participate in. You can check out the types of trainings they offer by following this link: Lefkoe Method training programs.

You can find the list of their offerings here: Lefkoe offerings

If you haven’t done so, go ahead and eliminate a limiting belief now for free, in about 20 minutes. Click here to eliminate your limiting belief for free.

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