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NOVEMBER 2nd & 3rd, 2019


The Power and Promise of Havening Techniques®

Compiled and Edited by Harry Pickens

Introduction: Stories of a Quiet Revolution

It happened. Again. For the fifth time this week.


Yesterday afternoon, between 3 and 4:15 PM, I witnessed a miracle. She walked into my office on the verge of tears. Afraid. Upset. Reactive. Stuck.


“I’m not enough,” she said. “I’ve never been enough. I’ll never be enough. I’ve been dealing with this for decades. Therapy, counseling, prayer, energy work. And I still never feel that I’m enough. What is wrong with me?”


One hour and fifteen minutes later, she is glowing. Radiant. At peace. The pain, the sense of struggle, the sadness, the desperation — dissolved. And the old belief that had haunted her for at least forty years — gone for good.


And it’s not coming back.


How do I know? Because I’ve now witnessed this very same phenomenon occurring over and over and over again, probably a hundred times in the last 18 months.


I know, I know. You’re thinking — too good to be true. Real change just can’t happen that fast. Absolutely impossible.


And if you would have shared this story with me two years ago, I would have thought the same thing. In fact, this is the single biggest problem with the remarkable process that took my client from despair to delight in seventy-five minutes flat. Every single day, somewhere in at least 21 countries around the world, somebody experiences a shift — a positive, permanent, profound shift — that most of humanity doesn’t believe is possible. And yet, there are so many stories:


A veteran who has suffered with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) for four decades is set free.


A woman who can’t stop grieving the sudden death of her fiancé five years after his passing finds an inner place of peace — at last.

An elderly man whose joint pain has not responded well to medical intervention walks without his cane for the first time in months.


And the miracles keep happening — one person at a time.


A Revolution Unfolding


You see, a quiet healing revolution is spreading slowly but surely across the planet. This revolution is taking place not through the latest discoveries in pharmacology, or through new insights in how to manage the symptoms of emotional, physical or psychological dis-ease.


This revolution is taking place one person at a time, through a simple process that uses the power of touch, attention, and imagination to heal emotional pain that often has seemed intractable and unresolvable.  This process was developed by a Harvard-trained medical doctor who was seeking to understand the neurobiological mechanism underlying the often remarkable results commonly seen in the domain of energy psychology.


Originally labeled Amygdala Depotentiation Technique and now called Havening, this simple yet powerful procedure is poised to transform how humanity thinks about and addresses myriad physical, psychological, and emotional issues — from PTSD to phobias to chronic pain to the consequences of every imaginable kind of trauma.


This revolution cuts to the core of the cause of much of humanity’s suffering, and provides a simple yet profound cure that literally rests in the palms of our hands.  And, for the very first time, you will be able to see the revolution unfolding just as I have, through the stories of many who are part of the charge. The voices contained in this book belong to the students, practitioners, and trainers — the quiet leaders sharing the power of Havening with the world.

How I Found the Revolution

I first learned about Havening the morning of February 14, 2015. I was on the phone with my brilliant friend and colleague John Morgan, discussing my core passion, which is teaching people how to live with greater fulfillment and freedom. In my coaching practice, I had been using many powerful tools with great success, including EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to help my clients dissolve the inner blocks to living their best lives, but I was frustrated. Although there were quite a few solid research studies clearly demonstrating the positive impact of EFT and other energy psychology modalities in helping people heal, no one had yet identified a neurological mechanism of action that made sense to me. I wanted to be able to explain what was happening IN my client’s brains TO my clients.


John asked me if I had heard of Dr. Ronald Ruden, or his book, When The Past Is Always Present. According to John, Dr. Ruden had figured out the very thing I was seeking.  Little did I know that this conversation was about to change my life. 


I found Dr. Ruden’s book on Amazon and ordered it. It arrived three days later. I read it immediately. I was beyond intrigued. Seeking to learn more online, I discovered that Dr. Ruden and his team would be presenting a training five weeks later, towards the end of March 2015.


Honestly, I didn’t have the cash on hand to go, particularly considering the added expenses: travel to New York from Louisville, plus the shuttle to get to and from the Roslyn Hotel, plus the cost of a hotel room for two nights. However, my inner ‘yes’ was so solid that I maxed out my credit card to invest in my own learning and growth. This would prove to be one of the wisest investments of my life.


In the meantime, I was experimenting. I used what I learned from the book to clear a limiting belief that had plagued me for years. I tried it with one client and helped her dissolve the pain from a childhood memory that had haunted her for decades. I helped a friend let go of the pain of a difficult relationship that ended abruptly. I was discovering that this process really did work. And I had not even attended the training yet!


I arrived at the Roslyn Hotel that Friday evening in March, 2015, filled with eager anticipation. The training was powerful. I got to meet Dr. Ruden and his twin brother Steven, who continues to play a major role in spreading the word about Havening around the world. I both witnessed and experienced powerful and rapid transformations that I would have previously thought impossible. I immediately signed up for the certification program.


The rest is history.


Since that Valentine’s morning, I have been part of this gentle revolution in healing.  I’ve now had the opportunity to help hundreds of clients and students use Havening Techniques® to reduce and eliminate the toxic impact of negative stress, boost resilience, optimize wellbeing, and break free from the pain of the past. And I am fully engaged in helping to share the good news about this remarkable set of tools for emotional healing.

This book represents the latest chapter in my personal Havening journey. The Havening community is tight-knit, generous, brilliant and compassionate. I have rarely been part of a professional community filled with so many humble superstars, so many people who are making a real and tangible difference in the lives of others while exploring the outer edges of what’s possible in the realm of emotional and psychological wellbeing. I realized one of the most powerful ways to spread the word would be to collect and share the stories and experiences of the many of the outstanding students, practitioners, and trainers I have met over this past 18 months. Their voices are unparalleled in conveying the power of Havening Techniques®.


I hope that this book will inspire you to explore Havening for yourself. The possibilities inherent in Dr. Ruden’s simple yet profound discovery will astound you.




Harry Pickens

December 29, 2016

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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