It is a method of cutting through obstacles (i.e. ignorance, anger, and especially dualism, especially the dualism of the sense of self as different from others) and allows the practitioner to remain in a natural state free from fear .
The chod practitioner seeks to harness the power of fear through activities such as rituals in cemeteries and the visualisation of the offering of one's body at a tantric feast to test one's understanding of emptiness.
Chöd literally means "cutting through". He cuts through shackles and obscurations, sometimes called "demons" or "gods". Examples of demons are ignorance, anger and, in particular, the dualism of perceiving the self as having intrinsic meaning, contrary to the Buddhist doctrine of anatta (non-self).
This is done through a powerful meditation ritual that includes "an astonishing array of visualizations, songs, music and prayers, it engages every aspect of being and brings about a powerful transformation of the inner landscape.