(This the 13th essay in the series of many in which I share my experience of reading Lester Levenson and Hale Dwoskin’s Happiness Is Free: And It’s Easier Than You Think, Books 1 through 5, The Greatest Secret Edition. Sedona Press. Kindle Edition.)
this great happiness that we’re seeking is nothing but our very own Self, our very own Beingness.
How I want this to be true for me all the time! It’s a process and I have experienced it, and sometimes I can abide in it. Even more amazing to feel ‘at one with all’ when there is quite a disturbance on the surface.
Any time it feels like a struggle, I can take it for checking. What is unhappiness? Unhappiness is the sense of I cannot do something or do not have something, so it’s an ‘I’ plus a lack of something or someone. This is why resting in the ‘I’ before you add the verb ‘am’ or ‘have/don’t have’ is happiness. The ‘I’ is prior to everything and it’s the everything that makes unhappiness.
He goes on to say that all thoughts are limitations: ‘This is that, she/he is … And I am …’ are all limitations. To discover that none of these concepts are essential or even necessary, you need to get the mind quiet and open enough space so that the ‘I’ can exist alone.
But due to wrong learning, by assuming, over the ages concepts of limitation and by looking outwardly, we have beclouded the view. We have covered over this infinite Being that we are with concepts of “I am this physical body,” or “I am this mind,” or, “With this physical body and mind, I have heaps and heaps of problems and troubles.”
This is it in a nutshell. ‘I am Sally and I did this but didn’t do that and that is what I am.’ This is clearly wrong. Sally who … Can never do enough to fix everything because the ultimate fear of anyone who believes they are a body-mind is death, which is going to happen. Decrepitude and death of loved ones is going to happen too, unless you die suddenly while you are still your.
Thinking is just relating things to other things, connecting things together. Knowing everything, we know the unity, the oneness, and there’s no necessity for relating things by thought.
It is always there but covered over by thought. The more intense the thought, the harder it is to find the self. Intensity of thought is directly related to the need to hold on to a self. The greater the pain, the greater the identification (focus follows pain) and the greater the identification, the greater the pain so there is a vicious cycle, rendering the self nearly invisible.
The process of going within is a process of looking within and discovering what the mind is, of discovering that the mind is nothing but thoughts, and the thoughts are nothing but numerous concepts of limitation.
To give this a more holistic understanding, it is also body sensations — localised tension, tingling and energy flows through the body, as well as the sense ‘I am alive’.
Consequently, all the apparent troubles, troubles that are only an apparency, because they are assumed as real through our mind.
Another one to take for checking.
Whatever we see is in our consciousness is in our mind. When one begins to realize this, then one works to change one’s consciousness, and, by so doing, one changes his environment.
It’s not the dim version of this which imagines that the world will change (manipulation). It’s the filter and reflection: you do not see what you cannot think and no matter what you see, if you are emotionally invested in an opinion, you will carry on thinking whatever you are thinking.
Yesterday, as I walked by the lake, I found that the body and mind were full of chaos. I hadn’t noticed this before. I saw chaos outside, but it’s there, bubbling, right inside. It’s right there! And what does that mean? It can also not be there and it’s up to me.
Never believe anything you hear. If you accept what I say to you just by listening to it, it’s only hearsay. You must prove everything for yourself.
This means actively doing it — letting go, resting in ‘I’ — rather than lying down and just listening to releases. As Gail Brenner says in The End of Self-Help, there came a time when she knew she had to stop passively listening to teachings, but embodied it in every waking moment. It must be constant. As he says, once I’ve proved it myself, it’s my knowledge and it’s useable. Otherwise, it’s a method I learned.
Good, but you can’t help other people any more than you can help yourself. So, the best way to help others is to help yourself. It’s automatically so that you’ll help others to the degree that you’ll help yourself. Do both.
He has said above that if you help others, you get helped yourself. But what happens next? You are then helping to get helped, and if you do that, no one gets helped. This freedom thing has to begin with you, but if you sat in your room and made it your secret, you would not get very far. So you share it with others and make lots of mistakes and be normal and fallible human about it.
Ego is the sense of separation from the All. I am an individual, Lester, and I am separate from the All, and all you people are other than I. That is the sense of ego, separateness. The moment I’m not the All, I lack something, and then I try to get it back.
Not just me then. The sense of lack can drive you towards helping people but you are both f***d because you need them to reward you for your efforts by playing the ‘look what I do! Love me!’ game.
I cannot have any freedom while I create mental enemies and believe in them. You cannot be afraid if you don’t create a malignant force to be afraid of. This ‘force’ might be yourself, or it might be another, but whatever it appears to be mentally, it is a memory, a bodily marker disguising itself as future certainty and terrifying you as it does so.
Yes. Pulling the subconscious thought up into consciousness, and, when it’s there, you’ll see it and naturally let go of it because of its negativity.
This appears to be different from Hale’s teaching. Asking ‘why’ can get you so lost yet Lester did just that. Asking ‘what got me here’ seems to be a useful exercise but a much more useful question is, ‘and what is still here?’. And if you do it for long enough, you realise that everything is here, now and everything can be conscious and can therefore be let go if.
If I feel hatred or jealousy, do I really need to go into my past to know where it came from, or can I just fully welcome it here and now in all its glory? Wanting to work out where it came from is a way of ensuring that you don’t let go of it. By avoiding and rejecting it, hoping you’ll find some secret justification for the feeling, you are figuring out how to hold on to it and making sure you experience it again.
Dive into these feelings that run our lives, that we invest so heavily in and you’ll discover they are based on nothing. We believe in their importance because we believe they are our feelings, and they make us into person. This is circular and it’s incorrect. It’s a trick of the mind. See Seven and Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
You can find the introduction to this essay series here: Happiness is Free: And It’s Easier Than You Think
I am an experienced facilitator in the Sedona Method — which is based on Lester’s teachings and by far the easiest and fastest route to discover for yourself the freedom, happiness and peace he describes in this book.