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Beyond Enjoyment to Inner Joy

December 26th, 2014 by Hale Dwoskin
Lester Levenson

Lester Levenson

“When you find more joy within yourself than in anything else, then you’re really moving in the right direction. If you find any joy in life, you’re in the wrong direction. Enjoying anything is wrong. Seek joy within. Be joy. There’s nothing needed to enjoy if you are all-joyous. If we are enjoying anything, we are in duality. If I enjoy this, there’s “I” and “this.” If there’s God (Self) alone, there can’t be any “I” and “this.” The basic truth is that you are all joy. Enjoying something will impose an extreme limitation upon your natural state of all-joy. To enjoy something, you’re recognizing something other than you. So, I repeat, we should never enjoy anything. Seek joy only within, and then the natural state of infinite joy is discovered…”

–         Lester Levenson, Happiness Is Free and It’s Easier Than You Think: Book 5 of 5, Session 7

Lester is not saying you should never enjoy anything. He is saying that in order to discover the true source of joy allow yourself bring joy to whatever you experience in life rather than want to or believe that you get joy from it.

Allow yourself to recognize that whatever appears to bring you joy is only giving you a very tiny sample of the infinite light and joy that you are. Would you rather have tiny samples or would you rather have the whole meal? If you would prefer the whole meal, then learn to discover the joy that is already and always right within you before, during and after every external experience.

Every time you let go you are uncovering the joy within you. That is why if feels so great to release.

You can also explore this by asking yourself this simple question whenever you appear to be getting joy from outside of yourself: “Is this the source of my joy or is this joy I am experiencing coming from within me?” Explore this in action as you go through your life and you will quickly discover the ever new joy that you are.



Hale Dwoskin

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2 Responses to “Beyond Enjoyment to Inner Joy”

  1. NICK says:

    I love Lester’s approach and have always found it incredibly clean, surgical, cutting away all extraneous embellishment and getting the to the meat of it; after all, why not take the short cut to the Self and be done with limitation once and for all. When i truely love and enjoy something i notice there’s no tarnishment to it, as there is when i think i am perceiving the source to be beyond ‘me’. Truely beautiful and pure, as the mountain spring………………..Merry New Year All.


  2. Bobbi says:

    This is a wonderful message from Lester. I immediately felt happier just from reading it.
    Hale, he is saying we should never enjoy any thing! We try and find joy or rather absence from pain, in things, we cannot find it there. We keep eating to get it, to get that momentary relief from pain, that momentary escape-and it doesn’t last, we have to keep doing it. It is better to be completely neutral about the thing than to enjoy it, but it doesn’t matter, it’s wonderful to feel the joy within, to have the attention there, rather than the attention on looking for the joy in the thing- the bowl of porridge or ice cream, the fun at the beach- the i-gizmo, the attention of a person, the conversation. When we enjoy those things we think that’s where joy is and we try and get it there, and when we can’t find it there we lack, we feel we have missed out and failed. We don’t need to train ourselves to go to the wrong place for it. We train ourselves to go to the place it always is. That’s why we should not enjoy things, it’s wrong training for ourselves. When we find it there we go there for it again- we forget the real place it is, and when we cannot get it from the thing we’re lost, because we’ve forgot about finding joy within.

    I see someone rich, who has so much, and seems to really enjoy life, and be a success. I compare myself. I feel like a failure. I think his joy is in his many things, in his achieving. I think of how I have not achieved in comparison. Then I read this from Lester. I straight away feel the joy within. I remember it is not in these things.
    I had felt inadequate. I had bought the story- I was treated quite rudely by some rich people and silently in myself I agreed with what I perceived they thought, that I was lesser. I carried these painful thoughts away with me. I thought I needed their acceptance. I tried to let go wanting approval, wanting oneness, it didn’t shift . Happiness, joy is within.
    I know from Lester’s and Hale that the external things come due to our joy within not due to our lack, but they are not the source of our joy.

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