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Christmas Message from Lester Levenson

December 22nd, 2014 by Hale Dwoskin
Lester Levenson

Lester Levenson

The following is an excerpt from Happiness Is Free and It’s Easier Than You Think: Book 1 of 5.  This talk was taken from Session 7 Book 1. This timeless message is just as appropriate now as it was when these words were spoken in the early 1960’s.

In Lester’s message he emphasized the importance of having a feeling of “givingness” towards everyone. The givingness he is speaking about comes from the direct realization that whenever we are giving we are giving only to ourselves. All apparent others are merely projections in or on the one Christ Consciousness or Field of Being that we are.

A great practice is to allow ourselves to have a feeling of givingness throughout the year and in all circumstances. At the same time we should always allow ourselves to give according to our means. If helping others is at our expense this only holds both of us back. Also, remember giving to apparent others does not need to be material. The thing that most people are looking for in their every action is the feeling of being loved and accepted exactly as we are. We so rarely give that to ourselves or to anyone else. Yet we all can start finding little ways throughout the day to give this feeling to ourselves and others. If we all just did this even a little it would change our world.

Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy and fun filled holiday and a great new year from myself and everyone here at Sedona Training Associates!

Love,

Hale Dwoskin

 

“It is now the Christmas season; so let us direct our attention toward Christmas. Maybe I ought to allow you to lead me into what you would like to hear about Christmas–or should I just talk? All right. Christ-mass, the day when the masses look toward Christ, when mass is held in reverence to Jesus. When I interpret the Bible, it’s the way I see it, not the way I’ve read it or someone else has said it’s so. Christmas is related to Christ. Christ is not the man Jesus. Christ is the title of Jesus who has attained the Christ Consciousness. And I think if you separate the two, Jesus and Christ, you will far better understand the meaning of His words and the meaning of the Bible. When He says, “I am the way,” He doesn’t mean Jesus, He means Christ. So, first I’d better explain what I mean by Christ and Jesus.

Jesus was a man who was born on this earth approximately 2,000 years ago, who, through righteousness, or right-useness, rightly used the world to attain the Christ Consciousness. In so doing, He showed the way to immortality that each and every one of us must take. We must die to death, i.e., eliminate from our consciousness all thoughts of death and hold in its place only eternality and immortality. In order to show us, He allowed Himself to be crucified so that He could prove immortality by resurrecting Himself. He was a way-shower and dedicated and gave His life only to show us the way.

Christ Consciousness is the consciousness that saves us from all this mess that we find ourselves in when we try to be worldly man. It is the attaining of the Christ Consciousness that saves us from all the horrors and miseries of the world. It is the Christ Consciousness that gives us liberation from all difficulty and leads us into our immortality. If we were to try to be Jesus, we would have all the trials and tribulations that He went through. However, when we become the Christ, by being Christ-like and thereby attaining the Christ Consciousness, we eliminate all and every misery and have nothing but infinite joy.

So, Christhood is a state that was attained by the man Jesus. He attained His Christhood before He was born, and He came back to show us the way by actual example. And if you will keep these two in their meaning as you read the Bible, I believe it will make much more sense. Christmas is known mostly by the spirit of givingness, of good will toward all men. Locked up in that word “givingness” is the key to all happiness. It’s in the spirit of givingness that we have and experience the greatest joy. If you’ll think back, you’ll see that when you were giving, you were most joyous.

“Love” and “giving” are two words that are synonymous. It’s in the spirit of givingness that the secret to joy lies. When we fully have that, we want to give everything that we have to everyone we meet, and we have infinite joy. It’s so important. It’s in the spirit of givingness, it’s not in the givingness of things, unfortunately, because Christmas is a great time of gift-giving. People are giving, giving, giving. But it’s not in the givingness–it’s in the spirit of givingness that the joy lies. The feeling of the spirit of givingness is felt more around Christmastime by more people than any other time of the year. It’s a wonderful thing.

We should make every day Christmas. When we get full realization, we do just that. There isn’t a moment in which we’re not wanting to give everything we know to everyone…”

Lester Levenson – Happiness Is Free and It’s Easier Than You Think; Book 1 of 5, Session 7 

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14 Responses to “Christmas Message from Lester Levenson”

  1. christiane says:

    Thanks for this beautiful post.

    When my daugther broke up with me because I didn’t want to sell my house & give the money to her…. I had a problem. I was used to give so much to her that not being able to give (things that I could give without hurting myself), made that the flow through me got stuck. I didn’t feel happy as I always did before. I had to find other ways & people & animals to give to & get back the flow in my life. I still imagine that I send her light & love; I still put a card / a present at her door at her birthday…..

  2. Toni says:

    Thank you all ! Here’s to wanting freedom more. Looking for the path to the door and finding it was always here, always open, and we are all welcome In. Best gift ever! Love you all. Thanks Hale , ever grateful.

  3. Arlene says:

    Thank you for this gift. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad, Happy Holidays. May there be Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All Life forms of the One.

  4. Barbara says:

    In Lester’s message he emphasized the importance of having a feeling of “givingness” towards everyone. The givingness he is speaking about comes from the direct realization that whenever we are giving we are giving only to ourselves. All apparent others are merely projections in or on the one Christ Consciousness or Field of Being that we are.

    What I like about this quote is: When you remember that what we are giving we are giving to ourselves, I think of how this makes it easier to use this concept to be kind to others and grant beingness, at times when we may not otherwise do so. That is, if someone is acting rude, by extending kindness in return we are soothing that part of ourselves which may at times have a tendency to act rudely. If someone is acting ignorantly, by extending understanding, we are soothing that part of our self which may at times act arrogantly or as if we know more than we really understand, as a means of protecting our vulnerability or our self-deprecating ideas that we ‘should’ know more than we do. When someone is acting mean, if we extend compassion, we are soothing that part of ourselves that may lash out in fear of loss of control, etc. This kind of giving, makes giving easy and IT FEELS SO RIGHT.

  5. Prudence says:

    Hale,

    another reason i am very grateful for this blog post is that it is from / ties into “Happiness is Free” book(s) — i have volume I, and i did not realize until this post that there are 4 additional volumes! and, to be very honest, i did not realize until this additional book revelation, what an absolutely GOLD MINE i have in volume I. had not actually read it, yet. am going to now, and looking forward to the additional volumes as well!!!

    so, again ~ Thank You! for everything :-)

  6. Bobbi says:

    Thank you. I resolved it today by thinking of it this way. Give it if it makes you happy or you think it will. If it makes you feel deprived, as if you’re depriving yourself- that’s like taking from yourself, and can lead to wanting something in return. If you’re feeling deprived about the gift then the gift might be beyond your means.
    I’m not sure about this though because you can actually feel happy about it once you do it.
    I got the idea of whether you feel happy about it from an article in Forbes, Your Happy Price by Michael Ellsberg. It’s about selling, and price setting. He says to sell at the lowest price you feel happy about and no lower. He explains it in the article. So I thought the principle could be applied to gift giving as well. Am I getting away from the Sedona Method? Perhaps not, as the aim is to be happy. Simply put, to honour yourself. You’re a person too. But again, I’m not confident what I’m saying is right.

    I looked at the book, I’m not sure it’s as appropriate in it’s content to the person I had in mine to give it to, as I first thought.

  7. Carol says:

    Perhaps you might read the post again and then consider once more what really happens when one gives to another – in the “giving to the apparent other” you realize you ARE giving to YOU. Remembering too, giving is certainly not limited to a material gift. There are so many small and larger gifts to give without spending a dime – to anyone which includes or IS you. In Hale’s words,” The givingness he [Lester] is speaking about comes from the direct realization that whenever we are giving we are giving only to ourselves. All apparent others are merely projections in or on the one Christ Consciousness or Field of Being that we are.”

    So enjoy reading the book yourself – or give it away. Both are equal….and enjoy a most peaceful season!

  8. Deirdre says:

    We decided to make something really special – and simply give it away . . .

    How wonderful to re-read these wise words from Lester . . . it’s been a while since I first read them, and I’m very grateful to you for reminding us. I have recently had the great joy of working with a truly generous and very talented group of actors, singers, producers and sound editors . . . and we’ve made a beautiful one hour audio play . . . which we are giving away at no charge . . . it’s called “The Kindness of Time” . . . it’s funny, and loving, and inventive, and heart warming . . . reminding us of the true spirit of Christmas. You can download it or play it at http://www.thekindnessoftime.com – we hope it offers you the love and kindness it was made with.

  9. Prudence says:

    Thank you Hale for sharing with us the Beautiful / Buddhaful Christ-mas message from Lester for us.

    Celebrating the inner re-cognition of Christ consciousness being birthed in all of us/humanity, such that We may See Only Love’s Presence within and therefore in everyONE. Our Oneness as Christ Beingness, In Love.

    Blessings of Love & Gratitude ~ Namasthe

  10. Bobbi says:

    Yes I agree there is joy in giving. However I think it is important to give to oneself also, to not live in self-denial, but to acknowledge what we went and wish for ourselves, and not just to acknowledge, to satisfy them. Otherwise we treat ourselves as less than others. Goals come from acknowledging our wants and wishes.
    There are things I have needed and wanted since last Christmas, but I have not got them for myself. That isn’t the spirit of givingness is it?

    I have recently got a very nice book. I could give it away for Christmas, but I think I will keep it for myself.

    • Hale Dwoskin says:

      Bobbi,
      Well put. If we are giving towards others but not ourselves that is a hold back. We should see no difference between ourselves and others. And give wherever we see the need with love and kindness. This of course includes you!
      Happy Holidays!
      Love,
      Hale

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