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Freedom from Desire Brings Bliss

by Hale Dwoskin
Lester Levenson

Lester Levenson

“Way back in the beginning, it started with a thought of lack. Then there was a desire to fulfill the lack. The desire caused more thought. The thought caused action. Since the action does not fulfill the desire, we increase the desire and action, keeping it going until we are apathetically spinning in an endless cycle, with satisfaction impossible. All our present thinking is initiated by something from the past. Our total feelings now are all from the thoughts and actions of the past. So, all thinking is now motivated by something that has already happened. Action and reaction go on and on that way, and we are caught. It’s almost impossible to have an original thought anymore, every thought being based on past thoughts.”
Lester Levenson, Happiness Is Free and It’s Easier Than You Think: Book 4 of 5, Session 6

The way to break this cycle is to let go of desires instead of only spending your time fulfilling them. Ultimately, they are not your desires anyway. When we blindly try to fulfill our desires we are responding to what may have been appropriate in the past as opposed to what we truly need or want now. Plus, whatever happiness that appears to come from satisfying our desires is at best fleeting and more often is only the preamble to greater suffering and an increase in the feeling of lack.

Every time we let go of wanting we quiet the mind and lesson our overall feeling of desiring. The less we desire the more we feel like we have and the more we are happy, content and at peace with whatever we have or do not have in this moment.

Does this mean that you should not fulfill your desires? Of course not, it simply means that you can discover by letting go that whatever you are looking for in fulfilling your desires is who or what you are already. You are already the happiness that you are seeking in every desire.

From time to time when you are wanting something that you appear to not have in this moment ask yourself:

  1. What is it I am actually wanting right now?
  2. Could I welcome that desire?
  3. Could I let go of wanting it as best I can?
  4. Could I allow myself to simply have or be that which I am looking to get from fulfilling that desire?

Ponder Lester’s words and experiment with this perspective and watch your inner experience change for the better.



Hale Dwoskin

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