Happiness Is Free: And It's Easier Than You Think
Books 1 through 5, The Greatest Secret Edition
by Lester Levenson and Hale Dwoskin
If freedom and joy are what you seek,
I couldn't recommend this book more."
— Rhonda Byrne, New York Times best-selling author of
The Secret and The Greatest Secret
Happiness Is Free is filled with profound insights and practical tools that will guide you to let go of painful feelings, unwanted thoughts, and negative stories and naturally open up to the happiness and unlimited potential that is within you right now. And it's easier than you think.
In each chapter, renowned teachers Lester Levenson and Hale Dwoskin (New York Times best-selling author of The Sedona Method) offer life-changing opportunities to break free from self-imposed blocks and rediscover the real, unlimited you-- and the ultimate happiness that is your birthright.
Their combination of liberating insights, inspiration, and deep releasing explorations make this book a treasured companion for anyone who is seeking to navigate everyday life with greater ease, clarity, and sense of purpose.
Simple but powerful questions for self-inquiry and effective techniques will empower you to gently let go of what, just a moment ago, seemed like an unsolvable issue or overwhelming emotion-- anything from anger and frustration to fear, anxiety, and stress. You'll learn how to apply easy-to-use practices for letting go-- including Holistic Releasing, Triple Welcoming, and others-- to find more joy and peace of mind in every area of your life.
"One of my most treasured books that changed my life is Lester's 'Keys to the Ultimate Freedom.' It features Lester's words and insights drawn from decades of his teachings, and it is the only book that sits on my bedside table. Unfortunately the book has been out of print for a long time, but Hale Dwoskin has taken all of Lester's teachings from 'Keys to the Ultimate Freedom' and put them in this new book, along with many of the releasing methods from the Sedona Method. You have the best of Lester's teachings and his methods in this one book, and if freedom and joy are what you seek, I couldn't recommend this book more. I used the Sedona Method occasionally over a ten-year period and found enormous benefit from it. Then, when I met my teacher -- who was a student of Lester Levenson's -- four years ago, Lester's releasing methods became a crucial part of my everyday life and my awakening."
-- From the foreword by Rhonda Byrne,
New York Times best-selling author of The Secret and The Greatest Secret
You receive five books in one
Book 1: Spiritual Growth, Happiness, Love
- The Basic Goal and Ways to Attainment
- Problems and How They Resolve
- Spiritual Growth
- Love, Giving, and the Christ Consciousness
Book 2: Ego, The Mind, Desire
- Mastering Mind and Matter
- The Mind
- Meditation with Quest
- What Am I?
- The Key to Constant Happiness
Book 3: The Body, Attitude, Healing
- The Body
- Attitude and Action
- Gurus and Masters
- Take Full Responsibility
- Helping Others
- The World
Book 4: Relationships, Karma, Receptivity
- A Perfect Body
- Growth Can Be Every Day
- Family Relationships
- Is There a Difference Between Worldliness and Spirituality?
- All About Love
- Growth and Receptivity
Book 5: Meditation, Realization, The Self
- The Quiet Meditative State of Beingness
- The Game
- Realization by Dropping the Unconsciousness
- Why Not Go All The Way?
- Thou Art That
- The Self (Your Self)
"Happiness is about remembering who you really are, and if you have forgotten, this book is an excellent reminder."
-- Deepak Chopra,
author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
Excerpt from the Introduction
What Is Happiness?
by Hale Dwoskin
Happiness is your natural state. It is totally independent of whatever you have, be, or do, yet it improves all that you experience. It makes it all more enjoyable, precious, and easier. Happiness really is who you are, and you can experience this for yourself by looking openly and honestly at your own direct experience.
If you are in doubt that this is possible for you, that is okay. I encourage you to believe nothing that you read in this book until you can prove it for yourself. But I promise you that what this book points to is really possible for you. I have the absolute conviction that you can uncover your ultimate happiness and live it in every moment. This conviction is based on my own direct experience over more than four decades of working with the teachings of the late Lester Levenson, my friend, mentor, and the coauthor of this book, and then sharing his teachings with hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
Quite simply put, happiness is you being your Self. Not the limited self that you pretend to be most of the time, but the unlimited Self that you are and have always been. This is the Self that is always effortlessly present before, during, and after everything else that appears in your experience. You are the radiant yet changeless background that allows for everything else to exist, even in a tumultuous world.
For most of us, this is not our living experience. We have covered over our Beingness with thoughts, feelings, and beliefs to the contrary. We now spend most of our time bolstering the illusions that we have created for ourselves, leaving very little time for the inner reflection that can set us free from this totally self-imposed and artificial sense of limitation.
It takes tremendous energy to maintain the illusion that unlimited Beingness is actually limited to the particular body-mind that you call yourself. No wonder we are so exhausted most of the time. We have unlimited energy available to us, but instead of using this energy for good or to discover who we truly are, we use this energy to convince ourselves and others around us that we are limited—that we have personal problems.
Lester used to say that extricating ourselves from this situation in which we all find ourselves is either “simple or impossible.” It is simple when we allow it to be easy. We can allow our energy to flow inward toward self-discovery and for loving acceptance of what is. It is impossible when we force our energy to flow outward. We fight against the world of our own creation and try to prove to everyone, including ourselves, that our world and its problems are real.
Are you ready to make it simple? You probably are if you were attracted to reading this book. This book is designed to guide you experientially to rediscover your ultimate happiness by uncovering the real unlimited you.
"If the roots of all suffering are attachments to the external, the roots of true joy are found only within. This book maps the ways to a profound state of peace."
-- James Redfield,
author of The Celestine Prophecy
Excerpt from Session 1
The Basic Goal and Ways to Attainment
by Lester Levenson
It is necessary and good to discover that everything happening to us is caused by our feeling and thinking. Everything that happens to us is created first in our thought. When you discover that you created your trouble, then you realize that you can create anything you desire and will create only good things.
After you discover that there is nothing that you cannot create, you are still not satisfied. The reason is that you have separated yourself from your infinite Beingness, your Oneness, and only upon recognizing and being your infinite Beingness are you perfectly satisfied. So if there are any problems that remain, they only remain because you are holding on to them in your thought. The moment you let go of them, they are gone! If you tell me that isn’t so for you, that isn’t true. The truth is you are still holding on to them, telling me that it doesn’t work. Trying to get rid of a problem is holding on to it. Anything we try to get rid of, we are holding in mind and thereby sustaining it. So, the only way to correct a problem is to let go of it. See not the problem, see only what you want. If you would only from this moment on see what you want, that is all that you would get. But you hold in mind the things you do not want. You struggle to eliminate the things you don’t want, thereby sustaining them. So, it is necessary to let go of the negative and put in the positive if you want a positive, happy life.
This subject cannot be learned intellectually; it cannot be learned in the mind, because Truth is perceived just behind the mind. We can use the mind to release the mind so that by getting it quieter we can see behind the mind. If it were possible to get this subject through the mind intellectually, all we would need to do is to read the books on it and we would have it. But it doesn’t work that way. We have to concentrate in order to seek our Self that is just behind the mind. Turn the mind back upon the mind to release the mind, and then you may go beyond the mind to your Self. To understand, each one must experience it, realize it, make it real by going to the place just behind the mind and perceiving it there, and then you know and know that you know. Then you operate intuitively, from the realm of all knowingness.
Now, the very highest state is simply Beingness, and if we could only be, just be, we could see our Infinity. We would see that we are the All. We would be in a perfectly satiated, permanent, changeless state. And this state is not a nothingness, it is not a boredom, it is an Allness, an Everythingness, a total satiation that is eternal. You will never, never lose your individuality. The feeling “I” as you use it to mean your individuality will never, ever leave you. It expands. What happens as you discover what you are is that you begin to see that others are you, that you are me, that there is only one, that you are now and always have been that one and glorious infinite Being.
"Once in a human while, an individual comes along who has unlocked the secrets of happiness and opens the door for others to follow. Lester Levenson was such a one.... 'Happiness Is Free' offers rare and penetrating insight into the freedom we all long for. This book can take you home."
-- Alan Cohen,
author of The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore