More on Lester Levenson
Lester was a Hard Headed Physicist who would not believe any experiment unless he could prove it to himself 3 times.
He was born July 19, 1909 in New Jersey, as a very shy boy in a normal middle class family. He tried to live up to his father's expectations, getting a good education, and being good at whatever he attempted to accomplish. He was drawn the fields of science, especially the natural sciences, and of the science of man. He graduated from Rutgers U. with a degree in Physics and spent 20 years working in engineering and physics, including research and development in 14 different fields.
He also ventured into various businesses, from restaurants to building and oil, intertwined with engineering, all wanting what everyone wanted - to be a big success in the world.
At that time he did not know that what he was really seeking were the answers to life itself, but he still spent enormous amounts of energy seeking that answer in his work. As the years went by, with an inability to love from an early broken heart and overwork, he became ill with depression and various symptoms. In 1952, he had had Jaundice 3 times a year, an enlarged liver, kidney stones, perforated ulcers and migraine headaches. In 1952 his body finally went into complete revolt with a second coronary thrombosis.
He was told he was on the edge of death.that he shouldn't even bend over and tie his shoes if possible. He was terrified of death, but told himself, "You're still breathing, Lester, there's still a chance." He had always been considered very smart, and had even received a scholarship to Rutgers University at a time when few Jews received them. He felt himself, after all this schooling, and all this effort, to have reached the end of the line without ever knowing happiness or even a shred of good health, to be "stupid, stupid, stupid." He had studied psychology, philosophy, economics, logic, and began to realize that all that accumulated knowledge had done him no good whatsoever.
So, with nothing left to do but evade the claws of death, he sat day and night, using his tremendous power of focus, to look for the answers. He realized to find the right answers, you must ask the right questions. He began to see the important questions were, "What am I?" "What is happiness?" "What is this world and how do I relate to it?"
The first breakthrough came when he discovered the real secret to Happiness....it was when he was loving...that it equated to when he was loving as opposed to being loved. He began to experiment with changing all his need to be loved, to instead, being loving. This was a big surprise to him, as everyone at that time believed the opposite.
He realized that Happiness equated to his capacity to love, regardless of whether the other person :"deserved" it or not. He began correcting all his thoughts and feeling from the direction of wanting to be loved to loving. In the process, he discovered another major breakthrough that shocked him. He saw that his wanting to change the whole world was the cause of his ulcers
In seeing how his wanting to change everything actually made him a slave, he began to reverse all that as well. In the process of following out these two directions, actually unloading all the subconscious pressures in those directions, he found himself getting happier, freer, lighter, and just better in general.
He had a dogged determination that had stood him well in his research work. Now he decided to apply that to this new realization. He felt if a piece of the happiness pie was that good, he should try to get the whole pie. So he went at it intensely, also asking, "What am I?" "What is this life really about?" The intensity of his decision allowed him to get the answers in only three months. He felt that if he could do it, anybody could, if they had that much "want to".
By the time the three months was over, all his physical ailments had corrected themselves. All his misery had dropped away. He felt happy all the time, no one bothered him. The world still went on doing its usual thing, but was able to resolve problems so quickly is was effortless. Having cleared out all his negatives, he was able to see a path to a resolution immediately. And so his whole life turned around from being depressed and sick, to being happy all the time, and being in perfect health all the time.
The other thing that happened to him was that he began to see we are all related, we are all inter-connected. Each mind is like a radi broadcast station, and we are just not tuned into the other minds. As the suppressed energies were allowed out, this became obvious to him. He said to Hale Dwoskin, "Once we identify with everyone else, it is natural that we want everyone else to discover what we have discovered...that life was meant to be beautiful, happy, without sorrow. And to have perfect health. And so after reaching that high point in 1952, I wanted others to discover what I had discovered."
One of the tests he gave himself was to see if he could create a million dollars, which in 1952 was worth a lot. He made it easily in real estate, with only win-win deals, and then donated it to a nonprofit organization that teaches the Sedona Method.