Who is Lester Levenson?

“The only method of receiving love is to give love, because what we give out must come back.”

Lester Levenson was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on July 19, 1909. Lester sailed through school and college with astonishing ease, becoming a physicist, an engineer, a successful businessman and a self-made millionaire. Yet despite all his achievements there was an innate turmoil in his heart, an anxiety and stress that seemed to rule his life.

In 1952, at the age of 42, Lester had his second massive heart attack. In those days, they did not have bypass surgery or heart transplants and so when he came out of the emergency room, the doctors told him, “Lester, we’re sorry to tell you, but you have two weeks to live, three at the most, and we can’t do anything for you. So we’re sending you home.” So Lester went home.

Being a physicist, he knew he had to go back to the drawing board, wipe the slate clean, and start from the beginning. So he started to examine his life. He noticed that each time he was ill he was wanting something and that the intense wanting feelings were what was actually making him miserable. He wanted love, he wanted money, he wanted to change things, and every time he looked at that wanting, he had an uncomfortable feeling that he traced back to his illness. Then he noticed that whenever he was giving and loving and wasn’t wanting anything, he was not ill. So he asked himself, “Well, if I could get rid of all my non-loving feelings, would I get better?” He thought about this question and uncovered something that was startling to him at the time. He noticed that when he was loving he was happiest. That happiness equated to being loving rather than being loved.

HE NOTICED THAT WHEN HE WAS LOVING HE WAS HAPPIEST. THAT HAPPINESS EQUATED TO BEING LOVING RATHER THAN BEING LOVED.

That was a starting point. He asked himself if he could cure his illnesses this way. So, he began connecting all of his thoughts and feelings in that direction—from that of “wanting to be loved,” to that of “loving.” He examined all his relationships and he let go of all of his non-loving feelings from the past. In that process he made another shocking discovery: He saw that he wanted to change the entire world and that was the cause of all his ailments, making him a slave to this world. He decided to reverse that by actually unloading the subconscious concepts and pressures, and by taking responsibility for everything happening in his life. At this point he discovered that limitations were only concepts in our minds and can easily be dropped. He realized that God is within us all, that we are infinite beings with no limitations. With that realization, he became happier: freer, lighter and with an overall sense of well-being.

Later on he would say: “We are all gods acting like goddamned fools.”

Months went by and Lester still wasn’t dead. He hardly went to sleep, he ate a little bit, and he continued to work on himself. He corrected his physical body. All of his miseries dropped away and he found himself in a place in which he was happy all the time, without sorrow. He totally cured himself.

More than that, Lester unlocked the science of the mind: How the mind works, what to do about it and how to correct it. How to correct your thinking. How to call up the menu of your mind, take a look at this menu and eliminate what you don’t want.

Lester was a giving person—one thousand percent! He spent the remainder of his life helping others discover this secret that he had unlocked for himself. He passed on in 1994 at the age of 84—42 years after
being told he had two to three weeks to live! (Lawrence Crane, 2006)

Levenson, Lester (2006). The Power of Love: Learn How to Be in the Now. Sherman Oaks, California: Lawrence Crane Enterprises, Inc., ISBN No. 0-9778726-090000

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