The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me. – Meister Eckhart
The material world is just an out-projecting of our minds into what we call the world and bodies. And when we realize that it is just an out-projecting of our minds, just a picture out there that we have created, we can very easily change it, even instantly, by changing our thought. Everyone is manifesting — creating — every moment what he or she is thinking. You have no choice. You are a creator, so long as you have a mind and think.
Now, to get beyond creation, we must go beyond the mind. Just beyond the mind is the realm of perfection where there is no need for creating. There is a higher state than creation: it’s the state of beingness, sometimes called awareness or consciousness. That state is just behind the mind. That’s beyond creation.
The mind finds it very difficult to imagine what it’s like beyond creation, because the mind is involved constantly in creating. It’s the creating instrument of the universe and everything that happens in the world. So, if you take this thing called mind, which instrument is only a creator, and try to imagine what it is like beyond creation, it’s impossible. The mind will never know God or your Self, because you have to go just above the mind to know God, your Self. To know the infinite Being that you are, to know what it’s like beyond creation, transcend the mind. The final state is beyond creation. It is the changeless state. In creation everything is constantly changing, and therefore the ultimate Truth cannot be there.
So, to manifest what one wants, one needs to become aware of the fact that all we need to do is to think only of the things that we do want and that is all that we would get, if we would do just that. Only think of the things you want and that’s what you’ll be getting all the time, because the mind is only creative. Simple, isn’t it?
Also, take credit for creating all the things that you don’t like. Just say. “Look what I did.” Because when you become aware that you’ve created things that you don’t like, you’re in the position of creator, and if you don’t like it, all you have to do is to reverse it and then you’ll like it. After you can master matter by consciously creating that which you want, then master your mind and get beyond it. Any questions?
Q: Am I to assume that everything that I see and meet during the day has been created by subconscious thoughts?
Lester: Yes. The difficult thing is the unconscious thinking. Every unconscious thought is active whether we are aware of it or not.
Q: So, if I have a habit of having someone who doesn’t pay rent, this is a subconscious thought that was put there by parents or someone before.
Lester: No, put there before by you, it’s your thought.
Q: All right. It’s best to look at it and say, “Where did this habitual thought come from?” By looking at it, I can see where it came from and erase it from my consciousness and erase that particular habit of thought, can’t I?
Lester: Yes. Putting it a little better, rather than see where it came from, see that it’s been in you. Then you see how silly it is to have this thought working against you and you automatically drop it.
Q: I wish I would. I just don’t automatically drop it.
Lester: No, you do. There isn’t just one thought on each subject, there are millions. I don’t like to say this, but there are millions that you’ve acquired over many millions of years.
Q: If I have a habit of having something reoccur in my life, let us say a delay in getting things done, which is quite common in my business, is this purely my consciousness?
Q: And its nonsense to say this is the way real estate people operate isn’t it? I’ve got to look at my consciousness and if I say this is nonsense because it’s my thinking, I can eliminate this type of delay.
Lester: Yes. It’s possible.
Q: How does one eliminate reoccurring conditions in one’s life?
Lester: By constantly working to undo it. Looking for the subconscious thoughts that are causing it and dropping them.
Q: It’s my thoughts; I don’t look at anything but my own thinking.
Lester: Yes. Now there’s another way, a better way. If you can’t pull up the subconscious thoughts, you can now put in a conscious thought with strong will — so strongly that it overrides all the prior unconscious thoughts. This is possible. This is called using willpower. You can will it. And if you will it strong enough, it’ll override all the subconscious thoughts. When you’re feeling high, that’s when you have your greatest will. Just will it to be the way you want it to be. The mechanism is, you put in a thought with so much power behind it that it’s more powerful than all the former subconscious thoughts put together.
Q: A man died last night and he left $25,000,000! And the man next door had nothing; he died and went to heaven.
Lester: It’s easier to get to heaven when you don’t have $25,000,000 holding you here.
Q: It’s easier to go, if you don’t have $25,000,000.
Lester: That’s right. He’s attached to that twenty-five. He’s trying to hold onto it right now, even though he’s dead. And when he tries to pick it up, his astral hands go right through it and he’s in trouble. It holds him back, whereas a man who didn’t have anything will just go off into higher, freer realms.
Q: You mean now that he has so-called ‘died’ he can still be attached to his money?
Lester: Oh sure! Whatever he was the moment before he died, he is the moment after, except for the fact that he has let go of the dense body. The physical body is an exact copy of the astral body. And when you step out of the physical body, it feels the same to you and you try to do the things that you were doing just before in the physical body — if you have attachments to the physical world. If you don’t have attachments, you adapt much easier to the freer way of life in the astral body.
Q: I like your explanation of creation.
Lester: For the intellectuals, there are schools that argue this way: Is creation gradual or is it instantaneous?
Q: It’s gradual, because . . .
Lester: What makes it gradual? The mind, by saying it’s gradual.
Lester: And if you keep thinking on it, you’ll discover that creation is instantaneous.
Q: Sure it’s instantaneous, but it appears differently.
Lester: And the instantaneity, the instant, also has the concept of time in it. I’ll give you a clue to it. You went to sleep and you had a dream and you dreamed that you were born into a little infant body and you went through one year, two years, three years, into youth, middle age and old age, all the way up to ninety years. And it took ninety years to get up to that old body. It was a long, long time, right? Ninety years? Until you woke up and then realized it was a dream and it might have taken a second or two. The dream lasted a few seconds and in that time you went through a ninety-year period! And it seemed like ninety years while you were in the dream; it wasn’t until you woke up that you realized it was only a few seconds. Some day you’ll see that creation is instantaneous, with the mental concept of time in it. (1993, pp. 25-26)
Levenson, Lester. Keys to the Ultimate Freedom: Thoughts and Talks on Personal Transformation. Sedona Institute, 1993.
For Plotinus and Porphyry, there is a categorical gap between two realms, the sensible and the intelligible. The latter realm contains three “hypostases”: the One, Intellect and Soul. Of these, the One is the first cause of everything else; it is characterized by sheer unity which renders it beyond thought and beyond description in language. Intellect is the sphere of real being, identified with the Platonic Forms, which are the thoughts of a universal intellect. Soul, the lowest of the intelligible hypostases, is the intelligible item directly responsible for the sensible realm. The sensible realm, which is an imperfect image of the intelligible, also consists of levels: There are [greater] organisms, of which the sensible cosmos is one, comprising the other, lesser organisms. Organisms are ensouled beings and thus include an intelligible component. Below them on the scale are forms in matter, bodies, and matter itself. These too are results of Soul’s creative activity but are not intelligible entities. – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy