Lester Levenson: Meditation

The greatest thing, and the most difficult thing, we have to do, is to drop the mind. It’s a junkyard full of refuse from ages past; refuse of thoughts of limitations: ‘I am a limited body; I have troubles.’ All thoughts contain limitation. We pile them up in the thing we call mind. Mind is nothing but the total accumulation of all these thoughts, so mind is nothing but a junkyard of limitation.

All right, so how do we get rid of the mind? By quieting it. When we quiet the mind we discover our infinity. The more we see our limitlessness, the more we recognize that junkyard called mind, and the more we let go of it until we go so far that we drop the whole remaining mind at one time.

However, before that, we keep battling the thoughts as they come up. As the thoughts come up, we let go, let go, let go, until we let go of enough of them so that the Self that we are is obvious. Then it takes over and takes us all the way. The greatest thing is quieting the mind, which is eliminating thought, which is eliminating the mind.

Meditation is necessary. This is the major point I’m stressing: meditation. Learn how to meditate. The deeper one goes, the more one discovers the innate joys to which there are no limits; no matter how joyful you get, you can always go further. If you were a thousand times more joyful than you are now, you could still go on and on and on in joy. Joy is unlimited because we’re infinite. But the major thing to accomplish is the ability to control the mind, to meditate, to drop into peace at will. A man can control a whole nation and if he cannot control his own mind, what kind of control has he got? He is a victim of his own mind. Rather than being in free control over his thoughts, he is an effect of them. He is actually pushed around by past habits. He is no Master. Only he who can control his mind is a Master, a Master not only of himself, but of anything and everything he does. Meditation is the way.

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Meditation is directed thinking.
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Meditation is putting your mind on the way to find God.
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Meditation is looking for the answers in the right direction.
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Meditation is basically thinking in the right direction and holding to it so that other thoughts keep dropping away until the mind is concentrated. When the mind is
concentrated the answers become obvious to you.
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Concentration is holding one thought to the exclusion of other thoughts and will lift one and help one grow.
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The ability to hold one thought concentrates the mind so that it can crack the secrets of itself.
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Meditating to get the mind quiet is good. Meditating to let go of ego-wants is better. Meditating on “What am I?” is best.
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Meditate, actively seeking.
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Meditation should be on: “What am I?” “What is God?” “What is the world?” “What’s my relationship to the world?” “What is the substance of this world?” “What is infinity?” “What is intelligence ?” “Where is this world?” Or on some of the statements you’ve heard like: “I’m not in the world but the world is in me.” Question, and ask. “How come?” Try to see it. Try to see the meaning behind these statements of Truth.
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We get to see the perfection by looking in the direction where the perfection is. Now, the perfection isn’t out there; we know that. The perfection is in here where we are, where the “I” of us is. So first, we have to direct our attention inwardly; we should pose a question and hold it until the answer comes. When the answer does come, you know, and you know you know. And to get the answer to “What am I?” it is necessary to still the noise of the mind, to still the thoughts. The thoughts are the noise. The thoughts are concepts of limitation and there are so many of them that they’re constantly bombarding
us, one after another all the time. Keep on dropping them until the perfection is obvious.
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All these extraneous thoughts wouldn’t come in if we weren’t interested in them.
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We must learn how to quiet the mind. We can never learn how by constant conversation. The less conversation, the better.
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Meditation does not have to be formal to be meditation. It can be any time one gets quiet and seeks. Some of us find it is easier to meditate when it isn’t formal because sometimes we unconsciously have objections and resistances to formal meditation. However, we should work to drop the objections and resistances, and be free of them.
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Reverse your negative thoughts as they come into mind. Let go of negative thoughts by reversing them and then eventually, let go of all thoughts.
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What you gain remains. Even though you’ve undone one thought, one idea, there still remains a multitude of thoughts and so another one comes up. Undoing one limiting thought doesn’t undo all the subconscious thoughts. What remains must be let go of by dropping a tendency or predisposition, you drop all the thoughts motivating it.
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Meditation should always be with a seeking.
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Everything that everyone is looking for through work is far better gotten through meditation. Meditation will sooner and better get you what you want than working in
the world for it will.
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It is the doorway to the Infinite when you go inward. When you go outward, it is the doorway to limitation.
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Internalize your attention. All externalized attention is wasted.
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What you do to yourself, being your own doing, can only be undone by you.
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God is known only through your effort and direction. Look concentratedly within for the kingdom of God.
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With meditation, you will discover that you’ve covered up your unlimited Self with your limited ego.
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Meditation is the road to omnipresence.
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Meditate to get into the practice and habit of meditation. We should meditate as much as we possibly can. Meditation is getting the mind one-pointed in the direction of who and what we are. It’s taking the mind away from the worldly things and focusing it on the direction that we’re in. The more we do it the more we like it. And the more we like it, the more we do it, until it becomes a thing that goes on effortlessly all the time. No matter what you’re doing, that meditation continues in the background. Then you are really moving. Until then you’re not moving very rapidly, because most of the time you’re in the world and in the direction of limitation.
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There is only one way to get to the high state, and that is by quieting the mind. The method of quieting the mind is meditation. It’s very difficult; the moment you sit down
and want to quiet the mind, up pop the thoughts. Well, as the thoughts pop up keep knocking them out, putting them out, dropping them, until you reach a state where
you can sit relatively quiet. Then you begin to like meditation because it’s a deeper experience of your real Self. Once you like it, the main obstacle to the practice of meditation is eliminated. But you should never stop until you reach the place where meditation is delightful. Then you will go on with ease.
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The most effective meditation is when you are by yourself. Group meditation is for beginners, for the purpose of accustoming one to meditation.
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Meditation really should be communing with your Self.
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You’ll see your Self to the proportion that your mind is quiet.
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The way to get rid of the ego is to get the mind so quiet that you can see what you are. Then you know that you are not the ego and you drop it.
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Intense meditation will get you to your realized Teacher, to your Master.
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To expand out from being just a body is so difficult because of the state of the world today. We do need the help of the Masters to lift us, actually to help pull us right out of it. They cannot do that unless we are receptive. We cannot be receptive unless our mind is quiet. And our mind becomes quiet through meditation.
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Just go into meditation, get quiet and expect that higher help and it will come. God and Gurus are constantly helping us. If we just get quiet, with Their help we are lifted into experiencing our Self.
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Meditation has to get to the point where it is the most important thing. However, even a little meditation will go a long way, especially if it is concentrated.
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Spiritual things are spiritually discerned. Spiritual knowledge does not come down to a lower level. We have to raise ourselves up to it. We raise ourselves in meditation. Meditation should be used to get higher understanding by raising ourselves up to where higher understanding is.
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Meditation is wonderful. Things happen in meditation that never could happen while you are talking or active.
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You can make the mind quiet by the desire to discover what you are. When the interest in knowing what you are becomes stronger than the interest in this world and body, then you discover You. Desire, intense desire for it, is the key.
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The concept of meditating by making your mind a blank is an error. You cannot make your mind a blank.
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Meditation is a stepping stone to the knowledge of the answer to “What am I?”
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Someday the most delightful thing you will know of will be meditation.
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Meditate until it becomes constant, i.e., until it continues in back of the mind regardless of what you are doing.
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There is a meditation of just getting quiet. Just get quiet, not in a passive way, but in an active way of just being. It’s awfully nice to just be and be and be. It’s a tremendous experience. It’s a wonderful feeling of just being. However, don’t stop there. Keep dropping ego until there is no more.
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You’ll reach a point where you’ll like meditation better than anything else, because you’ll reach a point where you’re being very much your real Self. That is the greatest of all joy which you, formerly thought was external in the world, in your wife, in your children. You’ll see your wife and your children as nothing but your very own Self; you’ll see that. And the joy will be direct and constant all the time.
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The answer won’t come from reasoning. It will come from quiet meditation. Someday, sometime, it will come. It will just present itself to you, so simple, and you’ll say, “Oh!”
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Meditation is thinking, but thinking on one thing so that other thoughts drop away. When you are intensely interested in one thing, other thoughts drop away.
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The quieter we are. the more we are the Self. When meditation becomes constant. all the time, even though we are outwardly active, we go through life and work automatically, all the time remaining in our real Self.
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The mature seeker of the Self starts with: ‘The reality is that I was never bound; I was always free and perfect,’ and takes off from there.
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Just look at what you are instead of what you are not. When you discover what you are, you simultaneously discover what you are not and drop it.
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Say, “I am not this body; I am not this mind,” and stay with it.
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Seeing that you’re not the ego, you’re letting go of big chunks of ego.
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The depth to which you go in meditation determines how much you wipe out the ego.
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Depth of meditation is the degree of quieting the mind.
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The longer you can meditate, the deeper you can go.
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Once you reach peace, then find out what you are.
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Getting the good feeling is good. The higher you go the better the feeling is. But when you look for the good feeling as the end, then that is the end. Growing is more than dropping into the good feeling of the Self; it is dropping the non-self, the ego.
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Enjoying meditation is a step, but don’t stop there; go beyond it. You have got to get the answer.
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One could possibly meditate forever and forever.
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Meditation in itself can get to be a trap, can be used as a crutch. You’ve got to get realizations.
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When you get full realization, you’re in the meditative state all the time. Actually, meditation is the natural state.
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Constant meditation is a constant remembering of God, Self.
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Meditation is extremely difficult at first, but it gets easier as time goes on, – then, one day you’ll say. “This is great! This is what I want!” Then you do it all the time. Then you’re really on the spiritual path.
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Very concentratedly dwell upon your Self. Turn the mind back upon the mind to discover what the mind is, and then go beyond the mind and dwell in your Self. Each one must experience it. It’s a perception, but it’s not really a mental perception. You get recognitions, revelations, realizations by keeping the mind pointed in one direction until it gets very quiet, until other thoughts drop away. Hold one thought until that takes you to the realm just behind thinkingness; the answer is there. We call it an experience, a revelation.
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We must learn to quiet the mind so that when we sit down, we let go of the world. Only then do we really begin to move at high levels on this spiritual path. We’ve made this world a better world; we’ve made this dream a happier dream, but we’re almost as bound as we were before. We have replaced bondage to bad things with bondage to good things. Now we must learn to let go of thoughts, all thoughts. The way is through meditation, right meditation: quieting the mind, stilling the thoughts, and finally, eliminating all thoughts.
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In group meditation support is lent one unto the other. The power is multiplied and you can get more deeply quiet as time goes by. But the very best meditation is when you are by yourself and you need no group support. Then you are not confined to any time period. You get with it and you might stay with it five, ten, even twenty-four hours. And this should happen. When you get to like it so much that you stay up all night continuing
it, it has become more interesting than sleep. Then you’ve got the momentum going. Then you’ll get to see and be you’re real Self.
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A way to dominate the mind is to drop into the Self. You reach a place where it’s so delightful you just don’t want to do anything but remain in it. It gets to be very easy.
Once you get to the point where it’s easy, then just continue it. Stay with it until you go all the way. By the constancy of it, each day, you get quieter and quieter, and then the Self, as you see It, keeps scorching the ego, which further quiets the mind.
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You know, it’s said that your spiritual growth really begins when you are’ able to drop into samadhi. I don’t like to say this because it’s discouraging to some people. Samadhi is complete absorption in your thought. It’s total concentration.
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Meditation at first is holding the thoughts on God, Self, to the exclusion of other thoughts. When one is realized, meditation is the awareness, not of anything by anyone, but only the current of awareness of awareness where there is no otherness and no action, yet compatible with full use of the mental and physical faculties.
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At the end of the road of meditation you discover your grand and glorious Self!
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This Session was compiled from various Sessions.

 

Levenson, Lester (1993). Keys to the Ultimate Freedom: Thoughts and Talks on Personal Transformation. Phoenix, Arizona: Sedona Institute. ISBN 0-915721-03-1 (pp. 291-302)

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