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レスター・レヴェンソンの自由への最終ステップ-1

The Final Step to Freedom

 レスター・レヴェンソンのスピーチより、抜粋です。

    The Final Step to Freedom
    自由への最後のステップ
    Lester Speaking to Graduates in California, September 12,1969
    1969年9月12日、カリフォルニア州で、卒業生と話すレスター

 今すぐ、私はそれを、手放しました。なぜなら、私は、私の安全 (security 注:潜在的に安全の欲求が、潜んでいる。) は、今の意志で生産する (生み出す) 私の能力にあったことを見ました (今、自分の意志で生産する (生み出す) 私の能力にあることがわかったので)。

 このような方法で、無意識にある前提や思い込み (執着や険悪の感情や考え) を、書き換えます。この方法では、小さな成功体験を繰り返すことで、自信になり確信を持つようになります。

自由への最終ステップ

 「自由への最終ステップ」より、始まりの部分の抜粋です。
 英文のみです。

 

The Final Step to Freedom

The Final Step to Freedom
 by Lester Levenson

Lester Speaking to Graduates in California, September 12,1969

Lester: Being purposeful, as I usually am, I told you about my busi ness involvement to show you that you don’t disappear when you get your realizations. You don’t have to leave the world, and anything you do in the world can be done far better, with no real involvement.

You don’t have to fear losing anything you have, You don’t have to fear losing your body. The only thing you lose is your unfreedom. The only difference before and after is that before, you were compelled by your subconscious thoughts: after, you’re free. If you have a thought, you freely choose to put it into your mind.

Before, you had to be unhappy about certain things, or the way things were going; after, you are never unhappy, because everything goes the way it should go.

I believe there’s a subconscious fear in all of us that, if we go all the way, we go away. If we go all the way, we’re not going to enjoy the things we’re enjoying now. These fears are unfounded. Anything we have enjoyed before, we can enjoy a thousand time more after.

We can enjoy it a thousand times more because we are free to go all the way on anything, being unlimited. There’s no limit to joy. There is nothing that we cannot have. There are no heights that we cannot reach, in happiness, in money, in health or in anything.

Last time I threw out a challenge―I presented to you how life could be if you would go all the way. I presented a way of life when we live by creating things just by thought. When we do create things by just thought, everything falls into perfect harmony; nothing goes wrong; everything becomes, immediately, the way we want it to be.

I presented this to you as a challenge, hoping you would take it and do just that. As a group we moved relatively high in a relatively short time. And then we leveled off; the rate of growth dropped off very much and I thought it was really foolish to stop it. I just can’t under stand even now why you don’t go all the way.

Why not take things for the mere thought of it? Why not have this perfect harmony when everything goes the way you want it to go? Why not live with all joy and no sorrow? Why don’t we take this? I really would like to know why we don’t take it. If I know why you don’t take it, maybe I can help you get it.

Because I feel sure everyone would like to live the way I spoke of living, the way I was living back in the early sixties, and prior to 1952. I’m sure everyone would like to live that way; you’re in a constant state of joy that’s beyond anything you ever experienced before; when everything you think just happens.

So, why don’t we do this? I’m really asking: Why don’t you do it? Harry, you’re almost coming up with something, aren’t you?

    Q: I missed the last meeting.

    Lester: Well, I kinda summed it up. There was a time when I lived and anything I thought would come immediately. Anything. And everything. And I was telling how beautifully harmonious everything is; everything falls perfectly into line for you.

      Q: Well I think I’ll speak for my own self, things pretty well come this way, for me. The only limit would be myself perhaps not knowing where to put the next knot.

      Lester: You can have anything you want now? Just by the thought?

        Q: What I mean is,―things do connect that way, yes.

        Lester: Much better than they used to. But you have to work for a living, right?

          Q: It’s getting pretty easy.

          Lester: But you have to work for a living.

            Q: O.K.

            Lester: That’s a limitation.

              0: I was just reading in the Bhagavad Gita the other day that―even though you’re realized, you never want to give up your activity because it deludes the ignorant. So where are you then?

              Lester: I don’t know about what you’re saying, but I say you’re not free yet. You have to work for a living: you have to do things, right? Or could you stop everything and do nothing and have everything you want? Could you?

                Q: The trend is going that way quite fast. I don’t know when I could cut the cord and be that way.

                Lester: O.K. Keep up the trend; keep up the trend.
                But the question I’m asking is: Why don’t we go to the point where
                we just think and have things happen?

                  Q: Well, we’re living in ignorance, so to speak.

                  Lester: We are not. We know the way, right? At least intellectually we know how to go all the way: we accept that we are unlimited beings.

                    Q: To come right down to it, in Truth, what is there to desire? In other words, you have your peace, you know, what are we talking about?

                    Lester: I’m talking about freedom,―I’m using the word “freedom” Now, because I think it points up the Goal better as a word than any other word. The top Goal is total Freedom, Liberation.

                      Q: How do you go about it? Just by meditating?

                      Lester: No. By seeing what we are. See, that the word “meditation” is a word that has meanings that I’m not sure means the same thing to everyone. But, by discovering what we are, we discover that we have all power, all knowledge, that we are unlimited.

                        Q: How am I to discover what I am if I don’t know what I am?

                        Lester: Well, how? By turning all your attention on you, with the question “What am I?” and quieting the mind enough so that the real you is obvious. When your mind is quiet enough, your real Being is obvious to you, and when it is, you know and you know, you know, and that’s it. So, the way is to keep that question going: What am I? And as disturbing thoughts come up to look at them and drop them, and if we keep that going, we reach a point where they don’t come up any more and then the mind is quiet: then we can see what we are: then we can undo the balance of the mind. Finally we can wipe out the entire mind in one stroke. Then we’re totally free.

                          Q: That’s what I’ve been doing.

                          Lester: What stops you from going all the way?

                            Q: I don’t know. Maybe I’m trying too hard. I want it so very much, but I don’t know what’s stopping me.

                            Lester: When you do it, do you get disturbed with your thoughts?

                              Q: No.

                              Lester: What happens when you get quiet?

                                Q: When I get quiet I get the scents of food and flowers and I get lost in that. What does it mean?

                                Lester: It means you’re caught up in the sheath of happiness, which is the last one you have to break through. See, the coverings over the infinite Being that we are are first; the physical body, then the mind, then the last one is the happiness; we get into a state where we get too content and we stop there, and we just really rest on our laurels and we enjoy the state that we’re in, instead of going on further past that happiness state.

                                  Q: I still keep asking and all these smells around me of flowers and food, and different unknown scents.

                                  Lester: All right, when they come; the thing to do is to disregard them; look at them and let go of them and keep looking at what you are. Have you seen yourself as all power, all knowledge? See, then you have more to go. So the only thing I can say is keep doing it; try to break through that pleasant state and go higher. See, the top state is not enjoying; it’s a very deep peace, a total well- beingness, a feeling of eternality.

                                    Q: I get suspended; I’m up here; I can’t go further; I don’t want to come back; I want to find out really what I am, and so there I am.

                                    Lester: We should reach a state where the real “I” that we are takes over and takes us in all the way. But, I think, Lil, you might be afraid of disappearing.

                                      Q: No.

                                      Lester: No?

                                        Q: No, that never enters my mind.

                                        Lester: What do you think might help you go further?

                                          Q: I really don’t know. If I knew I would utilize it.

                                          Lester: See, the first incentive lies in having difficulties in life― pain, mental and physical. But later on, the incentive should be the goodness of it, that should be the incentive to have us keep going, going, going.
                                          Well, then the only thing I can say, Lil, is keep it up. Some day, when you get tired of enjoying, you’ll drop the enjoying and go on further.

                                            Q: I keep saying to myself, “There’s more than this.”

                                            Lester: Good. There’s not enough drive to drive you all the way.

                                              Q: I might have to do it and push me up there: I don’t know. As I say, maybe I’m trying too hard.

                                              Lester: I don’t think so. You can’t try too hard. Although the further you go, the less effort is required. You reach a place where you can’t use effort any more. The real You takes over and just lifts you all the way to the top. Until that time, you seemingly have to use effort. So, the only thing I can say is just keep going with a little more determi nation, if you can, to get the answer.

                                                Q: I’ll tell you what happens, when my eyes are closed, all this gets light.

                                                Lester: Good! See, you’re moving into the astral realm which is a higher realm than the physical. It’s a realm that’s more in tune.

                                                  Q: That’s when I really ask “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “What’s my relationship to this world?” “Who am I?” Then I wait. The longer I wait, the brighter things get!

                                                  Lester: Well, that’s a sign that you’re moving up. You’re moving into the astral realm. See, this is the physical. We also have an astral body and we have a causal body. But you’re up in the astral when you’re seeing everything as light without your eyes being open. So, again I say just keep going, keep going.

                                                    Q: I will do that. This is what I want, more than anything else.

                                                    Lester: Anyone else have anything they can add to why we don’t go all the way, or what more do we need? What I’m saying is can I be of any help to you?

                                                      Q: If I call on you, will you help me?

                                                      Lester: Can you answer that? Have I helped you?

                                                        Q: Yes, you have.

                                                        Lester: When we started, some years ago, I told you I will never leave you so long as you want help. Now the real me sees you as the real you, and it’s the real me that’s helping you when I’m not here in physical body with you. And anytime you call on that real me, you’ll discover the real me is there. And what happens is you get a lift a bit higher so you can get the answer yourself; you’ve got to get it.

                                                          Q: In answer to your question, as for myself, Art, well, all of us, we’re involved in a family life which is a limiting factor.

                                                          Lester: It’s a difficult thing; it’s an obstacle.

                                                            Q: Specially if you have growing children.

                                                            Lester: Yes. Business and family are obstacles, but they can be tran scended if the time you have not at business is used digging in to discovering you. After all, how long does it take an infinite Being to know that he is? He can do it in an instant. When man so wills, he’s immediately set free! So If you take the time you have not at busi ness and use it to dig to discover you, you can get the full answer.

                                                            Especially now that life is easier and things are coming more your way by your doing, and just dare to quadruple what you’re doing, mentally, without any more effort, though. Then you might have four times more time to dwell on the subject.

                                                              Q: By dwelling on the subject are you referring always to this passive mediation or―

                                                              Lester: “What am I?” I’m referring to “What am I?” I’m keeping you at the ultimate question that has to be answered, and when answered fully, is the ultimate state of Freedom, which is known by your feeling and by the way your life is. Life is the way you make it.
                                                              When you get there, you can get all the money you want without working for it.

                                                                Q: Course, that’s rather misleading.

                                                                Lester: It is?

                                                                  Q: Yeah, it’s kinda like a sales presentation, a snow-job: Come on boy, you go my way and you think this way and you’ll have all the money you want. But, actually, when you get into the program, with that pot of gold, it evaporates because―

                                                                  Lester: Wait a minute, it evaporates?


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