Most of you don’t realize that every day you are presented with wonderful opportunities to make major steps in your growth. Were you to look at and see this, the Goal that seems so difficult and elusive would soon be in your possession. Awaken to this fact and be done with worldly miseries!

To do this, you must accept the worldly happenings as they relate to you, your means of growth, even as your teacher. You must look at all the unpleasantries; you must face them squarely with an objective eye and you must seek and find their cause.

The method should be either or both of two approaches. Whenever someone or something bothers you and you are unhappy, or whenever you react to someone or something, ask yourself, “How and where did I cause this?” Look within your mind to find the past thought, now subconscious, that caused the event. Discover the originating thought in you and you will discover your mastership over the event.

The second approach is more readily available to you. Every time you react or experience something unpleasant, it is always because of some ego motivation. Ask yourself, “What is my ego (selfish) motivation behind this? What in this situation do I want to be different from what it is?”

When you discover it, drop it and be freer. Use your daily unpleasantries for growing freer every day. The more you do this, the faster and easier it is to do.

Either or both of the above methods will free you and return to you your mastership in a relatively short time. Make it a habit of using both, or one or the other, every day.

Whenever you’re unhappy do not look for escape from it via distraction, doing something else, or seeking entertainment. This is the worst thing you can do. You will never be able to let go of or eliminate unhappiness. Either discover your master- ship of the event or see the ego motivation behind the misery and thereby undo that particular unhappiness.

Almost everyone, when unhappy, looks for escape and calls the escape or relief from the misery, happiness. This allows the unhappiness pattern to continue in the future. It postpones the time indefinitely as to when one will have to eliminate the unhappiness. Escape is the worst palliative in the world, worse than drugs. Every escape is a complete waste of time and a further continuing and holding onto misery.

The more you feel misery, the deeper it becomes ingrained. Therefore one should not escape from nor remain in misery, but should use one of the above two methods to get out of it permanently.

All unhappiness is caused by our trying to be limited, an ego. The more we are our Self, the happier we are. We will never be completely happy until we are completely being our Self.

Why waste time in entertainment, escape? Looking to entertainment each time delays and pushes the Goal a bit further away. Only a realized non-attached being can enjoy things in the world without creating bondages and miseries. What everyone is looking for in entertainment is escape from misery and the happiness of the Self.

Escaping misery keeps you forever miserable.

Problems are a constant reminder that we are in the wrong direction.

Every pain is basically a pain of limiting your Self.

A person cannot be happy if he has inner anxieties. Anxieties are expecting to happen that which you do not want to happen. Expect only that which you do want.

It’s the ego sense of being a separate individual that is the source of all trouble.

All unhappiness is separation. Limitation and misery are the same.

Misery is caused when an infinite being tries to be a limited being.

If, when you are miserable, you would think and feel the opposite, that is what you would effect.

Misery is complexity. Happiness is simplicity. 

If you see misery, it’s your misery. When you see the perfection where the seeming imperfection seems to be, the misery is only an appearance.

The more miserable you get, the less you should look for an escape (socializing, entertainment). Rather isolate until you see and let go of the reason for it, or move into your real Self. Never let go of, through escape from misery, a good opportunity to grow.

Misery is just the whip we set up to whip ourselves into happiness.

The more we move away from our Self, the more miserable we become until finally we get so miserable that we cannot take it anymore and then we begin to move back into our Self.

You create a lie when you say “I don’t have,” and that starts the unhappiness of not having.

Anytime you’re miserable, you’re dwelling in your ego. Just being miser- able should be a re-aligner for you. Say, “Here I am in the wrong direction.” Then change it and you’ll be happy again.

Anyone can feel happy; anyone can feel miserable. You don’t have to see why, just change it!

Every worldly attachment is a dedication to misery.

Misery is the setting up of limitation.

Misery is to the degree that we think we are limited.

Every pleasure in the world has an accompanying pain because there is asso- ciated with it the feeling that this pleasure may not be sustained in the future.

You turn your feelings on and if you take credit for them, you can turn them off, that is, control them. However, be careful not to suppress them.

If you really see the reality of a problem, it is licked.

You can resolve any problem here and now.

Every problem is an ego problem. In order to have a problem there has to be an ego frustration.

Martyrdom can be ego.

Suffering is the opposite of godliness.

Suffering is not spiritual.

Beingness is joy. Suffering is Satan.

The more you suffer, the more you will suffer.

Suffering karmically develops and leads to more suffering.

Suffering is good when it drives you to Releasing, or to seek your Self.

Every time you feel miserable there is presented an excellent opportunity to make a big step forward.

The less we allow our Self to be, the more miserable we find ourselves.

Feeling sad about anything is holding onto it. Say, “This is something I have to let go of,” and immediately you will feel better.

When you are miserable you shouldn’t try to escape it. Get quiet and go within until you see the reason for it, or better, be your Self.

If you will take full responsibility for feeling bad, you will feel like a master.

Every time you feel restless or unhappy, there is ego desire behind it. If you can get it up into view, you’ll let go of it with a chuckle. It’s an opportunity to let go of something that’s running you. Look for the ego-motivated desire and when you see it, let go of it and immediately feel lighter and happier.

Every time you drop ego, you experience joy.

Discover who the sufferer is and on discovering this you find all joy.

~Lester Levenson