Previously, we’ve been looking at how the mind operates and dispelling ideas of its complexity.

We’ve been taking this approach because when we look at the simplicity of the mind, we see more clearly that we have the power and authority to handle the mind and thus have it serve us rather than becoming a slave to it.

Now we’re going to approach the mind as direct as we can…

When you experience your mind in action, what is the most obvious form it takes?

It takes form as a voice in your head, right?

Well, what does that voice say?

If you examine it closely, chances are… you will notice that rarely does that voice say anything nice.

Mostly it says:

“You lost your keys… beat yourself up.”
“You got a speeding ticket… beat yourself up.”
“Your tooth hurts… beat yourself up.”
“That person looked at you funny… beat them up.”

…and on and on and on.

Then, if it’s not telling you to beat yourself up, it’s spinning you around with some form of “I gotta” or quest to figure something out (which eventually revolves back into “beat yourself up for not finding the answer.”)

Finally, even if it does say something nice, that’s usually followed with “it could be better” or “gotta do it again.”

Rarely does it let you stop and smell the roses.

Go ahead and take a close look at what’s going on in your head. See if what I described isn’t true.

Most people think that the mind is out to protect them – that it provides a value to them. I say that every bit of the mind is no good and is, in fact, a detriment to your survival.

Every last bit of it perpetuates trouble.

I’m stressing this point because we have such a deep-rooted dependancy on the mind, thinking that it’s our best friend. If we didn’t think that, we wouldn’t be so acquiescent when it tells us to beat ourselves up.

I mean, really… if I told you to beat yourself up all the time, you’d probably tell me to get lost. Right?

Well, it’s time to tell your mind to get lost!

Now even though I say that, the mind’s not going to go away by hating it. It would, in fact, become empowered through negativity and disapproval. The mind feeds off of negativity. That’s why it likes to watch negative news programs. That’s why it likes to gawk at accidents. That’s why it likes for us to beat ourselves up.

So if hating it doesn’t work, what’s the solution?

Loving it, of course!

Try this simple exercise: whatever the mind says, silently reply, “I love you.”

For example…

“What the &#%! is this guy talking about?”

I love you.

“I have too much on my mind to even consider quieting it.”

I love you.

“If I don’t use the mind, I’ll become a vegetable.”

I love you.

“I’m fat.”

I love you.

“I don’t deserve happiness.”

I love you.

With genuine practice, this simple method proves to be a quick and effective way to quiet the mind, which in turn makes releasing that much more effective. Releasing is the step-by-step method for making the mind permanently quiet by digging up the feelings that motivate thought in the first place.

As many have experienced, each time one releases, they feel happier and lighter. The more they release, the happier and lighter they feel.

That light feeling that’s experienced is the true self without the cloud of thought covering it up. When one commits to releasing all of the negative, non-loving feelings (not just some, but all of them) they find life operating with complete intuitiveness and effortlessness.

That’s the secret to happiness that Lester talks about. You have the how-to and it’s easy to use. Simply following the steps and you can’t miss.