My Journey with Lester Levenson
On a hot June day in 1981 Phoenix, I met a man who had already changed my life. He was a small, gentle man with silver hair and a soft voice. I met him the Sunday after a two weekend course that I knew would change my life forever. Lester Levenson came to the little ‘graduation’ that was given for the small group of us, maybe 10 or so, who had learned to Release. He talked softly, easily. Now I don’t even remember what he said, for there was so much that came after. Many meetings, deep lessons and many, many gifts.
Though it was just the beginning of my journey with Releasing, I knew the morning of that first day that it was a profound new way of being. I had always been overly emotional, with crying coming far too naturally, and seeking love, a love that would finally make me happy, my constant and most deeply held interest. I had never seemed to find a love that lasted and crying seemed to pour out of me as I looked for a salve that would make the pain end.
When I realized that first morning, that I could actually let the sadness, the pain and the sense of yearning go, it was as if the skies had opened up and the wind had blown the troubles away. I knew the world would never be the same.
Lester seemed to turn up often in the days and weeks after I took that course. I remember shortly afterward that Ram Das came to town and my husband and I were planning to go. As I got out of the car that was taking a group of us to lunch, I asked Lester if he was going too. “Oh no,” he said, “We leaders don’t have much to share with each other.”
I looked at him closely and the thought came, “Well if he is a leader like Ram Das, he is more than I had thought he was.”
So I started working with Lester at the Releasing office in 1982 and was chosen for teacher training in 1984. This was intensive and included ego confrontations and very deep explorations of what was in the way of being the best teacher we could be.
Lester would often have dinner with a group of us at local restaurants where we could ask questions and encourage him to go deeper into the teachings. He often spoke to people across the table from me but knew it was directly to me. He found ways to be very gentle with all of us while encouraging us to go higher and higher.
He had a way of very simply explaining things with 2 or 3 words that was very powerful. Even today, I remember things he said and realize what he was speaking about back then. It was like he planted seeds in us that would flower at the right time.
From the day I met him I knew I was meant to teach and he encouraged me in so many ways. It feels important to pass on this great gift of Releasing…to you!
Excerpt is from the upcoming book, “Lester, Robert and Me.”
Kate Freeman is Founder of Heart of Releasing. She has been facilitating Releasing courses, retreats and coaching sessions for more than 35 years.
Her first mentor, Lester Levenson, was a treasured teacher, as was the great American sage, Robert Adams. The wisdom they shared is an integral part of her teaching.
Kate brings a tender but knowing attention to her work with clients, often facilitating life changing shifts with the gentleness of a whisper.
Her focus is in mirroring true presence so that students and clients can feel very safe and grounded while delving into their next challenge and letting it go very quickly.
Kate’s ability to help them drop anything in the way of their pure Unlimitedness is profound. She facilitates retreats, courses and coaching worldwide.
Kate lives in Washington State near her three wonderful children and many grandchildren. She loves to spend family time with them and also hike and kayak in the beauty of the Northwest.