Recent Inspirational Quotes by Guy Finley

No one is moved to lie to another without first having lied to himself… about himself. (7/25/14)

If the Truth we profess to love isn’t demonstrated by our actions moment-to-moment, day-by-day, then what those same actions demonstrate is the extent of hypocrisy in which we live. There is only one cure for this kind of spiritual self-delusion: The honesty to see ourselves as we are, followed by whatever personal sacrifice we must make to start “walking our talk.” (7/23/14)

We want to be free of negative states, but refuse to bear our share in carrying the weight of them, a necessary act of self-sacrifice that is the mandatory interim stage between being burdened by the false self… and being set free from it. (7/20/14)

There are times when the truest choice is not based upon what you’re feeling, but rather from what you are willing to see is true about your feelings. (7/18/14)

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The Prison and Pain of Negative “I”s

The Prison and the Inescapable Pain of Negative “I”s

by Guy Finley

Key Lesson: All negative “I”s are effectively blind because they are enclosed within the walls of what they don’t want, and unable to see anything else. Their prison, and its pain, is inseparable from their perception of life.

Use the Power of the Present Moment for Real Inner Change

There are countless opportunities presented each day for you to be free now. Your awareness of the power ofnow can transform each challenging life moment into a new and true beginning for you. Learning how to use these moments leads to real inner change.

Make it your moment-to-moment practice to stay awake, and to watch for all the opportunities that your ownnow presents. Keep your efforts personal, practical, and to the point.

To help you begin this important process of using the power of the present moment for personal transformation, work with the following five special insights as a reminder that now is always the time to:

Take responsibility for your life experience.

The way you feel toward what you meet in life is a direct expression of who you are. And who you are is exactly the same as what you secretly value. Seeing that you feel the way you do because you treasure what you do is what it means to take responsibility for your life.

Remember you’re not the only one in the world.

It may feel like it, but you’re not the only one who suffers! That’s why you must not be afraid to take a good look at — and really consider — another human being. This will help you be less wrongly concerned with the way you feel about yourself — which will come as welcome relief. Remember, you’re not the only one in the world.

Face those fearful feelings.

There is really no such thing as a shaky situation, so any time you start to tremble, don’t look around you for the fault: look inward. It’s the inner ground you’re standing on that isn’t solid. Any weakness faced by looking in this new direction becomes the foundation of a new strength. Face those fearful feelings. Fearlessness follows.

Release all resentments.

It’s important for you to see that holding on to some hurt, or hatred, over what others may have done to you in the past, makes you their slave in the here and now. Is that what you want? Learn to ask for something new by refusing to relive what’s been tearing at you. This higher request releases you from raging resentments.

Keep your chin up.

Even if all of your thoughts are going that way, tell your chin not to fall down. As it obeys, it gives a message to your head, “Hold yourself up high!” And so your head helps your eyes to keep looking forward, where they can see, at last, that your thoughts are often blind. Keep your chin up. Consciousness likes heights. Dare to follow!

Here’s extra encouragement. There is no such thing as a wasted step when your final destination is self-transformation. As you awaken to this Higher Life within yourself, you naturally attract higher, and happier events.

This article is excerpted from Freedom From the Ties That Bind (pages 160-166).

via The Prison and the Inescapable Pain of Negative “I”s [Writing].

 

Lose Your Fears and Win Real Life by Guy Finley

Key Lesson: In the end, nothing we seek to win in this life can enrich us half as much as what we’re willing to lose for the sake of living without fear.

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Secrets to Fearless Living

Secrets to Fearless Living

There is a way past this part of yourself that would rather hold on than get out. However, to really let go of these fears, we must first go through them.

The only thing you lose when you let go of something you are afraid to live without is the fear itself.

Real freedom is the absence of the self that feels trapped, not the trappings that self acquires to make it feel free.

We each have — right here, right now — everything we need to succeed with finding the lasting wholeness and happiness for which our heart of hearts seeks.

The divine intelligence that seeded within you the wish to realize a free, holy, fearless life will see to its flowering, providing you nourish this same wish with all your heart, mind, and soul.

This article is excerpted from Letting Go. For a limited time, receive 15% off the price of this item. Click for details.

Get Out of the Way of People Traveling the “Highway to Hell”

Inspirational Article by Guy Finley

Key Lesson: Whenever someone rushes or pushes his way by you, and you can see that he is on the “highway to hell,” don’t waste a single moment of your journey looking down the road that he is on, or wondering what he will find there.

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The Lost Secrets of Prayer

Lights to Help Brighten Your Journey Home

Dare to put aside all relationships other than those which serve to reveal what is essential to your real desire. Then, and only then, will what you want from this world be the same as wanting that essential relationship for which you have been created and to which you are called…

  • Moment by moment, every human being on earth is creating what every other human being is inheriting.
  • If you’ll just remember that Real Intelligence cannot get anxious, then when you’re anxiously looking around for an intelligent action, you’ll know the wise thing to do is to drop that stupidity.
  • The compulsion to teach someone else his or her lesson in life is the same as having refused your own.
  • See that there is no pleasure in compulsion, only the promise of release from the dark desire that drives it along… and that state is hell itself.
  • Anger cannot thrive without an object or person to blame for its presence, but if you begin to understand that your anger towards others can’t take place without you first having misperceived either that person’s nature — or the nature of your relationship with them — then you would stop looking in the direction your anger says is its cause, and start seeing that the problem really lies in the shallowness of your present self-understanding. This reversal of where you place your attention is the seed of a new struggle whose gradually ripening fruit is freedom from all negative states.
  • If you’ve never felt quietly ashamed of yourself in a moment of knowing that you’ve just made the world a worse place, then you’ve not yet begun your spiritual work.
  • It isn’t that you need to expand the world you live in: you need to be released from the one you’re in!
  • What very few see is that life lives itself — and you must be more than life if you want to Live.

Denying the day-to-day evidence of your existence doesn’t change its fact: emptiness speaks louder than insistence. So based upon your discoveries, re-establish your priorities. Nothing is more valuable than the personal inner work you do to realize that one great relationship called God.

This article is excerpted from The Lost Secrets of Prayer (pages 171-206).

Judging and Others Changing…NOT

The Real Reason Judging Others Doesn’t Change a Thing About You

by Guy Finley (3/4/2013)

Key Lesson

One way to prevent yourself from going through a considerable amount of useless pain is to see the truth of the following, and then to act upon your discovery accordingly: judging others doesn’t change how much they disturb you; it serves only to distract you from seeing just how little it actually takes to set you off.

Stop Singing the Notes of Discord

We are all notes. We are all the notes of the kingdom. Each of us is able to resonate with things we would never dream could produce either such a soothing or scary resonance in us. What should be evident in this fact is that when the “sound,” or manifestation, of someone else sets us off and sends us into a fit, it is not their vibration that vexes us and makes us a “victim.” What really disturbs us is the internal vibrations of a few of our own unknown strings as they sound off (within us) in a natural sympathetic response to the dominating tones of the moment.

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Our recurring resistance to these undesired moments, to such people and conditions as create in us this discord we mistakenly blame on them, keeps us from learning how to utilize these relationships in order to realize their true purpose for us. For instance, say there is someone at work who tends to irritate us. Our usual approach is to avoid this person, as our errant thinking tells us that being out of sight is out of mind. The only thing is, as we have all come to experience, we cannot escape the sound of our self; so if it isn’t that person we dodge at work, surely someone else will come along and strike a similar chord, “making” us hear those same sorry sounds of self again.

What is the answer? To realize deeply, personally, that we cannot outrun any one of these sounds of ourselves anymore than a piano can move out from under the strings by which it plays; and, as an integral part of this new self-understanding, that we need not, must not, resist some unpleasant note of our own, or that of someone else. These notes, whatever their tone, do not define us unless we make the mistake of identifying with their sounding. The false sense of self that each such sound produces within us is just that: a temporary self that is, itself, little more than a passing effect of the blending of these sounding notes.

To change our relationship with life, to realize its unlimited song, we must bravely learn what it means to hear all of ourselves. Here is the key to this new relationship: Our quiet awareness of any one sound of ourselves, regardless of its bright or dark tone, is the field of relationship and not its sole content. What does this mean? When we see a spring pasture, our pleasure is derived from seeing the whole of it — all of it colors, each of its shapes. Imagine judging a field of flowers by picking out one weed.

As we learn how to listen to the sounds of life within ourselves, as we open up to life’s endless relationships by becoming aware of them within ourselves without limiting their sounds simply because they don’t agree with our present five-note self, then we begin to realize our real life. We hear at last within ourselves the lost chord that has always been our true self.

This article is excerpted from Seeker’s Guide to Self-Freedom (pages 149-151).

Take the Interior Path to the Fearless Life

Excerpt from an article by Guy Finley

Key Lesson: The moment you see that the only thing you really fear in this life is what you’ve mistaken yourself to be, you’ll also see the interior path that leads to a fearless life. Take this path and you will find a greatness that is the source of fearlessness itself.
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Let Go of Your Mistaken Identity

Whenever we picture ourselves, there is one image that rarely, if ever, enters into our mental movie: that of being someone who is ready to fall apart. But truthfully, few of us see ourselves in any self-comprising light at all. We feel safe within the dimly lit theatre of our own circle-of-self-pictures and we return to it often — especially when the harsh light of reality starts to break through and show us we may not be as together as we’d like to think. This is why we need the truth in our lives. The truth is what allows us to see reality without being frightened about what we see. Part of the Truth’s rescuing action is to reveal to us that we are not apart from what we see. From this unique, inner-vantage point, the light of reality isn’t harsh — it’s Home. The more of this light we can welcome into our circle-of-self and its cast of 1,001 self-images, the easier it becomes to let go. Why? Because we aren’t losing anything except for what has been keeping us in the darkness.

“What makes you angry or anxious?”

“When things don’t go the way I want them to.”

“In other words, you’ve pictured how things should be, and when life doesn’t confirm these pictures, you get negative in one way or another.”

“Yes, that about describes it. What are you getting at?”

“Let’s work together at this. You said that when life doesn’t confirm your self-pictures — your hope of future security, love in relationships, or whatever it is — then some kind of stress or unhappiness comes up as these pictures of yours begin to fall apart. This shows us that within your present way of thinking, you believe your future happiness actually depends upon these pictures. This is why, as your pictures begin to crumble, so do you!”

“Yes, but why do I get angry or anxious?”

“Because these punishing emotions are part of a subtle system of self-subterfuge that accomplishes two dark things at once: it keeps the problem alive, and at the same time, it keeps the real solution out of sight.”

“What is the problem?”

“Essentially, it is a lack of understanding about your true nature. You are about to discover that you are not who you think you are. No matter how attractive or repulsive, you are not any picture you may be holding of yourself.”

“And what is the real solution?”

“Go ahead and let yourself fall apart!”