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Letting Go with Guy Finley

The difference between quitting a task, as opposed to reaching the end of our possibilities with it . . . is this: Whenever we quit our wish to succeed at something, we have first embraced a false sense of hopelessness born of an equally false conclusion about ourselves: namely, that our past failings have formed an inescapable pattern. But, when we will work through a chosen task until we come to the end of our abilities and then remain there — aware of our temporary limitations, as well as of those fearful parts of us that would punish us for them — in such moments we stand at the threshold of our true potential. For in our willingness to journey to what seems the end of us, we are gifted with the understanding that there is no ending to our true self; and so, each time we dare to tread these unknown lands of ourselves, dawns within us a new and higher set of personal possibilities, along with the will to explore them.

Have you ever noticed how the more negative you get, the more difficult everything about your life becomes, including being able to do the simplest things? It’s like suddenly sinking into dark molasses, where not only can’t you move, but everything you don’t want seems stuck to you!

To the spiritually uninitiated, it feels as if you’ve been dropped into a river of resistance but, in truth, you are being pulled into it by a lower level of self that wants you to look at whatever challenges you in life as an adversary. Its attempt at deception—to negatively alter your perception—is the only power it has to keep you from seeing unwanted moments as they are in reality: an invitation from the Divine to outgrow your present limitations. Regardless of the nature of the trial set before you, it asks, “Would you like to live in a larger world—one without fear? Do you want to be less worried or angry and more at peace with yourself?”

We may not yet be able to hear these questions or discern for ourselves the perfect timing of their compassionate appearance, but they are always present at the “point of impact”—whenever some event reveals an unseen limitation of ours. We may be given to see, for instance, how our impatience with someone we love trumps our wish to be more understanding of him or her, or perhaps we see that anger still gets the best of us when pressed into some stressful situation. You fill in the condition, but here’s the point:

No unwanted condition or its outcome can change until we outgrow the nature responsible for it.

This realization empowers you to do something with unwanted moments that has been impossible before. Now, instead of trying to avoid those moments of crisis where you feel suddenly inadequate or limited in some way, you see—and meet—these old fears as a new opportunity to realize the boundary line between who you have been and are yet to be. All seemingly impassable moments in your life are seen for what they are: a predestined place for you to meet, let go, and outgrow that lower level of yourself that used to stand fearfully before it. The boundary between limitation and limitless disappears, and now you stand on the side of unlimited possibility.

Freedom is not found by fighting with what you think stands in your way; your true spiritual liberation rests within this one unthinkable realization:

What is in your way is part of the way.

Once it’s understood that whatever seems to be set against you has actually been put there for you to outgrow it, then you have received, opened, and accepted the invitation of the Divine. The rest is done for you.

Here are some ideas to help bring light into this dark moment that took place in Manchester, England.

It is almost unimaginable that any individual could be so inwardly corrupt as to deliberately wish to hurt anyone else, let alone a group of innocents.

Such atrocities, happening all over the world on a daily basis, should only help to prove that we all need to awaken to a certain fact: the only thing that can keep such human-enacted tragedies from happening again is for people not to respond in the same way as they always have when hatred raises its ugly head.

When we hear the news of such nightmare moments, everything depends on our level of self that is taking in the impressions. If we respond unconsciously with resistance and resentment, then — by a process of “negative attraction” — we unknowingly strengthen the cycle of conflict and misery for all involved. Negative energy met with negative energy only causes these same dark forces to grow.

For those of us who want peace on earth, one thing should be clear: healing is what is needed, not more hurting. The cycle of violence and distrust cannot come to an end through more violence and distrust. The cycle must be broken. How? By the deliberate act (on each of our parts) of choosing to consciously sacrifice the self that feeds upon the fury and fear that such evil events always create. Each of us can make this choice, if we are willing to allow God to do His work without our guidance.

How is this sacrifice made? We don’t take part in the continuity of the conflict. We bear the ripples of the pain passing into us and don’t pass them along in either thoughts or actions. We let the hatred that is raised in us by such acts of hatred die in us, with us, by bringing its destructive force into the light of the Love we know and that we want to be. We remember those lost in this senseless act and hold them in our prayers and thoughts that are positive in nature, remembering that being vengeful for their sake does nothing but add yet more aching to our atmosphere.

And what about the “evil-doers”? What about justice for them? Rest assured, justice is already enacted, even if we don’t see its immediate effect. This universe is always balancing itself, and no hatred may exist that isn’t already being attended to by the Love, the Light that will use it for God’s own purposes.

What happens from here on out is yet to be known, but we may know one thing with certainty. We are the world we live in. And for every measure of light we agree to be – to embrace or act out — there is one less measure of darkness that can impress itself into our collective Soul.

As you watch the news of the day, stay awake to yourself. Allow the impressions of the moment to be received and used accordingly by your awakened awareness. In doing so, not only do you add light to that world now perceived, but you are changed as well through this same process.

Mediocrity is a form of madness, a dream embraced by the masses because it makes just getting by an acceptable — sometimes applauded — social art form. What is excellent requires extra effort, so those who choose the road to mediocrity will always find many shortcuts along the way.

When we go though life giving of ourselves the bare minimum to get by, it should come as no surprise to us that life returns to us the same!

Each of us receives the rewards of our efforts, nothing more, nothing less. If we don’t like the “coin” we are paid with then we must learn how to make new efforts, and stop hoping in vain that we can continue to pursue the same ends in life and expect to end up differently.
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