Our journey to the immortal Self commences with awakening to the timeless depth and breadth of our own sleeping consciousness. All that we are and hope to be already resides therein, waiting to reveal its light to whoever will dare make the leap into the seeming darkness of its perfect emptiness.
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how we must learn what it means to wait on God if we wish to be connected to more than just the temporary sensations of passing time.
In the life of all who aspire to realize a conscious relationship with the Divine, there comes a time when their journey reaches what seems to be a complete impasse.
These encounters of the unwanted kind represent distinct stages along the inner path. In truth, they are points of initiation resulting from certain revelations that lead directly to these moments. However, their inevitable outcome is always the same: the seeker loses faith in “things seen.” He is no longer able to believe in either a heaven to come—as attained by his own efforts—nor can he believe any longer in his own “powers” that have proven, time and time again, to be powerless. In the parting of these mists appears what looks like a spiritual dead end, and so dawns a dark night of the soul replete with its utter sense of emptiness.
These unwanted moments are actually a doorway to the Divine; each marks a secret entrance into the immortal Self—a threshold that few reach and fewer still dare cross over. After all, when one reaches the point where the chosen path proves pointless, where else is there to go? There is no road going forward; the known way is expired because nothing waits ahead but emptiness. Clearer still, nothing of value remains behind. There is no going back. One’s heart is dry; the mind is barren save for the negative thoughts popping out of it, deftly pointing the finger of blame!
The true aspirant has no choice but to wait in what seems to be a spiritual wasteland. He is doubly stricken and without consolation, for his is both the poverty and the paradox of knowing there’s nothing he can do to change his situation. Nevertheless, he also knows that this new self-understanding is the fruit of all the revelations leading up to it! Somehow, he is right where he’s supposed to be—that is, if his wish is to learn the lessons that await him there.
As he consents to be blind, his inner eyes open. Now he sees that regardless of how dark or empty any given moment may first appear, it acts only as a herald of the living light he needs to see his way home to the Divine.
And so, summoning a will not his own, he steps into the unknown.
Question: After listening to what you teach, I get the sense that longing, desire, and imagining takes one out of the present moment and Presence. Is this correct? If I choose to bring a mate and prosperity into my life, it is
out of a longing and desire. I hear other human growth potential leaders say it is necessary to first visualize all this taking place. Please clarify for me.
Answer: Your intuition is “spot on” here about the nature of unconscious desire as it creates imagined times to come where one will finally be complete. In truth, the wishes of the heart are not meant to be reduced into reflections the mind then makes subjective in order to know what to run after. God, Truth, already knows what our highest and truest needs are, and never fails to deliver what we really need… if we will only learn to “wait on Him.”