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Letting Go with Guy Finley

No true spiritual growth is possible without (agreeing to) be uncomfortable.

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Any agitation in the soul that is unattended by the conscious light of awareness is a dark heat, one that is unable to change anything about itself except for what it blames for its burning state.

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Real spiritual responsibility begins with our conscious agreement to stand — in full self-awareness — between the force of any negative reaction and those still-in-the-dark parts of us that have given it birth… and that continue to keep it alive.

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Only in our awareness of a weakness — by our ability to sense the presence of any negative, or otherwise self-denigrating thought or feeling — is found the strength we need to die to this lower level of self that, otherwise… lives to ensure that we accept its limitations as being our own.

 

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Freedom from self-wrecking behavior must begin with our recognition that we are voluntarily serving that which compromises us, even though we may strongly claim the counter is true. Such a conscious awareness of (this) conflict inherent in our own divided mind may be difficult to endure, but only if we fail to realize this last point: This conscious awareness (and it alone) is the seed of a new action that eventually flowers in a self-wholeness that is one and the same with true self-freedom.sitting woman, raising pledge arm

There is no such thing as the innocent remembrance of some past pain or tormenting moment in your life.

 

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