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Letting Go with Guy Finley

Dare to see and experience yourself as you are without giving names to what presents itself before your watchful inner eyes. Allow the meaning of whatever states you see coming up in you to reveal their actual make-up to you, without interrupting their upwelling by explaining to yourself why you see what you see there in you. Have no intention toward these thoughts and feelings other than to be open to them and, in doing so, to permit them their uninterrupted passage through you. Why open up to life in this way? For one thing, this gives negative states the back door they need to depart.

In stressful moments, listen to what life is trying to tell you about you instead of searching anxiously for familiar answers to push on to life to make it feel “right” again. All fearful, doubt-filled moments are secret reflections of what we have yet to understand about life and ourselves, not life’s rejection of us or our wish for happiness. Learn what it means to go quiet whenever there is a riot in you. Don’t take part in the search for power to repair what you fear is coming (psychologically) undone. This stillness born of conscious self-sacrifice invites the Extraordinary to enter, answer, and heal all aches.

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