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Letting Go with Guy Finley

Letting Go with Guy Finley

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Question: For years now I have not been happy with myself because the lifestyle I want to live is not want I am living. I have heard it said that if you are not financially free by the time you are forty or fifty, it does not mean that you are living in the wrong country or the wrong time, it simply means that you have the wrong plan. Any time I think about that idea, I become unhappy because I am not living the lifestyle I want to live. For me to be happy in life is to achieve financial freedom. Can you help?

Answer: In itself, there is nothing wrong with wanting financial freedom, but it isn’t what you really want. What you really want is freedom from a mind that torments you every time it compares itself to the lives of others it imagines are happy because of what they possess. Truth be known, these people are possessed by a kind of spirit that can never be satisfied, as evidenced by the fact that there is no end to their appetite for more, and in this cycle is the seed of greed. Seek first freedom from fear and find there, in interior liberty, the fulfillment that only Truth can give. Then, in this new richness, you will be able to do what you really want and, without doubt, be successful there because you have first succeeded as a human being.


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Miriam

    What a beautifully wise reframe. I often feel similar to this gentleman. If I wake up at the moment I am noticing my feeling of less than, it is a small miracle as Guy has said in one of his lectures. As it is often in that moment of awakening that I realize I have been comparing my insides to other people’s outsides. A good habit to break ASAP. I was once taught that there is something called “healthy greed” referring to the ability to care for oneself first. That is another long conversation. I am still working on shifting my habit of looking at my wallet as a key measurement of my success .A much better idea is to look within with gratitude of the ” riches” we already posess. Another question may be, ” what would you do with the money you will have once you are financially free?” What is your Why? It could be to give back.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Tony

    Once upon a time…a man who loved omelettes dreamed of someday having all the eggs he could possibly want, then he would be happy… So he bought himself a 100 fertile eggs and started a chicken ranch. Now he spends his days feeding and tending to his hundreds of chickens,and stays up all night worrying about the foxes that will come in the dark to steal his eggs and devour his hens. Our minds will promise us freedom for the small cost of our sanity, peace of mind and finally our life itself. For many years I pursued this concept of “financial freedom”,if we interpret this phrase as reaching some level of financial wealth that will assure us of some form of permanent security and rest, it only exist in the imagination and mind of a confused human being. The clock is ticking, if you want to fear something, make it waking up one day to the realization you wasted years of your valuable life pursuing nonsense. Okay, I said enough, I gotta go get an omelette… ;)Thank you Guy for helping me to learn to wake up!

  • http://www.guyfinley.org Guy Finley

    Hello — Kate with Guy’s Life of Learning Foundation here. This is a good topic, one everyone can relate to! I found this transcription of a talk Guy gave on money that has some wonderful insights in it:

    http://www.guyfinley.org/free-content/writings/q-and-a/1505

    Really puts things in the proper perspective!

    Kate

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