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Letting Go with Guy Finley

Letting Go with Guy Finley

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Best-selling "Letting Go" author Guy Finley's encouraging and accessible message is one of the true bright lights in our world today. His ideas go straight to the heart of our most important personal and social issues -- relationships, success, addiction, stress, peace, happiness, freedom -- and lead the way to a higher life.

Guy is the acclaimed author of The Secret of Letting Go and 38 other books and audio programs that have sold over a million copies in 18 languages worldwide. In addition, he has presented over 4,000 unique self-realization seminars to thousands of grateful students throughout North America and Europe over the past 25 years and has been a guest on over 600 television and radio shows, including national appearances on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, and many others.

Guy is a faculty member at the Omega Institute, and Director of Life of Learning Foundation, a non-profit Center for Self-Study in Merlin, Oregon. 200,000 people in 142 countries read his popular Key Lesson emails each week. His work is widely endorsed by doctors, business professionals, celebrities, and religious leaders of all denominations.

Guy's career reached this point through a circuitous path. Born into a successful show business family, he is the son of late-night TV and radio pioneer, Larry Finley. Growing up in Beverly Hills, his childhood friends were the sons and daughters of the most famous celebrities in the world. As a young man, Guy enjoyed success in a number of areas including composing award-winning music for many popular recording artists including Diana Ross, The Jackson 5, Billy Preston, and The Four Seasons, as well as writing the scores for several motion pictures and TV shows. From 1970-1979 he wrote and recorded his own albums under the Motown and RCA recording labels.

Throughout his youth, Guy suspected there was more to life than the type of worldly success that led to the emptiness and frustration he saw among his own successful friends and colleagues. In 1979, after travels throughout North America, India, and the Far East in search of truth and higher wisdom, Guy voluntarily retired from his flourishing music career in order to simplify his life and to concentrate on deeper self-studies.

In addition to his writing and appearance schedule, Guy presents four inner-life classes each week at Life of Learning Foundation in Merlin, Oregon. These classes are ongoing and open to the public. For more information about Guy Finley and his life-changing work, visit guyfinley.org.

"Guy Finley is...one of the leading experts at the forefront of human potential."
-Nightingale Conant

"Guy Finley has helped millions live fuller, more peaceable lives."
-Barnes and Noble

(Audio) The True Nature of Greatness

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Guy Finley talks about how true greatness does not need to be acknowledged as being great. It has nothing whatsoever to do with receiving the approval of others, nor of comparing ourselves to others in any way. In fact, greatness […]

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Honesty Heals

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Honesty heals; lies hurt. In these four words live all one needs to know and practice—that is, assuming one wishes to be whole, harmless, loving, and true. www.YourImmortalSelf.com

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Honesty Is the Best Policy

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If there is one essential characteristic or element most needed to ensure the success of those who seek the immortal Self, it is self-honesty. Without true integrity—from the inside out—it is impossible for the aspirant to come into a conscious, […]

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The Secret of Being Successful in All Worlds

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A reporter who had a deep and personal interest in higher spiritual matters heard of a certain teacher of truth who was held in high repute. But what caught the reporter’s attention more than anything else was that this modern-day […]

The Truth About the Past

posted by Guy Finley

So many people today are bitter, broken-hearted, or just plain angry because of what happened to them while growing up. The reasons for their resentment or regret are as countless as are the number of unconscious people who unknowingly create […]

(Video) Awaken the Part of You That Fears No Pain

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Guy Finley explains that the question in every spiritual aspirant’s mind is, “When will I be free?” To know the answer, first you must awaken entirely to what it is that enslaves you.

The Power to Change Your Past (Conclusion)

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Who you really are—your immortal Self—doesn’t live in the past, and therefore cannot be punished by anything that happened there. If anything, the repeated pain of reliving whatever the problems may have been should show us that we’ve arrived in […]

The Power to Change Your Past (Part 1)

posted by Guy Finley

So many people today are bitter, broken-hearted, or just plain angry because of what happened to them while growing up. The reasons for their resentment or regret are as countless as are the number of unconscious people who unknowingly create […]

Stop Reliving the Past

posted by Guy Finley

You cannot do the work of starting life over and be busy reliving your past at the same time. Being new is a deliberate choice: it is an act of alignment that places you in conscious contact with a living […]

The Portal to the Divinity Within

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No one can say no to this world who is afraid to walk through it alone. The unseen cost of this baseless fear is not just ending up in the company of cowards but that one may lose the possibility […]

(Video) Be on the Winning Side of the Fight of Your Life

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Guy explains that when you wrestle with the world to try to get the things you think will make you happy, you are fighting the wrong battle. When you finally understand that happiness can’t be won from this world, you […]

The Path of Quiet Selflessness

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Billions give their lives away for a moment’s pleasure or the promise of approval. They sacrifice their happiness in the hope that by acquiring power they can make their world a prettier place in the face of all the ugliness […]

Wake Up and Walk Out of the Bankrupt World

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If common social convention—with all its contrivance and hypocrisy—has one redeeming value, it is this: the happy day may come when we realize that too much of our time has been spent conversing with cleverly disguised thieves, listening to and […]

The Empty Treasure

posted by Guy Finley

To weigh the value of what this world can reward us with, we need only remove the scales from our eyes, for were we willing to measure how many times we have fallen victim to a world that promises us […]

It’s Never Too Late

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Whether to persist and aspire to the Higher or drop into some dark despair, that is the question; and which of these two seeds flowers all depends on which one you choose to nourish and grow . . .

(Video) Quitters Never Progress

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Guy Finley explains that within us exists both an affirming force that drives our wish to connect with the world above us, as well as a denying force that wants to keep us rooted in the desires of this world. […]

Persistence Always Prevails

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If you’ll persist with your sincere wish for higher learning, you can’t help but succeed. Persistence always prevails because part of its power is to hold you in place until either the world lines up with your wish or you […]

The Three Stages of Self-Realization

posted by Guy Finley

The pitfalls along the upper path leading to the realization of the immortal Self are well marked by the aspiring souls who have gone before us. Their legacy of spiritual insights and revelations serves as signposts along the way for […]

Persistence is the Key

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Once we realize that what makes any moment seem impassable is nothing other than our own resistance to what it asks of us, nothing remains impossible. Everything eventually yields to the one who persists. www.YourImmortalSelf.com

The Answer to Any Disturbance

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Nothing infuriates evil as much as being seen for what it is . . .

(Video) Reclaim the Gift of Recognizing the Difference Between Good and Evil

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Guy Finley explains that we have lost our innate ability to discern what’s good from what’s evil, and instead make peace with anything that promises to reconcile a disturbance within us. But you can’t have your own life when something […]

Find Lasting Freedom in Spiritual Stillness, Part 2

posted by Guy Finley

There is nothing to do, only something to see . . . Blind reactions based on an incomplete understanding of your circumstances always sow the seeds of yet other unwanted moments yet to come. Everything you “do” in this manner […]

Find Lasting Freedom in Spiritual Stillness, Part 1

posted by Guy Finley

On this one point all saints, sages, and illumined beings agree: there is nothing as certain as silence, stillness, and solitude to introduce you to the divinity within. The first step in learning to be still isn’t really an action […]

The Power to Solve Any Problem Before It Begins

posted by Guy Finley

Your true self is a creative silence, a ground of perfect stillness from which all disturbances appear and to which they return if left alone. The clearer this revelation becomes, the more confident you become that being still is the […]

Love’s Healing Touch

posted by Guy Finley

We cannot separate the problems of this world—including the pain endured in agreeing to honor, respect, and support those we love—from the awakening of a patience and kindness that can be born in us no other way.

(Video) Four Words for Any Family Crisis

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Guy Finley reveals and explains the four words that will always aid you and those around you in any stressful family situation.

Helping Others to Start Healing

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The only way we begin to act as a true force of healing in the lives of others is when, at last, we cease to hurt ourselves.

Learn to Relax with Others by Releasing Yourself

posted by Guy Finley

Here’s a simple but ultimately very self-liberating action to take if you wish to reduce the amount of stress and anxiety that you feel in the company of others, friends, or family: Choose to be more interested in quietly discovering […]

Discover Your Unseen Attachment to Heartache

posted by Guy Finley

When it comes to healing mental or emotional pain, the first step to freeing oneself is in seeing the following facts: resistance to anything (including psychological pain) is a secret form of fascination with it, and to be fascinated with […]

The Secret Invitation in Negative States

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Learn to see and to use the presence of any psychological pain as an invitation to reprioritize your present values. . .

(Video) Judgment Day is Not in a Time to Come

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Guy explains that every time we are identified with a negative state that is judgment day. We are judged, but not in a punishing sense. We are actually invited to see where we have acted from an imbalanced state.

Authority Over Whatever Punishes You

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Whatever we try to go around in ourselves guarantees it will come around again, which is why the things we fear in life and about ourselves always tend to reappear. Here’s the law that governs this relationship: whatever we resist […]

Start Giving Yourself What You Really Want

posted by Guy Finley

It’s a little-known secret that our experience of life in any given moment is a direct reflection of what we actually value in that same moment. We may deny this unsettling truth, but when it comes to what we are […]

Remember Your Eternal Right to Be Free

posted by Guy Finley

The main reason we suffer or feel bad about ourselves or our current circumstances isn’t because conditions in our lives have the power to punish us—because they don’t. We suffer only from spiritual amnesia. We’ve forgotten that God, the Divine […]

Unmask the Source of Pain

posted by Guy Finley

There is a direct and proportionate relationship between the degree of inconsolable pain that we have and a deep-seated misunderstanding of our real purpose for being alive. . .   www.YourImmortalSelf.com

(Video) Learn to Embrace Disgrace: The Path of Negation

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Guy Finley explains the revelation of our true self is the natural outcome of a constant pruning away of the illusions we have about our own character.

Let the Light Reveal Your Weakness

posted by Guy Finley

When our attention is drawn to how much we don’t want to be what we are in any given moment, we can’t see ourselves as we actually are! This means that all forms of resistance-born reactions are blinding agents; they […]

It’s Impossible to Hide and See at the Same Time

posted by Guy Finley

The real reason that we believe in any public performance—be it that of some well-known star or our own friends and loved ones—is that we are all, to one extent or another, actors on a stage. It’s not too far […]

See How Dying Leads to Life

posted by Guy Finley

Our need to change—to be made new—is constant; however, so is our resistance to change. The former is inseparable from the freedom it heralds, while the latter ensures the continuation of patterns that imprison the soul. Choose the latter and […]

Journey to the Immortal Self

posted by Guy Finley

The great journey leading to the immortal Self does not begin with fact but in faith untested. It is the journey of faith alone that reveals the fact of the Divine, much as a flower proves the unseen seed from […]

The Winds of Faith

posted by Guy Finley

When the soul cries out to spirit to carry her to a new world beyond the boundaries of this earthly domain, she is calling for the winds of faith to sweep down, fill her tattered and empty sails, and take […]

The Promise of an Immortal Self

posted by Guy Finley

Within each of us already lives a higher order of being, an immortal spirit that neither time nor circumstance can cause to end. *** Seated at the center of each of us lies buried a kind of celestial seed, buried […]

Witness Your Own Rebirth

posted by Guy Finley

In times of great upheaval, if you will only agree to let go and die to yourself, it won’t be you who passes. So that not only will you bear witness to the sacrifice of yourself, but you will also […]

The Spiritual Secret of Secrets

posted by Guy Finley

Rebirth is made possible because something dies to ensure it. In this eternal law of life hides a new understanding, a great key that many have sought but only few have ever found. As we are about to see, it […]

Realize the Power to Change

posted by Guy Finley

Since the nature of real life is genesis itself—the ceaseless rebirth of “what has been” giving way to “what is and will be”—this alone tells you that you have the power to change.   www.YourImmortalSelf.com

(Audio) Guy Finley Interview on The Dr. Pat Show

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Listen to this short excerpt from Guy Finley’s interview with Dr. Pat Baccili as they discuss his newest book, The Secret of Your Immortal Self. Discover how all events in your life are meant to reveal your connection to what […]

Let Go and Awaken to a Whole New You

posted by Guy Finley

In order to nurture our own awakening, we must first see the need to let go of those parts of us that we sense no longer serve us. This new kind of self-awareness is the interior “seed state” needed to […]

Cultivate and Nourish Your Spiritual Potential

posted by Guy Finley

One of the gifts of being human is that our individual potential far exceeds the boundaries of our (animal) body, which, like all natural creations, must serve the general laws it’s been created to obey. We have the possibility of […]

Choose to Be New

posted by Guy Finley

Just as winter yields to the onset of spring, as surely does the moon submit to the sun, so too are we created to give ourselves to that Greater Life that alone can make us evergreen and fill us with […]

The Revelation that Heals

posted by Guy Finley

The pain in any unwanted revelation about our present level of self is being created by an unseen part of that same low level of self now being revealed…

(Video) Find the Freedom to Explore the Truth of Your Self

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Guy Finley explains that the nature that pursues a pleasure in order to be rid of a pain exploits the soul for its own end. When you finally start to see that your usual solutions to your pain don’t work, […]

Look Into the Invisible Mirror of the Immortal Self

posted by Guy Finley

Everything points to the existence of a timeless interior Presence that doesn’t just precede the relationships we are drawn to in our lives but actually serves to arrange them, including whatever life lessons we take from these encounters. Calling on […]

The Journey to Immortality

posted by Guy Finley

In one sense, the interior journey that leads to the immortal Self is demanding and difficult, even seemingly impossible at times; and yet, as paradoxical as it seems, there is nothing intrinsically hard about rising above ourselves and slipping into […]

The Greatest Reward

posted by Guy Finley

There is no reward on earth, or even amongst the stars, equal to the realization of the divinity within you. Those who have awakened and attained this pearl of great value understand—with no sense of pride for their knowledge—that the […]

What Matters Most

posted by Guy Finley

Our experience of life in any given moment is a direct reflection of what we actually value in that same moment . . .       From Guy Finley’s new book and Amazon #1 bestseller, The Secret of Your […]

(Video) The Secret of Your Immortal Self

posted by Guy Finley

The moment you’ve been waiting for is here! It’s your turn to be one of the very few men and women — perhaps 1 in 100,000 — who have found the greatest treasure on earth. Announcing the worldwide release of […]

Grow Into the Greatness Within You

posted by Guy Finley

No oak became mighty in a moment, No mountain towered overnight; True greatness is grown in the soul By long exposure to God’s light.

Learn Where to Look for the Extraordinary Life (Part 2)

posted by Guy Finley

The way our present nature looks at life around us — as well as everything appearing to move within it — is through our five senses. This means that as we are, the sum of our relationship with the world […]

Learn Where to Look for the Extraordinary Life (Part 1)

posted by Guy Finley

I can think of no greater encouragement in this life than the self-evident truth that within each of us dwells something Extraordinary. By “Extraordinary” I don’t mean any one condition or sensation born of a particularly exciting experience or even […]

A True Relationship With the Divine

posted by Guy Finley

The reason most people never come to know a true relationship with the divine is because this perfect union is born in the consciousness of their helplessness, nourished by their poverty and matured in their humility.

(Video) Only Love Can Carry You to Heaven’s Shore

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that there is a wave of love that alone has the capacity to wash away everything that causes you to be sad and angry. But you must ride it, be in its waters, and allow it to […]

Stop Perpetuating Your Pain

posted by Guy Finley

The next time you experience any kind of pain, you can do something that will turn it into a new and different experience. Each time you catch a pain, admit that you don’t understand it. You thought you did. You […]

When God Gives the Tough Tests

posted by Guy Finley

Question: I have been a Christian almost all my life. A few years ago I had to have open-heart surgery, which caused a stroke, messing up my ability to do my job. I ended up losing a job that I […]

See Your Way Clear of Self-Defeating Thoughts and Feelings

posted by Guy Finley

I’m sure that we can all agree that no intelligent, conscious man or woman would ever intentionally hurt him or herself. No one would choose to ache. Yet the fact remains that all of us do hurt ourselves every day […]

Find New Happiness in Self-Wholeness

posted by Guy Finley

Before we can know a happiness beyond the reach of conflict or sorrow, we must ourselves be whole; for any happiness apart from self-wholeness is only half a happiness and must, in time, prove itself so.

(Video) See the Whole of Yourself and Become a True Master

posted by Guy Finley

Guy explains that in order for the spirit to make its home in a human being, it must enter into all their parts to reveal, heal, and unite them. If only one part of you is involved, the rest is […]

Take the First Step to Wholeness

posted by Guy Finley

We go through our lives in a continual dance of being filled with something that needs an answer, and then going out and finding that answer… only to find out that our answer wasn’t quite the answer. Then, as we […]

The Clarity of Wholeness

posted by Guy Finley

Question: I know I have a confused and divided mind, so how can I get it into self-wholeness? Answer: Just as an electric fan cannot sort papers on a desk, giving them order, neither can the whirling mind produce Peace. […]

The Secret of Wholeness

posted by Guy Finley

It is in the acceptance of life as it is — as it is given to us in each moment — that we find the wholeness, the holiness that is the one true center of this storm called “life.”

Give Yourself the Lift You Need!

posted by Guy Finley

The main reason we must always remember to hold our chin up whenever negative thoughts try to drag us down is because whichever direction we choose first in that moment is what the rest of us will follow…

(Video) Learn to Use a Negative Coworker for Your Spiritual Growth

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley tells a fun and insightful story about an “achy lake” that was disturbed by the nuts that the squirrels kept dropping into it, to illustrate that you can use all of the disruptive people in your life to […]

Ridicule in the Workplace

posted by Guy Finley

Question: I have struggled for the past couple years with co-workers. Many of them seem intent on making me feel bad by making degrading comments about me. I have felt targeted for ridicule, and as a result don’t have much confidence […]

Rise Above the Negativity of Others

posted by Guy Finley

Question: Without reverting to their lower level, how do you get people to stop making their hurtful, cut-down remarks? Answer: One of the reasons people pounce on or attack us the way they do, is that they are feeding off […]

Dealing with the Darkness We Get From Others

posted by Guy Finley

Question: In my job I must deal daily with several emotionally dark coworkers. What can I do to handle this situation better, besides getting another job? Answer: I know that it is difficult to be surrounded by toxic people; however, […]

Add Love to Your Life

posted by Guy Finley

Whatever we consent to embrace in life — including unwanted events that may cause us to suffer — adds to our lives a measure of love.

(Video) Love Always Prevails

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that when you give your love to what you know is right and true, you begin to develop a relationship with that which seeded that love in you in the first place. The more you learn to […]

Love Will Give You Everything You Need

posted by Guy Finley

Question: So if a person feels “I have no love in my life,” if that person would even have a sincere wish to know love, would that be the beginning of true love? Answer: You can build a fire in […]

Being United With Love

posted by Guy Finley

You know what the most outstanding feature of a human being is? Whatever he or she wants to be in relationship with, they can be united to. It is the greatest gift. No other creature has this. Even the angels […]

Love is Always Waiting

posted by Guy Finley

Question: People believe that they have to have certain conditions in their lives in order to have love. I have to have a person in my life. I have to have everything just right. But what you teach is that […]

The Essential Goodness of Balance

posted by Guy Finley

In this world of opposites not everything that we go through can feel good; but to see the necessity of naturally conflicting states — and how they are balanced in all things — is to realize the existence of an […]

(Video) How to Find True Balance in Life

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that the grand movement of life itself is a ceaseless rebalancing. But because the native state of every living organism is inertia, when life produces the conditions it needs to make itself complete and whole we find […]

Let Truth Balance You

posted by Guy Finley

Question: Is it easier to grow spiritually if one is naturally “emotional,” that is having easier access to one’s feelings? Answer: We are each according to type “centered” in certain centers in us. Some are more emotional, some are more […]

Real Change Begins with Honest Self-Investigation

posted by Guy Finley

Nothing seems harder to accept than the fact that we are responsible for so much of what proves to be unnecessary suffering. But we must challenge this involuntary, often intractable refusal to consider such ideas. The truth is that we […]

True Balance Through Self-Knowledge

posted by Guy Finley

We are not made by that Great Intelligence that balances whole star systems, to suffer from the conflict that arises from an unbal­anced understanding of our own essential nature! This is why if we ever wish to gain conscious control […]

Helping Others Realize Their Spiritual Potential

posted by Guy Finley

Our true responsibility as caregivers is to lead by example… by living up to our own spiritual potential.  

(Video) Do Autistic Children Have Spiritual Potential?

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley responds to a question about the spiritual potential of autistic children, and reveals that the true responsibility of a caregiver is to first live up to their own potential.

Sharing Your Spiritual Work with Your Children

posted by Guy Finley

Question: Any thoughts on what is a good way to share my spiritual work with my kids? Answer: Be as consciously kind as you can be, which means to not express (but watch instead) your negative states. Be as encouraging […]

Remaining Conscious Around Others

posted by Guy Finley

Question: The more I think I know about true spirituality, the more I become easily aggravated by the behavior of others when I hear them make an obviously false (spiritually) statement, or I observe their inconsistent behavior. I sense that […]

Caregiving Aging Parents

posted by Guy Finley

Question: My father has had cancer for about two years. Neither of us talk about dying. When a nurse asked him about dying, he said he was afraid he wouldn’t go to heaven. I would like to help in some […]

The Breeding Ground of Self-Defeat

posted by Guy Finley

Stress, anxiety, and tension are the dark jewels adorning a thorny crown we must wear whenever we try to live more than one moment at a time…  

(Audio) Stop Looking For Trouble and You Won’t Find It

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about the importance of being present to ourselves, especially when the mind seeks to identify with something so that it can feel disturbed.

Stop Burning and Start Learning!

posted by Guy Finley

Sooner put out a fire with jet fuel than gain the upper hand on some anxious state by throwing more agitated thoughts into its turmoil.

The Way Out of Habitual Dark States

posted by Guy Finley

Your awareness of troubled thoughts and feelings roaming through you is the power that keeps their harmful and self-limiting influences from having control over you. Their aim is to get you to define yourself by identifying with their dark and […]

Unleash Yourself from Self-Limiting Influences

posted by Guy Finley

The next time (and every time) you catch some negative thought or feeling that says, “I am anxious,” “I am scared,” “I am mad,” or “I am in so much pain” — the first thing to do is to come […]

The Peace of Presence

posted by Guy Finley

To live in Presence is the path to peace…

(Audio) Perfect Every Moment With This Single Purpose

posted by Guy Finley

Guy talks about the importance of being present to ourselves at all times, especially as the unattended mind creates false purposes for itself which can only lead to pain.

Remember What You Love

posted by Guy Finley

Question: I have been doing great at ridding myself of false purpose, but can’t yet seem to find my real purpose. The careers I might be interested in are all out of my reach. Any comment? Answer: Be patient and […]

Freedom is an Inside Job

posted by Guy Finley

It’s impossible to separate a false purpose in life from the pain that it produces.

Global Change Begins Within

posted by Guy Finley

In one way, it’s hard to say what has happened to the health of our world and the people upon it, not that suitable terms don’t exist. The problem is that whatever picture one paints with words, it points only […]

A Little Light to Help Brighten Your Wishes

posted by Guy Finley

The habitual assumption that life’s answer to our request to realize a New Life is going to be “No,” effectively ensures that our wish will not be granted! Any part of our being that unhappily assumes something negative will happen […]

(Audio) 3 Words and One Action That Guarantee Spiritual Freedom

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that a true spiritual aspirant is someone who works to “make it real” because he or she has seen the futility of deflecting life through pretense and imagination.

Start Actualizing Change

posted by Guy Finley

Here for your consideration is a very common but false belief about what one must do or be in order to transcend the limitations in his or her life. Study this closely. See how its unquestioned, socially accepted convention serves […]

Any Limitation Can Be Transcended

posted by Guy Finley

Most of us at least sense that whenever we fall into despair, lose our temper, or relive some past painful regret, we have lost possession of ourselves. To some extent we know that negative states limit our freedom because, in […]

Never Again Consent to Inner Captivity

posted by Guy Finley

Life is always new, which means there is no such thing as an “old” problem. The only thing aged in us, with regards to what continues to make us ache, is our worn out ideas about how to overcome our […]

Let the Light Perfect Your Understanding

posted by Guy Finley

We are not created to spend our lives in fearful preparation over what may come — but rather to use whatever comes our way, each moment, to help us perfect our understanding that God is good…

(Audio) Invite the Light to Liberate Your Life

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley describes what it takes to let go and let a higher intelligence reconcile the sense of dissatisfaction we feel in our lives.

Invite the Light that Shatters Self-Limitation (Conclusion)

posted by Guy Finley

As life pours itself out in the stream of passing time, and we run into challenges seemingly greater than our ability to answer — each of these encounters “asks” this question of us: “Are you willing to change (who you […]

Invite the Light that Shatters Self-Limitation (Part 1)

posted by Guy Finley

In those moments when we meet a challenge that stands in our way, we are not meeting some immovable, transient object. In reality, we are meeting nothing more than our own present understanding of that event. Wherever we are — […]

The Crucial Work of Inviting the Light

posted by Guy Finley

Question: When quieting my mind, there is sometimes a feeling of peace and clarity in the present moment, but often there is this gloomy, dark feeling of emptiness, together with a sense of fear about the future making me feel […]

The Light of the World

posted by Guy Finley

Anywhere light shines, darkness submits…

(Audio) Keeping Bright the Light of Life

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley explains how we cannot fail if we will persevere through our darkest moments, because the light never fails to illuminate what presently hides in the dark.

Put Yourself in the Right Place, at the Right Time, Doing the Right Thing

posted by Guy Finley

We have an essential need to be at peace. Part of that essential need to be at peace is to know that we are in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing, and to know it […]

Detect and Reject Despair

posted by Guy Finley

The secret purpose of that self-loathing nature in us – that wants us to suffer today for what we could not do yesterday – is not there to help us make straight our mistakes, but rather to ensure that we […]

Give Yourself to the Living Light

posted by Guy Finley

We must no longer agree to do the dark will that wants us to be its person. We must want, and put first, the will of what is Light and right for ourselves and everyone else around us. This means […]

The Secret of Harmonious Living

posted by Guy Finley

Were it not for our mysterious capacity to perfectly reflect moments of beauty – to be one with it in heart, mind, and soul – there would be no beauty or harmony to behold…

(Audio) Share in the Life Unending

posted by Guy Finley

In this special short talk featuring music performed live at Life of Learning Foundation in Southern Oregon, Guy Finley talks about the music and rhythm of life itself, and how we as human beings are meant to be sensitive instruments, responding […]

Learning to Discern

posted by Guy Finley

Question: What are the first steps in learning to discern the truth? Answer: One of the things that makes music good for us is our effortless relationship with its harmony and balance, with its rhythm and composition. We don’t have […]

Living in the Light of True Self

posted by Guy Finley

What we must learn to ask ourselves, not once or twice daily, but a hundred times and every time it strikes us to remember ourselves, is this question: Where is my attention right now, and what is my experience of […]

The Music of the Mind

posted by Guy Finley

The music of the mind — its harmony, or not, is expressed by the order of its thoughts through which it is instrumented. Confusion is dissonance; clarity is flow.

Freedom from the Bonds of Bitterness

posted by Guy Finley

Though we find no evidence of anything noble in someone who has betrayed us, neither is there anything noble in our bitterness.

(Video) Find the One Love That Will Never Leave You

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Guy Finley explains that when you feel betrayed by God, the actual betrayal is that your own mind would lead you to believe that God deserts those who love him.

The Secret of Letting Go of Dead-End Relationships

posted by Guy Finley

We all know exactly what it is like to be certain we have let go of something sorrowful or worrisome, only to find ourselves in a similar sad situation moments later. Merely wanting to let go of an unhappy circumstance […]

Trust and Betrayal

posted by Guy Finley

Question: Someone I love has hurt me deeply, betrayed my trust, and now I don’t know how I should feel about this person. Should I forgive and forget, or try to find another who won’t be the same way? Seems […]

Turn to Learning

posted by Guy Finley

Our present mind knows of only two possible ways to turn when faced with a personal crisis. But neither of the directions it knows to look in ever resolve anything. Whenever painful events happen, they tend to fall on only […]

The Sure Path to Self-Realization

posted by Guy Finley

There is no greater, more reliable teacher of true self-knowledge than intentional patience and, when married to a willingness to observe oneself through the stillness and sacrifice that such patience demands, there exists no swifter, more sure path to self-realization…

(Video) See Through the False Bliss Called Self-Ignorance

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that you live in an entire galaxy of forces which ceaselessly act upon you, and it’s only your awareness of these energies that allows you to use them for your benefit rather than be unconsciously dominated by […]

Enter The Narrow Gate

posted by Guy Finley

You may not see it unfolding, but here’s what happens the moment you take your eye off of seeing the whole of yourself: Some unseen part of yourself takes one step closer to falling into the pit of some pain […]

See Yourself in a Whole New Way

posted by Guy Finley

The new inner vision that comes from self-observation is what provides you with true self-knowledge. To see yourself in this new way means that at the same moment of being aware of your physical self, you are also watching what […]

Allow Your Higher Nature to Prevail

posted by Guy Finley

When we can observe ourselves by being awake to our thoughts and feelings, we allow our natural higher intelligence, our higher nature, to prevail over the unnatural thoughts and feelings of our self-defeating lower nature. Self-observation allows you to understand […]

The True Measure of Wealth

posted by Guy Finley

The true measure of our wealth is not counted by what we do with the riches we may have, but rather is determined by the character of what fills our heart when what we have is taken away…

(Audio) Solve the Mystery of Yourself

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that as we awaken spiritually, we will gradually discover the truth about our authentic poverty, and in the process learn what it means to be grateful for everything we are given.

How to Stop Sowing the Seeds of Sorrow

posted by Guy Finley

Question: I’ve noticed that the more I hear people complain about their unwanted circumstances in life, the less likely they are to do anything to change them. It makes me wonder if I’m just as ungrateful and unwilling! Answer: You […]

The Beginning of Real Gratitude

posted by Guy Finley

To have real gratitude, to have that fullness of heart that, by its greatness, fulfills the one who holds it, begins with allowing God to give you a portion of His Life… a gift one can only receive once he […]

A Life of Servitude or Gratitude: The Choice is Yours!

posted by Guy Finley

This life of ours can either be one of endless servitude or endless gratitude, and we must choose which it is to be. To choose to live a life of endless servitude to a master that promises pleasures but delivers […]

Love in Action

posted by Guy Finley

Real love wants nothing outside of itself…

(Video) Real Love Does Not Enable

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains what real love is and what it isn’t, and notes that it is impossible for you to genuinely love another person if you cannot first be completely content and comfortable with being alone.

Stop Enabling and Take Possession of Your Self

posted by Guy Finley

The person who enables another human being believes the only choice they have is to somehow keep that person in line, save that person from themselves — not for the good of the other human being but because the enabler, […]

Drop the Weight of False Responsibilities

posted by Guy Finley

A lot of what goes wrong on this planet is born of people who feel the weight of false responsibilities. Enabling another human being is a form of a false responsibility. Anyone who lives with someone who abuses them enables […]

Break the Bad Habit of Bargaining for Love

posted by Guy Finley

We never enable someone else without having first disabled our own Higher Nature that knows better than to bargain for friendship, love — or to just feel “needed” in some way…

Freedom from the Prison of Negative States

posted by Guy Finley

Freedom from the prison of negative states remains impossible until one loses interest in the false, but powerful, sense of self derived from identifying with (one’s own) surging sensations.

(Audio) Real Knowledge You Can Use About Being Negative

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that each of us is a unique blend of energies, both positive and negative, all of which are meant to be used for the purpose of self-revelation.

The Truth that Transforms All Dragons into Delight

posted by Guy Finley

Whenever a negative state comes to you, try to see yourself in that state through the intelligence of the following idea as opposed to seeing it through the ignorance that the state produces in you: All negative states are an […]

Finding the Freedom We Seek

posted by Guy Finley

It’s my feeling that each of us who are interested in truly changing our lives, and so the world we live in, must turn what we learn into dedicated actions. Doing what’s true must follow our understanding of the Truth […]

The Outlook that Determines Quality of Life

posted by Guy Finley

There are two kinds of people in this world whose quality of life, like all of us, is determined by their outlook. There are those who feel chained to life by their own unrelenting doubts, and then there are those […]

Let Go and Let Life Lead You

posted by Guy Finley

Our demands that life be what we want it to be do not make life more desirable… they only hide from us just how undesirable it is to be who we are in that moment…

(Video) See How Your Preferences Are Causing You Pain

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that we all have natural preferences in life, based on our individual make-up and conditioning. But when life doesn’t match up with our preferences, the pain and negativity we feel isn’t because of what has happened, it’s […]

Stop Being Knocked Down by Punishing Demands

posted by Guy Finley

Question: My life lately has been a seemingly unending string of “unwanted events.” I keep thinking God is trying to teach me something, or worse, that He is punishing me for something (à la Job in the Old Testament!). It’s […]

In Patience is the Soul Perfected

posted by Guy Finley

We must develop the patience to watch a moment long enough to see that the pain in it belongs to the self that insists that life honors its preferences. When we are impatient, we are certain that it is because […]

The Courage to Let Go of the Past

posted by Guy Finley

We may not yet see it as being so, but whenever unwanted situations come along — stripping us of some beloved attachment — it is the operation of one world acting upon another. There is our familiar world, the one […]

Don’t Be Tricked by Negativity

posted by Guy Finley

All forms of negativity may only dwell in us as long as they trick us into granting them permission to live there. Our task isn’t to overpower, or otherwise deny these sufferings, but to bring such light to bear upon […]

Don’t Get Dragged Down by the Dark States of Others

posted by Guy Finley

Hoping to help someone — who loves to be negative — see the harm of being identified with dark states, is like trying to teach a bat to appreciate sunlight, or a mud hen to preen in fresh clean waters.

How to Stop the Spiritually Sick from Infecting You

posted by Guy Finley

No person is good or bad in and of himself, any more than a trumpet is good or bad for the music sounded out of its horn. It is the “player,” the musician behind the mouthpiece who determines these qualities […]

Working to Free Yourself from Negative Influences

posted by Guy Finley

Question: I am at work sometimes as much as I am at home. How do we avoid the negative influences of others in the workplace? Answer: The whole point is not that we avoid what are unavoidable, difficult conditions, but […]

Reject Soul-Destructive Energies

posted by Guy Finley

There are many un-illumined and downward trending parts in all of us that not only seek out their unconscious counterparts (in others) but that are secretly strengthened in the conflicted company of such dark and negative energies. We can see […]

Stop Cooking Your Own Goose!

posted by Guy Finley

Any time you sit, think about, and “stew” over what someone did to you, or simmer in anger about some past event, the real reason for your pain is because you’re cooking your own goose!

(Video) The Real Root of All Rage Revealed

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that all forms of rage, whether inwardly or outwardly directed, are the result of our thwarted attempts to possess what we think we need in order to be whole, happy, and in control.

Learn to Walk Away From Frustration

posted by Guy Finley

The faster we try to go with whatever it may be that we are doing incorrectly, whether it’s hammering a nail or trying to nail down our happiness, the more and more frustrated we become for the unsatisfactory results. It […]

Practice Getting Out of Your Own Way

posted by Guy Finley

When you hear someone say, “I’m sick and tired of it,” what they are really saying without realizing it is that they’re sick and tired of suffering from their own lack of understanding. This all becomes clear once we understand […]

Rise Above Frustration

posted by Guy Finley

All of us have felt, at one time or another, trapped in our own life. During these periods of heightened unhappiness, one thing seems clear: the only reason we haven’t realized our great potential is because we’re being held back. […]

The Perfection of the Moment

posted by Guy Finley

  If you listen carefully, quietly, you’ll hear the voice of the moment tell you that all is well and always will be…

(Video) Listen for the Voice of the Divine and Find True Guidance

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that we always give our attention to what we value most. You can’t “look” for the path to the Divine. The path is right here, right now. Our work is to just attend and listen for the […]

Put Yourself on the Side of Real Life

posted by Guy Finley

What we have taken as being our “choices” in life really belong to a nature whose mechanical reactions leave us virtually without a voice in our experience of what happens to us. In order to elevate the nature of our […]

Let Go and Enlarge Your Life

posted by Guy Finley

Question: You have said to “follow what you love” and the rest of your life will take care of itself. I have been pondering whether or not to pursue a hobby as a business. The “still small voice” tells me […]

Choose this Path and Reclaim Your Real Life

posted by Guy Finley

We can go on living as we have, where we allow our lower nature to respond to life for us by “remembering” what it does, and then “choosing” these reactions to act as our guide, telling us how we ought […]

The Expression of Real Love

posted by Guy Finley

Real love is immeasurable, which means it can neither be reached nor realized through measured steps…

(Video) Real Love is Now or Never

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that we are created to be the instrument of divine love, but currently all we know is conditional love as we chase after the temporary pleasures of the world. As we work to be open to each […]

The Endlessness of Real Love

posted by Guy Finley

Have you ever seen in a relationship that you have with someone that the alignment is starting to go off (so to speak) and you can see the car starting to drift? So, you grab the steering wheel — meaning […]

Let Go and Grow into Relationship with Real Love

posted by Guy Finley

Isn’t it frustrating that on one hand you know that you’re supposed to have nice relationships with everyone, and yet you have almost no relationship with anyone that actually is nice? It’s a real grain of sand in one’s soul… […]

Let Love Teach You About a Greater Love

posted by Guy Finley

In its essence, every relationship in life between you and another man or woman is a reflection of the one relationship that produces it. There is one relationship that is the father, the mother of all relationships — just as […]

Choose to Remember

posted by Guy Finley

How to stop thinking and start seeing…

(Video) Spiritual Toughness Starts Here

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that there is a nature inside of us that wants nothing to do with spiritual work and inner transformation. We must meet this part of ourself that has no interest in doing what is right and good, […]

Find This Inner Ground and Start Growing

posted by Guy Finley

In the world of thoughts and feelings, there is always going to be something to bother you. You are constantly identifying with and pouring your life energy into what cannot grow. Instead, you keep trying to grow by thinking… trying […]

Let the Light Reveal What Thought Conceals

posted by Guy Finley

Our spiritual work is to bit by bit discover natural limitations in the thought process. What has happened in the world today is that human beings have had life replaced with the concept of living. In the concept of living […]

In the Spiritual World There is No End in Sight

posted by Guy Finley

What we need to succeed in the spiritual life is a heart that can see. Most people spend more time taking care of their physical bodies than their spiritual ones. They preoccupy themselves with insane appetites to try to keep […]

The Development of True Peace

posted by Guy Finley

  It is a distinct stage in the development of the aspirant when — rather than being easily distracted by some imagined consolation for his pain, or by concluding who is to blame for it — his first and real […]

(Video) There’s No Sense of Self in a Right Action

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that true goodness is not measured by actions which validate your image of being good. What is truly good has no self-reference — it comes from pure action, which is a natural outcome of being present.

The Interior Action that Builds Character

posted by Guy Finley

The character of goodness, of compassion and kindness that we would like to reflect and express before our friends (and enemies), requires that we place “its” life before our own. And yet, when we agree to this interior action of […]

Enter a World Where Goodness is Its Own Reward

posted by Guy Finley

Once we see it’s impossible to please ourselves at the expense of the pain of someone else, we are released from the cycle of seeking a false comfort whose conflict compromises “winners” and “losers” alike. Only then are we free […]

Step Into the Unknown

posted by Guy Finley

When, at times, the spiritual aspirant feels as though there’s no reason to go on…because he can no longer believe in an imagined good somewhere ahead of him, he comes to what seems a complete dead end. And yet, it […]

Find the Fearless Nature Within

posted by Guy Finley

Whoever struggles to protect himself from his perceived fear does not banish his enemy but secretly breeds the dark seeds of its life…

(Audio) How to See the End of All of Your Enemies

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains in this brief talk that it is possible for us to find complete freedom from the mechanical, enemy-making nature that presently tricks us into believing that it is necessary to our well-being to have enemies of any […]

The Way to Change the World

posted by Guy Finley

We cannot change the world that we see until something changes in us the way we see it… 

The Creation of Enemies and War

posted by Guy Finley

Question: All of the difficulties we have with one another seem to be due to the fact that we’re all trying to protect ourselves. It seems like in the very process of trying to keep ourselves safe, we actually create […]

Being in the World but Not of It

posted by Guy Finley

If we really lived in this world as it is, there would be no war. If I really lived with the person that I was married to, if I really lived with the children that I have… it would be […]

What Freedom Demands

posted by Guy Finley

To discharge ones duty is the first responsibility. To do this thing well is the second task. To do more than one is asked is the Path to Perfection… 

Spiritual Work and Being a Good Householder

posted by Guy Finley

Question: I have struggled with my career and work for all of my life. My wife and I live frugally, not wastefully, and do our best to be responsible householders. You have said that we must first be good householders […]

Taking Care of Business

posted by Guy Finley

If we went through our day tending half as much to the care of God’s business, as we give to our own affairs, then — from the resulting light of gladness seen spreading across the faces of family, friends, and […]

The Householder’s Path

posted by Guy Finley

Question: On the householder’s path, I sometimes find it difficult to stop doing the mental work and start doing the mundane day-to-day tasks. Any suggestions for getting the same enthusiasm in earning our daily bread? Answer: Life gives us back […]

(Video) What is a Good Householder?

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that being a good householder means that we are able to properly attend to what is practical before what is pleasing. By placing ourselves in this right relationship with our responsibilities, we become better able to discern […]

Start Making Your Life Right, Bright, and True

posted by Guy Finley

Within us lives a timeless Self that cannot forget what is right, bright, and true any more than the sun has to try to remember to shine each day.

(Video) Stand Up for What’s True in You

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that if you want to have a relationship with the divine, with what’s right and good, you must learn to stand up for truth within you. Have the courage to exchange self-concern for spiritual awareness, and you […]

Taking a Stand

posted by Guy Finley

Question: Where is the line between not having an issue with anything and enabling or allowing? I don’t understand where I must “forget myself” and where I must stand up for something. Answer: One should always try to “forget oneself” […]

Let the Force of the Universe Work for You

posted by Guy Finley

If we knew that the universe was set up for our higher transformation, and that Love is the underlying force in everything we see, and don’t see, we would never give in to the fear that keeps us locked in […]

The Nature of Real Courage

posted by Guy Finley

To have courage does not mean that we will be without fear. Real courage – the kind of courage we need on a day-to-day basis to act with integrity in our business and personal relationships – is our willingness to […]

A Truth About Inner Darkness

posted by Guy Finley

Living in fear of what dwells within you – whatever it may be that you deny, or that you don’t want others to know about – is how darkness ensures you remain just outside the circle of Divine healing Light.

(Audio) Proof That Pain is Impersonal

posted by Guy Finley

When we feel pain, we tend to take it personally and feel like we are the only ones in the world who are suffering. That seems like the natural thing to do. But what if pain is impersonal? What if […]

Stop Hiding Your Weaknesses From Others

posted by Guy Finley

Question: When I manage to remember my higher aim in life, I seem to lose control of my life, and other people are quick to take advantage of what they evidently see as my weakness. Should this be happening or […]

Be Willing to Be Whole

posted by Guy Finley

Question: Why in the world am I so weak that I can’t remember my good intentions? How will I ever succeed spiritually when this weakness keeps getting in the way of my making any real progress? Answer: Part of the […]

The Test: Choosing to Be Chosen

posted by Guy Finley

There are those who avoid — at all costs — being tested by life. There are those who wait, in fear, for life to test them. Then there are the rare few who choose to use life to test them […]

Stop Giving the Past the Power to Pull You Down

posted by Guy Finley

  The past is as powerless to darken the present moment, as is a shadow to reach up and drag down the form that casts it…

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