Letting Go with Guy Finley
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."
"Guy Finley has helped millions live fuller, more peaceable lives."
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Just as the still waters of a quiet pond effortlessly mirror the depths of the sky that towers above it, so does the silent mind reflect with ease upon the Divine that dwells within it.
Guy Finley explains that no matter how well something is interpreted, the interpretation will always be incomplete because it’s at a different level from the original impression. When you see that your mind is always interpreting your experiences for you, […]
We must do more than just try to remember that nothing disturbs our peace of mind without first having gained our consent to enjoin us in that conflict; we must learn to fight for ourselves, to boldly reject any negative […]
Question: Regarding harmonious extended family relationships: How do you go about mending a problem (or do you?) between a sister and a wife that was caused by the mother, who naturally is now getting along with both? Answer: Much in […]
It is impossible to lash out at another person without having first hurt yourself. We will never be in command of ourselves until we feel the blow that we would give. Once we begin to feel the blow we would […]
The only thing that troubles you about other people is what you secretly want from them. How many of you lose command when you’re with other people? Have you ever walked down the street, and somebody that you’ve never even […]
Guy Finley explains that you are only troubled by other people when you want something from them, which we are often unconscious to. When you choose, through presence, to use relationships for the purpose of self-revelation, you will find yourself […]
Past mistakes cannot create a present pain…
Guy Finley briefly describes in this short talk how our lives can change for the better, including all of our past, if we are willing, right now, to do the necessary kind of interior self-work that changes everything.
What do we need to do to rise above the limitations of our present understanding — limitations that, seen or not, play a role in our daily dose of heartache? The answer may surprise you! Truth teachings throughout the ages […]
Beating ourselves up after making a blunder doesn’t mean that we actually know better than what we just did — nor does this kind of suffering lead to greater command or better decisions the next time around. Self-punishing acts prove […]
Question: I’ve been having many issues lately with past pain. If someone hurt me in the past, and a situation happens now that is similar to that, my mind instantly jumps to the conclusion of the past and takes my […]
Unconscious suffering is the inevitable painful outcome of having mistaken the partial for the whole…
Guy Finley explains that the music from a particular country or nationality, for instance Ireland or Africa, includes a unique set of intervals that express the essences of the individuals in that population. While we may each have our own […]
Letting go is the out-breath of the universe. It is part of a natural cycle connected to a greater whole, where the ending of anything already has a new beginning built into it. And just as we must expel a […]
Question: Aside from extremes and obvious harm, does it matter where we place ourselves physically? I know we can and need to work whenever and wherever we are, but one cannot deny obvious occurrences and impressions in different neighborhoods, cities, […]
If we will only work to remember that we live in a world within which there are an infinite number of stories unfolding – all at the same time – then we will never forget that it is our choice […]
Each time we will consciously refuse to strike back in anger or act out some aggression toward the one who hurts us, we sow the seed of a new order of a conscious life. Now instead of being used by […]
Most of us already suspect what needs to be done if we are to have any hope of moving beyond the conflict so common in our relationships. Nevertheless, here is a brief description of the spiritual action to be taken: […]
It doesn’t matter how, or where, this dark cycle of conflict got started. It is not important any longer. Why? Because once we understand that to try to hurt someone — even just to want to — is to hurt […]
When someone acts thoughtlessly towards us, it is a similar thoughtlessness in us that responds. In other words, our own hostile reactions take no thought for anything outside of what they call into account for their suddenly heated existence — […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about an idea that, if understood properly, has the power to forever change the way we respond to situations that usually instigate a painful conflict of one kind or another.
To know that there is no “self” to fail – only a certain level of understanding not as yet adequate to the task set before it – is to be empowered to transcend any trials we must face…
Guy Finley explains that you can never be free of anything you resist. In order to transcend any pain or problem, you must meet it completely, as you are, and accept what life is trying to give you so that […]
Question: When I am in physical pain and not in control of what my body is doing, is there a tip you can give me for easing the seemingly inevitable anxiety? Answer: In one sense, everything about this life is […]
If it weren’t that unwanted “things” come along as they do – reducing us to nothing — how would we ever realize that already living in us is everything needed to transcend all that we are.
Question: I am always so impressed with people who are able to overcome their physical impairments with grace and a positive outlook. How can we transform our physical pains into spiritual gain? Answer: Until you change what you do with […]
Perhaps a man is worried about the future. He believes that in order to feel secure, he must acquire a certain amount of money. Any time he feels thwarted in his efforts to achieve his aim, he finds himself in […]
The next time you experience any kind of pain — an irritation, a flash of anger, a twinge of resentment — you can do something that will turn it into a new and different experience. Inner-life master and author Vernon […]
It takes little effort to see how much we suffer. Look at people’s faces, or read the newspaper. Everywhere people’s hearts ache. Yet if you ask most of them about their own lives, they will lie about their confusion and […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how the ending of large-scale wars in the outer world must begin with individuals who are willing to stop going along with the interior excuses that justify having enemies.
The True Self never asks, “What’s the use?” The True Self never complains about anything, because that nature is in a relationship that is continually completing itself anew every instant. It doesn’t carry with it any of these ideas, images, […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how we would rather hold onto old convictions that are connected to images that we have of ourselves rather than allow natural changes to take place as they are intended.
Real greatness has absolutely nothing to do with anything that you can ever think about. It has nothing to do with any way in which you will ever imagine yourself. True greatness is a relationship with Greatness, and when you’re […]
Question: You’ve talked about how we’re made of the stuff of stars. Do you mean that we are meant to be part of a whole universal process of transformation. Answer: Yes. Your True Self is made in the image of […]
We are not meant to live in time. When we think about ourselves, when we think about things we want – what we call that which will fulfill us — even when we imagine something we think we’ve never had, […]
Even all by yourself, and in the middle of nowhere, you — who reach for the hand of God — are never alone, for He already holds your heart within His own.
Guy Finley explains in this short talk that higher help is always freely given to us when we ask properly, but the “problem” is that most of the time we do not recognize, or reject the real help when it […]
There is an old proverb that goes something like this: “God never takes anything from us without giving us something greater in return.” The task for those of us who seek the life divine — those who seek to live […]
It’s well known that storm-tossed waves often expose new treasures along the shoreline; there is unexpected wealth to be collected by those who know the secret value of rough seas. And yet, even though most of us have little tolerance […]
If we look at (unexpected) events as something placed in our way, a troublesome time we must pile through on our way to some imagined peace to come, then we literally throw away the possibility of discovering that each moment, […]
The greatest, most “expensive” gift that anyone can give to another is priceless, and yet… it is available in abundance for everyone to give all the time. Not only that, but this same gift rewards its giver in the […]
Guy Finley explains that you can either sit and regret the cruel behavior you’ve been subjected to by others in your past, or you can use your awareness of the pain it causes you in the present to become properly […]
Judging oneself may seem wise to the level of self involved in that judgment; but all judging of oneself is the deflection of a revelation that would heal oneself… if allowed to flower.
Question: Is there any value to “clearing away” the wreckage of the past? It seems to help, yet I feel wrong in trying to correct so many wrongs that are behind me. Answer: The wreckage of the past exists only […]
The past is the past. It has no foothold in us save for the parts of us that are fascinated with reliving the pain for the purpose of confirming the reality of self. The darkness that torments us over what […]
Since the present moment ceaselessly refreshes itself — so that all is ever-renewed in the now — there exists nothing in Reality with the power to hold us captive…
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about the real nature of self-transformation. Learn what it means to place yourself in a vibrant relationship with real Life. Discover a whole and truly refreshing new way to meet life.
We must all agree to continue with our inner studies with a new and heightened wish for greater understanding. It may not seem so at the time of a trouble, but the truth is, the only thing any of us […]
When we think about our lives, it is clear that we do the same things every day. We get ready in the morning. We eat a meal. Perhaps we go shopping. With such repetition, it’s no time at all before […]
Reality is renewal itself. This means that as we learn to surrender ourselves to the Source of Life that never stops starting over — so are we empowered to see that whatever seems a lost opportunity, is really the same […]
What you need is not a way to resolve or outrun what is punishing you but to rise above that world within yourself where these recurring pains are a part of the natural landscape…
Guy Finley explains that anytime we feel a disturbance in our life, our tendency is to turn to our own mind for relief, by worrying, blaming others, thinking about what to do. This is the action of a divided mind, […]
Question: Resolving to change comes easy, but the will necessary to keep promises to myself soon fizzle. At other times, when life gives me a good blow, change is no longer optional, and resolve becomes quite effortless. How can I […]
Just as the man who climbs a great unknown mountain marvels one moment at what his ascent reveals, only to tremble before the next ridge revealed above him that he knows blocks his way, so too our journey inward offers […]
Just as an acorn that goes unplanted in the earth can never realize its destiny to become a mighty oak, so it holds with any Real Spiritual Principle that we unearth in our journey through this life: only those Truths […]
Learn to be thankful that life is being given to you moment by moment, for it is only through such gratitude that love reveals the great secret of rebirth…
Guy Finley explains that it’s a dangerous path to say we are one with God, because we go into imagination that we are divine. “I am the vine, ye are the branches.” The branch exists because of the vine. We […]
Before it’s possible to get on with the real business of spiritual rebirth, we must be fully convinced that no dark discontentment with ourselves can ever be the seed of a new self.
Rebirth is a reality, however know this: it is not a time to come but an eternal spring whose celestial seed awaits only for the willing heart and mind to begin its cultivation.
It is given to us to choose in which of the infinite worlds we will dwell, and there is no greater gift, nor power, granted to any creature under the sun. To not know one’s choice, or worse, to have […]
Resisting any dark condition of ourselves does not save us from it…
In this short talk, Guy Finley explains how our sincere wish to act rightly in the moment will attract the authentic higher help that we need to change.
Real rescue from our problems can only come to us from above the level of our problem. And yet, in order for any solution to be real, it must be found somewhere within us, since that is the real location […]
Why do we end up as often as we do in those painful situations in which the last words usually spoken go something like, “How in the world did I get myself into this mess?” Sound familiar? It should. And […]
Half measures produce half results, and half results are one and the same as lessons only half learned. Lessons half learned guarantee you’re halfway there, once again, to repeating those lessons in your life that you have yet to learn!
The secret source of spiritual growth is found in silent receptivity…
Guy Finley explains that we meditate because we want to be in touch with a world within ourselves that isn’t subject to the vagaries and whims of the outer world or even our own thoughts and feelings. By establishing a […]
As strange as it sounds, it is natural at times to lose our zeal for awakening. This sense of self-loss is actually a necessary step along the higher path. For many years, a person can work for greater wholeness, for […]
Question: Can you briefly state an effective way to use feelings of discouragement for spiritual growth? Answer: You may have this backwards. We don’t use clouds to realize the sun. When the clouds are gone, the sun is there. Discouragement […]
People complain that their spiritual lives languish even as all they listen to, and for, is what amounts to the sound of their own voice. The secret of real spiritual growth is not mental or emotional activity, but silent receptivity.
Learn the secret of outgrowing any troublesome problem…
Guy Finley explains the necessity to remain as conscious as possible to any inner pain as it’s occurring. He points out the paradox that in spite of the burning sensation, something in me wants to hold on to it. Our […]
Question: How do you begin to be open, when the pain and anger is so strong? How do I support my loved ones when I feel so cold inside? Is it fear that is keeping me locked up in this […]
The experience of every moment of our life is a direct reflection of our nature. We never experience anything that does not arise directly from our own inner life. Life always happens from the inside out. What we know and […]
Work consciously to deliberately drop the names of your pains and you will also learn to let go of all the reasons you have for experiencing them.
The spiritual life is a genesis. When the seed awakens it isn’t to herself, but to the life that now stirs her. As only one, she slept. As two, she knows life. As both she leaves her dark world and […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about what it would mean to allow every impression that touches your heart and mind to stir and change you as it is intended.
What is immortal? Love, God’s Love — that which is not connected to a form. It isn’t a person’s face, it isn’t a passage of music — it is that which produces those things. We are intended to be changed […]
Our hope in prayer is to become one with the Living Light whose dawning opens the doorway to the Divine…
Over the years of living on a small mountaintop in southern Oregon, I have learned many valuable lessons from observing the wildlife that shares the forest area in which my house sits sequestered. The truth is, along the spiritual path, […]
Proceed along the spiritual path, even in the midst of feeling discouraged over your progress, and you will make the glad discovery that no discouraging state has the power to keep up with you…
Guy tells us that it’s not until all the edifices of our imagined existence crumble that a new foundation can be built. But we must go without “shelter” for a while. Spiritual change comes when I’m willing to stop protecting […]
There are parts of us that want the Truth, and then there are parts of us that only want what allows us to be comfortable and content with our life as we have known it. The upward path requires taking […]
There come times in our lives when our wish to be new, coupled with our interior work to realize this wish, produces certain “effects” that can be most trying; in fact, times such as these are a kind of trial. […]
The only thing “fixed” in us are those parts of our presently unenlightened nature that convince us to resist life’s natural changes. As this fear-filled, downward-trending nature tricks us into accepting its conclusions, they become the same as our captivity. […]
No one can say “No” to this world who is afraid to walk through it alone . . .
Eventually you must see that any action your mind gives you to console you about anything is stealing from you the possibility of being a reflection of the Divine. Stand unconsoled so the true consolation may make itself known to […]
Asking God to help you — without first doing the interior work of seeing and admitting the truth of yourself to yourself — is like sending someone else to church or temple for you to pray for your transfiguration.
If putting yourself first had any real power to grant you true liberty – a way to make you content, then – for all you’ve given to yourself – shouldn’t you be happy and free by now?
John the Baptist, a man dedicated to preparing the way for the Messiah promised in the Old Testament, taught that any person who wanted to experience Real Life should, “Repent, repent.” This was followed by his admonition that “the Kingdom […]
What we’re really looking for in this life is what we already have within us…
Guy Finley explains that although at times it may seem otherwise, the universe does want you to succeed as a human being. When you finally understand the truth of this, you’ll no longer have doubts about finding happiness.
Just as it is not our job to make the light that brings life to all creatures, neither is it our job to make ourselves happy. Our soul responsibility, when it comes to living in happiness, is to consciously provide […]
Question: All of my creative, positive passions seem to be located in another out-of-state environment. These things I have an honest interest and aptitude for, yet all opportunities around me are simply not in line with them. Should I accept […]
You must do in life what you alone have been “created” to do, which doesn’t mean that your fate is your destiny; because in fulfilling this responsibility — of what you have been given to be — you also realize […]
We can only begin to change the world when we are willing to work with what we are in the present moment …
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about the only true solution to anger, which is to atone for it in the moment by allowing the light of revelation to transform it, instead continuing to feed it through unconscious resistance.
“Turning to learning” begins with the honest recognition that our present approach to solving personal problems just doesn’t work. This may come as a surprise: Learning to live without recurring problems begins with losing faith in our habitual responses that […]
These three words — I can learn — are the most powerful three words in any language. Nothing in the universe can hold down that rare individual who clearly realizes that he or she doesn’t know what’s in the way […]
Either we learn what it means to lead by example, or we are lounge chair leaders who have deceived ourselves into believing that our ability to criticize those who go before us is the same as having reached the top […]
There is only one thing that you don’t have to imagine or struggle to keep alive — and that is what you authentically love.
Guy Finley explains why it would be wise to become highly suspicious of the parts of ourselves that endlessly seek the approval of other people.
Question: I am sure there are multitudes of memories and experiences we are better off to drop as soon as they end. However, there are many we may live out our lives and never top — such as our first, […]
Question: I am in a relationship with a man who has not received God as I have. I’ve tried to share with him my journey, but he rejects my feelings and does not want to hear anything about God. I […]
Spiritually speaking, all relationships serve one purpose: self-knowledge. Self-knowledge serves one purpose: awakening to the truth of one’s self. Awakening to the truth of oneself serves one purpose: dying to oneself. Dying to oneself serves one purpose: rebirth. And rebirth […]
The true spiritual warrior starts life over, over and over again.
Question: I have felt and seen within a part of me that just seems to exist all on its own without thought. But am I missing something if I can’t stay conscious of it? Are the multitude battles I go […]
Spiritually speaking, the cost of starting over is not what we pay to achieve some desire of ours, but is in our willingness to let go of — to dare to live without — any desire we may have whose […]
The only reason we ever feel stuck between the proverbial “rock and a hard place” — unable to see a way to get out — is because we’ve forgotten this simple spiritual truth: There’s always another direction waiting to reveal […]
Self-realization author Guy Finley explains in this short talk that happier, healthier and brighter relationships with others become possible when we begin to let go of painful grudges and resentments within ourselves.
In order to let go of any painful past condition — so there is never again a moment where regret or sorrow is pulling us down — we must allow every movement, each unexpected event encountered, every thought and feeling […]
Question: How can I move beyond a painful regret? Answer: Events demand decisions. Choices must be made. And we do the best we know how in any given moment. Even so, we often err and choose against ourselves. For a […]
Without our unconscious consent, regardless of what we may have done against others, or ourselves, the past is powerless to punish us in the present moment.
Our relationships with one another are often a source of distress. And, speaking in general terms, most of the conflict we experience with others has to do with some form of consideration that we feel they are not giving to […]
Guy Finley explains that if we ever find ourselves feeling superior to another person, then that is the perfect time to take an honest look at ourselves so that we can begin to sense what it truly feels like to […]
Question: I recently found out that my husband of 21 years has been unfaithful. I should have picked up on the signs long ago, but what do I do now? Do I go out and find another love? I feel […]
Real compassion lies in our ability to remember that any angry, resentful person is usually just someone who can no longer bear the weary weight of his or her own carefully concealed despair.
In this short talk, Guy Finley explains how each moment of life is made for anyone and everyone who is present to it. If you are not in this moment, you are not alive within the life that gives this […]
A whole new kind of spiritual happiness dawns in us as we realize that dark clouds do not ruin sunny skies… they merely pass through them to help us remember our love of the light.
Question: I have been a student of self-help and other personal development genres for over 30 years. I have always had a conflict between using unconscious processes (hypnosis, etc.) vs. conscious awareness processes to facilitate change. Which is the proper […]
Our attention needs to be turned around so that rather than always being mechanically drawn to consider whatever it meets in each passing moment, it is directed upon what it is (within us) that meets the same. Otherwise our attention […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about three stages in the life of a spiritual aspirant: first we explore the world, then we develop into good householders, and then if we are truly fortunate, the remaining years of our […]
Question: I live in a place where people are not very open to spirituality. Because I’m discovering who I am and what potential I was created to be, it can be difficult at times. How do I live from what […]
Our experience of life, our relationship to it, is directly, intimately connected to the way in which we see it — meaning it is our understanding of life that determines how we “go” through it. This is why new, true […]
There is an unspeakable gem whose light comes seemingly from all around us, but in truth is an upwelling from within us. Our relationship to that upwelling light — to that source of love — is really where we find […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley reveals some startling, live-changing facts about motivation that up until now have been hidden in plain sight. Part 1: Part 2:
The next time you want to go ahead with any project — whether it’s designing a rocket ship or finally getting around to repairing your favorite rocking chair — and you start to feel those old familiar doubts, dreads, or […]
Most of us wouldn’t be too surprised to hear that our mind has a will of its own. We all know what it’s like to be more or less helplessly doing something we wish we weren’t! We often feel the […]
Each time you’ll take the step that you’re sure you can’t, you’ll discover that the “you” who would not was only a thought that believed it could not. *** How many times have you found yourself thinking you’d like to […]
Learn to love what seems more beautiful than yourself, celebrate the gifts of others that outshine your own, practice the patience you have yet to win… giving yourself to a greater Self is not just the path to freedom, but the […]
If you love getting gifts — and who doesn’t — then why not accept, with gratitude, the greatest gift there is: the “present” moment.
How do we learn to use our relationships with others to realize a new kind of relationship with ourselves wherein we are able to discover that who we really are is all we need to be? Our willingness to strive […]
Only when the pleasure of being by ourselves either equals or exceeds that contentment that we feel in the company of others, are we capable of being unshakably true to ourselves, as well as those with whom we gather.
Guy Finley explores the popular passage “Ask and you shall receive,” and discusses what it means to really ask with a whole heart.
Love never anticipates life; anticipation arises from wanting something more from life than it offers in the moment, which means the father of anticipation is a close relative of greed.
There are aspects of divine life that we can — when we understand where we are intended to live — make a connection with and receive from that higher life everything we need to handle in any moment. You and […]
When you finally see that you can have almost anything in the world that you want, but that nothing you give to yourself actually brings an end to your wanting, then you’ll slowly cease giving yourself to this painful nature […]
When we are anxious, when there’s a pressing desire, we don’t see the fact that the state has occupied us and is trying to reconcile itself through what it pushes us to acquire. If we could look at something we […]
There may be no greater self-deception than the false notion that rushing through anything actually helps us in any way whatsoever. After all, if anxious thoughts and feelings had any power to deliver us to a place or time where […]
Think of how many dangerous car accidents wouldn’t happen at all if only motorists slowed down their cars even to a small degree. Then imagine just how many painful personal encounters with others we would be able to walk right […]
Guy Finley speaks about how it’s possible to live completely free from fear, worry, and other self-limiting thoughts and feelings.
The only reason we ever feel trapped by anxious thoughts and feelings is that we just won’t let go of the false idea that it takes time to know the strength and happiness of our original wholeness. Our unseen belief […]
It’s impossible to imagine a future wholeness without feeling, in the present moment, strangely incomplete — as though we’re missing something essential! We’ve all sensed this disquiet each time we devise some new plan to feel “better” about ourselves. It’s […]
No anxious state exists apart from the illusion that the security, happiness, and wholeness you long for exists somewhere outside of you — “in a time to come.” Then why do we go on embracing anxious thoughts and feelings that […]
Part I: The only way not to suffer the passage of those things in life that we love is to agree to their passing even as we take them into our heart. Part II: You can’t be fearful and have […]
Until our gratefulness toward life no longer requires a happy feeling to hold its hand to be able to make its way out of our heart, we do not yet know the real nature of gratitude, nor its secret spiritual […]
Part I: True gratitude is the only water that can douse the flames of desire. Part II: One’s pleasures do not necessarily hold feelings of gratitude, but being grateful is always a pleasure.
Any pleasure that a person takes from this life that does not simultaneously include a conscious sense of gratitude for that pleasure being received is always an incomplete pleasure. Incomplete pleasures and insatiable desires are the opposing yet complementary two […]
Seen through the eyes of higher self-knowledge, our weaknesses, whatever their nature, are (each) the secret seed of a new strength unlike anything imagined in our unending dream of overcoming what now defeats us.
In this short talk, Guy Finley explains that true prayer is not intended to be something that we do in order to achieve or acquire something for ourselves so that we can feel “at peace.” Real prayer is connected to […]
In times of anxiety and fear, we almost always call upon someone or something to help us get through our stress. This dependency on others for strength not only weakens our soul but also steals from it the possibility of […]
Question: How can I remember myself when I get tired, hungry, and cranky? This state seems to run away with me, and I lash out at those I love. Then when I come to myself, I feel terrible. How do […]
If we will persist with our wish to be true to ourselves — to be kind and patient, caring and wise in the face of any set-back — that bright day dawns for us when we realize this all-empowering truth […]
Whenever we will put ourselves on the side of what we know is true, then the Truth takes our side… lending us what is noble, needful, and divine; so Truth sees to it that we are strengthened by wisdom, sheltered […]
Regardless of how unpleasant any circumstance seems at the moment, always remember: it’s impossible to answer any situation with negativity without casting yourself into that same self-created darkness. There is always a higher, happier answer if you’ll only learn how […]
In moments of our spiritual struggle with life’s tests, torments, or dark trials, no Goodness we can hope to call upon — to light our way or lend us strength — can be any more successful for us than our […]
The practice of ceaseless prayer only becomes sensible, and therefore possible, as you awaken to just how truly senseless is the tendency of the unattended mind.
Guy Finley explains how even though aspirants have sought stillness for centuries, it can’t be brought about by will. True relationship with stillness begins with seeing, through self-observation, that it’s actually the willfulness of the mind that keeps us apart […]
The one great exercise of prayer is . . . To come wide awake And to place the center of myself Into the center of my will and . . . Having done so, take this gathering of attention And […]
When it comes to the possibility of spiritual rebirth, it isn’t that God does not will this for all of his earth-clad children. Quite the contrary: In this world of ours the goodness of God’s Will is always active through […]
When you really begin to pray in earnest to awaken to His Life, God does not reward you with the increased strength you’re looking for but rather with increased insight into your own weaknesses… which eventually become the seed of […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley discusses how we must begin to properly use the gifts we have been given if our wish is to enter into a deeper relationship with the Divine.
The idea of being “born again” or “saved” has become almost completely meaningless today. True self-transformation, the birth of a New Mind that Christ called “metanoia,” is not something that can be handed out by priests and ministers for the […]
Question: What does it mean to be “saved” and how does one ask for it? Answer: Salvation is the old giving way to the New because we no longer want what we once were. In that quiet passing comes that […]
We will make detailed preparations for a single day off, lay out careful plans for a special date, or spend untold moments worrying over what we should wear; but few of us rarely take the time to prepare our interior […]
Guy Finley explains in this short talk how the mind that opens up to the soul that is trying to express itself reflects a radiance from which everything in the universe benefits.
Question: Is true spiritual love just “sugar coating,” or is it something powerful and extremely important? Answer: The whole reason for this Work we are doing, and for the Great Work on this planet of which our present body of […]
The study of physics — of the laws that govern relationships — reveals some very telling spiritual truths, if one has “eyes” to see. For instance…every mass in the universe pulls on every other mass, and the strength of that […]
What is that first, faint intuition of something Greater than ourselves, other than the Herald of the Heart quietly announcing the existence of a whole new level of being above us — and asking us — at the same time, […]
Question: I’m unsure about which way to go… what to do… to get out of “wrong” life that I’ve been in for years. Along with a troubled marriage, I am paying for making the totally wrong choices for myself, being […]
Before we can choose not to compromise ourselves, we must first become acutely aware of those thoughts of ours that may be holding some secret seed of self-defeat. If we don’t know we’re doing this kind of compromised thinking — […]
The only reason we ever feel stuck between the proverbial “rock and a hard place” — unable to see a way to get out — is because we’ve forgotten this simple spiritual truth: There’s always another direction waiting to reveal […]
Guy Finley explains how an event (the active) stirs into existence what was passive in us. The disturbance reveals what was always there even though we weren’t aware of it. Then there is a reconciliation. Anything that tries to justify […]
The only kind of “thanks” you can expect from others who see that you’ve decided to serve something higher than your own self-centered interests — including bringing an end to your previous support of their inflated self images — is […]
Question: My mind is a constant racket. The thinking noise never seems to end. Something has to be done about this way of reacting to life that has plagued me for so many years. I have to find a way […]
If you would like to begin in earnest the good work of letting go of dark, self-punishing states, start here: Never give to another person a slice of any mental or emotional state of yours that you have not taken […]
In that moment when we are thrown into emotional conflict, regardless of its initial cause, the first step this in-the-dark nature takes to deceive us is to direct our awareness away from the actual hurt we feel. It accomplishes this […]
By the very absence of the healing that ought naturally follow any form of injury, we should be able to deduce that certain counter forces must be at work within us. There have to be unseen anti-healing forces with a […]
If one day you bang your elbow and seven years later the same spot still aches, and now radiating pains are appearing in your fingers and shoulder, you would start to suspect that something in your body’s system was amiss! […]
Love's Healing Touch
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. ...
posted 12:00:10pm Apr. 24, 2015
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(Video) Four Words for Any Family Crisis
Guy Finley reveals and explains the four words that will always aid you and those around you in any stressful family situation.
posted 12:00:21pm Apr. 23, 2015
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Helping Others to Start Healing
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. ...
posted 12:00:21pm Apr. 22, 2015
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Learn to Relax with Others by Releasing Yourself
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 the ...
posted 12:00:18pm Apr. 21, 2015
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Discover Your Unseen Attachment to Heartache
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 ...
posted 12:00:59pm Apr. 20, 2015
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