What we must learn to see — whenever we start racing around to resolve some problem that we can’t stop thinking about — is that the faster our mind wants us to run after the freedom it imagines eludes it, […]
Guy Finley explains that the mind talks to itself in order to keep itself endlessly occupied.
If there could be only one idea — a lamp whose light could show the aspirant of real life the way out of the prison of dark thoughts and punishing feelings — it would surely be this: your true self […]
Within you dwells the very light of truth. Its unshakable courage in the face of any fear is because it knows that any darkness brought before it—no matter how large it may temporarily loom— will be effortlessly absorbed by it.
True interior work always progresses in two directions at once because of the nature of real healing… and how the Holy Spirit acts upon the divided (self-opposing) mind. As we persist with our wish to be free, braving what we […]
Many times, darkness is the medium, sorrow the seed, and the subsequent humility conceived in these trials is the divine garden in which our soul flowers.
Every flood begins with a single raindrop; the small streams they create become careening waters whose combined might washes away whatever stands in its path. All dark, destructive interior states begin with a single moment of unconsciously identifying with a […]
When we are awakened at night from a nightmare, we realize with a start that we had been sleeping; but when a dark state overcomes us in the daylight hours we believe we are awake, never suspecting that our bad […]
One reason we must learn to say “Yes” to life — regardless of how much we may not want what it brings — is that whenever we embrace a fearful or negative view of some unwanted situation, not only must we still find our […]
Question: When I look at myself, it seems that my most prevalent emotion is anger. It’s always there. I frequently find myself caught up in what you call “mental movies,” remembering all the cruelty and unfairness that seem to justify […]
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 . . .
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…
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Do you ever experience a nagging feeling that something is missing in your life? In this talk Guy Finley explains why this feeling exists and what you can do to move beyond it forever.
On the surface, meaning seen through the eyes of the self caught up in a negative reaction, resistance to an unwanted revelation about oneself makes “sense” — as in when we “eject” an intruding pest from our house. But, as […]
In these times, where social appearance is more important than spiritual substance, what has become our longing to change is really the unconscious desire to control not just the shape of our bodies — according to prevailing values — but […]
Resisting any dark condition of ourselves does not save us from it…
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.
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 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 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 […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley explains that if we will stop agreeing to “feed” the parts of us that produce unnecessary pain, then gradually those parts will stop growing.
Question: I lost a great deal of money to a dishonest business partner. I can’t believe I could have fallen for such an obvious scam or that a person I thought was my friend could have stolen from me what […]
Brooding, resenting, regretting… all are forms of unconscious suffering, and serve to strengthen the false notion that the negative state is a product of the condition, instead of a reflection of one’s consciousness. To suffer consciously is to act in […]
The next step is to continue expanding this relaxed and increased awareness of your body to include within it the awareness of your thoughts and feelings. In other words, bring into your enhanced physical awareness the further awareness of what […]
The best time to practice going quiet — to detect and drop dark inner voices — is when the world around you is more or less already in a natural state of silence. So, early morning, upon arising, and just […]
The only reason your mind won’t stop its endless chattering… is because “you” won’t stop listening to it! *** Talking to yourself to comfort yourself makes sense only until you realize that talking to what troubles you, in the hopes […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley explains how most of the unnecessary struggle and conflict that we experience in this life is due to our habitual, unconscious fixation on recurring thoughts and feelings. Click here to listen to “End the […]
Guy Finley talks about how to discern the difference between thought that is practical and useful, versus thought that is unconscious and hurtful.
How do you start stepping back from your thoughts? Right where you are. Begin this very moment. Become aware, right now, without thinking about it, that you are thinking. See that there are thoughts and feelings coursing through you. As […]
Imagine for a moment you’re driving home from work, and that you’ve just come from having a pretty rough day. As you drive along, your eyes see the road before you, but your mind is in the past. It’s very […]
Using thought as a tool to resolve the troubles that thought stirs up in the mind is like trying to use your fingers to seize, sort, and settle dust particles that are dancing in a sunbeam across your living room […]
Question: I have tried to sit and go quiet to practice self-observation, but my thoughts scream at me that I should give up this worthless, unproductive practice! Answer: Pay no attention to what your own thoughts and feelings are trying […]
We can either spend our time thinking about what we don’t have, feeling empty and bitter over some imagined contentment lost… or we can become quietly aware of what we already are and find there, within our Self, what is […]
The Light fears no darkness, and never fears anything that the darkness says is true about itself or the Light. The darkness is fear itself, because it “knows” that any form of light brought into it will reveal its essential […]
Blessed are those whose hearts — though fully darkened with discouragement — never lose their hope in God; for this hope is God’s hope in them, and in this still small light is their hope fulfilled.
In its darkness, the sleeping mind manufactures many things to run away from… but how much actual distance can you put between yourself and these fearful apparitions when all of them live in the space between your ears?
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about what it means to be properly responsive to the present moment, as opposed to getting lost in worried thoughts about what action to take. Click here to listen to “Learn to Act […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about an uncommon kind of sensitivity that is required of the sincere spiritual aspirant who wishes to know a freedom that cannot be assailed by any darkness. Click here to listen to “Release […]
At one time I lived in a beautiful part of California called Ojai. The upper Ojai Valley is filled with huge walnut and oak trees that stand out against a backdrop of scrub and high chaparral. The seasons are marked […]
Real life can no more act to pull us down than does the rising sun burden the spring flowers that wait to bathe in its nourishing light. *** Never believe in any negative thought or feeling that would have you […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about a new understanding of ourselves that will put an end to unconscious suffering… if we will remember to put it into practice. Click here to listen to “Self-Healing Begins as Self-Hurting Ends”
Here is a life-saving fact, so welcome the healing it brings by being willing to see the truth hidden within it: There lives nothing real in our past — regardless of how disappointing or painful it may have been — […]
We would all realize many more happy endings in our lives if we agreed to do the one simple thing that it takes to ensure them: We must refuse to take part in unhappy beginnings! How can this be done? […]
If we make it an uncontested habit of hanging around with dark thoughts and feelings, the day comes when the only kind of “light” that remains in our life is a darkness capable of the darkest deception of all: one […]
Dwelling on any unhappy moment in life is like channel surfing through a thousand possible TV shows, selecting the one that troubles you the most, and then blaming your TV set for the pain you’re feeling.
Hear this talk and learn the actual truth about what’s really causing your unhappiness. If you’ve tried everything but nothing seems to work, this will. All you need to do is apply it. Click here to listen to “The One […]
Question: It seems like the more I struggle with a disturbance, the more it stays with me. The more I think about it, the more intense it gets. What is the way out of this trap? Answer: No disturbance of […]
Question: Is there another exercise I might work with to remember my true aim the next time fear floods through me? Answer: The next time (and every time) you catch some negative thought or feeling that says, “I am scared,” […]
In this short talk, Guy explains how we can reclaim our enthusiasm for life, no matter what our circumstances, when we stop resisting what we experience. Click here to listen to this podcast “Stop Sorting Your Experience and Stop Suffering”
The power of a lie is no greater than the darkness in which it is received. This means that all we need to do to see through the lies — to render the darkness powerless — is to bring that […]
Question: Would you give me some specific strategies to help me when I start to feel depression pulling at me and dragging me down? Answer: Here are three bright new actions for you to take. Each is designed to help […]
The only thing most of us know to do when life takes an unwanted turn, bringing us what we don’t want, is to take a turn for the negative ourselves. And when the circumstance in question really makes a wreck […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about why there is never any good reason to feel disappointed or discouraged about your life. Click here to listen to this podcast “Never Feel Disappointed With Yourself Again”
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how we can stop cooperating with what wants to drag us down and open ourselves up to a greater life that is free of negative states. Click here to listen to this […]
Peace cannot be bound but must be let loose by our growing realization that only in willingly losing ourselves within its life can we hope to know its everlasting tranquility. And yet, even though this peace cannot be bound, neither […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how true beauty is never absent from our lives, even in the midst of a troubling moment. Click here to listen to this podcast “Turn the Table on Any Troubling Moment”
Most of us have found ourselves washed away, overcome by a flood of punishing thoughts and feelings. Picture a desperate man being swept down a river, grabbing onto whatever comes along, and it’s easy to see how we end up […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how freedom from unhappiness and frustration appears naturally as we learn to let go of false purposes. Click here to listen to this podcast “Free Yourself From the Pain of False Purposes”
If you can do nothing else in some moment of being a slave to some negative state, then at least work to remember your real wish to serve what is right and true, regardless of the cost to you. This […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how our level of happiness is ultimately determined by our level of self-understanding. Click here to listen to this podcast “The Sure Cure for Unhappiness”
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about a new action we can take to find freedom from negative states. Click here to listen to this podcast “Six Words to Help You Drop Any Dark State”
The only power any illusion has over us is our unconscious belief in it… which makes our task clear: we must work (within ourselves) to uncover those parts of our present nature that want us to see what is false […]
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 […]
Question: Is real happiness actually effortless? The inner work I know is needed seems to be a constant struggle. Answer: Don’t confuse the work to cultivate the soil with the garden that grows in the prepared soil. Real happiness is […]
Whenever we will lend our attention to the inner task of working to transcend some dark state at work within us, then in that same moment, even if we don’t see the immediate fruits of our effort, we will have […]
Any human being who takes his or her own life not only fails to escape the pain that drove them to this act, but insures that even on the other side they will continue to experience this conflict in their […]
In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how resistance to any negative state such as anger, anxiety, or fear does not help diminish the state, but instead actually causes the state to gain mass and strengthens the illusion that it […]
Here’s an important idea to consider the next time some thought or feeling starts telling you (once again) to “make tracks” — to “get away” from something in life that psychologically troubles or otherwise torments you. In its darkness, the […]