Over time our values have been subtly shifting away from the love of the wisdom of life to the excitement of striving to win at life, from the possibility of a self-renewing relationship with eternal forces to the promise of […]
Question: Most of the popular spiritual “New Age” people giving advice on how to manifest the life of your dreams, etc., are telling us that we need to imagine and dream and “think positive thoughts” to be able to manifest […]
Question: I am overwhelmed by thinking about what I “should” be doing in my life, yet all success training mentions the importance of goal setting. Is there a correct approach to getting the “impossible” done? Answer: The next time you […]
That there are always new life-lessons to be learned, and that they are often at the expense of some self-certainty formerly thought to be crucial to our contentment, proves that this life is, in reality, a secret school with it’s […]
Think how nice it would be to spend your day going from one new understanding to the next. That’s the beauty of your spiritual work — to begin to establish relationship with a force that is ever-renewing. Here’s an exercise […]
What are you here in this world for if it isn’t to gain things? Do you know what this life is for? It’s to grow. It’s to learn about who and what we really are; nothing more, nothing less. But […]
The real force that drives most people in life is the idea of gaining things, of “becoming someone.” Our minds and hearts are dominated by the notion that there is something for us to gain or achieve. We go to […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about the true reward that comes with being willing to stand within what the light of awareness wants to reveal to us about ourselves. Click here to listen to “Come Out of the […]
Growing pains are required; they are inescapable for anyone who wishes to try on the larger soul. For something greater to be born, the lesser must pass. On the other hand, nothing is more useless than continually suffering the level […]
Rare are those of us who come to pray for a new self, because few reach the point where we say, and really mean, “Can you help me?” This is because it’s impossible to ask for a new self, for […]
Look closely… and you can see that every spring flower hides within it worlds within worlds. But, as we are now, we see only small and mean objects; we walk through separate worlds seen as either stepping-stones or boulders in […]
There are so many wonderful mysteries not only in this world through which we journey but also right within each of us! For instance, did you know that the distance from your heart to your toes is, proportionally, approximately the […]
The realization that you are never alone — except by the choice of something in you that prefers the pressure of isolation over the contentment of Higher Communication — opens the lines of Heaven within you. *** Heaven is not […]
As the sleeping mind — driven on, as it is by unconscious desires — awakens to see that the only thing thought can do is make circles, it slowly stops seeking. The divine longing of the heart to know unconditional […]
There can be little as extraordinary as our discovery that we have been “lost” in a world of illusion, wandering and wallowing through the kingdom of thought where — in the vain attempt to prove we know what it means […]
Within each discovery, by each revelation of the reality underlying our present level of self, we are brought to a crossroads on our journey to the Kingdom of Truth. The road on the left, of resistance to what is revealed, […]
The “promise” of any pleasure to come is really nothing more or less than the memory of a pleasing sensation imagined as just being ahead of you; in truth, it is projected there — onto the screen of the mind […]
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? *** Asking God […]
Question: I once had a radical experience with my inner life. I got to a point where I knew something had to change. I told God that I was going to trust Him (whatever that meant, because I had no […]
Every time life brings a blow, the first of three keys necessary to unlock that world inside of yourself where there is this true self-command is to use the shake-up to wake up. Here’s the shake-up. Something happened. And in […]
What is the value of being in command of our own life? Is it because people will acknowledge us as being some kind of strong, right, true person? Is there value in people looking at us and saying flattering things? […]
Question: You seem to make few comments regarding political action or defense from immediate physical threats. The message seems to be that resistance or effort to promote a change in a perceived problem is counter-productive and only prolongs the issue. […]
If we could only remember in those unwanted moments – when we see where we have been wrong in life – that this vision is granted us because we have just been visited by some new light by which to […]
What is hard on us is not life itself, but the hardened way in which we tend to think towards it; so that it is nothing other than our own thoughts that turn naturally passing moments into unyielding tablets of […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how true fearlessness is intimately connected to our sincere wish to ceaselessly discover more and more about God’s life. Click here to listen to “Wipe Away Your Soul’s Weariness With This New […]
Question: I often feel lazy when it comes to studies and become easily involved in playing videogames or watching movies. I know I must study, but various forces or voices compel me to procrastinate. I keep procrastinating and the day […]
Trying to dominate our destructive thoughts and feelings, or seeking to liberate our “better” parts through some form of self-discipline, is secretly at the expense of our freedom, and not in its cause. Freedom from the ties that bind, victory […]
Sufi teachings speak of the “commanding self,” Christianity of deceitful interior “friends,” and virtually all other religions hold forth the idea that we have many “I’s” or divergent personalities within us, and also that some of these selves are for […]
Here are three new and true beginnings you can start with today that will put you in the right place for leaving old self-defeating choices behind you for good. 1. Each time you find yourself face to face with some […]
In life, learn to keep your intention, and your attention, on what is — and what can be — instead of upon what is not or can’t be. Do this and watch how new doors appear before you that open […]
Question: Some things I’ve tried to accomplish in life have been such a struggle, and yet some other things have just “fallen into place,” almost without much effort. Does this have any bearing on how we should choose to do […]
One must lose hope in the false idea that winning the approval of others has any real power to quiet the nature within that doesn’t know what else to do with its sense of being incomplete save to imagine itself […]
We must learn to wish for whatever life brings us, for there is no other way to earn the kind of unshakable gratitude that lets us live with grace.
This life of ours is short (and if it seems long to you, it’s because you’ve not learned what your life is for). Being but the brief candle that it is, resolve all to love the Light that lit it. […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how nothing but good can come to those who place the love of light before all else. Click here to listen to “Let Real Light Into Your Life”
The best we can do for others, to help make their lives brighter, begins with the work of enlightening ourselves. In this manner — from our first tentative steps toward a life in the Light, all the way to the […]
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 […]
Instead of being the source of our daily sorrow, the fact that everything in life passes ought to prove itself a part of our ongoing joy. For hidden in the deep of this ceaselessly changing river of Life runs the […]
Truth teachings throughout the ages tell us that healing the hidden and hurting places in our heart begins with becoming conscious of them. We are taught that we cannot free ourselves of anything that we refuse to meet face-to-face. The […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how any moment can be used to remember our wish to be in the presence of what is good. Click here to listen to this short talk, “Learn to Wait on What […]
The mind that wants to know the truth of something, and that’s willing to do the work required for such a discovery, will inevitably find that for which it is searching; our highest aspirations are reflections of unrealized possibilities. All […]
Inside of every human being — no matter what part of the world they’re from, no matter what their environment has been, no matter the culture they’ve come from, no matter the tradition — lives a certain kind of greatness. […]
Listen in as Guy Finley discusses with Dr. Ellen Dickstein some of the important ideas connected to the release of his groundbreaking book, The Seeker, The Search, The Sacred. This special book will be released worldwide tomorrow, Tuesday October 4th, […]
Where does our longing for someone or something to love originate? Is it not with the awakening of an internal force urging us to explore and experience the deepest part of ourselves? When we say — or feel toward another […]
In spite of the many differences that seem to exist between peoples the world over—regardless of culture, tradition, environment, or heredity—there is but one seeker, one search, and one sacred object of our desire. The celestial source of this sacred […]
What hope is there of finding in the world situated around us something that can answer our longing to be whole, to be one with life, when this need itself comes into us from a world above us? Small wonder […]
The need for whatever it may be that we’re drawn to is the yet to be realized presence within us of that very thing to which we are drawn. This means that no matter how distant seems our guiding star, […]
Can a collection of hundreds of thoughts — spread out across a vast expanse of space and time — spoken world-over by thousands of different voices –tell a single coherent story? The answer is an unqualified “Yes!” — but only […]
Almost every day I receive a letter, an e-mail, or phone call from an aspirant who wants to know, essentially, the following: “What must I do to succeed spiritually?” Or, in a slight variation on that theme: “What’s the right […]
Feeling dissatisfied over what life presents in any given moment is like standing before the whole ocean and getting negative because part of you believes there’s only one place to enter its waters where it’s possible to enjoy yourself. *** […]
Question: What steps can one take to point young children in their right path so they won’t have to face so many problems growing up? Answer: Children and sponges have a lot in common. They soak up what is around […]
Spirit serves those who serve it; Love comes to those who walk away from selfish acts. Kindness and patience flower only in the hearts of those who die to the cruelty of demanding that life give them what they want […]
Nothing is healthier for us than the beautiful process of awakening to how we have been unwittingly involved in our own suffering. We stand in good company when we consent to see these truths within ourselves. All truth teachings agree: […]
Recently there have been reports of the tragic and untimely deaths of a well-known singer and a promising Olympic athlete. By any account, this is sad news, and all condolences go out to family and friends. But the serious aspirant […]
Your true nature does not feel any compulsion to compare itself to anything. In this short talk, Guy Finley explains why any attempt to find an identity through comparison will always leave you feeling incomplete. Click here to listen to […]
The weight of any kind of fear, weariness, or worry is the negative by-product of your own past as it inserts, and then asserts itself upon the light of peace that is the present moment. *** To allow God’s will […]
Most of us must go to work every day and perform repetitive tasks that are rarely of our choosing. And when these unwanted routines run — as they do — it isn’t long before our growing resistance to them leaves […]
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 […]
Just as we cannot hope to catch and keep a cooling breeze on a hot summer’s eve, but only stand still there — grateful for the moment of its passing — neither can we take hold of what is True […]
Summer is a secret time of sacrifice; it marks nature’s perpetual passage from one form into another. The evidence is everywhere: flowers shed their petals to reveal the baby fruits hidden in their buds, even as other maturing fruits ripen […]
Sometimes one has to fight for what is right. Sometimes there is no other way to meet any injustice the moment brings than with the intention of setting it right. The task though (and the trick!) is to take whatever […]
There is no such thing as independence without responsibility. And there is no such thing as responsibility that doesn’t have a cost. People today want their freedom for nothing: “I don’t want to work for what I have. You owe […]
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 […]
~ See the ocean: it does not run after its own waves, as it knows they must return to rest in her depths. And so it is for us: whether we speak of joy, peace, strength, or love itself — […]
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 […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about a beautiful kind of higher certainty that can come into your life in which it is impossible to ever again have one more doubtful, fearful, or worried thought about what to do […]
The difference between quitting a task, as opposed to reaching the end of our possibilities with it . . . is this: Whenever we quit our wish to succeed at something, we have first embraced a false sense of hopelessness […]
You possess unsuspected powers of perception just waiting to be awakened. There’s a way to know, without ever having to think about it, exactly which of your own thoughts and feelings are your friends, and which are foes… a totally […]
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 […]
Question: I think that I am on the road to enlightenment, but my thoughts would lead me to believe that only the holiest of holies could ever reach that state, and it is not readily achievable to a parent having […]
Question: The past keeps coming into my thoughts when situations arise that bring rehearsed doom and gloom feelings that hamper the chance for success in the present. What do I do in that moment? Meditate? Pray? Try to think of […]
Here are five reasons why the interior work of remembering yourself should always come first: 1. An unattended mind is the breeding ground of self-defeat. 2. The temptation to be self-degrading can only be dropped by seeing the secret self-love […]
Question: Does the physical proximity of a teacher of Truth to the student have a lot of importance? Answer: There is no doubt that proximity to a teacher of Truth accelerates one’s inner development. However, and equally important to understand, […]
Before we can ever learn to love one another as we would hope to do, we must first be willing to see that for too long we have loved only ourselves … and that even this has been done poorly. […]
Question: I can be lifted and made to feel peaceful, or even get anxious or angry, all depending on what I listen to. What is it about music, old or new, that triggers such powerful emotions in a person? Answer: […]
We must become conscious investigators of all the worlds that live within us, because all of our inner states — from feeling fear or futility to full of courage and hope — belong within a higher world. We tend to […]
A father once took his young daughter to a nearby old growth forest. He knew that the stillness and beauty of the massive trees would work their enchantment on her, as it had always done upon him. And he was […]
No one can be free who refuses to see what actually lives within him. This is why Real self-healing begins with truthful self-seeing. There is no other order, no other way. Consciousness of any unwanted condition in us must precede […]
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. The reason that rebirth — true resurrection […]
Question: One maxim of self-development I sense is true is that the way out of any stressful situation is to “go through it.” How does this approach apply to reducing stress-producing thought-attacks? Answer: Everything depends upon our ability to inwardly […]
When I look at you, I am looking at me . . . In a time or place I have been, or will be.
Question: What do you think about the teaching or belief that we have the power to create or materialize anything that we want in life — money, good health, etc. — by keeping that positive thought in mind as though […]
Stressful worry helps no one — not those we are concerned about, and certainly not us. Such worry heals nothing; instead, it hurts all who mistake its dark embrace as a path to empowerment. The only thing worry serves is […]
In this podcast, Guy Finley reveals the serenity in the wholeness of the present moment. Our current nature thinks it can add something to Life. When we see a beautiful scene in nature, or hear glorious music, we know that […]
Stand, like mountain, Bend, like reed. Surge, like fountain, Wait, like seed. Give, like sunshine, Melt, like snow. Live like springtime . . . Come and go.
We find it natural to seek relief from the world around us, a world appearing to be one stronghold atop another of stressful conditions and anxiety-producing events. Accordingly, we seek relief from these contentment-crushing states by struggling to change those […]
Please Father Whenever I turn from Thee, Remind me Of what I already know …About empty places And vacant faces… The cost of rushing and finally reaching Nowhere to go. Please Father Whenever I turn from Thee, Remind me What […]
Trying to be something that we are not, or loathing ourselves for imagined shortcomings, is born of resistance, the root of reincarnating all that we wish to no longer be; dying to ourselves begins with returning to ourselves – with […]
QUESTION I am tired of suffering uselessly, and want to make a new wish for greater self-understanding. Are there any practical steps I can take to strengthen my wish? ANSWER It may not seem so at the time of a […]
QUESTION It is easy for me to try to let go of the negatives such as anger or worry. My problems come from the ones I like but that get me in trouble, such as excitement, anticipation, etc. These I […]
How can we harness the planetary power of spring for our own good? Here are just a few of the many ways we can work with the season to start a new life for ourselves: All past wishes lying dormant […]
During this time of the year it would be easier to stop the earth from spinning than to stop the surge of new life being awakened within her. Seeds buried in the earth are broken apart from the inside out, […]
Dreams of greatness are formed by life undigested, The fleeting stuff of souls untested… Who’d sooner sleep in a fitful peace Than leap into Life’s cleansing fires. For there already dwells Greatness uncontested, A Gift beyond time, a Title vested… […]
In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how a real love for what is true and Divine requires that we agree to see ourselves as we actually are.
There are some areas in our lives where we know we have power, and then there are others where we know we don’t. For instance, it is not in our power to change one another or to change the way […]
In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how we are intended to use all of life’s moments to grow into a more fully integrated and meaningful relationship with real life.
QUESTION What do you recommend doing to prepare for the future and events being predicted in an unstable world? ANSWER Wake up now. While it may be true that the world may unravel, if not in the near future, then […]
The clearer it becomes that it’s impossible to “get ahead” of yourself — physically, psychologically, spiritually — the more at peace you are with whatever comes your way — because you’re starting to realize now that who you are in […]
We can either fight for our spiritual right to awaken to the world within us where passing time and its troubles are without negative influence over us, or we can quit on ourselves and become whatever the world makes of […]
A spark can cause a fire to appear but, without something to ignite and burn, a spark is just a flash of heat destined to disappear. We can either fight with “sparks” — someone’s cruel remark, a moment feared, whatever […]
QUESTION I am easily taken over by re-running unpleasant events in my mind. If I say something stupid to someone, I’ll hear it in my mind for days afterwards. I know this is crazy, but I just can’t seem to […]
We can either spend our lives fearful of any unwanted event that comes along to challenge our sense of self — or we can use that same situation to help set ourselves free. Presently we see whatever troubles us through […]
In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about the importance of understanding the need to awaken from spiritual sleep.
QUESTION I know it’s a mistake looking to someone else for a sense of myself, but how can I keep from giving myself away?
In this video blog by Guy Finley learn to make a new kind of preparation, that not only prepares you for communion with the moments of life, but also for what is timeless within you.
If we wish to live without resentments that linger in our hearts and rid ourselves of fear with all of its debilitating limitations, we must shed the skin of our selfishness. We must learn what it means to consciously suffer […]
Just as a ship lost at sea must make a course correction if it hopes to reach a safe harbor, so must the aspirant be willing to be corrected by life if there’s to be any hope of sighting the […]
Discover a whole new way to meet the storms of life in this video blog by Guy Finley. You’ll learn the true purpose of all psychological storms and how to use their power to refresh and renew your life.
Every saint, sage, and wise man or woman from every timeless tradition — East or West, past or present — has a special message for you: You have been left a great inheritance. A treasure chest of spiritual gifts awaits […]
In this High Holiday Season, so full of self-created gratification, we should never forget that hidden in the shadow of all passing pleasures dwells their unseen opposite, some form of sorrow that — sooner or later — must visit the […]
In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about the vast difference between mere ideas about spirituality and the direct perception of living spiritual principles.
HERE IS A SECRET… So deep… So mysterious… So untold… Not even the world wherein it was first conceived knows of its cloaked existence. Nothing you can buy or sell, be sold or be told, no one and no place […]
Receive spiritual encouragement in this video blog by Guy Finley. Discover how to reach for what is true in times of trial and let the light of higher awareness act for you.
Comes the fall, particularly near its end, the ground on the little mountain top where I live is literally golden brown with all of the oak leaves that have parted ways with their seasonal parents.
In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about the potential we possess to live from a higher part of ourselves that is always in a harmonious relationship with the present moment.
Every once in awhile, we have the great fortune of perceiving a moment of such astonishing beauty, or harmony, that we all but lose ourselves within it. But, what is far more amazing than any such vision is this breathtaking […]
Your heart needs space to soar. Your mind needs places Without walls to wander And time by itself . . . To see its own reflection.
We all have things inside of us that we fear: haunting thoughts and dark feelings we sense are down there, but that we’d rather not face for fear they may drag us down into their domain. So instead of questioning […]
All things good come to those for whom the good is all things. In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how failure is impossible for the human being whose primary wish is for God’s life.
If only I could remember you …What couldn’t I do?
QUESTION You say to “want what God wants.” Do you mean to not visualize what we would like to manifest for ourselves? Is that wrong to do? Are having expectations for a better journey in life an illusion?
Every once in awhile, we have the great fortune of perceiving a moment of such astonishing beauty, or harmony, that we lose ourselves within it. But what is far more amazing than any such vision is this breathtaking fact: were […]
QUESTION Why are changes in life so disturbing? When I was younger, change seemed exciting, and I longed for it, but now I do everything I can to avoid it. What is the correct response to change?
How many of us spend our precious time and energy fuming over what others may have done to us? Unseen in the steam of our heated emotions and churning thoughts is the one inescapable fact that we are the secret […]
In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how a real spiritual life becomes possible for us when we begin to act on what we know is true.
In this video blog by Guy Finley discover how to receive life’s lessons with open arms and be free from the painful pattern of resisting the moment.
In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how a new, whole relationship with life is possible for the human being who is willing to let go of the endless struggle of trying to become someone special.
Why do you say that your color is white? When I can see that you are blue, Spoke one who saw herself as being green, But, who was a yellowish hue. Then snapped someone who had thought himself red But […]
What’s vital to remember about the tragedy of September 11th is that the only thing that can keep it from happening again is for people not to respond in the same way as they always have when hatred raises its […]
QUESTION One of the main themes in your new book, The Courage to Be Free, concerns recovering what you call “our original fearless self.” What freedom have we lost, and how do we reclaim it?
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It is possible for the willing soul to awaken from its spiritual slumber, but such freedom has its cost: We must catch what compromises us, realize the fact of it, and then see how our identification with that unconscious character […]
QUESTION Much work has been done concerning the use of dream interpretation to help us understand ourselves. Do you see a real value in recording and interpreting our dreams to aide our self-development?
It is never too late to change one’s life. Never. In fact, the only thing that wants us to believe that all has been for naught is the un-reconciled negative nature that needs us to continue serving it with feelings […]
What does it mean to put the truth first and foremost in one’s life? And why should one even try to do this, when it’s so much easier to just continue doing what one wants to do for oneself before […]
Learn how discouragement has been holding you back from discovering that who you really are cannot be stopped. In this video blog, Guy Finley talks about a special spiritual secret that reveals how we can begin to be the spiritually […]
Never accept the lingering presence of any negative state. These unconscious forces must appear within us, but they must never be allowed to define us or our actions. The awakening mind — or even one disposed toward such an end […]
We all naturally resonate with Truth and Beauty when it is being expressed. When we know we have heard something true, why does it stir us? In this podcast, Guy Finley reveals the answer, and tells us why there is […]
There is nothing as certain as silence, stillness, and solitude to introduce you to the secrets of yourself. In one respect, everything about one’s spiritual life is so terribly simple. There is only one time and one way in which […]
Have you ever fought with someone over a parking place? Have you ever jumped up to make a phone call to straighten somebody out? Have you ever snapped at a family member? These are moments when you sell your soul. […]
We must learn to wish for whatever life brings us, for there is no other way to earn the kind of unshakable gratitude that lets us live with grace. The only way a man or woman will ever know a […]
In this podcast, Guy Finley explores the true meaning and purpose of meditation, and explains why it is the most natural and practical thing you can do for yourself.
No one, no thing – no dark thought or feeling – has either the right or the power to limit your freedom without your consent. This knowledge is the key to tossing these tyrants out of your life. Becoming a […]
Reliving a past pain in the belief that revisiting it will keep you from going through that same suffering again is like throwing money out the window of a moving car so that you won’t spend it foolishly later!
Learn about the true nature of self-correction in this video blog by Guy Finley. He explains that being hard on ourselves actually inhibits our ability to learn and grow in the moments when we find we’ve missed the mark, despite […]
When the small child cries out for fear of what his pregnant imagination is showing him to be lurking in a corner of his darkened room, the wise parent turns on the light and shows the child there is no […]
QUESTION Why is it so hard to let go of resentment of things past? ANSWER It isn’t the thing, the person, the condition that holds us captive and puts us in conflict. It is our attachment to the sense of […]
Let me extend a warm welcome to you, my new friends along the Way, and invite you to journey along with me as we make some wonderful discoveries about the true nature of letting go, and what it takes to […]