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 wings of the thorn birds that, one moment lift the soul above the earth, and the next, drop it to dash it against the ground.
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 the understanding that, of ourselves, we cannot resolve the conflict that we experience within ourselves without higher help.
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 the Extraordinary visiting it to deliver two major lessons: first, the crucial lesson that fear is a lie. With this revelation comes the realization that the same frightened self that seeks rescue secretly confirms its condition as being real with each of its plaintive calls for help. Refusing to rescue ourselves from inner states that scare us invites the Extraordinary that shows us no such scared self exists that needs saving.