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Letting Go with Guy Finley

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.

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 I find the strength to stop this cycle?

Answer: I know how this sounds, but it is the way: Try, try, and try again. There is a secret in this willingness to go back onto the spiritual battlefield. Scripture says it best, I think: “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

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 about ourselves: in this life we each have but one weakness and one strength. Our weakness lies in what we have yet to discover about ourselves; but our strength is the realization that in each of us lives a Columbus of the Soul . . . and that there is nothing in the universe that can remain hidden from the one who will dare to discover the truth of himself.

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