Letting Go with Guy Finley

Letting Go with Guy Finley

(Audio) Learn to Wait on the Divine

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In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how we can learn to use every moment to reach for what our heart of hearts longs for.

Click here to listen to “Learn to Wait on the Divine”

True Repentance

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Question: What about the idea of repentance? On one hand, being repentant for ourselves — as certain old religious teachings say we should be — seems as much a part of being self-punishing as is just “cutting loose,” going wild, and then feeling terrible afterward for our reckless actions. Is there a true repentance beyond this idea of just living full of regrets that change nothing?

Answer: Let me offer this: True repentance has nothing to do with any ideas or images we may hold about ourselves as either being “bad” or “sorry” for what we have done. Real repentance is an unmistakable, instantaneous moment of insight where we see, to our shock, that something untrue, un-joyful, and self-destructive has been living our life and getting us to call ourselves — and know ourselves — by its presence. Lastly, this shock — and what it brings — leads to the birth, or the discovery, of a new kind of inner peace that has no opposites.

The Three Keys to Complete Self-Command (Part 2)

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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 the moment of the shake-up, what am I habitually given to do? I’m handed something, aren’t I? In the moment of that shake-up, I’m handed something that I always accept as being what the path should be, and I follow what my mind, my heart says in its reactive mode. I recognize that, and I use the shake-up to wake up. What am I waking up to? I’m going to let the first wave pass. I’m going to let the whole movement that that instant produces… I’m just going to let it pass, just like a wave in the ocean. I’m going to let it come in. I’m not going to get on it… if you’ve ever watched a wave, it comes in and then it settles. So the first thing is to use the shake-up to wake up.

And then the second of the three keys is to remember your intention in that moment, to remember for yourself what you know to be true. Here I am and I’m angry at somebody. There’s the shake-up. But I can wake up in that moment, and the moment the anger comes and it wants me to lash out, I can remember that in that instant that this anger is using me, that it will never lead to command. How about that? That no negative state can ever deliver command, ever. And I remember that. So when I say I remember, it brings me to the third key: then I do what is right for me and everyone else. I do what is right and I do what is true based on remembering it.

When you start to let the principles of Truth, of what is right and what is good… you let them start to prove themselves to you in the moment of uncertainty, the moment where things are shaking up, you’ll start to realize you have an advocate. Reality itself is at your back. And when you realize that, nothing in the world can stop you from growing in a new kind of command… nothing… because instead of calling on yourself in instances like that which you’ve always done, you’ll begin to wake up. You’ll begin to remember your intention to remember what is true, and when you remember what is true and you act on it, you will find that what you are given cannot be replaced by anything on earth because now you have a form of confidence and command that is timeless.

The Three Keys to Complete Self-Command (Part 1)

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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? Or, is the value of being in command of our own life simply that we’re in command of our own life? That when we’re home, all kinds of wolves can come to the door and knock, blow, and pound, and they don’t knock the house down because we live in something that by its very presence prohibits us from being punished by certain thoughts and feelings.

When we’re in command of ourselves, we don’t say cruel things to other human beings. When we’re in command of ourselves, we’re never in a hurry. When we’re in command of ourselves, fear can’t find a home inside of us. But we want to be royalty. We want to snap our fingers, to be in charge of things, because we equate the idea of being in command of the world around us as the same thing as being in command of ourselves, and it clearly is not.

Imagine a man who is in command of himself to the point where he is not punished by ambition, or fear of not succeeding according to the values of his social system. Imagine a woman who is in command of herself to the extent that she can’t fall into a depression. That is command.

How nice would it be if wherever you went, under any circumstances, regardless of what was taking place, you were at ease? Because where you have confidence, you have someone who is at ease with himself, and where you have someone who has command, you have a person who is no longer trying to do something to make the world the way she wants it. He lives in a world in which everything he wants is already there. She doesn’t have to try to change things. Interiorly he is awake in himself, and because of that, he is in command of the things that steal command from him.

Having confidence in a moment of trial, of being in command when there is conflict, are states natural to any man and any woman who is in right relationship with the Truth itself.

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