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 increasingly one-sided interactions with what amounts to little more than the pursuit of temporary possessions.
Only the ignorance of ourselves to what is possible for each of us to actually be, as opposed to what we hope to have — but never seem to secure — could allow such a meaningless state of self to persist and become self-perpetuating. Only self-ignorance would accept a mediocre life as the inescapable conclusion to the deep discontentment inherent in any direction supplied by self-ignorance.
What this proves, if we’ll agree to reflect upon the truth being presented, is that higher self-knowledge, real wisdom, represents the rudder we must have to correct the course of this drifting ship we call self. Why? Because the happy truth is that we are not so much lost in the sea of choices life offers us as we are just adrift amongst them; caught up in their ever-changing currents and unsure as to which shore is our homeland. So wisdom is not only the higher course, but our safe harbor as well… [to be continued]
The wish itself — to be a higher person — comes to you from a higher place and is received in its inner equivalent within you. This means there’s already an existing connection between the you that you want to be and the you that you presently are; between the new destiny you would have, and the fortunes you’ve known. All you have to do is stay on the royal road that has brought you up to this very point, for it leads directly to that higher destiny you seek. And now you’re about to begin another leg of your appointed journey.
There’s so much just ahead of you that’s new and exciting. But you must remember that the best views are always the higher ones, whose new heights take personal effort to achieve. To ensure you’ll make steady progress along this higher way, allow me to instruct and encourage you in two special ways.
First, as you proceed with these new life lessons about winning the higher life, you may come to certain moments where you have a disquieting feeling that you don’t understand what you’re doing or, for that matter, even why you’re doing it! But each time you get ready to throw your hands up in the air or toss in the towel, do your best to remember the following. For as strange as this may seem to you as you stand there, feeling oh-so uncertain, here’s the true perspective to be embraced: These are the good times, not the bad ones! In fact, all along you’ve been working toward just these moments.
How can this be possible? Your confusion indicates that you’ve reached a real inner threshold; you stand before the possibility of entering into something genuinely new to you. And this unthinkable place is the same as the doorway to a new destiny. So take heart!
Second, if you’ll simply persist with your journey, you’ll pass right through these times of trial. I guarantee it. Nothing can stop your sincere inquiry, including those thoughts and feelings telling you that you can’t go any further because you don’t understand how to take the next step. Take that step anyway. Then you’ll understand.
The light from one small moment of honest self-inquiry is more powerful than the accumulated darkness of a million years of doubt. So dare to proceed . . . and succeed!
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about the choice we have to either passively exist — having our lives lived for us — or to become conscious that we are actually alive and experience everything that comes with the awareness of real life.
Click here to listen to “The Difference Between Just Living and Real Life”
It’s only what you do right this moment, right now, that’s the seed of personal change. And in the endless beauty and mystery of what is the now, this same seed of change is also the seed of your new and higher nature.
Grasp the meaning of the next sentence, fully, and you’ll have your first glimpse of just one of the special ways in which the power of the present moment can help you change your destiny.
If you choose to change right now, then you won’t have to worry about how to be different next time!
In fact, choose to change now, and that moment will never come for you to worry about how to be better next time. Why? Because your conscious choice for real change in the present moment automatically cancels the need for a better you in a better future. Why? Because all will be better for you now, which is the only time it really matters!
Make it your moment to moment practice to stay awake, and to watch for all the opportunities that your own now presents. Keep your efforts personal, practical, and to the point. If your inner work doesn’t transform the whole of your life into a more relaxed, amazing, and uplifting experience, then you’re dreaming; not changing.
Here’s an encouragement. Your efforts to contribute to these studies turn their revelations into a part of your own evolving nature. And as you awaken to this higher life within yourself, you naturally attract higher and happier events. There is no such thing as a wasted step when your final destination is self-transformation.
You can bank on this advice: No day is better well spent than the one that leaves you with… change.