Letting Go with Guy Finley

Letting Go with Guy Finley

Soul-Transforming Prayer

posted by Guy Finley

In those times when we’re busy dreaming up the next plan, the next love, the next thrill, aren’t we really looking for a way to renew ourselves? Most of us experience “renewal” when some idea or a hope that we have gets fulfilled, filling us in turn with a sense of excitement; and then, in that feeling of being full of ourselves, comes a certain kind of pleasure that we take as being the same as renewal in this life. But there’s a problem with this sense of renewal, isn’t there? As fast as it pours in, it pours out! In fact, no matter how much “good fortune” the world pours into us, there remains an emptiness. Here’s the reason behind this truth.

Our souls are not enlarged through circumstance. As a matter of fact, circumstantial experiences grant us but a temporary sense of being “new” or “going forward.” More often than not, they unconsciously limit us because we live in fear that we’re going to lose them, resulting in no real renewal at all. The little-understood secret of life is that everything we add to our cup to make ourselves greater becomes the very thing that makes us less.

We’re looking to our own best ideas, to those well-preserved images from our own past experiences to guide us to something new, but the word new means nothing was before it. Our present knowledge of life and self doesn’t understand this kind of new. For us “new” is how we look after dieting or plastic surgery, the next series in the line of cars we’d like to drive… if this sounds shallow, it is! Our spiritual lives have been so starved of Reality’s nourishing inflow that almost all of what we now think of as being “new” is little more than an unconscious continuation of some reconfigured past experience. What we’re looking for, unconsciously, is that familiar sense of self-renewal that comes with finding something similar to what we already knew, even though it has never fulfilled us before.

Before something genuinely new can appear in our lives, something old must pass. There must be a discontinuation of our familiar sense of self from which we look out into our world in order to find something we believe will renew us.

Real prayer, the soul-transforming kind, is self-discontinuity. It is a conscious act of self-suspension arising from the wish for something new to occur, an act of higher understanding born from knowing that being wrapped up in the old can only produce more of the old.

Learn to Make the Greatest Wish of All

posted by Guy Finley

The only way not to suffer the passage of those things in life that we love is to agree to their passing even as we take them into our heart.

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You can’t be fearful and have gratitude for life at the same time unless, in the moment of fear, you remember your God Who gives you His Life in which there is no fearing.

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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.

(Audio) Know the ‘Whole’ Meaning of Love

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, best-selling author Guy Finley reveals what stands in the way of human beings having a real relationship with wholeness and love.

Click here to listen to “Know the ‘Whole’ Meaning of Love”

A Hard Gift To Accept

posted by Guy Finley

Question: As a child and a younger person, my prayers were answered almost immediately. Now I’m supposed to be wiser, more mature, experienced, and it would appear as if my prayers take a longer time to be answered or manifested. I wonder if I’m getting in the way of myself?

Answer: It may not seem so, especially when we have our hearts and minds set upon an imagined outcome, but the great and compassionate Wisdom that guides all of life never makes a mistake with what is delivered to us moment by moment. For one example, looking at the question from the idea “As above, so below”… a good parent knows that sometimes the very best thing he or she can give a child is to refuse them what they have asked for. Why? Because that’s the only way to teach that child values that are greater than the thing he or she wants. God acts in mysterious ways, no doubt! And the only way to find out if the Divine wants you to have something greater than you can imagine is to accept its gift of “Not now, and not as you want it!”

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