Letting Go with Guy Finley

Letting Go with Guy Finley

Seven Silent Prayers That Turn Your Life Around

posted by Guy Finley

We are forever being pulled outward into the world of position, possession, pleasure, and away from any kind of inner experience. Prayer is intended to be the deliberate, conscious inner work to help turn us in an inward direction.

The seven simple but powerful prayers that follow are ways in which you may begin working to become inwardly active in your life. This new kind of prayer-in-action changes your perception by turning your attention from constantly looking for ways to fix life by struggling outside of yourself, to where the real problem –and the real solution — exists: within you.

  1. Refuse to defend yourself when anyone else wrongly accuses you.
  2. Deliberately dare to slow down your life when everything in you — or around you — is screaming “rush!”
  3. Do what you don’t want to do when you don’t want to do it.
  4. Walk away from shallow social circles where gossip, sarcasm, and one-upmanship is the coin of the realm.
  5. Allow that uncomfortable silence to remain unfilled in any embarrassing moment.
  6. Give up the last word to someone else who is obviously glad to take it.
  7. Purposely create difficult tasks for yourself that heighten your inner awareness.

There’s nothing like going against what “you” want in the moment to help keep you awake in that moment. Pressure makes you jump in and act against yourself (and others). Don’t jump in. Turn around instead.

The key to these seven prayers-in-action is to use the events in your life to become an inner-oriented man or woman. And here’s the real reason why you should be willing to make these seeming sacrifices of what you take to be your self-interest: Inward is where upward begins. 

 

Prayer in Action

posted by Guy Finley

The wise person’s prayer and action: that never a single hour, let alone a full day go by wherein not only do you remember your God, but that same moment of recollections do you collect yourself and offer all that you are to Him.

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Our every action is a prayer, for our deeds are seeds and by them we plant the world we will walk through tomorrow.

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.

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