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Letting Go with Guy Finley

The True Self never asks, “What’s the use?” The True Self never complains about anything, because that nature is in a relationship that is continually completing itself anew every instant. It doesn’t carry with it any of these ideas, images, icons, ideologies with it by which to know itself. It’s living in a vast, dynamic relationship with Life itself. That Life itself is fulfilling itself, and when one is living like that, it isn’t a question of “What am I going to get?” or “What might someone take from me or any of the things that the mind occupies itself with to make what is essentially meaningless into something highly meaningful in order to re-establish their kingdom so that they can go through the whole fear cycle one more time! A person has to get weary of that.

A person has to absolutely see the impossibility of pleasing fear, and how as long as they do that, they are living from a nature that has defined itself by things outside of itself, by relationships exterior to itself that it fears will change.

As long as you fear change, you’ll resist it. As long as you resist it, you’ll never learn from it. As long as you never learn, you’ll never grow. As long as you never grow, your understanding will never be a part of this vast treasure of your True Self.

In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how we would rather hold onto old convictions that are connected to images that we have of ourselves rather than allow natural changes to take place as they are intended.

Real greatness has absolutely nothing to do with anything that you can ever think about. It has nothing to do with any way in which you will ever imagine yourself. True greatness is a relationship with Greatness, and when you’re in true relationship with Greatness, with God, with Life, the very fact of that relationship places you in proper order in the relationship. You understand your role as a participant in this perfecting, perfected life.

You are the literal recipient of an influx of life that doesn’t think about itself. It is itself, and its life is your life. We don’t see the magnificence of it because we only know to look at life through eyes that can only see the content of a mind that is looking through the eyes. In other words, when we look out at the world, we don’t look and see the world that’s there, even at the most elementary level. We look out and see the objects, the behaviors, and the persons that our mind tells us are there because when it sees what it says is there, it is the see-er. It knows itself as being apart from – either abused by or uplifted by – those things that it has named as being outside of itself. Reality just isn’t like that, but our experience is that way because that’s our present level of understanding. We need to change it.

The true pursuit of a human being is to continually enter into a world larger than his or her knowledge of it because it is innate in us to want to be part of this expansive movement of Light, to grow, to understand.

Question: You’ve talked about how we’re made of the stuff of stars. Do you mean that we are meant to be part of a whole universal process of transformation.

Answer: Yes. Your True Self is made in the image of God, and the image of God is not anyone in particular – no matter how profound or chiseled their body may be. The image of God is the matrix and the workings of the source and sustenance of the universe itself. That is the image of God. And each and every one of us is a living expression of that Life, the Ruach Adonai, the True Spirit. That is what we are invited to live in, and instead we live in a tiny little cottage made up of conflict and fear, produced by trying to control a world that we’ll never control according to the nature that wants that. We have to learn to let go and live in the Now.