Letting Go with Guy Finley

Letting Go with Guy Finley

Now Begins the Work

posted by Guy Finley

There can be little as extraordinary as our discovery that we have been “lost” in a world of illusion, wandering and wallowing through the kingdom of thought where — in the vain attempt to prove we know what it means to “rule” over our life and ourselves — we crown ourselves daily with a ring of thorns.

But even more extraordinary… is that within this very awakening (to our own unseen state of self-induced sorrow), we realize that our former state is the same in everyone we meet; that they have no knowledge of the price they pay for this unkind self-coronation, and may never… unless something intervenes in their life, which brings me to this last point:

We can no more awaken ourselves (to ourselves) than can a rose bloom without sunlight; so the very fact of being able to see ourselves as we are (and have been) proves, undeniably, the existence of another order of intelligence, and a compassionate one at that.

The very light by which we now see the darkness we have been standing in, without knowing it, reveals that not only are we not alone in our wish to be free, but that the source of this illumination — and its perfect freedom — lives within us, and always has.

Now we know where to search; now begins the work.

The Secret of Rebirth

posted by Guy Finley

Just as winter yields to the onset of spring, as surely does the moon submit to the sun, so too are we created to give ourselves to that Greater Life that alone can make us evergreen and fill us with life-giving Light.

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Learn to be thankful that life is being given to you moment by moment, for it is only through such gratitude that love reveals the great secret of rebirth.

The Life and Death of Christ

posted by Guy Finley

There is only one way, and one way only that any of us will ever know the real meaning of Christ’s life, and that is… to share in his death; this means we must give up what he gave up if we would know, from ourselves, what was gained through his deliberate sacrifice. So, if we want to know the truth behind the seemingly incomparable act, then we must stop thinking about it… and get down to the business of actually doing it ourselves. Spending one’s time wondering why this man willingly agreed to lay down his life for the sake of the Truth he embodied… is like hoping to be healed by a medicine that you give someone else to take for you.

It doesn’t matter what you say you believe in; what you say is true or not amounts to nothing. To paraphrase and enhance a timeless idea: faith without acts is not only fruitless but, along with being the dangerous root of fanaticism, it is one of the dark seeds from out of which grows the evil of religious intolerance. Comparing the value of our ideals to those of others is not what it means to act truly, any more than the act of judging someone proves the worthiness of the judge.

Just because we have the ability to judge others because they don’t believe in what we do does not mean that what we believe in is true; in fact quite the opposite holds true: feeling compelled to act as the judge and jury of another for failing to exhibit some desirable characteristic or quality, proves the absence of that quality in ourselves.

Nowhere in Scripture will you find where Jesus Christ says, “I want you to hate or condemn those who fail to live up to your imagined ideals about what it means to love the Light which I reveal to you.”

What he did say, however, goes something like this: “I want you to understand — from yourself — the real purpose of this life and your place in it; consent to see what is true… in spite of what it seems to cost you. See what lies hidden — in yourself, in others, and in the world around you — and for this awakening, by its light, not only will you realize the need to die to yourself, but you will also find the Divine will that alone can help you to make it so.”

The life and death of Jesus Christ did not happen 2000 years ago, anymore than the rising and setting of the sun belongs to a particular place and time. The meaning of his life is either one and the same as my own — meant to be found within my own — or there is no meaning to his sacrifice. Seen, or not, the life of Christ is now… as is his loving sacrifice for the sake of creation and its continuing perfection.

(Audio) Christ’s Life as a Lesson in Living Fully

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how true fulfillment is connected to using our life for the purpose that it was given to us.

Click here to listen to Part 1 of “Christ’s Life as a Lesson in Living Fully”

Click here to listen to Part 2 of “Christ’s Life as a Lesson in Living Fully”

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