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Letting Go with Guy Finley

I can’t tell you how important it is for you to set your spiritual aim for self-freedom over and over, each day. Then, start over as though a whole new wind were at your back. If you will do this, this new wind will be there to help you along.

More than anything else, try to remember each morning — before the winds of this world pick you up and carry you off — that you want to be more awake to yourself than you were the day before, and that you want to have more choices today — in who you are and what you embrace — than you did yesterday. This wish, and the work to fulfill it, will increase your awareness of NOT having real choice.

To grow inwardly requires we enter, willingly, into a new kind of struggle wherein we begin to become conscious of our own divided nature. This new and heightened consciousness of our present division — in our longings and the relationships they engender — produces a new order of self-awareness. From this awakened awareness, and in it, we can begin to grow.

Remember: What you want from this life you will eventually have to have, so be wise: Want truth, freedom, and Light. Win these things and you have won it all.

Human nature – your nature — is not fixed. It can be transformed. That’s what makes us special above all of God’s countless expressions. And this fact empowers us in a very special way. It means that each of us is created with the power to choose our own destiny.

How the rest of your life unfolds is something you can influence. It’s called making choices. But, before you can be empowered to have a real voice in your life-choices, you must first realize that secret place within yourself where your own future is created. You must consciously enter that place of power where all of your life-choices are made for you. It’s called the Present Moment: The Now. And this Now is the seed of all that comes later.

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.

Here is 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.

In any moment of conflict that we can remember to remember ourselves (and the Supreme) we may still have to go through that struggle, but by our inner work we have chosen the “high side” of it. This conscious choice automatically places us on the secret side of Real Life that has already won this battle. If we remain awake and steadfast throughout the trial we will see the truth of this victory.

You can turn any painful event into a new kind of victory…

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