No image reflected in a mirror can be any better or worse than the nature of whatever it is that stands before that mirror. The world that we see “outside” of us — with all of its poverty, sickness, and violence, is the accurate reflection of (the present level) of our collective consciousness. This is an inescapable fact; in fact, the real problem (and the reason our planet remains “pained” as it does) is we don’t want to see our complicity. It should be obvious — as glimpsed from our individual lives — that what we believe often causes others to suffer for those same beliefs; religious intolerance, maniacal self-righteousness, just the insistence that someone else except our opinion as being valid “or else” face the consequences… all of these are instances in which what we believe can make bitter the lives of even those we say we love. Now multiply this insight by 6 billion people and it is not hard to see why billions cry as they do. The real inner work is not wondering why the world is the way it is, but in discovering what it is within us that makes it that way . . . and then doing whatever is necessary to transform our sleeping nature that sows the seeds of suffering that it does. This (path) is the only way the world can become caring and whole for all who live there.
Reality is renewal itself. This means that as we learn to surrender ourselves to the Source of Life that never stops starting over — so are we empowered to see that whatever seems a lost opportunity, is really the same as a new one being revealed.
Even though it may not seem so at times, the truth is that every moment in life is new; equally true, however, is that these moments can only be as new as we are willing to meet them that way.
No one fails who falls in the battle to be a better human being, for while the “flesh” is often weak — Spirit is indomitable — and always rises anew, strengthened for its experience and ready to start again.
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how true fearlessness is intimately connected to our sincere wish to ceaselessly discover more and more about God’s life.
Click here to listen to “Wipe Away Your Soul’s Weariness With This New Wish”
Question: I often feel lazy when it comes to studies and become easily involved in playing videogames or watching movies. I know I must study, but various forces or voices compel me to procrastinate. I keep procrastinating and the day passes away. Please help!
Answer: Asking “what shall I do about procrastinating?” is just another way of putting off what you need to see about yourself and the likely emptiness of your present pursuits in life. Where there is no love for what one does, there can be no wish to do that. No one loves a master who compels or coerces them — against their will — to do what they would rather not. That being said… if there is a householder duty of some kind to be performed, some true daily responsibility to care of — or otherwise provide for others — then be responsible to that task while remembering this liberating truth: it is what we love that determines our experience of whatever it is that we are given to do, regardless of its nature. Start where you are… and be grateful that love is helping you to see what doesn’t love you. Before any new relationship can begin, one must end. The day will come, if you persist with your wish to be free, when you will see that the beginning and ending of love are not in time.