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.
Trying to dominate our destructive thoughts and feelings, or seeking to liberate our “better” parts through some form of self-discipline, is secretly at the expense of our freedom, and not in its cause. Freedom from the ties that bind, victory over our own nature, is not a conquest in the usual sense. Try to see the following as deeply as possible: anything that has to be kept in check must also keep its checker in chains. The person with this kind of control over him or herself is like an ignited rocket tethered to the ground. The opposing forces eventually cause an explosion. We need release from ourselves, not a better way to live in prison. Keeping these points in mind helps us to arrive at this totally new consideration: what we really need is distance from our own highly reactive thoughts and feelings.
To start stepping back from yourself, collect all the facts you can about your true inner condition. Support your findings with further personal investigation. These actions bring higher discoveries which will inspire you to reach higher on the next round of self-study. For a start, the following is an exercise in how to work successfully at stepping back from yourself.
You can wake yourself up just as many times as you’re willing to catch yourself in daydreams where you’re the star. This amazing discovery proves that the only power your present nature has to keep you slumbering is how much you enjoy feeling like you’re in the spotlight on center stage. But you can have something much higher than these bittersweet temporary sensations.
Each time you find yourself daydreaming, give yourself this healthy jolt: Cancel all remaining performances of that show. They’re probably just reruns anyway. Your choice to come wide-awake, and to live without your dream self is the same as choosing in favor of freedom — the permanent home of your Real Self. This conscious act places you directly in the healing spotlight of the present moment.