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Letting Go with Guy Finley

Part I:

True gratitude is the only water that can douse the flames of desire.

Part II:

One’s pleasures do not necessarily hold feelings of gratitude, but being grateful is always a pleasure.

Any pleasure that a person takes from this life that does not simultaneously include a conscious sense of gratitude for that pleasure being received is always an incomplete pleasure.  Incomplete pleasures and insatiable desires are the opposing yet complementary two wings of the thorn birds that, one moment lift the soul above the earth, and the next, drop it to dash it against the ground.

Seen through the eyes of higher self-knowledge, our weaknesses, whatever their nature, are (each) the secret seed of a new strength unlike anything imagined in our unending dream of overcoming what now defeats us.

In this short talk, Guy Finley explains that true prayer is not intended to be something that we do in order to achieve or acquire something for ourselves so that we can feel “at peace.” Real prayer is connected to the understanding that, of ourselves, we cannot resolve the conflict that we experience within ourselves without higher help.