Here are five reasons why the interior work of remembering yourself should always come first:
1. An unattended mind is the breeding ground of self-defeat.
2. The temptation to be self-degrading can only be dropped by seeing the secret self-love in it. (Then, instead of looking down on yourself, you can begin to learn what it means — and what it costs — to look up and away from this false sense of self.)
3. Conscious efforts are always rewarded with increased consciousness.
4. Despite temporary manifestations, manipulated for the sake of appearances, you can’t treat any other human being any differently from the way you treat yourself.
5. Wasted energies are the same as lost opportunities.
To see the beauty in mother nature is to know some of this beauty in yourself. To awaken and see the perfect order of life, its wholeness and goodness, is to receive title to this eternal truth and to be given a measure of its perfect peace.
In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about what it would mean for us to let real life sound its essential notes within us without the unnecessary dissonance of our resistance.
Click here to listen to this podcast “Just Let the Music Play”
Talk notes: Why do we like music? We like music because it stirs something inside of us. This means that, in the sounding of the music, it brings by its very existence a request to the ears that hear it. What is the request that music makes? The request is for a response, and we cannot separate our response to the music from the change that takes place within us as we respond.
The reason that we love music is because, through its “touch”, we are consenting to be changed. The sound acts upon us in order to produce a pleasurable response, and for the love of that “sound” we are transformed for the moment. Similarly, life itself is request, response, and change. However, there is something that lives within us that, while it agrees to be changed by pleasant music, rejects anything that is stirred within us that it doesn’t consider to be a pleasurable sensation.
Usually all we do is measure everything that takes place according to our personal demands. But if we can enter into a broader relationship with life for a moment, we can see that while something might happen to us that we would not prefer, that event may be exactly what someone else needs to have happen in order to learn about this process of request, response, and change.
What if, instead of rejecting moments that we do not like, we met them with the same open heart as we do the music that we love? What would happen to us? We would start to see that there is no sound that plays in us that is not part of a broader plan. It is this Divine sound that ultimately can perfect us if we would just let the music play.
Question: Does the physical proximity of a teacher of Truth to the student have a lot of importance?
Answer: There is no doubt that proximity to a teacher of Truth accelerates one’s inner development. However, and equally important to understand, a true teacher simply represents in this physical life what already exists within the seeker in his or her invisible spiritual life. Our work is to make contact with Truth/Christ/God. And right where you are is where this nature dwells at this moment. Wake up. Ask for something higher and then be receptive to the ensuing response of life. It never fails to come.