If your answer to some sad memory that floats through your mind is to just drift along with it, why should you be surprised when you suddenly find yourself being carried over the falls of deep grief? The reason you have the feeling of falling is because you and your answer are never apart.
Your answer to the challenge of any moment — and what you experience as the quality of your life in that moment — are one and the same thing. In other words, the way you answer life’s events, and what you experience as your life, are really one.
You can’t separate yourself from what you receive from life any more than the ocean is apart from its own waves.
Within the space of each beat of your heart, you get the exact measure of the answer you gave to life the moment before. No more, no less: Life is always true in this way. Without fail, and without judgment, life speaks directly to you through your own immediate experience of it. Learn to listen for its wise council whenever you meet a moment. What it always says is: “Here is you back.”
Reality is a perfect mirror, and our fearless nature is the perfect teacher because it never denies what it sees. Your life can be just as light-filled and light-hearted as is this pure, elevated Self, if you’re willing to see that when there’s something sour in your life, it’s your answer that’s bitter.
The ridiculous parade continues…
People lining up, marching along to the tune of “Tomorrow, Tomorrow,” lyrics and music courtesy of a “secret” that promises to answer the emptiness of today by manifesting an “abundance” to come.
Dress a camel in a fine pair of slacks, and it’s still a creature of the desert.
Being able to fill one’s pocketbook, or social calendar does nothing to answer the ache of living without real purpose.
Can one create physical wealth, personal riches? Of course.
… And then what?
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how we can stop being fooled into involving ourselves with fear, worry and anxiety by remembering that there are parts of us that “love” falling into those negative states.
Click here to listen to “Choose the Path of Freedom”
Question: Most of the popular spiritual “New Age” people giving advice on how to manifest the life of your dreams, etc., are telling us that we need to imagine and dream and “think positive thoughts” to be able to manifest the life we deserve. We are told to construct “dream boards” and to feel the excitement of our desires as though they have already manifested. Can you help me understand this a little better since you teach to let go of the dream states and to not project outcomes?
Answer: There is nothing wrong with visualizing the perfect golf swing, or the way one wishes his or her patio to look like after they re-arrange plants, etc. … but when it comes to imagining one’s life, there are inherent (and painful) problems. First, if one loves something… a career or a creative hobby, there is never a problem with imagining possibilities because it’s love that is active and working to create more of itself along with what is needed to achieve that perfection. When love dreams, no one screams!
But when we start to dream of some goal or ambition because, in doing so, we want to feel good about ourselves and our future, then in such dreams live fear… because the level of self that dreams of becoming whatever it envisions, dreams what it does to escape the essential emptiness that drives it on. It creates a future for itself where it imagines its contentment, because it can’t stand being what it is without imagining a time to come when it won’t feel that way! This is a hopeless cycle for the self stuck in it, as well as for the unfortunate life that it fashions in its blindness.
In short: dreams are of the finite world; they belong to passing time… as does the level of self that believes in them, and that follows them to their eventual emptiness (and attending fear). Persist with your wish to be free; true freedom may be the only thing that’s not a dream.