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Letting Go with Guy Finley

No animal hides in shame for being itself. No tree bends to the opinion of others. No wind avoids the granite face before it. Only human beings cultivate ways in which to fawn or cower before one another, and all for the sake of winning nothing but a fleeting feeling that for their cunning they have made it through one more day.

Just as the still waters of a quiet pond effortlessly mirror the depths of the sky that towers above it, so does the silent mind reflect with ease upon the Divine that dwells within it.

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Guy Finley explains that no matter how well something is interpreted, the interpretation will always be incomplete because it’s at a different level from the original impression. When you see that your mind is always interpreting your experiences for you, you will no longer allow it to continue stealing from you the impressions the moment has brought just for you.

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We must do more than just try to remember that nothing disturbs our peace of mind without first having gained our consent to enjoin us in that conflict;

we must learn to fight for ourselves, to boldly reject any negative state that would rule us — or else accept the lot of victim and wear his mantle of woe.