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Letting Go with Guy Finley

Letting Go with Guy Finley

Real Life is an Ongoing Journey (Part 3)

posted by Guy Finley

Think how nice it would be to spend your day going from one new understanding to the next. That’s the beauty of your spiritual work — to begin to establish relationship with a force that is ever-renewing.

Here’s an exercise connected with all we have been learning. Each day, just watch, as best you can, what the prevailing energy is — how you want to get things done, how you are rarely (if ever) right with yourself where you can learn something. Then make it your new wish to start to grow, to find the learning ground within you instead of staying caught up in this terribly painful, endless pursuit of possessions.

Just notice how your life is all about the idea of gaining what will get rid of the feeling of being incomplete. Instead, turn your attention back around. Don’t reach out; reach in. Put your energy, your will, your wish, your attention all in the one place that it’s possible for you to start having what this life is for, which is to grow.

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Driving your car, in the office, at the supermarket… work at moments where you’re not trying to gain getting out of somewhere so you can get home and eat the pizza, or you’re not trying to gain any person’s good opinion of you. Your sole aim is to be conscious of yourself so that you can see what is in your way, what is for you and what is not, and what it means to grow.

God wants you to grow. That’s the whole purpose of life. We have been set up, not to gain things, but to grow from our life. What an advocate you have if only you would put yourself on God’s side.

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Real Life is an Ongoing Journey (Part 2)

posted by Guy Finley

What are you here in this world for if it isn’t to gain things?

Do you know what this life is for? It’s to grow. It’s to learn about who and what we really are; nothing more, nothing less. But no one has taught you how to grow. You might think you know what it means to grow, but all you know is what it means to add things to yourself. Growth is not about adding things to you. It is seeing through the nature that believes it has to add anything to it.

Does forever need to add anything to itself? Do you think God has to add anything to Himself, or is He everything? And yet, if you examine yourself, without knowing it, all day long, what drives you is: “Gotta go, gotta do, gotta get, gotta settle this” — so that there is never a moment in which the real purpose of this life is fulfilled, which is for you to begin to become self-educating. Real gain comes from growth, because what you discover is that the self inside of you that is so dedicated to the pursuit of gain, can’t gain even itself, let alone what it promises.

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When you start seeing the truth of this, moments come when suddenly you are faced with a problem and you don’t know what to do. You find yourself with nothing beneath you that you can stand on, but you are so tired of looking for the next thing on the way to winning something, that you realize: “Something holds me that has its own agenda — its own way of doing things and its own direction — and I don’t want to be held by that anymore. I don’t want to be possessed by what is beneath me. I want to be the possession of what is above me.” And you surrender.

In that moment of letting go, new wisdom replaces your former ideas with new insight. You are possessed by the knowledge that comes from heaven, and that new knowledge replaces the old knowledge. And if it’s a true change, you are possessed by it.

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What do I mean by “possessed”? Well, did you create it? You were the one that didn’t know what to do! And when you finally don’t know what to do anymore, then you have to let go, and when you have to let go, suddenly everything that had been waiting for you above you, comes in.

The person that looks at life as possessing this or that, or that makes a gain game out of it, never lets go, because they don’t want to lose anything! They just come up with new answers, reconfigurations, new plans to change those around them.

Our work in any given moment, if nothing else, is to start to realize, “Look. I wonder what there is for me to learn right now, in this very moment unfolding before and within me.” Then there is no end to your growth in God. There is no end to your potential blossoming. There is no end to the wisdom that placed you here.   [to be continued]

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Real Life is an Ongoing Journey (Part 1)

posted by Guy Finley

The real force that drives most people in life is the idea of gaining things, of “becoming someone.”

Our minds and hearts are dominated by the notion that there is something for us to gain or achieve. We go to school and the entire educational system is based on obtaining certain knowledge, position, and credential in order to place us in this life so that we may gain from it.

Consider for a moment how deeply ingrained (in you) is this absolutely unconscious mindset that looks at every moment as something to get done in order to gain from it. What do you do every day, moment to moment? What is living your life? Is it not: “Trying to get things done”?

With an honest look, we can see that for all our efforts so far, everything we have gained from this world through such a mindset has betrayed us. Even the so-called approval of other people… you gain it and then one person looks askew at you, and it’s all gone. There isn’t anything that we can gain that doesn’t cause us to feel like we’re going to lose something that we need to protect at all costs.

So if the true purpose of this life is not about gain, then what is it about?   [to be continued]

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The Spirit We Can Strive For

posted by Guy Finley

In the end, the kindest thing we can do for others is to always remember – as best we can – that within each of us lives the one true source of understanding, of compassion and love, and then strive to be that (spirit) for one and all.

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