In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about the kind of direct self-observation that is essential for the individual who wants freedom from the present level of mind that unconsciously compromises itself.
Click here to listen to “Break the Chains of Bitterness”
Depression always begins as an intrusion of the psychic kind, and gradually works its way into our material body. Bit by bit we become infused with certain chemicals as a result of this energy we have mistakenly identified with. Try to see the relationship between states that cling and keep you captive, and how you’ve consented to pay attention to these same states. This will break the bonds.
Question: How do we deal with destructive people we live with — and those destructive parts of ourselves — once we have unknowingly invited them into our lives? How do we react to a sudden wind that blows sand in our eyes?
Answer: The first time you find yourself in a “sand storm” produced by being in wrong relationship with another person, or with parts within yourself, it must be realized that the reason for the “stinging” is because you don’t belong “there.” Once it becomes clear to us that there are people and parts of ourselves that are “desert dwellers” — lovers of low places — there no longer remains any excuse for being around them… no exceptions. Seek the highest regardless what the lowest says is “right” or “needful” for you. The self that believes there is a good reason for wandering around in a sand storm is kicking up the sands it cries about!
To know why we feel as we do in any given moment, we need look no farther than what we love… for the mind cannot create anything that drags us down without our willing embrace.
As goes your attention, so comes your experience.