Is the season we call the Fall “weak” because she forfeits a bit of herself with each dying leaf? Or should we consider the Summertime “strong” because she causes trees and vines to burgeon with fruit?
Is the Winter, with its often hard, unyielding hold on the earth, less compassionate than the gentle Spring who comes to soften all things with her soft warm rain? Of course not. To fulfill its appointed purpose, each season must stand upon the ground of the one before it.
Let us learn to stand upon what we are — within what we are — so that we may, regardless of our apparent season, fulfill ourselves with what we are next given to see and become in this Great Life. Ponder this idea. It tells a secret about true self-reliance. Within it may be found a way to invoke Heaven to reveal itself.
We only become fully self-reliant when, at last, we are no longer ourselves, but are willing to take our place, consciously, in the inexorable movement of Life.
There is only one thing that you don’t have to imagine or struggle to keep alive — and that is what you authentically love.
Real love cannot be deceived because it wants nothing outside of itself.
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about the fact that we can grow into an ever-expanding relationship with truth because something of that truth already dwells within us.
Click here to listen to “A Glimpse of Forever”
The “promise” of any pleasure to come is really nothing more or less than the memory of a pleasing sensation imagined as just being ahead of you; in truth, it is projected there — onto the screen of the mind — from somewhere out of your past. The power of these wants, and the passion of their pursuit, is all due to the presence of a kind of psychological “special effect” — a highly attractive state that feels real because of the very desirable sensations that always attend its appearance.
If you wish to see through this trick of the false self, and save yourself a considerable amount of useless suffering, here’s a new action to take each time you catch yourself being drawn to jump down the rabbit hole of some familiar desire:
Before you “buy” the ticket (to the promised Wonderland)… do the best you can to remember how that exact same “sensational” mental movie ended last time. Consciously recall, as vividly as you can, the real cost of sitting through a rerun that you’ve not only seen a hundred times, but one that almost never has a happy ending!