Beliefnet
Letting Go with Guy Finley

Question: With war raging and me in the middle of it all, will my spiritual work lift me out of the clutches of this dismal place? And if so, where?

Answer:  Freedom from this raging planet with all of its wars begins with discovering and walking away from the war within ourselves. In Truth, there is no other battle, and what we see around us is the inevitable expression of the pain within us that pushes and pushes until it finds some release. As far as where your spiritual work leads you, leave it to the Spirit. It will never betray you.

The dark powers that presently govern this world are secretly dedicated to the denigration of (true) character…which they slowly achieve through attrition, tribal glorification of imitation, and the growing sense of discouragement felt by anyone who sees the promise of humanity slipping away in creeping mediocrity. Whenever any government promotes and celebrates the idea of reduced individual responsibility to the point where it becomes a cultural ideal — so that its people are actually thankful to the “powers that be” for diminishing their own higher possibilities — so dawns a new dark age…which is, as it turns out, the goal of the same dark powers that helped to usher it in.

In our spiritual sleep… we live with imagined rights that, when denied, produce imagined trespassers. The internal consideration of these now in debt to us grants us imagined powers of pride along with its prejudice. These false forces permit and foster the belief that there is righteousness in being negative, and that it is our subsequent responsibility to judge others for what they have seen fit to do to us!  What we must see is that we are our own undoing.  This is what it means to wake up.

Real love can never betray you… for when you start with, and then endeavor through what love asks of you, you will come to know this greatest of truths that sets you free: love’s endpoint begins – and has always abided – within you.

How do you make love real? Without sacrifice there can be no fulfillment of love. Most of us know love as a trade, but real love is not convenient. It always has a cost. These 7 acts of love mentioned in the Bible can help you realize a higher form of love in all your relationships…

Proverbs 18 – Listen Without Interrupting

Catch the part of you that knows better than anyone else, that never stops inserting and asserting itself in the moment.

James 1:19 – Speak Without Accusing

Give up the part of yourself that is always looking to dominate.

Colossians 3:13 – Forgive Without Punishing

Be present to the pain in you… without blaming another. Refuse to fight or protect yourself.

Ephesians 4:15 – Share Without Pretending

Listen instead of feigning interest. Actually give your attention to the person with you.

Philippians 2:14 – Enjoy Without Complaint

Catch the part of you that never stops comparing, and stop judging.

Corinthians 13:7 – Trust Without Wavering

Have faith in the good that sees the moment; in the light that reveals both you and the other person.

Colossians 4:2 – Pray Without Ceasing

Never forget your helplessness. Remember the cost of sacrificing yourself, which is to give yourself completely to what wants to give itself to you.