In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about the choice we have to either passively exist — having our lives lived for us — or to become conscious that we are actually alive and experience everything that comes with the awareness of real life.
Click here to listen to “The Difference Between Just Living and Real Life”
It’s only what you do right this moment, right now, that’s the seed of personal change. And in the endless beauty and mystery of what is the now, this same seed of change is also the seed of your new and higher nature.
Grasp the meaning of the next sentence, fully, and you’ll have your first glimpse of just one of the special ways in which the power of the present moment can help you change your destiny.
If you choose to change right now, then you won’t have to worry about how to be different next time!
In fact, choose to change now, and that moment will never come for you to worry about how to be better next time. Why? Because your conscious choice for real change in the present moment automatically cancels the need for a better you in a better future. Why? Because all will be better for you now, which is the only time it really matters!
Make it your moment to moment practice to stay awake, and to watch for all the opportunities that your own now presents. Keep your efforts personal, practical, and to the point. If your inner work doesn’t transform the whole of your life into a more relaxed, amazing, and uplifting experience, then you’re dreaming; not changing.
Here’s an encouragement. Your efforts to contribute to these studies turn their revelations into a part of your own evolving nature. And as you awaken to this higher life within yourself, you naturally attract higher and happier events. There is no such thing as a wasted step when your final destination is self-transformation.
You can bank on this advice: No day is better well spent than the one that leaves you with… change.
The present moment, where our being and our nature meet, is the instant of our destiny. And up until now, we’ve had little real choice in how our fates unfold because it’s always been our nature — our accumulated past with all of its fears, compulsions, and doubts — that has been running the show.
Where your usual nature is often blinded by its own unseen self-interests, your true being, represented in the moment by your awareness of it, effortlessly sees into — and through — this unconsciously compromised thinking even as it’s occurring. The presence of this higher intelligence keeps you from defeating yourself. And this is the same as making you newly victorious! For each time you have the awareness not to choose from that bank of old patterns produced by your limited thought nature, new and higher alternatives appear before your inner eyes. And with these directions as your guide, designing your destiny is as effortless as you are now confident. How can you not succeed when reality itself points your way!
Your nature is not fixed. It can be transformed. This amazing quality, the inherent potential mutability of our nature, is what sets us above all of God’s countless other creations. And this fact about our unique nature also empowers us in a very special way. Each of us is created with the power to choose the course of our own destiny.
But before you can change the course of and learn to design your destiny, you must first gain access to that secret place within yourself where your own future is being created moment by moment by moment.
This truly timeless place, where all your life choices are made for you, is what we understand, in concept, as the present moment. But this state of true now is not just an idea. It’s a place of extraordinary and measureless power, for the true present moment is actually a cosmic seed of a sort from out of which springs all that comes later . . . [to be continued]