Question: What are we to do with what life brings to us — that we are sure just isn’t “right” — especially when we can look out and see so many horrible things taking place on our planet?
Answer: While not disregarding negative conditions… things are the way they are in the moment in which we see them unfold. No moment can be different than it is. Whether we like it or not means nothing, and our distaste for it changes nothing in what takes place before us. However, what does mean something is what we allow to happen within us in that moment, because as we are changed — by what we see about ourselves — so changes the moment itself.
Not only are events unfolding as they must, but they also serve a higher purpose. Life itself, each of its “waves,” is a kind of “window” through which we see what “is” — including the reality of how our awareness interacts and transforms all that is becoming moment to moment.
It’s what we do inwardly — with what takes place outwardly — that alone has the power to transform both of these worlds in a way that’s truly positive for all. And when we are aware of this truth, and its vital relationship with all that is taking place, we begin to see how our true human responsibility and the higher purpose of this life are really one movement. It’s why our interior work is so crucial to the enlightenment of human consciousness. Our world is transformed according to our ability to take part in it this way, just as we ourselves are transformed with the world as it reveals to us the truth of ourselves.
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how freedom from unhappiness and frustration appears naturally as we learn to let go of false purposes.
Click here to listen to this podcast “Free Yourself From the Pain of False Purposes”
Question: Sometimes I am overcome by a sad thought or image that pops up in my mind, even when things are going well! What can I do about a happy mood that turns sad?
Answer: Here is the key to unlocking this continuing conflict: There is not a thought that can stay in our mind, not a feeling that can remain in our heart that is not willingly remembered. These unwanted images return again and again as they do because something within us keeps recalling them and drawing them to the forefront of our mind.
When a sad thought appears in your mind, instead of remembering the unhappiness this image stirs in you, turn the tables on it. Bring its little troubled life into your remembrance of that greater presence within you that dwells well beyond its punishing power.
Work like this whenever you can and, like a pebble tossed into a deep pond, the ripple effects of that past pain will simply disappear into the healing nature of the Now. Instead of a life of endless resistance, you will learn the timeless secret of how to replace any form of darkness with the Light you have chosen over it.
If you can do nothing else in some moment of being a slave to some negative state, then at least work to remember your real wish to serve what is right and true, regardless of the cost to you. This higher intention is your connection to a level of consciousness that can’t be dragged down into that darkness through which you now stumble.
Although hard to “see” when so blinded by some rage, fear, or worry… your conscious intention has “eyes” of its own; they “see” what you are now only starting to intuit: who you really are has nothing in common with the conflict you feel coursing through you.
It’s your resistance to the pain that plants your feet in the world where woes grow like weeds. Your intention to see the truth (of yourself), and your willingness to bear the light that shines down into you (from the higher world from where this intention originates) gradually, but unmistakably, release you from the level of self that loves its suffering.