In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how our experience of life — the way we feel in any given moment — is the direct result of what we give our attention to.
Click here to listen to “The Seed is the Deed”
Question: If you see something someone else is doing, whether professional or personal, and it involves you and you know it’s not right (and the person that is doing the wrong definitely knows it isn’t right), should something be said, or should you just wait because sooner of later things always have a way of working out for the best?
Answer: As a general rule… if the wrongdoing negatively effects the life of another, or otherwise is immoral or destructive, it is best to make the correction (without being self-righteous, of course). But, if the wrongdoer is just “getting on your nerves,” then use their manifestations by learning to bear in yourself what they stir and reveal there. One must generally realize that what troubles us most about others is what we want from them (or don’t want them to do or be, as it troubles our sense of what’s “right”)… Remember that what is truly right and bright within a person can’t be upset by the darkness in another any more than the sun gets nervous because nighttime on earth approaches.
Imagine two people working the earth. Side by side they till the ground beneath them. Both know the quality of the soil, its weeds and rocks, and the heat of the overhead sun as it bears down upon them. There’s no argument between them about the nature of the ground they cultivate.
Neither person at work finds it necessary to have a belief about the earth beneath their feet — or about what it can, or can’t, do for them. Why? Because they’re standing on it. They are in it. They can taste it in the very air they breathe. Each person shares the work and receives the rewards of his or her efforts.
One way that we can start working upon the ground of discovery is to stop speculating about the nature of Truth. We can dare to see that our beliefs (about what is assumed true) are worse than worthless if, because of them, we’ve found a way to justify self-righteousness, indolence, cruelty, or any other self-isolating negative state of mind.
The merely mental person has no idea that his endless confusion can never be resolved by the equally endless questions he formulates to escape it… that these same questions are merely secret extensions of the very states from which he suffers. Where then is the answer to be found?
Know the Truth.
“But how?” you might ask.
Be real. Live what you are now in this and every moment.
And again you might ask, “But how?”
Each time life finds you without a clue, stop supplying yourself with answers you think you know. Instead, stand upon the ground of that moment. Dig there! Enter into the ground of discovery now at your feet. Consciously work these virgin soils and watch how new life begins to root and grow.
The ground of discovery belongs to anyone who will work it.
No one owns this ground, or the land of its origin, yet we may each possess as much of it as we are willing to exchange our lives for. Everyone has the same right to these soils that everywhere hold the same deep richness. And any seeds planted within them grow equally for whosoever will stoop to plant them.
The great sun above this ground never stops shining, so that there is Light enough everywhere in all times for all creations to grow. These things I tell you are intended to convey this one truth:
This ground of discovery, the ground of God’s life, remains little more than earthly dirt for us unless we dive into it and get our hands “dirty.” Only then are we made clean. The confusions and doubts inherent in merely speculating about the spiritual life are washed away by honest spiritual sweat.
To succeed spiritually, to discover the new man or woman waiting within us, requires going beyond being the thought-based, self-conceived creatures we are at present. We must work on ourselves. Only honest self-work heals the unconscious divisions within us and between us… [to be continued]