In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how our awareness of the true needs of other human beings heralds within us the birth of true compassion.
When we start to see that there is very little that’s constant in us, very little to be counted on in times of crisis (inwardly or outwardly), the tendency is to fall back into some kind of self-loathing or blaming of life in one way or another. But, if we begin to see that this fall-back “self” is just as illusory (and void of quality) as the one it decries, then comes the moment of real decision: to see…or not to see; and to see is to hold to our growing understanding that we couldn’t be shown our relative nothingness — or such darkness (as the case may be given the moment) — were it not for the presence of Light within us that reveals the same. In these trials belief plays no part; in fact, these trials are a kind of crucifixion of beliefs because we see we can no longer believe in ourselves or in the sensation of some iconic rescuing force; we are where we are, experiencing what we are, because of what we have loved up until this point.
For maybe the first time the soul is awakened to its actual condition of having been asleep while its vessel has been overtaken and victimized by a host of wayward natures that know nothing of the “love” they imitate. We see what is, and realize what can no longer be…even as we see we haven’t the power to change the condition (of ourselves). NOW the soul, seeing its actual condition, calls out in earnest for its Father, its Mother…saying: “I have wandered far and been foolish with what you have given to me. I want to come home; I wish to live with you where I know nothing can come into our home and compromise me. I need real strength, not silly dreams about powers to come.”
Such prayers — these true supplications — are “heard” in heaven… and what was asunder is once again made whole by Love in action.
Don’t be afraid to let the truth strike you. What does this mean? Whether in simple truths like the ones you’re about to read, or in an moment of great personal crisis, don’t fear what life is trying to show you about itself and about you. Welcome it! Yes! Don’t resist anything that threatens to pull the rug out from under your feet. Welcome it! Why? Try to see the wisdom in this. We should be thankful to find out that we are standing in the wrong place!
One example of standing in the “wrong place” is depending upon the undependable within ourselves or others. Then, when the reality of our shaky situation suddenly springs up before our disbelieving eyes and we start to take the fall we get angry, blame-filled, or depressed… which is yet another wrong place to stand, guaranteed to lead to another fall. The point is that we live in a constant struggle to keep everything at arm’s length that doesn’t fit into what we think life is supposed to be about. That’s why I say you mustn’t be afraid to let the truth strike you. It is not dealing the blow that you think it is dealing. Truth always heals, even though it may hurt at first.
We are really only given two things in life that are purely ours: attention – the ability to give our attention to something – and the time to use that attention. That’s really all we are given as human beings, and we tend to squander these gifts.
The gifts that God, the Divine, that Love itself has given us to know what it means to be in a living relationship with what is eternal are mostly just thrown away… because we don’t make use of our time — time that is dwindling away – to take conscious command of our own attention.
We live waiting for something to happen, for something to take our attention — to give us something to think about, to stimulate us — and then we call the relationship between that movement of a passing situation and what it produces in us, “life.” That’s not life! It is one kind of life – we all have it – but so does a dog, a deer, a bird, because they are commanded by the world around them to partake in the world they’re handed by the world around them. We are meant to live in a world in ourselves that isn’t commanded by the exterior world… because if a man or woman is commanded by the world around them, what is their life?
Use your time. It’s so precious. Don’t be like most of the human beings on this planet who upon learning about the end of their mortality wonder, “What on earth did I do with my life?”, because in that moment, everything is washed away. That is what we fear most, and the fear is based on an incomplete understanding of what we have been given as a human being to slay that fear!
God didn’t put us here on this planet to serve our own thoughts and feelings; they’re not even ours. We are put here for an entirely different purpose — a beautiful, noble, sacrificial purpose — but to understand that, we have to begin to gather the right understanding.
For now, stay awake. Stay in your body. Don’t let your mind drag you around, evaluating everything you see: “I like this; I don’t like that…” That’s not life; it is literally time taking from you everything you’ve been given to be the master of time, to be in your life appropriately. Don’t waste time.