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Letting Go with Guy Finley

To see … that we are held in life by what we hold onto as life is the birth of our real life in the light.

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To do those works required of us, to act from what we know is right and true — even when we don’t want to — is the first step of giving birth to something in ourselves that gradually gives us, effortlessly, everything that we need to be right and true.

This life of ours is short… and if it seems long to you, it’s because you’ve not learned what your life is for, and not knowing this, you can’t know how to use it as God intended. Being but the brief candle that it is, resolve all over again to love the light that lit it. Nourish your wish to grow in it. Make your sole intention to invite this light to become your whole life . . . “and surely Goodness will follow you the rest of the days of your life, and forever more.”

I wish for all of you one thing — you wish it too — no matter what comes your way along this way, keep your eye on the mountaintop. Nothing has the power to keep you from falling forward. Make it your wish that every day you are increasingly able to see the truth of yourself and of this life. The light is never far away.

Who is going to be the one who stops the wave of darkness on this earth? We are intended, each and every one of us, to be the light of the world — the point at which, in this world, light appears and stops the darkness.

Now beware — we are not supposed to be the creator of the light, but the individual who recognizes a moment of light from a moment of darkness, such as: “Look how impatient I am. Look how frightened I am… how greedy, how depressed.”

The only time we suffer is when we are in the dark. What we are willing to bear in the moment — when we are willing to see what is true — is how the light expresses itself in us. We are not intended to be self-conquering. We are supposed to be self-enlightening, and the light does the conquering.

The reason that Christ was crucified was because he came into a world where light was measured by shades of darkness, and in his very being, in his refusal to compromise what was true, by contrast everything was made to be revealed to itself. We are meant to go through the exact same thing.

Whatever it was in the split second where you chose the light instead of letting the mob rule, in that moment you knew you had done what was right, and when you did what was right, it was the same as the light expressing itself in you in this life. That is what we are supposed to be doing. That is what the whole of Christ’s life was about — the birth of light, the birth of a nature that does not alternate between day and night, a life that does not go between happiness and sadness, but rather one that is rooted in something eternal.

It is not complicated. It begins with the spirit of God touching a person and evoking the wish in them that says, “I think I want the light more than I want the darkness. Please let me live for the light.” And then don’t get caught up in what it means to live for the light. The light will come and do for you what only the light can do when you have done what you can do.

We affirm the Light of Truth — not by professing its powers on sunny days, but in choosing to walk by its Light — no matter how faint — even in the midst of our darkest hour when all that we see before us is defeat.

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