Letting Go with Guy Finley

Letting Go with Guy Finley

Real Happiness is Effortless

posted by Guy Finley

Question: Is real happiness actually effortless? The inner work I know is needed seems to be a constant struggle.

Answer: Don’t confuse the work to cultivate the soil with the garden that grows in the prepared soil. Real happiness is indeed effortless, once the causes of unhappiness are weeded out. In a way, you already know this truth through the experience of those moments where your joy is independent of the “you” that suddenly realizes it is having a happy time. This physical example can be applied to our spiritual life when we come to the new contentment born out of seeing that our former discontentment was rooted in a lie. Don’t struggle to make yourself happy. Persist instead with your efforts to be free of the illusion that you must somehow struggle with unhappy thoughts or feelings. See these dark states as passing clouds. As you do this, you will know that behind them sits the sun.

 

The Secret Powers of Summer

posted by Guy Finley

One of the secret reasons why summer is a welcome time of the year is because as temperatures start to gradually rise, so do our spirits! After all, who doesn’t feel better after a day by cooling waters, a late-afternoon walk, or spending a balmy night on a deck with family and friends? But, there’s more summer to than its simple pleasures. As we’re about to discover, this season is full of secret powers that, once understood, are guaranteed to help us let go and grow!

The official beginning of summer – June 21st – is an event recognized world over as the summer solstice. On this day (in the Northern hemisphere) the earth is bathed in the greatest amount of sunlight possible and – for all this radiant energy that soaks in – comes a period of peak activity evidenced everywhere in nature.

In the trees, life-supporting sap flows more freely than any other time of the year. Leaves burgeon and swell; countless individual branches reach for the sun, even as root systems dive deeper into the earth. Creatures everywhere are searching for – and consuming – the vital foods they need to nourish the explosion of growth taking place within them.

Summer fruits start transforming the substance of their own flesh into sweet sugars, dressing themselves in rich colors that proclaim they are ripe and ready to eat. Fields of grains and grasses reach maturity; their stalks, waving in the late-afternoon winds, are teased into dropping countless seeds.

Summer is the time of natural abundance. These are the days of a great conversion: the whole of life flourishes, fulfills, and feeds itself at once. We see before us the immeasurable power of plentitude. But what do we stand to gain for realizing the strength of this season?

In the bright light of summer we are empowered to detect and drop the only thing that ever defeats us: being identified with the false self that wants us to feel discontent with what life gives to us.

Summer is a good time for letting go of any fearful concern we may have over uncertain days that lie ahead of us. Any part of our false self that wants to feel troubled over its own darkly imagined tomorrow should be tossed high into the air – winnowed like summer wheat so the chaff of fear blows away – leaving behind only the precious kernel of contentment with what we are being given in the here and now.

This season of growth is also the perfect time to detect and dismiss any parts of us that tell us we can’t outgrow what may have compromised us in days past. It is the time to discover that this higher ground we seek more than just awaits us; it is actually reaching out to meet us half way, if we will only take the necessary steps in our journey of letting go.

 

Find Your True Home

posted by Guy Finley

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Learn to keep your eye not upon the world that men create, but upon the world that permits men their creations. To wander through the former in search of yourself is to hope to find stability in desert dunes, while to awaken within the latter is to find not only your true Home, but your Original Self as well.

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Until we can be content wherever we are, we will never get any closer to the Home of Real Happiness.

 

Teaching Your Children About the Truth

posted by Guy Finley

Question: How can we parents, who are just beginning to obtain the least bit of understanding of the Truth, best instill in our children the will to seek and understand the Truth for themselves?

Answer: It is better for your children to see you struggle and fail at what is Real than to try to convince them that they should pretend to be true. We live in a world that is far greater in its invisible influences than what we experience with our eyes and ears. This means that any real effort to put the Truth first with your children means that they will experience your wish and receive the right encouragement from your attempts. We must all increasingly learn to stop believing in pictures we have of ourselves and opt for what Reality reveals to us. This is our healing… and eventually, everyone else’s.

 

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