In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how resisting any weakness that we may see within ourselves is the same as rejecting the possible flowering of real spiritual strength.
Make it your personal aim to take as many (small) conscious pauses each day as you can remind yourself to do. These moments of reordering your priorities need not (should not!) be grand acts. Merely stop the parading thoughts and feelings for a short spell and recall that were it not for the existence of an interior changeless ground there would be nothing moving anywhere.
By remembering what is changeless, timeless — in becoming aware of this feature within you through your awareness of it — you touch it and it you. Give no thought as to the efficacy of this action, for the self that pauses in this way is the front-runner of the Intelligence it calls to. And though the changeless is timeless, true transformation requires a passage. Be patient. Be persistent.
In some time you will see that your actions of taking conscious pauses to remember yourself and God are the seeds of a special kind of vine that produces a unique fruit. Gradually you will cease to be “you” and realize that who you really are has always been right within you, and that more than this you could not wish to be.
Question: I have read in your works, with regards to various thoughts and feelings, that we should do the interior work of learning to look at “what is talking to us, and not where it is pointing.” But when I try to look at some painful thought, it forces me to look at what it wants me to see! Then I lose myself again… only to find myself distracted by this. Please help!
Answer: Ponder this truth until its power becomes your own: Nothing in the universe can force a person to place his or her attention where they don’t want it to be placed. Yes, your attention will be stolen from time to time, and more often than one would wish; but when your attention gets stolen, and you begin to suffer from identifying with some corresponding negative state, simply see the truth of your situation, reclaim your mind, and start over… and over and over. Eventually, as you come to realize the unattended mind breeds the very defeat it decries, a new need will be born in you to remain watchful of yourself wherever you are, and whatever you may be doing.
Just as the exploration of a new territory must precede the possibility of claiming the natural treasures uncovered there, this same principle holds true when it comes to the undiscovered country of our own consciousness: we must be willing to explore those still secret regions of our present nature if we ever hope to realize the extent of its limitless resources.