We all tell ourselves that we want a new life; we spend hours dreaming of the day when we are freed from self-limitations or otherwise self-compromising behaviors. In our minds we see ourselves walking away from destructive relationships with others, or from habitual negative thoughts and feelings. And this is the problem. We talk to ourselves about the “fresh start”; we plan the path to be taken when things are right; we conspire with others and encourage one another to begin again, to just let go of what “was”. . . but that’s it. We talk but don’t walk! We plan but don’t act. We dream but never awaken to the fact that the New Beginning we long for is Now or never. There is no such thing as “tomorrow” for anyone who really has it in his or her heart to start over with life.
The only place where we can hope to make a genuine fresh start in life must be made in that one “place” where life itself is New all the “time.”
We must dare to step out of our past — and into the Now — every time we can catch ourselves about to be carried off by some common self-consideration. This means we watch, catch, and then drop our thoughts as they appear within our awareness, instead of picking each one up and holding it to our ear like a seashell in the hopes of catching the sweet sound of (our) self again.
This deliberate work of walking away from one’s past is a prerequisite for any true fresh start in life.
Do your inner work to live in conscious relationship with the ever new Now. Persist until you see that nothing in the universe can interfere with your wish to start life over because this wish comes to you from Reality itself.
During this time of the year it would be easier to stop the earth from spinning than to stop the surge of new life being awakened within her.
Life is beginning again everywhere, and so can we, if we are willing.
The power of spring lends us the fresh forces we need to break through and to let go of old patterns. During this time of the year, the possibility of making a brand new beginning in life is never greater. Why is this true? Because spring also dawns within us, and if we will align ourselves with the power of its presence, then the unstoppable principle of rebirth itself will work for us.
How can we harness this planetary power for our own good? Here are just three of the many ways we can work with spring to start a new life for ourselves:
1. All past wishes lying dormant within us — to outgrow old limitations — should be brought out into the light of our longing to transform them and be left there to bathe in our need to be free. Whatever conditions in life may have once overcome us should be re-challenged now, regardless of past results.
2. As spring marks the return of a celestial light that gradually grows greater than the darkness it has come to dismiss, so is this the best time to stand up and start walking through whatever frightens us.
3. We should work to detect and detach ourselves from old heartaches, keeping our eye on emerging possibilities, instead of looking back at lost opportunities. By acting in this way — as though we are free — we find that what once held us captive no longer has the power to keep us down. We succeed because we have becomes partners with the light of Real Life.
Each spring great forces are released to work upon and within us. Life is literally seeking itself through us, asking us to open ourselves and receive what will renew us. But, if we would receive this new life, with all its promise, then we must be willing to sacrifice within us whatever stands in its way. We can only be made as new as we are willing to let go of who we have been, and springtime not only awakens this need within us, but it also grants us the possibility of its realization.
If trees move through seasons — and their loveliness only changes to reveal itself in new forms — then why not consider that Love has Her seasons too? And is any season more beautiful than another, or is it just that we tend to forget those very special elements each has to offer in its own time and on its terms?
Is spring greater than winter? Summer more important than fall? Don’t they really need one another in order to be all that they are?
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about why we must come to realize the need to shake ourselves awake as often as possible if we want to be free of the negative states that currently pull us down.