In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how authentic silence is the natural fruit of a mind that has seen the futility of its own efforts to silence itself.
We have all felt the calming effect of a kind of unity when we stand on the ocean’s shore, and gaze out on its endless waters. In moments like these our relationship with the ocean is a meditative one; the […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about what it means to let go of something without needing to know beforehand the outcome of that sacrifice.
Guy Finley explains that the question in every spiritual aspirant’s mind is, “When will I be free?” To know the answer, first you must awaken entirely to what it is that enslaves you.
No one can say no to this world who is afraid to walk through it alone. The unseen cost of this baseless fear is not just ending up in the company of cowards but that one may lose the possibility […]
Guy explains that when you wrestle with the world to try to get the things you think will make you happy, you are fighting the wrong battle. When you finally understand that happiness can’t be won from this world, you […]
Guy Finley tells a fun and insightful story about an “achy lake” that was disturbed by the nuts that the squirrels kept dropping into it, to illustrate that you can use all of the disruptive people in your life to […]
Guy Finley explains that the grand movement of life itself is a ceaseless rebalancing. But because the native state of every living organism is inertia, when life produces the conditions it needs to make itself complete and whole we find […]
To live in Presence is the path to peace…
In this short talk, Guy Finley describes what it takes to let go and let a higher intelligence reconcile the sense of dissatisfaction we feel in our lives.
Question: When quieting my mind, there is sometimes a feeling of peace and clarity in the present moment, but often there is this gloomy, dark feeling of emptiness, together with a sense of fear about the future making me feel […]
We have an essential need to be at peace. Part of that essential need to be at peace is to know that we are in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing, and to know it […]
In this special short talk featuring music performed live at Life of Learning Foundation in Southern Oregon, Guy Finley talks about the music and rhythm of life itself, and how we as human beings are meant to be sensitive instruments, responding […]
Guy Finley explains what real love is and what it isn’t, and notes that it is impossible for you to genuinely love another person if you cannot first be completely content and comfortable with being alone.
It is a distinct stage in the development of the aspirant when — rather than being easily distracted by some imagined consolation for his pain, or by concluding who is to blame for it — his first and real […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley explains that true prayer is not intended to be something that we do in order to achieve or acquire something for ourselves so that we can feel “at peace.” Real prayer is connected to […]
Whenever we will put ourselves on the side of what we know is true, then the Truth takes our side… lending us what is noble, needful, and divine; so Truth sees to it that we are strengthened by wisdom, sheltered […]
Guy Finley explains how even though aspirants have sought stillness for centuries, it can’t be brought about by will. True relationship with stillness begins with seeing, through self-observation, that it’s actually the willfulness of the mind that keeps us apart […]
Following are what may be called the “The Three A’s of the Peaceful Life.” Welcome them as special work reminders to let God’s will be as your own. If you will take these new intentions and inner attitudes with you […]
There can never be real peace in any world wherever opposing wills contest what the nature of that peace will be. And if this is true with two people at war over “how” or “what” peace is to be won, […]
If one has any sensitivity, then one must ask: Why is there so much hatred everywhere? What has happened that human beings are so willing to destroy each other, and at the same time feel so justified for the terror […]
Guy Finley explains in this short talk how all of us must eventually leave behind the consolation of familiar spiritual ideas and begin to act on what we know is true by agreeing to see what real life wants to […]
Guy Finley talks about how we currently live from an agitated nature that searches for “peace” through its own frenzied activity. Our awareness of this fact is what seeds within us a new relationship with real peace. Click here to […]
It’s often said that ‘silence is golden.’ But very few people on earth understand why this is so, let alone the immense possibilities this idea holds for the sincere spiritual seeker. In this short talk Guy Finley reveals the extraordinary […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how conflict is born in those moments when our expectations about how life ought to unfold meet reality. Click here to listen to “Comes the Snow Before the Spring”
Part I: It is not silence that quiets the mind being tormented by its own runaway fragmented thinking, it is the love of silence that both heralds the coming of Peace and that stills the soul whom it wraps in […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how every moment presents us with an opportunity to learn something new and valuable about ourselves. Click here to listen to “Be the Living Prayer”
Question: I love the idea of living in a world without storms, but given how much turmoil and trouble there seems to be every¬where, including in ourselves, where do we find such an elevated state of self? Answer: Peace of […]
Question: I (and many others) have lost so much in the recent storm. How do we begin to move beyond all the grief and suffering to some kind of peace and understanding of why such a thing could have happened? […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley reveals why it is so important to wake up and come back to the present moment, instead of being lost in a dream. Our current nature thinks it can add something to Life. When we […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley explains how real compassion is the fruit of the mind that awakens to where it is harming itself. Click here to listen to “The Birth of True Compassion”
True Peace is not a time to come, any more than the Kingdom of Heaven is a place apart from our own Awakened Conscience. This means that any impatience we feel over what we perceive as prohibiting our peace from […]
When you go outside on a beautiful day, do you step into the sunlight and try to enjoy the warmth, or isn’t the enjoyment inherent in the experience? Similarly, when you see a falcon fly amongst the trees, land, shake […]
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about why human beings are so addicted to stress and tension, and why it is so important for us to understand that something within us actually enjoys being anxious. Click here to listen […]
Being at peace, and learning to live with quiet confidence — even as the world spins wildly around us — begins as we realize within us the presence and power of an interior stillness that neither needs, nor searches for, […]
Peace cannot be bound but must be let loose by our growing realization that only in willingly losing ourselves within its life can we hope to know its everlasting tranquility. And yet, even though this peace cannot be bound, neither […]
The only thing we really “win” in any temporary victory over life, that’s paid for by agreeing to be angry, aggressive, or otherwise ache, is this dark and unseen guarantee: We will live to fight another day but, for this […]
To see the beauty in mother nature is to know some of this beauty in yourself. To awaken and see the perfect order of life, its wholeness and goodness, is to receive title to this eternal truth and to be […]
A father once took his young daughter to a nearby old growth forest. He knew that the stillness and beauty of the massive trees would work their enchantment on her, as it had always done upon him. And he was […]
If only we would cease giving others Reasons to resist our presence, Bear ourselves With what we burden them, Leaving no reason for blame . . . Then . . . that great silent rage Hidden in the human heart […]
In this podcast, Guy Finley reveals the serenity in the wholeness of the present moment. Our current nature thinks it can add something to Life. When we see a beautiful scene in nature, or hear glorious music, we know that […]