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Letting Go with Guy Finley

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Actualizing a Parent’s Wish

posted by Guy Finley

Question: I am 20 weeks pregnant. I’ve already felt the strong precious being inside of me. Especially when I am praying I feel the Spirit in my child. What words of direction can you give to me about being a […]

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Put Your Hand in the Hand that Lifts You

posted by Guy Finley

Whether you see it or not, this world is in the hands of the hand that is coming from beneath the earth. Just think of all the acts of will that are occurring as they never have occurred before on […]

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(Audio) The Perfection of Persistence

posted by Guy Finley

In this brief audio clip, Guy Finley talks about how the perfection of any quality within ourselves must always begin with what we are in the present moment.

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The Power to Change Your Past (Conclusion)

posted by Guy Finley

Who you really are—your immortal Self—doesn’t live in the past, and therefore cannot be punished by anything that happened there. If anything, the repeated pain of reliving whatever the problems may have been should show us that we’ve arrived in […]

The Path of Quiet Selflessness

posted by Guy Finley

Billions give their lives away for a moment’s pleasure or the promise of approval. They sacrifice their happiness in the hope that by acquiring power they can make their world a prettier place in the face of all the ugliness […]

(Video) Reclaim the Gift of Recognizing the Difference Between Good and Evil

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that we have lost our innate ability to discern what’s good from what’s evil, and instead make peace with anything that promises to reconcile a disturbance within us. But you can’t have your own life when something […]

Find Lasting Freedom in Spiritual Stillness, Part 2

posted by Guy Finley

There is nothing to do, only something to see . . . Blind reactions based on an incomplete understanding of your circumstances always sow the seeds of yet other unwanted moments yet to come. Everything you “do” in this manner […]

Find Lasting Freedom in Spiritual Stillness, Part 1

posted by Guy Finley

On this one point all saints, sages, and illumined beings agree: there is nothing as certain as silence, stillness, and solitude to introduce you to the divinity within. The first step in learning to be still isn’t really an action […]

The Power to Solve Any Problem Before It Begins

posted by Guy Finley

Your true self is a creative silence, a ground of perfect stillness from which all disturbances appear and to which they return if left alone. The clearer this revelation becomes, the more confident you become that being still is the […]

Start Giving Yourself What You Really Want

posted by Guy Finley

It’s a little-known secret that our experience of life in any given moment is a direct reflection of what we actually value in that same moment. We may deny this unsettling truth, but when it comes to what we are […]

(Video) Learn to Embrace Disgrace: The Path of Negation

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains the revelation of our true self is the natural outcome of a constant pruning away of the illusions we have about our own character.

Take the First Step to Wholeness

posted by Guy Finley

We go through our lives in a continual dance of being filled with something that needs an answer, and then going out and finding that answer… only to find out that our answer wasn’t quite the answer. Then, as we […]

The Clarity of Wholeness

posted by Guy Finley

Question: I know I have a confused and divided mind, so how can I get it into self-wholeness? Answer: Just as an electric fan cannot sort papers on a desk, giving them order, neither can the whirling mind produce Peace. […]

Dealing with the Darkness We Get From Others

posted by Guy Finley

Question: In my job I must deal daily with several emotionally dark coworkers. What can I do to handle this situation better, besides getting another job? Answer: I know that it is difficult to be surrounded by toxic people; however, […]

Remaining Conscious Around Others

posted by Guy Finley

Question: The more I think I know about true spirituality, the more I become easily aggravated by the behavior of others when I hear them make an obviously false (spiritually) statement, or I observe their inconsistent behavior. I sense that […]

The Way Out of Habitual Dark States

posted by Guy Finley

Your awareness of troubled thoughts and feelings roaming through you is the power that keeps their harmful and self-limiting influences from having control over you. Their aim is to get you to define yourself by identifying with their dark and […]

Detect and Reject Despair

posted by Guy Finley

The secret purpose of that self-loathing nature in us – that wants us to suffer today for what we could not do yesterday – is not there to help us make straight our mistakes, but rather to ensure that we […]

The Secret of Harmonious Living

posted by Guy Finley

Were it not for our mysterious capacity to perfectly reflect moments of beauty – to be one with it in heart, mind, and soul – there would be no beauty or harmony to behold…

The Music of the Mind

posted by Guy Finley

The music of the mind — its harmony, or not, is expressed by the order of its thoughts through which it is instrumented. Confusion is dissonance; clarity is flow.

(Video) See Through the False Bliss Called Self-Ignorance

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that you live in an entire galaxy of forces which ceaselessly act upon you, and it’s only your awareness of these energies that allows you to use them for your benefit rather than be unconsciously dominated by […]

Enter The Narrow Gate

posted by Guy Finley

You may not see it unfolding, but here’s what happens the moment you take your eye off of seeing the whole of yourself: Some unseen part of yourself takes one step closer to falling into the pit of some pain […]

See Yourself in a Whole New Way

posted by Guy Finley

The new inner vision that comes from self-observation is what provides you with true self-knowledge. To see yourself in this new way means that at the same moment of being aware of your physical self, you are also watching what […]

Allow Your Higher Nature to Prevail

posted by Guy Finley

When we can observe ourselves by being awake to our thoughts and feelings, we allow our natural higher intelligence, our higher nature, to prevail over the unnatural thoughts and feelings of our self-defeating lower nature. Self-observation allows you to understand […]

The Perfection of the Moment

posted by Guy Finley

  If you listen carefully, quietly, you’ll hear the voice of the moment tell you that all is well and always will be…

(Video) Listen for the Voice of the Divine and Find True Guidance

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that we always give our attention to what we value most. You can’t “look” for the path to the Divine. The path is right here, right now. Our work is to just attend and listen for the […]

Put Yourself on the Side of Real Life

posted by Guy Finley

What we have taken as being our “choices” in life really belong to a nature whose mechanical reactions leave us virtually without a voice in our experience of what happens to us. In order to elevate the nature of our […]

Let Go and Enlarge Your Life

posted by Guy Finley

Question: You have said to “follow what you love” and the rest of your life will take care of itself. I have been pondering whether or not to pursue a hobby as a business. The “still small voice” tells me […]

Choose this Path and Reclaim Your Real Life

posted by Guy Finley

We can go on living as we have, where we allow our lower nature to respond to life for us by “remembering” what it does, and then “choosing” these reactions to act as our guide, telling us how we ought […]

Start Making Your Life Right, Bright, and True

posted by Guy Finley

Within us lives a timeless Self that cannot forget what is right, bright, and true any more than the sun has to try to remember to shine each day.

(Video) Stand Up for What’s True in You

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that if you want to have a relationship with the divine, with what’s right and good, you must learn to stand up for truth within you. Have the courage to exchange self-concern for spiritual awareness, and you […]

Taking a Stand

posted by Guy Finley

Question: Where is the line between not having an issue with anything and enabling or allowing? I don’t understand where I must “forget myself” and where I must stand up for something. Answer: One should always try to “forget oneself” […]

Choose the High Side in Conflict

posted by Guy Finley

In any moment of conflict that we can remember to remember ourselves (and the Supreme) we may still have to go through that struggle, but by our inner work we have chosen the “high side” of it. This conscious choice […]

Increasing Awareness of the Present Moment

posted by Guy Finley

Question: What can one do to have a greater awareness of reality? Answer: A quart cup cannot hold a gallon of water. Don’t worry about “a greater awareness” but be as constant and conscious as you can towards the awareness […]

Reflecting the Divine

posted by Guy Finley

Just as the still waters of a quiet pond effortlessly mirror the depths of the sky that towers above it, so does the silent mind reflect with ease upon the Divine that dwells within it.

(Video) Engage Directly With the Divine

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that no matter how well something is interpreted, the interpretation will always be incomplete because it’s at a different level from the original impression. When you see that your mind is always interpreting your experiences for you, […]

The Beginning of Self-Command

posted by Guy Finley

It is impossible to lash out at another person without having first hurt yourself. We will never be in command of ourselves until we feel the blow that we would give. Once we begin to feel the blow we would […]

How We Lose Self-Command Around Others

posted by Guy Finley

The only thing that troubles you about other people is what you secretly want from them. How many of you lose command when you’re with other people? Have you ever walked down the street, and somebody that you’ve never even […]

Getting Unstuck Starts with Looking in this New Direction

posted by Guy Finley

The only reason we ever feel stuck between the proverbial “rock and a hard place” — unable to see a way to get out — is because we’ve forgotten this simple spiritual truth: There’s always another direction waiting to reveal […]

The Awakened Heart

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Answering the Need to Awaken to Real Life

posted by Guy Finley

Question: I have been a student of self-help and other personal development genres for over 30 years. I have always had a conflict between using unconscious processes (hypnosis, etc.) vs. conscious awareness processes to facilitate change. Which is the proper […]

To Have Something of Our Own

posted by Guy Finley

Our attention needs to be turned around so that rather than always being mechanically drawn to consider whatever it meets in each passing moment, it is directed upon what it is (within us) that meets the same. Otherwise our attention […]

Put Your Ideals into Practice

posted by Guy Finley

How do we learn to use our relationships with others to realize a new kind of relationship with ourselves wherein we are able to discover that who we really are is all we need to be? Our willingness to strive […]

Being True to Ourselves and Others

posted by Guy Finley

Only when the pleasure of being by ourselves either equals or exceeds that contentment that we feel in the company of others, are we capable of being unshakably true to ourselves, as well as those with whom we gather.

The Wisdom to Rise Above the Wanter

posted by Guy Finley

There are aspects of divine life that we can — when we understand where we are intended to live — make a connection with and receive from that higher life everything we need to handle in any moment. You and […]

See the Truth about Anxiety

posted by Guy Finley

When we are anxious, when there’s a pressing desire, we don’t see the fact that the state has occupied us and is trying to reconcile itself through what it pushes us to acquire. If we could look at something we […]

End the Race to Going Nowhere Fast

posted by Guy Finley

There may be no greater self-deception than the false notion that rushing through anything actually helps us in any way whatsoever. After all, if anxious thoughts and feelings had any power to deliver us to a place or time where […]

The Pain of Rushing Around

posted by Guy Finley

Think of how many dangerous car accidents wouldn’t happen at all if only motorists slowed down their cars even to a small degree. Then imagine just how many painful personal encounters with others we would be able to walk right […]

The Most Important Thing to Do

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(Video) Discover the True Source of a Silent Mind

posted by Guy Finley

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 […]

Stop Being Blown Away by the Storms

posted by Guy Finley

Question: My mind is a constant racket. The thinking noise never seems to end. Something has to be done about this way of reacting to life that has plagued me for so many years. I have to find a way […]

(Video) We Are Made to Be Instruments of the Light

posted by Guy Finley

Guy explains that the spiritual glimpses we have are seeds cast off from a larger world. The Work is about being brought into this Living Light. Awareness is in levels and scale.

The Practice that Ends Unconscious Suffering

posted by Guy Finley

Unconscious suffering is a creation of incomplete perception; it is the inevitable painful outcome of having mistaken the partial for the whole. *** Employing self-remembrance, strive to practice Presence; (this) one action is the path of spiritual purification, even as […]

The Perils of Spiritual Sleep

posted by Guy Finley

In our spiritual sleep… we live with imagined rights that, when denied, produce imagined trespassers. The internal consideration of these now in debt to us grants us imagined powers of pride along with its prejudice. These false forces permit and […]

Be Stronger Than Any Inner Bully (Part 2)

posted by Guy Finley

Starting to think differently towards your own fears is the same as learning to act differently towards them. Use these ten truths to help you begin thinking fearlessly. Higher actions will follow. 1. When you find that one part of […]

(Video) Remember Yourself and Realize Freedom

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that there’s something we’ve forgotten, which is the direct experience of the fact that this life is my life.

The Way to Have Your Wishes Granted

posted by Guy Finley

Question: My main goal in life is to be as happy as possible. What would be the one thing I could do over and over again everyday to achieve this goal? Answer: Start every morning being as quiet as you […]

(Video) There’s Nothing You Can’t Do

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley explains that everything you need to succeed and to change the kind of human being you are is already provided for you.

Strive to Nourish the Soul

posted by Guy Finley

We must strive to be ever mindful of the company we keep, for by these same sources is our Soul nourished and sustained and subsequently taught to evolve or degenerate, brought into the Light or the darkness, and at last […]

Welcome the Light that Makes Life Bright

posted by Guy Finley

There is no brighter gift, no greater potential given to we human beings, than the presence of a timeless Light within us whose power makes all things possible. This ever quiet, always present Light goes before us at all times, […]

(Video) The Difference Between Practical vs. Personal Thoughts

posted by Guy Finley

Guy Finley talks about how to discern the difference between thought that is practical and useful, versus thought that is unconscious and hurtful.

Abandon Your Usual Ways of Thinking (Part 2)

posted by Guy Finley

How do you start stepping back from your thoughts? Right where you are. Begin this very moment. Become aware, right now, without thinking about it, that you are thinking. See that there are thoughts and feelings coursing through you. As […]

Abandon Your Usual Ways of Thinking (Part 1)

posted by Guy Finley

Imagine for a moment you’re driving home from work, and that you’ve just come from having a pretty rough day. As you drive along, your eyes see the road before you, but your mind is in the past. It’s very […]

The First Step to Awakening True Spiritual Strength (Part 1)

posted by Guy Finley

The hardest part of the journey along the upward path is the gradual realization that one’s work to awaken is, at best, imperfect. Along the ascending path each footfall serves to echo an unwanted reminder of one’s imperfect actions, imperfect […]

(Audio) The Spiritual Compass That Guarantees Success

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how, if our wish is to find true contentment, we must begin to give more and more of our attention to our internal compass and the spiritual home to which it points. […]

(Audio) Stop Missing Life’s Most Important Moments

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about the importance of applying and integrating the spiritual knowledge we have learned into our everyday lives. Click here to listen to “Stop Missing Life’s Most Important Moments”

The Real Cost of Awakening

posted by Guy Finley

The wish to remember the truth of oneself – to put God first – is meaningless without our willingness to actualize that wish before all else, regardless of its cost.

The Gift of Bringing Light into the Life of Another

posted by Guy Finley

Whenever we can remember that we would rather smile about what life brings us than suffer over it — that our natural preference is happiness, not hurtfulness — then in such moments of being mindful of what we love most […]

(Audio) Open Yourself to Higher Understanding

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how the mind’s painful struggle to understand any given moment actually prevents the true understanding of the moment from reaching us. Click here to listen to “Open Yourself to Higher Understanding”

Stop Wasting Life’s Two Greatest Gifts

posted by Guy Finley

We are really only given two things in life that are purely ours: attention – the ability to give our attention to something – and the time to use that attention. That’s really all we are given as human beings, […]

A Recipe for Trouble-Free Tomorrows

posted by Guy Finley

If we work each moment to practice kindness, patience, and persistence — doing so in grateful remembrance that each breath we take is a gift — here’s what we’ll find: the power of being present in this way ensures that […]

The Reason We Forget to Be Thankful

posted by Guy Finley

There is only one reason why any of us ever do wrong to another, blame someone else for our sorrow, forget to be thankful for what we have, or go through our entire day without remembering our God… and that’s […]

Find Permanent Comfort in Times of Temporary Changes

posted by Guy Finley

Every relationship that we have in our life — our contact with each person, place, and event — serves a very special, if yet to be realized purpose: they are a mirror that can serve to show us things about […]

(Audio) The Real Secret is: Seeing is Your Being

posted by Guy Finley

We as human beings have settled for far too little. The fact is that we do not know the unrealized potential that exists within each and every one of us. In this short talk, Guy Finley gives us a hint […]

Start Taking Conscious Pauses

posted by Guy Finley

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 […]

Reclaim Your Attention

posted by Guy Finley

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 […]

Claim the Undiscovered Country of Yourself

posted by Guy Finley

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 […]

(Audio) The Seed is the Deed

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how our experience of life — the way we feel in any given moment — is the direct result of what we give our attention to. Click here to listen to “The […]

(Audio) Wake Up to a New Order of Wholeness

posted by Guy Finley

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 […]

The Freedom to Change Your Experience of Life (Part 2)

posted by Guy Finley

If it helps, think of troubling times like these as your having been distracted while taking a long walk through the city. Maybe you were caught up with thinking about the “good old days!” Then you suddenly realize that, in […]

The Freedom to Change Your Experience of Life (Part 1)

posted by Guy Finley

The truth about the past is simply that it has passed. This means that our experience of each moment — for its pleasure or pain, peace or trouble — is a direct reflection of what we are in relationship with […]

Win Freedom From the Mind that Likes to Make Enemies

posted by Guy Finley

Until we awaken enough to see that within us lives the same nature as our “enemy” of the moment, we will never know the freedom or the forgiveness found in this great liberating truth: no enemy exists for us until […]

Freedom, Forgetfulness, and Remembering Yourself

posted by Guy Finley

It seems to me that the main reason we suffer, as we do — over the things we do — is not because these things, in themselves, have the “power” to punish us, but rather because we forget in these […]

(Audio) Discover the Self of Many Colors

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how we are intended to discover that who we really are, our true self, is a multi-colored palette of extraordinary possibilities. Click here to listen to “Discover the Self of Many Colors”

(Audio) The Web of Life

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about the life-saving wisdom of becoming aware of the various thoughts, feelings and states that move through us, rather than wasting our energy by resisting these movements. Click here to listen to “The […]

New Answers for Old Pains

posted by Guy Finley

If your answer to some sad memory that floats through your mind is to just drift along with it, why should you be surprised when you suddenly find yourself being carried over the falls of deep grief? The reason you […]

(Audio) Choose the Path of Freedom

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how we can stop being fooled into involving ourselves with fear, worry and anxiety by remembering that there are parts of us that “love” falling into those negative states. Click here to […]

Keeping Our Attention in a Busy World

posted by Guy Finley

Question: I know that one is supposed to work to keep their attention wherever they are, but I live and work in New York City where the atmosphere is so dense and dynamic that you will encounter many impressions from […]

(Audio) Make Being in Presence Your First Priority

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how the ‘presence’ moment always gives us everything that we need in the moment that it is needed. Click here to listen to “Make Being in Presence Your First Priority”

Learn to Keep Your Intention

posted by Guy Finley

In life, learn to keep your intention, and your attention, on what is — and what can be — instead of upon what is not or can’t be. Do this and watch how new doors appear before you that open […]

Living with Gratitude and Grace

posted by Guy Finley

We must learn to wish for whatever life brings us, for there is no other way to earn the kind of unshakable gratitude that lets us live with grace.

The Greatest Gift You Can Give

posted by Guy Finley

The greatest, most “expensive” gift that anyone can give to another is priceless, and yet… it is available in abundance for everyone to give all the time. Not only that, but this same gift rewards its giver in the same […]

The Winter Solstice: A Reminder of the Improbable Life

posted by Guy Finley

There is nothing more improbable than the physical world around us, let alone Christ’s life within us. The winter solstice in itself is an improbable act. Right around December 22nd, instead of getting darker every day in the northern hemisphere, […]

Let Go and Meditate

posted by Guy Finley

Question: When I sit down to meditate, thoughts crowd in, and I can’t seem to find a truly quiet moment. How am I ever going to change if I can’t even do this simple exercise? Answer: When you’re meditating, here’s […]

How Thought Makes Painful Feelings Worse

posted by Guy Finley

Dwelling on any unhappy moment in life is like channel surfing through a thousand possible TV shows, selecting the one that troubles you the most, and then blaming your TV set for the pain you’re feeling.

Choose to Remember the Light

posted by Guy Finley

Since the truth is that we do not have to share a single moment with the memory of anything that we don’t want to, this means there is something in our present nature that wants to recall painful past experiences. […]

A New Consciousness for the Holidays

posted by Guy Finley

If you’re going to become a different kind of human being, you need to become aware of certain aspects of human consciousness. These conditions become more easily recognizable in the frantic energy of the holiday season… There is a monster […]

(Audio) Keys to Consciously Changing Yourself

posted by Guy Finley

Guy explains that one of the primary reasons why we don’t change is because there’s no space in our life. He shows how real change requires we agree to the stirrings and disturbances that are part of the full life. […]

Learn to Dismiss the Storms that Sink You

posted by Guy Finley

Question: It seems like the more I struggle with a disturbance, the more it stays with me. The more I think about it, the more intense it gets. What is the way out of this trap? Answer: No disturbance of […]

(Audio) Learn to Wait on What is Holy

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how any moment can be used to remember our wish to be in the presence of what is good. Click here to listen to this short talk, “Learn to Wait on What […]

Wake Up And Break Up The Stress Cycle

posted by Guy Finley

Have you ever heard yourself say, “What in the name of heaven was that all about?” and you were asking yourself what you had just done? Or along the same lines, “What on earth was I thinking?” when it became […]

Helping Others Learn What is True

posted by Guy Finley

Question: Should we try to help someone with their spiritual development, or must they be “receptive”? What mistake can there be in presenting a few truths to others with the hope that the ideas strike a right chord within them? […]

Cancel This Counterfeit Passport

posted by Guy Finley

Many, many people today believe there is nothing for them to do other than to just think about themselves through the higher truths they’ve been taught and are now able to parrot; in this dream it seems their passport to […]

Realize a New Kind of Unity

posted by Guy Finley

The more we awaken to how inwardly divided we actually are — and start to see all of the forces randomly operating within us, with no guidance apart from the “good” each separate self desires at the moment — the […]

The Beginning of Peace

posted by Guy Finley

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, […]

How to Pray

posted by Guy Finley

Question: What is prayer and what’s the most effective way to pray? Should I be really be asking God for specific things? Answer: Take time, at least twice a day — though preferably as often as you possibly can — […]

How to Defuse Painful Memories

posted by Guy Finley

Question: I can make myself sick with just the simple thought of a certain painful memory crossing my mind. Is there a way to defuse the hurt instead of sinking into it? Answer: The next time some hostile state takes […]

Put the Light on Anger

posted by Guy Finley

Question: When I look at myself, it seems that my most prevalent emotion is anger. It’s always there, and I feel powerless to stop my raging thoughts. What can I do? I really am weary of my own out-of-control emotions. […]

(Audio) Turn the Table on Any Troubling Moment

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how true beauty is never absent from our lives, even in the midst of a troubling moment. Click here to listen to this podcast “Turn the Table on Any Troubling Moment”

Your Power to Drop Demands

posted by Guy Finley

Whenever you feel pressed in by life, it’s because you are pushing. Don’t push. It doesn’t work. Do something different. Try changing places in the moment with yourself by daring to step out of that self that’s insisting you change […]

Use Boredom Instead of Resisting It

posted by Guy Finley

Question: Do you have any suggestions for making use of idle time such as waiting in lines, traffic, doctor offices, etc.? Answer: Any time we feel ourselves getting bored or “up tight” because we feel our time is being wasted, […]

Break Out of Any Rut

posted by Guy Finley

Most of us must go to work every day and perform repetitive tasks that are rarely of our choosing. And when these unwanted routines run — as they do — it isn’t long before our growing resistance to them leaves […]

Breaking Free of Illusions

posted by Guy Finley

The only power any illusion has over us is our unconscious belief in it… which makes our task clear: we must work (within ourselves) to uncover those parts of our present nature that want us to see what is false […]

Lessons in Leaving Behind the Rushed Life

posted by Guy Finley

Part I: Being anxious, always in a rush and racing after whatever it is we’ve imagined will help us to be more at peace with ourselves, is like running to catch the shadow of a passing cloud on a hot […]

End the Punishment of Proving Others Wrong

posted by Guy Finley

Every human being has degrees of the faults that all other human beings either exhibit or have found ways to mask. This is why we should “love our enemies.” What we see in them reveals us to ourselves as we […]

Get Everything Done Without Rushing!

posted by Guy Finley

Part 2 The following five lessons contain special insights into the invisible pressure-filled states that cause human beings to run themselves ragged. The more clearly we can see that it’s impossible to reach a place of rest by rushing to […]

Get Everything Done Without Rushing!

posted by Guy Finley

Part 1 We’ve all probably “run over” someone emotionally or hurt a friend, a loved one, or even a complete stranger while racing to get somewhere or do something “important.” Then, we regret it — most likely too late to […]

Walk Through Whatever Frightens You

posted by Guy Finley

There is no “preparing” to be fearless. Fearless actions don’t mean one acts without fear. Becoming fearless requires challenging fear’s right to rule one’s heart… until one sees, for oneself, that while the feel is real, the why of fear […]

Release Yourself From Painful Pressure

posted by Guy Finley

It is our own narrow mind, with its narrow view of life, that pressurizes our events and their moments. This small mind, which can’t be separated from the narrow world it perceives, tends to see life’s events not as they […]

Practice Living in the Presence Moment

posted by Guy Finley

Our awareness of the present moment is one and the same as the Presence within us that grants us that awareness. This revelation literally points to the entrance of an unthinkably confident relationship with life. The nearer we come to […]

The Best Present of All for Your Children

posted by Guy Finley

Lead by example. Children not only see better than adults but they can taste what they see in a way adults have forgotten. Their essence absorbs energy without the filters that we’ve developed in the process of maturing in this […]

How to Stop Smoking

posted by Guy Finley

Question: Do you have a recommendation for how to stop smoking? I need some advice about freedom from the inner voices that tempt me. Answer: There is an important principle at the root of all true spiritual teachings, and it […]

(Audio) Catch the Ticker Tape Mind and Cut It

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about why the mind is always so busy thinking about itself, and how becoming aware of its mechanical activity is the beginning of a beautiful new relationship with real life. Click here to […]

How Self-Change Begins

posted by Guy Finley

Real self-change begins with seeing that Real Life is change itself. This means there is no condition that can hold you captive without your unconscious cooperation. Withdraw it. Wake up. Walk out of yourself by changing how you see what […]

The Unseen Cost of Spiritual Forgetfulness

posted by Guy Finley

Here are five reasons why the interior work of remembering yourself should always come first: 1. An unattended mind is the breeding ground of self-defeat. 2. The temptation to be self-degrading can only be dropped by seeing the secret self-love […]

Watch Yourself When Listening to Music

posted by Guy Finley

Question: I can be lifted and made to feel peaceful, or even get anxious or angry, all depending on what I listen to. What is it about music, old or new, that triggers such powerful emotions in a person? Answer: […]

Discover a Life Above the Reach of Any Fear

posted by Guy Finley

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 […]

(Audio) The Truth About Lying

posted by Guy Finley

In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about the unseen connection between lying and having enemies. Click here to listen to this podcast “The Truth About Lying”

Free Yourself by Seeing Yourself

posted by Guy Finley

No one can be free who refuses to see what actually lives within him. This is why Real self-healing begins with truthful self-seeing. There is no other order, no other way. Consciousness of any unwanted condition in us must precede […]

(Audio) Do Yourself a Favor and Relax

posted by Guy Finley

In this podcast, Guy Finley explains how we have wrongly come to rely upon unnatural stress and tension as a requirement for our own psychological preservation. Click here to listen to this podcast “Do Yourself a Favor and Relax”

How to Know the Best Diet

posted by Guy Finley

Whole, fresh (preferably organic foods) – vegetables, fruits, and grains – are the best diet. You will know the best diet for you if you put your love of God first. We can eat the same food and each of […]

Relief From Stressful Conditions

posted by Guy Finley

We find it natural to seek relief from the world around us, a world appearing to be one stronghold atop another of stressful conditions and anxiety-producing events. Accordingly, we seek relief from these contentment-crushing states by struggling to change those […]

Turn Strong Feelings Into Spiritual Gold

posted by Guy Finley

QUESTION Last week I had a strong feeling of generalized anxiety come over me, even though there was no apparent cause. I want to remain with the emotion in order to understand it. I watch it, and it lifts, only […]

Letting Go of Excitement and Anticipation

posted by Guy Finley

QUESTION It is easy for me to try to let go of the negatives such as anger or worry. My problems come from the ones I like but that get me in trouble, such as excitement, anticipation, etc. These I […]

Empowering the Good

posted by Guy Finley

For every impulse, each movement in the expanding heavens, there is a gravity equal to it; for each light, each bit of love, there is a darkness, a resentment or regret. Our place, if we accept it, is to always […]

The Power to Be Aware

posted by Guy Finley

There are some areas in our lives where we know we have power, and then there are others where we know we don’t. For instance, it is not in our power to change one another or to change the way […]

Preparing for the Future in a World of Conflict

posted by Guy Finley

QUESTION What do you recommend doing to prepare for the future and events being predicted in an unstable world? ANSWER Wake up now. While it may be true that the world may unravel, if not in the near future, then […]

(Audio) Hear the Sound of Heaven Sounding in You

posted by Guy Finley

In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how any beautiful moment that we experience in this life is the expression of a timeless beauty that is waiting to be discovered within us.

(Video) Start Taking the Spiritual Lead in Your Own Life

posted by Guy Finley

In this video blog Guy Finley explains how we can embody the principles of true leadership by learning to live at the leading edge of the present moment.

The Spiritual Character of True Leaders, Part 4 of 4

posted by Guy Finley

What is the purpose of awakening the Best part of ourselves? It is to help us realize that once we understand how to call upon this presence within us to show us the way, there exists no time or place […]

(Audio) The Magic of Being Mindful in the Moment

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk we’re invited to discover the possibility of an enlightening relationship with real Life. Guy tells us that our relationship with consciousness is to agree to bring the whole of ourselves into the Light of intelligence that […]

Take the Sorrow Out of Your Holiday Season

posted by Guy Finley

In this High Holiday Season, so full of self-created gratification, we should never forget that hidden in the shadow of all passing pleasures dwells their unseen opposite, some form of sorrow that — sooner or later — must visit the […]

(Audio) The Simplicity of Natural Seeing

posted by Guy Finley

In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about the vast difference between mere ideas about spirituality and the direct perception of living spiritual principles.

Take the Steps to the Stressless Life

posted by Guy Finley

When we see only our own ideas about why we’re feeling stressed, and they’re telling us how we’re entitled to be miserable, misery makes up the circle of our lives. But any time we are inwardly awake enough, we can […]

(Video) Stop Giving Your Life Away to Dark States

posted by Guy Finley

Receive spiritual encouragement in this video blog by Guy Finley. Discover how to reach for what is true in times of trial and let the light of higher awareness act for you.

Keep Your Word

posted by Guy Finley

There is something fundamentally wrong with human beings, and never has this flaw in character been more evident than recent history reveals. Of course, one can’t see what one doesn’t even know exists, but suffice it to say that just […]

The Secret for Effortless Living

posted by Guy Finley

Everyone wonders whether or not there is one Great Secret for truly successful living. There is. And it is not a secret. It has been quietly, steadily telling itself right in front of us all along. We just couldn’t hear […]

New Healing for Painful Patterns

posted by Guy Finley

QUESTION Every year at this time I get ill. I don’t understand the lesson I need to learn. Try as I might, I can remember nothing from the past that would have set off such a pattern. Do I need […]

Stop Hiding the Things That Haunt You

posted by Guy Finley

We all have things inside of us that we fear: haunting thoughts and dark feelings we sense are down there, but that we’d rather not face for fear they may drag us down into their domain. So instead of questioning […]

(Audio) Step Into the Shoes of a Spiritual Warrior

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley explores how a true spiritual warrior is not someone who imagines future victories to come, but is the individual who is willing to step onto the battlefield and meet what he or she must.

The Mystery Behind Beholding Beauty

posted by Guy Finley

Every once in awhile, we have the great fortune of perceiving a moment of such astonishing beauty, or harmony, that we lose ourselves within it. But what is far more amazing than any such vision is this breathtaking fact: were […]

Transforming Sadness Into Gladness

posted by Guy Finley

QUESTION Is it possible to prevent sadness just only by knowing the problem is in me? 

Practice Reclaiming Your Divided Attention

posted by Guy Finley

Here’s the real spiritual reason you should do only one thing at a time – whether putting on a pair of socks, picking up a pencil, or pouring yourself a cup of tea: The only way it’s possible to do […]

Learn to See What’s Right Before You

posted by Guy Finley

When we do finally learn the lesson, it isn’t that the lesson wasn’t always there, but that somehow we had been looking somewhere else. All of our lessons are never not evident… what’s missing is something in us that is […]

(Video) Find the Peace and Power of Being Present to Yourself

posted by Guy Finley

Learn about true peace in this video blog by Guy Finley. Release yourself from the mind that prompts you to worry by asking “What If?”, by remembering that Presence knows what to do in any moment.

Food for Thought

posted by Guy Finley

The first purpose of the food we eat is to provide us with the best possible fuel needed for our interior and exterior work. The second purpose of food is to remind us that whatever we’re given to nourish ourselves […]

The Courage to Change

posted by Guy Finley

Regardless of how one may feel in any given moment, real life can present no task before us for which we are “inadequate.”

Breaking Free of Illusion

posted by Guy Finley

The only power any illusion has over us is our unconscious belief in it…which makes our task clear: we must work (within ourselves) to uncover those parts of our present nature that want us to see what is false as […]

(Audio) Getting Close to Being Spiritual

posted by Guy Finley

In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how a real spiritual life becomes possible for us when we begin to act on what we know is true.

Life’s Secret Lessons About Real Success

posted by Guy Finley

Counter to popular opinion, real success is not measured by the amount of our possessions. Simply stated, the truth is that real success — ultimately the only success — is determined by how much we are in actual possession of […]

Answering the Wish to Do God’s Will

posted by Guy Finley

There is always and only one answer — for all of us — when it comes to trying to do the will of God, however we feel the need: we must be true to our own heart, listen quietly for […]

Seven Sure Signs of Spiritual Sleep

posted by Guy Finley

It is possible for the willing soul to awaken from its spiritual slumber, but such freedom has its cost: We must catch what compromises us, realize the fact of it, and then see how our identification with that unconscious character […]

(Video) Find Unfailing Freedom From Fear

posted by Guy Finley

Find out how a truly fearless life is possible. In this video blog, Guy Finley explains how and why psychological fear holds us captive, and what we can do to be fearless and free.

Start Giving Yourself What You Really Want

posted by Guy Finley

It’s a little known secret that our experience of life in any given moment is a direct reflection of what we actually value in that same moment. We may deny this unsettling truth but, when it comes to what we […]

It Is Never Too Late to Change

posted by Guy Finley

It is never too late to change one’s life. Never. In fact, the only thing that wants us to believe that all has been for naught is the un-reconciled negative nature that needs us to continue serving it with feelings […]

The Season of Growth and Sacrifice

posted by Guy Finley

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 […]

Freedom Comes in Serving Truth

posted by Guy Finley

What does it mean to put the truth first and foremost in one’s life? And why should one even try to do this, when it’s so much easier to just continue doing what one wants to do for oneself before […]

Dare to Slow Down Your Life

posted by Guy Finley

Every person knows what it feels like to be carried off by an anxious state, so you decide: when some anxiety comes along and takes over your life, are you an awake, inwardly centered person or are you an unconscious, […]

(Audio) Never Feel Disappointed With Yourself Again

posted by Guy Finley

In this short talk, Guy Finley explains why there is never any good reason to feel disappointed or discouraged about your life.

Wake Up and Break the Stress Cycle

posted by Guy Finley

Have you ever heard yourself say, “What in the name of heaven was that all about?” and you were asking yourself what you had just done? Or along the same lines, “What on earth was I thinking?” when it became […]

The Four Conditions of Happiness

posted by Guy Finley

How do you move from a life of endless problems to a life of endless possibilities? Learn to cultivate the four conditions of happiness: clear eyes, a quiet mind, a sense of beauty, and an open heart.

Stop Consenting to Be Discontented

posted by Guy Finley

Whenever we’re anxious or rushing around, we are not in command of ourselves; seen clearly, it’s evident that something within us has taken charge of our life and is telling us that if we can just get here or do […]

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of Heaven

posted by Guy Finley

All of our problems begin with a mistaken belief that we exist as independent self-creating creatures, because in this view of life there is no room for divine law. There is no room for the fact that we are first […]

Sow the Seeds of a Higher and Happier Life

posted by Guy Finley

To sow spiritual seeds means that we do spiritual work. Spiritual work is always interior work first, even if, as a matter of course, this work becomes manifest through exterior action. What is this interior work by which we sow […]

The Secret of Soul-Remembering

posted by Guy Finley

Have you ever fought with someone over a parking place? Have you ever jumped up to make a phone call to straighten somebody out? Have you ever snapped at a family member? These are moments when you sell your soul. […]

(Video) How to Walk Through Mental and Emotional Storms

posted by Guy Finley

Discover how to use interior storms to develop an unshakeable understanding of the cycles of life and our true relationship with them. In this video blog by Guy Finley he explains that in the grand scheme of things every movement […]

(Audio) The Gift of Meditation

posted by Guy Finley

In this podcast, Guy Finley explores the true meaning and purpose of meditation, and explains why it is the most natural and practical thing you can do for yourself.

How to Overcome the Self That’s Overcoming You

posted by Guy Finley

Dear Friend, Freedom from what is unwanted by you begins with awakening to what is unseen within you. So . . .  . . . If you’re tired of asking yourself “What came over me?”, after the damage has been […]

Let Go and Outgrow Tormenting States

posted by Guy Finley

In moments of challenge, the tendency is to immediately resist the situation because of the pain it seems to bring with it. But, the truth of the moment is very different from this habitual perception and mechanical reaction to it.

Five Keys to Brighten the Corners of Your Life

posted by Guy Finley

When the small child cries out for fear of what his pregnant imagination is showing him to be lurking in a corner of his darkened room, the wise parent turns on the light and shows the child there is no […]

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