A true spiritual intention is… and belongs to a level of ‘I’ that cannot know what it seeks, but that understands its one great imperative is to reveal whatever remains unseen within us. It alone can guide us where we cannot go without […]
Our true spiritual task is not to try and make things “better,” but to do the actual interior work of making things brighter by consciously bringing any darkness we encounter (within ourselves) into the light of self-awareness.
Within you dwells the very light of truth. Its unshakable courage in the face of any fear is because it knows that any darkness brought before it—no matter how large it may temporarily loom— will be effortlessly absorbed by it.
Question: Can you give us some insight on the true meaning of the holiday season which we are now in the midst of? What lesson might we take from it that will aid our spiritual growth? Answer: All forms of […]
Within you dwells the very light of truth. Its unshakable courage in the face of any fear is because it knows that any darkness brought before it — no matter how large it may temporarily loom — will be effortlessly […]
William Shakespeare once said that one sure sign of a spiritually developing mind is its increasing capacity to simultaneously perceive the opposites. The following two Key Lessons help clarify this vital thought: Once we understand that all forces — even […]
True interior work always progresses in two directions at once because of the nature of real healing… and how the Holy Spirit acts upon the divided (self-opposing) mind. As we persist with our wish to be free, braving what we […]
Many times, darkness is the medium, sorrow the seed, and the subsequent humility conceived in these trials is the divine garden in which our soul flowers.
Yes, the path that leads to revelation is more difficult, but only in the beginning. Following its way, we are asked to look for the source of our suffering within us instead of what our suffering points to outside of […]
In his inspiring book Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl describes his experiences as a prisoner in a Nazi death camp. While many became embittered and hardened in their captivity, some were able to transcend even their horrifying circumstances to […]
Many things that have happened and that continue to happen in our world are, at best, dark and difficult to deal with. Let there be no question about this: sleeping human beings do terrible things to others, as well as […]
One reason we must learn to say “Yes” to life — regardless of how much we may not want what it brings — is that whenever we embrace a fearful or negative view of some unwanted situation, not only must we still find our […]
We are tested not by Spiritual Light but in spiritual darkness . . . for what test is made amongst things revealed? . . . Our real inner worth is measured by what we turn to in moments concealed.
We are never closer to realizing the next level of our own higher possibilities than when, by the light of a new awareness, we see some old darkness within us and then agree that we can no longer […]
The habitual assumption that life’s answer to our request to realize a New Life is going to be “No,” effectively ensures that our wish will not be granted! Any part of our being that unhappily assumes something negative will happen […]
We are not created to spend our lives in fearful preparation over what may come — but rather to use whatever comes our way, each moment, to help us perfect our understanding that God is good…
Anywhere light shines, darkness submits…
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 […]
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 […]
All forms of negativity may only dwell in us as long as they trick us into granting them permission to live there. Our task isn’t to overpower, or otherwise deny these sufferings, but to bring such light to bear upon […]
Hoping to help someone — who loves to be negative — see the harm of being identified with dark states, is like trying to teach a bat to appreciate sunlight, or a mud hen to preen in fresh clean waters.
Whoever struggles to protect himself from his perceived fear does not banish his enemy but secretly breeds the dark seeds of its life…
We cannot change the world that we see until something changes in us the way we see it…
Living in fear of what dwells within you – whatever it may be that you deny, or that you don’t want others to know about – is how darkness ensures you remain just outside the circle of Divine healing Light.
A whole new kind of spiritual happiness dawns in us as we realize that dark clouds do not ruin sunny skies… they merely pass through them to help us remember our love of the light.
Regardless of how unpleasant any circumstance seems at the moment, always remember: it’s impossible to answer any situation with negativity without casting yourself into that same self-created darkness. There is always a higher, happier answer if you’ll only learn how […]
Question: With war raging and me in the middle of it all, will my spiritual work lift me out of the clutches of this dismal place? And if so, where? Answer: Freedom from this raging planet with all of its […]
In this life, we have one of two choices when it comes to painful events, past or present. We can either go on hating and fearing what we think life has done to us (or others), and let these negative […]
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 […]
It is in our wanting “more” than the moment gives us to be that we not only sow the seeds of our own discontent but, for this same self-inflicted darkness, find ourselves blinded to a great truth that can help […]
It goes without saying that what took place in Newtown is unimaginable, as is––in many ways––the pain and grief felt by those directly impacted by this monstrous act. And, of course, it’s natural and necessary that the individuals whose lives […]
When one knows what is wrong, But not what is right, He must stand there in the dark While he waits for the Light.
Who is going to be the one who stops the wave of darkness on this earth? We are intended, each and every one of us, to be the light of the world — the point at which, in this world, […]
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 […]
The Light fears no darkness, and never fears anything that the darkness says is true about itself or the Light. The darkness is fear itself, because it “knows” that any form of light brought into it will reveal its essential […]
In its darkness, the sleeping mind manufactures many things to run away from… but how much actual distance can you put between yourself and these fearful apparitions when all of them live in the space between your ears?
Question: I suspect it’s a cycle of learning, but compared to last summer when I thought I finally “understood” it all, now I feel perfectly helpless. I’ve handed my self back to God. I suspect it’s time for more shaping, […]
Question: It’s obvious that the world is descending into further darkness… so do we, as individuals, have the power to turn it around? Answer: Darkness serves a purpose in this world, and the purpose that it serves is for it […]
Things go wrong in life. They just do. And sometimes downturns feel like they’ll never get back to right-side up. Life is like that. So what! What we have been given is not what makes us who we are: the […]
Question: Would you give me some specific strategies to help me when I start to feel depression pulling at me and dragging me down? Answer: Here are three bright new actions for you to take. Each is designed to help […]
Dark inner states win their victory over us because we believe in them. More to the point, we believe in the illusions they create within us without seeing that these same mistaken beliefs then shape the structure of our reality. […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
Several times each week, at a minimum, I receive a certain type of email… whose similar question or concern comes from people all over this globe, but whose “heart” is one and the same for all people in all places: […]
Here is how to receive a gift from Life greater than can be told: never again give to another person any thought or feeling that you wouldn’t want to keep for yourself. To help you consider this lesson more deeply, […]