Whoever doesn’t know himself unwillingly suffers for the sake of ignorance. Whoever works to know himself agrees to suffer for the sake of wisdom. Whoever becomes wise slays the suffering born of ignorance. And whoever transcends the suffering born of […]
Real compassion is the flower of a higher order of reality that only blossoms in those moments when the one who sits in judgment of another actually sees that he carries in himself the very nature he condemns.
Knowledge, regardless of how sophisticated, is a tool. It arises from and belongs to what has passed; it is the past put into a formula. As such, it embodies, defines, and relates us to life through what we, or others, […]
The sure way to guarantee that whatever’s troubling you continues unabated is to keep talking to yourself about it! www.YourImmortalSelf.com
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: it is a mirror that reveals things to us about ourselves that can be realized in […]
Even though he’d only recently arrived at the secluded monastery, a young monk went to see the senior abbot. He took great care to explain how, no matter what he did to get away from noise, someone or something was […]
Attending to and completing what the present moment asks of you is the business of real life. In the silence of this relationship, the wisdom and wealth of your immortal Self is revealed and received all at once. A few […]
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 […]
Only as each of us awakens to our actual condition in life, dominated as we are to one degree or another by a discontented self, can we ever hope to use our free will to give up our willfully discontented […]
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 […]
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. […]
If you listen carefully, quietly, you’ll hear the voice of the moment tell you that all is well and always will be…
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 […]
We cannot change the world that we see until something changes in us the way we see it…
Question: On the householder’s path, I sometimes find it difficult to stop doing the mental work and start doing the mundane day-to-day tasks. Any suggestions for getting the same enthusiasm in earning our daily bread? Answer: Life gives us back […]
You can turn any painful event into a new kind of victory…
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about an idea that, if understood properly, has the power to forever change the way we respond to situations that usually instigate a painful conflict of one kind or another.
If we look at (unexpected) events as something placed in our way, a troublesome time we must pile through on our way to some imagined peace to come, then we literally throw away the possibility of discovering that each moment, […]
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 […]
Question: I’m so tired of living the same old life that leads me nowhere toward the peace I want. So why is it so hard to just let go of it all? Answer: There is one very shocking fact along […]
Question: Do you have an opinion on prophesies or dire predictions, or does it waste our positive energy to consider them? What do you think about the anticipated ugly prospects in the Middle East? Answer: It is not only a […]
There is an order between power, principle, and practice. Before we can have relationship with power — Peace, Beauty, Kindness, Love — we must first become an embodiment of principle. And in order to become an embodiment of principle, we […]
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 summer’s day […]
When one knows what is wrong, But not what is right, He must stand there in the dark While he waits for the Light.
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 […]
How many of us spend our precious time and energy fuming over what others may have done to us? Unseen in the steam of our heated emotions and churning thoughts is the one inescapable fact that we are the secret […]
Question: How can you stay peaceful when you are with people whose lives are really in distress, especially when they are close to you? Answer: You must ask yourself a different question. I’d suggest the following: What could be more […]
The feel of fresh understanding, an infusion of light; the sweet flood of a new knowing pouring into and integrating one’s soul, familiarizing it with its own forgotten wholeness and perfected peace. This is our hope in prayer: To become […]
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 […]
Seasons and Tides, Seasons and Tides, Everything In . . . Then back Outside!
Question: What about the idea of repentance? On one hand, being repentant for ourselves — as certain old religious teachings say we should be — seems as much a part of being self-punishing as is just “cutting loose,” going wild, […]
Question: Having to rush is punishing… is it also a sure sign that I’m “asleep”? How does rushing overtake me so easily? What can I do to deliberately slow down when the urge to hurry seems overwhelming? Answer: Every person […]
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 Would have to be seen for what […]
QUESTION If all the people of our nation went out in the streets in a march for peace and then sat in silence, do you think it would have greater influence than the political wrangling and vitriol that gets little […]
Either we are at peace wherever we are — because this peace goes with us — or what we call our peace is a product of some pleasurable condition over which we have temporary command. In situations like the latter, […]
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.
What’s vital to remember about the tragedy of September 11th is that the only thing that can keep it from happening again is for people not to respond in the same way as they always have when hatred raises its […]
Never accept the lingering presence of any negative state. These unconscious forces must appear within us, but they must never be allowed to define us or our actions. The awakening mind — or even one disposed toward such an end […]