Anyone can be light-hearted when the sun is out, but the real measure of one’s character is best revealed in the midst of a storm.
Our one true responsibility in life is to be awake and receptive to the eternally unfolding present moment, even as we give our full attention to what is revealed within us for its ceaseless passage through us.
The secret of letting go — of a life without the fear of unwanted events — is knowing, without thinking, that you’ll always be given something better than whatever life asks you to give up.
When we learn how to be still, to listen to what Life would teach us, we discover that not only is there a plan already in place — a celestial curriculum designed to instruct us in the ways of its […]
As we awaken to see and receive the inherent good of life that has been hidden in plain sight, so we realize the power to release our fear of unwanted events as surely as perfectly ripened apples fall away from […]
The sure way to guarantee that whatever’s troubling you continues unabated is to keep talking to yourself about it! www.YourImmortalSelf.com
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 […]
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 […]
Just as the wind moves through a tree and carries its pollen to the blossoms of another tree, all of our relationships in life are intended to help “pollinate” the soul so that the true understanding of why we are […]
In this life there is no greater prize than one’s ability to be in full possession of oneself, regardless of circumstance; neither is there any task with so great a personal price. . . www.YourImmortalSelf.com
If you want to know your true and proper place in the great story of life, you must learn to read your own heart… for within it, line after line, is written all there is to know.
Your possibilities in this life for interior growth are as unlimited as is your willingness to consciously meet your limitations. . .
Never mind how much there may be to do, or how hard some task appears to be. Get one thing done and then, take that step again. Consciously brush aside any other concerns. Do what’s in your power. Refuse to […]
Hidden within and behind all that you see changing around you dwells a timeless, changeless order of being; our eyes but half-seeing, we perceive only the outline of life, and not what truly Lives…
Life is equal opportunity for change …
The longer any illusion is taken to be real, the less illusory it seems to be.
What is the denial of anything, of any moment in life but an unseen agreement to live in servitude to one’s lower self. This, and all degrees of unconscious resistance, represents a blind and immediate obedience to the parts of […]
We rarely see how, or when we act against ourselves – or others – because of how instantly, easily we agree to identify with a legion of sleep-inducing thoughts and feelings that appear to serve one purpose: to justify a […]
There’s only one way to realize the perfect sense of safety and unshakable contentment that comes with quietly knowing you’re first on God’s “list” . . . And that’s to remember, at all times, your wish (and the work) it […]
The power to change our past only becomes a possibility for us as we awaken to find ourselves no longer able to make any excuses for what we have been, or for being what we are in the present moment… […]
The only thing the excuses we make for ourselves actually do is to increase our dependency on them.
The longer we go on making excuses for the way we are, the shorter grows the amount of time between the events that compel us to devise them.
Only by our deliberate interior work to realize a world within and yet beyond our self do we make this glad discovery. . .
We can teach others only by what we are. . .
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 […]
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.
Real life never stops starting over, but before one can dwell in this this newness—and know its unencumbered freedom—one must let go of any and all attachments in the past that produce a painful sense of self. www.YourImmortalSelf.com
Your immortal Self is fearless because it lives for one reason only: to be the unflagging instrument—moment to moment—of whatever love asks it to be. www.YourImmortalSelf.com
Give yourself freely to what you are given to see, and you cannot fail to reach and realize the innermost source of yourself. www.YourImmortalSelf.com
The love we have for anything holy, beautiful, or true is present in our heart before we can think of any reason for the love that we feel. This means it isn’t us who find things to love, but rather […]
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 highest and only lasting form of self-fulfillment is found through the completion of the moment itself and not in whatever one might try to extract and then capitalize on out of its appearance. www.YourImmortalSelf.com
Once living within the limits of what is known is also realized as being the limitation of your spiritual possibilities, then there is no recourse other than to depart the safety of all that you have been in favor of […]
Your heart needs space to soar. Your mind needs places without walls to wander and time by itself to see its own reflection. Give them this gift, and they will bring back to you the freedom they find, filled to […]
Remember that your one true responsibility in life—the one action that will always see to your success in life—is to always be as awake and receptive to the present moment as you can be. If we refuse to see what […]
Honesty heals; lies hurt. In these four words live all one needs to know and practice—that is, assuming one wishes to be whole, harmless, loving, and true. www.YourImmortalSelf.com
A reporter who had a deep and personal interest in higher spiritual matters heard of a certain teacher of truth who was held in high repute. But what caught the reporter’s attention more than anything else was that this modern-day […]
So many people today are bitter, broken-hearted, or just plain angry because of what happened to them while growing up. The reasons for their resentment or regret are as countless as are the number of unconscious people who unknowingly create […]
You cannot do the work of starting life over and be busy reliving your past at the same time. Being new is a deliberate choice: it is an act of alignment that places you in conscious contact with a living […]
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 […]
Whether to persist and aspire to the Higher or drop into some dark despair, that is the question; and which of these two seeds flowers all depends on which one you choose to nourish and grow . . .
Once we realize that what makes any moment seem impassable is nothing other than our own resistance to what it asks of us, nothing remains impossible. Everything eventually yields to the one who persists. www.YourImmortalSelf.com
Nothing infuriates evil as much as being seen for what it is . . .
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 […]
We cannot separate the problems of this world—including the pain endured in agreeing to honor, respect, and support those we love—from the awakening of a patience and kindness that can be born in us no other way.
The only way we begin to act as a true force of healing in the lives of others is when, at last, we cease to hurt ourselves.
Learn to see and to use the presence of any psychological pain as an invitation to reprioritize your present values. . .
The great journey leading to the immortal Self does not begin with fact but in faith untested. It is the journey of faith alone that reveals the fact of the Divine, much as a flower proves the unseen seed from […]
In times of great upheaval, if you will only agree to let go and die to yourself, it won’t be you who passes. So that not only will you bear witness to the sacrifice of yourself, but you will also […]
Since the nature of real life is genesis itself—the ceaseless rebirth of “what has been” giving way to “what is and will be”—this alone tells you that you have the power to change. www.YourImmortalSelf.com
Just as winter yields to the onset of spring, as surely does the moon submit to the sun, so too are we created to give ourselves to that Greater Life that alone can make us evergreen and fill us with […]
There is no reward on earth, or even amongst the stars, equal to the realization of the divinity within you. Those who have awakened and attained this pearl of great value understand—with no sense of pride for their knowledge—that the […]
Our experience of life in any given moment is a direct reflection of what we actually value in that same moment . . . From Guy Finley’s new book and Amazon #1 bestseller, The Secret of Your […]
The reason most people never come to know a true relationship with the divine is because this perfect union is born in the consciousness of their helplessness, nourished by their poverty and matured in their humility.
Before we can know a happiness beyond the reach of conflict or sorrow, we must ourselves be whole; for any happiness apart from self-wholeness is only half a happiness and must, in time, prove itself so.
It is in the acceptance of life as it is — as it is given to us in each moment — that we find the wholeness, the holiness that is the one true center of this storm called “life.”
The main reason we must always remember to hold our chin up whenever negative thoughts try to drag us down is because whichever direction we choose first in that moment is what the rest of us will follow…
Whatever we consent to embrace in life — including unwanted events that may cause us to suffer — adds to our lives a measure of love.
In this world of opposites not everything that we go through can feel good; but to see the necessity of naturally conflicting states — and how they are balanced in all things — is to realize the existence of an […]
Stress, anxiety, and tension are the dark jewels adorning a thorny crown we must wear whenever we try to live more than one moment at a time…
Sooner put out a fire with jet fuel than gain the upper hand on some anxious state by throwing more agitated thoughts into its turmoil.
To live in Presence is the path to peace…
It’s impossible to separate a false purpose in life from the pain that it produces.
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…
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 — its harmony, or not, is expressed by the order of its thoughts through which it is instrumented. Confusion is dissonance; clarity is flow.
Though we find no evidence of anything noble in someone who has betrayed us, neither is there anything noble in our bitterness.
There is no greater, more reliable teacher of true self-knowledge than intentional patience and, when married to a willingness to observe oneself through the stillness and sacrifice that such patience demands, there exists no swifter, more sure path to self-realization…
The true measure of our wealth is not counted by what we do with the riches we may have, but rather is determined by the character of what fills our heart when what we have is taken away…
To have real gratitude, to have that fullness of heart that, by its greatness, fulfills the one who holds it, begins with allowing God to give you a portion of His Life… a gift one can only receive once he […]
Real love wants nothing outside of itself…
Freedom from the prison of negative states remains impossible until one loses interest in the false, but powerful, sense of self derived from identifying with (one’s own) surging sensations.
Our demands that life be what we want it to be do not make life more desirable… they only hide from us just how undesirable it is to be who we are in that moment…
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 […]
Any time you sit, think about, and “stew” over what someone did to you, or simmer in anger about some past event, the real reason for your pain is because you’re cooking your own goose!
How to stop thinking and start seeing…
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 […]
The character of goodness, of compassion and kindness that we would like to reflect and express before our friends (and enemies), requires that we place “its” life before our own. And yet, when we agree to this interior action of […]
Once we see it’s impossible to please ourselves at the expense of the pain of someone else, we are released from the cycle of seeking a false comfort whose conflict compromises “winners” and “losers” alike. Only then are we free […]
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…
To discharge ones duty is the first responsibility. To do this thing well is the second task. To do more than one is asked is the Path to Perfection…
If we went through our day tending half as much to the care of God’s business, as we give to our own affairs, then — from the resulting light of gladness seen spreading across the faces of family, friends, and […]
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.
The past is as powerless to darken the present moment, as is a shadow to reach up and drag down the form that casts it…
Every moment that unfolds in life presents us with an invitation to choose either the path of what will better us or a path that will make us more bitter — as when we unconsciously embrace a resentment instead of […]
You can turn any painful event into a new kind of victory…
The only way to change that which we will be, and have, in a time to come is to learn what it means to work “with what we are” in the present moment!
The present moment is the canvas of creation: our perception, a palette of primary colors; our actions, brush strokes — while thought provides both background and texture. To know these things is the beginning of the artful life.
Any lingering shame over who or what you were in “days gone by” is like a newly opened rose blushing for having once been a bud…
No individual relationship is the (sole) cause of one’s conflict or pain; our relationships reveal the nature of an unconscious pain that we bring into them with us. To start discerning the difference between these (two) perceptions is the beginning […]
No animal hides in shame for being itself. No tree bends to the opinion of others. No wind avoids the granite face before it. Only human beings cultivate ways in which to fawn or cower before one another, and all […]
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.
We must do more than just try to remember that nothing disturbs our peace of mind without first having gained our consent to enjoin us in that conflict; we must learn to fight for ourselves, to boldly reject any negative […]
Past mistakes cannot create a present pain…
Unconscious suffering is the inevitable painful outcome of having mistaken the partial for the whole…
Letting go is the out-breath of the universe. It is part of a natural cycle connected to a greater whole, where the ending of anything already has a new beginning built into it. And just as we must expel a […]
If we will only work to remember that we live in a world within which there are an infinite number of stories unfolding – all at the same time – then we will never forget that it is our choice […]
To know that there is no “self” to fail – only a certain level of understanding not as yet adequate to the task set before it – is to be empowered to transcend any trials we must face…
If it weren’t that unwanted “things” come along as they do – reducing us to nothing — how would we ever realize that already living in us is everything needed to transcend all that we are.
Even all by yourself, and in the middle of nowhere, you — who reach for the hand of God — are never alone, for He already holds your heart within His own.
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, […]
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 […]
Judging oneself may seem wise to the level of self involved in that judgment; but all judging of oneself is the deflection of a revelation that would heal oneself… if allowed to flower.
Since the present moment ceaselessly refreshes itself — so that all is ever-renewed in the now — there exists nothing in Reality with the power to hold us captive…
Reality is renewal itself. This means that as we learn to surrender ourselves to the Source of Life that never stops starting over — so are we empowered to see that whatever seems a lost opportunity, is really the same […]
What you need is not a way to resolve or outrun what is punishing you but to rise above that world within yourself where these recurring pains are a part of the natural landscape…
Just as an acorn that goes unplanted in the earth can never realize its destiny to become a mighty oak, so it holds with any Real Spiritual Principle that we unearth in our journey through this life: only those Truths […]
Learn to be thankful that life is being given to you moment by moment, for it is only through such gratitude that love reveals the great secret of rebirth…
Before it’s possible to get on with the real business of spiritual rebirth, we must be fully convinced that no dark discontentment with ourselves can ever be the seed of a new self.
Rebirth is a reality, however know this: it is not a time to come but an eternal spring whose celestial seed awaits only for the willing heart and mind to begin its cultivation.
It is given to us to choose in which of the infinite worlds we will dwell, and there is no greater gift, nor power, granted to any creature under the sun. To not know one’s choice, or worse, to have […]
Resisting any dark condition of ourselves does not save us from it…
Half measures produce half results, and half results are one and the same as lessons only half learned. Lessons half learned guarantee you’re halfway there, once again, to repeating those lessons in your life that you have yet to learn!
The secret source of spiritual growth is found in silent receptivity…
People complain that their spiritual lives languish even as all they listen to, and for, is what amounts to the sound of their own voice. The secret of real spiritual growth is not mental or emotional activity, but silent receptivity.
Learn the secret of outgrowing any troublesome problem…
Work consciously to deliberately drop the names of your pains and you will also learn to let go of all the reasons you have for experiencing them.
The spiritual life is a genesis. When the seed awakens it isn’t to herself, but to the life that now stirs her. As only one, she slept. As two, she knows life. As both she leaves her dark world and […]
Our hope in prayer is to become one with the Living Light whose dawning opens the doorway to the Divine…
Proceed along the spiritual path, even in the midst of feeling discouraged over your progress, and you will make the glad discovery that no discouraging state has the power to keep up with you…
No one can say “No” to this world who is afraid to walk through it alone . . .
What we’re really looking for in this life is what we already have within us…
Just as it is not our job to make the light that brings life to all creatures, neither is it our job to make ourselves happy. Our soul responsibility, when it comes to living in happiness, is to consciously provide […]
We can only begin to change the world when we are willing to work with what we are in the present moment …
Either we learn what it means to lead by example, or we are lounge chair leaders who have deceived ourselves into believing that our ability to criticize those who go before us is the same as having reached the top […]
There is only one thing that you don’t have to imagine or struggle to keep alive — and that is what you authentically love.
Spiritually speaking, all relationships serve one purpose: self-knowledge. Self-knowledge serves one purpose: awakening to the truth of one’s self. Awakening to the truth of oneself serves one purpose: dying to oneself. Dying to oneself serves one purpose: rebirth. And rebirth […]
The true spiritual warrior starts life over, over and over again.
Without our unconscious consent, regardless of what we may have done against others, or ourselves, the past is powerless to punish us in the present moment.
Real compassion lies in our ability to remember that any angry, resentful person is usually just someone who can no longer bear the weary weight of his or her own carefully concealed despair.
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.
The next time you want to go ahead with any project — whether it’s designing a rocket ship or finally getting around to repairing your favorite rocking chair — and you start to feel those old familiar doubts, dreads, or […]
Each time you’ll take the step that you’re sure you can’t, you’ll discover that the “you” who would not was only a thought that believed it could not. *** How many times have you found yourself thinking you’d like to […]
Learn to love what seems more beautiful than yourself, celebrate the gifts of others that outshine your own, practice the patience you have yet to win… giving yourself to a greater Self is not just the path to freedom, but the […]
If you love getting gifts — and who doesn’t — then why not accept, with gratitude, the greatest gift there is: the “present” moment.
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.
Love never anticipates life; anticipation arises from wanting something more from life than it offers in the moment, which means the father of anticipation is a close relative of greed.
When you finally see that you can have almost anything in the world that you want, but that nothing you give to yourself actually brings an end to your wanting, then you’ll slowly cease giving yourself to this painful nature […]
Part I: The only way not to suffer the passage of those things in life that we love is to agree to their passing even as we take them into our heart. Part II: You can’t be fearful and have […]
Until our gratefulness toward life no longer requires a happy feeling to hold its hand to be able to make its way out of our heart, we do not yet know the real nature of gratitude, nor its secret spiritual […]
Part I: True gratitude is the only water that can douse the flames of desire. Part II: One’s pleasures do not necessarily hold feelings of gratitude, but being grateful is always a pleasure.
Any pleasure that a person takes from this life that does not simultaneously include a conscious sense of gratitude for that pleasure being received is always an incomplete pleasure. Incomplete pleasures and insatiable desires are the opposing yet complementary two […]
Seen through the eyes of higher self-knowledge, our weaknesses, whatever their nature, are (each) the secret seed of a new strength unlike anything imagined in our unending dream of overcoming what now defeats us.
If we will persist with our wish to be true to ourselves — to be kind and patient, caring and wise in the face of any set-back — that bright day dawns for us when we realize this all-empowering truth […]
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 […]
In moments of our spiritual struggle with life’s tests, torments, or dark trials, no Goodness we can hope to call upon — to light our way or lend us strength — can be any more successful for us than our […]
When you really begin to pray in earnest to awaken to His Life, God does not reward you with the increased strength you’re looking for but rather with increased insight into your own weaknesses… which eventually become the seed of […]
We will make detailed preparations for a single day off, lay out careful plans for a special date, or spend untold moments worrying over what we should wear; but few of us rarely take the time to prepare our interior […]
What is that first, faint intuition of something Greater than ourselves, other than the Herald of the Heart quietly announcing the existence of a whole new level of being above us — and asking us — at the same time, […]
If you would like to begin in earnest the good work of letting go of dark, self-punishing states, start here: Never give to another person a slice of any mental or emotional state of yours that you have not taken […]
Evil transforms suffering into unconscious acts of blame, bitterness, and self-pity — harmful forces that punish everyone; while the Good transforms these same dark states into conscious suffering — creating humility that heals whomever it touches.
Excellence, wherever… and within whomever you may find it, is always a result of effort… never by accident.
Patient persistence in our labors, coupled with persistent patience through-out each one: these two powers serve not only to perfect the task at hand, but also work in harmony to perfect the hand that undertakes the task.
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 […]
We can only begin to change the world around us by becoming a conscious part of all that is changing.
Wherever you are in any given moment is exactly where you need to be in order to receive the lessons your soul has both requested and that it requires to outgrow its present set of circumstances.
To not want any particular moment is to ensure that you will find yourself in a similar situation again. Resistance rules out receptivity, and only an open mind can be renewed.
The four conditions for happiness are simple: clear eyes, a quiet mind, a sense of beauty, and an open heart. Unhappiness is the dark effect of refusing to cultivate these essential elements for having imagined, by a false light, a […]
When the love of God is your guide, you never step into a moment that isn’t what you’ve always been waiting for.
You have triumphed at life’s game when — no matter win or lose in the eyes of the world — you can walk away from any demanding moment with a measure of more true self-understanding than you took into it.
The seed of greatness is sown in an instant, but in this world of ours everything great takes time to grow. This means that patience, mingled with persistence, is the special nutriment that sustains all things great. Therefore, should we […]
Real limitless living is the fruit of this higher understanding: what is in our way is part of the Way. To know this is to know that all of creation has been made for you, just as surely as you […]
The only reason your mind won’t stop its endless chattering… is because “you” won’t stop listening to it! *** Talking to yourself to comfort yourself makes sense only until you realize that talking to what troubles you, in the hopes […]
There is nothing higher, better, or brighter for us to do with our lives than to use every moment for the purpose of attending to what Truth would have us learn about ourselves.
Wishing for freedom is like wishing on a star: until we learn what it means to personally reach out and help produce that brighter world we envision for ourselves and others, we remain little more than armchair architects — those […]
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 […]
Waiting on God, the practice of ceaseless prayer, working at quiet mindfulness: none of these measures preclude being active in life; what is required of us is that our first action is stillness, followed by the willingness to receive whatever […]
Our every action is a prayer, for our deeds are seeds and by them we plant the world we will walk through tomorrow.