Guy Finley Lessons
|04/25/2010||Resisting any unwanted character within us
increases the conflict
we feel over it,
but it also speeds up any
reactions we have to its
In other words, the more
want to feel something
our suffering over it!
|04/23/2010||All violence towards others,
or any attack upon oneself,
is nothing more than one’s
imperfection trying, in vain, to keep
itself out of sight.
|04/21/2010||Resistance is the favorite
food of the enemy of freedom.
|04/18/2010||Love doesn’t resist or resent
anything;it knows and
sees the secret unity in
all it beholds.
Light doesn’t fear shadows;
it gently transforms
them into open space.
|04/16/2010||True kindness — the flowering
of patience, compassion,
and the quiet, but unshakable
strength for which
we all aspire — is only found
growing along that uphill
path called “humility.”
|04/14/2010||When all is well with us, we
openourselves up to the
words of the wise, welcoming their
whenever some painful trial
comes knocking at
our door — bringing with it
the possibility of real-time
wisdom that nothing else can
provide — we slam shut
the door of our heart and mind,
wanting no words with it!
|04/11/2010||If you listen carefully, quietly,you’ll hear the voiceof the moment tell you that all is
well and always will be.
|04/09/2010||Wise persistence always pays the
one who serves it at least once,
but usually twice. The first payoff
— and the
most valuable — is the realization
that “walls” are
immaterial apart from the
resistance that lends them
their temporary substance.
The second payment
comes on the other side of the “wall”…
achievement proves the value of
|04/07/2010||Any thought that “promises”
to rescue you, or to
otherwise deliver you to
you twice. First, that it has the
power to lift you above
what’s dragging you down;
more significantly, that
there is a “you” that
needs being saved from some
dire straight, or that
can be actually be enlarged by
|04/04/2010||Rebirth is a return; it is the Divine
answer to acall seeded into
creation for the soul to
return home to its uncreated
|04/02/2010||Allowing the rushed state of another
person to pushyou into an anxious
state of mind… is like letting thehorse
you’re about to ride convince
you to wear the saddle!
|03/31/2010||Whatever justifies the
in anger, blame, or bitterness is,
itself, a part of – in league with –
negative states. And that’s
what we have to see
if we ever want to be free of
whatever it is (within us)
that has “good reasons” for
tearing itself apart.
|03/28/2010||Part 1:If putting yourself first
had any real power to grant
you true liberty – a way
to make you content,
then – for all you’ve given to
yourself – shouldn’t
you be happy and free by now?
Asking God to help you —
without first doing the
interior work of seeing and
admitting the truth of
yourself to yourself — is like
sending someone else
to church or temple for you
to pray for your transfiguration.
|03/26/2010||Waiting on others to approve a
change you know you must
make in your own life — an action you
must take that will likely lessen
upon them, and perhaps drive
them to make
changes in their habitual choices
— is like hoping
that a snowman looks forward
to a spring thaw.
|03/24/2010||There is only one reason why
any of us ever do wrong to another,
blame someone else for our
to be thankful for what we have, or go
entire day without remembering
that’s because we have forgotten –
once again —
our own interior wretchedness.
|03/21/2010||Longing to be whole – to be
one withwhat is holy –
is like standing in the surf as it washes the
shoreline and wishing that you could
be nearer to the ocean.
|03/19/2010||Running from yourself is the|
|03/17/2010||Part 1:All forms of momentum are
mindless,but never more so
than when a mind– blinded by desire – runs after what it
wants without any
awareness of its action.
Desire is in bondage to itself, but the
Spirit of man is indomitable! Awaken
the sleeping soul to its unseen captivity,
and nothing in the world can stop its revolt
and ultimate liberation.
|03/14/2010||Part 1:It is an unthinkable spiritual
paradox thatbefore one can ever
hope to be dressed forthe marriage
divine, one must first see
how unsuited he or she is to know such a Love.
Desires serve the awakening one,
while one who sleeps…serves desire.
|03/12/2010||Coming to any negative conclusion
is like getting caught in a sudden
rainstorm… and then jumping into a
river to keep
your shoes from getting wet.
|03/10/2010||There are times when there’s more
to be gained from
losing a fight, than there is in winning it.
Show me someone who only enters into
battles he’s sure can be won, and I will
show you that person who has all but
forsaken the possibility of ever knowing
his own soul.
|03/07/2010||The suffering inherent in negative
statesis the dark creation of a level of
self thatbelieves its conflict with life can be
reconciled through resistance.
|03/05/2010||Stormy thoughts and feelings can no
moreovercome your quiet awareness
of themthan do raindrops have the power to wash
the sky through which they pour.
|03/03/2010||It is sheer fantasy to think that
your “tomorrow” can be any different –
better or brighter thantoday – as long as
all you do is fantasize about it.
Real self-change requires the conscious
sacrifice of the self whose hopes lie in
|02/28/2010||Until we learn to make peace with our
own sense of emptiness, we will never know
the true nature of fulfillment.
|02/26/2010||With regards to suffering, our pain
hurts alittle less whenever we can
remember this strange (but true) spiritual fact:
many of God’s greatest gifts seem, at first,
unbearable to receive.
|02/24/2010||Being fully present to oneself is freedom
from the tyranny of the past and fearof the future.
|02/21/2010||It is a fool and his pride that relishesin
any perfection that “proves” its
value by punishing him for his
|02/19/2010||The only truly worthwhile “accomplishment” –
– the one action that stands the test ofpassing time —
is the interior work we do that
allows God to accomplish His task in our soul.
|02/18/2010||The vast majority of people miss out
onmost of their lives in their ceaseless
rushnot to miss out on what they’ve imagined l
ife has to offer…once they become who
they’ve imagined they should be.
|02/14/2010||Here’s the real spiritual reason you
should doonly 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 more than one thing at a time is to have
surrendered your attention to a divided nature
that believes just getting things done
is the same as doing things well.
|02/12/2010||The seeds of what will be are planted
in the here and now, a fact of life that
guaranteesone thing: unless we do the inner work to be
aware of ourselves in the present moment…
yesterday will be our tomorrow.
|02/10/2010||Blame is the dark effect of denial,
of refusing torecognize that when
it comes to anyone oranything
that sets you off…seer and
the seen are one and the same.
|02/07/2010||Arrogance, fear, in fact all dark
negativestates only rule and
stain our lives as they do because of how
distanced we’ve become
from the immense and divine
mystery of our own True Nature.
|02/05/2010||Any form of measuring yourself by
the unkind action of another towards
you is like looking into a badly fractured
mirror… and then blaming yourself
for the shattered image you see therein.
|02/03/2010||Preparation, hard work, is part of perfecting
whatever you’ve imagined you
want to attain in this world. But there is a world
beyond anything we can imagine;
(it is) an intelligent presence, a “place” of
powers and principles whose self-obliterating
touch can no more be prepared for than can a
mountain pine prepare for a lighting bolt.
..or a newly opened spring flower its first
taste of the morning sun.
|01/31/2010||The presence of the Master is useless|
|01/29/2010||Excellence, wherever… and within
whomever you may find it, is always
a result of effort… never by accident.
|01/27/2010||All negative emotions, but especially
anger, are the offspring of one dark
state…a frustrated desire that would rather
set fire to the object, person, or condition
seen as being at fault, than turn around
and see itself for what it is in reality:
the unseen source of its own suffering.
|01/24/2010||It’s widely believed that psychological
pain is a natural response to
moment, but the true –
and secret – source of this pain is an
unseen conflict inherent in our present
level of consciousness itself; the truth is
that the “self” that suffers this pain is
revealed by unwanted conditions –
not created by them.
|01/22/2010||Real abundance has very
little to do with being able to
give ourselves whateverwe want,
but rather with being free
of the part of us that’s forever wanting
something better and new in order to
feel new and better about itself.
|01/20/2010||The truth of our oneness with life only
starts to become real for us as we
awaken to see that in hurting others; we have also
hurt ourselves and–that whenever
we hurt ourselves–others suffer.
|01/17/2010||Perhaps the most deceptive of all th
e false gods is the one who
condemnsyou for being you.
|01/15/2010||Discover the unseen relationship
between always being in a rush…
and how important it makes you feel to always
be going somewhere in a hurry…
and you’ve made first contact with
the power you need to slow down
and take command of your own life.
|01/13/2010||The true spiritual battle isn’t with life,
but in our work to stay in the midst of
it when other parts of us want to run away.
|01/10/2010||The comparative mind can’t understand
that perfection is not in time, but
rather is the action of what is Timeless upon
time and all of its creations.
|01/08/2010||There is only one thing that you don’
thave to imagine or struggle to keep
alive — and that is what you authentically love.
|01/06/2010||The key to the kingdom of heavenis
never farther away from us thanwhat
each present moment reveals to us;
for in truth “purity of heart” is inseparable
from our willingness to see that things are
the way they are because of the way we are.
|01/03/2010||A stone set into motion, rolling down a hill,
goes only where gravity and accident allow.
The same law holds true for any sense of “self”
set off by a mechanical reaction;
momentum carries it along until it
crashes into someone or something
that it then blames for being in the way.
|01/01/2010||Any mental or emotional crisis in our life
is evidence of an “account past due.”
Understood properly, such pain reveals
where we are holding on to parts of ourselves
that cost us more to maintain than
they are worth.
|12/30/2009||Feeling sorry for yourself is not an action…
anymore than reliving some old regret
has the power to change your present
nature. Struggle with yourself; reaching
takes disturbing the one who rests; yet,
as surely as a seedling breaks out of her
earthly tomb, so will you realize the
world above you…once you commit
to do the interior work needed
to attain it.
|12/27/2009||In the grand scheme of things,everything
that God gives you– for its
darkness or light, pleasure or pain
– is so that comes the day when,
within you, is awakened the wisdom
and will to give it all back to Him.
|12/25/2009||In this High Holiday Season, so
fullof self-created gratification,
we shouldnever 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
unwary soul. Yet… for our striving to
remember this inescapable fact of life,
born in us is this bright new
understanding: lasting joy is found
only in the realization of our
|12/23/2009||Yours is the power to put the fear of
the future behind you, but only as you
are willing to see that unless
you do the interior work to awaken
now…your past awaits
you just ahead.
|12/20/2009||Our greatest power – as it turns out —
isn’t the ability to imaginea limitless life,
but rather to become
aware of the fact that all dreams are
part of the finite world.
|12/18/2009||Real life can no more act to pull us down
than does the rising sun burden the spring
|12/16/2009||To be consciously kind has its cost,
and the principle coin with which
this payment is made is…the sacrifice of self.
|12/13/2009||It’s impossible to be concerned
with how others see you…and be
true to yourself at the same time.
|12/11/2009||No one is less interesting than someonewho
thinks nothing could be more
fascinating than telling you all
|12/09/2009||Whenever you try to protect yourself
from any form of fear, it is only fear
that you protect. Only fear can
make you into what you don’t want to be.