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  • Look in the Right Direction  (Writing - 2/22/03)

    The answers to all of life's questions can be found WITHIN you. Three ways to start asking the right questions.

  • Anxiety (Writing - 2/23/03)

    Seeing through self-destructive anxiety.

  • Feeling Overwhelmed (Writing - 2/23/03)

    Learn to see through any anxious condition of feeling overwhelmed.

  • Anger Management (Writing - 2/23/03)

    Learn anger management, how to never again be tricked into feeling bad about anything!

  • Happiness (Writing - 2/23/03)

    Happiness is seeing all dark states as passing clouds, behind which sits The Sun!

  • Blame Game (Writing - 2/23/03)

    There is no profit in blaming your lot in life on other people or an uncaring world. Escape the dark punishing captivity inherent in blame.

  • You Can Be Stronger Than Any Dark Spirit (Writing - 11/29/02)

    You Can Be Stronger Than Any Dark Spirit

  • Abolish Harmful Inner Voices (Writing - 11/1/02)

    Bring more light into your life by patient inner investigation.

  • The Secret of Owning Your Own Life (Writing - 1/17/03)

    Discover ten powerful new ways to begin changing your view of your own life. Plus learn the one power greater than any disturbance.

  • Nullify Negative States with New Knowledge (Writing - 9/27/02)

    How to deal with negative states.

  • Wake Up and Be Free of Fear and Worries (Writing - 8/30/02)

    Take these steps to make fear and worry disappear

  • Three New Choices That Dismiss Dark Conditions (Writing - 2/21/03)

    Learn how you can turn any unwanted moment into a stepping stone toward a higher level of self-command.

  • Put Yourself in the Driver's Seat (Writing - 3/30/03)

    A writing by Guy Finley extracted from The Secret of Letting Go revealing the secrets of what it takes to take control of our lives.

  • Nullify Negative States with New Knowledge (Writing - 4/27/03)

    An excerpt from Seeker's Guide explaining how to break our relationship with negative states.

  • New Answers that Bring a New Life (Writing - 6/29/03)

    Guy Finley shows how our experience of life is a direct result of who and what we are, and how we can begin today to bring about a new experience…[more]

  • A Simple Instruction for the Regeneration of the Soul (Writing - 9/21/03)

    In this lesson, Guy Finley illustrates how we can begin to become aware of the unconscious chain of pain and conflict that we pass along to others when we are…[more]

  • Dealing with the Darkness We Get from Others (Writing - 10/26/03)

    In this lesson Guy Finley explains how we can either choose to get negative about other people's bad behavior (which doesn't help us), or we can choose a different kind…[more]

  • Take This New Attitude Toward Whatever Makes You Ache (Writing - 11/23/03)

    Guy Finley sheds light on the understanding that the lies of negativity and darkness are only powered by our willingness to let them rule us.

  • Three New Choices That Dismiss Dark Conditions (Writing - 12/2/03)

    Guy Finley explains how by meeting unwanted moments with negativity we only serve to further cement the darkness within us.

  • Step Past Secret Self-Limitations (Writing - 12/8/03)

    In this key lesson Guy Finley encourages us to see through the false nature that would keep us from moving forward through any uncertainty and doubt.

  • The Secret Understanding That Makes Painful Events Disappear (Writing - 1/12/04)

    By changing the ingredients of our life recipe from false images and negativity to awareness and understanding, we discover a new sweetness in life.

  • Self-Justification (Writing - 3/1/04)

    Guy Finley discusses how to get past justifying weakness and negative states through awareness of our pained condition and surrendering ourselves to a higher strength.

  • Never Discourage Over Your Present Location (Writing - 3/27/04)

    Those who choose, explains Guy Finley, to stay the course over staying in negative, painful places find themselves that much closer to True Freedom.

  • Cancel the Secret Cause of Self-Captivity (Writing - 4/27/04)

    Learning to question old, negative reactions and feelings, explains Guy Finley, is the first step to breaking out of their dark captivity.

  • The One Power Greater Than Any Inner Disturbance (Writing - 5/4/04)

    Choose not to let dark disturbances take hold of you, encourages Guy Finley, but to instead let them pass you by as you would any unwelcome guest.

  • Turn Any Dark Condition Into a Healing Light (Writing - 8/3/04)

    When we don't understand our negative states, when we have yet to realize how they trick us into doing their bidding, they have the power to make us jump through…[more]

  • Develop the Indomitable Self in You (Writing - 8/10/04)

    In this world that you and I live in, response is request. We can slightly enlarge this idea by restating it this way: The way you respond to life is…[more]

  • The Power to be at Peace with Your Life (Writing - 8/31/04)

    The first part of these new lessons in learning to live from your Higher Self and the prayer exercises that attend them is that the next time you feel yourself…[more]

  • Negative Imagination (Writing - 12/1/04)

    Guy Finley discusses the draining energy of negative imagination and how images drawn from our memories seem to validate our discouragement.

  • Enter the Great Estate of Your True Self (Writing - 2/5/05)

    No one ever feels small in life, explains Guy Finley, who hasn't first been fooled into believing that there is nothing bigger than those small thoughts and feelings through which…[more]

  • Attract Positive Life Results with This Powerful Secret Principle (Writing - 3/28/05)

    If we can see, explains Guy Finley, how positive inner states lead to positive life experiences, then we can also see that negative inner states must attract negative results.

  • Practicing the Presence of Peacefulness (Writing - 4/4/05)

    Negative states born of nothing other than conflict-filled, comparative thinking, explains Guy Finley, steal into us to squander our peace one hundred times a day.

  • Knowledge to Be Stronger Than Whatever Shakes You (Writing - 7/25/05)

    Before we can learn to free ourselves from our own fearful reactions to unwanted events, explains Guy Finley, we must realize just how worthless fear actually is.

  • Secrets for Stress-Free Living (Writing - 12/31/05)

    Guy Finley helps us to see that "scary" life-moments are as powerless to punish us as is a make-believe monster on the movie screen.

  • Be Careful What You Pray For . . . (Writing - 1/15/06)

    Guy Finley explains that our experience of life moment-to-moment is, in fact, what we have asked for.

  • Find New Strength in Awakened Attention (Writing - 1/22/06)

    Guy Finley illustrates that wherever you place your attention, you give life to that seed of thought.

  • A Great Lesson in Letting Go (Writing - 1/28/06)

    We must no longer lend ourselves, explains Guy Finley, to the will of any dark state looking to use us as its vehicle.

  • Break Out of the Blame Game (Writing - 3/26/06)

    Negative emotions cannot exist, explains Guy Finley, without having something to blame for their punishing presence.

  • The Right Choice That Keeps You Safe (Writing - 4/30/06)

    Guy Finley reminds us that no negative state wants what is right for you.

  • The Power to Dismiss Discontentment From Your Life (Writing - 10/29/06)

    The discontented nature, explains Guy Finley, always requires that something be wrong in order for it to set it right.

  • Rejection (Writing - 11/1/06)

    Guy Finley discusses failure, rejection, and the stress-filled darkness of feeling forsaken or unworthy. Learn what it means to have your own life and to move past the conviction that…[more]

  • A New Inner Understanding to Put You in Charge of All Outer Circumstances (Writing - 11/25/06)

    Barring those moments when we find ourselves in real physical danger, conditions, of themselves, have absolutely no authority over us. It's true. No event or circumstance has any power to…[more]

  • Step Up and Away from Punishing Feelings (Writing - 12/11/06)

    We punish ourselves with unhappy feelings, explains Guy Finley, because we've been tricked into thinking self-hurt is self-help.

  • Go from Storms to Sunny Skies (Writing - 3/5/07)

    Fighting the storm by resisting its winds and rain, explains Guy Finley, will do no good.

  • Stand on the Ground of Your True Self (Writing - 4/15/07)

    When you don't -- when you consciously won't -- express some negative state, explains Guy Finley, you are literally asking for awareness of a Higher Self.

  • For True Self-Command Just Stop, Look, and Listen (Writing - 5/26/07)

    When the false self throws terrifying shadows, says Guy Finley, you must work to cast Inner Light.

  • Free Yourself From False Suffering (Writing - 6/11/07)

    Guy Finley explains how our perception produces what we experience.

  • A Winning Solution to Ending Dark Inner Dialogues (Writing - 6/25/07)

    If inner dialogues were left to themselves as they popped into our mind, explains Guy Finley, they'd be as powerless to disturb us as an echo is to change its…[more]

  • Loneliness (Writing - 9/1/07)

    Guy Finley provides a deeper understanding of what drives us into loneliness and despair and how we find freedom from these negative states. Learn about growing spiritually by recognizing and…[more]

  • The Spiritual Secret that Allows You to Defeat Any Discouragement (Writing - 9/24/07)

    Awareness is a living and intelligent feature, explains Guy Finley, of the ever-present Now within which it dwells.

  • Let Go and Grow Beyond Negative States (Writing - 10/15/07)

    Drop whatever would define and limit you, explains Guy Finley, by bringing yourself back into the great and unconditioned Now where all is one.

  • Wake Up and Walk Away from Whatever is Pulling You Down (Writing - 10/21/07)

    We are here on earth, explains Guy Finley, to grow beyond the limiting influences of our own unawakened nature.

  • Five Great Illusions Keeping You from Letting Go (Writing - 10/27/07)

    Guy Finley urges us to see through false illusions that keep us from letting go.

  • Snap Yourself Out of Psychic Slumber (Writing - 11/11/07)

    You may not be able to think your way out of a nagging problem, says Guy Finley, but you can see your way clear of it.

  • Rise Above the Negativity of Others (Writing - 11/24/07)

    One of the important aspects of this Work, explains Guy Finley, is beginning to employ its principles in our everyday lives.

  • Unmask the Three Thieves of Peace (Writing - 1/21/08)

    One reason why negative states sneak in so easily to steal our peace, explains Guy Finley, is that we have been conditioned to believe in their right to punish us.

  • Get to the Bottom of What's Betraying You (Writing - 1/28/08)

    We value negative states, explains Guy Finley, because of the strong sense of self we get from them.

  • Never Again Feel Like a Victim! (Writing - 6/9/08)

    Our experience of any passing event -- for the pain or pleasure of it, explains Guy Finley -- is the product of how we see it.

  • The Power to Never Feel Powerless Again (Writing - 7/11/08)

    Real power, explains Guy Finley, is knowing we already possess everything we need to succeed in the moment, as we would wish it.

  • New Knowledge to Help You Outgrow Negative States (Audio 12:13 - 10/13/08)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley explains why pure awareness is the only answer for fear, frustration, anxiety, stress, anger, or any other life-stealing negative state.

  • Some Notes on Natural Detachment from Negative States (Audio 19:13 - 10/27/08)

    In this extraordinary new podcast, Guy Finley talks about the difference between real freedom and the search for freedom born out of trying to escape a negative state.

  • Uncertainty (Writing - 11/1/08)

    Guy Finley discusses the "Lighter" -- secretly bright -- side of uncertainty, and reveals how our True Nature can lift us above the fear and worry that would pull us…[more]

  • Chart a New Course Through Any Dark Moment (Writing - 11/10/08)

    Guy Finley explains that it's what we do inwardly -- with what takes place outwardly -- that alone has the power to transform our lives.

  • Take Back Authority Over Your Own Life (Writing - 12/15/08)

    Our purpose in life, explains Guy Finley, should be to challenge and rise above every wrong feeling by finding the higher ground within.

  • How You Can Be the Light of the World (Writing - 1/12/09)

    Each of us is created to be the Light of the world, explains Guy Finley.

  • Liberate Yourself From Self-Limiting Thoughts and Feelings (Writing - 3/23/09)

    Guy Finley explains that we should do what's in our power and refuse to be discouraged about anything else.

  • Start Choosing What You Really Want (Writing - 7/13/09)

    Guy Finley reminds us that you do not have to accept any condition that compromises your happiness.

  • Stop This Unseen Source of Suffering (Audio 2:10 - 9/11/09)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about our present level of mind that spends its energy trying to resolve the very problems that it creates.

  • Turn the Table on Any Troubling Moment (Audio 7:12 - 11/11/09)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how true beauty is never absent from our lives, even in the midst of a troubling moment.

  • The Secret of Gentle Intolerance (Audio 5:17 - 12/9/09)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley describes a new kind of interior, conscious resolve in which a person ceases to tolerate the deceptive demands of negative states.

  • Stop Being Tricked into Serving Dark States (Writing - 12/7/09)

    Darkness, in whatever form we experience it, explains Guy Finley, only exists in the absence of light.

  • Free Yourself From the Circle of False Friends (Audio 15:53 - 2/10/10)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how our experience of life is a direct reflection of the kind of psychological company that we keep.

  • Stand on the Unshakable Ground of Your True Self (Writing - 3/15/10)

    Here is a particularly vital idea for those of us who are tired of finding ourselves a surprised victim of our own actions: in this world of ours *response is…[more]

  • Break the Spell of Self-Limiting Negative States (Writing - 4/5/10)

    Your awareness of troubled thoughts and feelings, explains Guy Finley, is the power that keeps their harmful and self-limiting influences from having control over you.

  • Stop Taking Part in Unseen Self-Punishment (Audio 5:27 - 5/26/10)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how we can stop cooperating with what wants to drag us down and open ourselves up to a greater life that is free…[more]

  • Stop Nursing Negative States (Writing - 8/6/10)

    Every time we accept a negative state we compromise ourselves and increase the level of conflict for ourselves and everyone we meet.

  • Self-Knowledge is Self-Liberation (Audio 13:57 - 8/12/10)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how self-knowledge is essential for any human being who longs to be in relationship with a higher order of life that is everlastingly…[more]

  • Stay Out of Places that Steal Your Happiness (Writing - 8/13/10)

    We have the capacity to stop making ourselves powerless by waking up to having put ourselves where our powers are stolen from us.

  • The Strange Non-Life of the False Self (Writing - 8/27/10)

    The sky is forever. And so is your true nature.

  • Use Unkind Acts to Help Create a New World (Audio 2:20 - 9/17/10)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how we can use everything that we encounter in our relationships with others to change ourselves.

  • Six Words to Help You Drop Any Dark State (Audio 6:28 - 6/28/11)

    In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about a new action we can take to find freedom from negative states.

  • Positive Steps to Drop Negative States (Writing - 11/13/12)

    Meekly submitting to any negative emotion in the hopes it will run its course and leave us alone just invites it to subjugate us again.

  • Any Limitation Can Be Transcended (Writing - 2/11/13)

    Actualizing our spiritual right to live without the frustration of fearful limitations is not a question of achieving something new; it begins with choosing to end a relationship with that…[more]

  • Learn to Accept What Life Would Teach You (Writing - 4/1/13)

    Ours is the power to choose what we will and will not give our power to.

  • Authentic Help for a Young Child (Video 2:53 - 4/29/13)

    Guy Finley talks about the importance of never meeting a child's negative state on the same level of negativity. To truly help a child who is negative we must observe…[more]

  • Stop Picking Up the Pain of the Past (Audio 1:34 - 6/11/13)

    In this short talk, Guy Finley explains that if we will stop agreeing to "feed" the parts of us that produce unnecessary pain, then gradually those parts will stop growing.

  • Negativity is Not Your Friend! An Answer to a 9-Year-Old Boy (Video 2:14 - 6/24/13)

    In this video, Guy Finley talks about how true interior freedom dawns as we begin to observe the mechanical behavior of negative states as they try to tell us who…[more]

  • The Safety of Self-Command (Writing - 7/15/13)

    Fear is, and has always been, nothing but a self-limiting reaction that we cling to in the darkness of our present life-level, having mistaken it for a shield of self-protection.…[more]

  • How to Spiritually Stand Up for Yourself (Audio 3:01 - 7/29/13)

    Guy Finley concisely reveals in this short talk the proper way to spiritually fight for ourselves, which involves seeing the truth about the parts of ourselves that want to drag…[more]

  • Free Yourself From This Familiar Negative State (Audio 3:45 - 8/23/13)

    In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about the painful sense of self that becomes more and more certain about its false position of righteousness in exact proportion to the…[more]

  • Put Negative States in Their Proper Place (Video 1:58 - 8/29/13)

    Guy Finley talks about how we can begin to recognize the taste of negative states and realize that they have no right to take root in our hearts.

  • End the Secret Suffering Behind Judging Yourself and Others (Audio 2:41 - 10/18/13)

    In this short talk, Guy Finley emphasizes the importance of having an awareness of our own interior lives so that we can begin to see the need to stop feeding…[more]

  • New Light that Reveals and Heals Old Pains (Writing - 9/30/13)

    The only power negative situations have over us is the power we give them.

  • The Secret Place of Peace (Writing - 1/13/14)

    One reason why negative states sneak in so easily to steal our peace is that we have been conditioned to believe in their right to punish us.

  • Contemplate This Insight and End All Conflict (Audio 2:51 - 2/14/14)

    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…[more]

  • See Through the False Bliss Called Self-Ignorance (Audio 8:08 - 4/1/14)

    In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how we are always being acted upon, moment to moment, by certain kinds of energy, and the degree to which we possess…[more]

  • Release Yourself from Runaway Reactions (Writing - 4/14/14)

    Painful reactions to life events are just mechanical, emotional knee jerks.

  • Stop Sowing the Seeds of Discontent (Writing - 6/9/14)

    Who in his or her right mind believes -- even for a moment -- that the path to lasting contentment would be paved by continually thinking about everything that is…[more]

  • Real Knowledge You Can Use About Being Negative (Audio 4:08 - 10/1/14)

    Guy Finley explains that each of us is a unique blend of energies, both positive and negative, all of which are meant to be used for the purpose of self-revelation.

  • Put the Light on Hostile Thoughts and Feelings (Writing - 12/1/14)

    The next time some hostile state takes you over, see that something foreign to your True Nature has imposed itself on you and taken over your life.

  • Find and Fulfill the Promise of Yourself (Writing - 1/19/15)

    We should never measure ourselves according to our "possibilities" because all such estimations of self are always based in secretly embraced evaluations of our own past.

  • Real Knowledge You Can Use About Being Negative (Video 3:08 - 2/11/15)

    Guy Finley explains that each of us is a unique blend of celestial energies, both positive and negative, all of which are meant to be used for the purpose of…[more]

  • How to Find True Balance in Life (Video 4:18 - 3/19/15)

    Guy Finley explains that the grand movement of life itself is a ceaseless rebalancing. But because the native state of every living organism is inertia, when life produces the conditions…[more]

  • Judgment Day is Not in a Time to Come (Video 3:39 - 3/26/15)

    In this short talk, Guy Finley explains that every time we are identified with a negative state, then there is a certain kind of "judgment day" taking place.

  • Step Out of the Prison of Familiar Suffering (Video 5:14 - 6/26/15)

    Guy Finley explains that until we get tired of living from the negativity we've accepted in our lives we will continue to push away new possibilities. But just starting to…[more]

  • Change Your Relationship with Life (Writing - 7/20/15)

    Negative states, all dark energies that enervate us, only succeed at draining us because they are capable of making us see mentally and emotionally charged images of past defeats.

  • Your Muddy Nature Wants You to Play in It! (Writing - 12/7/15)

    You must understand that the dark parts of a person want, and will find any excuse, to get the nature that aspires to return Home to abandon its longing for…[more]

  • Start Giving Yourself What You Really Want (Writing - 2/8/16)

    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.

  • Authority Over Whatever Punishes You (Writing - 5/23/16)

    Whatever we try to go around in ourselves guarantees it will come around again, which is why the things we fear in life and about ourselves always tend to reappear

  • Go Beyond Thinking and Stop Sinking (Writing - 5/2/17)

    Learning to observe our self begins with one simple but deliberate act of attention on our part.

  • Do Your Part to Step Out of Negativity and Into the Light (Writing - 5/22/17)

    Learn to look at all difficult moments as opportunities to come awake to yourself and a place from which you can practice stepping outside of the attending circle of negative…[more]

  • As We Change, So Changes the Moment (Writing - 7/10/17)

    Negative reactions make nothing better.

  • Refuse to Go Along with Negative States (Writing - 8/28/17)

    When you don't -- when you consciously won't -- express some negative state, you are literally asking for awareness of a higher self.

  • How to Harness the Celestial Forces that Set You Free (Video 2:38 - 10/30/17)

    In this excerpt from an hour-long seminar, Life of Learning Foundation founder and director Guy Finley explains that we must work to harness the energy of negative forces instead of…[more]

  • A Rolling Thought Gathers Mass (Audio 4:24 - 12/13/17)

    Try to catch the part of yourself that can't wait to pick up negativity and then learn how to set it down before you get caught up in its momentum.…[more]

  • The Hidden Nature of True Spiritual Work (Audio 2:01 - 12/13/17)

    When you are with someone who is negative and they stir a negative reaction in you, once you understand that they have no awareness of their state, much less see…[more]