The following short set of questions and answers is taken from the "Ask the Masters" sections that follow the end of each chapter in Guy Finley's newest book, Let Go and Live in the Now.
QUESTION: I love the idea of living in a world without storms, but given how much turmoil and trouble there seems to be everywhere, including in ourselves, where do we find such an elevated state of self?
ANSWER: Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions, and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the center of it all. --- Robert M. Pirsig
QUESTION: What can I expect to happen once I begin letting go and living in the Now? What happens when I practice this interior work of allowing myself to be filled, instead of always trying to fill myself?
ANSWER: The moment we make up our mind that we are going on with this determination to exact God over all, we step out of the world's parade. We shall acquire a new viewpoint; a new and different psychology will be formed within us; a new power will begin to surprise us by its upsurging and its outgoing --- A.W. Tozer
QUESTION: Why do so many wisdom teachings stress the idea of inner work to cultivate self-watchfulness? I want to be free of my fears, but to tell you the truth, the whole idea of seeing myself as I am scares me. Is there no other way?
ANSWER: The shell must be cracked apart if what is in it is to come out, for if you want the kernel you must break the shell. And therefore if you want to discover nature's nakedness you must destroy its symbols, and the farther you get in the nearer you come to its essence. When you come to the One that gathers all things up into itself, there you must stay. --- Meister Eckhart
QUESTION: Why struggle trying to discover and understand invisible eternal forces when the world we already see and know is so full of possibilities?
ANSWER: One drop of eternity is of greater weight than a vast ocean of finite things. --- Karl Barth