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  • Let Love Dissolve the Differences That Divide You From Your Partner
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    Let Love Dissolve the Differences That Divide You From Your Partner

    • Posted: 11/5/18
    • 493 words
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    Our relationships, but especially with those we love, are a kind of "magic mirror." Our partner helps bring us into an awareness of qualities and characters that otherwise we'd never see as dwelling within us.

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  • How Your Higher Nature Prevails
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    How Your Higher Nature Prevails

    • Posted: 10/1/18
    • 538 words
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    Self-observation is how we learn to become inwardly vigilant to our own thoughts and feelings, even as they pass through us. When we can observe ourselves in this new way, our higher nature naturally prevails over any troubling thoughts or feelings that want to drag us down into their lower world.

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  • Reclaim These Two Spiritual Treasures
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    Reclaim These Two Spiritual Treasures

    • Posted: 8/21/18
    • 320 words
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    In this life we are only given two things that are purely our own to use: attention and time. Sadly, most of us squander our gifts of time and attention. Rather than learning to be in command of our attention, which is the same as using our time for its highest purpose -- the realization of our immortal Self -- we hand it over to almost anything that floats by in the river of time. Either we...

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  • The First Step to Awakening True Spiritual Strength
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    The First Step to Awakening True Spiritual Strength

    • Posted: 5/6/18
    • 574 words
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    Real spiritual strength is realized, slowly, by daring to drop any self-blinding negative states that we have allowed to define us.

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  • Why You Must Learn to Pray with Your Eyes Open
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    Why You Must Learn to Pray with Your Eyes Open

    • Posted: 3/29/18
    • Time: 00:05:41
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    You are in between worlds, and both have their own gravitational pull. It is only in the silence of complete attention that you can detect and be aware of any thoughts that are trying to drag you down into the world below you. When Christ said "I go before you to make the crooked places straight" he was referring to a nature within that is intended to connect you, through your attention, to th...

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  • How to Have an Authentic Life
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    How to Have an Authentic Life

    • Posted: 10/9/17
    • 225 words
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    Truthful self-seeing is the beginning of having an authentic life... one in which we learn that the initial bitterness of self-truthfulness is the front-runner of our ultimate spiritual betterment.

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  • Consent to See What Lies Hidden
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    Consent to See What Lies Hidden

    • Posted: 6/12/17
    • 249 words
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    Feeling compelled to act as the judge and jury of another for failing to exhibit some desirable characteristic or quality, proves the absence of that quality in ourselves.

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  • The Secret Liberating Power of Self-Observation
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    The Secret Liberating Power of Self-Observation

    • Posted: 8/22/16
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    We are meant to become an observer of ourselves, watchful of both the content -- and the intent -- of everything arising from our own mind and heart.

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  • Choose to Remember the Light
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    Choose to Remember the Light

    • Posted: 5/23/16
    • Time: 00:06:39
    • 91 Views
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    Guy Finley explains that the path to a quiet mind is not through battling with what we think opposes our peace; it is by remembering what we love, and giving our attention to self-observation so we can instead be a witness of the moment.

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  • Escape the Punishment in Judging Others
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    Escape the Punishment in Judging Others

    • Posted: 4/25/16
    • 312 words
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    By and large, everything we condemn in others is just a way of hiding something similar within ourselves.

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  • Allow the Light to Act Upon You
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    Allow the Light to Act Upon You

    • Posted: 8/17/15
    • 408 words
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    The purpose of any true interior practice is not to help us do or achieve something in the world that will make our future a brighter one, but to help us see something now about our present level of being.

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  • Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life
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    Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life

    • Posted: 5/2/15
    • Meeting: 2/2/15
    • Time: 00:15:00
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    Joan Herrmann and Guy Finley discuss the secret to effecting real change in our lives.
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  • Work New Inner Ground... and Grow
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    Work New Inner Ground... and Grow

    • Posted: 9/1/14
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    We cannot help but increase our inner efforts as it becomes clear to us that our spiritual sleep is driving us nowhere.

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  • Put Yourself in Relationship with Goodness
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    Put Yourself in Relationship with Goodness

    • Posted: 10/28/13
    • 527 words
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    When you know what it means to be in relationship with Goodness, you never feel bad. Unhappiness, anger, fear, anxiety -- negative states -- cannot make a home in you when you know what it means to be in relationship with what is Good. If we understand this properly, it strips away all of the justification we have for being unpleasant. Our work is as simple as this: *to see and to be what we...

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  • The Key to Self-Change
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    The Key to Self-Change

    • Posted: 8/6/12
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    Self-observation is the key to a higher order of awareness; it is how we learn to become inwardly vigilant to our own thoughts and feelings, even as they pass through us. To observe yourself means that you can't be self-absorbed. Higher awareness through self-observation increases your field of choices, because this elevated inner position places you high above the game and lets you see all...

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  • Learn to Observe Self-Defeating States
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    Learn to Observe Self-Defeating States

    • Posted: 5/21/12
    • 286 words
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    To begin seeing that negative states such as anger, impatience, worry, and fear have lodged themselves into the hidden corners of your heart is to discover how they have managed to win their spot.

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  • Avoid This Trap of Torment
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    Avoid This Trap of Torment

    • Posted: 4/23/12
    • 195 words
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    The Living Light never shows us anything in ourselves that it hasn't already started to change for us.

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  • Take Yourself Out of Harm's Way
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    Take Yourself Out of Harm's Way

    • Posted: 1/9/12
    • 515 words
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    The foundation of self-observation is a higher self-awareness that puts you in direct contact with a new and superior Intelligence, a silent wisdom that immediately goes to work in your favor, knowing exactly what to do with all that passes before it.

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  • Gaze Into Your True Self
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    Gaze Into Your True Self

    • Posted: 11/16/11
    • Time: 00:07:09
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    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how a still and attentive mind perfectly reflects the "presence" moment.

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  • Stop Fear Before It Gets Started
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    Stop Fear Before It Gets Started (Student Talks)

    • Posted: 9/14/11
    • Meeting: 9/2/11
    • Time: 00:17:00
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    What is true never fears investigation; what is false... fears everything.
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  • How to Realize New Possibilities
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    How to Realize New Possibilities

    • Posted: 9/5/11
    • 348 words
    • 104 Views
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    What happens in the moment where life throws something at you, or nothing goes as you had planned? You know what happens. Instant negativity! Unhappiness over what is unwanted ruins the day. Why? Because now you're resisting the event, wanting nothing to do with it. And how many possibilities do you have in such moments when you resist life like this? None... except to grow more and more n...

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  • The Secret of Being Able to Say 'No!' to Negative States
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    The Secret of Being Able to Say 'No!' to Negative States (Student Talks)

    • Posted: 6/13/11
    • Meeting: 6/3/11
    • Time: 00:14:00
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    The sleeping mind -- passive to itself -- is like an unattended landing strip in a vacant airport into which can fly anything seeking a temporary place to inhabit and possess.
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  • Learn to Wait on What is Holy
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    Learn to Wait on What is Holy

    • Posted: 5/10/11
    • Time: 00:05:28
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    What do we typically give our attention to in any given moment? Whether we are busy working on a practical task or waiting expectantly for something to happen, our attention is usually lost in a stream of thoughts about the past or about what may take place in the future. For those of us who are tired of finding ourselves the servant of any errant thought, we must learn what it means to wait i...

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  • Catch the Ticker Tape Mind and Cut It
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    Catch the Ticker Tape Mind and Cut It

    • Posted: 4/28/11
    • Time: 00:05:15
    • 65 Views
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    If we are not watchful of the activity of our own mind, then our mind is

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  • Treasure the Truth About Yourself
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    Treasure the Truth About Yourself

    • Posted: 4/25/11
    • 285 words
    • 184 Views
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    There is an inner gold you can find whose possession fulfills you, regardless of your external circumstances. We can call this inner gold "real self-knowledge."...

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  • Learn to Wait on the Divine
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    Learn to Wait on the Divine

    • Posted: 3/21/11
    • Time: 00:08:28
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    Much of our time in this life is spent waiting for something to happen. There are times when waiting is inescapable -- waiting in traffic, waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting for an appointment -- but we can be attending to a higher world while we are waiting in this one. We are intended to know what it means to wait within ourselves even as we are waiting in the exterior world. Wai...

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  • Let Self-Knowledge Light the Way Ahead
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    Let Self-Knowledge Light the Way Ahead

    • Posted: 1/17/11
    • 569 words
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    Few are those content with the direction their lives have taken; fewer are the men and women willing to learn why their destiny feels outside their control; and fewer still are those individuals who persist upon the path of self-discovery until realizing the truth of why their worlds unfold as they do. One of the sad reasons why so few men and women persist in the inner work necessary for hig...

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  • Build a Spiritual Fire for Your Heart
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    Build a Spiritual Fire for Your Heart

    • Posted: 1/11/11
    • Time: 00:07:49
    • 78 Views
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    An ember lying in a fireplace cannot do anything to ignite itself. However conditions can be created in which the ember can be brought into a new relationship with its environment and thus be turned into a small flame. The point at which the ember catches fire is its ignition point. There is an ignition point for physical objects, but there also exists a kind of spiritual ignition point. A tru...

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  • Strengthen Your Connection to the Timeless Life
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    Strengthen Your Connection to the Timeless Life

    • Posted: 12/20/10
    • 527 words
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    You'll never know how forgetful of your self you are until you make the smallest effort to be self-remembering.

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  • Notes on the Nature of True Freedom
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    Notes on the Nature of True Freedom

    • Posted: 7/5/10
    • Meeting: 5/28/10
    • Time: 00:16:00
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    In this short talk listeners are encouraged to discover the freedom in self-observation. Presently, we experience the pain of resisting the moments in life that we don't want without understanding that resistance is the limitation of possibility. But by consciously working to observe the moment instead of resisting it...
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  • Break the Spell of Self-Limiting Negative States
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    Break the Spell of Self-Limiting Negative States

    • Posted: 4/5/10
    • 408 words
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    The next time (and every time) you catch some negative thought or feeling that says, "I am anxious," "I am scared," "I am mad," or "I am in so much pain" -- the first thing to do is to come wide awake to yourself. By taking the following inner action, you can deliberately snap yourself out of that dark dream that is trying to weave itself into your identity. Rather than allowing yourself to...

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  • The Gift of Meditation
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    The Gift of Meditation

    • Posted: 2/27/10
    • Time: 00:06:07
    • 95 Views
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    When you go outside on a beautiful day and step into the sunlight, do you have to try to enjoy the warmth? Or is the warmth of the sun just part of what is there, and you are a part of it? Similarly, real meditation is effortless. It is the fulfillment of natural relationship, not the attempt on our part to create relationship. Your being itself is meditating, as it is a natural part of the wh...

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  • Seek the Source of True Self-Mastery
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    Seek the Source of True Self-Mastery

    • Posted: 2/16/10
    • Time: 00:05:16
    • 174 Views
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    The mind has a natural longing to explore itself and to understand its own possibilities. But this same mind will look at people that it sees at being better than itself, and it will say that there is no point to exploring any further since it will not be possible to match what others have achieved. The mind that decides that there is no point has succeeded only in hurting itself. As our mind...

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  • Why No One is More Special Than You Are
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    Why No One is More Special Than You Are

    • Posted: 1/20/10
    • Time: 00:17:36
    • 166 Views
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    In this world that we live in, nothing appears that is not an expression of an axiom. One of the reasons that the sun rises every morning is to reveal all that is created. Were it not for light, we would not be able to see forms because matter by itself is dark. Absolutely nothing in nature is special because everything is special. How many of you think that the world is intended to revolve a...

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  • Free Yourself from Unwanted Circumstances
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    Free Yourself from Unwanted Circumstances

    • Posted: 11/30/09
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    The real reason people remain captives of unwanted circumstances in their lives is because they've yet to realize this great spiritual secret: Resistance is negative attraction. In other words: the longer we dwell on what we don't want in life, the larger grows that dark dwelling place in which we find ourselves living. ~~~ You need not answer to any disturbance within you. Any form of res...

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  • The Sure Cure for a Sinking Spirit
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    The Sure Cure for a Sinking Spirit

    • Posted: 11/17/09
    • Time: 00:05:36
    • 125 Views
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    Our spirit is not meant to sink. At any given moment, we can tell what we are living from by the way we see the world around us. We are not meant to live with a heavy heart, but at present we do not know what else to do. There is no denying the fact that, at times, life can weigh heavily upon our hearts and minds, but we can remain aware of the heaviness instead of consenting to live under it.

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  • Welcome Truth's Light and Make Everything Right for You
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    Welcome Truth's Light and Make Everything Right for You

    • Posted: 11/9/09
    • 460 words
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    Have you ever seen rage in yourself? Generally, we don't want to see certain states within us because we've been conditioned to think of them as bad for us. We don't understand that these states are part of a world that can be changed when the light is brought to them. What happens when we see things about ourselves that we don't want to see? In order to avoid looking at itself, the mind wil...

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  • Introductory Exercise in Attention
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    Introductory Exercise in Attention

    • Posted: 9/5/09
    • Meeting: 7/31/09
    • Time: 00:22:00
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    In this first installment of special short talks on attention, Guy explains that attention is the ground itself for becoming a different human being. Presently, we don't see when and where we don't possess our attention, or when and where we fall asleep. But first we must see...
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  • Challenge Fear's Right to Rule Your Life
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    Challenge Fear's Right to Rule Your Life

    • Posted: 5/12/08
    • 443 words
    • 137 Views
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    "I want to be brave when it comes to cutting myself loose from self-destructive situations, but each time I even get close to letting go, I get really scared. And when I get scared, I seem to hold on to everything even tighter! Is there a way to get past this fear? I loathe the idea that I may be too frightened to find freedom." "Yes. There is a way past this part of yourself that would rathe...

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  • The Great Lesson Behind Self-Liberation
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    The Great Lesson Behind Self-Liberation

    • Posted: 3/10/08
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    Each life lesson gained, each timeless truth gleaned by agreeing to go through what we would rather not, confirms a great secret unknown by the masses: the whole universe had to have participated in that moment of our transformation, otherwise none of the necessary elements could have been in the right place at the right time to deliver that perfectly tailored lesson. Here, we find personal ev...

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  • Why You Should Feel Encouraged
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    Why You Should Feel Encouraged

    • Posted: 2/10/08
    • 394 words
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    The wish itself -- to be a higher person -- comes to you from a higher place and is received in its inner equivalent within you. This means there's already an existing connection between the you that you want to be and the you that you presently are; between the new destiny you would have, and the fortunes you've known. All you have to do is stay on the royal road that has brought you up to th...

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  • Journey Beyond Fear
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    Journey Beyond Fear

    • Posted: 6/3/07
    • 413 words
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    Counter to popular opinion, real success is not measured by the amount of our possessions. Simply stated, the truth is that real success -- ultimately the only success -- is determined by how much we are in actual possession of ourselves. And by the light of this great fact of life, we can also see that the person who fears the loss of what he thinks is his success has not truly succeeded.

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  • An Advanced Lesson in Letting Go
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    An Advanced Lesson in Letting Go

    • Posted: 8/12/06
    • 429 words
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    What are we actually talking about when we speak of letting go? After all, no one wants to let go of something that has proven itself to be satisfying! Whatever it is that we wish to let go of must be something from which we wish to be free. This may be unpleasant or troubling relationships, a problem-filled past or fearful future, any form of addiction, recent painful events -- or any of thos...

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  • A Magical Prescription for More Positive Living
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    A Magical Prescription for More Positive Living

    • Posted: 7/15/06
    • 438 words
    • 149 Views
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    We are made to be self-correcting, so that each real correction effected in us elevates us above the dark and limiting influences we have been living under all our lives. Like moving from a hot desert to a cool mountain retreat, each discovery of what darkens our path in life moves us toward higher, happier ground. And though we may not yet understand how this works in us, each time we catch a...

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  • Discovering the Depths of Your True Self
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    Discovering the Depths of Your True Self

    • Posted: 5/21/06
    • 380 words
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    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?...

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  • The Strength of a Silent Mind
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    The Strength of a Silent Mind

    • Posted: 10/16/05
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    One of the most powerful forces in the universe available to human beings is also one of the least understood and appreciated. This powerful force is silence. The secret strength found in silence is as practical in daily life as is its true character life-changing. You can actually possess, and reap the benefits from, a quiet mind. When you want to directly enjoy the sunshine, you must go out...

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  • Giving Yourself Up Is Lifting Yourself Up
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    Giving Yourself Up Is Lifting Yourself Up

    • Posted: 9/10/05
    • 577 words
    • 207 Views
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    The gradual realization that you need never again try to find yourself in your thoughts about yourself is like one day happily realizing that hitting yourself over the head was the cause and not the cure for your daily headaches. To your grateful amazement, you discover that the inner-pounding you so wished would go away finally came to a stop when you stopped pounding. This startling realiz...

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  • Abandon Your Usual Ways of Thinking
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    Abandon Your Usual Ways of Thinking

    • Posted: 5/23/05
    • 515 words
    • 176 Views
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    Imagine for a moment you're driving home from work, and that you've just come from having a pretty rough day. As you drive along, your eyes see the road before you, but your mind is in the past. It's very busy re-running all of the day's unpleasant events. Over and over again, you feel that painful stab of some thoughtless remark someone cruelly blurted out, or the embarrassment of that stupi...

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  • Two Ways to Raise Your Level of Spiritual Freedom
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    Two Ways to Raise Your Level of Spiritual Freedom

    • Posted: 3/13/05
    • 487 words
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    Here are two proven ways you can learn to work in the Now to ensure that you reach ever-higher levels of personal freedom. Our honest examination of these spiritual assertions -- based upon our own life experience -- proves our need to realize their promise. For best results, first meditate on what each statement means in and of itself. Let the freedom it illustrates awaken in you the remembra...

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  • How to Let Go of Helpless Feelings
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    How to Let Go of Helpless Feelings

    • Posted: 11/29/04
    • 363 words
    • 164 Views
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    Psychological suffering is a waste of life. It is pointless, cruel, and above all deceptive. I say deceptive because psychological suffering is an unnecessary pain that we are presently certain is not only necessary, but actually unavoidable . . . a part of real life. Mental and emotional suffering are not a part of real life. You do not have to live with any tormenting thoughts or feelings no...

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  • Break Through to a Totally New You
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    Break Through to a Totally New You

    • Posted: 9/7/04
    • 581 words
    • 179 Views
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    In order to have a sunny life on a moment-to-moment basis, you must be willing to let something new happen to you. No one sincerely asks for a new life until they are thoroughly dissatisfied with the old one. Letting go of the old ideas is the only way to really invite something new. This is what we are learning to do with the help of these higher ideas. Let's look at one example of how our...

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  • Look in the Right Direction 
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    Look in the Right Direction 

    • Posted: 2/22/03
    • 553 words
    • 666 Views
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    The answers to all of life's questions can be found WITHIN you. Three ways to start asking the right questions.

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  • 10 Small Steps to Real Self-Knowledge
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    10 Small Steps to Real Self-Knowledge

    • Posted: 2/22/03
    • 342 words
    • 485 Views
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    Volunteer for deliberate spiritual growth by daring to venture into the unknown. It may surprise you to discover that the circumstances necessary just for you, and for your continuing inner development are much closer than you think! For instance, start with the following "10 Small Steps to Real Self-Knowledge." Agree to step into these unknown moments and then step back... And watch how new...

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  • The Secret of Owning Your Own Life
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    The Secret of Owning Your Own Life

    • Posted: 1/17/03
    • 507 words
    • 220 Views
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    Discover ten powerful new ways to begin changing your view of your own life. Plus learn the one power greater than any disturbance.

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  • Spiritual Practices and the Presence of God
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    Spiritual Practices and the Presence of God

    • Posted: 1/3/03
    • 350 words
    • 190 Views
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    Is having a silent mind essential to spiritual development, and what exactly is gained by practicing inner silence? True silence is not just the absence of noise; it is a kind of spiritual medium in which not only are we able to discern what is false, but through which what is true can increasingly reach us and teach us. It is very helpful to practice some form of being silent. As you devel...

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  • The Good Work of Giving Yourself Up
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    The Good Work of Giving Yourself Up

    • Posted: 7/14/02
    • 186 words
    • 363 Views
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    Cycling of vanity with life-in-vain goes on until you see the cost of a self-filling self. Then you commence on the good work of giving yourself up.

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The Essential Laws of Fearless Living

Here is your step-by-step guide to building the foundation of a fearless life. Learn how to see through the illusion of limitation and become unstoppable.

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