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  1. Online Study Group Meeting for Monday (11/25/2019)
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    Topic: Freedom Arrives When You Stop Serving and Begin Observing Your Reactions (11/17/19 Classroom Talk)

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  2. Online Study Group Meeting for Tuesday (11/26/2019)
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    Topic: Freedom Arrives When You Stop Serving and Begin Observing Your Reactions (11/17/19 Classroom Talk)

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  3. Freedom Arrives When You Stop Serving and Begin Observing Your Reactions
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    Classroom Talk: 11/17/2019 - Part 1: Unconscious negative reactions feel intelligent because they are inseparable from some equally unconscious judgment that lends them their temporary "life." So that, in this manner, the more stress, anger, or pain we feel -- born of having identified with one of these dark reactions...

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  4. Make It Your "Business" to See Yourself As You Are
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    Our work is to consistently take pictures of ourselves, to be able to step outside the stream of the mechanical, comfort-seeking, falsely-contented self so that we can start to see ourselves as we are, and not as we imagine ourselves to be.

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  5. Liberate Yourself from the Fear of Yourself
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    Human beings walk around in a kind of self-made suffering that is the expression of something in us that is afraid of seeing ourselves as we are. We've come to think that avoiding a unwanted fact about ourselves is the same as escaping the effects. Our lives should be a ceaseless realization of where we miss the mark, because that is the only way to transcend the idea that...

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  6. Saturdays with Guy (8/3/2019)
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    Topics covered: Conscious pain is sensitivity, unconscious pain makes you a dullard; We have pain with other people because we're afraid of consequence; You're being manipulated inwardly; Do the best you know to do and then drop any afterthoughts about it; Discouragement is the shadow of self-judgment; Meaning is the integrated story of mind, body, and heart...

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  7. Stop Fighting with What Life Brings You
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    Most of us like sitting by a river and watching the water or anything else come downstream and then disappear in the distance. When watching a river, we don't usually focus on one thing in the stream and then resist it as it floats by. We are intended to be the observer of the stream of our interior life in much the same way that we would enjoy watching a river.

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  8. With Friends Like These... Who Needs Enemies!
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    Student Talks: 2/22/2019 - Key Lesson: Here's why we are the unwitting victim of every voice in our head promising to protect us from whatever may be disturbing us: there would be no disturbance for us to deal with were it not for these same "voices" -- our own troubled thoughts -- pointing to, and then...

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  9. Let Love Dissolve the Differences That Divide You From Your Partner
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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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  10. How Your Higher Nature Prevails
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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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  11. Reclaim These Two Spiritual Treasures
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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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  12. See Through this Unexpected Source of Pain and Be Set Free
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    Trying to change, or otherwise control the unexpected appearance of some unwanted moment -- whose anticipated outcome you negatively imagine must be avoided at all costs -- actually helps create the unwanted conditionthat you had feared was coming!...

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  13. Soul Speak with Sheldon Pizzinat (3/5/2018)
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    Topics covered: Resistance arises from fear of an identity being threatened; We are born into a world of comparison which causes illusions and identifications; Each event we identify with strengthens the illusion of identification; We are meant to enter into a relationship with another order of consciousness; Fear arises when we challenge a belief; There is no psychological fear without negati...

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  14. The First Step to Awakening True Spiritual Strength
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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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  15. Why You Must Learn to Pray with Your Eyes Open
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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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  16. Conscious Talk Radio with Rob Spears (3/2/2018)
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    Topics covered: Discussion of the live-streamed series on Authentic Change; Having an intention isn't enough to make authentic change; Trying to escape what you're feeling versus really feeling what you are experiencing; A ""new you"" doesn't happen later, it's now or not at all; Being present to the movement of fear, anger, and anxiety within us; Learning to see that you are acting from an ""old...

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  17. Face the Light and Start Setting Yourself Free (Student Talks)
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    Trying to escape the painful effects of spiritual ignorance is like hoping to lose your shadow by running away from the sun.

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  18. The Secret of Making a New and True Beginning
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    What very few men and women ever come to realize, spiritually speaking, is that life is a ceaseless series of inner choices about where they want to live.

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  19. Release Yourself From Your "self" by Being Responsible for its Revelation
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    To rise above our present level of self, we must outgrow its unseen limitation. To outgrow any limitation, we must become conscious of its nature. To become aware of any unconscious nature in us, we must learn how to impersonally witness it. To impersonally witness a lower level of self is to see it through a higher order of being... a ceaseless action whose realization is the same as the Trut... Learn More
  20. How to Have an Authentic Life
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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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  21. You Reap What You Sow
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    Any negative reaction that serves as the seed of some action we take in order to avoid an unwanted revelation about ourselves must -- and will -- "grow up" to become the next thing we oppose in life!... Learn More
  22. See the Difference Between Judgment and Observation
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    In this short commentary, Guy explains that the more you study the inner judge, the stronger the true and impartial observer within you becomes.

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  23. Energized Living Today with Cindy Kubica
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    Topics covered: The essential laws of peace, power, and perfect living; We've lost touch with our "true" nature; We know ourselves as a kind of an echo; Life is not trying to take something from me when it appears to go south; Conditions in life reveal to me a level of consciousness in myself; We resist our own imagined states; I judge because I feel superior to what I'm judging; A difficult m... Learn More
  24. Consent to See What Lies Hidden
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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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  25. The Celestial Seeds of Knowing Yourself Completely
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    Guy Finley explains that if you truly know yourself, then you will want to surrender yourself. The seeds of true surrender and dying to yourself spiritually are found in knowing your actual inner condition.

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  26. Stop Being a Slave to the "Wave"
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    It's impossible to separate being identified with the pursuit of some false purpose in life from the unconscious suffering produced by the same. Learn More
  27. The Practice of Being Perfected
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    Action without knowledge is reckless at best, and is almost always dangerous to everyone involved. Knowledge without action is useless at best, and guarantees that the individual who is 'inclined to recline' will remain in the realm of the sleeping intellect. Learn More
  28. For the Friends of God There Is Nothing to Be Feared (Student Talks)
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    All facts about oneself, as well as those that concern the nature of this world, are friendly to the Friends of God. Learn More
  29. Conscious Talk Radio with Rob Spears
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    Topics covered: Perception of events rather than facts of events; Sense of self that is dependent on what others think; Fear stemming from protecting identities that come and go with changing conditions; Gaining true alignment through revelations; Understanding the purpose of what is taking place in a moment; Standing at the center of creation; How fear guides life experiences; Cultivating the... Learn More
  30. The Secret Liberating Power of Self-Observation
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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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  31. Welcome the Unexpected Challenge of Becoming Self Conscious
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    In this short audio clip, "letting go" author Guy Finley talks about how becoming conscious of ourselves in the right way comes with a necessary kind of growing pain that happens when we begin to separate ourselves from the lower self that we have falsely taken ourselves to be.

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  32. What to Do in the Heat of Any Unwanted Moment
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    Featured Study Group Topic for the Week of August 8, 2016. Part 1: True humility -- the higher state of being born only of agreeing to see, consciously, one's own helplessly-conflicted mechanical self -- is the holy humus required for one's rebirth. Part 2: What is any psychological suffering -- that always unexpected shockwave of anguish in some uninvited moment -- other than the agonizing ef... Learn More
  33. Choose to Remember the Light
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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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  34. Saturday Student Q&A with Guy Finley (4/30/2016)
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    Topic: Being Unstoppable: How to Walk Through Any Fearful Moment; Questions: What is the difference between the whole of awareness and the whole of existence; Should I look for a partner or trust the relationships I need will be given to me; How to deal with past mistakes; Can dark forces control you through your eating; Does 'honor thy father and mother' refer to active and passive forces; Th... Learn More
  35. Escape the Punishment in Judging Others
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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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  36. Conscious Talk Radio with Rob Spears
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    Topics covered: Discussion of Guy's online workshop on 'Relationship Magic'; Discovering one's purpose in all relationships; Exploring what it is that draws us to or repels us from particular relationships; Relationships awaken us to parts of ourselves we weren't aware of before; Learning to use differences to heal past misunderstandings; Reverting back versus converting to a new relationship;... Learn More
  37. Don't Step Into This Unseen Pit in the Impersonal Life
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    Guy Finley clarifies that working to meet challenging moments "impersonally" does not mean to pretend that we are not bothered by what comes up inside of us, but to receive the impressions from the unwanted event fully so that it can be used for the purpose of revelation.

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  38. Don't Step Into This Unseen Pit in the Impersonal Life
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    Guy Finley clarifies that working to meet challenging moments "impersonally" does not mean to pretend that we are not bothered by what comes up inside of us, but to receive the impressions from the unwanted event fully so that it can be used for the purpose of revelation.

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  39. The First Great Law of Spiritual Development
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    Part 1: Awakening to the presence of some weak, or otherwise painful character at large within us marks the beginning of the end of its command over us. Part 2: The longer one is able to observe oneself -- all parts of oneself, unadorned -- the less interest one has in being identified with any of these (separate) parts while, at the same time, the more willingly does one commit to do the inne... Learn More
  40. A Spiritual Secret That Will Shock You Into Sanity
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    In this short clip, Guy Finley mentions a key point that needs to be realized about our minds when there is any kind of interior dialog taking place.

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  41. Allow the Light to Act Upon You
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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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  42. Guy Finley Interview on "Buddha at the Gas Pump"
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    Watch Guy's interview with host Rick Archer on the popular YouTube series, "Buddha at the Gas Pump."...

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  43. Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life
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    Joan Herrmann and Guy Finley discuss the secret to effecting real change in our lives. Learn More
  44. Welcome the Self-Knowledge That Leads to Self-Observation
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    The present moment and our awareness of it are one consciousness, much in the same way as the Eye of The Beholder shares an awareness of both the mirror, and the object it reflects. Learn More
  45. The Prescription You Need to Fulfill the Purpose of Your Life
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    Featured Study Group Topic for the Week of February 2, 2015. The vast majority of our mental, emotional, and physical patterns -- those repetitive, too familiar pathways along which we walk, are -- in fact -- the creations of an unconscious nature... and all designed to fulfill its unseen purpose: that in our constant, but ultimately meaningless considerations of all we see unfolding around us... Learn More
  46. Real Knowledge You Can Use About Being Negative
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    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.

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  47. Say No to the 'CIO' (Chief Intimidation Officer)
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    The more any one of your own thoughts or feelings tries to hurry, or otherwise push you along, the more you should work inwardly to slow down and to meet, directly, that part of yourself that promises you peace 'just ahead'... as long as you agree to endure its pain first. Learn More
  48. No Lie Goes Unrewarded
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    Look where any man or woman spends most of their time -- upon what they spend it -- and, despite all protest to the contrary, you will see exactly what that person loves above all else. Learn More
  49. Work New Inner Ground... and Grow
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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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  50. Catch and Let Go of Your False Guides
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    Featured Study Group Topic for the Week of March 17, 2014. When there is no one and nothing left within oneself to blame for one's weakness, it's also pretty clear that turning to one's 'self' for help is like asking a donkey for the directions to heaven. Learn More
  51. The Reconciliation Between Self-Condemnation and Excuse
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    Guy Finley talks about the nature within us that seeks to condemn us even as it excuses what "it" has done. Whenever we are able to observe these two opposites simultaneously, a third force is awakened. This third force, which is higher awareness, holds the opposites and is perfect reconciliation.

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  52. Put Yourself in Relationship with Goodness
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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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  53. Discover the True Source of a Silent Mind
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    In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how stillness cannot be brought about by any kind of will of our own, but that a real relationship with stillness is established by becoming aware of the division that is created by our own mind's willfulness.

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  54. How to Face Your Fears and Be Free
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    Look any fear in its face, for long enough, and it will retreat... having no recourse other than to return back into the darkness from out of which it appeared. Learn More
  55. Put Negative States in Their Proper Place
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    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.

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  56. Saturday Student Q&A with Guy Finley (7/20/2013)
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    Topics covered: When you are overwhelmed by multiple feelings at once, do you observe the feelings separately or collectively; Do you have plans to write a book on the deeper meanings of Christ's teachings; Can we turn around the negativity that has been perfecting itself within us; What do we do about feelings of superiority towards others; Can you tell us more about your background; How do I... Learn More
  57. Become a Spiritual Photographer and Break Free of Negative Spirits
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    Seeing what is holy in life is only as possible as we are willing to be whole. Learn More
  58. The Painful Illusion Behind All Conclusions
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    Guy Finley talks about how we have a nature within us that is constantly in motion, but yet never actually goes anywhere because all it can do is move from one incomplete idea to another.

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  59. Learn to Watch as Emotions Dissolve
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    When it comes to fear, anxiety or any other kind of negative state, we can learn to observe and bear the state that is being revealed so that a new understanding of the moment can begin to dawn within us.

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  60. The Anatomy of a Negative State
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    Any action we may take that's created by resistance within us to something unwanted in our life ensures only the continuation of a nature so asleep to itself that it can't see the difference between always trying to escape a prison, and not entering into one in the first place. Learn More
  61. The Difference Between Practical vs. Personal Thoughts
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    Guy Finley talks about how to discern the difference between thought that is practical and useful, versus thought that is unconscious and hurtful.

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  62. The Complete Story of Sorrow in a Simple Lesson
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    In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how everything that life brings to our door is intended to show us something new and true about ourselves... if we are willing to accept the lesson.

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  63. Learn to Discriminate Before It's Too Late
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    Talking to yourself proves only one thing: you're still unable to tell the difference between good and bad company. Learn More
  64. Saturday Q&A with Guy Finley (9/15/2012)
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    Topics covered: I'm experiencing intense vibrations and energy in my body; What is the importance of attending an actual school; I am losing interest in interacting with others; What must I do to go deeper in my spiritual work; Are anxiety and tension stored in the cells of the body; I feel like there is less anxiety and fear in my life but I'm still not happy; How do I show others the connect... Learn More
  65. Stop Dreaming and Start Digging
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    Waiting for the right time to come, when you'll clean up your act and finally make some real changes in yourself, is like spending all your time complaining about the unkempt condition of your neighbor's garden while your own is overrun with weeds!... Learn More
  66. The Key to Self-Change
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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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  67. To Aspire or To Despair: That is the Question
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    Even though it may seem difficult at times, this work is ""good news"" to the part of us that is drawn to a higher life. Learn More
  68. Learn to Observe Self-Defeating States
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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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  69. Avoid This Trap of Torment
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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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  70. Let Truth Tell You Who You Are
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    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about the difference between being completely passive to life's movements, and being properly active in the moment, which involves listening intently to what the present moment is wanting to communicate to us about ourselves.

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  71. Choose the Path of Freedom
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    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how we can stop being fooled into involving ourselves with fear, worry and anxiety by remembering that there are parts of us that "love" falling into those negative states.

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  72. Take Yourself Out of Harm's Way
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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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  73. Stop Enlarging Yourself!
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    No problem in life is ever any bigger than what the sleeping mind makes of it in order to enlarge a false sense of self. Learn More
  74. Gaze Into Your True Self
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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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  75. Saturdays with Guy (10/22/2011)
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    Topics covered: What is the single greatest obstacle to awakening; There is a nature in you that wants you to forget everything vital to you; God never ceases to be present; The sign of 'spiritual dehydration' is not being able to think of anyone but yourself; There's a fine line between surrender and discipline; Your Father knows what you need before you do; A spiritual school is necessary be... Learn More
  76. Live in the World Above the Laws That Hold You Captive
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    The reason it's so important to always go the "extra mile" in your inner work -- to do what you don't want to do, or feel like you can't do -- is that there is no other way for you to tap into a resource that only after you've expired all of your own. Learn More
  77. Self-Realization for Dummies: 101
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    Being myself is what finally happens when every last effort to know myself by thinking about myself has proven useless. Learn More
  78. Stop Fear Before It Gets Started
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    What is true never fears investigation; what is false... fears everything. Learn More
  79. How to Realize New Possibilities
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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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  80. The Secret Campsite of Self-Doubt
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    Self-pity is the campsite of self-defeat; it is a dark refuge for those parts of us that would rather wallow in what cannot be than dare to explore what is possible. Learn More
  81. Let Go and Rise Above Whatever Wants to Bring You Down
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    Truth can only lift us as high as we are willing to let go of those parts of us that want to drag us down. Learn More
  82. The Secret of Being Able to Say 'No!' to Negative States
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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. Learn More
  83. Turn Dark Emotional States Into Sunny Skies
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    Who you really are can't be "interrupted" by a thought, or some dark emotional state, anymore than a passing rain cloud disturbs the open sky through which it passes. Learn More
  84. Step Out of the Rush and Into Relaxed Living (Interview #1)
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    Guy Finley's monthly call-in radio show, Guy Finley LIVE! Topics covered: No rushing exists outside of our thinking; Our problems begin with the way we see life, and not with the life we see; No matter what happens you must use the moment that has been given to you for the highest purpose it is meant to serve; Being relaxed is about doing what's practical and dropping what's punishing; There's... Learn More
  85. Learn to Wait on What is Holy
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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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  86. A Surprising Way to Start Healing Your Soul
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    Any blow to your vanity, received consciously, is a healing touch to your soul. Learn More
  87. Catch the Ticker Tape Mind and Cut It
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    If we are not watchful of the activity of our own mind, then our mind is Learn More

  88. Treasure the Truth About Yourself
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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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  89. Learn to Wait on the Divine
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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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  90. Let Self-Knowledge Light the Way Ahead
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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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  91. Build a Spiritual Fire for Your Heart
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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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  92. Strengthen Your Connection to the Timeless Life
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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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  93. A Visit to Life of Learning
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    A Visit to Life of Learning...

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  94. Stop Rubbing Yourself Down With Dark States
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    You can't go on feeling sad without first consenting to stand in the ashes of some past event, and then rubbing the memory of it all over yourself. Learn More
  95. Short Student Dialog With Guy
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    In this short talk Guy illustrates the importance of awareness in every moment of our lives. Who we are presently can't change us. In order to begin the hard work of authentic change we must make it our aim to do one thing in awareness -- sitting down, walking, eating -- even if for just... Learn More
  96. Notes on the Nature of True Freedom
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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... Learn More
  97. Interview hosted by Brenda Michaels and Rob Spears (Interview #3)
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    Topics explored in this dialogue: You can't have creation and rebirth without suffering; Authentic spiritual evolution is a creative process of integration, and integration requires revelation; Asking to see more about a painful situation is the same as asking how you can let it go; We have a "candling" facility -- conscious awareness -- which is meant to see into every thought and feeling we... Learn More
  98. Break the Spell of Self-Limiting Negative States
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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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  99. Interview hosted by Guy Rathbun (Interview #2)
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    Topics explored in this dialogue: What we become attached to limits us; If we don't learn lessons, they return; Resistance is the ultimate source of all repetitious, painful routine; When you listen to the solutions that negativity offers, it's like asking a shark to guide you out of the water; If you're never wrong, you can't learn; The true meaning of 'Love thine enemies.'... Learn More
  100. The Gift of Meditation
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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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  101. Seek the Source of True Self-Mastery
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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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  102. Be Eternally Refreshed
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    Do you feel like something is missing from your life? We have all felt like that to one degree or another. Yes, there are days when things seem to go well, but if we are honest with ourselves we know that there are not many good days, and as a result there is an incessant searching that is always going on. What is it that we are searching for? The unseen, unanswered need that every human bein...

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  103. Why No One is More Special Than You Are
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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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  104. Dying to the Defensive Self
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    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. Learn More
  105. Free Yourself from Unwanted Circumstances
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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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  106. Let Life Give You What You Need
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    The only thing that stands in our way of finding the fearless life is something in us that tells us "I can't." And yet, three of the most powerful words in the English language are: "I can learn." Unlike every other creature on this earth, we are created to be changed, to go through transformations that put us into a new relationship with a different order of life if we have allowed those...

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  107. The Sure Cure for a Sinking Spirit
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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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  108. Welcome Truth's Light and Make Everything Right for You
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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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  109. The Secret for Successful Living
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    Everyone wonders whether or not there is one great secret for truly successful living. There is. And it is not a secret. Listen quietly for a moment: everything can change right now. Learning to hear this supreme secret is no more difficult than choosing whether to swim against a current or to let it carry you safely to the shore. ~~~ Real change itself isn't found in some new way to think...

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  110. Introductory Exercise in Attention
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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... Learn More
  111. The First Step to Being True to Yourself (and Everyone Else)
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    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. Learn More
  112. There Is No Excuse for Not Changing Your Life
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    The only thing the excuses we make for ourselves actually do is to increase our dependency on them. Learn More
  113. Seeing Yourself is Freeing Yourself
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    If you wish to "love thy God with all thy heart, soul, and mind," then learn to look at your life -- moment to moment -- with all thy heart, soul, and mind. Learn More
  114. Make Freedom Your First Priority
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    Ruling ourselves is second nature when remembering ourselves is our first priority. Learn More
  115. Step Out of the House of Thought
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    The door to the limitless life opens for us only as wide as we are willing to love being made aware of our present limitations. Learn More
  116. Start Giving Yourself the Greater Life
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    Just as the absence of clouds does not mean the end of the sky, neither is an empty mind the end of knowing. Learn More
  117. Here's How to Have Your Own Life
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    To be your own person -- to have your own life -- begins with quietly refusing to be what "others" would have you be so that they can have the life that they want!... Learn More
  118. Be Stronger Than Anything That Frightens You
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    The seemingly scary condition, whatever it may be, is not the problem. It is your reaction that is fearful. This is why if you will become conscious of your condition instead of afraid of it, you will change forever your relationship with fear. To be consciously afraid means that you know you are frightened, but at the same time you know that these very fears, as real as they may seem, a...

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  119. Detect, Stop, and Drop Inner "Voices"
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    The best time to practice going quiet -- to detect and drop dark inner voices -- is when the world around you is more or less already in a natural state of silence. So, early morning, upon arising, and just before you go to sleep, are the most likely times to yield the best results. But, as you'll no doubt come to discover for yourself, any time is the right time to go quiet. Find a place...

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  120. Challenge Fear's Right to Rule Your Life
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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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  121. The Great Lesson Behind Self-Liberation
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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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  122. Why You Should Feel Encouraged
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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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  123. Unmask the Three Thieves of Peace
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    Within each of us, in our hearts and in our minds, there lives a special kind of light. In truth, it is everywhere. But, instead of seeing the beautiful stillness -- the source of that which reveals the movement of passing thoughts and feelings -- we grab onto each thought that passes through it. Why would we do this? We are close to the discovery of a great truth. It is not the real you, no...

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  124. Discover the Treasure of Your True Nature
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    Unlike lesser-level creatures that are not conscious of their own nature -- and that cannot choose any other world of experience apart from the one they are drawn to by their own lower nature -- we, as human beings, are unique in creation. We are created to be self-conscious. In spiritual terms this means we may have an awareness of any of the infinite number of qualities that form the charac...

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  125. Stop Struggling with Others
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    As long as we have been on this planet, wise teachers have shared great truths about the real cause of the pain in our lives. And all of them pointed in exactly the opposite direction from where we've always tended to look. The enemy is not what we think it is. The real adversary in our lives, that proverbial thorn in our side that leaves us aching and angry, and then sends us looking for some...

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  126. Journey Beyond Fear
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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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  127. A Wise and Winning Way to Look at Your Life
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    There's an ancient truth tale about a young man who yearned to study with a renowned master of archery. It was widely spoken that this teacher had achieved perfection of mind. His skill with the longbow was reported as second to none. Admittance to this master's school presupposed a potential student was already advanced enough to strike the small center of a target from a great distance. But...

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  128. Leave the "Victim Level" of Life Behind You
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    When faced with any pain or grief -- past, present, or promised -- the first thing our lower nature, the "me mind," usually asks is: "What's to be done? Who can I speak to about it? What's the best way for me to handle it? Is there any way out?" And at the heart of these complaints, whether detected or not, is the me mind's favorite question: "Why does everything happen to me?" But at the...

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  129. Step Up and Away from Punishing Feelings
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    No one really wants to talk about it, but the truth is there is a kind of evil spell hanging over each of us and our world as well. In fact, part of this global spell is our denial of its existence. It is called suffering. Everyone does it -- believing that their suffering somehow benefits them. That's how the spell works. Why else would anyone punish himself with unhappy feelings unless he ha...

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  130. Abolish Harmful Inner Voices
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    Look closely for all of the inner gold locked within the wisdom of the following fact. Your extra efforts here will pay off handsomely. If you can't see some thought or feeling as it goes through you, then you don't have the choice whether to be that thought or feeling or not. So, before we can choose not to compromise ourselves, we must first become acutely aware of those thoughts of our...

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  131. The Little Boy Who Laughed Away the "Haunted" House
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    Reality is very different from our distorted ideas about it. For instance, there are many parts of us that are secretly afraid that should we earnestly reexamine our ideas about life we'd just stir up some things better left alone. However, if we don't stir them up, we'll never find out that these things we're afraid of are nothing more than "ghosts" created by our own minds. The following sto...

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  132. An Advanced Lesson in Letting Go
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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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  133. A Magical Prescription for More Positive Living
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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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  134. Discovering the Depths of Your True Self
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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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  135. Fulfill the Higher Plan for Healing Whatever Pains You
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    If one day you bang your elbow and seven years later the same spot still aches, and now radiating pains are appearing in your fingers and shoulder, you would start to suspect that something in your body's system was amiss! You would conclude, virtually beyond any doubt, that your original injury never healed properly. By the very fact of its continuing presence in our body, we intuitively kno...

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  136. The Strength of a Silent Mind
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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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  137. Giving Yourself Up Is Lifting Yourself Up
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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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  138. Letting Go into the Flow of Real Life
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    This interior life that we are supposed to have access to and live within is ostensibly kept from us because of this nature that we live from that wants to know what it is, what it's to do, how it's to do it – at all costs, all the time – and so we miss the truth that what we are from moment to moment is what determines our experience of the moment we are in...

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  139. Abandon Your Usual Ways of Thinking
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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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  140. Two Ways to Raise Your Level of Spiritual Freedom
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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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  141. How to Let Go of Helpless Feelings
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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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  142. Break Through to a Totally New You
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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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  143. How to Free Yourself from Fear and Worries by Walking Directly Into Them
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    Before speaking to someone who intimidates me, I sometimes feel my throat start to close up and my voice choke up with so much tension that I find it hard to speak. I've got to get behind this fear, but I don't know how! One way in which it's possible for us to outgrow the problems that we face is to not let those problems dictate our behavior to us. In this instance, whenever we run into...

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  144. The Secret for Making a New and True Beginning
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    There can be no starting place in our lives any truer than what our own awareness of the present moment permits. This friendly fact tells us that our life direction, our actual destiny, is determined by the level of our awareness that attends the full range of each step we take. The next two examples prove this insight beyond the calling of any logic. No one consciously takes a step in haste...

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  145. Taking Your Part in Perfect Intelligence
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    Part of what we have not been able to remember and use in our spiritual work is the fact that everyone around us is just like us. All the people in our lives -- even people walking by us on the street -- are seen by us (in our present way of experiencing life) as being disparate, something different to condemn or condone, to embrace or push away based on what we perceive in them. What we don't...

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  146. With Eyes to See
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    Within one thought Are ten thousand things, An endless array Of Golden Rings Touching one another, As Love does Lover... Rising to joy upon Heaven's wings.

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  147. Look in the Right Direction 
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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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  148. 10 Small Steps to Real Self-Knowledge
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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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  149. The Secret of Owning Your Own Life
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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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  150. Spiritual Practices and the Presence of God
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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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  151. The Good Work of Giving Yourself Up
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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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