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  • The Good Work of Giving Yourself Up (Writing - 7/14/02)

    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.

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

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

  • Spirituality (Writing - 2/22/03)

    Spirituality is the Upper Path beginning in the moment where the lower path is no longer tolerable.

  • Healing (Writing - 2/22/03)

    Healing the cause of all pain and suffering!

  • 10 Small Steps to Real Self-Knowledge (Writing - 2/22/03)

    10 steps to help you to outgrow yourself by venturing into the unknown.

  • Painful Patterns (Writing - 2/23/03)

    Breaking out of old painful patterns, habits, and recuring problems.

  • Self-Protection (Writing - 2/23/03)

    Self-Protection is, and has always been, nothing but a self-limiting reaction that we cling to in the darkness of our present life-level.

  • Selfless Living (Writing - 2/23/03)

    Selfless Living: How to Enter Into Perfect Communion Where God is Your Life!

  • Suffering (Writing - 2/23/03)

    Find the Secret Solution to Help End World Suffering!

  • Spiritual Practices and the Presence of God (Writing - 1/3/03)

    Spiritual Practices and the Presence of God

  • This Key Unlocks The Door To The Free Mind (Writing - 10/11/02)

    Face challenges with the key that unlocks the door to a free mind.

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

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

  • Spiritual Stillness (Writing - 4/1/03)

    Guy Finley reveals the unknown treasures hidden in spritual stillness.

  • Thought (Writing - 5/1/03)

    Guy Finley shows you a whole new way to live that is free from the punishment of self-wrecking thoughts.

  • With Eyes to See (Writing - 5/13/03)

    A poem by Guy Finley on the wonders of contemplation.

  • Self-Awareness (Writing - 7/1/03)

    Guy Finley addresses common questions on the topic of self-awareness.

  • Taking Your Part in Perfect Intelligence (Writing - 11/11/03)

    By working with our resistance to others, Guy Finley explains that we ultimately learn about our own true nature, out of which compassion is born.

  • Kindness (Writing - 12/1/03)

    Kindness is something we all value and wish we are known for. Learn how to make kindness alive in your life.

  • The Secret for Making a New and True Beginning (Writing - 12/28/03)

    Guy Finley explains that a new and true future begins with planting seeds of change in the now.

  • Rushing (Writing - 6/1/04)

    Guy Finley suggests specific exercises to help you step out of the rush and stop being driven by anxious states. Learn new ways to wake up and develop self-command.

  • How to Free Yourself from Fear and Worries by Walking Directly Into Them (Writing - 6/29/04)

    Instead of letting fear lead you off the path and into the dark, explains Guy Finley, remain true to your course and watch it disappear.

  • Freedom (Writing - 7/1/04)

    Guy Finley suggests a test for evaluating your own level of inner freedom. Learn to drop discouragement over any limitations and to awaken the secret part of you that has…[more]

  • Break Through to a Totally New You (Writing - 9/7/04)

    By rising above any self-righteousness that wants us to blame others for how we feel, explains Guy Finley, we gain an entirely new perspective on this useless reaction and learn…[more]

  • How to Let Go of Helpless Feelings (Writing - 11/29/04)

    Any direction we take to get away from some misery, explains Guy Finley, is the continuation of that distress.

  • Attention (Writing - 2/1/05)

    Guy Finley discusses the power of attention -- how problems are aggravated through the wrong use of attention and how we can stop animating our suffering by consciously withdrawing our…[more]

  • Two Ways to Raise Your Level of Spiritual Freedom (Writing - 3/13/05)

    We are spiritually free, explains Guy Finley, when not one part of us harbors any hatred or resentment for any other human being.

  • The Price One Must Pay (Writing - 3/21/05)

    Nothing in the universe, explains Guy Finley, can prevent a man or a woman who wants to know Love -- who wants to rise to the next level -- from…[more]

  • Abandon Your Usual Ways of Thinking (Writing - 5/23/05)

    The foundation of self-observation, explains Guy Finley, is a higher self-awareness that puts you in direct contact with a new and superior Intelligence.

  • Letting Go into the Flow of Real Life (Writing - 5/29/05)

    This Now, the real Now, explains Guy Finley, is a perfect integration -- a dynamic mutual convergence of all the creative forces, which is always stirring.

  • The Path to Peace Already Present (Writing - 6/28/05)

    A stirring writing by Guy Finley revealing the real path to peace. Originally presented at the 2005 Talks in the Pines Series, "The Illusion of Limitation: The Liberation of Self."

  • Giving Yourself Up Is Lifting Yourself Up (Writing - 9/10/05)

    Understanding that we are not our thoughts and feelings, explains Guy Finley, is the first step towards stopping them from ruling our lives.

  • The Strength of a Silent Mind (Writing - 10/16/05)

    One of the most powerful forces in the universe, explains Guy Finley, is Silence.

  • Fulfill the Higher Plan for Healing Whatever Pains You (Writing - 11/20/05)

    Guy Finley explains that any part of us trying to drag us into a heated stew over "who" or "what" should be blamed for our pain is secretly working to…[more]

  • Discovering the Depths of Your True Self (Writing - 5/21/06)

    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…[more]

  • A Magical Prescription for More Positive Living (Writing - 7/15/06)

    It is not negative to see the negative in us, explains Guy Finley, since it is the perfectly positive that makes this kind of seeing into ourselves possible.

  • An Advanced Lesson in Letting Go (Writing - 8/12/06)

    The real act of letting go, explains Guy Finley, is first an interior action, followed, if needful, by a wiser exterior action.

  • The Little Boy Who Laughed Away the "Haunted" House (Writing - 9/4/06)

    If we will courageously examine every frightening thought that goes through our minds to see if it is based in reality, explains Guy Finley, we will eventually discover that there…[more]

  • Abolish Harmful Inner Voices (Writing - 11/6/06)

    Working with self-observation, we can actually see, explains Guy Finley, that these self-compromising thoughts are just that: thoughts.

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

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

  • Leave the "Victim Level" of Life Behind You (Writing - 2/11/07)

    Guy Finley explains how living from a mind that automatically assumes suffering is real, gives you no choice other than to remain a perpetual victim.

  • A Wise and Winning Way to Look at Your Life (Writing - 5/7/07)

    efore we can enter, and live in, the higher realm of the Free Mind, explains Guy Finley, we must learn to see our life through its eyes.

  • Journey Beyond Fear (Writing - 6/3/07)

    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…[more]

  • Stop Struggling with Others (Writing - 8/13/07)

    When we're angry or resentful for what has happened in our lives, the real enemy is not ouside of us, explains Guy Finley -- it's what we don't yet know…[more]

  • Discover the Treasure of Your True Nature (Writing - 12/31/07)

    Awakening to who we are created to be, explains Guy Finley, is the first step in letting go of all that holds us captive.

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

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

  • Why You Should Feel Encouraged (Writing - 2/10/08)

    The light from one small moment of honest self-inquiry, explains Guy Finley, is more powerful than the accumulated darkness of a million years of doubt.

  • The Great Lesson Behind Self-Liberation (Writing - 3/10/08)

    We are created -- and each of us is intended, explains Guy Finley -- to discover the truth of ourselves within ourselves.

  • Challenge Fear's Right to Rule Your Life (Writing - 5/12/08)

    The seemingly scary condition, whatever it may be, is not the problem, says Guy Finley. It is your reaction that is fearful.

  • Detect, Stop, and Drop Inner "Voices" (Writing - 8/17/08)

    Any time is the right time to go quiet, explains author Guy Finley.

  • Be Stronger Than Anything That Frightens You (Writing - 1/5/09)

    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…[more]

  • Transformational Living (Writing - 7/1/09)

    Discover the authentic spiritual and esoteric secrets for truly transformational living.

  • The Secret for Successful Living (Writing - 9/7/09)

    Guy Finley reminds us that real change itself isn't found in some new way to think about yourself but in the freedom from the need to think about yourself at…[more]

  • The Sure Cure for a Sinking Spirit (Audio 5:36 - 11/17/09)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how resistance to any negative state such as anger, anxiety, or fear does not help diminish the state, but instead actually causes the…[more]

  • Welcome Truth's Light and Make Everything Right for You (Writing - 11/9/09)

    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…[more]

  • Let Life Give You What You Need (Writing - 11/23/09)

    We can gain new self-knowledge, explains Guy Finley, through the observation of the fact that everything is changing.

  • Free Yourself from Unwanted Circumstances (Writing - 11/30/09)

    Guy Finley reminds us that the truth never causes pain.

  • Why No One is More Special Than You Are (Audio 17:36 - 1/20/10)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about an extraordinarily special kind of relationship we can have with real life if we are willing to let each moment reveal to us…[more]

  • Be Eternally Refreshed (Audio 30:24 - 2/3/10)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about the real nature of self-transformation. Learn what it means to place yourself in a vibrant relationship with real Life. Discover a whole and…[more]

  • The Gift of Meditation (Audio 6:07 - 2/27/10)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley explores the true meaning and purpose of meditation, and explains why it is the most natural and practical thing you can do for yourself.

  • Seek the Source of True Self-Mastery (Audio 5:16 - 2/16/10)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how we can achieve a greatness beyond imagination through a conscious relationship with the living source of greatness itself.

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

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

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

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

  • Reclaim the Gift That Releases You From Fear (Audio 15:17 - 9/7/10)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about the great importance of being willing to see everything that we can about ourselves.

  • A Visit to Life of Learning (Video 3:39 - 11/13/10)

    A video collage of Southern Oregon and Life of Learning Foundation, Guy Finley's self-realization school. Opening shots, in order: Oregon Coast, Redwood Forest, Crater Lake, Mt. McLoughlin (Cascade Volcano), Rogue…[more]

  • Strengthen Your Connection to the Timeless Life (Writing - 12/20/10)

    You'll never know how forgetful of your self you are until you make the smallest effort to be self-remembering.

  • Build a Spiritual Fire for Your Heart (Audio 7:49 - 1/11/11)

    In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how a real love for what is true and Divine requires that we agree to see ourselves as we actually are.

  • Let Self-Knowledge Light the Way Ahead (Writing - 1/17/11)

    The wise are not those most learned, but the best tempered by truths put to the test of life.

  • Learn to Wait on the Divine (Audio 8:28 - 3/21/11)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how we can learn to use every moment to reach for what our heart of hearts longs for.

  • Catch the Ticker Tape Mind and Cut It (Audio 5:15 - 4/28/11)

    In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about why the mind is always so busy thinking about itself, and how becoming aware of its mechanical activity is the beginning of…[more]

  • Learn to Wait on What is Holy (Audio 5:28 - 5/10/11)

    In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how any moment can be used to remember our wish to be in the presence of what is good.

  • Treasure the Truth About Yourself (Writing - 4/25/11)

    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."

  • How to Realize New Possibilities (Writing - 9/5/11)

    The way in which we grow is that we grow into the world above ourselves.

  • Gaze Into Your True Self (Audio 7:09 - 11/16/11)

    In this podcast, Guy Finley talks about how a still and attentive mind perfectly reflects the "presence" moment.

  • Choose the Path of Freedom (Audio 4:03 - 2/3/12)

    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…[more]

  • A New Order of Self-Understanding (Writing - 11/21/11)

    As we become more self-aware, a whole new order of understanding dawns.

  • Take Yourself Out of Harm's Way (Writing - 1/9/12)

    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…[more]

  • Let Truth Tell You Who You Are (Audio 3:41 - 3/31/12)

    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…[more]

  • Avoid This Trap of Torment (Writing - 4/23/12)

    The Living Light never shows us anything in ourselves that it hasn't already started to change for us.

  • Learn to Observe Self-Defeating States (Writing - 5/21/12)

    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…[more]

  • The Key to Self-Change (Writing - 8/6/12)

    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…[more]

  • The Complete Story of Sorrow in a Simple Lesson (Audio 2:09 - 1/24/13)

    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…[more]

  • The Difference Between Practical vs. Personal Thoughts (Video 2:08 - 3/19/13)

    Guy Finley talks about how to discern the difference between thought that is practical and useful, versus thought that is unconscious and hurtful.

  • Learn to Watch as Emotions Dissolve (Video 1:35 - 6/7/13)

    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…[more]

  • The Painful Illusion Behind All Conclusions (Audio 3:56 - 7/8/13)

    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…[more]

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

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

  • Discover the True Source of a Silent Mind (Audio 2:12 - 10/7/13)

    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…[more]

  • Put Yourself in Relationship with Goodness (Writing - 10/28/13)

    Only when you see yourself at the same time that you see what you're looking at, do you see truly.

  • The Reconciliation Between Self-Condemnation and Excuse (Video 3:35 - 2/24/14)

    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…[more]

  • Work New Inner Ground... and Grow (Writing - 9/1/14)

    We cannot help but increase our inner efforts as it becomes clear to us that our spiritual sleep is driving us nowhere.

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

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

  • Guy Finley Interview on "Buddha at the Gas Pump" (Video 2:05:49 - 8/12/15)

    Watch Guy's interview with host Rick Archer on the popular YouTube series, "Buddha at the Gas Pump."

  • Allow the Light to Act Upon You (Writing - 8/17/15)

    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…[more]

  • A Spiritual Secret That Will Shock You Into Sanity (Audio 1:36 - 11/17/15)

    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.

  • A Spiritual Secret That Will Shock You Into Sanity (Video 1:02 - 11/23/15)

    In this video clip, Guy Finley mentions a key point that needs to be realized about our minds whenever there is any kind of interior dialog taking place.

  • Don't Step Into This Unseen Pit in the Impersonal Life (Video 3:30 - 1/14/16)

    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…[more]

  • Don't Step Into This Unseen Pit in the Impersonal Life (Audio 3:54 - 1/14/16)

    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…[more]

  • Escape the Punishment in Judging Others (Writing - 4/25/16)

    By and large, everything we condemn in others is just a way of hiding something similar within ourselves.

  • Choose to Remember the Light (Video 6:39 - 5/23/16)

    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…[more]

  • Welcome the Unexpected Challenge of Becoming Self Conscious (Audio 4:22 - 8/15/16)

    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…[more]

  • The Secret Liberating Power of Self-Observation (Writing - 8/22/16)

    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.

  • Welcome the Unexpected Challenge of Becoming Self Conscious (Video 4:03 - 9/19/16)

    In this short video 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…[more]

  • The Celestial Seeds of Knowing Yourself Completely (Video 1:20 - 5/22/17)

    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…[more]

  • Consent to See What Lies Hidden (Writing - 6/12/17)

    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.

  • See the Difference Between Judgment and Observation (Video 4:25 - 8/31/17)

    In this short commentary, Guy explains that the more you study the inner judge, the stronger the true and impartial observer within you becomes.

  • How to Have an Authentic Life (Writing - 10/9/17)

    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.

  • The Secret of Making a New and True Beginning (Writing - 1/2/18)

    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.

  • Why You Must Learn to Pray with Your Eyes Open (Audio 5:41 - 3/29/18)

    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…[more]

  • A Special Exercise for Those Who Wish for Inner Freedom (Audio 4:07 - 3/31/18)

    Guy explains that in order to come into a real life, you need to work to stop passively giving into fear and start taking action that allows you to see…[more]

  • The First Step to Awakening True Spiritual Strength (Writing - 5/6/18)

    Real spiritual strength is realized, slowly, by daring to drop any self-blinding negative states that we have allowed to define us.

  • Reclaim These Two Spiritual Treasures (Writing - 8/21/18)

    In this life we are only given two things that are purely our own to use: attention and time.

  • How Your Higher Nature Prevails (Writing - 10/1/18)

    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,…[more]

  • Let Love Dissolve the Differences That Divide You From Your Partner (Writing - 11/5/18)

    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…[more]