|Invite the Light that Shatters Self-Limitation|
by Guy Finley
Key Lesson: We
are not created to spend our lives in fearful preparation over what may
come – but rather to use whatever comes our way, each moment, to help
us perfect our understanding that God is good.
every moment when we meet a challenge that stands in our way, we are
not meeting some immovable, transient object. In reality, we are
meeting nothing more than our own present understanding of that event. Wherever we are – whatever we encounter – we meet our own understanding.
is such beauty and freedom in this realization about the nature of our
reality: we look at life through the mirror of our consciousness and
what we see there – whether all bound up or boundless – is determined
by our present level of self-understanding. In other words, whenever
our present nature meets some barrier, a limit of any kind, all it’s
really run up against is itself. The self that sees limitation . . . is the limitation it sees; this is why it can’t see past that point! It is the “end” it sees; they are one thing.
the other hand, true spiritual success is one and the same as our
realization that, in real life, nothing ends without the birth of
something else taking place in that same moment.
Our True Self
is the creative Ground of a ceaseless genesis; our great task in life –
through our awareness of the whole of it – is to be a kind of midwife
to this eternal miracle of birth. And what is continually being born in
us and into this world of ours – whether for its bitterness or
brightness – depends on how we meet these changes that drive creation
forward. Let’s see how these grand ideas reveal themselves in our daily
As life pours itself out in the stream of passing
time, and we run into challenges seemingly greater than our ability to
answer, each of these encounters “asks” this question of us:
“Are you willing to change (who you have been) in order to realize a higher possibility of yourself?”
though moments like these trouble us because of their uncertainty,
here’s why we should be very grateful for their continuing appearance
in our lives: this unwanted experience of realizing our limitations is the only way life can ask us if we wish to go beyond them.
So this unknown moment of not understanding (what is to be) is actually
the beautiful seed of a new order of our being, providing we’re willing
to see it as such.
Unfortunately, most of us automatically
resist the unknown. Whenever we can’t understand the nature of some
unwanted situation, we fall, by default, into the hands of a nature
whose answer to this ache is always the same: get negative and then try
to protect ourselves from anything that can’t be otherwise controlled.
The rest takes place in us on automatic pilot: in the wink of an eye,
we begin to see the “way out” of our situation: blame him, fix that,
fight or flee. But here’s what we don’t see: in that moment, our
guiding light is a dark reaction dedicated, in one way or another, to
avoiding what that moment came to give us. This false nature takes what
was a celestially planned event – for the purpose of our further
spiritual perfection – and turns it into a dead end.
all heard about people receiving messages, instructions from God. What
you probably don’t realize is that “communications of a celestial kind”
are raining down on us every waking moment. In fact, each impression we
receive – wanted or not – is just that: the Divine Life speaking to us,
asking, “Would you like entrance into a larger world, one without fear
and hatred? Do you wish to be more patient, loving, and kind? Are you
interested in developing a relationship with a living Light that never
goes out, and whose peace passes all understanding?” But before we can
hope to affirm our answer, we must first see how these questions are
being put before us.
Life repeatedly brings us moments that
introduce us to some unseen limitation in our present level of self.
For example, when conditions get too stressful, we can keep neither our
patience nor our temper under control. Too often, though we know
better, cruel words spring from our mouth as our way of answering
cutting remarks from someone else. Perhaps we see how the fear of being
betrayed (again) colors all our relationships, limiting our ability to
give ourselves freely to those we would love.
The point should
be clear: Time and time again, interior trials such as these return to
help us see one thing: we can’t get past them as long as we remain who
and what we have been – because who and what we have been is what we are meeting in these same moments!
Another way of stating this same insight is startling: Resisting what
life shows us – not wanting those moments wherein we’re invited to see
the truth about our present level of Self – ensures they will return
again! This is the interior meaning of reincarnation: the recreation of
self through resistance to the negative effects of its own
manifestations. It doesn’t have to be this way. We are meant to rise
above creation, not repeat our life through it in ever-descending
There’s only one way for us to transcend the
limitations of our present nature. We must see – as has been the
purpose of this whole lesson – this one great fact: These limitations don’t belong to us
any more than the clumsy body of the caterpillar belongs to the
butterfly liberated from its husk. Then, we must act on this new
understanding by daring to let go of any part of us that wants us to
embrace its limited view of life as our own.
True freedom is
not an achievement; it is our awakened relationship and participation
with the genesis of real life. We cannot create a life without limits
by trying to overcome what we think stands in our way. Real limitless
living is the fruit of this higher understanding: what is in our way is part of the Way.
To know this is to know that all of creation has been made for you,
just as surely as you have been made for everything that happens to you
From The Essential Laws of Fearless Living by Guy Finley