|Realize Your True Self in Stillness|
by Guy Finley
Key Lesson: “Fearless
comes with the birth of this new understanding: the only reason
that life changes as it does is to reveal the secret Goodness
underlying those changes.”
To see a great
mountain is to see the physical expression of a great principle. To see
the expressed form of any such greatness is to stir in us the
corresponding principle that already lives within us. This means that
part of our pleasure as we gaze at a great mountain, or stand rapt
watching an eagle in flight, is a momentary realization of our oneness
with that great character we see before us. That power, that purity,
such beauty had always been there, living within us, only we had been
asleep to its indwelling presence. In this way, nature reminds us that we have forgotten ourselves;
each time we see and are touched by the expression of some eternal
principle, we catch a sweet glimpse of some aspect of our True Self.
Within each of us live nobility, kindness, gentleness,
and the love that gives rise to all things timelessly good and true.
The world exists as it does to help us realize that within us live the
eternal principles that give rise to all the forms that we see and to
remind us of this immeasurable truth: we are the Ground of all that we
The world we see with our eyes is secondary to the world
within us that recognizes what it does, else we couldn’t recognize
it--we couldn’t “know” it as we do when seeing it. The truth is, as
modern physics now affirms, we never “see” anything--that is, we never
have any feeling pass through our body, we never see a form of light,
we never know a form of psychological darkness--whose existence isn’t
already a part of our consciousness, else we wouldn’t be able to know
it as we do in this moment.
This finding speaks of a world
beyond anything we can imagine with thought, a higher realm within us
that we’re meant to be conscious of, but that we just don’t know
anything about. This amounts to a prince, a princess, living out their
lives in the castle dungeon because they “forgot” they’re entitled to
live as royalty do.
This kind of forgetfulness is a timeless
theme running through all classic spiritual literature. Whether it is
the sleeping masses depicted in Eastern traditions, or the wakefulness
or the watchfulness asked for by the Christ and Buddha, the case
remains the same: perhaps we walk by a beautiful cherry blossom with
its delicate fragrance budding on a tree, but we have no awareness of
it. Its fleeting sweetness--meant to stir and awaken within us our
interior counterpart of an everlasting sweetness--is lost to us. Why?
We aren’t there in the moment to receive the message.
lost the relationship between what we see with our eyes and the
registration of it as an aspect of our own True Nature because we don’t
see what we see; instead we think about what we see.
And when we think about what we see, what we receive is the content of
thought that has stored that experience. We don’t receive what is real,
alive, changing, creative, and forceful. Instead, we dine upon
ourselves, and it is a fool’s feast.
There is one great
principle that underpins a common thread found running through all
world religions, because within it we find the secret foundation of all
true religious experience. In Psalms 46:10 we are told, “Be still and
know that I am God.” Allow me to paraphrase this Divine invitation and
ultimate spiritual instruction.
Cease from thinking about what you see, and know--without thinking
about it--that no real distance exists between the seer and the seen.
The beauty or ugliness you see, near or far, is none other than Self.
Realize that there is no real distinction between what you perceive
about something and what you receive from it in the same moment. Life
is a reflection of the consciousness that reveals it. Nothing else
exists outside of this.
that I am God:
I am not just the life source of all that has been or ever will be
seen, but I am the seer as well that dwells within you. Your True Self
is seer and seen at once and “that” . . . am I, and more.
this teaches us is that a direct relationship exists between our
potential to be still and what is possible for us to receive and
realize about ourselves in that stillness. And there is no limit to
these interior discoveries, because the depth and breadth of our True
Self is without boundaries of any kind.
Ours is the gift to
know that the universe we gaze at--the star-studded sky with its
infinite galaxies--lives within us. Its ceaseless creation--still
taking place in a continual genesis--is ours to midwife, nourish, and
help see to its endless perfection. To be made “in the image of God”
isn’t just a sentimental idea; it is a Divine duty.
Whenever we quietly look up at a night sky and love the timeless feeling of it, what we really love is being our timeless Self
for that moment. We couldn’t love what was eternal unless something of
that eternity was already living within us. We receive the love we give
in that moment, and our world is made anew.
When we stand on
the ocean shore, silently seeing the expansive waters spread out before
us, we enter into their depths. Where is the true deep if not within
the consciousness that reflects it? What is timeless, what is
unfathomable does not reside outside of us. It dwells in the center of
us; it is our True Self. We plumb the unknown worlds within ourselves,
and the lands we explore are reclaimed by the Light that reveals them.
Stillness is the path of revelation;
no other path to the truth of yourself exists, because the freedom you
long to be is found only in one place: within your awareness of the
flowering of God’s life endlessly releasing itself through rebirth.
True self-realization is the unending revelation of God’s life as your
Be still and be free.
(Excerpted from The Essential Laws of Fearless Living by Guy Finley