“The task of completing ourselves in this life only really begins with the discovery that our lives belong to a far Greater Story than we can tell ourselves; and it isn't until we find ourselves in this larger Life that our own reveals its secret true proportion.” —Guy Finley.
Have you ever looked down at a sidewalk or parking lot and marveled at a single blade of grass that had somehow found the will and the way to break through the pavement out into the fresh air and sunlight? When we think of a titanic struggle, we don't usually think of a little seed of grass buried in the darkness and fighting to get out into the light. And yet, even though we may not see it as we hurry through our days, this ancient struggle for life in the light that goes on just beneath our feet is actually taking place within us as well. Mostly unanswered but endlessly calling to each and every one of us is our natural and Higher Need to find our place in the sun; a world just outside of our limited self where Real Life is open and free. This need in each of us to rise above ourselves is an Eternal Law that expresses itself in all living things.
However, unlike the new grass or mustard seed which seeks the sunlight with no concern for what may be blocking its way, we are often easily discouraged by the host of inner-shadows that stand between us and a bright new life. This is an unhappy condition that only grows sadder each time we fight and fail to free ourselves. That's why we must learn how to fight the right fight. This right kind of self-understanding is everything if we wish to winHere's how it applies to discovering the wondrous world outside of your self. If your quest for self-freedom has been repeatedly rejected, it isn't because you have lacked the strength or opportunity. Neither the abundance nor the absence of these circumstantial attributes makes any real difference when it comes to true self- freedom.
The wise eagle knows just where to wait on the wing for certain powerful updrafts. Its compliance with natural laws is rewarded with a soaring life. So we too must learn to comply with the higher laws that govern self-liberation if we wish to be lifted.
We know that a young shoot of grass born in the darkness must soon break out into the warming rays of the sun; otherwise it will perish. It must get outside of its present unfavorable circumstances in order to claim its full life. Of course, this tender little shoot of new life can't know this, but it is not alone in its desperate fight for the light. In its favor is LIFE itself -- an intelligent and undeniable force that meets all barriers with the same fearlessness. And so the baby grass emerges against all odds because Life, in one way or another, invariably finds a way to be stronger than anything that would deny it the expression of itself. If these Higher Principles take such astonishing care with the least in life, how much more so are they capable of helping those who choose to cooperate with their immutable laws?
You can have these same powerful Life Forces working for you. Surely you have felt the need for a greater life outside of yourself. Who hasn't? We all feel this natural need for rising above self-limiting thoughts and feelings because our True Nature, like the source of Light that it is, beckons to us to emerge out from under the heaviness of our own mistaken false identity. It wants to give us a New Life in exchange for our old one. It asks only that we willingly comply with its eternal process of self-renewal and it does the rest.
Don't wonder whether or not this is true. You can see it for yourself. The proof you seek is in every living thing around you. There is a new world of lightness and rightness just outside of your present self. The journey can be made. Others have gone before you.
Excerpted from Seekers’ Guide to Self Freedom by Guy Finley, Llewellyn Publications. Guy Finley is the best-selling author of over 30 books and audio albums on inner freedom and higher success. You can learn more about Guy and the non-profit Life of Learning Foundation by visiting www.guyfinley.com.
Guy Finley is the best-selling author of The Secret of Letting Go, The Essential Laws of Fearless Living,
and 35 other works that have sold over a million copies in 18 languages
worldwide. His work has been featured on hundreds of radio and TV
networks including NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, NPR, and PBS. Guy has spent the
last 30 years showing individuals the authentic path to a higher life
filled with happiness, success, and true love. Finley lives and teaches
in Merlin, Oregon where he is Director of non-profit Life of Learning
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