Getting In Touch with Our Interior Greatness with Guy Finley

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Life is full of unpredictable and uncontrollable moments. A doctor tells us that a shadow has shown up in our cat scan. A car runs a red light and smashes into us. Our computer is misbehaving and we have to stop what we are doing to try to get a live person on the line to tell us how to fix it. These are just a few examples of the many occurrences that show up unexpectedly in our lives. So, the question is: How can we better cope with our own sense of being overwhelmed by these unbidden occurrences? Here we explore ways to be more effective in coping with the challenges of daily life as well as how we can tap into our inner brilliance. When we feel overwhelmed by the outer conditions of the world, Finley contends that it isn't life that is overwhelming us. “We are overwhelmed with resistance to life because we don't know what to do when all this energy pours in and [therefore] we experience pain. We blame the pain of this on the content of the conditions around us instead of letting the conditions become the conductor of that which awakens us to these parts that do resist life.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms). 


Guy Finley is a spiritual teacher and author. He is the Founder and Director of Life of Learning Foundation, a nonprofit center for transcendent self-study located in Merlin, Oregon. He hosts the Life of Learning Foundation’s Wisdom School and offers free online classes open to all every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Each class also includes a question-and-answer session with Guy. 

Guy Finley is the author of over 45 books including: 

  • The Secret of Letting Go (Llewellyn Publications 2008)
  • The Lost Secrets of Prayer: Practices For Self-Awakening (Llewellyn Publications 1998)
  • The Seeker, the Search, the Sacred: Journey to the Greatness Within (Weiser Books 2011)

Also: CD: 5-Prayers for Self-Transformation - a self-discovery course 

To learn more about the work of Guy Finley go to 

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • What Vernon Howard taught Finley about self-responsibility
  • How we blame pain on the content of the conditions around us instead of letting the conditions become the conductor of that which awakens us to these parts that do resist life
  • What is a healthy response to how life is constantly taking us out of our preferred comfort zones and into unwanted circumstances
  • What are the benefits of choosing to bring our attention interiorly instead being directed by a negative reaction outside of us that blames the circumstance
  • Why we must create a new relationship other than the identification with the life that doesn’t match our expectations
  • How it is possible to develop an awareness of oneself and from that awareness let in the intelligence to choose the action
  • In order for consciousness to be changed, we have to change our relationship to it
  • What are the three ideas for contacting the power within: Discrimination, Intention, Illumination
  • Discrimination means the difference between identifying with an idea versus becoming aligned with the idea
  • Divine Intelligence is the soup in which we’re embedded
  • What is negative imagination
  • How we may be a bridge to love
  • How we progress through different stages of life and some day come to a place of being witness to our lives instead of trying to conform the world to our own image
  • How, as humans, we have an innate herd instinct and we don’t want to be separated
  • What the seeker is truly seeking is the Divine Source and a higher understanding of that relationship 

Host: Justine Willis Toms   Interview Date: 5/3/2022   Program Number: 3759

Music Playlist

From Album: The Living Music - Disc 1 (out of print)
Artist: Michael Jones

Opening Essay: Track 01 Morning Mist
Music Break 1: Track 02 Prayer
Music Break 2: Track 04 Spring Song
Music Break 3: Track 05 Evening

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