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Simple truths, revisited
on January 14, 2013
I enjoy reading Spiritual writings. In reading a wide range of this genre, I have noticed a unity of opinion regarding Ultimate Awareness. The greatest variance of how to achieve that goal is in the myth and tradition taken by those who seek it. I was unfamiliar with Mr. Finley on his writings until this book. It was part of a year-end clearance with one of my dealers and was a bargain even without a coupon! Having read this hard-bound pamphlet, I found him to be clear, well integrated as to his Spiritual World-View (he appears to be more Buddhist, but would probably ascribe himself as being of no "system of belief") but offering nothing new to the literature of Spirituality nor any insights which would deepen that field. That, however, does not mean this book is without merit.
This work is an excellent reminder of how powerful the individual can be in changing her/his particular world. Far too frequently, individuals wait on circumstance, permission, affirmation or some other external influence to "guide" her/his life. The reality, as Mr. Finley repeatedly asserts, is that all are empowered to live life "successfully" without having to be told by another human being how to do so. There are mentors, guides, fellow travelers who may assist in helping others recall this power (Mr. Finley would be one such person) but the choice (power) remains within us. The excuses of: fear of failure, disappointing others, avoidance of pain, seeking only pleasure, refusing to accept what is, etc., only empower the false idea that one is "lacking" what it takes to be free.
As one who seeks to follow the teachings of Christ, I understand Mr. Finley's words as supporting Jesus' words, "I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [a]overflows)" (Jn. 10:10, Amp). Christ's life was, in part, a statement that God loves and accepts us as and where we are. We can choose to walk in that truth and live with abundance (of Spirit) or we can choose to believe that we must change something about us before we can be acceptable. When one elects to act upon that acceptance, then another of Christ's statements becomes clearer, ". . . the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you]." (Lk 17:21b, Amp).