3 Small Steps To An Extraordinary LifeIn those quiet, but magnificent moments of life – where we are suddenly given a glimpse of something so meaningful, tireless, beautiful, or otherwise majestic that it quiets the mind – we know we stand in the presence of something that represents a part of ourselves.

We stand as a silent witness to a yet unrealized possibility that we somehow know belongs to a new and higher order of ourselves. What we’ve yet to understand about these timeless and vital forces is that our fleeting experience of them is actually an invitation to become fully conscious of them as a living part of who and what we are in reality.

In such moments we know, without having to think about it, as beautiful as may be the world around us, it pales in comparison to the world that awaits within us. Let’s illustrate this last idea.

If you’ve ever taken a walk through the woods on a sunlit day and stood in the silent shafts of light streaming down and through the trees, then you know, even though these bright beams seem to appear separately, each ray of light comes from a common source: the sun. The same holds true with these beautiful timeless qualities that sometimes streak into and through our hearts and minds.

These celestial characteristics are the too-fleeting expression of our own yet to be realized True Self. But if this is true, which it is, what is it that keeps us from permanently entering into this extraordinary life? As you’ll see, the answer is surprising!

We don’t really know where to look! Or perhaps, more clearly stated, we tend to be looking in the wrong places because, at present, we see our life through a part of us, our senses that “tell” us that we live apart from all that we see. The sorry result of this incomplete perception is undeniable: instead of an undivided relationship with the extraordinary life within us, we are reduced to a frantic search outside of ourselves, at best finding only temporary fragments of the freedom for which we so long.

How do we realize our relationship with the innermost truth of ourselves? What must we do to enter into a conscious relationship with the extraordinary life within us. Use the following three simple exercises to reveal what stands between you and the higher freedom you seek.

1. Open Up To Real Life

Dare to see and experience yourself as you are without giving names to any of the myriad states of self that present themselves before your inner eyes. Resist the temptation to interrupt whatever thoughts and feelings are rushing through you by trying to explain to yourself why you’re having the experiences that you are. Why open yourself up to life in this way?

Because it’s the only way to see that the true extraordinary can no more be defined by a single thought or feeling than can the sun be known through a solitary beam of light.

2. Do What You Fear Doing

Every time you will take the leap into what you are psychologically afraid of doing, the extraordinary life within you will prove that its unshakable ground is everywhere beneath you at all times. To know that you can’t fail as long as you’re willing to learn what the moment reveals to you about yourself is the same as understanding there’s nowhere for you to go but up!

3. Take Time Once A Day For Yourself

What we must remember is that the extraordinary life is timeless, and if we would share its life, we must enter into its world. Here’s a good place to start: whenever you can remember to do so, choose to consciously step out of that gilded, but self-confining, cage called “thinking about yourself.”

At least once a day sit quietly with the intention of observing the movement of your own mind. Learning to watch your thoughts in this impersonal way gradually teaches you what can be discovered in no other way: just as the hands of a clock can only go around and around, so it holds true for the level of mind always frantically searching for its highest possibilities in passing time. Who you really are is timeless, and only this realization can grant you the extraordinary peace of being who you really are.

Do you have any techniques to help release your thoughts and open your mind to the infinite possibilities available to you? Tell us what works for you below. 


Guy Finley is the best-selling author of more than 40 books and audio albums on self-realization, including his brand new book The Secret of Your Immortal Self. Guy is the founder and director of Life of Learning Foundation, a nonprofit center for self-study located in southern Oregon where he gives talks four times each week. Guy is a faculty member at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York and is a regular expert contributor to Beliefnet and the Huffington Post. For more information visit http://www.YourImmortalSelf.org/special/12160/