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Updated on May 12, 2011

The Essential Laws of Fearless Living

The #1 Bestseller on Amazon “The Essential Laws of Fearless Living” by Guy Finley, points us in the right direction to find the power to never feel powerless again. Finley gently reminds us of the power we possess within and provides the wisdom to cut through the heart of the matter. This book is an extensive collection of specially selected nuggets of truth.

Guy Finley shows us that everything that happens to us in life is a gift. It provides the next step in the process of our perfection – if we will only see it as such.

At the start of each chapter is a Key Lesson and at the end are special Lessons in Review or special insights intended to help you actualize the new principles just presented.

The Central Theme of Fearless Living

The central theme of Fearless Living is that our thoughts lead us into illusion, and then we are misled into interacting with those illusions instead of with real life. The book explains that reality itself is on our side and in our struggle: truth is our ally, and its light empowers us to succeed, which means we cannot lose.

Finley’s visionary wisdom and questions found in his new book serve as a mirror of what stands in our way. Through one of many Key Lessons in “The Essential Laws of Fearless Living” you will discover that thinking can no more produce true peace of mind than throwing a stone into the center of a pond has the power to quiet its ripples.

What I love about this book is the vast use of aphorisms and insights that speaks to the deep places within you. It is a book to be read slowly, to absorb every word, so to soothe the soul and allow healing to bring out the best in everything you do.

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A Divided Mind

The mind asleep to itself is a “divided” mind. Most of us already know something about this strange state of ourselves. One part of us wants what another part of us feels guilty about wanting; or we can’t stop thinking about something that we hoped – by coming to possess it – would grant us peace. But, as you will discover, in “The Essential Laws of Fearless Living” this divided mind of ours is even more devious than we suspect.

Something within us is creating a buffer of some kind – a barrier that stands between our need for liberation and the higher life lessons that help both catalyze and create this transformation of consciousness.

Your work to understand these ideas in the book are worth their weight in gold.

See Through False Beliefs and Be Free

The following is a list of six false beliefs that betray all who look at their lives through these popular lies. The more conscious we can become of how these conditioned beliefs compromise our right to live without negative states, the more freedom we will win from them.

  1. We are only as valuable, or worthless, as other people agree that we are.
  2. We are responsible for the happiness or unhappiness that other people feel.
  3. We can change what happened yesterday by reliving it today.
  4. We must tolerate those people who have agreed to live with negative states.
  5. We can only be as productive as we are willing to push ourselves through life.
  6. We are as special, and important, as we feel stressed by our life.

My Favorite Key Lessons In “The Essential Laws of Fearless Living”

The true depth and breadth of the heart is measured not only by what it can hold, but also by how willing it is to let go.

The true individual is no more concerned over what others may think of him or her than is the sun troubled by people complaining that it’s too hot!

Knowledge without spirit is like finding yourself on a cold night with all the wood in the world and not a flame with which to light it.

Success born of anything less than hard work comes with the fear of losing what was never rightfully gained in the first place.

Reliving some past pain with the idea that by doing so you won’t have to go through that suffering again is like throwing money out the window so you won’t spend it foolishly later on.

Calling on anxious thoughts to check the rising tide of some fearful feeling is like trying to stop a landslide by throwing rocks at it!

Using thought as a tool to resolve the troubles that thought stirs up in the mind is like trying to use your fingers to seize, sort, and settle dust particles that are dancing in a sunbeam across your living room floor.

We are not created to spend our lives in fearful preparation over what may come – but rather to use whatever comes our way, each moment, to help us perfect our understanding that God is good.

If we work each moment to practice kindness, patience, and persistence – doing so in grateful remembrance that each breath we take is a gift – here’s what we’ll find: the power of being present in this way ensures that each of our “tomorrows” dawns with more Light than was seen this day.

The only thing that really troubles us about others, that puts us in conflict with them, is what we would have them be!

Feeling sorry for yourself is like slipping off a boat at sea and, just as you’re falling into the water, grabbing the anchor to take with you so you have something you can cling to in your time of trouble.

One way to avoid at least a few unpleasant conversations is to never again talk to yourself!

Yes, “all good things must come to an end,” but this is only half the story. It’s equally true that what is Good in life is always just beginning.

Real fearlessness comes with knowing that you have everything you need to succeed in the same moment that it’s needed.

Guy Finley author of "The Essential Laws of Fearless Living"
Guy Finley author of "The Essential Laws of Fearless Living"

About the Author

Guy Finley, founder and director of the non-profit Life of Learning Foundation, has been showing people how to find a life of uncompromised freedom and enduring fulfillment for 30 years. He is the best-selling author of more than 35 books and audio programs, including The Secret of Letting Go and Let Go and Live in the Now. Guy Finley is a modern-day master, who teaches us to live in the light of our own True Selves, to let go of fear, and to know the true power that comes with realizing the higher purpose of life. He lives in Oregon. Visit him online at and subscribe to his free weekly e-newsletter.

I have been a subscriber of Guy Finley’s e-newsletter for a good 5 years. Because the Life of Learning Foundation has limited storehouse capacity, they often need to clear out the older books, cd’s, dvd’s and audio tape albums to make room for Guy’s latest work. They are offered to his subscribers for up to 80% off the original selling price. Because of that, I have a tremendous collection of Guy’s work. I am a fan of “The Life of Learning Foundation” for life!

Guy Finley on Living Without Fear

A Message From Guy Finley From The Fearless Living Video

"You'd never invite into your house someone who walks thru the frontdoor and then throws trash everywhere, steals your silverware and as he leaves, torches the place. That's what happens when we invite fear into our lives. We don't know that we invite it into our life because if we did we would never agree to develop a relationship with what ruins all of our relationships. Fear spoils whatever it touches especially when it comes to relationships between two human beings." ~ guy finley ~

The Gentle Brush of Truth That Sets Us Free

Key Lesson – Darkness thou art a subtle friend; if one knows thee full, one knows thee naught.

If we could only remember – in the Now – the fact that there always come to us those telling moments when nothing that mattered before matters as it once did, when the things formerly prized are seen as being virtually without value to us, then

Perhaps we might know our lives painted upon a broader canvas … where our days would not be filled with their shallow strokes of petty self-concerns, but with the gentle brush of what is True and Timeless.

And should we - for the sake of being present to ourselves in the Now – be able to see within ourselves this broad new scale of Being, then we would also know that Life itself has never weighed in upon us so heavily as to hurt us, rather …

It was we who, in ignorance of Reality, carelessly attributed weight to events that were without substance, causing ourselves to fear and suffer nothing less than the fervent magnitude of our own imagination. ~Guy Finley~

Praise for "The Essential Laws of Fearless Living"

"In The Essential Laws of Fearless Living, Guy Finley brilliantly describes the most important key to the breakthrough life. Let go of all the negatives, and turn over the fears to God. What happens afterward is that we are free to follow our deepest intuitions with courage. A valuable, step-by-step book." ~James Redfield, author of The Celestine Prophecy~

"Guy Finley raises our thoughts to the higher octaves of harmony where we can transform our lives into clear and focused vessels of expression, creativity, and health. The Essential Laws of Fearless Living brings us multiple ways to awaken our potential with what we are today." ~Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect and The Harmony of Health~

"If you are seeking personal or spiritual fulfillment it doesn't get any better than Guy Finley's The Essential Laws of Fearless Living. Read it. Internalize it and then enjoy it; this information has given me everything I have today." ~Bob Proctor, author of You Were Born Rich, as seen in the movie The Secret~


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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      I don't know talented_ink. The important thing is you found it! Thanks for coming by and adding your inspiring insights. :)

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      talented_ink 9 years ago from USA

      How did it take me so long to find your spot? lol This sounds like a very good book and I like how Finley feels that everything that happens in life is a gift. I believe that to be true because even the negative experiences that happen to us either show us what not to do or they show us the wrong in what we just did. Good hub!

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Ahhh, the easy chair at B & N. Love relaxing there browsing and enjoying all kinds of different books. Thanks level1 for coming by. Come back again when you need some relaxation.

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      level1diet 9 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      I'm gling to try to get to Barnes and Noble and read or scan thru it in one of those easy chairs. Can't afford to buy one right now.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Your very welcome Bob. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

      excellent review, thanks for giving me food for thought.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Yes dayzeebee this is where I learn and get alot of my energy. Thanks for your lovely comments.

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      dayzeebee 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      now i know why you radiate so much positive energy Dottie. i believe books of this nature surround your life nowadays. this is a terrific review. i learned a lot already. time to check out the bookstores here. thumbs up!

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Your Welcome Jerilee.

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      Jerilee Wei 9 years ago from United States

      Thanks for introducing this book, I hadn't heard of it.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      That's for sure RainbowRecognizer, these teaching can change your life. I know that for sure, it has changed mine. Thanks for your comments.

      Marisue... I read one of Guy's books about 4 years ago and since have remained a life student. The way he presents these truths are magical. I am truly inspired by his work. Thanks for stopping by and appreciating this hub.

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      RainbowRecognizer 9 years ago from Midwest

      Guy is amazing and the gifts he displays and teaches can change your life. Thank you for this beautiful review :o)

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      marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA

      Wow, Dottie1 - I will take a look at this book, it sounds so enlightening -- you did a wonderful review -- I can tell you are a believer in his writings...=) thanks for sharing it with's on my list to buy! =) and thank you for always coming to my hubs!!

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks Research Analyst for stopping by and appreciating this hub. It is an amazing book and definately worth having in your library. You won't be disappointed.

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      Research Analyst 9 years ago

      This is amazing and definitely a book, I will add to my library. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      I truly believe this is a tremendous book. I have been working with these ideas for a few years now. Thinking through these ideas takes work to understand but once you get them it makes all the difference in the way you see and move through life. Thanks ripplemaker for stopping by and adding your insights.

      Health Conscious thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      This must be a tremendous book. I believe this is so essential to be able to live freely because fear is that one thing that cripples us and stopping us from fully living. Thanks for sharing Dottie. Wonderful hub. :)

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      Health Conscious 9 years ago from South Florida - USA

      Great review, I had not heard of this one before. There are so many that are expanding our awareness.

      I really enjoy deep thinking and sometimes wish I had more time for it but alas my purpose drives me other places.

      On little thing that brought a small cringe,

      Success born of anything less than hard work comes with the fear of losing what was never rightfully gained in the first place.

      For me success isn't hard work. You can not fear losing that which comes freely and easily and the universe provides freely and easily, you just have to allow yourself to recieve it. Of course you have to release the doubt that you are worthy to receive before you can.