Seven Simple Exercises to Invite the Extraordinary Life

I can think of no greater encouragement than the self-evident Truth that there dwells in each of us the opportunity to explore and know the Extraordinary Life. The meaning of Extraordinary I wish to convey points to the immutable and inexhaustible source that is the secret center of each of us: a timeless resource open and available to anyone who would seek this Life that sits behind life as we know it. Will we spend our lives in mere dreams of winning a limitless life, or will we do the inner- work of awakening from this dream? Choosing the Extraordinary Life begins with our conscious work to realize it, which the following special practices help to ensure.

1. Let Nagging Questions Go Unanswered:

In stressful moments, listen to what life is trying to tell you about you instead of searching anxiously for familiar answers to make life feel “right” again. All fearful, doubt-filled moments are secret reflections of what we have yet to understand about life and ourselves, not life's rejection of us or our wish for happiness. Choose to go consciously quiet whenever there is a riot in you. Refuse to take part in the search to repair what you fear may be coming undone. Let go and watch what happens when you consciously sacrifice the fear-filled self. This new action allows the Extraordinary Life to enter into you where its presence alone proves that all is well.

2. Don't Make the Rescue Call:

In times of anxiety and fear, we almost always call upon someone or something to help us get through our stress. This dependency on others for strength not only weakens our soul, but also steals from it the possibility of being educated by the Extraordinary Life, which means we miss two major lessons. First, the crucial lesson that all our fears are based upon false evidence that appears real. With this revelation comes our second realization that the same frightened self that seeks rescue secretly confirms its imagined condition as being real each time it cries out for help. Refusing to rescue ourselves from inner states that scare us invites the Extraordinary Life that shows us that no such scared self exists that needs saving.

3. Take the Hard Way:

Rut and routine are two sides of the same sad street. Repetitive patterns are the well-worn pavement that our spiritually asleep self loves to tread while it talks us to death with its empty promises of extraordinary times “just ahead.” We can learn to do much better let ourselves be betrayed in this way, but it takes inner work! Instead of caving into the demands of those slipshod parts of ourselves always looking for the easy way out, we must choose in favor of what our false nature wants us to see as being the “hard” way. But it's not. In fact, once we learn that the only real way out of what we would rather avoid is to go through it, we discover another self-liberating truth: the only thing that's hard on us is when we allow our unenlightened nature to convince us that getting around something is the same as rising above it.

4. Do the Thing You Fear Doing:

There is a correct time and place for thinking through practical plans in the ordinary scheme of life's events. But nothing that is founded in thought can serve to reveal the unthinkable plans that the Extraordinary holds in store for anyone willing to leap into the moment without a parachute. Never mind those old fears of falling. Just jump! Being willing to risk failing is a prerequisite for fearless living. If you will take the leap into what you are afraid of doing, the Extraordinary Life will prove to you that Its unshakable ground is everywhere beneath you at all times. Nothing compares with this discovery because, once realized, there's nowhere to go but up! A note of caution: taking a spiritual leap is far different from taking a reckless physical risk. Never risk the well being of your physical body for the sake of a passing thrill: for what is possible to attain with a body, cannot be without one. The temporary rush of adrenalin has nothing in common with one's awakening to the reality of a timeless, fearless life.

5. Take Time Out from Yourself Every Day:

Unseen by the self that walks upon it, thought is a treadmill powered by the movement of our yesterdays as they produce our tomorrows. This is the real meaning of “doing time.” The domain of the Extraordinary Life is Timeless. To share Its life, we must enter into Its world. Here is a good way to begin this Work: Every day, as often as can be remembered, chose to break out of that gilded, but self-confining cage called “thinking about yourself.” We live under the power of these unconscious ponderings, for when they turn dark and stormy, it is we who are left out in the cold. Even if we can only collect ourselves to meditate, pray or contemplate a Higher Idea for a few minutes at a time, we must do it anyway. These small windows — opened by our work to remember the Extraordinary Life — grant us passage into its timeless domain.

6. Open Yourself to Life:

Dare to see and experience yourself as you are without giving names to all the varied emotional sensations that present themselves before your watchful inner eyes. Allow the meaning of whatever states you see coming up in you to reveal their actual nature to you. Resist the temptation to interrupt their upwelling by explaining to yourself what you are experiencing. Have no intention toward these thoughts and feelings other than to be open to them and, in doing so, to permit them their uninterrupted passage through you. Why open up to life in this way? For one thing, this gives negative states the back door they need to depart. For another, the Extraordinary Life is very possessive. It will not enter any zone marked “occupied.”

7. Make No Campsites:

The Extraordinary Life visits individuals, not groups or organizations. It strengthens the soul willing to be alone for its sake. Keep your distance from people who insist that you believe as they do, who hope to convince you that the reality they have satisfied themselves with should satisfy you as well. These deceivers want only to keep you in their unreal camp. Never mind who is walking with you and who isn't. Be wary of any campsite — inner or outer — with its bright “welcome weary traveler” sign. Most of these campers desire your company so that they can forget they are going nowhere. Walk on! Your persistence is an open invitation to the Extraordinary Life to show you the Way back home.


Guy Finley

Guy Finley is the best-selling author of more than 40 books and audio albums on self-realization.

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Aww,I so needed to hear/read this….Im going thrue something an extraordinary right at this minute…No…Ive always done my own things but this seeld it…thank you for extra insightfull words….

Michelle Homme

Great words of wisdom, Guy! When we learn that WE have control and the power to live the Extraordinary Life, we find our place. Peace becomes easy and anything that might disrupt that peace is quickly squashed. Sometimes banished. Only when we look within will we see and choose to live the life we crave most.

Robina fazal

Thanks!Guy Finley for Sharing an increaďable article on Using seven Simple ways to acheivevan extraordinary life..Most of the Life people usually spent their life in simple ways while coping daily routines they don’t tend to think and explore wht best changes can uplift their mind and Soul..The human beings minds major part in unused up til death.. Those who want to gain soul and mind strenghts and Powers to utilize best of their instincts and energies for themselves and for some purpose only tend to except changes..negative.positive…happy sad..any improvements to make their lives more energetic with stamina and vigour.and can also deal any destructive elements.. hardships or any sever problems to by utilising best of their mind and Soul powers and energies..As you mentioned in a v.inspiring ways 7 best exercises to lead an extraordinary life…As these execises needs continues practice in our daily life..with pure heart..confident .zeal and zest.. time management ..self care…self devotion..self eagerness..self trust..patience..proper objectives..proper routines..Healthy attitudes towards life ..exercises..mind soul easing yoga . Stable and good food intake..Spiritial mindset but deal life in a way normal way that normal life..expects.. Trust on own self.. The desire to do creative.. better..good purpose ful things .to love own self more..and to love..all respect and have compassion for all..As much we have freedom of soul..mind and body.. we are with our unique self we utilize our capabilities and passions in more better…appropriate ways…our life gains strength to become more healthy..happy and powerful to lead a happy.. purpose ful life and to love all..Extraordinary life doesn’t mean you have to be so rich…and have worthful high living in its true sense means your own self must be capable to lead your life in extraordinary ways by making good changes in it doing creative.. positive works. Have health.. and vigour to make life worth living and for some better cause…it’s the Human inner instincts and guts that makes them an extraordinary person…loving and respectable creature…and can do a lot great amazing works in different fields of life…..♤♡♡♡♧☆☆☆



Melissa Rose Rothschild

Great life tools!

Uchenna Ilo

Great article. So insightful.


Wow this is so very helpful. Thanks for sharing this article. ❤️

Darlene Rese

Thank you for this incredible article on inviting the Extraordinary Life. So many times I have been afraid and tried to be rescued from making decisions that I thought would cause me to fail. But believing in oneself and allowing ourselves to experience life and live now opens up so many potholes in which we can grow and become who we are really meant to be.