There’s always been this dichotomy of two selves.
The self you are most aware of is more like a focal point than a separate entity. It’s how you participate in the physical world, but it’s not the fullest extent of your being.
When we worry, fear, struggle and fight, it’s as if we are focused on this self to the exclusion or ignoring of its true nature, and ours.
What people call the higher self, Buddha-nature, Christ dwelling within us, is an awakening to this greater being of which we are a part.
If we say the physical self is a focal point, then it is this greater, spiritual self that is focusing here.
We could live most of our lives focused only on the physical self, with only fleeting awareness of the bigger picture.
But the real joy and ease and happiness comes as we come into alignment with this higher, spiritual self that is an extension of God, and begin to merge those two perspectives.
Our higher self is always united with God. It knows only endless streams of love and appreciation and joy.
Our physical self can, as a focal point, be in harmony with our higher self and enjoy the resonance and beauty of that most satisfying relationship.
That is why ease and relief are important, because from God’s perspective there can be no reason, no obstacle, no thing to stand in opposition or resistance to the love and the light that is His very being.
This higher self, this relationship with God is always within us. It just takes practice of relief, practice letting go of the oars and turning downstream, practice of trust to the point where we can feel its presence as naturally as we feel a cool breeze on our skin or the rhythm of our own breath.
It’s only taken me two years of exploration and practice to cease feeling chronically depressed and find relief and trust available to me at all times.
And in that two years it only took about two months of daily focus to really hear the answers i was seeking: let go of the oars, again and again let them go. Let the current turn you downstream. Stop trying, stop efforting, let go into trust that the universe is good, that God desires your happiness, and rest in the utter totality of trusting the creator of the universe to carry you gently, easily into the love you always desired.
This trust is the spring of life-giving water. It is the abundance of joy promised us. It is everything we desire, and it is available to us always.