byPerhaps one of the most important—and powerful—aspects of spiritual development is introspection. Far too many people go through their life not knowing who they really are and consequently, they lead a less than fulfilling life. It is good to know that there is some part of your being, perhaps even part of your higher being, that understands who you are, where you came from, and what you are truly seeking. However, the hustle and bustle of daily life can become a monotonous din drowning out the whisper of your inner truth.
Sometimes, your inner truth comes in unexpected forms. Many of the struggles with which you live are manifestations of your inner being. All of your doubts, confusion and regrets can manifest as self-sabotage and stumbling blocks when pursued as what you think you really want, or attempting to fulfill other’s expectations of you. Believe it or not, all of these things are gifts from your higher self. They are signs letting you know that maybe you are not living the best life possible.
When you live in alignment with your inner truth, these stumbling blocks become lessons to inspire you to rise out of difficult situations. Self-sabotage no longer becomes a problem; the whole of your being is unified in a common cause. True happiness can never come from something that you attain in the outer world. Rather, it comes from fulfilling the quest of your inner truth, or true will.
In order to know this inner truth, you must learn to quiet the cacophony of the ordinary world. In the permeating silence, you may discover a small voice that has always been there. Listen to this voice and be enlightened by it. Let it compel your deeds. Of course, this is only one example of the experience you may have when you meet your higher self. Connecting with the higher self and discovering inner truth is different for every person. You can never expect to discover yourself in the same way anyone else ever has. There is not a single road that works for everyone in their quest for enlightenment. You must discover what road works best for you, or make your own.
Consider the Hermetic Maxim that states, “As above, so below; as within, so without.” Or think of the Hindu belief of the Atman, the sacred inner being, and the Brahman, the sacred being revealed in the outer world. The Hindu faith has a saying, “Atman is Brahman.” Perhaps, this is the secret to enlightenment. Discover who you really are, find your true will in the world, and become a beacon of inspiration for those who wish to do the same. No matter what, it all starts with you and your own inner explorations.