Long before it’s possible for us to be spiritually reborn, we must first awaken to ourselves.

Awakening is the sudden realization that somehow or other what I took to be the only world isn’t the only world..

But in a true awakening, I recognize that there’s a world beneath me. And the way I know there’s a world beneath me is that I can feel something pulling on me. Something wants to drag me down into depression. Something wants to pull me into anger. Something wants to move me into a state of myself where I can justify my agitation. Then, as I start to get irritated, angry, impatient, something else says, “Uh-uh. And it isn’t some moral platitude that’s been pressed into my brain. It’s an actual understanding that, “This hurts and I don’t want to act from it!”

In that moment, there is the world beneath me that I am awakened to, and by its very presence, I am made aware of the world above me – the world in which I see the right thing to do isn’t to be angry, frightened, negative, or to rush around and give away my soul. But the only way I can stay there – where the presence of the world above me is possible and the pull of the world beneath me seems impossible – is to be in that place and wait.

What does it mean to wait? My attention does not gravitate towards the resistance of the world beneath me that is trying to bully me into an action that defeats me. Rather, my attention remains in the fact that I am present to this world beneath me, and as distasteful and dark as it may seem, I can remain between these two worlds. Then I am accomplishing the only thing that I am capable of in that moment, which is to bear the burden of attending to the world above me as I deny the world beneath me.

What a possibility!

In that moment where the lower world pulls, the attraction is there – the wish to lash out, to blame, whatever it may be – and instead of answering the call of the world beneath me, I accept the burden that I’ve been given within me, and I answer the world above me instead.

And the way that you answer the world above you is to wait in between these worlds where the instruction comes as to what to do in that moment – not by your choice but by what is revealed to you as necessary because of your placement between these worlds.

That’s patience, isn’t it? And in patience there is conscious suffering because you’re aware of what doesn’t want you to stay there. You’re aware of what wants you to be pulled into it. But by your very awareness of it, you sit in relationship with the Light that has given you this awareness. And if you stay there as you’re intended to do, you become that which marries these two worlds. And when these two worlds are married, and the Light comes into this darkness – as a result of your willingness to bear the burden of that position – something new is born.

To understand and enter into the world above you, you must first die to the world beneath you. You must first be so conscious of what you cannot be, and then remain there until you hear the faint strain of something that made it possible for you to be aware of what was beneath you. And it’s in that moment you become conscious of the world above you.

Learn to wait.

Cultivate this kind of spiritual patience.

Pay the price for it.

Because if you’ll pay the price for this patience, you’ll be introduced to the possibility of the world in which your soul is intended to ascend, and you will enter into a new relationship with every moment.

Author's Bio: 

For over 40 years Guy Finley has helped individuals around the world find inner freedom and a deeper, more satisfying way to live. His in-depth and down-to-earth teachings cut straight to the heart of today’s most important personal and social issues – anxiety, fear, self-discovery, meditation, relationships, addiction, stress, compassion, and personal peace. His work is widely endorsed by doctors, business professionals, celebrities, and spiritual leaders of all denominations. https://www.guyfinley.org

Guy is the author of 45 books and video/audio programs, including his international bestseller “The Secret of Letting Go,” that have been translated into 30 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide.

He has a weekly program on InsightTimer.com and is a regular contributor to numerous print and online publications.

Guy is the founder and director of Life of Learning Foundation, a nonprofit Center for Spiritual Discovery located in southern Oregon, with tens of thousands of online newsletter subscribers worldwide. His talks are live-streamed free from the Foundation twice each week. www.guyfinley.org/online

A Life of Learning outreach program is OneJourney, a growing, international community. In a world where differences among people are tearing us apart, OneJourney uses the wisdom of the ages to show that the journey to wholeness is an inner journey that is essentially the same for all people and all religions throughout time. It’s just been described in different words. The OneJourney site and its ever-expanding Living Book helps us meet life in a new way so that we no longer fight with events, but can use everything to grow stronger while making the world a better place. www.OneJourney.net