Becoming aware of God inside of us is revolutionary!
Knowing that we’re one with Him at all times is even crazier!
To begin experiencing this, ask!
“Let me become more aware of your presence.”
And then, become aware:
“Feel, don’t think. Use your instincts.”
As we do this, we come into another type of awareness that is superior to mental governance. It is a delightful state of being where we are one with the Divine Flow, the Wind of the Holy Spirit.1
The thought may have popped into your mind, and if it did, you are absolutely correct: an awareness of God is virtually united with a practice of presentness. He spoke to me once, saying, “Your presentness is My presence.” I asked, “What do you mean?” He said, “I AM. Now is where you will find me.” Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty, the ability to choose and act on that choice, thus experiencing freedom – the glorious liberty of the sons of God.
This path has been called many names at many times by many people. Interior prayer, contemplation, meditation, practicing the presence, soaking, waiting on the Lord, and enjoying God are just a few!
This is where we experience Him (taste), and begin to know (see) His goodness.2
While I was first beginning to practice a continual awareness of God, I made the mistake of trying to separate it from my work or my hobbies, as if God could only be found in a separate dedicated time. As I realized the silly dichotomy of this kind of thinking, I decided, “No! I’m going to find God in my work, and do it with all my might.” I went after my tasks with all my ability, believing God was with me, and I found my heart singing with gladness!3 This realization made life delightful again! He restored us to Eden!
Be diligent with this practice. It will quickly become easy, and most delightful. Gently turn the full attention of your heart, mind, and will towards Him while you’re working, with the kids, enjoying your coffee, working on homework, whatever. It only takes a moment to become aware of Him, and it is extraordinarily profitable.4
“Know this,” Teresa of Avila says, “if you would progress a long way on this road [of a continual, growing experience of your union with God] and ascend to the Mansions [state of communion with him] of your desire, the important thing is not to think much, but to love much; do, then, whatever most arouses love.”5
What arouses your heart to love God? Life? Yourself? Others?
For me, it’s sitting outside midmorning without obligation, drinking a cup of superb coffee for an hour or so, enjoying the breeze, birds, trees, and people talking. I’ve intentionally found ways to work this into my life because I enjoy it, I meet God consistently in that pleasure, and because it helps me chill out and not take life so seriously.
And it was in this continual communion with God – in work, in pleasure, and everywhere in between – that I began to receive that practical insight, wisdom, and knowledge I was looking for.6 Business ideas and faith, character and integrity, joy and peace, ability and hope were all given, strengthened, and growing in me.7
Teresa says, that ultimately the pursuit of God is for His pleasure. It is so lovely to be loved by those whom you love dearly! She says, “this is for the advancement of glory and honor of His Son, and the growth of His Church.”8
It is the one thing necessary.9
And it is how you access the treasures of Jesus’ divine wisdom and knowledge from within you: finding that He himself is our Treasure.
It’s found in friendship and conversation with Him, in the simplicity of love.
O Wisdom of God, sweet Spirit of Revelation, illumine my heart with the light of Your glorious face, so that, for me, earth and heaven would flee away and there would be found no room for them because of your surpassing beauty.
- Jn. 3:8
- Ps. 34:8
- Col. 3:23-24
- Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God. This is the premise of the whole book.
- Teresa of Avila, Interior Castle
- Ps. 25:14
- 2 Pt. 1:5-8
- Interior Castle, ibid.
- Lk. 10:42-43