In the pursuit of being awake to the presence of God on a moment by moment basis in our lives, there are a number of false barriers.
In other words, “mental limitations.”
I’d like to address one of the more common “false barriers” today. The “I don’t feel Him” roadblock.
It is really cool to enjoy experiences with the Lord that touch our emotions. And…the truth is…I strongly believe that the potential to do so is astronomically higher than may be expected by a lot of Christians.
But, here is a key that I’ve discovered…
It’s very important as we practice His presence to not “look at” how you are feeling at any given moment. When a person does that, they are actually putting themselves in a position of being their own center of awareness.
How am I feeling? What am I feeling? Am I sensing His presence? = Self Awareness
Since I’ve been on a more concentrated focus of continually being awake and aware of the Lord’s presence in my life, I’ve often had “flushes” of positive emotion. The kind that’s deeper than the surface of things. Those times are very encouraging, enjoyable <even if very brief>, and confidence building.
However, there are also times I “feel” flat, unaware, insensitive to much of anything but other things that might be going on in my body, or thoughts. It’s at those times I make a choice to be awake and aware based on His reality Vs. what I’m feeling…or not feeling.
On one of those occasions I had purposely focused on “Him Awareness” and didn’t feel at all inspired. The thought crossed my consciousness…
“…I’m here. I’m always here. I’m not dependent on how you feel about things. Even your doubts don’t drive me away. They only insulate your awareness of me…”
So, in those moments of practicing awareness, I acknowledge I am just as awake to Him in the real me (spirit) as I am when the moments of chosen awakeness feel more radiant. Shadows in my soul can’t extinguish the glories of His light….always with me.
Keep Practicing…Keep Practicing….Keep Practicing.