For a few moments, let's look at life as a mountain climbing adventure.
Each of us is scaling this mountain called "life" on all sides. We are both on the mountain and the mountain is within us. Each side represents part of ourselves and our development. Each plateau offers a moment of rest upon each of the paths, but we must continue to climb because something in us knows that at the pinnacle is God.
We can name some of the paths now, but please name more that seem appropriate to you. Let's start with: intellectual, moral, interpersonal, creative, spiritual. We may be at different points on the mountain with each and certainly have different views from each side of the mountain. In each area we strive to develop our consciousness or we try to hide from our climb and cling to a rock projecting a handhold. Our goal is our eventual destiny to know and live and breath in Oneness with God, whether we are conscious of this or not. I do think that each of us has a heart level yearning that calls us to be all we can be and to be fully awake in the spiritual ground of our being.
A person can be very intelligent and intellectual, high up that climb; but that same person can be near the bottom on moral - for example a Nazi doctor or a terrorist. A person can be well along with interpersonal skills; but that same person may not have a clue about the spiritual side of the mountain. etc. etc. etc.
In order to fully engage with our mountain, our ego needs to be healed. Arrogance has to go. Prejudice has to be eliminated. Hatreds need to morph into forgiveness and then love. We have to realize we don't have all the answers, and it is highly unlikely anyone else does either - so we need to just take a deep breath and begin life at a higher level of adventure into consciousness.
We can self-evaluate: What is my next step? We need to self-motivate: I can do it, I can grow in consciousness as I climb the mountain of life. We can seek books and teachers, knowing full well each has only a tiny fraction of the Infinite. It is a personal quest for each of us to climb our own mountain and become all we can become.
I suggest to begin in earnest, begin to still your mind with one of the many techniques of meditation - daily - until your mind no longer races here and there like a wild horse, but enters times of stillness, of no-thingness. In preparation for your adventure it is essential to have a modicum of peace and the ability to calm your mind. You will need to hear "the still small voice" for directions for the climb. This is a personal and profound climb. It can be done by no one else for you. It will take you to places you had not known existed. You can only go a little ways without Divine Guidance, so be still, know God, and begin to reach higher.
I stand this day with the movement of Spirit gently whirling around me. I stand ready to climb my mountain and become all that I can be in every area of my life. I am still. I listen. I begin. Thank You oh Amazing One. I know You are with me as this adventure unfolds.