The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego. The second half is going inward and letting go of it. (Carl Gustav Jung)
There is a subconscious VOICE inside of us - the CALL to come HOME. There is also lots of subconscious and repressed human stuff that we know little about. If anything, we spiritual travelers are even more at risk to repress stuff in the noble quest to be good, loving, ethical and co-operative.
Life has a habit of bringing all these handicaps and interferences, as well as the VOICE out in the open. We spiritual travelers have an edge in identifying the VOICE, not because we are any better than our agnostic brother, but simply because we look for it. Where we can do a lot better though, we should also become more open to life's problems, unpleasant truths and ugliness. Facing life whole-heartedly will propel us on the journey towards freedom.
The sooner we realize that life is less about getting what we want but instead about opening up to what message life has in store for us, the sooner we are able to work through all the interference and are able to follow the VOICE on our journey HOME. The trick is to engage with life and fully embrace it. If we continue with our spiritual stuff of always following what the so-called True Self wants we can certainly feel good about ourselves but we will not change anything. No, life helps us to understand who we truly are beneath the veneer. Engaging with life we will become even more spiritual, yet in others, we will become more human.
Life is bound to connect us to this ancient VOICE while helping us to let go of everything else. Along the WAY all authentic needs are fulfilled and we are sent on a journey of joy, peace of mind and abundance. Engage with life and find out what you truly desire. It might be a bit messy at times, but it is finally a quest for freedom. You will understand what you are not, and all the rest will simply glow through you without sticking to you. Let life set you free!