How to rely on your own resources.
by Bernie S. Siegel, Ph.D.
If you have the courage to look within and to trust your deeper nature, powers will emerge and intervene in your life.
There is a consciousness and an awareness that exists always and everywhere—the name you give it is unimportant. Everyone is capable of experiencing this awareness, and each person’s understanding of it will be unique. We’re not talking about religion here; we’re simply pointing you toward a resource that’s available to you when you feel alone. If you take time to meditate about your life and your difficulties, and open yourself to the awareness, you’ll feel this universal field of consciousness.
Psychologist Carl Jung talked about relying on your own resources when you encounter problems you can’t solve. He said that you must have the courage to pay attention to a helpful idea or intuitive hunch, and to notice thoughts you’d previously ignored. Jung’s advice certainly applies to the problem of finding a healing path. If you have the courage to look within and to trust your deeper nature, powers will emerge and intervene in your life.
“Helplessness and weakness are the eternal experience and the eternal problem of mankind,” Jung acknowledged, but also pointed out that there must be solutions to our problems or humans wouldn’t have survived. The search for answers takes us into the unconscious, and prayer is one way of connecting with our buried or unconscious wisdom.
If you don’t know how to pray, try praying for the ability to pray, or reciting the alphabet and letting a higher source put the right words together. If praying makes you uncomfortable, you can take a similar journey by meditating, listening, and opening yourself to the resources, strength, and answers already present in your unconscious. When you begin to listen, you’ll agree that you’re never alone—no matter where you are.