There's trust, forbearance, freedom from worry, detachment, compassion....an endless list. But let's start with trust and forbearance for now.
Why those two in particular?
They just seem the most pertinent to me at the moment. The mix of qualities keeps changing, otherwise one could get stuck in a particular groove.
Sounds like a spiritual version of cross-training.
So what are you trusting in?
The trust is that I am not what I think I am, that the reality of being is beyond ego-mind's grasp, and that higher influences can both instill and quicken the certainty of our true state in us all.
And what of forbearance?
It's like putting up with, bearing the unending deluge of ego-mind's machine that produces a constant stream of thoughts and feelings. Imagine this stream is like a waterfall and we're sitting under it. Or, better yet, imagine standing in a river's swift current without being pulled downstream.
I often feel no connection to spirit or to any state of remembrance.
It's to be expected when ego-mind is in charge, which is most of the time.
And a solution?
Well, at least a condition; at some point one's inner experience has to simply blossom, experiencing a state free of ego-mind's constraints.
Maybe that's grace.
Maybe it is, with a mix of effort, of preparation.
And then what?
Then, cultivating a new center of gravity, a way to outmaneuver ego-mind's methods, a way to open the heart's resources.
Cultivating its natural tendencies, trust and faith, to supply the needed energy to function through that new center.
Sounds like a religion's favorite formula.
With one exception...if experience-based this supports a recognition that's beyond mind's usual abilities. It's the antidote to mind's inherent doubts. This can allow us to collect higher influences that rain upon us constantly, further opening inner capacities, further promoting the jail break from ego-mind's prison.
OK, say all this is possible, but what about self-deception concerning this new center of operation?
That's always possible too, that's always a risk. What to do in that case? Tear it all down and start over or just let it collapse by its own dead weight.