Some spend a life time searching for the truth. Some stumble over and don't recognize it. Others adhere to disciplines in order to bring about a self realization, an illumination within.
Since antiquity, humankind has continued in its quest for the Truth because it is the only question worth answering, the only unchanging standard, that which gives life its worth. This "thirst of the soul," this magnetic-like pull from Divinity, has been deemed the only Life Trek Worthwhile, all others failing as "footsteps toward unreality."
And so, it happens. All the time, actually. The Seeker DOES find Truth's Golden Arch, under which is the perfect security of unlimited love, and over which is inscribed two words, "I am."
It is written "Be still...and know that...I am...God," (Psalms 46:10] sometimes also interpreted as "Desist from war-like activities, and know that I am God.." and so on, with the point being you cannot get to the KNOWING part very easily unless you're either free of chaotic thought or have ceased war-like activities, arguably one and the same.
The original recognition, expressed in today's linearity, says get out of your self and into your God self, the One Within that you 'know.'
Other names for God that humanity has known are many - "Father," "a spirit," "Kingdom Of Heaven" and "I Am." Wait - WHAT? I AM? Wow, that's close quarters! So, in a nutshell, the "you" you thought you were isn't, and the "I am," which IS awareness itself, IS.
Another way of saying it might be - the False Self is the imagined construct of notions one holds about "your life." No such thing, as that's all about the past, and the past isn't here. The true self is none of that, and simply IS.
Additionally, "that" isn't, not really, NOT WITHOUT YOU. "That" appears to be nothing more than a figment of an overactive imagination, and a scared one, at that. And, yes, when you ponder awhile, here's where the word play gets weird. But don't stop. We're noticing no separation from "I am," and "that." Seems you are happening WITH that, at once - all equal facets of the one greater whole.
A more accurate perspective could picture: all Material World Stuff comes from "True I," thus, as you believe and synchronously, "become," there IS a "there" there, which we can deduce must be manifesting from an Earlier Mental Fabric, woven between Imagined Relationships, and is united only by the one thing from whence there sprouts no polar opposite - Now.
Hard to follow as L.A. back-road side streets without a local in the passenger seat, or at least a GPS.
But that's OK, it's has nothing to do with words. This is about living Life, not describing it.
It's one thing to hear the words, "You are one with the Creator," and altogether another thing to experience them. And yet an entirely different thing to LIVE them. How is one to behave in the awkward confusion of the sacred misunderstood?
Talk about information overload! [crackle over monitor, then a filtered voice: "Systems overheating! Understanding disabled, blocked by bottle-necked confusion!"] Searching for meaning, the mind reels, stumbling against the borders of its own logic.
"ONE WITH the Creator?" Whoa! One...with? Holy sh... Why, that's stupendous. It's life transforming, it changes everything, nothing will ever be the same! All prior priorities fade into colorless insignificance. This very sentence is totally nuts! This is too much data to process, too suddenly! I'm still recovering from that revelation.
That's a monstrous one, that. One-with-God, a realization that is far too immense and profoundly dimensional for the quick-and-easy, half-hour sit-com wrap-up. OR the rational mind, for that matter. Unfortunately, or not, that's all we've been raised and taught to deal with. There was never a class in any schools we grew with that taught us How To Surf The Irrational.
So THAT'S what it means when they say, "Faith is one thing, but you've got to learn to LIVE it." It takes practice.
"Hmmm..., observed the semantic Spiritual Tourist, "Now, THERE'S a much better use of the overused term, than 'practicing doctor,' or 'practicing lawyer.' Learning The Art Of Living Now brings a better understanding of "I'm a practicing Catholic (or, Buddhist, Hindu, Methodist, Shinto, you name it)."
But that's it for us, that's our path. Practice, practice, practice.
The practice consists of simply "bringing our awareness to the party." That's it, no more. Simply observe what's going on. Let no thought pass by you unexamined. Do not alter or fix it, just "get it" as it flits by. Give it no more attention than that.
Your awareness is the most efficient action that can be undertaken at this junction. If you make it serious, then it will take on properties of seriousness. You may even act the martyr and make the witnessing what is difficult, if that's your thing. Similarly, if you make if joyous, then it will adopt the attributes of joy. If you create it effortless, your awareness growth spurt will assume the characteristics of great ease.
Just make sure you practice. Practice, practice, practice.