The ego or human personality has for a long time thought itself to be quite alone in the universe, having to struggle under the law of the jungle to survive. Now it is to be introduced to a new way of being, and to the ego this new way feels very much like death. There is a way to introduce the ego with the larger arena in which it has being and bring it into communion with the Inner Being. This may be done in such a manner as to allow the ego to corporate with the Greater Being of which it is a part, minimize resistance, and still maintain its integrity. This is done through the practice of a Spiritual Discipline. Spiritual Discipline is a method or methods of communing with the Spirit within each and every one. It is not necessarily the types of discipline that are so described by any particular religion, group, sect, teaching or cult; but it is whatever method an individual uses to commune with the Inner Being. It must always be approached with reverence and love; when so approached Spiritual Discipline will always provide a new measure of peace whenever it is practiced. To be effective it must be done daily so that the ego grows accustomed to living in communion with its Maker.
Whenever we slip into a reverie we are in communion with our Inner Being. The call now is to commune with conscious intent, and not to be overtaken by communion as it were. This communion takes place under different circumstances for each one of us. For some people walking puts then in a state of communion, for others it may be running, riding a bicycle, swimming, pumping iron or merely sitting under their favorite tree; for still others it could be doing repetitious tasks, or drinking tea; whatever triggers a state of reverie can lead to a state of active, conscious communion with the Inner Being. In certain circles this active, conscious communion is called meditation, and there are people who daily practice meditation. For those of us who have not yet begun to consciously commune with the Inner Being it may seem a long way from falling into reverie every once in a while to get to the place where meditation is done daily. This is not necessarily true, with a willing attitude and the aid of the Inner Being, a daily meditative practice may become the norm within weeks.
Remember the ego thinks of this as the beginning of the end for it, therefore it will resist with all its might. And it does have might, as well as power. It has been absolute ruler for so long, this new activity will seem to it like rebellion. Most absolute rulers are swift to squash any insurrection. Thus resolve is quite necessary at this point. Once the habit of communing with the Inner Being is formed, the ego will like it, but first it must try it to know this.
You have found the trigger and resolved to begin, but all those activities that were merely important a few moments ago now become urgent. The cellar was to have been cleaned five years ago, it is best to do so now; no knowing what and all is down there, best to go see. Oh dear, did you notice how dirty that car is, the day is so sunny and calm. What better time to wash that dirty car? That project from work could be finished within a few hours, and how it will impress the boss that it was done ahead of schedule; there could be a promotion in it. Better get started on it while there is this free time. It has been a long time since you have spoken with Aunt Fran, and the telephone rates are low right now, it would be so good to hear her voice, better give her a call. You find you own excuse, those where some of the ones that came immediately to mind. The ego will find as many as it is allowed to prevent the beginning of this most important of activities. All of that can wait. Plus with the beginning of the Spiritual Discipline, the person who comes to any task or activity is a more balanced individual than would have appeared, had you not paused and communed with the Inner Being.