"We live in a world of mystery, wonder and beauty. But most of us seldom participate in this real world, being focused rather on the part that is mostly strife, suffering or meaninglessness. This situation is basically due to our not realizing and living our full human potential. This potential can be actualized by the realization and development of the human essence. The human essence is the part of us that is innate and real, and which can participate in the real world."

-- from the Diamond Heart books by A. H. Almaas

When I was 23 years old, I formally began my inner journey. The author of these words, also known as the spiritual teacher Hameed Ali, inspired me to directly discover my own true nature, which can also be described as presence, essence, who we really are inside.

We can take different paths to connect with this part of ourselves. We are blessed at this time on the planet with many exceptional teachers who offer us a living example of presence as well as tools to access and remember our own inner nature. We also have excellent materials available that extraordinary teachers have left behind.

Being present with ourselves is the most intimate and transformative experience of all.

It is an ever-present invitation. At any moment. Just like this moment right now.