One's ruling and guiding connection to Cosmic Consciousness, Christ Consciousness or God Consciousness. The Higher Self.
When one substitutes the word Lord in the prayer below for the phrase or concept of "Higher Self" the whole of prayer makes sense and is real. [see Awakening, Self and conscience]
The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want;
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters;
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for His name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil;
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. [Psalm 23]
". . for he that seeks the Lord must believe that He is, would they find Him; for one doubting has already builded that barrier that prevents the proper understanding, whether as to physical, mental or spiritual attributes, or spiritual aid, or mental aid, or physical aid; for that in faith sought for shall be thine, even as was given, "Be my people and I will be your God." [Cayce (459-1)]
"Though ye wander far afield, call upon the Lord while He may be found and He will draw very nigh unto thee; and with His presence bring peace." [Cayce (294-174)]