The first step in accepting your True nature is to look up from what you are doing, to disengage from the volition that you have become, to take one step back from the thread of responsibility and longing to which you are responding, and consider that the space into which you have stepped is more real, more alive, and more “you” than any place you have previously occupied. There is no encounter or situation in space and time from which you could not successfully conduct this experiment. This consistency ought to tell us something, keeping in mind that only the Truth is wholly consistent.
The first step in accepting your True nature is to be wounded by Love, for Love cannot wound and the Truth cannot attack. What is pierced is the veil of falsehood to which we have assigned the mantle “reality”. This is not a wound that will heal, for it is not a wound at all, but a point of contact with Reality. Anything that contacts Reality that is not of Reality ceases altogether in its apparent effects. The pain of this wound is the contrast, immediately felt, between the fullness offered by Reality and the emptiness- previously taken to be an acceptable condition- of your former condition. It is not the pain of Love, but the pain of having once lost contact with Love, now revealed. One point of contact with Reality is sufficient to blow your cover, and end your futile ruse forever, and endings can be sad. This one is not. It is not an ending at all.
The first step in accepting your True nature is to consider that it is possible to have a True nature and still be you. Reluctance to accept your True nature is predicated on the false premise that if you did, you would no longer be you. Nothing could be farther from the Truth than the self who suspects that acceptance of the Truth will be its downfall. The only self that will be annihilated is the one that never was. You have nothing to fear in such encounters, for the “you” you would give your very life to keep, is your True nature. It is who you are.
The first step in accepting your True nature is to acknowledge that what is not working doesn’t work. Your mind, not to be outdone, will ask if there is a way that does work, and if you are sincere in your questioning and patient in your listening you will find yourself inexplicably becoming aware of that which works without working at all. You see, working is not the way, for the Truth requires no mechanisms or maintenance or assembly- indeed, no means at all. Only those things which are made are the product of careful processes or the outcomes of stepwise evolution, and the Truth was not made at all. Neither were you. What isn’t working is the self who is working on itself in order to become True. It is too late for that.
The first step in accepting your True nature is to observe the True nature of someone else. In doing so, you will immediately recognize that there cannot, by virtue of the nature of Truth, be more than one Truth. You will discover that you are True even as another is True, and that all are True together. You may still enjoy fishing, or painting, or working on the metallic innards of motor vehicles, even as another does not, but this will no longer mean that you are different.
There are no second steps, for inevitability precedes even the first.