Why do the vast majority look outside themselves for who they are?
They look to their education, their job, their spouse, their financial wealth, their body, their sexual prowess, etc. Some even look to "negative" identities like seeing themselves as a victim. It takes courage to look inside, because we believe that what we will find is heinous an sinful.
Many people believe intellectually that God is within, but this belief does not match up to their experience. Intellectually they may believe that God is loving and nonjudgmental, but the willingness to go inside and discover this is not there. For it takes willingness to wade through the false beliefs you have about your sinfulness. It takes courage to bring up, feel, and release the grief and anger from your past, especially your childhood.
Only by doing this can you see who you are --- inherently --- not what your parents or society told you that you are. Only by doing this can you come to see the Love that you are, and as you do this, simultaneously you see the Love that God is. And then He is there, within you, not intellectually, but for Real.
These posts are similar to the over 2500 contained on The Divine Speaks website (www.thedivinespeaks.com) where God gives YOU the one that you need to hear at that time. Lawrence is the author of three books on emotional and spiritual healing, including "Thirteen Steps To Move From Victim Consciousness To God Consciousness: Healing Traumatic Experiences Including Sexual, Physical, Emotional, And Mental Abuse."