We should be in harmony with our own consciousness; our mind, body, and soul should be one in interest and in purpose. And in that unified condition, we can actually express that natural innate love that we have found in our own life in everything we do in the world.
There is no question of rising to a higher level of consciousness unless we learn to control our mind and our senses. And there is no impetus to do that unless we understand the nature of this temporary existence.
When we stand before the Lord, we should be meditating on how we can develop the qualities and the characteristics by which he will really be pleased to see us. Then, when we have such a consciousness, he actually reveals himself to us.