Belief in a true self - fake it until make it
There is a true self in all of us forever unchanging and undying. All saints, gurus, and masters who ever have graced the earth have repeatedly said as much. To become enlightened is to realize this fact. But it is crucial to believe this fact even before you realize it. Such faith reassures us. It helps ease both body and mind tension. When you feel relaxed, you get new energy. You grow in wisdom. Such energy and wisdom surely guide us to enlightenment.
- Practice -
Get comfortable. You can sit cross-legged, or you can sit on a chair. If you want, you can lean back against the wall or even lie down. Close your eyes and imagine a golden being resembling yourself inside of you as it awakes from its slumber. Soon, you will be filled with joy, and bask in that feeling. Even if you don't feel anything, it is perfectly fine. Just fake it until you make it, and it cannot NOT work, because you are faking who you really are. The fact you are trying is far more important than the experience itself. Also there is no need to do it long. Do this whenever you take a break. Even one minute is plenty. The more often you do it, the greater your faith and happiness will be.