If one tries to force a flower open they will inevitably stunt its growth and may damage its delicate petals. Likewise, intense devotion does not mean intense about forcing oneself into awakening or beating down the ego relentlessly. Rather, it is an unwavering commitment to nurture and help the Self blossom using the tools of humility, patience, surrender, faith and compassion. Don’t force; nurture my friend, love, take care and look after this eternal seed that lies within all of us. Trust the process and when it blooms, it will be grace that fills the air; and will act as a catalyst for others to begin watering that seed within themselves.