My fellow trivia team members and I have all observed an interesting phenomenon. With some regularity, a word unfamiliar to us will come up during a game. Invariably, we will then find that word, usually multiple times, in a book, a newspaper article, or a movie over the next couple of days. It has happened so frequently that we text these finds to one another and laugh about it.
It is likely that these words were always in our experience, but we were not cognizant of them. They were not relevant to what seemed important at the moment, so they were overlooked. Once the definition of the word was understood, though, there was a heightened awareness of it.
I think being aware of our spiritual identity can operate in the same way. The spiritual reality of God’s kingdom, here and now, might be missed if we are not really focused on it, not having a good understanding of what it is. I have found that a daily practice of devoting time to prayer and reading the spiritually enlightened texts of Christian Science has helped me to become more aware of the spiritual reality that is the presence of God.