Dhikrullah Hu! Hu! Hu! (The remembrance of god, to remember and remind), (and lots of it), is the way to manifest. Dhikrullah is the soul manifesting its truth. It is the soul manifesting its desire. It is the soul manifesting its desire to manifest. It is a manifestation of the desire of the soul to manifest and fulfill its intent. It is a manifestation of the desire of the soul to manifest and fulfill its intent to be fulfilled. It will be fulfilled. It wills to be fulfilled. It wills to be fulfilled because Allah wills it to will to be fulfilled. Can you feel the truth of that?
So how can surrender to Allah lead to anything but the real fulfillment? How can it be anything but the real fulfillment?
The illusion of a complete emergence (and when were there ever two to merge?) Of soul and world is in the illusion of a 'complete realization' (and when were it not complete?), Or a complete 'emergence' of soul into world, which is in the completed satisfaction, exhaustion or annihilation of the emotional body. Or a completed manifestation or fulfillment of soul, (and when wasn't it such?), Or the completion of a complete emergence of soul, is in the full emergence for the sake of fulfillment.
The 'search' for satisfaction, or completion of the mission', is based upon a feeling of emotional dissatisfaction, and not upon reality. But it is to the quest for emotional satisfaction that creation, the composite of the personal worlds of all souls, poses itself as a medium for fulfillment. Herein lies the distinction between truth and illusion, but illusion is also truth. Or reality and illusion, but illusion is also real, and it is in the reality of illusion that the dramas of life are played out. But in truth, nothing is done.
So it is the emotional body (and the heart is the seat of the emotional body) that is doing the driving, for in truth there is no emotional body, no driving, and nothing to be done because it is done already by Allah. In truth -but how many of us can stay there, eh?
Well, it our job to at least believe it, recognize it and honor it, and to access it, using it as the true point of reference, as need occurs, and it does, often. And without this, the point of life is lost, and so are souls.
Hence the 'salvation' principle - the idea of 'saving' souls. And Islam (the religion of surrender) is nothing if not that.
Your world is here as a place to manifest your soul's intent to know and experience itself fully. And when wasn't that so? Your fulfillment of that intent is in surrender, but our surrender is not to or for our illusory 'world', but only to and for Allah.
Only Allah is!