The distance we are away from it is based on where we place our attention and our lack of awareness of it. It is not separate from us, it is us, but it is shielded by the mind and ego and a lack of attention to it.
The intention of our higher power is to work in conjunction with the universe to create a better life for us and others. This power is not for controlling, but creating and manifesting a greater good for all.
We become powerful in our awareness when we create and manifest the truth of our being in everyday life. The greatest gift of our higher power is the healing recognition of our oneness with all life and existence.