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What Is Your Higher Self?

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Higher Self

Your Higher Self. Your Soul. Your Inner Being. Your Spiritual Self. Your True Self. Your Divine Essence. Your Life Force. Your Higher Consciousness. 

All of these describe that piece of you residing deep within that is connecting you to the Universe, Something Greater Than Yourself. 

But what exactly does that all mean? And what effect does it have on your “normal” human experiences? 

This question, “What is your Higher Self?” is a great question. If you’re asking it, it means you’re already on a deeply spiritual journey. 

This is one of those soul-searching questions that isn’t really Google-able. You might find some explanation on what people tend to refer to as their “Higher Self,” but in the end, you as a modern mystic get to decide the role It plays in your journey. As well as what it means to be connected to It. 

Some mystics “get it” intuitively and don’t give it much more thought. And other mystics are confused by the wording, or simply want more of a solid explanation so they can better understand what is meant by the phrase “Higher Self.”

Spirituality vs. Religion

Spirituality is self made. You can essentially cherry-pick your own beliefs by accepting what resonates and leaving behind what doesn’t. What I believe to be true may not ring true for you, yet we’re both spiritual. Even if the vast majority of spiritual people have similar beliefs, it does not make it a doctrine. There is freedom in spirituality. Freedom of language, of affiliation, of implementation. Spirituality is the result of soul-searching. 

Religion is followed. There is a group of people, often many, MANY generations old, that live together in communal belief. Spirituality is involved of course, but it plays out very differently for those who are religious. You’re not doing the legwork to go out and reinvent the religious wheel. It’s already been written. There’s a preset arrangement of principles and rituals that are a guiding force, and typically you don’t veer too far from them. There is a great level of comfort that comes with religion. The “seeking” part is likely a result from being in churches or participating in other forms of worship, often led by someone who is following the creed very closely. 

Neither is right or wrong. It’s about finding that mystical connection to your Higher Self, to the God Within You, to your Soul that lives on beyond physical death. Some people find it in religion. Others find it in spirituality. Many find it in both.

Higher Self Meaning

So with that in mind, what exactly is your “Higher Self?”

Generally speaking, your Higher Self is referring to a deeper aspect of you that is inherently spiritual (whether you are religious or not). Think of it as a part of your consciousness that transcends the individual ego and connects to a higher realm or greater wisdom. Some see it as the purest form of oneself, devoid of ego, fear, or negativity—a source of guidance, intuition, and spiritual insight. 

You might explore practices like meditation, self-reflection, religion, or mindfulness to connect with or align with your Higher Self. Ultimately, it’s a deeply personal connection that varies in interpretation across different belief systems and philosophies. 

I personally believe that your Higher Self is another word for your Soul, but it personifies it a bit more. Your HS is what is giving you life, and it also is operating independently from your ego (or your thinking mind). It’s the version of you that is close to Godliness. The part of you that dreams and whispers your calling. Everything within you that is bridging the gap between physical and spiritual. 

Religion often teaches that God lives within you. If you ask me, that is your Higher Self–God living within you. Your eternal connection to The Source Of All Things. Your life force that is uniquely yours, moving through many lifetimes, yet always linked to Love and Light. 

I would even go so far as to say that your HS manifests as your subconscious mind to a certain extent. Your subconscious is running so many functions in your body that you never have to think about: your beating heart, your lungs breathing air, your stomach digesting food, and so much more. 

I love to think about your autonomic nervous system as being connected to your Higher Self. It’s that part of you that is angelic in nature, always looking out for your best interests, is pure love and light, and influences much of what happens within your body and life. To me, your autonomic nervous system, the subconscious mind, and your HS are all examples of the Divine expressing itself in your human body. 

I don’t want to confuse you, because your subconscious mind is certainly influenced by your ego and various traumas and limiting beliefs you hold, as we’ve discussed in many previous podcast episodes. I’m not making a cut and dry statement of “your HS is your subconscious mind,” because I don’t believe that’s totally accurate. I do think there’s some truth in that statement personally, because I’ve learned so much over the years about how your body operates largely on autopilot, which to me, stands to reason that your HS plays an important role in the runnings of your subconscious. 

But what makes your HS angelic and divine is the freedom of influence from the ego. You might have experienced trauma or hardships in your life, but your HS is always authentic, loving, and genuine, because it’s the Spirit living within you. It’s God living within you. Whatever word you want to use, it is the bit of the Divine that connects you to the Source Of All There Is. And therefore, it can never be anything but love and light. 

Higher Self is referring to a deeper aspect of you that is inherently spiritual (whether you are religious or not). Think of it as a part of your consciousness that transcends the individual ego and connects to a higher realm or greater wisdom.

How To Connect To Your Higher Self

So now we know that the HS is the Divine part of you. How do we use this magical connection to manifest your dreams into reality? 

First, learning to “tap into” your HS, or hear Its voice, is a great place to start. This is just a fancy way of saying learning how to listen to your intuition. Or understanding your “gut” feelings. Or trusting your instincts. All of these things are examples of your HS guiding you in Its subtle, special way. Building self awareness around these events is important not just for mystics, but for anyone who is growing into themselves. 

Can you think of any times where you did or did not trust your intuitive instincts? If that little voice in your head is nagging you about “a bad feeling,” or a “good feeling” for that matter, more often than not IT’S TOTALLY RIGHT AND COMPLETELY SAFE. It’s leading you down the path that will lead to your highest good, always. 

You can build this skill for yourself by practicing meditation regularly. Through pausing thoughts and remaining present in the here and now, you’re giving your HS the opportunity to step forward so you can get to know It better. 

When you can trust your own intuitive instincts, you are so much more empowered. It’s like having a true sixth sense you can use to your advantage. 

Second, I would definitely recommend heeding the advice you receive from your HS. Again, more often than not, it’s for your highest good. How many times have you gone against your better judgment and it didn’t work out for you? What about those times where you took a total leap of faith because it felt right and you were greatly rewarded? It’s one thing to hear the inner voice of the HS. It’s completely another to implement it in your life. Practice both.

And finally, cultivate trust with yourself, and with Spirit. Listening and heeding the guidance of your HS involves lots of trust. And our ego is naturally distrusting because it has its own ideas and opinions. This is one of the many reasons why meditation is so important. It’s a lot easier to take a step back from the thinking mind to hear the subconscious mind with continued practice.

If this is something you need help with consider reading this article next: Meditation Benefits | Why Meditation Is Good For You. Thank you for reading!

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