Our True or Higher Self is neither our body, nor our metal capacity. All the time we make the
mistake of wrongly identifying with these two members of our microcosm. Actually, both of them
are just members of our personality. Our personality belongs to what we often call our Lower Self,
or our passing identity. So how can we learn what our True Self is, and furthermore how can we
establish contact to It?
Sadly, but for most people on the present level of development, the True Self is something imaginary due to the fact that the Higher Self always manifests Itself from within the Universal Trinity. That is, it works from the levels of our Spirit. As such, it is independent from the physical body it occupies and uses as a tool in the physical world. In very much the same way, It is independent from the whole apparatus of the mental body.
Our Higher Self knows everything about our present life, and about the purpose of our present incarnation. Before we are even born, our Higher self arranges the circumstances of our future life. During our incarnation, It guides us and helps us accomplish this purpose. As long as we are alive, there is a certain degree of connectedness with the Higher self. It is an invisible link, but it can be stronger or weaker depending on the condition of our lower personality.
If we wanted to use metaphors, we would say that Our True Self is a drop of water from the Divine ocean, eternal and indestructible. We can die, or we can annihilate ourselves, but regardless of what is happening to our body, our Higher Self still exists. It is a Spirit. However, we should not consider our Spirit to be something separated from us, because if the mist of ignorance was lifted, we would see that we are that Spirit, and our physical body is just our surreal, perishing part, which is destined to day-to-day changes and which we will cast aside one day.
The spiritual growth is a slow process. Nevertheless, when we develop all our abilities, our body will become aware of the reality of the Spirit and its independence. So if you never did engage yourself in some form of self growth or a technique of self development, the key is to start to walk the path of spiritual development.
Our Spirit is the highest manifestation of our Soul. Our Spirit is a drop of water in the ocean of the Great Spirit, seemingly separated and distant, but still in touch with this vast water and the other drops within. During our spiritual growth we become more and more aware of our relationship with the Cosmic Spirit, that is, with the Cosmic Mind. In time, the desire to permeate our consciousness with Cosmic consciousness will be aroused, and we will be able to comprehend the reality that lies beyond our present imaginary reality.
The pure consciousness is like a flame without smoke. It is what God is. When our consciousness becomes fire -- a fierce light of love, we will get our answer. Only through love we can get our answers, and only through love we can get closer to Our True Self, become perfect in our totality, and change our actions, as so vividly described in the following verses of Kahlil Gibran.
And I say that life is indeed a darkness
save when there is urge.
And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,
And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,
And all work is empty save when there is love;
And when you work with love you bind
yourself to yourself, and to one another,
and to God. *
* from "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran
Here are some inspiring quotes about Higher Self.
Through meditation, the Higher Self is seen. ~ Bhagavad Gita
Spirit is the essence of consciousness, the energy of the universe that creates all things. Each one of us is a part of that spirit - a divine entity. So the spirit is the higher Self, the eternal being that lives within us. ~ Shakti Gawain
The Higher Self is whispering to you softly in the silence between your thoughts. ~Deepak Chopra
The path home to God is different for every person. Only communion with your Higher Self will reveal your path to you. ~Elizabeth Clare Prophet
Peter Shipp says:
I recall reading these Gibran verses at least a generation ago. I have worked at times with the awareness of what KG wrote. It is reassuring to remember that when we work with love we are binding ourself to ourself, to each other, and to God Also, that this in some sense this process gives authenticity and validation to what we do, transforming what to some is a chore into a vocation and a work otherwise without ultimate meaning into a part of the intended great divine plan.
So true and so nicely put, Peter. Thanks for sharing, and God bless!