Have you ever had a date with your higher self?
Your higher self is the real you, the soul consciousness that is so, so much more than the physical form you know so well.
Your higher self is the you that is unlimited and eternal. It’s the part of you that excites you with inspiration, guides you with intuition and teaches you through insight.
Your intentions, desires and your secrets are well-known to your higher self.
You know everything about you. But chances are, you’ve probably had a very limited conversation with your higher self.
Those incredibly useful flashes of intuition and inspiration can become a much bigger part of your life, if you allow this communication to flourish.
Connecting with your higher self is something of a paradox – you are connected, always. In fact, it’s more than a connection. It’s a unity.
The physical you can’t be separated from the energetic consciousness-you. But we are here in this physical state, and part of that includes a feeling of separation from everything else.
In reality there is no separation.
So, where does the energy of you begin and end?
Here’s how to connect with your higher self.
What Is Your Higher Consciousness?
Higher consciousness is a term that is often used to describe an important mental state that is rather hard to reach. It’s a term often used by spiritual gurus, sages and monks, and it’s not always easy to define.
Much of our lives are spent in lower consciousness. We pay more attention to our external surroundings in order to survive. It’s a byproduct of living in the modern age.
But, with conscious attention, we can learn to access the higher consciousness, or the spiritual self, with greater frequency.
What is your spiritual self?
The spiritual self is different for every and each of us. Just like our higher consciousness, it represents who we really are.
You could choose to call this love, truth, the Universe, your inner Buddha, or even God.
It’s really whatever you deem it to be.
And just like with higher consciousness, you can learn to tap into your spiritual self by learning to slow down and pay attention to what’s happening in the present moment.
Why Is It Important To Listen To Your Higher Self?
Your higher self is your best guide for a meaningful experience here on the physical plane.
Any time you get an inexplicable feeling or premonition, your higher self is trying to communicate with you. That feeling is your guide, steering you toward the best course of action.
How does the higher self communicate?
If you’ve been dismissing those hunches and gut feelings, you might want to ask yourself why. Information that comes from the higher self is not necessarily picked up with the physical senses, but it’s no less valid!
After all, you can’t physically perceive gravity, but obviously there’s something keeping you from floating away like a birthday balloon.
Many of us are so used to believing in only what we perceive with our physical senses. As a result, we tend to ignore this hugely important aspect of ourselves – the energetic.
Another potential issue you may have with the messages you’re receiving from your higher self is that they’re often garbled, cryptic and totally baffling, especially if they come to you in dreams.
It really helps to journal these weird messages, because sometimes the answers become clear when you write about them.
Sometimes you can hear voices; other times, you’ll receive images or strong urges to do – or not do – something.
One ability you’ll develop as you become used to hearing your higher self is the ability to discern between the fear-based voice of the ego and the infinite/eternal voice of your higher self.
You can develop a keen awareness of your body as a great “translator” of your higher self’s messages.
How Do I Connect With My Inner Self?
So, back to the date.
I recommend making a date with your higher self.
Imagine a tranquil, peaceful setting, someplace you love to be in.
Not ‘do’ in. ‘Be’ in.
If you want, you can imagine your higher self as a physical presence, like your very best friend sitting beside you. Or you can imagine yourself surrounded by a warm, loving energy.
Go with whatever images are right for you!
Once you feel the presence of your higher self, you can ask questions about anything. The higher self does not judge or criticize.
Be open to the answers you receive, no matter the form.
Don’t forget that your answers may come in a variety of delivery methods: words, feelings, images, or sensations. Be open to whatever arises.
How do I tell the difference between the ego and the higher self?
So, how do you tell the difference between a fear-based answer that your ego gives you and the voice of the higher self?
How do you know that the answers aren’t just imagination, or something your mind made up to appease you?
If you feel physical sensations of anxiety, tension, fear, or anger, you are talking to the ego.
The ego creates its identity around pain.
That’s what it knows. That’s what it’s comfortable with and that’s the language it understands. It wants to keep identifying with that negativity because then it has an identity.
If you feel physical sensations of lightness, love, energy, happiness, etc., you are talking to the higher self.
There is no identity in the higher self.
It’s just energy, with no beginning and no end.
The natural state of the higher self is free, loving and joyful.
One method is to ask yes/no questions and then listen for the immediate answer – sometimes even before you finish the question.
This immediate response is probably your higher self, bypassing the programming of the mind. If you were to give yourself time to analyze your question, believe me, the ego would start chiming in with its usual negative chatter!
Another method you can use to access your higher self? Journaling.
How journaling can help you connect with your higher self
You can ask questions and write or type your first, immediate gut-reaction answers. Then go back and re-read them with an awareness of your physical and emotional response.
You’ll see right away if your answer came from the ego or the higher self.
Journaling also helps make sense of messages you don’t “get” right away.
If the answers seem wiser than usual, it’s the higher self. If the answers seem forced or if they sound like you telling other people what they want to hear, they’re from the ego.
You – that is, the higher you – is your best guide.
Your ultimate teacher.
So make a date with your higher self, and find out what’s going on in your life. Ask the big questions from your “big self.”
Your life will take on a whole new meaning – and possibly a whole new direction as your higher self points you toward what is right for you.
Are you in touch with your higher self? Let us know in the comments below.