There is more to life than the material world. A non-physical dimension of energy and information is where physical forms are conceived and birth into existence. Your body and mind are contained within an intelligent, alive and infinite space. Modern science calls this space the quantum field, religious traditions call it the world of Sprit, which in our modern language translate as consciousness: a state of being awake and aware. Consciousness is connectedness to everything including knowledge.
Higher Self is the consciousness that created you. There are Higher Selves to Higher Selves connecting all levels of creation. In our human form the essence of our consciousness is Lovingness: an intelligent state of being characterized by the presence of unity. Whatever love loves it is connected to. The concept of connecting to Higher Self means the experience of connecting to the source of love that sustains your life. I use the words consciousness and spirit interchangeably.
Earth is a school of spiritual forgetfulness where the curriculum is having experiences that awaken remembrance of your spiritual essence. Your spirit is ever-present, always piercing through forms to see essence.
Spirit sees possibilities while external appearances determine what ego perceives as reality. By seeing a possibility spirit energizes it and bring it alive through the power of focus intention. A universal law of existence is that energy follows attention. Ego is a lens spirit uses to focus attention in the physical world. One of the gifts we have as humans, and there are many, is the freedom to choose where and how we focus our attention.
The consequences of choice
What is real about reality is you experience of it, and all experiences are subjective. Every one is unique, two people experiencing the same event interpret it differently and therefore experience it differently.
What determines how you interpret life experiences is what you know or what you believe. Connecting to you Higher Self is the process of mastering choosing Love’s interpretation of an event instead of the human tendency of choosing a fear base interpretation.
The function of fear
Fear is a state of consciousness only possible in the physical world. This is because only physical form allows for the experience of separation, which is the essence of fear.
Spirit’s essence divides and differentiates itself by extending itself into different forms performing different roles yet always maintaining the connectedness of unity. This miracle is present as your body. Your body is one entity made out of trillions of parts each of which is aware of its function in relation to the whole. Each cell in your body knows it is interconnected to something greater than itself and the connection is realized by performing its role, beautiful yes?
Fear’s main function is to bring awareness that you are identified with something other than your true nature, when you are in a state of fear you are identified with your ego identity. The experience of fear also serves as a contrast to make obvious the choice of Love. Fear also weighs you down, contracts you into tension patterns that make your physical experience uncomfortably painful.
Another function of fear is that it triggers pain and pain triggers fear. This pain-fear cycle turns on aggression which when there is a “real” cause for danger or pain drives you to take some form of action and, if that is not possible the choice to surrender and find inner peace. This is a valid spiritual experience that just about all human are subject to, sooner or later, is part of the curriculum!
The consequences of Fear
The consciousness of fear is determined to preserve itself. Fear inhabits your mind and love inhabits your heart, choose your master wisely!
The presence of fear brings the automatic behavior of compulsion, neurosis (irrational anxiety) and pathology, all of which block awareness of love and goodness.
“All neurosis is a substitute for legitimate suffering”
All pathological tendencies represent distorted energy of unprocessed pain. During childhood there is no other option but to suppress what is unbearable. This mechanism of self-preservation fragments your ego into conscious and unconscious parts. The unconscious part forms itself into what is called the shadow self, a reservoir of pain, fear and aggression that in its ignorance and desperation acts out suppressed aggression in the form of self-hatred. This can take the form of hatred of people we love adding another dimension of self-sabotage.
The consequence of choosing love
The consequence of choosing love is becoming more of who you are. When fear is your master your inner authority is a tyrant that uses your aggression to focus attention on negativity. This is how neurosis is maintained. Negative self-talk is accompanied by negative self-images that trigger toxic beliefs against your self-worth. This is illegitimate suffering, it does not liberate your consciousness from pain. Avoidance of legitimate suffering uses up your vitality and leaves you weak.
To regain inner authority of you choose to cultivate an attitude of self-love. Love your shadow and it transforms, deny it or reject it and you strengthen it. What you don’t love you can’t understand and what you can’t understand you can’t communicate with. You must take responsibility to be aware of inner negativity and practice aligning your thoughts and behavior with the consciousness of love: compassion, forgiveness, responsibility, acceptance, appreciation, respect, allowing, humility and surrender to truth.
Love builds a relationship within all aspects of you that are separated by walls of fear. Love connects what feels separate and thus transforms an experience of fear into an experience of safety and belonging. The experience your ego is longing for is to be loved and appreciated, give in to it. The simple and profound attitude of cultivating self-love brings emotional nourishment from within you, one moment at a time.
The healing power of love
Love brings up every thing that is not love in you. This is natural and is part of the process of emotional integration, don’t despair everything eventually dissolves. Pathology heals when you allow yourself to feel everything that is seeking expression in you. Healing is a process of integration that leads to self-understanding, growth and expansion of your awareness. People are afraid to feel what they carry inside because ego is afraid to loose control. The irony is that feeling your pain is what dissolves its many forms. Give yourself permission to feel your feelings until there is nothing left to feel. This is an act of love that engages your courage, which, acts as a bridge to cross from insecurity to confidence. Allowing the full experience of sorrow and grief acts as an emotional immune system response.
What do you trust?
Do you have more trust in you as a limited form or you as a form-less essence that creates and experiences forms? Thought are forms in the space of inner awareness. Trust in the invisible is called faith and it manifest as real the more you give attention to it. To trust the intangible is to access inner knowing.
When you trust your fears and doubts you are trusting thought forms rooted in the past. Love is a state of being accessed and experienced in present time. Do you trust the present or the past?
Spiritual development is a journey that engages your willingness to trust the unknown. When you focus your attention inward you travel into the darkness of unconsciousness to discover the light of awareness. This is a process you grow into not speed through and it requires love and dedication to your life.
Spiritual practices in the form of awareness training such as mindfulness, meditation, contemplation, self-less service etc, are setting up patterns of light that shine through and the darkness of unconscious self-hatred.
Your Higher Self is a being of light with no material density. The more you identify with the light of your being the lighter you shall feel! Love lightens you up. Love makes it possible to heal your body and fills it up with light when your mind is also filled with light, dispel negative thinking by invoking the presence of love.
Invoking your spiritual substance
Self-hatred has many rituals, become aware of yours. What rituals of self-love will you commit to?
To call on the presence of your Higher self use and expand your imagination in a way that it evokes a feeling response. Your shadow is very good at this, it can create strong negative emotions by imagining worse case scenarios and revisiting past painful memories.
Imagine yourself being and feeling beautiful, sensitive and sensual, strong and tender, clear, powerful, confident, capable and response-able.
Practice seeing this version of you interacting with the people and circumstances that normally bring hurt, fear and aggression. Next, take every opportunity in real life to behave this way and challenge all your fear by choosing to trust in love.