Aligning with your Higher Self (or soul or spirit or inner self) is what many spiritual traditions speak of as being the spiritual journey here on Earth. Why should you care?
The intention of this page is to offer an explanation for why it is important to be aligning with your Higher Self at this time in human history. Buckle your seat belt. It will be quite a ride!
First let’s begin by asking what your Higher Self is.
For many of us, our spiritual journey begins with a major event that is often traumatic: The loss of a job. The loss of a loved one. A major illness. The event is so monumental that it causes us to begin questioning who we are.
In my opinion, Michael A. Singer’s book, The untethered soul: the journey beyond yourself (Oakland, CA, New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2007), stands out as one of the very best resources for answering the question, “Who Am I?” The book guides you through a powerful, and eye-opening, process of finding your “I.”
Through the process, Singer shows you that your “I” is actually the conscious observer behind thought and emotion. He explains:
“If you go very deep, that is where you live. You live in the seat of consciousness. A true spiritual being lives there, without effort and without intent.”
“You are behind everything, just watching. That is your true home. Take everything else away and you’re still there, aware that everything is gone.”
Congratulations! You have taken the first step toward aligning with your Higher Self by being aware of yourself as your inner observer. The key is to remember it among all of the distractions of daily life.
Breathing and meditation are excellent aids in quieting your thoughts and emotions, returning your focus to your inner observer.
One of my favorite breathing techniques is also used as a calming technique for stressful situations. It is called tactical breathing, although it is also known by many other names. The technique is simple to remember. Visualize a square. As you visualize each side, you perform one function for 4 seconds. Side #1: Breathe in for 4 seconds. Side #2: Hold your breath for 4 seconds. Side #3: Exhale for 4 seconds. Side #4: Hold for 4 seconds. Repeat the cycle until you feel quiet inside.
There are many excellent meditation practices. Use the one that feels right for you. For the purposes of allowing us to focus on our inner observer, Michael A. Singer suggests in The untethered soul: the journey beyond yourself (Oakland, CA, New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2007) that:
“True meditation is beyond the act of simple, one-pointed concentration. For the deepest meditation, you must not only have the ability to focus your consciousness completely on one object, you must also have the ability to make awareness itself be that object.”
Now that we have found our “I” and have methods for focusing on it, we can address the question, “Why care about aligning with your Higher Self?”
Spiritual traditions that embrace reincarnation tell us that, as beings of spirit, we came to Earth to experience emotions. Whatever we wish to experience, the full range of emotions (from hate or jealousy to peace and love) is available on Earth. In order to make the most of that full range of emotions, though, we had to forget when we incarnated that we are spiritual beings. If we knew who we are and how we handled an emotion in prior incarnations, we’d probably be rather bored by the whole business, don’t you think?
That forgetfulness has led humans to create experiences that were based on what we were aware of—the external world and our thoughts and emotions about it. So, when you base your experiences on the external world, how do you know it’s what you, as a spiritual being, wanted to experience?
For example, what if you, as a spiritual being, came to Earth to create something, like art. However, because you didn’t remember that you are a spiritual being, you believed your family when they told you that you couldn’t make a living with art. So, you went to work at a factory making spare parts. Would you, as the spiritual being, be having the experience on Earth you came to have? No. What would you do, as a spiritual being, if things weren’t going as you had intended? You’d try to communicate your wishes, wouldn’t you?
What if there was no direct connection? What if you, as a spiritual being, just couldn’t get through to you. You, as a spiritual being, would start out with little hints, like guiding you to sit down next to someone one day at the cafeteria, who just happens to be talking about the art classes she is taking. If you remain unaware of the hint, you, as a spiritual being, are going to try again. Maybe it is with a brochure about an art exhibit at the museum that just happens to be sitting on a table that you walk by.
If you are still not taking up the hint, you, as a spiritual being, are going to manifest stronger hints. Maybe it’s a car accident that puts you out on disability from work with a broken hip, allowing plenty of time to think about art. If you go back to work and never pursue the art, you, as a spiritual being, are going to start manifesting in-your-face kind of events, like a serious illness.
That is where we, the human race collectively, are right now—in an in-your-face kind of event. The spiritual beings that we are are telling us that we are not connecting, that we are not listening to our own inner observer, that we are not resonating with who we are.
What is going on in the world is the ultimate in wake-up calls for aligning with your Higher Self. The question is, will you answer?