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Saturday, November 27, 2004

How do you know there is a Higher Self?

I read the following in a discussion forum which I have copied here. I also attach my response to this question.

"A reader emailed me this question:
How do you know for sure that there is a higher self, and not just certain impersonal qualities that can be manifested as product of one's mind?

We can believe that there is a higher, more perfected aspect in ourselves and simply come into play with it through suggestion...that's not impossible.

If the ego is one's mind, as they are interelated supposibly, you can't tell whether it's your mind convincing itself of a higher state in itself, or actually the higher self through intuition, if there is such a thing.

From a broader perspective history constantly repeats itself, and society is always looking for itself through new beliefs or old beliefs. People need something to hold onto and believe in, in other cases it is a way to create fear in the general public, hence order. This concept of the Higher self is a new belief, a new concept in time...it could be just another form of escaping from reality, (or of salvation) eg-not listening to one's lower self, mind, ego which go so hand in hand with reality, as it is reality as a mirror that causes so much suffering, and hopelesness.

Do you astral travel? I have not been able to personally, though maybe there, there is Truth, as this plane has a mass of confusion, distortion from Truth, in all it's forms.

ps-I hope we are not escaping from the emptyness that every human being carries inside, or the lack of sense that there is outside, by putting false tangling beliefs of sense,direction and meaningin order to keep one busy and away from madness. It's saner than drugs and alcohol, that's for sure."


Hi Susan,

This is a great question! I would like to focus only on the "higher self" if I may.

First of all let me state my belief. I believe that Source is all there is. What is Source? Source contains and unifies all realities: form and formless. Since Source is all there is, I am Source. On the other hand, I am my perception and experience of Source. My perception/experience of Source is what I believe to be my real personality/identity. This doesn't mean, however, that my personality is a form. While I sometimes use symbols to represent my personality, I know I am inherently formless. When my personality is, however, projected outwards to experience life as form, as it is now in this human body, my unique personality emanates an energetic frequency that is uniquely mine. I also sense unique frequencies emanating from other people, and it is how I can read someone's telepathic signals.

Reminds me of an episode of an American tv series called "Smallville," which depicts the early years of Superman. In one episode we learn how the young Superman gets his super-hearing through some kind of reaction to a frequency. It starts off with him hearing loud noises that drive him up the wall. He is not able to distinguish between the sounds. Then he learns to focus on what he wants to hear, while tuning the rest out.

You wrote:

"This concept of the Higher self is a new belief, a new concept in time...it could be just another form of escaping from reality, (or of salvation) eg-not listening to one's lower self, mind, ego which go so hand in hand with reality, as it is reality as a mirror that causes so much suffering, and hopelesness."


It's an interesting point you raise there, whether the higher self is a concept. I believe it is. My sense of self is that of my personality which comprise of my unique view and experience of Source. Who I am knows nothing of higher or lower self. While I can distinguish another from me, it doesn't mean I'm higher or lower than the other. The "higher self" is therefore meaningless.

I perceive all realities of forms in the universe, whether you are aware of them or not, as dreams. In whatever dream you are living in, you can create what you like and be the best you want to be, according to your standards. Let's say your understanding of a "higher self" is a state where you're always being loving and peaceful and wise. If one is always loving, is that not choosing one polarity over another? Besides, what is love? People have their own ideas about love and we don't always agree on definitions. So the individual has to decide what love means for her. Then she can choose whether to experience her dream of a "higher self" or another dream.

I see Source as the ultimate reality. Source unifies all realities. Source is impersonal and knows nothing of duality. I believe evil is to have a knowledge of duality: good versus evil; right versus wrong, etc. It is my belief that Source embraces all realities as experiences only, without judgment.

In conclusion, I believe that Source is all there is. I also believe that my personality/identity is a combination of my perception and experience of Source. I therefore cannot accept "higher self" as real. I believe "higher self" is a construct of the human dream.

Thanks for raising this point.

Love always,
Enocia

ps: I have copied this to my blog.

see Perceptions of Me Versus the Real Me

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