We often say that the teachings of Higher Self Yoga have the power to unlock your highest personal potential, but how do they actually help us achieve this lofty aspiration?
The practices of Higher Self Yoga are centered around cultivating and strengthening our connection with our Higher Self. If we are able to connect to our Higher Selves at any given moment, we can respond to challenges intentionally and bring our best selves to every situation, no matter how large or small it may be. Over time, this dedication to self-awareness and commitment to careful attention will culminate in a life filled with meaning and purpose.
Reaching this level of comfort with the Higher Self requires being present in the moment as well as an openness to the information we receive from the higher mind and the heart. There is no single "correct" path to staying present, open, and connected to your Higher Self, but a regular meditation meditation practice is often the best place to start.
What is the Higher Self?
Imagine your Higher Self as the inner manifestation of your finest qualities. It's your own personal guru, brimming with wisdom and embodying your highest potential. Working with your Higher Self is like having a constant conversation with this inner mentor, guiding you to become the best version of yourself.
Each interaction with your Higher Self can peel back layers of understanding, revealing more about who you truly are and what you're capable of achieving. It helps you shed any inauthentic versions of yourself, guiding you toward a more genuine, honest manifestation of your being.
What does it mean to be “connected” to your Higher Self?
There are many ways we can connect to our Higher Selves, but each path leads to the same destination. When you are connected to your Higher Self, you feel a deeper level of understanding of yourself and the world around you. This connection provides a fresh perspective, enabling you to see life through a lens of remarkable clarity and wisdom. You start to perceive situations, relationships, and challenges differently, enabling you to make decisions that truly align with your core values and goals.
When you work to maintain this precious connection through regular self-reflection and meditation, your Higher Self will guide you through life's inevitable ups and downs with a sense of calm and composure. Even when faced with hardships, you will have the wisdom to view those challenges as opportunities for growth rather than seeing them as inconvenient stumbling blocks.
What is meditation and how does it connect you to your Higher Self?
Meditation is an age-old practice that brings our attention to the present moment. Basic meditation techniques involve shifting your attention away from the demands of your inner dialogue and towards the simple and constant sensation of the breath. These simple practices form the crux of meditation and yield profound benefits.
Consistent meditation has been proven to drastically reduce stress, enhance empathy, and promote mental clarity and focus. Moreover, by immersing yourself in the moment, you foster an environment that encourages introspection and self-awareness, setting a solid foundation for connecting with your Higher Self.
The first step towards connecting with your Higher Self through meditation is silencing the "monkey mind" - the part of our mind that is perpetually restless, leaping from one thought to another. By quieting this mental chatter, we make space for the voice of the Higher Self to be heard. Through meditation, we shift our focus away from destructive thought patterns and distractions. This grounding process makes us more present and in tune with our lived experiences, which are crucial for acquainting ourselves with our true nature, our Higher Self.
Higher Self Meditation vs. "Regular" Meditation
When we talk about "regular" meditation versus Higher Self Meditation, we're differentiating between two approaches that, while both incredibly beneficial, serve different objectives.
"Regular" meditation, as it's commonly known, comes in many forms such as mindfulness-awareness, Zen, transcendental, and so on. These practices focus primarily on promoting relaxation, improving focus, enhancing self-awareness, and reducing stress. Regular meditation provides a calming experience that brings balance and peace to your daily life. It helps you gain control over your thoughts, build resilience, and foster a sense of inner peace. It's like a quiet time-out from the hustle and bustle of life where you center yourself and recharge your mental and emotional batteries.
On the other hand, Higher Self Meditation is a more introspective practice. It's not just about quieting the mind and finding peace; it's about delving deeper into your consciousness and uncovering a deeper understanding of yourself. The goal here isn't just relaxation or stress reduction, although these are natural by-products of the process. Instead, the primary objective is to connect with your Higher Self.
Higher Self Meditation often involves specific visualizations that help you picture your Higher Self and establish a direct line of communication. This practice takes you on a journey within, guiding you to envision scenarios where you meet and interact with your Higher Self. These visualizations serve as a bridge, connecting your conscious mind with the wisdom and insights of your Higher Self.
Moreover, Higher Self Meditation encourages deep, self-reflective questions. It's about exploring your inner world, asking yourself profound inquiries about your values, your desires, your fears, and your potential. This questioning helps you gain clarity about your true self, shedding light on areas of your life that require growth or change.
Connecting to the Higher Self Through Meditation
There are numerous resources available that can guide you to use meditation as a means to connect to your Higher Self.
Preparing to Meet Your Higher Self Guided Meditations: We cannot access our Higher Selves when we are closed off from our hearts and intuition. This introductory series of guided meditations is designed to anchor you in the present, awaken your intuition, and open your heart in preparation for meeting your Higher Self.
Meet Your Higher Self Guided Meditations: This set of five guided meditations offers different scenarios for you to visualize meeting your Higher Self. Each meditation is crafted carefully, enabling you to select the setting in which you feel most comfortable encountering your Higher Self.
Connect with the Higher Self Class: If you're looking to deepen your practice and understand more about connecting with your Higher Self during meditation, consider enrolling in our free online class available on Teachable. This course will provide you with additional insights, techniques, and guidance to enrich your journey to your Higher Self.
While both regular and Higher Self Meditation can enhance your overall well-being, they serve different functions. Regular meditation can be seen as a tool for maintaining mental and emotional health, while Higher Self Meditation is a deeper, more introspective process aimed at self-discovery and establishing a connection with your inner wisdom. Practitioners of Higher Self Yoga are encouraged to use both, each serving to complement and enhance the other in their journey of personal growth and spiritual development.