What is the Higher Self?

Learn about the powerful inner guide at the heart of your life’s journey.

The Higher Self is our greatest potential.

Our Higher Self is the wise being within all of us. It is a calm, loving, and spiritual guide that brings our positive characteristics to the surface and tasks us with questioning our lower nature.

When we live in alignment with the inner wisdom of our Higher Selves, we become the best possible version of ourselves. Our Higher Self knows our true purpose, and encompasses our potential to live a fulfilling and joyous life through personal growth and self-awareness.

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What is Higher Self Yoga?

Higher Self Yoga introduces you to Yoga in its original sense, not as a physical practice, but as a spiritual practice that connects you to your Higher Self and our shared universal energy.  

While the practice is often spiritual in nature, the applications of the wisdom discovered through the Higher Self have enormous practical benefits. By applying this wisdom to our careers, our relationships, and our behavioral patterns, we progress in both our personal lives and in our spiritual understanding.

Common Questions About the Higher Self

What does my Higher Self look and feel like? 

Your Higher Self can appear to you in a number of different diverse ways depending on your personal experiences and perspectives. Some individuals may feel its presence through bodily sensations, past-life reflections, symbolic imagery, mythological narratives, or even playful and whimsical interactions. It's essential to be open-minded, as the Higher Self can connect in both profound spiritual manners and lighter, childlike expressions.

Is the Higher Self a part of me or part of the universe? 

It’s both! The Higher Self is your truest essence and your bridge to the universal Source of energy and consciousness. By nurturing this connection, we can harness transformative wisdom and that helps us reach our fullest personal potential and spiritual understanding. 

Where does the idea of the Higher Self come from? Is it part of a specific religion?

While the concept of the Higher Self in Higher Self Yoga draws inspiration from ancient Eastern wisdom traditions like Theosophy, Agni Yoga, and modern interpretations such as Psychosynthesis and Transpersonal Development by Roberto Assagioli, it distinguishes itself from traditional religious doctrines. It is not affiliated with any specific religion, and avoids rigid beliefs or the notion of withdrawing from life's challenges. Instead, Higher Self Yoga offers a spiritual practice rooted in connecting to universal consciousness along with practical applications for personal growth.

Which practice do you use to build up your relationship to your Higher Self?

There are three central pillars to the Higher Self Yoga practice. Meditation lays the foundation for this connection, creating the right mental and spiritual environment. Secondly, self-reflection plays a crucial role in gaining deeper self-understanding and aligning with your life's purpose. Lastly, practical application of the insights and self-knowledge gained through these practices is essential, leading to both a stronger bond with your Higher Self and tangible improvements in various life areas.

Is there a difference between traditional meditation and Higher Self meditation? 

“Regular” meditation, as it’s commonly known, comes in many forms such as mindfulness-awareness, Zen, transcendental, and so on. These beneficial practices focus primarily on promoting relaxation, improving focus, enhancing self-awareness, and reducing stress. 

Higher Self Meditation is a more introspective practice. It’s not just about quieting the mind, relaxation, or stress reduction, although these are natural by-products of the process. Instead, the primary objective is to connect with your Higher Self, which enables you to delve deeper into your consciousness and uncover a greater understanding of yourself.

The Benefits of Working with Your Higher Self

Find clarity and direction on your life’s path.
When you work with the Higher Self, you live in alignment with your highest calling. With its guidance, you can discover your most fulfilling vocation, nurture positive relationships, and overcome the biggest challenges in your life.
Achieve balance and wholeness in your daily life.
The wisdom of the Higher Self can be applied to every aspect of our world. As you strengthen your connection to the Higher Self, you will see improvements in all the elements of your life, from daily, mundane tasks to your entire outlook on life in general.
Overcome bad habits and negative thoughts.
Connecting with your Higher Self helps you understand how and why you think and act as you do, giving you the tools and knowledge to break free from the negative mindsets and patterns keeping you from achieving your full potential.
Improve the world by improving yourself.
When we take the time to work on the behavioral patterns holding us back from being our kindest, most compassionate selves, our newfound patience, empathy, and understanding ripple out into the world and inspire others to do the same.

How do I work with my Higher Self?

There are many ways to connect with your Higher Self, and the most common paths include meditation, self-reflection, reading, journaling, spending time in nature, and working with a spiritual coach. It is only by experimenting with all of them that you can decide which ones are best suited for your unique personality. There’s no “correct” place to begin, but we usually suggest starting with our free introductory course, Connect With Your Higher Self.

The essential practice for connecting with your Higher Self

This fully online introductory course will teach you to activate the invaluable, untapped resource at the core of your being – your Higher Self. Complete with audio lessons, guided meditations, and self-reflections exercises, this course was carefully designed to place you directly in conversation with your Highest Guide, bringing new meaning and purpose to your life's journey.

The Higher Self is the energy of our greatest potential waiting to be expressed...

When we work with the Higher Self in both practical and profound ways we can overcome our negative traits and empathize our positive ones. On this journey, self-awareness and a willingness to explore our unconscious is the gateway to the most meaningful version of your life."

Nanette V. Hucknall

Founder of Higher Self Yoga

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