Connecting With Your Inner Self

You meditate or do yoga. You may have a daily spiritual practice. Or maybe you do nothing to connect with your higher self, but have been meaning to do so. Here are some great ways to do just that!

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Pay attention to thoughts and belief patterns

Do you think about the same things over and over again? Do you find yourself thinking that your thoughts are re-runs and they only make you angry or sad? These thoughts are attached to beliefs you learned somewhere along the way. Question every thought that goes through your head. Is it accurate? If not, lose that thought and replace it with an affirmation that will make you feel better.

Learn to be and create space

We are often busy and feel we must be doing something or we are wasting time. Well, meditation can help you create space. When you sit and become quiet, you get in touch with your higher self, and this helps to open your mind so you can let go of the angst and the chaos. Doing this clears the slate so you can begin to think more creatively and solve problems rather than letting them fester.

Ask why a situation presents itself

 Many life lessons are not easy experiences, but they can be rewarding when we get to the other side of them. People going through difficult experiences with loss or disappointment may become sad and do not look for the redeeming factors. So the next time something bad happens to you, ask what you are learning about yourself from the situation. How can you grow from the situation?

Go Inside

Connecting with your inner self, or becoming more spiritual, is about self knowledge. It is about questioning your life. It is about looking within and not looking back, because the answers to all of your problems are inside of you.

Angelina Jolie’s Decision

No matter what you think of Angelina Jolie’s decision to remove her breasts preemptively, know that this is a very different decision than for someone who has breast cancer. Breast cancer forces one to act. Most act quickly. Some do not and lose their lives. But the decision made by Angelina was proactive and not reactive. She had to let go of some of what the ego wants. She had to lose some identification with her body in order to opt for this procedure.

Cynics would suggest that this is another publicity stunt associated with Camp Jolie, but the truth is it takes a lot of self-love, and a lot of courage, to go through surgery that for most would be significantly life-changing. For Jolie, this is one of many unpopular decisions she has made probably through following her intuition.

Choosing radical surgery due to a genetic predisposition seems to be laced with fear, and lopping off breasts does not guarantee a cancer free existence, but fear does not seem to be at the root of her decision. Look at it this way: one of the most sought after women in the world made a decision to disfigure her body. That requires a tremendous amount of self.

Love her or hate her, this is a person who made a decision that challenges her relationship with her ego. To go through with this from a position of love and not fear, she has to be connected with her inner guidance. So it is really not for us to judge. We should all do what is right for us, no matter the consequences and no matter what other people say. Jolie is a shining example of living by your truth, something we wrote about in our last post Don’t Let Your Ego Get in the Way.

Don’t Let Your Ego Get in the Way

Understanding yourself at the core level is knowing yourself as both your inner self and your ego. It is this self-knowledge that allows you to not only make the best decisions for your life, but it provides you permission to laugh at yourself, to make mistakes, and to live with uncertainty. Knowing yourself completely nurtures your confidence so when you go forward with your life, you understand that you are equipped to handle anything that comes your way.

The ego is the part that you recognize as your body and your image and all the concrete identifications you may come up with. It prompts you to feel unique and separate from other people. It creates needs, wants and expectations in relation to the outside world. It reinforces the illusion of the human experience, making you believe that it is all there is. The ego is there to dictate and rule your world, and it will as long as you let it. If you are oblivious to it, your ego will make your life miserable, but it is only a part of you. The other part is the higher self.

The higher self is the part that whispers. It breaks through often unexpectedly in situations where you feel conflicted. The higher self is that quiet voice you will easily miss if you don’t pay attention. Your higher self is also equated with intuition. Sometimes, the higher self manifests as a feeling of peace and love that overtakes your entire being for seemingly no reason. It is the juice of creativity, where you feel alive and passionate about what you are doing. It is that undeniable knowing coming from an unknown source that guides you forward. Its job is to prompt you to recognize the oneness with the world, making you feel connected with everyone, and to nudge a realization that love is the most important thing there is. It infuses you with the desire to give more and act in a loving way towards the people around you. The higher self creates magic, cementing an instant and intrinsic understanding that we are part of one another. Your needs, wants and expectations change because it is not just about you anymore. As a result of this connection, your world expands.

We all have a higher self, but it is hard to connect with that beautiful, spiritual energy all the time. Also, we would not want to be without the ego anyway. The ego manages our outer functioning, prompts us to forge solid experiences in the world, protects us from what it perceives as harm, and directs us to protect our things. It is our shell, the image we project to the world. We don’t want to do away with it. We just want to tame it enough so it will not block us from experiencing our inner selves.

We know who we are, and of course the ego helps define our desires, but the inner world feels so right when we can access it, and it is where we want to be most of the time anyway. So how can you experience your higher self more often? First, you need to know that this part of you functions in opposition to your ego. If the ego reacts, the higher-self shuts down, at least momentarily, but if you allow your higher self to shine through more often, simply by connecting with it purposefully, you will know that nothing is ever really threatening. Your inner self is the peace and strength that when accessed, allows your ego to take a break. When you are able to connect fully in this way, the ego can relax because you no longer need protection.

There is really nothing to fear, not ever. You, as a spiritual being, will live on and nothing can stop that. Living by the light of your higher self fosters this comprehension. Understanding the difference between the ego and the higher self, and learning to recognize the ego in life situations, stifles reactivity. When you are more aware of your higher self, you respond to situations in a more positive way. Think about it. Many people often react to what is in their environment, and they do not tap into the positive energy that will release the grasp of the ego and allow spirit to flood in, or when they do, it is too late. The situation has passed, and they regret their actions.

Many times, situations are caused by our inability to cope with our feelings, but if we can set aside the transient emotions, we will be able to experience a true unearthly connection. This is not easy to do, and no one is able to do this all of the time, but the sooner we recognize that the ego is the trickster that makes us feel as if we are separate in our human condition, the better we can connect to source. When we allow the connection, we regain consciousness and revel in the peace of our higher selves.

How well do you know yourself?

In a guest post we did for Daily Muse, we wrote about how we see self-love. Today, we begin a series of blog posts to help you love yourself. There are many roads to self-love, but there are a few things you can do to connect with it, and the only way is to really know who you are. We will give you the tools to get to know yourself better in the coming weeks.

Understanding who you are at the core, and knowing your true preferences, and the reasons for your choices, is not as easy as it seems, because getting to know yourself is a process. It takes time. To get you on that road, ask yourself these questions:

  • What do you like?
  • Do you like something simply because someone else likes it?
  • Do you look to others for advice for every decision you make?
  • When you make a decision, is it what you want, or is it a decision that is aligned with someone else’s preference?
  • What are your values?
  • Are your choices representative of those values?

Looking closer at your likings and examining your decisions is just the beginning of self-discovery. It is important because if you say yes to every invitation or every request without proper consideration, you may end up doing things you don’t like and making decisions that are not aligned with your values.

For now, just keep this in mind: if you do the right thing for you–not necessarily what seems right to others–you will begin to make decisions that lead to a more authentic life. And you cannot make a mistake. Every decision you make paves the way for personal growth. Knowing yourself, and doing what is right for you, is the beginning of self-love.