What Is It?
by Kent Davidsson
Spiritually, we are made up of three aspects â our Higher, Middle and Lower Selves. The conscious part of you sitting here reading this article is your Middle Self. Your Higher Self is a part of your greater being that did not incarnate with you but which still remains in the spirit realms. The Lower Self is most commonly referred to as the subconscious. (Please note that the term "Lower Self" is not meant as a value judgment.)
When talking about consciousness and the conscious self, it is generally the Middle Self that is discussed. The Middle Self is the conscious part of us that we are aware of in our day-to-day activities. The term 'The Unconscious' is usually a vague reference that lumps together the Lower Self (subconscious) with the Higher Self.
Although the Higher Self is very much conscious, its consciousness is in most people separate from the consciousness of the Middle Self. Because the Higher Self remains in the spirit realm, our Higher Self is that part of us that has constant contact with the creative force of the Universe, whether we call that force God, Goddess, Allah, Nature, Cosmic Intelligence or All-That-Is. The Higher Self is that part of us which knows everything about us and is our highest spirit guide. Our Higher Self guides and speaks to us through our heart, in our dreams, and through our intuition.
The Lower Self, or subconscious, is the part of us that is without conscious awareness. It consists mainly of emotional and mental imprinting that runs most of our life under the surface of our conscious awareness. The Lower Self is that immature, unevolved part of our being that is often referred to as our Inner Child. Besides being immature and unevolved, our Inner Child also has some very endearing qualities, such as a childlike spontaneity, innocence, and an ability to be in awe. This unevolved Lower Self / Inner Child is actually the most powerful creator and manifestor of our physical reality.
It is a well known metaphysical truth that we create everything in our reality. On some level we create everything in our lives from our financial situation to how other people treat us and speak to us. We create every disease we ever have, and every person we ever meet. In every detail, we create our reality. While students of metaphysics generally know this universal principle, it is hard to truly accept on an emotional level that the intelligence of the universe can be so infinite as to coordinate every individuals creation of his / her reality with all other individuals. An entire book can be written on this subject alone. For this article, suffice it to say that each of us create our physical reality absolutely.
Many of the events in our lives are the result of conscious choices â choices of our Middle Self. We may decide to get a puppy or kitten. We then have a beloved pet for many years as a result of a conscious choice. Some events in our lives are the result of guidance from our Higher Self. Our heart beckons us to travel to a far-away land, or to take a walk in the neighborhood park, where we 'by chance' meet an old soul friend. Believe me, you never meet anybody by chance. You were either magnetically drawn to that person through unfinished karma or through the power of love on a soul level. Or else, you were guided by your Higher Self to meet the person in order to learn something or to reconnect with an old soul friend. The more we live life as an adventure, the more we are allowing ourselves to be guided by our Higher Self. Choices that we make based on the guidance of our Higher Self are love-based choices.
However, in spite of all the conscious choice we make in our daily lives, and in spite of all the guidance we receive from our Higher Self, the most powerful manifestor of our reality is our subconscious, a.k.a. Lower Self, a.k.a. Inner Child. Everything in our lives that we do not consciously choose is the manifestation of our subconscious mind. This is especially true for unpleasant experiences such as health problems and discordant relationships, because the subconscious believes that it is protecting us by creating these things in our lives. Oftentimes the Lower Self is merely attempting to punish us for things we did in the past that we may no longer remember, in order to protect us from the wrath of God. Its twisted logic is that if we punish ourselves hard enough first, then God will forgive us for the bad things we did. This self-punishment can sometimes be so severe that it ends in physical death, which is often the reason why people create dying through accidents, natural disasters or mortal illness. (Other times, people create such deaths because they choose on a soul level to move on to another existence.)
Our conscious self or our Higher Self rarely choose pain and suffering for us. Our subconscious â our immature Inner Child â chooses pain and suffering for us all the time out of a fear-based, unevolved belief that it is protecting us, or as a result of emotional imprints of negative expectation. An example of an emotional imprint of negative expectation would be that 'love hurts.' We have all experienced heartbreak in this or other lifetimes and the emotional imprint that love hurts is very deeply rooted in the subconscious of almost everybody on Earth.
Consciously we may be have a very positive attitude about love and relationships, but subconsciously we nevertheless have the negative expectation that 'love hurts.' As a result, this subconscious emotional imprint manifests one abusive partner after another in our life. Or if it does allow us to manifest a truly loving partner, there are still some occasional hurtful and painful situations in the relationship as a result of these subconscious imprints.
Another attribute of the Higher, Middle and Lower Selves is the level of light or dark. Our Higher Self is the lightest part of our being. The Lower Self is the dark side of our being. The Middle Self is the gray zone where our light and dark come together and vie for control. Together, the Higher, Middle and Lower Selves make up our entire being. If we are able to fill that entire being with the light of our Higher Self, then we attain spiritual enlightenment (en-LIGHT-enment).
There are two diametrically opposite schools of thought on spiritual healing and emotional health â two paths toward spiritual enlightenment. One is the Light Polarized Path that shuns the darkness and seeks only the light, the positive, and the good feelings. This path can lead to spiritual enlightenment through severing the connection between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, thus leaving the devotee with a 100% conscious awareness that is unfettered by subconscious programming. On this path, a person becomes enlightened by getting rid of the darkness in their soul. It can be compared to surgery where a doctor cuts out a bad organ and discards it. In a similar fashion, individuals on the Light Polarized path cut out the part of the soul that is dark, and then discards that part.
As previously mentioned, it is the programming in our subconscious that normally draws anything unpleasant into our lives. Having cut themselves free from the heavy burden of the subconscious, spiritual masters who have attained Light Polarized spiritual enlightenment can essentially do anything they wish merely through the power of their minds.
Examples of the Light Polarized Path are any spiritual or philosophical schools that promote positive thinking or harsh self-discipline. It also includes religious people who acknowledge only Father God, e.g. people with the bumper sticker that says "Father God created mother earth."
The other path of spiritual healing is the Integrative Path. This is the path of the Goddess and God the Father. On this path, we infuse the darkness with light by embracing the darkness and feeling every emotion, loving all of ourselves unconditionally â our light as well as our darkness. On the Integrative Path, we nurture a positive attitude toward everything in our lives, our joy and health as well as our misery and illness. We see everything as having a meaning and purpose and as being of value to us, even if it may be temporarily painful.
A positive attitude should not be confused with positive thinking. Positive thinking means that we try to think happy and cheerful thoughts, even if we don't feel so good. In other words, "positive thinking" is just another term for "denial." It is a self-imposed denial about how we really feel. Positive thinking is positive toward the light and positive side of our being, but negative toward the dark and negative side of our being. Therefore, positive thinking is actually a negative attitude toward the wholeness of our being.
On the other hand, the Integrative Path of spiritual healing is a positive attitude toward our whole being. On the Integrative Path, we use the light of our being to embrace our whole being with unconditionally loving self-acceptance, thus infusing our inner darkness with our light.
Spiritual masters who have attained Integrative spiritual enlightenment are even more spiritually powerful than those who attain the Light Polarized spiritual enlightenment, for they have the power of the feminine Goddess energy as well as the masculine God energy. In other words, an Integrated spiritual master operates from the heart in a balance of Yin and Yang, which is tremendously more powerful than operating purely from the intellect (Yang) the way the Light Polarized spiritual master does.
You can read more about the Integrative Path toward spiritual enlightenment in these two book excerpts:
Free Excerpt â Illuminating Physical Experience
Free Excerpt â Heal Your Depression and Celebrate Life!
Free Excerpt â Akanthos: A Book of Channeled Insights
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