“What you seek is seeking you.” ~ Rumi, Sufi mystic poet
All my clients, no matter what issue they come to me with, ultimately crave more clarity and connection to their inner guidance or intuition. The inability to cease the incessant chatter of the monkey mind, jumping from thought to thought endlessly, judging and analyzing everything leaves little peace. They desire to transcend the ego mind, and enter a higher state of consciousness, so that they can feel supported and guided from their Highest Self.
However, not only do they get doubt they are accessing their higher mind wisdom, just saying those words can create confusion for many, as there are so many ways to describe and define these esoteric concepts. So let’s begin this discussion by clarifying some of these primary themes.
Higher Self: “Who AM I?”
How we perceive ourselves in any given moment directly affects what we think and believe in our world, the goals and interests we pursue, and what we believe is possible spiritually and in every aspect of our lives.
As we move deeper into experiencing the truth of who we are, beyond what we can see with our eyes, hear with our ears, or believe with our minds, the pursuit of a direct and personal experience of our True Nature begins to grow until experiencing and knowing our True Self first-hand eventually becomes a primary focus in our lives.
There are many words that attempt to describe who or what your highest identity or “Self” truly is. Here are just a few: Higher Self, the Self, I Am Presence, Pure Being or Essence, Love, Spirit, Soul, Cosmic or Christ Consciousness, Universal Mind, The Tao, God, Nature, etc.
Ultimately, these words are only ideas that point to the unlimited and infinite nature of your True Self. In the end, it does not matter which words we use. It is a direct experience of your Higher Self that you ultimately seek.
Universal, Cosmic or Divine Mind
There is a single, intelligent Consciousness that pervades the entire Universe – the Universal Mind. Each one of us is an individualized manifestation of the Universal Mind.
Wikipedia defines Universal Mind as “the universal higher consciousness or source of being in some forms of esoteric or New Thought and spiritual philosophy. The nature of the Universal Mind is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), omnificent (all-creative) and omnipresent (always present).”
It’s also our nature. Through the Universal Mind, we have access to infinite knowledge, awareness and power; we are able to tap into the limitless creativity and wisdom of the One Mind.
Wiki continues, “the notion of universal mind came from philosopher Anaxagoras, around 480 BC. He taught that all things were created by Nous (Mind) and that Mind held the cosmos together and gave human beings a connection to the cosmos, or a pathway to the divine.
The Universal Mind goes by many names. In the scientific world it is called the Unified Field, in spiritual philosophy we refer to The All or Universal or Cosmic Consciousness and in religions we call upon God, who also has many names.
Whatever you call it, there is but One Consciousness of which your consciousness must be a part. I believe all these attributes are present within you at all times as a potentiality, which we can cultivate and call forth.
Higher Mind v. Rational Mind
Tapping into higher consciousness or divine wisdom involves leaving ordinary, logical thinking behind, and entering into our Higher Mind. The good news is that everyone has this ability. Furthermore, it is not an elusive gift for the few, but a natural extension of your mind, as we are all part of the One Universal Mind or Consciousness.
All authentic creative thought or action, which is aligned with the universal flow, comes first through our Higher Mind. Higher Mind therefore is the gateway to Universal Mind. It is vastly different than lower, logical, rational mind. Some related theories even suggest that aspects of our brains control different functions, such as “left-brained” is often said to be more logical, analytical, and objective, while a person who is “right-brained” is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful, and subjective.
Mind and reality scientist Enoch Tan states: “the mind exists as both the higher mind and the lower mind. The higher mind and lower mind is our higher self and lower self or Ego. When we access our higher mind, we are accessing the universal mind. The universal mind is higher intelligence.”
Tan notes that most people are confused because when they refer to the mind, they are referring only to the intellect, the linguistic or the rational faculties. “The heart, the emotion, the feeling is also the mind. The intuition and the instinct is the mind. The autonomic system of the body is the mind. The soul, the entire psyche, the will and desire, the conscious and the subconscious, anything you can think of in this aspect is also the mind.”
I totally agree with Tan’s conclusion that intuition is actually higher intellect. It is intellect that is above the ordinary range as it stems directly from higher intelligence.
Now that we have a clearer view of this Higher Mind landscape linguistically, in the next issue we will explore a simple yet potent technique anyone can learn to enter into your Higher Mind.