Higher Self: How to Experience Your Divine Essence, “Buddha Nature” or Soul
By ALETHEIA LUNA
I want to share with you a story:
Once there was a Great Ocean. All of existence was birthed from this Great Ocean, lived off this Great Ocean, and returned back to this Great Ocean. As it was in the beginning, millions upon millions of tiny rivers sprung from this Great Ocean. Each river snaked across the land like delicate veins. But one day a great drought came. No one saw it coming. The scorching sun dried up each snaking river so greatly that they all turned into lakes. No longer were they connected to the Great Ocean, so they felt great loneliness and isolation. As time went by, each little lake became more and more depressed, forgetting the Great Ocean.
One day, a shaman came to drink from one of the lakes. He noticed that it was depressed. “Why are you so sad?” he asked. The lake, despondent and gloomy responded, “Because I am nearly dried up and there is little water left. Time is running out. Soon I will be gone forever.” The Shaman peered intently at the lake and laughed hysterically. “Silly lake, don’t you know that you are connected to the Great Ocean? Although you change, you are changeless. Your water evaporates and returns back to the Great Ocean. It is then reborn, repurposed, and redistributed. How can you live or die? You are birthless and deathless. You are in all things. You are all things.”
This story is the best way I can think to describe the Higher Self.
We are all like the lakes in this story. We believe that we are separate, isolated and cut off because of the ego. But something within us (the Shaman) continuously drives us closer to the truth through the voice of intuition, instinct and deep knowing. Eventually in life we have an illuminating moment of self-realization or remembrance: that we are rivers which are connected to the Great Ocean. The river represents the Higher Self. The Great Ocean represents Spirit, Source or Oneness.
Therefore, our Higher Selves are the embodiment of Spirit expressed through our human vessels. Our Higher Selves are our wise, all-knowing, unconditionally loving, creative, whole and liberated centers. Our Higher Selves represent our most authentic state of being beyond our conditionings, our fears, our limiting beliefs, our wounds, and our ego fixations. Our Higher Selves flow unhindered and effortlessly — but they can be blocked, repressed and denied. This is where the problems begin.
How to Experience Your Higher Self
I first encountered my Higher Self during an intensely traumatic shamanic experience. In this encounter I lived through what felt like hell. All of my deepest fears were exposed and laid completely bare in front of me. For about an hour or more I experienced waves of the purest forms of anxiety, paranoia, terror, insanity, and loneliness imaginable. Despite constantly feeling on the verge of madness, I managed to surrender and accept what was happening. This shamanic experience awakened me to the existence of my Higher Self, or what I prefer to call “Divine Nature.”
Thankfully traumatic experiences aren't the only way to reconnect with your Higher Self though! Other people encounter the Higher Self during activities such as meditation, fasting, wilderness retreats, dreams, visions, or even near death/out of body experiences. For everyone the situation or technique is different — there is definitely no one “prescribed” way to experience the Higher Self.
Below I’ll share with you some simple ways to experience your Higher Self. But first, I want to share some benefits with you. In fact, I prefer to think of these “benefits” as “semi-permanent to permanent shifts of being” depending on how strong the encounter is:
Here are some tips and questions that might help you tap into your Higher Self:
Dreamy Empathetic Pisces