How to Connect With the Divine Energy Your Higher Self Holds
The Divine Self, or the Higher Self, as it is also known, is a belief held by Hindus and New Age thought alike. According to these beliefs, the Divine Self is the Self that exists at an even higher level than the soul; it is in every human being ever born. It is the true self essence of the Universe that dwells in your being, the source of all light and life within you, and your true motivation for living.
The Divine self is what powers you and makes you wonder. It is the spiritual journey of the soul light at your core that chose to be incarnate at this point in time. It’s ever-aware and has been thinking since you began existing in this lifetime, and since your birth in other lifetimes. The body and the physical realm, in which we dwell in our own life, are thought to be but a vehicle for the Higher Self.
If you’ve ever experienced synchronicities, where coincidences that are too uncanny to be coincidental occur in your life, you may be in the process of connecting with your higher self.
In the same beliefs, the soul is closer to the personality and is an intermediary between the person and her Divine Self until such time as she is able to directly experience and realize the Divine Self as who she is.
How to Contact Your Higher Consciousness
If you’re interested in opening up to your Divine Self, the practice promises guidance, peace, harmony, and illuminating light through its higher knowledge. Believers also claim that you can more easily turn away from the distractions of the physical world, and restore yourself in the light, love, and power of this eternal Self, because it will reveal the illusions, desires, and attachments that keep you trapped in a lower vibration and on a lesser path, thus enabling you to find your higher path. You are also supposed to gain a greater ability to recognize limiting, disharmonious, and restricting energies and forms.
The Divine Self is always trying to reach you, to send you the higher power, illumination, love, and wisdom to draw higher forms, thoughts, feelings, and situations into your everyday life. The Divine Self is wise; it knows all and is always showing you an easier, better, more joyful way to live.
Because of these things, it’s not a huge struggle through your willpower to contact your Divine Self. All you need do is set your intention and open to all the gifts of consciousness that await you as you connect with this Self.
1. Sit Quietly
Find a calm, quiet spot to spend some time in. Set your intention to make contact with your Divine Self, to open to It and to receive Its positive energy, love, inspiration, and all the transformation, awareness, and gifts of consciousness It is always offering you. Silence is a vital factor in this process, as the connection with the Divine Self goes beyond the mind and physical body.
Rid yourself of as many distractions as possible. Because of this, though, you may not feel you have made contact your first time, but don’t feel discouraged! Your intention to connect with your Higher Self consciousness and your receptivity to It are all that is needed to make this connection and to receive Its guidance, energy, and inspiration. It always responds to your call.
2. Let Your Thoughts Go
Release any negative thought patterns swimming around in your mind, and imagine that you are infinite intelligence, unconditional love, and all-knowing wisdom, looking out through your eyes. Sense the “I” within you that is always present, which is pure awareness.
Bring your mind to a state of inner stillness, with nothing to do or think about, even if just for a moment. Let go of any thoughts about the outer world and go within, asking for your Divine Self to draw you into Itself. You can make the connection to your Divine Self even stronger by having the intention to release any thoughts or beliefs that may be an obstacle to contacting your Divine Self or to receiving its gifts.
3. Speak to the Divine Self
If you want to try, ask for guidance, an insight, or an answer as you enter into the silence. You can do this out loud or just in your mind. It is in moments of silence that the higher self communicates and can impart to you as much of its wisdom, power, and love that you can receive. Allow the voice of the higher self to speak to you, allow it to be your spiritual teacher as it can affect you in powerful ways.
Notice what new thoughts you have after these moments of silence, calling upon your Divine Self. Doing this brings more power, love, wisdom, guidance, abundance, and spiritual growth, and spiritual intelligence. Let your higher self become your best friend.
4. Be Receptive
Afterward, you may receive an inner message that may feel like you giving yourself a message, which is totally normal. Contact may come through a sense of energy, peace, an inner knowing, an answer, a deeper breath, or in many other ways. It is fine if you do not have any response you can feel or identify; know that contact has been made simple through your intention to make contact. With this, some insight, extra energy, or inspiration has been imparted to you that will unfold at the perfect time.
You don’t have to spend a lot of time doing this meditation; in fact, it is very effective to have frequent ten or twenty-second meditation periods during the day. Even pausing briefly during a busy day to get quiet and ask for energy or guidance is a wonderful way to deepen contact with your Divine Self.
Pick Up Yoga to Connect
One of the best ways to get in touch with your heart center and find inner peace is through yoga. Regular yoga practice allows you to maintain a clear mental state in order to continue your personal development in your everyday life. And while practicing yoga isn’t guaranteed to result in a spiritual awakening, it can be used as a tool to connect with your spiritual self more often.
Gaia's yoga classes offer something for everyone whether your a beginner, have done some yoga, or are highly adept. And pairing these classes with some of our best complementary transformational content may be exactly what you need to connect with your higher self.
How to Hold a Smudging Ceremony
A smudging ceremony is the ritual of burning plant resins and herbs in a shell or a clay bowl while intentions and prayers are called forth. For centuries, Native Americanand Indigenous cultures have practiced smudging rituals to clear away negative energy, to invite in peace and harmony for individuals or environments. The smoke from the herbs and the plant resins are fanned using a feather or a hand and directed like a “cleansing smoke bath” surrounding the person or the space.
The purpose of this cleansing ritual is to clear away anxieties, sadness, impurities, dark thoughts or unwanted energies that may have attached themselves to a space or an individual.
Smudging is most often performed before or as part of a ceremony to clear the environment and the people from certain thoughts or feelings that will not serve the highest good in themselves. For this reason, it is important to set a clear intention while smudging.
As the smudging ceremony is practiced, the smoke rises and so do the prayers to mother earth, father sky, to the sun and the moon, to the plants, the animals and the water. The burning of the sacred plants- sage, cedar, sweetgrass and palo santo- to name a few, support the connection to the sacred realms between the earth and spirit. Through this connect to spirit the smoke bath lifts negative feelings and energy and creates an opening for prayers and intentions to be heard, therefore bringing positive intention into practice.