You may have come across people talking about reaching their highest consciousness. In particular, connecting with your higher self is said to help you use the Law of Attraction more effectively.
This is because such connecting is all about self-awareness and self-knowledge, helping you discover your true purpose. But what does it mean, exactly, to make a link with your highest self? And where should you start if you want to tune in to this part of yourself?
First, we'll deal with the question of how accessing your highest self can help you manifest. This involves looking at what the higher self actually is and contrasting higher consciousness with lower consciousness.
We'll consider the nature of spirituality, and why it is that we often end up stuck living as our lower selves. Most importantly, we'll guide you through the process of connecting to your higher self, offering three particularly powerful techniques for doing so.
So, let’s start thinking about the nature of our higher selves, and how they influence our manifestation potential.
As it turns out, if you open your mind to a more inspired, more intuitive part of yourself, you can develop all-new levels of awareness.
And with this awareness, you can better identify the kind of life that is right for you, and manifest it into reality.
What is a higher self? Basically, it is the core of who you really are. You might think of it as your soul – it's a kind of essence of who you are that goes far beyond your physical body.
It is the limitless, eternal aspect of you, that is responsible for your gut feelings and the most exciting flashes of inspiration you feel. This part of you – the higher self – knows all your secrets and your deeper desires.
However, it's common for most of us to have very limited contact with our higher selves. When you work on communication with this part of yourself, your inspiration and insight sharpen and become an everyday part of your life.
Consciousness is mysterious, even to neuroscientists and philosophers: for example, what is consciousness made of?
While we can't settle such questions here, we can at least say more about what higher consciousness is, so that we can understand the impact it has on our lives.
Higher consciousness is the aim of transcendental spiritual exercises practices by monks, sages, and spiritual experts, and Law of Attraction authors sometimes refer to it as a “shortcut to manifestation.”
In simplest terms, it is consciousness that goes beyond ordinary awareness – as well as being deeply aware of our true natures and our real desires, we are more aware of the universe around us.
We have a sense of connection with everything else in our universe, and we're able to tap into that to empower ourselves.
In contrast, low consciousness is less productive.
When you are most connected to your lower self, you're looking out rather than in most of the time.
In other words, rather than getting in tune with your secrets, your core values, and your connectivity with the universe, you're looking for immediate things in front of you.
We’ll look at this in more depth shortly, but the key characteristic is a kind of superficiality. While many of us are not in a state of low consciousness by choice, it can still hold us back and keep us stuck in a place that no longer serves us.
The good news is that if you want to connect with your higher self, you can transition to a new form of consciousness with time and patience.
What's the link, then, between these different kinds of consciousness and your ability to use the Law of Attraction?
Since your subconscious mind has a huge impact on what you manifest, the difference between being in a high state of consciousness, and a low state of consciousness can be enormous.
To see this, imagine you're in a low state of consciousness, feeling sluggish and low and focusing only on what happens in front of you.
Do you think you'll manifest your dreams – find that ideal partner or get the job you've always wanted?
In contrast, imagine the subconscious manifesting triggered by someone in tune with their intuition, someone regularly experiencing sparks of inspiration and insight.
So, if you want to fulfill your potential and live your best life, tapping into your highest self is the safest route.
To recap, higher consciousness allows you to tap into your higher self. But it's helpful to clarify what we actually mean when we talk about talking to that higher self. In particular, you might be wondering how you can tell when it's trying to communicate with you.
Roughly, any time you have a spiritual sense, this is a communication from the higher self. This can be an urge to go in a particular direction or to make a surprising choice, or it can be almost a premonition that something is going to happen.
You may also find that this spiritual side of you presents itself in dreams, repeating similar themes or symbols until you come to an important realization or make a pivotal choice.
At this point, you're probably curious about how you can strengthen this connection with the higher self – how you can hear your own spiritual self more clearly.
We'd suggest starting with three particular techniques. However, before you do so, it's wise to learn more about how we get stuck with a lower self, and how to recognize when that's happening.
Armed with this knowledge, you'll know when it's most urgent to use the three techniques we provide.
The lower self is the self most in tune with our weaknesses and difficulties, and with apathy.
It has an aversion to change, due to a fear that it won't adapt.
Consequently, it holds us back rather than encouraging our growth.
The lower self is not something we choose – it's something we end up aligning with when we are in difficulty, and then we get stuck.
For example, your lower self might be in the driver's seat of your consciousness after you lose your job, have a bad breakup, or go through a mental health crisis.
To move away from this type of consciousness, we first have to notice that the lower self is dominant.
So, how do we know when our low self is in charge?
There's no one set way that low consciousness presents, but there are some widely experienced warning signs.
In particular, look out for the following:
Theatrical generosity. In other words, you give to feel good and to look good, and even perhaps to atone for previous things, rather than because of a pure desire to help others.
However, it's vital at all times to be aware that we all have the capacity to slip into low consciousness and connect with the low self.
This self isn't malicious, and it doesn't mean that you're a bad person or a weak person. All humans have this side to them, and – as noted above – we all find it harder not to slip into low consciousness when life is difficult.
What matters is that you are willing to keep an open mind, to look out for the lower self appearing, and to work on connecting with the higher self instead.
You're now at a point where you can start to work on connecting with your highest self.
The following three approaches should provide almost immediate insight, but they also deepen with time and only become more effective.
We mentioned above that your higher self sometimes expresses its spiritual side through your dreams.
This is because your dreams reside in your subconscious, appearing to you when you're asleep and all your defense mechanisms are down.
There are a couple of things you can do to use dreams in order to deepen your connection with your higher self. One is to start keeping a dream journal – a log that you write in upon waking, capturing images, feelings, and symbols that come up.
Taken together, these dreams can help you see your blind spots and tap into your deepest desires, as well as your intuitions.
The second dream technique is lucid dreaming – actually influencing your dreams and interacting with the dreamscape to learn more about your inner life.
This is a skill anyone can learn to some degree, and it provides limitless avenues for self-exploration and development.
Secondly, it's not just a dream journaling that can help you to work on connecting with your high self. You can also do lots of productive journaling work centered around your waking life.
One such exercise is all about building an awareness of your gut reactions – reactions that come straight from your higher self.
Simply write down some questions, then immediately write down what your answer would be. Do not police it in any way, even if it seems like it doesn't make any sense.
Write down any feelings that are in your body at the time, too. Come back later, and think about what you can learn from the responses.
Some potential prompts include:
In addition, don't forget the power of traditional journaling! That is, you can learn a lot about yourself just by reflecting in-depth on your day and your feelings about specific topics.
You can try stream-of-consciousness writing, where you write without an aim, or you can construct a careful entry where you go steadily deeper into your thoughts and feelings.
Our third and final technique for tapping into your higher self is to use some form of meditation practice. Meditation promotes self-awareness and authenticity, both of which help you lean into higher forms of consciousness.
We'd encourage you to worry less about the type of meditation than about what makes you feel calm, reflective, and connected to yourself.
In a certain sense, all meditation is higher self-meditation, helping you connect with your higher self. However, you can also do specific guided meditation specifically targeting aspects of higher self-development.
Meditation is a particularly useful tool to have under your belt, as it's something you can do even when you're feeling tired or low.
After all, when you're stuck in low consciousness, you may not always feel like you can work on lucid dreaming or detailed journaling.
But you may just feel like you can do 5-10 minutes of meditation. Try to remember that there's always a way back to your higher self, even if it has been a long time since you last spoke.