Understanding the connection between your Higher Self, Cosmic Consciousness, and Universal Mind
Who or what we perceive ourselves to be in any given moment directly impacts what we think and believe in the world, the goals and interests we pursue, and every aspect of our spiritual lives.
Discovering Your Higher Self
When we are born, there is no sense of self, no sense of differentiation or separation from anything else in our awareness. As we grow older, we become identified with our bodies, personalities, families, and all of the thoughts and beliefs that make up our experience of life. As time progresses, we take on new identities: husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, managers, lawyers, office workers, computer programmers, basketball players, and the list goes on and on.
As one begins to earnestly pursue a spiritual path, it's natural to question these roles and identities and try on new ones. 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 the primary goal of our lives.
What is your Higher Self?
There are many great words to describe Who or What your highest identity or Self truly is. Below are just a few:
I Am Presence
I Am That I Am
Essence of Life
And the list goes on...
Depending upon your spiritual path, background, or religious influence, you may be attracted to one or more of these terms. 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 you use. It is directly experiencing your Higher Self that you ultimately seek in your heart.
Cosmic Consciousness, Universal Mind, and your Higher Self
Incorporating new beliefs about your Higher Self or true identity is an important aspect of spiritual growth, but no matter how powerful, inspiring, or life-changing these new ideas and beliefs may be, they eventually run out of steam because Who you are is beyond thought or belief.
When one reaches this stage of desire and intention, developing a spiritual practice that can consistently restore you to a direct experience of your Higher Self becomes essential. One realizes that spiritual belief is essentially meaningless and hollow without a personal and direct experience of the Divine.
There are countless practices in the world that serve the purpose of restoring your awareness to one of Pure Being. Ultimately, it does not matter which practice you choose, but choosing one and applying it consistently is what will lead you to a continual and ever-present state of enlightenment ... the state of directly experiencing your God Self in every moment.
The path that has led us and countless others to this direct experience of Self is the path of hearing God's Voice within as a means of restoring our awareness to the Truth of Who we are?in every moment. This is the path that Jesus took during his lifetime.
Below is an excerpt from our book, The Voice for Love: Accessing Your Inner Voice To Fulfill Your Life's Purpose.
Your Higher Self
DavidPaul: So if I am One with God, One with all that is, why use the term Holy Spirit instead of Higher Self? The term Holy Spirit makes me think of something other than myself.
Holy Spirit: "God?s Voice within you is not a word or a term. It is a Presence, a state of Being, a way of thinking that gives you the experience of Who and What you truly are ? of what your True Nature is. It does not matter what words you use to describe this aspect of yourself, this quality or state of Being. It is merely to call It something so that you can put your attention on It. You can call It the Holy Spirit, God?s Voice, the Voice of your true Self, the Voice for Love and Peace within you, or any other name you like.
"In Truth, this Presence or state of Mind is your Voice, and yet who you think you are in the world is usually much less than what this Voice truly is and what You truly are. You think you are a person walking around in the world?possibly a husband, a partner, a friend, a business associate?and you become identified with these things, with these forms and concepts. It is possible to use the term Highest Self when thinking of this Voice within you, and yet for most people, the term Higher Self would be associated with a wiser aspect of their personality, a part within their heart or mind that is more connected with Truth or with the big picture. For some, the term Higher Self might even be the voice of their own soul, and yet few would believe that they are much greater than the concept of a soul and that their true Voice is much grander than that of their soul. One still perceives them self to be separate, and for many, the highest concept that they can come up with for who they truly are is that of an individualized soul. The Truth is, you are much grander than that. You are, in fact, One with your Creator, One with All That Is, One with this Voice for God within you.
"When you come to see your own Voice as the Voice for God or the Voice for Love, then indeed it does not matter what you call this Voice. Call It by any name you choose. Until then, it can be helpful to make the distinction between one?s Higher Self and the Voice of your true Self, the Voice for God, because this distinction assists one in joining with the Self that is beyond what the mind identifies with. It helps them to connect with the deepest part of their real Self, beyond the forms, beyond the concepts, beyond what your mind can imagine ? to transcend all of it and experience your true Being. That is what the Holy Spirit is and the Purpose it fulfills. You are Love. You are God. You are One with All That Is. And that is what this Voice for God and Love and Peace will teach you."
Hearing Your True Self
Candace: You said that Jesus experienced the Truth of Who He was and restored Himself back to the One Child of God. Can you tell us a little bit about Jesus?s relationship to the Holy Spirit during that lifetime.
Holy Spirit: "When you had the thought that you wanted your autonomy and made the ego, while God simultaneously created the Holy Spirit, there was the understanding that this was a temporary experiment and that it would have an end. That end would be when all of God?s children were restored to God. Eventually, there came a time when someone stepped into the world with the hope, the dream, and the goal of hearing only the Holy Spirit and not hearing anything else. That person was Jesus.
"Jesus has been referred to as God?s Son, and yet every person in the world is God?s Son. There is no distinction here. The only difference between Jesus and you is the desire, commitment, and follow through to hear only the Holy Spirit and to not engage with the ego. This did not happen instantaneously, spontaneously, or at birth. It happened over time, as you know it in the world, with practice and dedication and the desire to think only Truth, speak only Truth, and hear only Truth. As a result of this desire and commitment, Jesus came to hear only the Holy Spirit and came to speak only the words of the Holy Spirit.
"If you want to know how God?s Voice sounds or what RightMindedness is, it is the words that Jesus spoke in the world. When Jesus shared certain truths, perspectives, and Right-Mindedness, this came directly from the Holy Spirit. Jesus could have kept those thoughts to himself and not shared them, and yet what would be the point of that?
"It is important to note how many wanted to hear Jesus speak. People would flock to hear what he had to say. Many years after his death, people wrote down what they remember he said, and for two thousand years afterward, people continue to read those words. The power of those words comes from the Truth being brought into the world through God?s Voice as spoken to Jesus. Jesus?s body was used as a tool for communication and served no other purpose?that is how the Holy Spirit would use the body.
"Everyone desires to hear the Truth because that is what they are. They have nearly forgotten, and yet they desire that reminder completely. When one brings God?s Words into the world, many will flock to hear them. One cannot help but want to hear Truth. It is a part of you. The same Voice for God exists within every child, with the same message to deliver, and every child wants that message. The staying power that Jesus has in the world comes from a single-mindedness, the single focus upon Truth and conveying only Truth. That is very attractive indeed. Jesus has not swayed for an instant since then and continues to hold only Right-Mindedness and continues to be joined in perfect clarity with the Holy Spirit. He has overcome perception altogether, so all that is left is Knowledge.
"One often asks, ?How can I maintain this perception of Right-Mindedness?? It would be a challenge indeed to try to fight for that perception of Reality throughout eternity. When one hears this Voice for Truth within them more and more and the ego less and less, eventually only God?s Voice is heard. The ego was never real to begin with and once Reality has taken hold of the mind, all that is not real falls away. That is when True Knowledge exists rather than perception.
"Jesus has True Knowledge, not a perception of Truth, and is able to maintain that Knowledge completely and perfectly for all of eternity because that is all there is. There is no fight to attain and maintain that Knowledge. It becomes effortless because Knowledge is all there is. Jesus does not have to question or wonder about the Truth of who you are, ever, regardless of your belief that you are something other than a Child of God. Jesus does not have to waste a thought wondering if you might be right about that. He has only perfect Knowledge.
"As a Child of God, having walked in the world in a body, there is the ability for Jesus to understand his brothers and sisters in the world and why they think the way they do, and just like the Holy Spirit, he does not believe what they think. One can therefore use Jesus in the same way as the Holy Spirit by asking Jesus to work with their mind to be restored to Right-Mindedness. Jesus will deny you nothing, though you must ask for it. Jesus?s function is to nudge His brothers and sisters out of their sleep and to assist them in whatever ways possible in their awakening, and He does this by only seeing their Perfection.
"Jesus eventually became the embodiment of the Holy Spirit and you will too. You will become the embodiment of the Voice for God, the Voice of your true Self. It is only a matter of time, and the wonderful news is that there is no such thing as time. So in an instant, having remembered the Truth of who you are and where you have come from, you too will be the embodiment of the One that is."
About DavidPaul Doyle and Candace Doyle
For 10 years, DavidPaul Doyle and Candace Doyle spent countless hours counseling individuals in person, over the phone, and online in how to hear the Holy Spirit, the voice of one's True Self within. After teaching hundreds of people how to join with and hear this Presence of God within them over a 10-year period, they felt called to find a way to reach many more people throughout the world.
Passionate about teaching as many people as possible how to hear this Divine Presence within, they quit their jobs and spent a year of their lives writing the most in-depth and practical book they could on how to hear this Voice.
They then spent two years traveling throughout the country teaching thousands of people in workshops all that they had come to learn on how to hear God's Voice as a distinct and conversational voice within. Unable to keep their six-year-old daughter out of school any longer, DavidPaul and Candace transformed their in-person workshop into a 30-Day Course so their 5-step process for hearing one's Higher Self could continue to reach more and more people throughout the world.
For information about how to access and hear this Divine Consciousness that you are in a very clear and recognizable way, click The Voice for Love for more information about the Doyle's book, or click How to Hear God's Voice for more information about their 30-Day Course