I Will Become
The first two posts of the Magickal Alignment series moved through the energies of the Lower and Middle Selves; each informing and feeding the other and each a vital component in the synthesis of the whole or individualized being. The lines of communication are continually subject to interpretation and as the seeker develops a broader vocabulary of experience and knowing, the dialogue becomes deeper and more satisfying in exchange, which makes it ultimately more effective in supporting a pattern of growth that is of spiritual substance.
This work of establishing effective communication is the work of a lifetime (s). The command of the Great Work to Know Thyself is the work of bringing all the bits and pieces of ourselves into collaboration with one another. As we approach the third piece of this synthesis there is the paradoxical dialogue that may now occur between three streams of input. This third side shifts and changes in accord with the demands of consciousness required and it is this trinity of dexterity that creates equal, yet very disparate partners in the aspiration towards the Higher SELF….
The Higher SELF
I Will Become
The Higher or Mental SELF acts as the super (Higher) consciousness within the individual. It knows the results of the subconscious desire working upon the conscious mind and has now moved beyond this point of awareness having transcended to a place of “knowing it will be”. This Higher Self has developed a state of “awareness” that is in accord with the Universal Laws and flow of energy and from that awareness evolves the Higher Will. It is not the will of baser ego, but instead the Will to create, to manifest to exist. This is the part of Self that is not confined by the bounds of linear time and space. This is the aspect of ourselves that we open up to more fully as we develop and shape our Magickal/Spiritual Self.
Although, we might think of this Higher SELF as being the seat of conscience and ethical judgement, that is not its function. Primarily, because this higher resonance of consciousness has no need for those barometers of action are the byproducts of an ego that has not fully actualized. Ego, in and of itself is neither bad nor good and in spiritual pursuits, it has largely gotten a bad rap as being a detriment to spiritual progress. Ego, that is based in Lower Self needs and tied to the laws and bounds of physical world gratification can hinder movement towards a broader and more inclusive perspective. Ego in this state is me-oriented and as such in its most invasive form presents as arrogance and tyranny.
However, if we allow ego to evolve as we open to greater understanding, that ego is precisely what is needed to bring us to the realization that we are indeed vessels of the Divine. That we are part of a collective sea of creation and that we are also co-creators in this process. The sea is not the sea without each and every single drop of water that forms it. This is Ego that knows its true place in the unfolding of that which is greater than the singularity of itself; yet dependent upon that singularity to Become. It is through this transformation of ego and the personality that is attached to that ego, that we are able to open the bridge of communication to all levels of being.
When we are in communion with our Higher SELF, we are connecting to the potential of creation. The Middle Self was the holder of our emotions and the feeling center. These feelings have become the fuel of desire to know the deeper mysteries of all that comprises our space of awareness. It is from the refining and opening to these waters through the work of the Middle Self that the seed of thought – the first spark of Life – may implant its idea as it animates the consciousness into a state of creative outpouring.
The anchoring of this spark of potential lay in the work of the Lower Self. The Lower Self focused on what we acquire and how that acquisition is attained. This primal need to have was drawn into the container of the Middle self and takes on new light as desire becomes informed by the process of the input of the Higher/Mental self that sorts and filters. As each is drawn into the other, what emerges is the product of the Middle self in the form of aspirations, hopes, dreams and the promise of potential that has been realized in the liminal space of Higher Mind.
The Higher SELF is typified by:
- Personality has dropped away and Ego becomes the realization of Divinity held within
- Experience informed by Higher Mind and Higher Heart interfaced with the Limitless All
- Increased perception and heightened awareness/sensitivity
- Greater depth of expression of all facets of experience- As above, So below!
The Illuminated Self that is imagined as the body of light that vibrates and resonates with a consciousness that has Will-full-y created it. We continually move through varying states of consciousness as we act in our mundane and spiritual worlds.
The Higher SELF Accesses the Five Alchemical Parts of SELF to Communicate:
Earth – The physical form becomes the vehicle of manifestation
Air – The word brings into being the product of our desire
Fire – The Divine spark enlivens and maintains life
Water – The Higher Heart develops which gives way to greater intuitive nature
Spirit – The primal urge to return to the source of our being- the primal drive that sets us upon a spiritual path of seeking deeper understanding and knowledge- NOW with the capacity to envision what and how the Spirit interacts and impacts all experience.
The Energetic Directive of the Higher SELF and The Chakras:
Throat – Third Eye – Crown – Transpersonal
The Higher SELF uses as its vehicles of communication the subtle bodies and the energy vortices, inclusive of the chakras. In particular the three higher chakras act to provide a light rail (Transpersonal) leading to the landing pad (Crown) for Divine Communion. Once the passenger has arrived, he/she expresses the details of the journey, the anticipated final destination and more (Throat) to all who interact with this individual.
The Higher SELF holds the potential for Creation and the memory of all that was, is and will be as it draws from the gnosis of cosmic consciousness. We call to the Higher SELF to inform our actions that they may be in accord with the best outcome for all. We open to the Higher SELF to serve as liaison between what is human and what is Divine. We invoke our Higher SELF as the ideal of our spiritual and magickal practice. And, we acknowledge the Higher SELF as the co-creator in fulfilling the Great Work of attuning to our highest potential.
From this perspective The Great Work is that of acting in reciprocity as Integration of the Lower and Middle Selves occurs and the pathways of deeper communication are made readily available in acknowledgment of the spark of the Divine held within.
An Exercise of Realizing the Higher SELF
For this post’s experience I have chosen a pathworking. This may seem on the surface to be an exploration of the Shadow, but if you heed what has presented thus far, you will see that there are many keys and paths used to unlock the mysteries of the Light aspect of your Being. The Shadow is both Light and dark, as are all aspects of our psycho-spiritual blueprint. The Higher SELF/Body of Light also contains darkness- for without knowledge of that darkness, how can we know its polarity of light? The MIddle Self is the conduit and conductor of expression for both of these paradoxical natures. And, when we engage all three, in varying and fluctuating degrees we reach the point of union of Spirit and Matter.
Now with those seeds of concept planted within your consciousness, breathe deeply and begin your….
The Spiritual SELF
The Divine Spark