Your Spiritual Self is you in your most beautiful and powerful form. It is the authentic self, the unconditioned part, the you without patterns.
This is personal for each of us, so no need to get caught up on the language. Some may identify with Higher Self, The Universe, God, Higher Power, your inner Buddha, your true being… It’s the part of you that is connected to everything, the part that is love.
Throughout the world, in all of the great spiritual traditions, there is a teaching about “Divinity” being within us. From Native American, Hindu and Buddhist traditions, to Christianity, all the way to great mystics and scientists. From traditions that subscribe to the idea of “God,” to traditions that honour the earth or the Light within humanity. We all seem to agree that we are more than a Body. There is light/God/Divine consciousness within us.
On your Process you got to know this part of yourself, as we call it, your Spiritual Self. Your own goodness and authenticity. Your Spirit, untouched by patterns, is the source of your resilience. The source of your inner wisdom.
- “To find Buddha all you have to do is see your nature. Your nature is the Buddha.” – Bodhidarma, 5th Century Buddhist Monk
- “God dwelleth in all hearts.” – Bhagavad Gita
- “The One God is hidden in all living things.” – The Upanishads (Hinduism)
- “All animals have power because the Great Spirit dwells in all of them.” – Lame Deer, Sioux Chief
- “The Kingdom of God is within you.” – Jesus
- “When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.” – Albert Einstein
Visioning with your Spiritual Self
Here’s a powerful little piece of popular neuroscience – your brain learns as well from what you imagine as from what you experience. Think about it. How often is your Dark Side doing your visioning for you? It imagines the terrible possibilities, or tells you that you can’t be, do, or have what you want?
Let your Spiritual Self do the visioning and paint the pictures of your life on the Right Road. Remember that “being” begets “doing,” and in your visioning, let your primary focus be on imagining the qualities of being that give you a life you love. Feel those qualities right then and there in your visioning. Embody them as if it is happening now.
- How do you want to feel in your home, your work, your relationships with yourself and others?
- And living with that quality of being, what might you be doing?
When we are fixed on what we must “do,” or “have,” to “be” happy, happiness could walk right up and wave at us and we wouldn’t even see or recognise it! When our vision includes the qualities of being we wish to cultivate, our body learns to recognise when we are on track, when we are living into our vision.
The Dark Side filters out possibility, new awareness, new qualities of being in our perception of our experience, and instead highlights evidence that validates our doubts, keeping us in the small box of our past limitations. “See, I really didn’t change anything at the Process – here’s proof.”
When we are living from what we love and care about, or as the mythologist Joseph Campbell said, “following our bliss,” we are letting our Spiritual Self guide us. We are living on purpose. Try it in big and small ways. You can vision one day or five years or simply an upcoming event – think pre-cycling! Then take action to manifest your vision by finding that first right sized step and taking it.
Today’s action step: Go to your Process workbook, take out your vision now, and revisit it.
If your Intellect gets in the way of accessing your Spiritual Self, simply recall a moment in time, when you were peaceful and content. This may be associated with nature, love, creativity, or anything else which induced a sense of serenity. In your mind’s eye, notice how you look; your facial expression, your posture, your eyes… and you can immediately reconnect to yourself in your most beautiful form.
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