This article is taken from David Furlong's new book, which will be published in the spring of 2015 entitled Illuminating the Shadow: Transmuting the Dark Side of the Psyche. The full chapter entitled 'The Higher-Self and the Shadow' can be downloaded as a .pdf document. To download please click here.
The role of the ‘higher-self’, as a fundamental component of the psyche, was first recorded by psychiatrist Dr Ralph Allison, who used hypnotherapeutic techniques to assist clients, suffering multiple personality disorders. In one of his regression sessions, he stumbled across an inner character who appeared to have a very different level of awareness, from the other sub-personalities he had previously encountered. This personality was cognisant of all of the other elements of the psyche and seemed to know what needed to be done to heal the wounded mental, emotional and psychologically damaged parts of the individual. Allison went on to discover a similar character in all of his clients. Unaware of the term the ‘higher-self’ he called this aspect the Inner Self Helper of ISH. In an online article in the Dissociation.com website, he describes the characteristics of the ISH as follows:
This clearly defined list encapsulates the qualities of the H-S, which was a term first brought to western attention through the writings of A.P Sinnett and Madame Blavatsky of the Theosophical Society. Blavatsky in her book The Keys to Theosophy (1889), citing Sinnett states:
The term H-S is also used by Dr Tom Zinser in his therapeutic work and collaboration with his spiritual guide Gerod. Of the higher-self Zinser states:
This insight emerged when I first started to explore my own spiritual nature and the spiritual dimension in which we reside. From reading many different books, I had the perception that it was going to take me many years of inner work before I could communicate with my higher-wisdom. I read that enlightenment only came about through dedicated spiritual study. However, I was also aware, from a young age, that there was some aspect of inner guidance that I could readily access. This ‘intelligence' informed me about significant elements that I needed to address or, when they arose, how to deal with specific problems. This seemed at odds with what I had studied. I eventually came to realise that if I believed that accessing this ‘higher-wisdom’ would take a lifetime, then indeed it would take that time. However, if I believed I could do this instantly then that would be the case. In other words, we can all connect to a profound source of inner wisdom simply by intent, providing we apply a little effort to the process. The only limitation lies in our own minds.
My H-S, your H-S is a fundamental aspect of our being that has complete oversight to our lives and all of the facets that make us who and what we are. It has direct communication with the spiritual realm and therefore has access to all of the wisdom of the universe. Additionally, it can draw upon the power of ‘the Creator’, to clear any blockages that may be residing within. It knows the blueprint of our life and, if we engage with it, can steer us towards the fulfilment of our life-plan. What it will not do is interfere with our free-will, or the free-will of any aspect of our being, such as our sub-personalities. As already stated, the free-will gift we all enjoy is sacrosanct and your H-S cannot and will not override any decisions you have made. In this sense, it is limited by ‘cosmic law’, although in all other areas its powers would appear to be limitless.
David has been working as a healer, therapist and sensitive for more than 40 years. He is the author of five books including Develop Your Intuition and Psychic Powers from which this article is taken.
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