ACCESSING YOUR HIGHER MIND
~ by John Holland
The more we stay connected to our higher mind - which we also call the universe, the source, or spirit - the more we strengthen and build that crucial bridge between ourselves and our higher consciousness.
While we're all born connected to this divine awareness, we have a tendency to pull away from what was once natural. It's reasonable to assume that when we become disconnected from our higher mind, the source that once nourished us will be replaced with another source or substitute. In other words, the connection could be with food, alcohol, nicotine, co-dependency to someone or even work - hence the term workaholic.
Many of us spend our lives trying to fill that void which was created when the link was broken.
It is possible to get reacquainted with your higher mind again.
As you develop the ability to raise yourself above the conscious mind and all its impulses and distractions, you'll find that place of stillness and peace and possibly… some answers. This is the part of yourself where you can gain a sense of the bigger picture. It's the place where mundane details seem less important. It's also the part of you, that wants nothing more than to assist you in being happy, and to put you on the right path for your psychic and spiritual development.
When you face difficult situations in your life, try to remember to consult with your higher mind. Let yourself and your higher mind communicate with each other once again. After all, it's always been there and always will be part of who you are!
Many years ago, when I was studying and developing in England, I was fortunate to learn the following technique, which deals with the same principle. It's another clear example of how we draw back from our higher mind. I learned from my British tutors that when people are worried, depressed, unsure of themselves or confused, they have a tendency to think down. How often have you heard someone say, "I'm feeling down", or "I can't get out of my own way"?
What they're really saying is that they can't get out of their own head and their thoughts seem to be trapped in their own mind and body. When this happens, we intend to repeatedly dwell on the same thought, a bit like a broken record. This then leads to stress, worrying and often results in a sense of confusion. I know we can all relate to all this!
The tutors taught us how to think up! Even when you're feeling down, try to bring your thoughts up and out of your body.
The following exercise will assist you to access your higher mind and to think up. It will also be beneficial during those times when you need a little extra guidance. It will empower you to connect with your higher consciousness, and to get out of your head.
The all-intuitive higher mind is there to assist you, and put you back on the path of clarity and purpose.
So let's get started.
Make yourself comfortable, close your eyes and relax. You may want to try the "Relaxing the Body" meditation before you begin this exercise.
* Bring your awareness to the bottom of your feet. Let your breath assist you in transferring the relaxing energy up through the bottom of your feet.
* Slowly, work your way up your calves, your thighs, your abdomen, chest, your fingers, hands, arms, shoulders, neck, face, right to the top of your head.
* Now at the top of your head I want you to imagine there is one big funnel starting to form, which reaches out into the universe. Think of it as a vortex of energy reaching upward.
* Let your awareness constantly flow up and out of your head and into this funnel that's opening up above you. All the information you want can be accessed and brought to you. You may want to imagine a shimmering ball or cloud of white light above this funnel.
* Now reach up with your mind, as if you are floating and blending with this brilliant white light. Slowly merge yourself into this space, as you continue to reach up and out of your body with your mind.
Take a few moments with this energy, and feel what it's like to be calm and centered, to be one with your higher mind.
Now it is time to ask your higher mind a question. For example:
~ Is there someone you would like to get along with but you're not sure how to go about it?
~ Is there a question about your job that you need guidance on?
You can even ask if there's something that your intuition has been trying to tell you.
Ask your higher mind how you can be more receptive when it's trying to communicate with you.
You may want to ask, "What steps can I take to improve my life and spiritual development?"
Ask one question at a time, and wait for a response. Take whatever answers come to you.
You may receive a SYMBOL, WORDS or even a FEELING.
Don't be surprised if your higher mind also chooses to make known a certain area of your life that you're neglecting. Sometimes you don't always get what you asked for - but what you need.
Remember what you have received so that you can bring the information and answers back into your conscious mind.
It's now time to bring your awareness back into your body. Don't worry, you'll be able to go back to this special place anytime you wish.
Slowly take a breath and let it assist you in coming back to the present. Feel yourself shifting down into your body, entering through the open funnel. Move your fingers and toes, and slowly open your eyes to become fully aware of your body and the room around you.
Don't worry if you feel as though you did not get an answer immediately. You may get the answer another way or even a day or two later, or maybe even from someone else unexpectedly. Be open to let your higher mind speak to you in various ways.
As always, keep your journal at hand for when you come out of the meditation, so you can take the time to interpret what the words, feeling, symbols mean specifically to you.
I often teach this technique in my workshops, but in the early stages of development, I encourage my students to start-off by asking small questions at first, so they can familiarize themselves with the meditation, and learn to differentiate their conscious thinking from their higher minds.
You'll know when your higher mind is speaking and answering your questions, because you'll feel a sense of smoothness to what you're receiving. The answers will not sound like your regular mind chatter.
I want to stress again here, that any information you may receive from your higher mind should always be of a positive nature. Ask yourself the same question once again, "Is this coming to me or from me?"
This meditation can be used as a mini-meditation anytime you need it - especially during stressful times in your life, when you may need an intuitive solution.
Try to get into the habit of shifting up and accessing your higher mind at least once a day. With practice, you'll be able to seek insightful guidance anytime you wish.
By using the meditations and exercises from this chapter, they will give you a sense of transformation and inner wisdom that can reach into every aspect of life, and could possibly be the key to open the door to an old friend - your spirit.
The above article is an excerpt from the book Psychic Navigator: Harnessing Your Inner Guidance by John Holland.
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