Your Higher Self

Your Higher Self is a term used to describe
the spiritual part of yourself that the scriptures say was
made in the image and likeness of God.

It is a manifestation of light, or energy, of the highest frequency. And just as a drop of water from the ocean contains the same properties as the whole ocean, so does our Higher Self contain the same properties of God, or the One Source.


"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1

Each time God speaks, "I AM," he individualizes himself and a unique manifestation, or Presence, comes into being. This I AM Presence is also referred to as our God Presence, because it is literally the presence of God within us.

"Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." -Jesus

"The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” -Gautama Buddha

“He who knoweth his own self, knoweth God.” -Mohammad


The I AM Presence, your Higher Self, is endowed with free will, and is androgynous (both masculine and feminine/positive and negative polarities).

"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Genesis 1:27


All things that exist are composed of the two polarities of masculine and feminine, or positive and negative.

In the spiritual realms, these two polarities consist within the Whole. However, in the material universe, these two polarities appear separate and as opposites.


The Whole of our identity extends from the spiritual realm into the physical realm. The positive and negative (father - mother) polarities of the I AM Presence, or Higher Self, in the spiritual realm gives birth to the Son, the Christ.

The negative polarity (the Soul) extends further and descends into the material realm.

These three aspects make up the trinity of our total being:

The I AM Presence, the Christ Self, and the Soul, which are connected by a stream of light (called the silver cord in the Bible, Ecclesiastes 12:6).


A Divine Spark of the Higher Self is anchored in the heart of the soul evolving in matter. This spark is called the Threefold Flame of Power, Wisdom, and Love.


Christ is the only begotten Son of God, individualized in each of his offspring. Jesus Christ fully manifested the Christ Self, the only begotten Son, and told us that Christ (which is our true identity) is our salvation.

Other terms used to describe this aspect of our being are the Real Self, the Higher Mental Body, the Christ Consciousness, or the Buddha Nature.

No matter what name we give it, it is our true identity and our pathway back to God, I AM.


Although there is the appearance that God and Christ are separate from the soul, it is not the case. Our true identity is composed of all three aspects.

This is why various teachers from the East teach that physical matter is illusion, because we do not readily perceive the entirety of our own identity let alone the entirety of the cosmos.

Gautama Buddha taught that spiritual enlightenment is seeing things as they really are. When his disciples asked him who he was, he answered,
"I AM Awake."


Here are the three aspects put together.


There is a continual flow of energy in a figure-eight pattern between the Higher Self (the upper figure in the chart) and the embodied Soul in the physical realm (the lower figure). The Higher Mental Body (the middle figure) is the nexus of the flow.

The Soul, also endowed with free will, chooses moment by moment what stamp he or she will place on the pure light descending from the I AM Presence.


Energy used for constructive thoughts, feelings, actions, and service to life flow naturally back to the level of the I AM Presence and accrue in the Causal Body, the individual's "treasures laid up in heaven."

This pure, constructive energy rises and forms the Causal Body, spheres of light around the I AM Presence, reflecting various colors that represent different qualities:

  • Blue - Right use of power; protection; Divine Will
  • Green - Right use of science; truth; prosperity; healing
  • Purple - Service and ministration to life; peace; brotherhood
  • Violet - Freedom; alchemy; transmutation; joy, justice and mercy
  • Pink - Love; charity; compassion; art; creativity; beauty
  • Yellow - Illumination; wisdom; understanding; judgment
  • White - Purity; discipline; excellence

However, when the light descending is misused with destructive thoughts, feelings, actions, and harm to life, the light is no longer pure and does not rise to the I AM Presence.

Rather it settles in the aura of the individual and must one day be freed to return to its source.

The accumulation of these misused energies (also referred to as the lower subconscious, the electronic belt, or the dweller-on-the-threshold) become records in the subconscious that color the future perceptions and experiences of the individual.


We are composed of seven forcefields, or bodies, while functioning in the physical realm. In addition to our three spiritual bodies already described:

  • I AM Presence, made in the image and likeness of God
  • Causal Body, the aura surrounding the I AM Presence that is an accumulation of all pure energy resulting from constructive thought, word, and deed
  • Christ Self, individualization of the Universal Christ

    the Soul takes on four material bodies when entering the material world:

    • Memory (or etheric) body meant to outpicture the divine blueprint in the physical world
    • Mental body, the vehicle for the mind of God through the Christ Self to express in the physical world
    • Emotional body, the vehicle designed to express the feelings of the Higher Self
    • Physical body, the vehicle for the other six bodies to express themselves in the material world


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