"You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become." – Mufasa
A higher power, simply put, is something greater than us. For some people, a higher power is a deity or supernatural being. Others believe it is a supreme being that is greater than other gods. For some, it is a single, all-knowing god or a conception of the power of a god. There are also those that don’t believe in beings, but rather believe the universe or nature is a higher power. Some people believe group consciousness is a higher power. It’s a connection that we share with all living things. Some people don’t try to understand their higher power. They believe humans can’t comprehend it. There are also those that believe that any higher power that exists can and should only be derived from a purely scientific basis of creation energy. The point here is that the definition of a higher power is wholly subject to the belief system of the individual and where they are on their path of spiritual unfoldment.
Most people don’t choose a higher power. They either adopt the higher power of their parents/family or they go through a spiritual process and subconsciously connect with a higher power. Either way, as they grow to understand that power, the connection grows in their consciousness. They experience a spiritual awakening and realize the connection exists.
They may not be able to identify the higher power with a name, or they may choose the name given by their religious belief system. They may not fully understand the connection or what they believe to be “true” along the path. But the process of trying to understand and grow closer to the higher power is beneficial as it provides a comfort many of us need; the knowledge that we are not alone and are part of some greater “whole”.
The materials you will explore on this site, along with other materials in transpersonal and consciousness studies, will use the terms “higher power”, “Spirit”, “supreme consciousness”, and “One Consciousness” synonymously. In doing so, you are given the freedom to interpret these terms utilizing your own system of beliefs. The goal is the integration of ideologies, not the dismissal of what you hold as your truth.
Your higher power is your own conception, and how you choose to connect with it can be conformed into your own conception as well. For example, if praying to a religious figure is uncomfortable, the same intention is accomplished by sending positive energy into the universe by being grateful for seeing a beautiful flower or hearing a kind word from a coworker. “Prayer” can be in any form you choose; the purpose is the same; it makes you feel good about yourself and your relationship with your higher power. Saying thank you, wishing for healing for someone who is sick, or simply asking for guidance from your higher power are all forms of intentioned connection. There are no rules for praying because prayer is your personal dialogue with your higher power. Meditation is prayer. Singing is prayer. Dancing is prayer. Journaling is prayer. Appreciating nature is prayer. Fellowship with others is prayer.
The key is to not forget who we are. We are all unique manifestations of this higher power; however you choose to define it for yourself. When we get consumed by the material concerns of society and live our lives solely as the Self, we are forgetting who we are. By doing so, we allow ourselves to forget the need to connect to our higher power. But when we focus on our connection to our higher power, we live as the Soul and remember we are part of a greater “whole” and therefore capable of becoming much more than the Self allows.
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