Meeting Your Higher Self
Everyone has their happy place, at least most people do. When you think back on your life, does one memory stand out as a moment of pure unfiltered peace? My happy place is a memory of Lake Okoboji. I was invited to spend a couple of weeks there, camping out in an RV with an old acquaintance. At the time I just went with the flow and was up for any adventure. It was just after my college days. So I went to Lake Okoboji and while my friend was at her classes one day I decided to go and sit on the beach. I was the only one at that particular beach that day, so I sat on a picnic table and just watched the water. It was mesmerizing to say the least, like a nature meditation. I sat there forever, thinking about my life watching the glistening water wash onto the beach.
What is your happy place? Think back over your life and find a moment when you were at peace. It could have been in nature or some other place. You can meet your higher self there when you need advice. I believe in prayer and talking to God, and this exercise gives you the opportunity to listen for the answers.
Close your eyes and take some deep breaths. Breath deep in your belly, and relax your body. Then in your mind's eye focus on your happy place. See it in great detail and if you can use your senses to bring you into that moment. Now visualize your higher self walking toward you. He or she can look like whatever you imagine. I like to imagine my guide as Tori Amos, with long flowing red hair and whimsical attire. When your higher self reaches where you are, greet it and thank it for showing up. You can ask it any question you would like an answer to, and then listen for the answers. Have a dialogue with your higher self. When you are done, thank him or her for talking with you, and ask if there is anything else you need to know. Then focus on your breathing again and let the vision wash away. Come back to this present moment, refreshed and renewed. If you have a pen and paper handy, jot down any insights that came from the visualization.
Your higher self is just waiting to guide you! Try out this simple meditation whenever you need some guidance, and discover the wisdom you have inside. This exercise is based on a visualization in the book "Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain.