Most people think that the idea that they need to understand themselves is foolish. “I know myself very well,” they will likely exclaim. But the truth is, most of us don’t, especially with regard to our spiritual self. Psychologists will tell you we don’t know ourselves on a mental level. Spiritual leaders will say we know ourselves even less on a spiritual level. In any case, nearly all of them will agree that before we can understand our world, our society, our universe, we have to work on understanding ourselves. The ancient Hindu scripture makes it clear that we have two selves, which they often list as “the self,” and “the Self”. When capitalized, it refers to the spiritual Self. And knowing this Self is far more important than knowing the physical and mental self.
“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sadly, the vast majority of us today go through life rarely, if ever, getting concerned with knowing and understanding ourselves on any level, let alone our spiritual Self. If you ask, they will tell you they do understand themselves. They may say something like, “I drink beer, not wine. I like blue jeans. My favorite color is green. I like ocean cruises and tropical islands. See, I totally understand myself.”
In fact, this person didn’t say anything about himself. He only told us about his habits and tastes. So he likes beer, not wine. But does he know why? Was his father, or someone else he admired a big beer fan? Was his ex-girlfriend a wine drinker? If he can’t tell you why he likes beer, he has almost no understanding of himself. And that is only asking him to understand the top layer of himself. Below that layer, there are deeper ones, and still deeper ones, that are explored by only a select few.
The outer layer of ourselves is the physical layer, or physical self. It is probably the one that we understand the most, yet even here there is much we don’t understand. We know that working our muscles will make them grow, but do we know which exercises affect other parts of our bodies like our internal organs? A few do, but not many. A large percentage of us wear eyeglasses, yet not many even know that there are exercises that can improve our vision, and even fewer use those exercises. That is just one example of how our understanding of ourselves is limited, even on this most basic level. The physical body may be the least important, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. A healthy spirit can function best when coupled with a healthy body and mind.
“If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurti
I’m not going to dig too deeply into the mental level of helping others. It obviously exists and is important. It is an unfortunate fact that until recently those with mental difficulties were looked upon as defective and not worthy of concern. That has changed some, but we still have a long way to go. We need to help each other with mental problems just as much as with physical problems. One important reason is that we can’t deal with the spiritual properly when we have physical or mental problems. Inner peace comes from good mental health, and inner peace is important for spiritual health.
“Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The innermost layer of the Self is the spiritual layer, called the Spiritual Self. While many ignore it, they shouldn’t. It is the most important part of us because it is the only part that can become immortal. Because it can become immortal, the spiritual Self is the true self, the higher self. So we need to care for our spirits through spiritual practices, and help others do the same. That help can be in the form of working with one individual or it can be by joining a spiritual group or community such as Cosolargy so that the group can work as a whole to benefit each other and to benefit the world.
“The manifestation of the Cosmic Christ in the Sun of Righteousness, extending to Man the Tree of Life that he might eat of the fruits of heaven, would be an act initiated by God come in Light” ~Gene Savoy, Sr.
“And men of Light shall exist in two worlds. The one world shall be that of flesh which perishes after a season. And the second world shall be of Light which is eternal and everlasting.” ~Gene Savoy, Sr.
The problem with trying to understand our spiritual Self is that it can’t be done with the conscious mind that specializes in understanding the physical and mental levels of being. To understand the spiritual Self—the spirit and soul—we must first awaken those faculties that are dormant when we are born into the world of matter. Just wishing them awake doesn’t work. Just wanting to understand isn’t enough. We have to practice the methods taught in mystery schools for ages that slowly awaken and develop those faculties. Once awakened, the soul can understand the spiritual level of being that can only be speculated on by the mind. The awakened soul can even communicate with spiritual beings that help bring us inner wisdom, the wisdom called Gnosis by the Gnostics.
“No tree tries to become a certain kind of tree. No flower tries to become a certain kind of flower. The tree and the flower open up to the sun and soak up water. Thus, they grow into themselves. No judgment. No expectations. No commentary. Your task is the same. If you can stop trying so hard to become who you think you should be, and instead commit to understanding and nourishing yourself, you will bloom into whatever kind of person you are.” ~Vironika Tugaleva
“Your higher self is not just an idea that sounds lofty and spiritual. It is a way of being.” ~Wayne Dyer
So the key to understanding our spiritual Self is to first recognize that we are complex beings. We have a physical level, a mental level, a psychic level, and a spiritual level. All of them are important, none should be ignored. Personal growth should be a goal of everyone. Our overall well-being comes from balance. Spiritual self-care requires balance on all levels of being. The most important, though, is the spiritual level, yet that is the one most often ignored. Many develop their religious beliefs on a mental level; others develop psychic abilities on the psychic level.
Both of those groups often believe that they are developing their spiritual Self, but they are not. Understanding our spiritual Self means understanding that the physical is not mental and the psychic is not spiritual. Each is its own level and each must be developed individually. So nurture your spiritual Self with spiritual practices, self-awareness, and a spiritual life. In Cosolargy, however, we don’t encourage people to spend too much time on developing the psychic. That is because many get stuck at that level and never move to the higher levels of Consciousness and Being that are the spiritual Self.
Know Where You Are with regard to the Spiritual Self
If you are traveling from one city to another, you need to know your current position. If you don’t, you might turn left when you should go right, turn right when you should go straight. The modern GPS Navigation devices that so many of us rely on have to estimate our current location within thirty feet if they are to give accurate directions. The same is true for our spiritual journey. If we are not honest with where we are on that path, we can’t judge where to go next. Our spiritual Self becomes lost in the weeds. So that is one of the first things each of us must do when starting on a new spiritual path. Cosolargy can help you with that if you choose to fill out a Light Body Profile for a general analysis of your spiritual state.