Manifest the Higher Self within You
[Vinod Anand]

We all have a higher Self within; we were born with it. However, most neither are we aware of it nor do we act from it. It remains dormant, but survives only to manifest at the right opportunity.

Sometimes we get a fleeting glimpse of the Self when we spontaneously act out of unconditional love. Recall a sudden wave of empathy that engulfed you at the sight of a man shivering in the cold that prompted you to give him clothes; picking up a wounded animal on the road; the deep sense of fulfillment on rescuing someone in trouble.

These arouse an incredible flow of energy and feelings within. Momentarily, you rise from an ordinary state of being to an extraordinary one. The shift is spontaneous, unintentional and instinctive.

During these moments, you are completely immersed in feeling for the other. You forget who you are—your status, position, your own troubles and miseries; you act without assigning reason and logic.

Neither do you expect reward or recognition in return. These are moments when your higher Self takes over. Undoubtedly, every act of the Self leaves behind a deep sense of fulfillment, worth, accomplishment and joy.

The Self is a vast storehouse of positive energy within that propels us to extend ourselves unconditionally. We drop our masks — our ego-self, the finite, entrenched in inhibitions, doubts, hesitations, ifs and buts.

No sooner than the ego takes over, we again restrain ourselves from reaching out. The demands of the ego-self are fairly compelling.

It has incredible influence onus and its conditioning wields tremendous gravitational pull that holds us back. Our conditioned mind constitutes our ego-self that endorses judgments, evaluations, biases, prejudices and predispositions. We have gathered all this ignorantly and continue this way out of sheer habit, thereby impeding manifestation of the Self.

The Self is the internal abundance that can be realized at our will any time. It’s capable of lifting us up from difficulties particularly during moments of stress, frustration, nervousness and duress.

It has the power to nourish, nurture, absorb and inspire. All we need is to have faith and surrender our ego-self to the higher Self. It’s fear that keeps the ego intact, preventing its surrender, Our ego-self feeds on our fears, miseries, doubts, compulsions, obsessions and cravings which are nothing but self-created but appear real.

With continuous use, they have become our mindset. We tend to derive solace from them even if the payoff is pain. Our social and professional demands keep our mind highly active, absorbing most of our attention.

Cluttering of mind obscures the higher Self. Our mind occupies the primary circuit and our consciousness remains enveloped by ego. Therefore, withdraw yourself from such mental activities and enjoy silence and aloneness at frequent intervals.

Practicing this distances us from mental chaos and creates inner space for the Self to manifest. Once you do this, the ground is created for recurrent manifestation of self. The more frequently you allow the Self to manifest, greater the possibility of it being active for longer durations. Gradually, the way is paved for the Self to become fully functional.

Nonetheless, acting from the higher Self does not make things different; rather, we start seeing things differently, eventually enabling ourselves to transcend duality.

Author's Bio: 

Love is Basic in Life


Born in 1939, and holding Master’s Degree both in Mathematics (1959) and Economics (1961), and Doctorate Degree in Economics (1970), Dr. Vinod K.Anand has about forty five years of teaching, research, and project work experience in Economic Theory (both micro and macro), Quantitative Economics, Public Economics, New Political Economy, and Development Economics with a special focus on economic and social provisions revolving around poverty, inequality, and unemployment issues, and also on informal sector studies. His last assignment was at the National University of Lesotho (Southern Africa) from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that he was placed as Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of North-West in the Republic of South Africa, and University of Allahabad in India, Professor at the National University of Lesotho, Associate Professor at the University of Botswana, Gaborone in Botswana, and at Gezira University in Wad Medani, Sudan, Head, Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Yola in Nigeria, Principal Lecturer in Economics at Maiduguri University in Nigeria, and as Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria. Professor Anand has by now published more than 80 research papers in standard academic journals, authored 11 books, supervised a number of doctoral theses, was examiner for more than twenty Ph.D. theses, and has wide consultancy experience both in India and abroad, essentially in the African continent. This includes holding the position of Primary Researcher, Principal Consultant etc. in a number of Research Projects sponsored and funded by Universities, Governments, and International Bodies like, USAID, IDRC, and AERC. His publications include a variety of themes revolving around Economic Theory, New Political Economy, Quantitative Economics, Development Economics, and Informal Sector Studies. His consultancy assignments in India, Nigeria, Sudan, Botswana, and the Republic of South Africa include Non-Directory Enterprises in Allahabad, India, Small Scale Enterprises in the Northern States of Nigeria, The Absolute Poverty Line in Sudan, The Small Scale Enterprises in Wad Medani, Sudan, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises in Botswana, The Place of Non-Formal Micro-Enterprises in Botswana, Resettlement of a Squatter Community in the Vryburg District of North West Province in the Republic of South Africa, Trade and Investment Development Programme for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises: Support for NTSIKA in the Republic of South Africa, and Development of the Manufacturing Sector in the Republic of South Africa’s North West Province: An Approach Based on Firm Level Surveys. Professor Anand has also extensively participated in a number of conferences, offered many seminars, participated in a number of workshops, and delivered a variety of Refresher Lectures at different venues both in India and abroad. Dr. Anand was placed at the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla in the State Himachal Pradesh, India as a Fellow from 2001 to 2003, and had completed a theoretical and qualitative research project/monograph on the Employment Profile of Micro Enterprises in the State of Himachal Pradseh, India.