Question: Is your inner teacher the same as your Higher Self?
Yes, many call it the Higher Self. It is your teacher more than anybody else, and it is specific to you and to what you need in particular.
And remember, all exterior teachers are flawed. Listen to your Higher Self.
Question: It just hit me, my ego has been putting on a mask and claiming to be my Higher Self. It says, “This is right — it’s right to do only this.” Those words must be my tip-off that the ego is talking.
Exactly! The Higher Self won’t say this is better than that. In fact the Higher Self won’t say anything. It’s not urging you toward anything better or bigger. It’s not trying to get anywhere. It’s not trying to get more of anything, nor is it trying to gain a new level or put you higher than you were a minute ago.
The Higher Self is offering no rewards. That’s how you will know it.
The ego is always trying to gain something, even to gain more spirituality.
Question: So it seems the Higher Self only listens. It is the table, not the marbles.
Yes. Moses is a great example of the one who listens. God called on him because he listened. God didn’t call a great leader, who might be ego-driven. Instead He called on the listener, the most humble one.
Yet when the ego listens, it turns out God bestows everything upon it. Every gift pours forth, even materially, when you become fully surrendered, when you become an extension of the Divine Will.
Question: That’s funny. You get everything because you planned for nothing.
Yes. Praise and Blame are all the same. It’s a paradox. You learn to want nothing, and then everything pours upon you.
Comment: I noticed, even years ago, my intuitive voice, when it was just emerging, would make tiny soft statements or suggestions to me. But I doubted it. I said, “that can’t be true.” After awhile though, I noticed how often it was true, so I started saying, “maybe it is right.” But before then, my ego was negating my inner voice. Putting it down.
Isaac said yes, the ego is always looking for control, that’s for sure. My own intuition is always on probation, because I still have so much stuff to clear. Sometimes it’s on target, but many times it is not.
Question: It seems to me that when a person looks through the eyes of ego, they see differences between themselves and the other. But when they see through the eyes of Higher Self, they see similarities, like, “I could be that person, I have been where they are.”
Yes. It’s our mind that wants to find differences and categorize. Our mind sets up levels and separations. Many people trust the mind implicitly. They trust whatever it says. The mind is their guide. To them there is nothing higher than the mind.
Yet when we step back and witness what the mind is really telling us, we see it’s filled with complaints, and even outright lies, and perpetuation of old hurts and defenses, conflicts that are not helpful to us in any way.
Question: With everything we’re saying here, how important is our willingness to know the truth about ourselves?
Oh, that’s everything. That tills the soil for all growth. Your sincerity and willingness to see everything about yourself – that’s the first step for all of it. It’s not easy. You come home from a hard day, and the house is a mess. Too much to clean up. You’re overwhelmed. You want to just lie on the couch. Maybe you do. You take a nap. Then what? You clean one thing. Maybe the dishes. Take another nap if you need it. Then clean the next thing. You don’t have to do this all at once. You can’t. It’s a process.
This is an excerpt from Chapter 11 of Volume 2, Walking the Bridge – With Balance -Guidance from a Wisdom School.
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