Higher Self

Definition - What does Higher Self mean?

The higher Self is also known as the transcendental Self, or Purusha, in Sanskrit. It is considered the Divine Self and part of the Cosmic Consciousness by some. Yogis seek to unite the lower self (ego) and higher Self through their spiritual practice, creating balance and oneness within.

Yoga can provide a deeper awareness and development of the parts of the self, including the higher Self, through asana, meditation and pranayama.

Yogapedia explains Higher Self

In yoga, the realization of the higher Self is part of spiritual liberation (or moksha). This realization can be acquired through spiritual practice and discipline. The higher Self is the part of an individual that connects with the Divine (or a higher power or energy, depending on specific beliefs of an individual).

The higher Self is a state of consciousness that can be accessed through meditation and introspection, which promote greater self-awareness and acceptance. Yoga philosophy views each person's core self as perfect, but aims to help bring awareness to negative patterns or thoughts that may not be serving a person's higher purpose. The opposite of the higher Self is the ego, which centers on more worldly attachment and self-centered needs.

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