I'm wondering, in your conception of the Soul/Higher Self/Guardian Angel, if you see a hierarchy and if so, what is the measure of that scale?
I've studied a lot of different systems, and Ego seems to be a word that is used for multiple different things. When I say Ego, what I am talking
about is the description of ourselves that we live by. "I am a mechanic" "I am a father" "I am helpful to others", etc. The version of Ego I
use is from the works of Carlos Castaneda, which is where I base a lot of my framework from. Basically, the Ego is who we think we are in respect to
others in human society. The Ego is not real at all, has no basis in the real or spiritual world - it is just a temporary construct of the
Unconscious, in order to promote survival. That is different than the Conscious Self. Our Conscious Self is real, as a human, as a living being; our
Conscious Self is the real part, our Ego is the fake part superimposed over it. In the language of RAW, the Ego is the map, the Conscious Self is the
In addition to the waking body, on a parallel level with it, is the Dreaming Body or Double. I believe it is the same as the Astral Body. I believe
when we dream we are in the Dreaming Body, and that things can be accomplished with the Dreaming Body in the dream world as well as the real world if
you get to the point where you can bring the Dreaming Body into the real world.
I see in hierarchy at the base, the Waking Body and the Dreaming Body in parallel. Above that is the Conscious Self. Above that is the Unconscious
Self, which is like the operating system. Above that is the Higher Self. And above that, God I guess, but there are likely more layers in between
the Higher Self and God.
Is the Higher Self an entity, or a unit of energy borrowed for life? I think that was the gist of your next question. I tend to think of the Higher
Self as the permanent part of me - that bodies and lives come and go, but the higher self is always there, in commonality with all of my lives past
and future, simultaneously. I believe the Higher Self is outside of space & time, and it is "who we really are". I think life is just a game for
the Higher Self. It is on a totally different dimension from us, but we are its offspring.
Going higher from that, I believe the higher self is just a cell in the body of God. Or possibly, a cell in the entity called "The Soul of
Humanity", where we are all just sub-units of a greater entity common to all humans.
Parallel to the higher self, I have seen "helpers" or "gnomes". They were working to assemble reality for me behind the scenes, like a TV crew on
a set that you never see on the screen, but there were like 5 or 6 of these little funny gnomes telling me how much work it was to "assemble a
reality" for someone, but that's what they do all the time. In the interest of full disclosure, I had this experience in a hallucinogenic state,
but afterwards I researched it and found it to be a consistent phenomena of shaman worldwide.
So, in summary, I see at the base level the Physical Self, then the Conscious Self (which is our consciousness), then the Unconscious Mind (the Ego is
a mechanical construct of this level), then the Higher Self. Or like in the Lovers card of the Tarot, Conscious --> Unconscious -->
Also, when I speak of "higher", what I really mean is deeper inside, deeper into the depths from which mind arises.
Hope I was making sense; it can get confusing trying to sort out the multi-dimensional being that is a Modern Human. Also, this is just my experience
of it. I don't claim to be some kind of guru or anything - just another guy on the path, trying to solve the mysteries of the universe.
Feel free to ask whatever you want, I love discussing this stuff! I wish more people were interested in exploring the depths. Thanks for your