Developing a clear connection with your Higher Self is of utmost importance in consciousness development, as it allows you to receive vital information throughout your daily life. This information can be as simple as deciding what food to eat, or it can be as complex as thinking on your feet during a crisis. The only question is, how do you discern between your Higher Self and your ego?
Like the metaphorical depiction of the angel and the devil on Man’s shoulders, the Higher Self speaks truth and love, while the ego’s primary concern is control and comfort. There are times when the friction becomes so strong, that we have a debate in our minds, as we try to decide which side is offering the better choice.
An effective method to discern truth from distortion is to listen to your initial feeling. If right away you receive a boost of positive energy without any resistance, then it’s most likely a choice deriving from your Higher Self.
On the other hand, if the choice comes with much discomfort and resistance, and you feel a sense of distortion or superficiality involved, then it’s most likely something that is deriving from a place of ego, manipulation, or temptation.
Just to reiterate, it is important to pay attention to your initial feeling, or your gut feeling, when attempting discernment. It can be very easy to fall into a place of fear, which induces resistance, even if your initial feeling was clearly positive.