Discovering and connecting with your higher self
Are you looking to bring more creativity, energy, love, compassion and purpose into your life? It may be time to for you to connect with your higher consciousness.
Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud introduced Western society to workings of the personal unconscious mind. In effect, he was referring to the ‘lower unconscious’: the so-called ‘darker' drivers that control and influence human behaviour, including libido, denial, repression and neurosis.
Similarly, Carl Jung introduced us to the collective unconscious, revealing that there are elements of our experience as humans that are shared, that we are all equally unaware of. These include our instincts, and numerous symbols and archetypes.
In both cases, psychotherapy is seen as a useful way of bringing the personal and collective unconscious out of the shadows so that they can be looked at, and in time, integrated and resolved.
The higher consciousness, or Higher Self
Something that has received less focus is our higher consciousness. While Freud focused upon what could be considered to be the harmful elements of our selves that we hold out of awareness, Dr Roberto Assagioli, founder of psychosynthesis psychotherapy identified that equally out of reach are our more positive qualities that relate to our potential. These include, but aren’t limited to, creativity, service, power, love, compassion, spirituality and humility.
The higher self is something that we all have. However, we can remain out of touch with it, often our whole lives. We may see elements of our higher self reflected in others - for example when we admire someone or hold them in high esteem we are projecting elements of our higher selves onto them, rather than recognising those qualities in our selves.
How psychotherapy can support this
The role of psychotherapy, in this instance, is to help us to discover and own our higher selves, to recognise our potential and to learn to live a life that is in tune with it. The approach is different for every client, but it would involve an initial exploration of what you feel may be missing in your life currently, as well as your hopes and desires for a different way of being.
I am available to see clients who have perhaps worked on their ‘lower’ unconscious previously in therapy and are now ready and open for the next stage in their development. Working at this level may involve an exploration of dreams (both waking and unconscious), and their imagery and possible meaning. There would be the encouragement to slow down, meditate and to create – either using art or writing as an expressive tool.
If you would like to discuss how this work may be relevant for you in your life right now, then please contact me. I am available at the weekend.
Sessions are £80 per hour, and I offer a block booking discount of £350 if five appointments are scheduled up front (equating to £70 per session).
Maurice Tomkinson is the founder and director of the Hope Street Centre. He is a UKCP registered counsellor and psychotherapist, having trained with the Institute of Psychosynthesis. He is also a qualified Life Coach.
He established his counselling and psychotherapy practice at Sandbach in 1999 in the building which is now home to The Hope Street Centre. There are now over 50 therapists working from the centre offering a wide range of psychological and alternative therapies. Prior to training as a counsellor and psychotherapist, Maurice gained experience over several years as a volunteer on telephone helplines, talking to people in crisis and distress, both with the Samaritans and Saneline.
In addition to setting up The Hope Street Centre, Maurice was co-founder and a director of Brightstone Clinic, a low-cost counselling service, and The Resilience Programme which offered help with stress in the workplace.
He has special interests in trauma, resilience, stress and personality disorders. He has an active interest in the effects of toxins in food on health, both mental and physical, He has made an extensive study of the science of consciousness, in particular how it can be developed by techniques such as meditation.