Upper and Lower Case in Balance: Journey of Courage – Day 30

Copyright Tam Black 2015 Designed for susanwithpearls.com
Copyright Tam Black 2015
Designed for susanwithpearls.com

Guiding Thought

We are aware, we allow, and we accept What Is. We go within to our silent Self which Knows and follow our Inner Wisdom to Truth. We practice Divine Balance in thought, word, and action. We are! We are our Self! We are our Self of Love!


There are two “selves” I talk about here. The lower-case self, which is the self of the personality. The way I understand this self is as the collection of thoughts, experiences, beliefs that make up one’s outlook and expression.

The upper-case Self is what is often called “the higher self”. The way I understand this self is it’s that part of the consciousness that is aware of itself as pure Being, pure Consciousness, pure Love.

The Self is aware of the self, but the self is not always—and never entirely—aware of the Self.

The Journeys are a way of educating the lower-case self into become more aware of itself as the upper-case Self. One way this works is that if each personality-self is its own collection of thoughts (etc.) and each thought of the Journey contributes to that collection. The Guiding Thoughts are designed to give the personality-self thoughts that give it better awareness and understand of itself as a more expanded Self.

When we tell ourselves “We are aware, we allow, and we accept What Is.”, it is an automatic acknowledgement by the self of the Self. “We” represents the self and “What is” represents the higher Self.

Similarly, when we read, “We go within to our silent Self…” we are telling our self that there is another Self; the lower-case self is not the only self on the block. Then we tell the self why we want it to be aware of the upper-case Self…because It has the key to our Inner Wisdom and Truth. In a way the Self is cajoling the self, we want it to know how much better-off it is when it partners with and cooperates with the upper-case Self. But the self can’t be coerced it or strong-armed; the higher Self needs the lower-case self, so the Self must work gently with the self to enlist its willing cooperation.

Balance is important! When the Self and the self work together, life flows so much easier. The self expresses the Self; the Self wisely guides the self. They are balanced relationships when we allow them. The self needs to learn how much easier it is to get through life with the help and guidance of the Self.