Why does our Higher Self allow us to make mistakes, Part 1/5

Our higher Self is perfect, omniscient and almighty, a fragment of God Himself, a pure, transparent, luminous quintessence. Yes, but if this is so, how is it that this Self allows us to make mistakes? This is so difficult to understand: how can there be a being within us who sees and knows everything and is all-powerful and yet who is totally unmoved, who never feels or expresses any pain whatever we do?

Why does he accept situations that are not in his best interest? And when we speak to him of our philosophy and all our dreams, hopes and plans, why does he do nothing to put them into effect? We are not separated from him and yet, when we are suffering and trying to improve the situation, he remains coldly indifferent and leaves us to our plight.

Nothing is impossible for our Higher Self, but how can we spark his goodwill?
Is there no way of touching him? It is very important to get to know this higher Self, for he is so far above our own being that, when he does decide to act, nothing is impossible for him.

We are composed of physical, etheric, astral and mental bodies and his nature is far superior to this. Superior even to our Causal, Buddhic and Atmic bodies, for these are still bodies and he is not a body; he manifests himself through these bodies, but he belongs to the region known to cabbalists as Ain Soph Aur: limitless light.

So, as we have said, everything is possible to our higher Self; the only problem is in getting him to act, and as we don’t know how to make him want what we want, it is a problem that can reach tragic proportions in our lives. How can we spark the goodwill of this being who is so far above us and whom we represent so inadequately here, on earth?

To be continued…

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Sèvres, 17 January, 1971

Complete Works, Volume 17, Know Thyself – Jnana Yoga Volume 1
Chapter 8, The Higher Self


  1. Terry Donnelly October 3, 2017 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Hi John
    An excellent common sense line
    of questioning.
    I cannot wait for the development of the answers.
    As always I am sure we will learn more that everything is just and is exactly as it should be.
    By our own purity through inner discipline and voluntary suffering will bring us ever closer to understanding

    • John October 3, 2017 at 7:31 am - Reply

      Hi Terry, as always, an easy-to-grasp and encouraging explanation to one of life’s apparent paradoxes. Thank you for your message. Hope you enjoy the remaining posts in this series.

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