The Higher-Self Versus The Lower-Self

Daniel Woodward
4 min readJun 14, 2023
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Hot take: Many of us have heard about the “higher self.” But did you realize you have a “lower self,” too?

Chalk this one up to shower thoughts.

In today’s New Age saturated environment (not a dig at New Age-ism, per se, just saying), it’s very possible you have heard about a “higher self.”

Your higher self is supposed to be the divine version of you.

The best version of you.

The version of you that is connected to, you might say, the Source. The Oversoul, as Transcendentalists might call it.

It’s supposed to be the version of yourself that you listen to and maybe receive some kind of divine inspiration, guidance or insight into your ultimate well-being.

Positive vibes.

But for every up, there is a down. For every smile, there is a frown (sheer poetry, I tell you).

But really, the philosophy that there is an opposite for all things is a well-established one. And makes sense.

Pleasure and pain. Happiness and sadness. Joy and grief. Love and hate. Bitter and sweet. Positive and negative. You could go on and on.

Humans, capable of thinking abstractly and making ethical or principled choices, seem to exist at a crossroads.