We are like flower buds with many layers/dimensions. The Energetics Institute breaks these layers down on their website.
There is the self we present to the world. This is called the “Social Mask”, and is what we pretend to be so that we will be accepted. Behind this is the “Lower” or “Shadow” self, the “Primal Wound”, our dark side which we learn to hide. But there is a side even deeper than the Lower Self. This is our “Higher” self, our core, our soul self, our Life Force. This is the pearl which only the deepest sea diver will get. We need to go through our shadow self to find it.
I had the privilege of meeting my Higher Self in a dream. She was about the age of fifteen. She had a very light complexion with short blond hair which curled up at the ends, unlike my own long brown hair. She was in a forest coming down a river of crystal clear water. I was struck by her serenity. There was almost something otherworldly about her. I started looking up water spirits and mythical humanoids. She sounded like a Xana, a character found in Asturian mythology. A Xana is a female creature of extraordinary beauty believed to live in fountains, rivers, waterfalls or forested regions with pure water.
I wish more people got to meet my deeper selves.