You're Not Who You Think You Are: A Breakthrough Guide to Discovering the Authentic You

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At a time when so many are looking for spiritual renewal in a world plagued with worry, doubt and uncertainty, Gaulden guides you, with text and exercises, to a place where you are able to take responsibility for yourself and face the false idols that block entry to the authentic self; to understand that the answers to your problems are where the questions are - within you. Lasting changes come from a searching and fearless moral inventory. Gaulden breaks open the unsolved spiritual mysteries and lets you experience the freedom of self awareness. Learn to love you so you can love someone else.

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Albert Clayton Gaulden, founder and director of Sedona, Arizona's popular alternative therapy program, the Sedona Intensive, is also the author of Clearing for the Millennium and Signs and Wonders. The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC World News, and publications such as the Chicago Tribune have featured Albert Clayton Gaulden and his transforming work.

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CHAPTER 1

Reconnecting to the Light

There is a part of every person that is divine. In the bustle of our everyday lives, struggling with work, trying to create meaningful relationships with friends and family, we neglect the divine in us. We become distracted by temptations such as alcohol and drugs, obsessions with food or sex, and we misplace emphasis on what seems to be important. The buzz of the world around us can override the divine within.

There are times when the divine sneaks out into the open. Perhaps you've heard a little voice in your head advising you about what steps to take in your life. Or you've heard your "conscience" talking when you're debating the best action. Or when you reflect silently, alone, you feel a presence of someone, something, speaking out at you.

These are the moments when your High Self is trying to make an appearance through your overwhelmed thoughts.

As I said in the prologue, each of us is divided into three selves. The low self is ego -- the part of our self that mediates between the world and our natural human appetites for food, love, self-esteem, sexual gratification, intellectual stimulation, and companionship. Problems for many of us arise because the ego, while on a worthy mission, has no sense of proportion. It has a tendency to say things like, "You want a cookie? How about a whole box? Why stop at one glass of wine when you can drink every drop you can get your hands on?" Unleavened by our higher nature, ego lacks the moral and spiritual forces that add balance and proportion to our lives. Ego on its own will not acknowledge itself as part of the larger whole, which demands fairness, sharing, balance, harmony, and community. The ego can help you flourish in the world, but if you let it take hold of you, it can also sabotage.

The middle self is the open-minded, more reasonable side of us. It is the one capable of redemption from egocentric behavior through reeducation. The middle self is the bridge from darkness into light, from receiving for the self alone to receiving the light to share.

The High Self is God.

It's not the God of ancient tales where the clouds part and a bright bolt of lightning descends from the heavens. It's not a spirit or an entity that comes down and takes over your body and mind.

There are channelers who purport to communicate with entities. Simply put, an entity is a dead person who won't go where dead people are supposed to go. They hang around and oftentimes become troublesome for those of us still alive. J. Z. Knight, a medium who recently appeared in the film What the Bleep Do We Know?, claims that a five-million-year-old being whom she calls Ramtha speaks through her. Your High Self is not such a being. I am uncertain about channeling. Something about invoking spirit contact doesn't click with me. However, some people seem to be helped by it. I suggest you approach such communication with healthy skepticism.

But just because I think channelers are a questionable lot doesn't mean this stuff is not coming from somewhere.

The High Self is something simpler. God is, and always has been, inside of you. You simply haven't been able or ready to meet Him. In meditation, when your mind is still and the will is receptive, you can find your High Self. I found mine then, or, I should probably say, my High Self found me.

Encountering My High Self

One day, I slipped my favorite CD into the entertainment console as I lay on my bed to reflect on the day's activities. And then, as if guided by a breath coach, I began to breathe as I do when I am meditating: a repetition of deep, slow breaths, in through the nose and out through the mouth. Soon my inhales and exhales became deeper and more rhythmic. My body felt weightless.

Oddly, within a few minutes my lips began to tingle and I struggled to catch my breath. I had the impression that someone was trying to speak through me. I have never been a believer in channelers, so fear caused me to wake up, which silenced whoever wanted to speak. I closed my eyes again and took several relaxing breaths. I let go completely and spiraled into darkness where there were intermittent flashes of bright light.

I focused on a white pyramid. Images of pyramids had first appeared in my daydreams when I was a boy. Now, a powerful and resonant male voice spoke.

Albert, why did it take you so long to talk with me?

"Oh, my God, who is this?" I lashed out.

I was startled awake and sat on the edge of the bed. Where was this voice coming from? I paced the room, swallowing large gulps of mineral water. For years I had heard that some of my friends communicated with dead people. I wanted nothing to do with an entity from the spirit world. Was that what this man was?

However, energy pulled me back to the bed. I lay down and slipped back into meditation.

Relax. Continue to breathe evenly and you will gradually let go of fear. I have been monitoring you. Your actions and thoughts indicate that you are ready to communicate with me mind to mind.

The clearest explanation I can give of this energy connection is that the communication was intuitive. I did not and still do not have out-loud conversations with this invisible guide. The odd thing is that instinctively I had always known there was a part of me that had never exposed itself. Although I would over time ask a million questions to validate him, I somehow instantly knew that this being has kept me alive and sane throughout my life. Through the years I have counseled a lot of clients who swear they have connected with someone "inside" who they could not talk about for fear of being labeled crazy.

I was not afraid, but I wanted proof of who had me under his spell. I instinctively knew he was scanning my intelligence. These thought impressions came to me with ease and authority.

I have been trying to talk to you for more than ten years.

"Why?" I asked.

You teach students that God is within. I am here to remind you that you're someone other than who you think you are. I am the microcosmic God. I am Paul, your High Self guide and teacher. When you reach the deepest level of consciousness I am that part of you who speaks. I am here to help you see things more clearly, as well as to confirm what you know and what more you have to remember.

If truth be told, all my life, at some level, I had been anticipating a connection -- a validation of everything I knew to be true for me. To be able to exchange ideas with and ask questions of a source like Paul made lifelong struggles with my identity worth every minute of the pain of separation and alienation from everybody in my life. To know that Paul was me and I was him satisfied my need not to give my power away and not to be controlled by any person or group, particularly by church dogma.

"A few minutes ago while I was in meditation I felt you were forcing yourself on me. I don't want anyone invading me against my free will," I said.

Because you were at such a deep level of consciousness, it seemed as if I were trying to talk through you. I am a part of you and will communicate only to you. You will decide what information you share with others.

"Are you an alien? Have you come to abduct me?" I asked.

Albert, I am not foreign to you and I have not come to take you away. I am the all-seeing, all-knowing part of you connected to the continuum of time. You and I are like spiritual twins.

Aha! Both in humor and in dead seriousness I have said that there were two Alberts. As Paul spoke to me, I did a gut check to see if I agreed with him. On all accounts, what he said rang true.

"Do you intend to dominate me with mind control?"

No. You have a mind of your own, which is controlled by what people think of you and what you must do to be accepted by others. You need to learn to be your own authority.

Paul explained that each person has his own High Self guide, but many people aren't prepared to hear Him or Her. When I asked Paul why he only spoke to me in meditation, he said that during my everyday life, I am too scattered to listen to guidance. But in meditation, when my mind is clear, I can more easily be counseled without conscious contact with him. He and I would be as one.

I would speak as Albert, but the source of the information would be Paul, my High Self. All of this rang true to me, even though I often felt my mind furtive and restless. Paul suggested I should change my ways if I wanted to be able to let my High Self guide me.

One question addressed a trust issue. "If you are an aspect of me and not a separate entity, why do you call yourself Paul?"

Assigning a name distinguishes who is speaking. You need to know whether it is your ego influencing you or your High Self that is talking. Until now you were never able to get out from under the influence of your ego long enough to hear me.

Anyone who wants to contact his High Self can. Advise students to sit quietly each day at a set time and call a name intuitively, as you did with me. Making an appointment at the same time each day increases the possibility of contact with one's soul whisperer.

Today you were afraid of me because I called your name. You never trusted that I would be able to communicate with you. You have lived in fear and distrust. I broke through the defense lines of your ego. Before, I intuitively influenced you without your conscious awareness.

Paul said that he is the God within me. He confirmed his presence throughout my life by recalling crises I had endured. When I was six years old, I fell twenty feet onto a gravel yard. My face was cut and scraped and I was unconscious for several minutes, but I had no broken bones.

I took that fall with you. And -- remember the car wreck in 1962?

Driving home to Alabama from Charleston Air Force Base with the top down on my brand new white MGB convertible, I fell asleep at the wheel and woke up just in time to swerve right into a ravine. The car hit nose-first, and I was thrown free into deep layers of freshly mown hay. I suffered a mild concussion, but a...

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