What Is Self-Realization?

If The Higher Path Project had one single purpose, it would be to empower you to master self-realization. We strongly believe there are natural cycles in every living organism’s development living in this physical universe. Both at the individual and collective level. This natural process of self-realization is emerging and blossoming within Humans. It’s palpable, most of us can sense it and it is the driving force for us and many others like us to empower others to master self-realization. We believe there are different levels of self-awareness, mind/spiritual awakenings, and self-realization. Humans are at the very early stages of what we believe is that the higher path that will take us to the next level of our evolution, existence, and purpose in this universe.

So what is self-realization? The short definition is the fulfillment of one’s self. Our long definition is the ability to transcend culture, religion and other belief systems to tap one’s essence to reach full potential.

Self-Realization vs Self-Actualization

There is confusion around the difference between self-realization and self-actualization. They are slightly different but related concepts. As mentioned above self-realization is the fulfillment of one’s self. It is a journey that takes us deep within us and uncovers our unique and powerful characteristics. Self-realization is a journey which inevitably leads us to not only fulfill ourselves but find our true purpose. It is a long and hard journey and it does not come easy. There are both purpose and beauty in the struggle and pain life surely has on the road for us.

Self-actualization is the attainment of one’s capacities and abilities. In layman’s terms, it is the summit of full human maturity as it pertains to one’s full potential. Self-actualization is often compared to other concepts such as self-reflection, self-realization, and self-exploration. Perhaps the best way to differentiate the two concepts is: Self-realization is an awakening of one’s essence beyond what is tangible. While self-actualization is the fulfillment of one’s talents and qualities.

Even though the two concepts are closely related, they all are slightly different. They cover various angles towards a single purpose: Reach one’s full true potential.

The Western Definition

To the Western world, self-realization is generally characterized as the activation of one’s full potential when a certain hierarchy of needs is met. It was centered in the idea that the human cannot reach self-realization if certain fundamental needs were not present. This was presented by a Psychologist named Abraham Maslow. (If you want to learn more about this study/theory feel free to click here) It states that there are strict and essential requirements for a human to achieve higher levels of existence and fulfillment. Shown in the diagram below:
What this hierarchy order dictates is if one does not have food or water which are labeled as a physiological need, then the next levels of needs are unattainable. Ultimately, self-actualization and subsequently self-realization share the same goal: Reach one’s full true potential.

Self-Realization In Depth

Self-realization in a spiritual sense can be described in more depth. It is the consolidation of the Ego-self (which identifies with one body, one personality, etc) with the Universal-Self. As described at the beginning of this article, self-realization transcends superficial belief systems and taps into more in-depth aspects of our existence. Self-realization occurs when you break from the illusion of one’s self-image of our human body, attributes, personality, and ego. It is the recognition of our essence as waves of the great ocean called existence. And effectively, a merge to the greater powers of the consciousness.

A fundamental aspect of the journey of self-realization is the recognition that while our existence is a wave in a greater ocean, at its surface is temporary. It is only a manifestation of the greater movement of the ocean which is part of. However, the realization of its true essence requires merging into the ocean and being one with it. The reason why we strongly feel it transcends various belief systems such as culture, religion, etc is that those systems will only confine and condition you. Perhaps the best way to describe this in a non-western way is to quote Paramhansa Yogananda in The Essence of Self-Realization:

Your religion is not the garb you wear outwardly, but the garment of light you weave around your heart. By outward garb, I don’t mean your physical raiment only, but rather the thoughts and beliefs in which you enclose yourself. They are not you. Discover who you are, behind those outer trappings, and you will discover who Jesus was, and Buddha, and Krishna. For the masters come to earth to hold up to every man a reflection of his deeper, eternal Self.

Why Is Self-Realization Important?

At the surface of what achieving self-realization has to offer is the ability to have:

  • A better understanding of yourself and therefore a deeper connection to your universal-self and subsequently developing deeper self-love.
  • A clearer sense of yourself and therefore increased self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Be fully aware of your thoughts and emotions and therefore maximizing self-awareness and mind power.

These are only a few of the many benefits of self-realization. However, reaching one’s full true potential still resides at its core. Furthermore, it is important because we as humans are reaching a natural stage in our development. Which requires us to begin a journey towards self-realization. It is significant because to counterbalance the constant battle with modern life’s pain-points and struggles we need to tap into one’s essence. We need to transcend the illusion of one self’s image and begin an internal journey towards the universal self.

Self-realization will inevitably guide us to endless possibilities and ultimately collective realization.

The Journey Has Begun: Reach Full Potential

We will end this article in the same way it was begun. If The Higher Path Project had one single purpose, it would be to empower you to master self-realization. We firmly believe a natural course towards self-discovery, self-exploration, self-development has begun. People are more often curious about their purpose in life. There is a palpable sense of the importance of understanding who we are at both the individual and collective level.



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2 thoughts on “What Is Self-Realization?

  1. This is a very deep and spiritual article. Honestly, I am a little overwhelmed and have to think on it a bit as I am still unsure what difference you mean by self-realization and self-actualization. I believe one is that a person is aware of their selves, flaws and all, they truly know themselves. And one is they live themselves to their full potential. But I might be way wrong. You gave me a lot to think about. 

    1. Hi Selenity

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read our article and share your opinion and thoughts on it. The difference can be rather simple: Self-realization is to simply know oneself. Self-actualization is one’s ambition to achieve our goals and dreams. Having said that, all of our articles are meant to ignite introspection. To tap into that what makes you-YOU. And to guide you to fulfillment, true potential, and abundance.


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