One class with my Reiki Master Teacher a fellow student asked this question; "How do you know when it is your own mind answering a question or if it's your Higher Self?" You know what my RMT said? "Is the answer intelligent?"
A huge part of being a holistic worker is trusting your intuition and Higher Self (I'll refer to this as HS for sake of avoiding repetition). One of the easiest ways I know whether it is myself or my HS answering a question of mine is when the answer is not what I want it to be. My HS is that voice in my head that tells me the answer I know is right, but don't want to accept or take action on.
A fine example of this was last night. I resorted to using my pendulum to physically ask my HS for an answer. In summary my question was a choice of taking a pharmaceutical medication I've been prescribed or immediately doing self Reiki for my temporary emotional turmoil. I knew the medication would leave me groggy with a handful of other side effects, but would save me an hour of my time doing more self Reiki - However, I also knew that if I did more self Reiki I'd be side effect free and be more at peace with myself the next day. It was really a matter of pure laziness.
So I grabbed my pendulum (you'll see me in the future refer to it as my Pendulum Buddy) and asked "Should I take (medication)?" Before it even moved to tell me No, HS screamed "You know it's not for your highest and best!" I was stubborn and asked the opposing question "Should I do self Reiki?" ... I could feel HS giving a vibe and expression of un-amusement. My Pendulum Buddy gave me a strong Yes.
I'm sure I'm due for much more resistance to my Higher Self's wisdom as I know myself too well, but Higher Self knows me 10x better.
Love & Light,
David King, HHP, RM, IPHM