The ancient Greeks knew that there had to be something that existed behind the visible commonplace self, and they felt that this part had to be the spark of life that made them live. This inner spark was a radiance that animated and brought vitality to what would have been an inanimate body.
They believed that this core element, which existed within each person, had to be all-knowing, eternal and immortal because it was connected and a part of all things, especially those things that existed before an individual began life and existed after an individual left their life on earth.
The great thinkers of the past held a respect for this inner part that existed within the self and felt it was worthy of their reverence.
In the ancient schools of learning, there was the belief that it was possible that a person could, under certain conditions, contact this inner self through the use of connections built through their own consciousness.
One of the ancient Greeks, Socrates, developed a rapport with a deeper aspect of himself, through a constant energizing and reinforcing of this concept. We today might call this a thought form, but for Socrates it was a thought pattern representing the highest wisdom.
Socrates was wise enough to realize that the wisdom of one day might be the folly of the next. That our earth wisdom is very transitory, we know that there is something we call wisdom, but it can change in appearance at any moment.
Socrates realized that while mortal people did not have the ability, within their consciousness, to grasp the eternal, unchanging ultimate reality that he believed was the backdrop of our transitory reality, that there had to be an all-wise aspect within us that did have this capability.
Socrates created the image of a wise inner teacher that had all-knowledge and understanding. This image was a symbol of his own making that represented all that he had learned, and represented the source of an inner-instruction which flows from the deepest part within the self.
It was discovered that once this image is created within the consciousness, something is released into ‘our objective life from the great subjective storehouse of potential which is within all of us.’
So the ancient philosophers who used this tool, did everything possible to transform their common nature into a teacher likeness, and they depended upon the higher principles that they received, to live a good philosophical life of the highest reason and integrity. When we build an image of a wise inner nature, many of the mental and emotional problems become lessened as we resonate more to this superior self which is an exalted aspect of our own nature.
Socrates stated that when he was about to do something that was not in the highest integrity, or safe for his physical body, he would hear from this inner teacher. Socrates also said that he did not hear from his inner teacher when he had made some decision that was representing the highest good.
Socrates was very wise but this inner teacher can be created by anyone. Yours might be that well-liked teacher from the fifth-grade or any other figure that you select that seems very wise. Of course it might be any religious figure that you place within the core of your being.
This concept of the inner teacher came thousands of years before Socrates. It was a belief that in order to have a mystical union with the highest deity, you must conceive of what this mystical union would look like, and because of the ancient belief of similarities, that which we are like, we cannot be greatly separated from.
That God-like part always resides within.
To inspire and empower.