Yoga

Higher Self Yoga: Nanette V. Hucknall goes straight to the source

Nanette V. Hucknall has spent her life studying spirituality and psychology and is the founder of Higher Self Yoga. Photo courtesy of author’s website

MONTEREY — For some, talking about the higher self might feel like a foreign language. For others, like Nanette V. Hucknall, this terminology goes off the tongue. Not only is Hucknell, the founder and president emeritus of Higher Self Yoga, fluent in this form of communication, but she has also spent her life studying spirituality and psychology. Her goal is to help others on their personal journey, and one of the ways she does this is through her new book, Higher Self Yoga: A Practical Teaching, which recently won the 2022 NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. .

“The Higher Self is within everyone,” Hucknall told The Edge, pointing to the spiritual part of the individual “which is connected to Source” (but distinctly separate from religion) where everyone’s positive characteristics reside – including creativity, wisdom, inspiration. , and unconditional love.

“[The Higher Self] knows exactly what vocation you should be in,” said Hucknall, who started in New York as an art director before pursuing career therapy and eventually psychotherapy. Over four decades, Hucknall has been right to use his own higher self to overcome problems, navigate relationships, and understand his personality. This book offers practical applications that others can use in their daily lives, the very desire that prompted Hucknall to begin Higher Self Yoga more than three decades ago.

By using yoga in its original sense – not as a physical practice, but rather as a spiritual practice – the potential for personal growth expands exponentially with spiritual development. “Your heart is your conduit to the Higher Self,” Hucknall said, pointing to a primary focus fueled by “the wise being within.” It is this alignment with their inner wisdom that allows an individual to become the best possible version of themselves.

“Our Higher Self knows our purpose in life and encompasses our potential to live fulfilling and joyful lives through personal growth and self-awareness,” Hucknall said. This book, his eighth, is an accessible guide to personal discovery that taps into the reader’s undiscovered potential, unexamined desires, and new possibilities that can be applied to a myriad of areas – from career to spiritual development. Using colorful anecdotes coupled with exercises provides a step-by-step approach for anyone at any stage of their journey. In a fitting nod to the personal work involved, Hucknall’s book won in the “Self Help” category.

Nanette V. Hucknall. Photo courtesy of author’s website

“I was really, really surprised to win the award,” Hucknall said of the prestigious international recognition, honoring an outstanding contribution by an author or book to industry or society as a whole. . Experienced editors and judges select books based on content, quality, writing, style, layout and cover design. And, while the publication of this book seems both timely and persistent, “it was written two years ago,” said Hucknall, who discovered the higher self by studying psychosynthesis, which is rooted in the human inclination to find wholeness.

“The founder of psychosynthesis, an Italian named Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974), taught the higher self and [encouraged practitioners] to use it in their therapeutic work,” she said of the doctor, the first psychoanalyst in Italy and a contemporary of Freud and Jung. In addition to his many writings, Hucknall offers a free online introduction to Connecting with the Higher Self: A Guided Experience. The eponymous experience is based on the writing, lessons and exercises of previous works and aims to develop a sincere relationship with the wise being within.

After four decades of practice, Hucknall is well versed in this direction. What starts with routine exercises eventually evolves into a way of being, “where you start to wake up, and everything you do is just connected to your heart,” she said. “I think it would change the world if everyone talked about it.”