QUESTION: I have read that the Higher Self is something like a guardian angel. Does this mean that it is supposed to protect us from harm and keep us out of trouble? Also, isn't it supposed to make sure that we stay on our path?
ANSWER: According to my tradition, your life's purpose will be carried out regardless of personal circumstances. The Higher Self does not keep you from harm - otherwise the world as we know it would be very different - but it does assist you in coping with things over which you have no control, whether you are a child or an adult. As an outside observer it may not seem like the assistance is adequate, but we are not puppets of our Higher Selves, and our conscious and subconscious fears, desires, and beliefs always play a role in modifying circumstances.