Understanding what is meant by consciousness will go a long way in enabling you to consciously create the reality of your choice. It is the very foundation of the most powerful resource you have at your disposal – your mind. It is the most familiar and yet most mysterious aspect of your life.
Without it you could not experience life, with it you are eternal. There are essentially three aspects to consciousness, specifically the subconscious mind, the conscious mind and higher consciousness. Each plays a pivotal role in creating your circumstances so understanding how the three are inter-related is fundamental to truly harnessing the power of your mind.
1. The Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind is the incredibly powerful program that runs every aspect of your life automatically and without your conscience input. The most important thing you must know about the subconscious mind is that it is subjective in nature. This means that it can not reason or distinguish between positive and negative.
Simply put, any thought, message or order that is given to the subconscious often enough and convincingly enough will in time be accepted as truth and consistently be carried out with exact precision irrespective of whether it benefits you or not.
In The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Joseph Murphy explains that “when thoughts are conveyed to your subconscious mind, impressions are made in the brain cells. As soon as your subconscious accepts any idea, it proceeds to put it into effect immediately… it draws on the infinite power, energy, and wisdom within you. It lines up all the laws of nature to get its way. Sometimes it seems to bring about an immediate solution to your difficulties, but at other times it may take days, weeks, or longer… Its ways are past finding out.”
The subconscious mind’s inability to reason is not a weakness. In fact it is fundamental to its power. To illustrate this, imagine if your subconscious mind had to decide whether or not your heart should pump blood around your body, whether or not to immediately send white blood cells to heal a wound, whether or not to walk each time you consciously wanted to walk.
The subconscious mind’s subjective nature is responsible for every function you carry out automatically without conscious thought, from digesting the food you eat to healing a wound to speaking a language to driving your car – ultimately all your habitual actions. It is the storehouse of your memory. It never sleeps any more than your heart sleeps. Were the subconscious mind able to reason, your body would be unable to function and life as we know it could not exist.
Its power is also its Achilles heel. This is because its lack of reason means that it is equally willing to carry out positive programs as it is negative with often devastating effect. The true potential of the subconscious mind may be limitless but potential alone is more detrimental than useful when the programs carried out are negative. Having said this, given its inability to judge right from wrong, the subconscious mind can not be held responsible for the negative programs it relentlessly carries out. Who then is responsible?
2. The Conscious Mind
The conscious mind is also known as the objective mind or self-consciousness. It is the mind of your five senses, enabling you to consciously experience the physical world. Most importantly, it is that aspect of your mind that is able to reason. This ability to reason sets human beings apart from the plant and mineral kingdoms and places us highest in the animal kingdom. Your conscious mind essentially grants you freedom of choice. It is the seat of your will.
The All-Important Function of the Conscious Mind: Given its capacity to reason and discriminate your conscious mind has an incredibly important function. It is supposed to be the guardian of your subconscious mind ensuring that only wanted and empowering messages are allowed through. It is supposed to be the sole commander of your subconscious mind as it is only through the conscious mind that you can access the subconscious.
The words supposed to be have been stressed intentionally since most people have no idea of this role of their conscious mind. Instead they experience life in a zombie-like state, allowing messages from the media, society, school, friends and family to pass through to their subconscious unchecked, irrespective of their nature.
Charles Haanel explains it this way in the The Master Key System – “The subconscious mind does not engage in the process of proving. It relies upon the conscious mind to guard it from mistaken impressions. When the “watchman” is “off guard,” or when its calm judgment is suspended, under a variety of circumstances, then the subconscious mind is unguarded and left open to suggestion from all sources.”
Who is Running Your Show?
Unbeknown to most people their life is being run in strict accordance with a set of deeply ingrained subconscious programs that they did not consciously choose in the first instance. To make matters worse, it is argued that most of these programs were locked in place by the age of around ten.
This is because a child’s ability to reason is limited compared to that of an adult. This may enable a child to absorb new information with great superiority, but it also means that a child’s subconscious mind being more easily programmed, is left wide open to unchecked negative messages.
By the time a child has reached its early teenage years its reasoning abilities have significantly developed and so it is able to consciously choose what messages to accept. By then, however, core programs are already in place and the subconscious mind doesn’t want to know any different even if it has unwittingly taken error to mean truth. The simplest way to consciously override these negative programs is by learning to access your All-Knowing higher self.
About the author:
Tania Kotsos is the founder and author of Mind Your Reality. She has been studying mind power and the nature of reality for the last 15 years. After a successful 10 year career as an investment banker in the City of London, she decided to throw in the towel to pursue her dream of empowering people to transform their lives using the innate power of their mind.
Visit her website at: mind-your-reality.com
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