If we pay closer attention to our inner selves, we’d realize that our mind is a trinity of the conscious, unconscious and superconscious mind. Let’s take a closer look at all three levels of consciousness in order to better understand how our mind works.
What is the Conscious Mind?
The conscious mind can be thought of as the computer-like function of the mind. The conscious mind plays a unique role: it keeps us safe.
Let’s take a look at how it works in conjunction with the other two functions of the mind to make us aware of insights and information that come to us in subtle, barely noticeable messages.
When discussing the power of the conscious mind, E. Stanley Jones once said,
The conscious mind determines the actions, the unconscious mind determines the reactions; and the reactions are just as important as the actions.
To most people, it is our conscious mind that determines who we are. However, in reality, our conscious mind is just a small portion of who we actually are. It is a very small part of how the three functions of our mind enable us to communicate with the universe.
Just because our conscious mind is easily accessible, it doesn’t mean it’s the instrument that completely determines who we are, what we do, and why we do it. It is merely the vehicle that allows us to easily communicate through speech, pictures, writing, physical actions and a shallow form of thought.
The Role of The Conscious Mind
Our conscious mind is our objective mind. It has no memory, and it can only hold one thought at a time. It functions to identify incoming information using our senses; sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and feeling.
Our conscious mind is continually observing and categorizing (sometimes correctly and sometimes incorrectly) what is going on around us. It’s the part of our mind that can’t be fully trusted.
It is continually sorting impressions and consequently deciding which are relevant and which are not.
The subconscious is often influenced by past actions and previously wrong decisions and is like a binary computer. It accepts or rejects things in a simple “yes” or “no” manner in order to make a decision. It deals with one thought at a time: positive or negative, yes or no.
The benefit of this kind of thinking is to preserve our lives. It enables us to make a “go, no go” decision quickly. Our subconscious, on the other hand, is like a huge memory bank. Its capacity is virtually unlimited and permanently stores everything that ever happens to us.
The Subconscious Mind at the Helm
Now that you know how the conscious mind works, let’s take a closer look at the subconscious mind, the role it plays in our lives and its connection to intuition.
In exploring the level that exists just below that of our conscious awareness, we come to the subconscious mind. It is the part of our mind that records everything we do; every activity we engage in, each thought we have about those activities, and the likes and dislikes we encounter each day. It is the part of our mind that takes the wheel when we sleep, dream, and behave according to beliefs of which we are not aware.
Although nothing is forgotten by the subconscious mind, this part of our consciousness remains hidden from our everyday awareness. However, that does not exclude it from influencing how we think and act in our conscious state.
In other words, the subconscious influences much of what we do each day, but those influences are from past actions and the habits we have created from them. This means the ideas drawn from the subconscious are not going to be new and creative.
It is our subconscious mind that provides meaning to all our interactions with the world—meaning as it is filtered through your beliefs and habits.
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How the Subconscious Mind Functions
The subconscious mind communicates information through our feelings, emotions, imagination, sensations, and dreams. Our current understanding of consciousness is rigid. It fails to give recognition to the conscious experiences outside the definition of normal. Such experiences are considered fake, abnormal, or unnatural.
Normal consciousness is earthbound and is only normal in the sense that is it well known; you are aware of something on the outside as well as some specific mental functions happening on the inside.
It is important to know that our subconscious mind can’t move outside its fixed norms – it reacts automatically to situations using previously-stored behavior responses. It works without the knowledge or control of the conscious mind. This is why we are often unaware of our behavior.
Studies from as far back as the seventies show that our brains begin to prepare for action 0.2 sec before we consciously decide to act. In other words, even when we ‘think’ we are conscious, it’s our subconscious mind that is actually making decisions for us.
The Superconscious Mind & the Land Beyond, Beyond
The Super-conscious Mind! This ever-exhilarating but complex super-consciousness is a level of its own. This is the third level of the mind that guides us in our journey through life.
Let’s tackle this exceptional mind space, aka, the superconscious mind.
While the conscious and subconscious minds are familiar to us, the superconscious mind remains unknown and mysterious.
It is the hidden spiritual system behind intuition, spirituality, and physical and spiritual healing. It is the problem-solving part in us and allows us to feel such things as joy, excitement, and empathy. The work of our superconscious mind is often overlooked when we aspire to live a richer, more meaningful life.
While we are familiar with the fleeting moments of raised consciousness, few know the technique for purposely entering the exalted state of superconsciousness.
Superconsciousness is the state reachable only through meditation, chanting, affirmation, and prayers specifically designed to lead us into a state of superconsciousness.
It is the superconscious mind that makes humans possible of achieving greatness and elevating the human spirit.
The idea of higher consciousness is rooted in the notion of reaching a higher self that transcends reality. It is the essence of human existence that makes us capable of going beyond the confines of the physical world and the trappings of logic.
#StarTrek Wraps It Up!
Now that we’ve covered all three states of the mind at length, let’s wrap it up with a simple illustration of how important each state of consciousness is. For that purpose, let’s go back to a popular Star Trek: Generations episode, “Loud as a Whisper.”
It is an episode in which a deaf mediator is enlisted to solve a planetary dispute. He cannot speak, but has a chorus of three personalities that exist within him and speak aloud for him. One is logic and judgment, the second, passion and romance, the third—like the superconscious—is that which binds all three together. It is harmony, wisdom, and balance.
While the analogy is not exact, the episode gives us an idea of how our three minds interact—each mind serving a purpose with the superconscious working to combine all three to create a higher form of existence.