Thursday, May 28, 2009

There Are Not Two Minds

When we talk about the conscious and subconscious, they are terms only. The two are spheres of activity within one mind. The conscious part is obviously the thinking part or reasoning mind. It chooses and makes decisions while the subconscious sphere accepts what is impressed upon it or what you consciously believe. The subconscious mind is the soil which accepts any kind of seed, good or bad. This is why we must really guard our thoughts during experiences of loss, limitation and sorrow. The subconscious part simply responds to the nature of our thoughts and suggestions. There are many successful techniques available to help us clear out the negative impressions in the subconscious but understand they do not always bring about an immediate solution to our difficulties. It could take weeks or longer...

Since the subconscious is incapable of making selections and comparisons, it is very important that we select our thoughts, ideas and premises that will help us and not hinder our peace, prosperity, joy or health. Buddha said for us to guard the gate to the five senses. The conscious mind uses the five physical senses to observe the objective world. We gain knowledge through the five senses. The subconscious or subjective part of the mind works independently of the five senses; it perceives through intuition. In other words, the subconscious is the storehouse of memory, the seat of emotions. It has the capacity of clairvoyance and clairaudience, can leave your body, travel to distant lands and bring back information. It is through the subjective part of the mind that we can read the thoughts of others and know things that the conscious mind has no way of knowing. It cannot argue or reason, only accept any suggestions given to it as being absolutely true.

It is fact to say that everything that happens to us is based on thoughts impressed on our subconscious mind through belief. We can reverse this as you probably already know by repetition of constructive and harmonious thoughts. The subconscious will accept the new thoughts and go about forming better and healthier events in your life. Habitual thinking of your conscious mind establishes deep grooves in your storehouse, the subconscious. This is fine when you are positive. Understanding this process, it becomes very obvious that it is important to offer the creative force within you positive thoughts. Perhaps, it will help you to start thinking of your conscious mind as the "watchman at the gate". The chief function of the conscious mind must be to protect your subconscious sphere from false impressions. Now that I have reminded my self as well as you, let us make an effort to remember this basic law of the mind...the subconscious is amenable to suggestion.

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