Higher Consciousness is Your Master Key
A. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind and its Achilles Heel
There are essentially three aspects to consciousness, specifically the subconscious mind, the conscious mind and higher consciousness (Superconscious/Christ 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.
Being familiar with what is meant by consciousness will go a long way in enabling you to "consciously" create the reality of your choice. Consciousness 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.
Anatomy of the Subconscious Mind:
The subconscious is the incredibly powerful program that runs every aspect of your life automatically and without any need for your conscious input. 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. The most important thing you must know is that it is subjective in nature. This means that it can not reason or distinguish between positive and negative. It just does what it does.
In "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind," Dr. Joseph Murphy explains:
"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 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. It carries out it's default programming.
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 it 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, because its lack of reasoning ability means that it is equally willing to carry out negative programs as it is positive, with often devastating effects. 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, it can not be held responsible for the negative programs it relentlessly carries out. Who then is responsible?
B. The Incredibly Important Role of Your Conscious Mind
The second aspect of your consciousness is your "conscious mind." It 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 the freedom to consciously rather than unconsciously choose your outcomes.
The All-Important Function as Guardian of the Subconscious:
Given its capacity to reason and discriminate, your conscious mind has an incredibly important function. It is supposed to be the guardian at the door of your subconscious mind, ensuring that only wanted and empowering messages are allowed through. It is the Gate Keeper.
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 about this incredible role.
Instead, they experience life in a zombie-like state, allowing messages from the media, society, school, friends, family and even those they deem their "enemies" to pass through to their subconscious mind unchecked, irrespective of their nature. The Medulla Oblongata is the portal where all information enters. There are millions of bytes of information bombarding you at all times.
Charles Haanel explains it this way in 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?:
Unknown 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 place.
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. These messages enter in many forms. Environment, school, parents, friends, TV, music, video games, etc.
Consciously Reprogram Your Subconscious:
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. Frequently, cognitive dissonance is a factor. The simplest way to consciously override these negative programs is by learning to access your All-Knowing Higher-Self ... the Divine within.
C. Your Higher Consciousness is Your Master Key
The third aspect of your consciousness is your "higher consciousness." It is also known as the Super-Conscious mind, your Higher Self. It is the least understood and least accessed aspect of consciousness because it does not belong to the physical or mental realm. Its domain is the spiritual realm.
It is the You that is All-Knowing and All-Powerful and is the same in kind as the One Universal Mind. It is the You that is beyond not only the physical world but also the emotions of your mental world. Your higher self does not distinguish between good or bad, wrong or right, happy or sad - not because it is unable to but because it has no need to. It is the You that knows only balance. It is the You that is only true Love. It is the eternal Observer. It is absolute stillness.
Your Reality is An Illusion:
Your higher consciousness knows that the physical, outside world you experience as your reality "is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one" as Einstein told us. It knows that your circumstances, whether wanted or unwanted, are simply a reflection of your inner world which itself is a product of your thoughts.
It knows that your reality is the mirror that allows your consciousness to experience itself. In this knowledge, your higher consciousness is always still and at peace. It observes your success and your failure, your joy and your pain, your light and your dark and is not disturbed by anything. Ultimately, it knows that it is all a dream.
A Case of Necessary Semantics:
Some great thinkers and writers stop short of distinguishing between the subconscious mind and higher consciousness. Instead, they have granted unlimited power to the subconscious, despite it being under the guardianship of the conscious mind.
While it may be semantics, the distinction is imperative to understanding consciousness. Were the subconscious mind all-powerful and all-knowing, it could not be subjected to negative programs for it would know better.
The term "sub" itself tells you that it is below the conscious mind. In fact, it is the lesser counterpart in the hierarchy of consciousness and is what we have in common with the plant and mineral kingdoms albeit at varying degrees.
In contrast, higher consciousness is above all. It is truly Omnipotent and Omniscient for it is One with the One Universal Mind. It is Source. Like the subconscious mind, it is also subjective in nature, not though because it cannot distinguish between the opposites but rather, because it is above them.
All Mind is One - Three in One:
Having distinguished between the three aspects of consciousness, it must be said that the distinction is for your better understanding only. In Truth though, there is no separation in mind - there is no dividing line. All three aspects are One - varying degrees of a singular Mind, itself pure energy vibrating at different frequencies.
Ultimately the Universal Laws of Mentalism and Vibration tell us that all is mind and that the entire Universe is vibrating energy. This also means that higher consciousness is not something you need to acquire or look for outside of yourself. You already possess it. All you need to do is become consciously aware of it and learn to access it.
Would You Let a 10-Year Old Run Your Life?:
Most people are ignorant (unknowing) of their higher consciousness. Moreover, most people operate in a zombie-like state even at the conscious level, unwittingly allowing all the messages with which they are bombarded to be passed down to their subconscious mind for programming.
This ultimately leaves their lives in full control of their subconscious, which in this state, is doing little more than running a bunch of programs that itself has no idea whether or not they are beneficial.
If this is you, then essentially your life is being run by an ignorant and quite painfully stubborn ten year old. And ultimately, if we are not consciously directing our existence, then it places us in a position no superior to that of plants. Just like the man who can read but does not do so has no advantage over the illiterate man.
Change the Chain of Command and Your Life will Change:
Before attempting to consciously root out and replace the negative programs embedded in your subconscious mind, your first step is to change the chain of command. Decide now to place your conscious mind on guard at the door of your subconscious mind. Decide now to allow ONLY empowering, positive, nurturing messages to pass through that door/gate. Decide now to hand over the direction of your conscious mind to your Higher Self and in so doing become the silent Observer of your life ... the Witness ... the one who is Experiencing.
Re-Programming Your Mind:
Learn to be the unshakable witness to your old patterns and behaviours, knowing that they are simply illusions; the programs of a previously misguided subconscious mind.
Know that through meditation, creative visualization and the repetition of positive affirmations, these old patterns will in time be replaced by new empowering behaviours and beliefs which although just as much an illusion, will ensure your success rather than your failure. By allowing your Higher Self to lead you, you open yourself up to a world of miracles in which you can consciously create your reality.
In a nutshell, consciousness forms the foundation of the power of your mind. Although there are three distinguishable aspects of consciousness, all three are One. The difference essentially comes down to reason.
The subconscious mind can not reason, the conscious mind is reason, and higher consciousness need not reason. In other words, where your conscious mind is the commander and your subconscious mind the subject, your higher consciousness is your kingdom.
It is in reference to your higher self that the New Testament Jesus said "the kingdom of heaven is within". When you learn to consciously program your subconscious mind under the protection of your conscious mind and the direction of your higher self, you will see miraculous transformation in all areas of your life. This is the Secret of The Ages.
Just a thought ...
~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.
My thanks to Tania Kotsos.