Conscious Mind (Ego)
So, to start off with let’s talk about the conscious mind. This part of the mind consists of everything that is inside of our awareness. Everything that we see around us, everything that we can process. This is the part of our mind that we can think and talk about in a rational way.
Within the conscious mind you will find your sensations, perceptions, memories and feelings, all within your current awareness. When you have things that your conscious mind wants to keep hidden from your awareness, it sends it to your preconscious or subconscious mind. As Freud often said, the conscious mind is just the tip of the iceberg and underneath that iceberg is all the fantastic possibilities of the subconscious mind.
Unlike the subconscious mind, the conscious mind involves everything that you are currently aware of and are thinking about. You can liken it to short term memory and it is very limited in its capacity to remember. The conscious mind is like the captain of a ship who gives out the orders. It is this captain that will shuttle orders down to the workers below deck, being the subconscious and unconscious mind.
Through speech, pictures, writing, movement and thought, the conscious mind will communicate with the outside world. However, your subconscious mind communicates very intimately with your unconscious mind.
Your conscious mind however can do two things that the subconscious and unconscious mind cannot.
It can direct your focus and imagine that which is not real.
The conscious mind is responsible for relaying messages to the subconscious mind, where the subconscious mind will pick it up and obey the order. If all you ever do is focus continually on negative things your subconscious will pick up this message and deliver to you any of the feelings, emotions and memories which you have previously associated with that mindset. Because those feelings then become your reality you will end up in a nonstop loop of negativity, fear, anxiety etc and you will be constantly looking for bad experiences to happen.
However, if you instead focus on positive things in your life then your subconscious mind will obey those orders and will associate the feelings, emotions and memories associated with joy and happiness instead of fear and anxiety and you will begin to look at the positive parts of life instead.
This ability to focus is one of the most powerful aspects of the conscious mind and is incredibly important when it comes to manifesting too. Our thoughts are possibly the only true freedom we have in this world for which we can control. If you look at Nelson Mandela for example, he was trapped in inhumane conditions in the prison, but he was still able to have complete control over his thoughts and how he reacted to different situations.
Deciding how you think and what you are going to allow to enter your mind will ultimately determine your destiny so be careful what you allow in.
As I mentioned, the second thing that the conscious mind can do which the subconscious and super-conscious cannot is visualize. Your conscious mind is so powerful that you can visualize something that is completely new and unique, which you have never experienced before.
As you will learn shortly when we go into the subconscious mind, if you focus on your vision so intently your subconscious will see it as real which will then create the feelings and emotions associated with that vision and as we know by learning about the laws of the universe, if you attach emotions to visions then your visions become your reality.
Visualization can be used to create amazing results. There have been many studies that have shown that visualization improved sports performance almost as much as doing the practice itself.
For instance, in one study they split the participants into groups. One group was asked to practice 20 free throws in a row, one group was told to do nothing at all and the final group was asked to sit in a relaxed state and then imagine themselves performing the free throws. The third group was instructed that if they missed, they had to adjust and see themselves get it the next time.
Subconscious Mind (Lower Self)
Now the subconscious mind is incredibly powerful and is something that we need to focus on if we are wanting to manifest everything our heart desires. Your subconscious mind is responsible for holding your short-term memories and the programs that you are using daily and it actually makes up 88% of our brain’s capacity.
The subconscious mind is always working – 24 hours a day. It is responsible for filtering out unnecessary information (information that is not going to serve us) and then deliver only what we require at that point in time. This is very important because we are bombarded with 2 million bits of data every second, so you can imagine what would happen if our conscious mind had to handle all of that. We would be so overwhelmed and bombarded that we would never be able to get anything done.
Once the subconscious mind has sorted out the important information, it will relay this back to the superconscious mind by way of feelings, emotions, sensations, images and even dreams.
One of the most powerful aspects of the subconscious mind is its ability to take orders. It is not in charge of us and therefore we are able to direct the subconscious mind in any way we want. The superconscious mind will give it direction and then the subconscious will deliver the emotions and the feelings for which you continuously think about.
The subconscious mind will act upon the predominating thought that resides within your conscious and it will use these thoughts to attract circumstances and situations which will match the images that you have focused on.
It is important to understand too that it will not discriminate, judge or censor and so it is capable of manifesting success, wealth and health just as easily as it can failure, ill health and misfortune. It is your choice as to which direction you want your conscious to point your subconscious to.
The subconscious mind is unable to reason and therefore it is unable to reject anything that is told to it by the conscious mind. This explains why it is incredibly important to be careful of what you think about.
The subconscious mind is unable to tell the difference between reality and make believe which is why visualization of the conscious mind is so powerful when it comes to reprogramming the subconscious. I will go into visualisation in much greater depth when you get to that chapter.
Let me explain by example the subconscious mind. Have you ever learnt a new skill or technique such as driving a car and you practiced for months and months to get the technique right and then suddenly you were able to drive it without even thinking? Your foot immediately knew to go on the clutch when it needed to and then it also knew to change the gears at a certain point and it even knew how to get from A to B without you really thinking about it.
Well, that is the power of the subconscious mind. If you are driving and you are going to a place you haven’t been to before you may notice every sign and every street in between. However, once you have been that route multiple times your conscious mind may redirect you to other thoughts, such as what you are having for dinner tonight or when you must pick the kids up from school and you will be completely oblivious to the street signs, traffic and buildings around you.
But in the background your subconscious mind is paying attention to all these things. It is paying attention to the streets, signs, speed limits, odometer readings, police cars, location of the curbs and even the buildings etc that indicate you are nearing where you need to be. When you get to where you need to be your subconscious mind will redirect your conscious mind to pull into the drive and take notice.
Superconscious Mind (Higher Self)
The superconscious mind is the highest intelligence that exists. It is known as many different things, including higher self, infinite intelligence, collective unconscious, oversoul, universal mind, the divine, the source and by some, even “god”.
Everything that you could ever possibly want to know about the universe is stored in the superconscious and all the information and knowledge that is handed down can be accessed by everyone on this planet. However, accessing this information takes some practice but can be achieved by implementing many of the techniques given later on in this book.
As we are all one collective consciousness it means that we are all connected to the minds of other individuals and by using our subconscious mind we can communicate with one another. This superconscious does not have any limitations or restrictions and therefore anything that you can envision is able to be turned into reality.
It stands to reason then that the superconscious mind is the most powerful of all minds doesn’t it? I guess you could say that except that all 3 parts of the mind are equally as important. Without the subconscious mind you wouldn’t be able to access the superconscious and without the conscious mind you wouldn’t be able to visualise what you desire.
The superconscious is responsible for sending wisdom to the subconscious mind which will then allow you to find opportunities, people and situations that will help you succeed with your life purpose. If you have a goal that you are wanting to achieve, then learn to access your superconscious and it will begin to reveal solutions to your problems, give you the actions you need to take and then put you in contact with the people and resources you need to achieve your goal.
As mentioned previously, your higher self or super conscious will give you the tools you need when you need them to achieve your goals. It is important that you listen to your intuition and don’t disregard an idea because you think it is stupid because it may just be your higher self talking to you.
So, how do I align with the vibrations of wealth???
When you are wanting to align with a certain vibration it is critical that you take note of how you feel. We will be delving into feelings and emotions a lot more later in the book but what I will say now is that positive emotions like appreciation/gratitude, joy and excitement are all very high vibrational frequencies that will attract incredible manifestations to you and which will put you within the vortex of opportunities.
However, negative emotions like anger, frustration, unforgiveness and guilt all have a low vibrational frequency which will send you a long way from the vortex and halt manifestation in its track. If you maintain low vibrational emotions like this you will just attract more of the same into your life but if you maintain the higher vibrations then you will attract more of things that bring you such feelings, including wealth.
The results from this study was truly remarkable. What they found was that those that did nothing didn’t improve at all (not a surprise), the group that did the practice improved by 24% (not a surprise) but the third group that only visualized doing it improved by 23% – almost as good as actually doing it (a fantastic surprise). How cool is that – how powerful is the conscious and subconscious mind?