There are a lot of things most people don’t know about it – and unless someone is actually trying to learn about their conscious versus their subconscious, most people don’t even know that there IS an actual “subconscious mind.”
Let me give you an example. Imagine you’re chatting with one of the women at work, or at your child’s softball game or whatever. For the sake of this example, let’s say she is someone who has never expressed any interest in self-development in general, or any types of alternative or new-age thought.
If you ask her, “Hey, Sue! Do you know the difference between your Conscious versus your Subconscious mind?” She’ll probably answer something to the effect of, “Well, Sure, Kath! When I’m conscious, I’m awake and thinking for myself. When I’m unconscious, I’m not awake or thinking.”
Then I might say, “But Sue, I asked about the SUBconscious… what about the SUBconscious?”
Sue might look a little puzzled, and as she thinks about it, she might finally say something like, “I guess it’s what’s happening UNDER my consciousness?”
In other words, thinking consciously about the relationship between our conscious and subconscious mind and how it affects our lives is not something most people even consider outside the Freudian model that the conscious mind being that part of us that thinks and makes decisions, and that the unconscious mind is the part that, for example, automatically runs our bodies and other processes without our needing to think about whether or not we will.
We don’t consciously go around all day saying, “Okay, lungs, breathe in, breathe out.” If that were the case we’d get nothing done – including sleep – because we would have to use our consciousness to keep on breathing. Of course there is far more to it than that.
However, let’s say that the quick interchange Sue and I have had over the water cooler or at the game sparked her interest. She might go home and start to search for answers about what the difference between the conscious and subconscious might be. If she is open-minded, she might dig into the teachings of teachers such as Ernest Holmes, Joseph Murphy, Judge Thomas Troward, and into some “newer” or more recent interpretations of the teachings of Jesus that most traditional religions do not necessarily teach.
One of the things she might be surprised to learn is that in the view of many teachers, the subconscious mind is the creative medium from which all results spring.
To use an analogy, we can view a garden plot – the dug up earth in your backyard – as the subconscious mind. In it you will plant a seed, and a corresponding plant will grow.
You as the gardener are acting as the “conscious mind.” You consciously decide to plant a seed, and you consciously take that seed and put it into the garden plot. You cover the seed, water it, nurture it, and somewhere under the soil, a wonderful thing begins to happen. The wonderful earth reacts with the seed, and with the continued encouragement of the gardener through watering and ensuing that the seed does not get dug up or otherwise disturbed, behold! A little seedling pops out of the soil, reaching for the sun!
Is that not a miracle? Is that not one of the most wonderful examples that we are given to illustrate how our subconscious works?
So, that’s one of the things most people don’t know – that the subconscious is where the creative action occurs.
Another, equally important thing most people don’t know is that this explanation has been around for thousands of years.
Your readers may or may not agree, but it rang true for me. It has to do with one of the “aha moments” I had with this was when I was listening to a lecture by Dr. Joseph Murphy. He talked about passages in the Bible where people continually read and take literally the idea that “man” is the head of the household and “woman” should submit to man.
This, he emphasized (more than once!), is not to be taken literally. He explained that “man” is the “conscious mind,” and “woman” (or wife) is the “subconscious mind.” When you read about “obedience,” what you are actually reading is the creation process using a human analogy.
Human beings are built so that in order to create a new human, the male (conscious) has to plant the seed (idea) somewhere, right? Well, you can’t plant it anywhere but in the creative medium which, in this case, happens to be the female body (or subconscious).
After that seed is planted, the subconscious cannot help but produce what was planted unless something interferes with the process.
Finally, this is one of the most important things I feel people don’t know about the subconscious.
You do not have to know how it will bring forth the result. And, in fact, you should not try to educate it or force it to create something in a certain way.
Using the analogy of the garden. If you plant a seed, should you try to alter the earth or tell it how to do its job? Maybe sit there for a few hours making a few suggestions on how it should react with the seed?
Of, if you are looking towards bringing a human life into this world, and the mother is now carrying this little human-in-the-making, can you talk to her body and tell it how it should form, feed, and protect the growing baby? How ridiculous that sounds! Actually, anyone who would suggest such a thing would just sound like an idiot. No one who knows anything about how babies are formed within the womb would dare to suggest that he or she has a better way. Of course not! Everyone pretty much understands that the nature of birth is a miraculous thing, and that while we may not understand all the mysteries surrounding how all this came to be, it doesn’t much matter, does it?
As Joseph Murphy (and others) says over and over throughout his books and lectures, don’t try to figure out how something will come about. When it comes to the subconscious, its ways are beyond knowing. It is not our job to figure out how.
Our job, using our conscious minds, is to figure out what we want, and to plant that seed firmly into the subconscious mind, nurture the idea, and allow the subconscious to get to work creating it.