All the things that make up “us” as individuals are integral parts necessary to have what we like to call “life.” We are made up of certain distinct parts that cannot be separated and still have us fit the definition of being alive. These parts are:
The body, the flesh and blood which is the most fragile part since it can be damaged easily and end this life.
The subconscious mind which is usually described as our conscience or that little voice that we never listen to, and it is the part that is the facilitator between all the others.
The conscious mind which is the master of all that we call “us” including all these parts described here.
The spirit is the highest level of consciousness and the indestructible part of us that endures forever.
Many people believe the subconscious to be more powerful than the conscious mind. Not so!
To take this to the limits, if the subconscious were allowed to completely rule our lives we would become almost vegetables. The subconscious would not allow us to do, say or think anything that might endanger us in any way. It is our “little voice”, our conscience that tells us right from wrong, good from bad, safe from dangerous…
The conscious mind on the other end of the scale, tells us to do what we like. It is the part that says that danger and thrills are OK. It tells us that living in the moment is better than thinking things through or saving for the future.
Of course, neither of these extremes is good. Both conscious and subconscious are very necessary parts of our lives. It is our subconscious that tells us that jumping off a bridge with a rope tied around our ankles is a bad thing to do even while our conscious mind may be saying, “It’s OK, I think we can do it and survive.”
The proper time for the conscious mind to take complete control comes when a situation occurs where something so important arises that there is no time for worrying about consequences. For instance, you cannot swim but if your 2 year old child fell into the deep end of the swimming pool and was sinking to the bottom, there would be no hesitation at all before you jumped in to save her. In this case we see that the conscious mind is definitely the stronger of the two. It can take charge and over-rule the subconscious instantaneously when necessary.
The other difference between the two is that the conscious mind will lie to get its way and the subconscious never lies.
Both have a place in the scheme of things and both are very necessary. The conscious mind rules the visible, touchable, physical world around us. This is why most doctors and scientists in general insist that there are no such things as “psychic abilities”, as they have tagged it. These types of people are completely absorbed in their “real world” preconceived ideas and are in complete denial of the rest of the universe around them.
When I communicate with a client to find out what emotional or psychological problems are plaguing the person, I know I will get a truthful answer because I can directly communicate with the subconscious. Many times I will ask the client what they think their problem is. After they answer, more often than not, they will hear the immediate response from me, “That’s not true.” I then go on to explain what the real reason is for their confusion, frustration or fear and they will almost universally reply, “You’re right.”
The conscious mind can justify and/or deny almost anything. This usually is worse with those who like to think of themselves as logical thinkers, such as most scientists. They can “reason” that they got a cough and runny nose because something has invaded their body. They remember that yesterday someone sneezed near them and reason that the offending attackers must have been transmitted in that manner, they then micro-analyze this interaction until they find some microbe that can be blamed for the malady. This generates the “Ah-Ha” moment. It never occurs to them to question why no adequate defense against this microbe has been forthcoming from the scientific community. But, they can readily agree that the microbe is not eliminated most likely because the microbes mutate constantly. They are at a loss to explain why the symptoms never differ however. The real problem is that they stopped at the microbe theory because it was “logical.”
What if there were other factors involved that you couldn’t put under a microscope or measure with a ruler or analyze chemically? What if you feel bad because you feel bad? Hmmm… I will rephrase this just a little. You feel bad, health wise, because you feel bad emotionally.
True, not all dis-eases are caused by emotions but the vast majority has detrimental emotional components. Emotions such as joy, happiness and cheerfulness are obviously healthy and generally positive to our state of well-being. Anxiety, anger, fear, guilt and stress are negative and are not healthy. They detract from our state of well-being causing dis-ease. This is the way the body calls for attention to your emotional problems just as it uses pain to call your attention to such things as cuts and burns. And you need to pay attention to these emotional problems as well — or else!
Of course the conscious mind can justify having negative emotions as being a good thing. There are those who view these negative emotions as a good thing for the various reasons that they use to justify their state of mind. They might say that anger and fear are good because they keep you in a state of heightened awareness. This is not true because they actually reduce your ability to be aware of your surroundings down to a minimum by only letting you focus on negative aspects of your world instead of letting you see the good along with the bad and the neutral. Neutral being the bench mark for both.
Being neutral may sound a bit confusing, like you shouldn’t care one way or another about anything. Not true. Being neutral towards things that come up in your everyday life merely means that you can look at the matter from a point of view that allows you to see more clearly the true nature of the event.
Things are not always as they seem at first glance and especially if you are in a narrow minded state of fear or distrust. The extreme limit of this state is commonly referred to as paranoia. At this point your ability to interact with others is so impaired that you cannot function. Make no mistake, wearing a white gossamer dress, humming, dancing around Golden Gate Park and throwing daisies at everyone is equally as foolish and narrow minded.
If you are intent on finding either good or bad, you will find it in almost everything you come in contact with. Being neutral and finding the true nature of things is always preferable to either extreme.
Just how bad can this idea of negative emotions causing dis-ease be? I had one client whose sadness and guilt over the death of a child eventually lead to depression and wanting to commit suicide but couldn’t bring himself to jump off the balcony 8 floors up, and this eventually lead to cancer of the prostate. Luckily after working with him for about 3 months on this condition as well as many other problems he had acquired, the cancer and all the others including high blood pressure and allergies too numerous to list, were gone.
This relationship between mind, body and spirit is intricate.
The spirit knows what is necessary to have a meaningful productive life. After all, the spirit has planned out where it wants to go, what it wants to learn and how it needs to go about this. All this was done prior to leaving the spirit world and inhabiting this body.
The body is just the vessel that houses the other two and has no say so in the course of events except that if the mind goes too far the body then becomes the limiting factor and can end this life by dying.