Introduction /Chapter 1: The Subconscious Mind

What is it which intuits you that you’ve forgotten something in the apartment and you are sure of it, but finally you give up and you find you really had forgotten your  earphones? You had a firm compulsion but in a hurry, you ignored it instead. That “compulsion” is generated by your subconscious mind. That part of the brain which is always aware and taking all the information of each tiniest  moment that you have been through , to store it in an archive and use it as a kind of reference for handling similar future events in a better way. The reason why the subconscious can only give you as far as a “firm compulsion” and not a formal “You forgot your earphones” is because not all the information of the subconscious can  be interpreted to words from our language( we can try to describe it, to say the most). And that collection of experiences of an individual creates the character of every individual’s present self. It decides if the person prefers juice over coffee, the pitch of his/her speaking voice or  if he/she would insist on buying the movie tickets beforehand. To elaborate more, our subconscious mind is an automatic machine which takes in information in real time, for the sake of not overburdening our conscious mind with myriads of information it cannot comprehend, and guide the conscious mind in the best possible way. It is true that our subconscious mind holds immense power, and if used effectively can produce anything from a super calculator human to metal bending humans, who interact through their subconscious minds to interact with the metal object and transform its molecular arrangement. Incidents like these are not uncommon these days.

The conscious mind heavily relies on the subconscious mind. The new research “doesn’t prove that consciousness never does anything,” wrote Roy Baumeister, a professor of psychology at Florida State University, in an e-mail message. “It’s rather like showing you can hot-wire a car to start the ignition without keys. That’s important and potentially useful information, but it doesn’t prove that keys don’t exist or that keys are useless.”

Yet he and most in the field now agree that the evidence for psychological hot-wiring has become overwhelming.

In an experiment, published in 2005, Dutch psychologists had undergraduates sit in a cubicle and fill out a questionnaire. Hidden in the room was a bucket of water with a splash of citrus-scented cleaning fluid, giving off a faint odor. After completing the questionnaire, the young men and women had a snack, a crumbly biscuit provided by laboratory staff members.

The researchers covertly filmed the snack time and found that these students cleared away crumbs three times more often than a comparison group, who had taken the same questionnaire in a room with no cleaning scent. “That is a very big effect, and they really had no idea they were doing it,” said Henk Aarts, a psychologist at Utrecht University and the senior author of the study.

Researchers do not yet know how or when, exactly, unconscious drives may suddenly become conscious; or under which circumstances people are able to override hidden urges by force of will. Millions have quit smoking, for instance, and uncounted numbers have resisted darker urges to misbehave that they don’t even fully understand.

Sigmund Freud and his followers developed an account of the unconscious mind. It plays an important role in psychoanalysis.

Freud divided the mind into the conscious mind (or the ego) and the unconscious mind. The latter was then further divided into the id (or instincts and drive) and the superego (or conscience). In this theory, the unconscious refers to the mental processes of which individuals make themselves unaware. Freud proposed a vertical and hierarchical architecture of human consciousness: the conscious mind, the preconscious, and the unconscious mind—each lying beneath the other. He believed that significant psychic events take place “below the surface” in the unconscious mind, like hidden messages from the unconscious. He interpreted such events as having both symbolic and actual significance.

In psychoanalytic terms, the unconscious does not include all that is not conscious, but rather what is actively repressed from conscious thought or what a person is averse to knowing consciously. Freud viewed the unconscious as a repository for socially unacceptable ideas, wishes or desires, traumatic memories, and painful emotions put out of mind by the mechanism of psychological repression. However, the contents did not necessarily have to be solely negative. In the psychoanalytic view, the unconscious is a force that can only be recognized by its effects—it expresses itself in the symptom. In a sense, this view places the conscious self as an adversary to its unconscious, warring to keep the unconscious hidden. Unconscious thoughts are not directly accessible to ordinary introspection, but are supposed to be capable of being “tapped” and “interpreted” by special methods and techniques such as meditation, free association (a method largely introduced by Freud), dream analysis, and verbal slips (commonly known as a Freudian slip), examined and conducted during psychoanalysis. Seeing as these unconscious thoughts are normally cryptic, psychoanalysts are considered experts in interpreting their messages.

Freud later used his notion of the unconscious in order to explain certain kinds of neurotic behavior. Nevertheless, Freud’s theory of the unconscious was substantially transformed by some of his followers, among them Carl Jung and Jacques Lacan.

 The subconscious is important in dealing and learning the Ultimate Reality because apart from the conventional uses of the subconscious, the subconscious is a way to all the other realms that exist other than what you see, touch, taste, smell and hear. One of the ways the subconscious interacts with the conscious mind is the dreaming state where your subconscious suggests you subtly, one day at a time. Much research has appeared recently  in decrypting the dreams as the symbols in the dreams have to be translated to derive the “big picture”. The concept of the conscious and the subconscious is not new. Maharaja Tipu Sultan (India), in the medieval ages, was frequently visited by good-willed entities warning him of the forthcoming dangers for the kingdom or the people. There have been musicians, who claim to have been learning music in their dreams from their non-physical gurus. We have the example of Swami Yogananda, the great saint’s autobiography is divine and concentrated with lessons of love, light and faith with the very description of “the higher worlds”, that can be accessed by balanced beings through their subconscious. Swami Yogananda also has also made us aware about the power will of a human being. Ra material also states that a human mind, sufficiently trained in controlling the power of the will can materialize any physical object when and where they wish to!

We are much more than just civilizations of random people living on a planet that just “happened” to be fit for generating life forms and sustaining them through such vast amounts of time. Look around you, the world is full of mysteries. There are theories still coming up about how the great pyramids were made, Bermuda triangle is another mystic place where space/time changes behavior in inexplicable ways.

Shamanism is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to encounter and interact with the Spirit world. A shaman is a person regarded as having access to, and influence in the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, who typically enters into a trance state during a ritual, and practices divination and healing. Further investigation shows that after ingesting plants like Salvia Divinorum, a shaman is able to shift his consciousness into the higher planes of dimension, the consciousness state where he is able to see everything. Everything meaning if an object is observed, you will perceive the object at its true form. Both, the frontal and the posterior parts of every object is observed simultaneously. This is very hard to visualize because our minds have been trained from the moment we open our eyes to observe and perceive the 3-dimensional world, of which we are a part of. After proper rituals preceding healing, the shaman goes into a state of trance, expands his consciousness to find which part of the patient is not well and the cause of disease is removed. It is magical for us, but to them, its just another practice routine as their whole life is dedicated to helping the community.

Another great aspect of the subconscious are lucid dreams. Lucid dreaming is one of the ways to get access to the astral world. A lucid dream is a dream in which the dreamer, though conscious efforts or accidentally becomes aware that he/she is dreaming whilst dreaming. The effect of becoming aware in a dream is that the dreamer now has control over the happenings of his dream. In simple words, you can drive your personalized Lamborghini any night you want. Of course, the possibilities are endless, you could do anything from an audience simulation for an upcoming performance. or just try out the extremes of what your imagination can give you. It is pretty entertaining too, but should not be practiced with carelessness. Caution should be observed.

The distinction between nonlucid and lucid dreams represents perhaps the broadest level of variation in dream experiences presently recognized. The contemporary notion of a lucid dream is a “dream in which one knows one is dreaming” (Green, 1968). This is in contrast to the nonlucid dream, in which dreamers are not aware of being in the dream state.

Another interesting phenomenon is an Out-of-Body Experience, often called OBE’s(Also referred as Astral Projection). An out-of-body experience (OBE or sometimes OOBE) is an experience that typically involves a sensation of floating outside one’s body and, in some cases, perceiving one’s physical body from a place outside one’s body (autoscopy) or experiencing something located physically. An OBE may be spontaneous sometimes, or can also be achieved by training. The Monroe Institute’s Nancy Penn Center is the oldest and most established facility specializing in out-of-body experience induction. The Center for Higher Studies of the Consciousness in Brazil is another large OBE training facility. The International Academy of Consciousness in southern Portugal features the Projectarium, a spherical structure dedicated exclusively for practice and research on out-of-body experience. Olaf Blanke’s Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience has become a well-known laboratory for OBE research.

The astral body(or etheric body) is a subtle body posited by many religious philosophers, intermediate between the intelligent soul and the physical body, composed of a subtle material. It has a much lighter form than the physical human body. It has the ability to travel at the speed of thought. Because you think..and you are there.

Evidence for objective reality of projection on to the etheric plane (a near-copy of the physical plane) is sometimes suggested when people, such as patients during surgery, describe OBEs in which they see or hear events or objects outside their sensory range (for instance, Pam Reynolds reported experiencing an OBE during brain surgery and described a surgical instrument she had not seen previously, as well as conversation that occurred while she was under anesthesia).

 My next post would probably be a poem so, you subscribers not interested in poems can skip it until next chapter is compiled. More information may be added in published chapters if need be observed. Comment your Feedbacks or mail at Puru991@gmail.com.

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