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  • 1. Connecting to Self The Mind as a Barrier or Doorway to Higher Consciousness By Deborah L. Ohl A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Metaphysical Science in the Department of Graduate Studies of the University of Sedona. October 1, 2007
  • 2. Department of Graduate Studies CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL _____________________________________________________ M.Msc. Thesis of ____________________ This is to certify that the M.Msc. thesis of Deborah L. Ohl has been approved by the Examining Committee for the thesis requirements for the Master of Metaphysical Science degree of the University of Sedona Thesis Committee: _____________________________ Thesis Supervisor _____________________________ Member _____________________________ Member Table of Contents
  • 3. I. Introduction II. Review of Literature III. Findings IV. Discussion V. Summary and Conclusions Bibliography Connecting to Self ii The Mind as a Barrier or Doorway to Higher Consciousness
  • 4. INTRODUCTION – CHAPTER 1 Aligning, evolving, and connecting the human spirit to its source, the God-Mind or Universal Conscious, is the mission of all human beings. Though one could assert that the lessons to be learned in this life are chosen prior to birth, the incarnate soul is usually, on a conscious level, unaware of their task. 1 The conundrum then, for those of us actively walking the metaphysic path home, is to create openings for all of us to experience the connection, the love, the joy that is our essence. To realize the mission, moving the spirit to the God-self, it is necessary for the human to become consciously aware that there is much more to their life than the physical reality they perceive. In human form, we have a mind, a body, and a spirit. The body represents the physical realm, the spirit represents the eternal soul, and the mind is the vehicle making the mission back to the God-self a possibility. The key to the mission lies in the mind. The mind, for purposes of this discussion, will be viewed as having three layers. The conscious, or outward bound intellect, presenting itself in the physical world; the subconscious, or protector, capable of moving inward or outward; it lacks judgment and always seeks to protect; and the super-conscious, or inward bound psyche that travels through the universe .88 Although simplistic, I believe it is a necessary approach for the average person who is struggling, in pain, and feeling alone, if they are to see the possibility of manifesting a better life. The uppermost part of the mind is the super-conscious; it is the place of knowing. This part of the mind contains the light, the things that dreams are made of. Here the universe is in oneness.* Here a glimpse into the soul and God-self resides. Here the spirit of each individual is as one. Connection with this aspect of the mind is indeed possible,
  • 5. though discipline and dedication are required to access it. Sustaining the right of entry to it is a life long challenge. The subconscious is considered the middle layer. It can be thought of as a conduit or link; it can be likened to a computer software program 88 The subconscious acts as a barrier or a bridge between the human and the spirit. The subconscious can function as a liberator, facilitating the re-connect to the higher self. **This is the being part of the human: the aspect that experiences joy, love, and universal oneness. ** The subconscious also, and most often, functions as a malefactor, scoundrel, and troublemaker causing pain, suffering, and alienation from the true self. It does not do this intentionally. It believes it is protecting the human. The subconscious tends to act as a shield, trying to protect the easily broken human; it creates the great disconnect resulting in a sense of isolation, loneliness, and at its worst, abandonment.** The subconscious mind that seeks to protect the human, often results in the human behaving as a do-er. Doing everything, that is, except allowing the human to feel peace and contentment, oneness, and connection. Like a computer program with a virus, it can result in the human running amuck.88 The challenge then, is to unlock the key to the subconscious, creating a bridge from the physical world to the higher self. ** The conscious intellect is the outermost layer mind. **This part of the mind is awake and aware of its physical universe, its feelings, and its emotions; it takes action based on its perception of what is occurring. These perceptions are based on past teachings and beliefs, programs and conditioning accumulated through life, as well as the feelings about self in that moment.* How the person feels about himself and why, is a subject that requires far more discussion than the scope of this thesis. Suffice it to say,
  • 6. that what the person thinks, results in what they experience.** Thought will cause the human to feel happy, sad, fulfilled or unfulfilled, empty or complete. How the conscious is thinking determines its reality and state of contentment. Thoughts are things; what you think about, you bring about. *** Unfortunately, human thought often operate on automatic pilot, driven by subconscious motivation and something known as ego. Modern society has many meanings for the ego. “ It could mean one’s self-esteem; an inflated sense of self-worth; or in philosophical terms, one’s self. However, according to the psychologist Sigmund Freud, the ego is the part of the mind which contains the consciousness that according to Feud, lingers in both the conscious and unconscious.”** (Wikipedia) FIND AND ADD OTHER EGO REFERENCE The conscious mind is a rugged task master, always pushing the human to perform, do, and accomplish, rather than be present in the moment, be at peace, and be One with Self. The conscious human doing is always running. Running from the pain, suffering, and unhappiness they feel, trying to fill the emptiness.** Lives are filled with things; relationships lack contentment and are filled with judgments and animosity, disappointments, or they are totally absent. The outcome is a sense of separation from the Self. The human self, the self that is not worthy, always believes it has done something wrong, or believes it can never do enough.8 These beliefs are inculcated and perpetuated by society and most established religions; both are designed to perpetuate the myth that we are alone, separated and unworthy. **
  • 7. Each individual is given the challenge to find their way back to their Source of greatness, joy, and connection. The field of Metaphysics has opened the doors wide to exploring the mind, the thoughts it contains, and the outcomes it receives. Can it be as simple, yet difficult, as breaking through the subconscious barrier to connect to the higher self? What obstacles discourage the Human from their natural state of Being?
  • 8. CHAPER 2 REVIEW OF LITERATURE “Thoughts are things, and as their currents run they become miracles or crimes in the experiences of individual life.” Cayce The Mind is a terrible thing to waste. This saying originally penned by ------------- creates an excellent backdrop for a discussion of the mind and its impact on any given human being’s experience of reality The psychological mind is defined as the totality of conscious and unconscious mental processes and activities. Dictionary.com Cayce identifies three levels of consciousness or dimensions of mind: conscious, subconscious, and superconscious. The conscious, outer mind is the level we physical beings think are more powerful. The subconscious is that part of our minds that bridges the outer self with the spiritual self. ** According to Cayce, the subconscious is both in the body and beyond the body, in the soul realms of telepathy, non-physical life, and timelessness. **inner vision Cayce noted that each entity has a three-dimensional phase of existence or experience: the world without (conscious), the world within (superconscious), and the mind that may span or bridge the two (subconscious).” In order to reach the world within or the higher self, we must learn to pay attention to our thinking. For this to come about, we must earn how to take charge of our thoughts. This is challenging because the subconscious mind is really controlling our lives most of the time. Studies have shown that the subconscious mind is 30,000 times more powerful than the conscious mind and that the majority of the thoughts held in the subconscious mind are limiting. The subconscious mind is actually serving in an attempt to protect the person from things it fears. Cultural transformation 2005 Our subconscious and even our
  • 9. conscious mind focuses on what it fears, which then creates exactly what it is fearing. Our subconscious is our conscience, our policing power. “That is, the police, the subconscious mind, represent the law that guides, directs, and that way upon which the entity, which any entity, may rely for the enforcement of that which will keep in peace, in war, in any condition, that straight way for the best interest of each and every individual.” However, even as physical police departments can become corrupt, so can our subconscious police become misdirected by powerful suggestions of self-doubt, selfcondemnation. “In the same way and manner as these (the police) may become subject to all of the vicissitudes that are ever present within the conditions in life, so may the subconscious forces, misdirected, misguided, or seeking to belittle the self ... through its experience in the Earth’s plane.” Inner vision In the book, The Power of the Subconscious Mind, written in 1963 by Dr. Joseph Murphy it states: Once you learn the truth about the interaction of your conscious and subconscious minds, you will able to transform your whole life. If you want to change external conditions, you must change the cause. Most people try to change conditions and circumstances by working on the conditions and circumstances. This is a terrible waste of time and effort. They fail to see that their conditions flow from a cause. To remove discord, confusion, lack, and limitation from your life, you must remove the cause. That cause is the way you use your conscious mind, the thoughts and images you encourage in it. Change the cause, and you change the effects. It is just that simple.
  • 10. . If we believe, as underscored in the movie and book, “The Secret” that thoughts create our reality, it is essential that we learn to pay attention to our thoughts in order to experince the joy and peace that is ours to have… There is agreement that thoughts affect perception, and perception gives us reality** The validity of the perception is always in the mind of the perciever. This then begs the question, what causes the perception? In----- it is stated that perception is based on past teachings and beliefs, programming and conditioning, and how a person is feeling. Feelings are the outcome of emotions and emotions are the result of what a person is thinking. ** Statistcally, according to ----the subconscious controls 85% of our thoughts.. Given that the subconscious This Edgar Cayce, ….. stated that mind is the light, the builder, and the bridge to liberation and enlightment. Cayce, through his meditative state in harmony with Universal consciousness, explained that all life begins in the spirit; it is the creative force bringing everything into existence. John Van Auken, in his on article Inner Vision, highlights Cayce’s core teachings. In essence, Edgar Cayce “the unseen forces are greater than the seen.” If we want to change something, it must begin in the mind “That upon which the mind feeds, it becomes” “Thoughts are things, and as their currents run they become miracles or crimes in the experiences of individual life.
  • 11. Society, organized religion…. all contribute to the sense of separation. 2 actively work to keep the self from God, or so it seems. 3 These entities The conscious mind with determination, effort, and commitment can be programmed to pay attention. It can be used to unlock the subconscious that is driving the results, un-be-know to the outward alert mind. Given the ying and yang of the universe, the laws of physics, for everything there is an equal and opposite reaction. that is for the paradox, however, is that the experiences the human has are cataloged in the subconscious mind. Separation Freud introduced different terms to describe the division between the conscious and unconscious, and superconsciuos. as the 'id,' 'ego,' and 'super-ego.' For the most part this parralles the conscious, subsconsciuous and superconscious. In Freud's theory, the ego the id is alert and fully unconscious mind), the super-ego and the external world. Our lives contain a paradox. “The Law of Spiritual Perfection” Our lives are based on two options: one is ego based, which is how we all begin, and the other is spirit based, which is how we over world our human selves lives in Engaging the power of the mind to experience a better life From a metaphysical perspective, that which gets in the way of connecting to the source could also be termed EGO--- Easing God Out.
  • 12. Since the discovery of the subconscious mind and its ability to control our lives, many methods of transforming the mind have been developed and have had plenty of time to be tested. DISCUSSION This soul is indeed sad, troubled, lost, and lonely. Both the conscious and subconscious layers use the mind in an attempt to avoid feeling bad, and to numb the pain of isolation and separateness. The conscious mind acts in the form of doing, filling the void, temporarily escaping the feelings of discontent and loneliness, a by-product of the subconscious, acting on old programs, hurt feelings, and irrational beliefs. Mind is our true nature. It is that portion of us that lives forever. What would it be like to live our lives as minds in bodies, rather than bodies with minds? Surprisingly, Cayce considered the mind to be a savior, a redeemer. It is that portion of our being that can mend and restore us. Let’s engage our minds and fully awaken to our spiritual selves. Inner vision auken BIOGRAPHY The Secret Id, ego, and super-ego From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ego#Ego Gay, Peter (ed., 1989), The Freud Reader. W.W. Norton. The Gnostic Wisdom Foundation 1 The Law of Spiritual Perfection http://www.gnosticwisdom.org/site/719665/page/45029