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  1. 1. Connecting to Self The Mind as a Barrier or Doorway to Higher Consciousness By Deborah L. OhlA 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. 2. Table of ContentsI. IntroductionII. Review of LiteratureIII. FindingsIV. DiscussionV. Summary and Conclusions Bibliography
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION – CHAPTER 1 Aligning, evolving, and connecting the human spirit to its source, the God-Mindor Universal Conscious, is the mission of all human beings. Though one could assert thatthe 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. (Murphy 1963) The conundrum then is tocreate an opening which will facilitate the experience of connection, love, and joy that iseach individual’s essence. To move the individual to the God-self, it is necessary for theindividual human being to become consciously aware that there is much more to their lifethan the physical reality they perceive. In human form, there is a mind, a body, and aspirit. The body represents the physical realm, the spirit represents the God-Self, and themind is the vehicle that links or separates the two. (Charles, 1957) The key to theconnection lies in the mind. (Smith, 2005) The mind, for purposes of this research, will be viewed as having three planes.The conscious, or outward bound intellect, presenting itself in the physical world; thesubconscious, or protector, capable of moving inward or outward, lacking judgment andalways seeking to protect; and the super-conscious, higher self, or God-mind, the inwardbound psyche traveling through the universe. (Van Aken, 2007) This approach providesa simple construct that will lay the groundwork for understanding how the mind operatesin an effort to help the willing and interested the possibility of manifesting a better life,and the experience of connection to higher self, the God-mind. The innermost plane of the mind is the super-conscious; it is the place ofknowing. This part of the mind contains light, perfection, and harmony. Here theuniverse is in oneness. (Alwyn, 2005) Here an individual can glimpse the God-Self. Here
  4. 4. the spirit of each individual is as one. Connection with this aspect of the mind is indeedpossible, though discipline and dedication are required to access it. (Capps, 2006)Sustaining connection with the God-self is a life long challenge, as individuals are acontinual work in progress. The subconscious can be thought of as the intermediary between the consciousand superconscious mind. It can be viewed as a conduit or link; it can be likened to acomputer software program, reacting to information programmed into it. (Baum, 1957)It can be a barrier or a bridge between the individuated human being and the God-self.The subconscious can function as a liberator, facilitating the individual’s union with theGod-self. Most often, however, it functions as a malefactor and troublemaker causingpain, suffering, and alienation of the individual from the true self. (Martin, 2007)) It doesnot do this intentionally. It believes it is protecting the human. The subconscious, basedon faulty programming from the outward directed ego and conscious mind, tends to act asa shield, trying to protect the easily broken human. This can create a sense of isolation,loneliness, and at its worst, abandonment. (Laitman, 2007) The conscious intellect is the outward directed mind. This part of the mind isawake and aware of its physical universe, its feelings, and its emotions; it takes actionbased on its perception of what is occurring. (Laitman, 2007) These perceptions arebased on past teachings and beliefs, programs, and conditioning accumulated throughlife, then impressed and stored in the subconscious mind.(Stoop,1996) How theindividual feels about themselves and why is a subject that requires far more researchthan the scope of this thesis. Suffice it to say that what the individual thinks creates hisbeliefs, resulting in what he experiences. (Bryne, 2006) How the conscious is thinking
  5. 5. determines its reality and state of contentment. Thought will cause the human to feelhappy, sad, fulfilled or unfulfilled, empty or complete. Thoughts are things; what youthink about, you bring about. (Laitman, 2007) The subconscious is always listening to input from both the conscious andsuperconscious [God-self]. When the superconscious, God-self does not agree with theindividual ego’s programming the subconscious has the complex problem of reconcilingthe opposites in its memory bank. The result is emotional distress and disharmonybecause the conscious ego is attached to the past, afraid of change, and seeking topreserve the status quo. (Martin, 2007) The task then, is to minimize or eliminate the subconscious barrier, and create abridge from the physical world to the God-self. Each individual is given the challenge tofind peace, joy, and contentment. To continuously experience greatness, joy, andconnection is the natural state of being. (Laitman, 2007) The field of Metaphysics hasopened the doors wide to exploring the mind, the thoughts it contains, and the outcomesit receives. Can it be as simple, yet difficult, as breaking through the subconscious barrierto connect to the God-self? What obstacles discourage the Human from their naturalstate of being?
  6. 6. REVIEW OF LITERATURE - CHAPTER 2 The psychological mind is defined as the totality of conscious and unconsciousmental processes and activities. (Dictionary.com) Edgar Cayce, the foremost identifiedthe three levels of consciousness or dimensions of mind as conscious, subconscious, andsuperconscious. The conscious, outer mind is the level most human beings think to bemore powerful. (Smith, 2005) “Thoughts are things, and as their currents run they become miracles or crimes inthe experiences of individual life.” Cayce (as cited by Smith, 2005) Edgar Cayce notedthat each entity has a three-dimensional phase of existence or experience: the worldwithout, the world within, and the mind that may span or bridge the two. (Smith, 2005) The subconscious is that part of the mind that bridges the outer self with thespiritual self. According to Cayce, the subconscious is both in the body and beyond thebody, in the soul realms of telepathy, non-physical life, and timelessness. (Van Aken,2007) In order to reach the world within or the God-self [superconscious], individualsmust learn to pay attention to their thinking. For this to come about, individuals mustlearn how to take charge of their thoughts. This is challenging, because thesubconscious mind is controlling the individual’s life most of the time. Studies haveshown that the subconscious mind is 30,000 times more powerful than the consciousmind and that the majority of the thoughts held in the subconscious mind are limiting.(Raven, 2006) The subconscious mind is actually serving in an attempt to protect the
  7. 7. person from things it fears. (Barrett, 2005) By focusing on what it fears, the subconsciousand even the conscious mind then creates exactly what it fears. The subconscious is theprotector for the conscience. Ironically, its capacity to protect is compromised; it lacksthe ability to think or discern the reasonableness of stored data from the imprintedinformation it contains. (Murphy, 1963) The subconscious mind represents the laws that guide, direct, and inform theindividual. However, even as law makers can become misguided and even corrupt, socan the policing subconscious become misdirected by powerful suggestions of self-doubtand self-condemnation accrued from the individuals experience in the material world.(Van Aken, 2007)_Ironically, the process of connecting with the God-self requires helpfrom the subconscious mind, which is often entrenched in mistaken beliefs and irrationalthought, an outcome of the outward directed ego based consciousness. False beliefs thengenerate fear, separation, and strong negative feelings. (Rubino, 2007) Whenconsciousness and the individual’s emotional life are ego driven, the individual isconstantly on the defense, experiencing lack, and a need for more. (Kribbe, 2005) Leonard Rubino, in his article, The Miracle of Your Minds, sees the consciousmind as the gate keeper to the subconscious mind. He characterizes the conscious mindas voluntarily awareness, given by God to create whatever it so chooses. Rubino writesthat the subconscious mind is the Soul and the storehouse of all knowledge in theuniverse. As a result, each individual has access to this information simply by asking.Rubino states, “You tell God what you desire, and God tells you HOW to get it.” Thesubconscious mind is the creator; it will create whatever the conscious mind demands.
  8. 8. (Rubino, 2007) The bible confirms the concept: “Ask and you shall receive, seek and youshall find, knock and the door shall be open to you.” (Mat 7:7) Each individual has access to the Universal Super-Conscious Mind of God. Itrules the universe and it is within each individual. “The Universal Super Conscious Mindis around and through you. You are a Creator, with God-given power to use this force asyou please.” (Rubino, 2007) Because each individual is the director of their own life,Rubino urges each person to take control of their thinking, An apt distinction between the conscious and subconscious mind is provided byCS Shah. (Shah, 2004) He states that certain actions are performed as a reflex withoutconscious awareness, but because there is a reaction, people assume it is conscious, andtherefore are unaware of the control being exhibited at the subconscious level. Shawfurthers his position by indicating that the mind is always thinking, containing thoughtsthat are both good and bad. Despite conscious attempts to control thoughts they persist,which raises the question, “Where do such thoughts arise?” Shah’s answer is that mostthought comes from the subconscious mind. “Subconscious mind is the sum total of ourpast experiences. What we feel, think, or do form the basis of our experience.” (Shah,2004) These experiences are stored in the form of subtle impressions in oursubconscious mind. These impressions interact with one another and create tendencies.Individuals become prone to react in a particular way, to a particular situation or stimulus,depending upon the tendencies in their subconscious mind. The result of these tendenciesdetermines an individual’s disposition. (Kribbe, 2005)
  9. 9. Shah believes there is a way to improve the quality of thinking and experience,and thereby improve the character or spirit of the individual. He believes that individualshave to control and handle both the conscious and subconscious mind and that though itmay be difficult, it is not impossible. His view is that it’s a matter of cleansing thesubconscious of its “weeds and dirty contents” by following the “psychology of spiritualscience.” (Shah, 2004) The interaction of the conscious and subconscious mind can transform anindividual’s whole life once he learns about, and understands the relationship ofconscious and subconscious to one another. (Murphy, 1963) To change externalcircumstances the cause of the circumstance must be recognized and changed. Mosthuman beings try to change their experience by working on the outward conditions andcircumstances that they can see. (Murphy, 1963) Failure to see that circumstances flowfrom an unseen, but felt cause perpetuates a continuous cycle of the same circumstance.To remove conflict, confusion, lack, and limitation from life, the cause must berecognized and removed. The thoughts and images used by the conscious mind must bechanged. “Change the cause, and you change the effects. It is just that simple”. (Murphy,1963) It has been said that, “Where the will and the emotions are in conflict, bet on theemotions. Emotions come from the subconscious mind. “The subconscious mind is crazy.It allows others to program it. We program it ourselves in times of high stress.” (Kazlev,1999) Most people run their lives and act or react based on their emotions. Thoughtscreate emotions, and emotions determine actions. (Byrne, 2006) In essence, the
  10. 10. individual is what he thinks he is. Emotions can drive an individual to success ordevastation. Therefore, changing the thought, changes the emotions, and results in adifferent action, which creates a different outcome. (Ursiny, 2005) Individuals have a tendency to blame someone or something for any discontent intheir world. This creates further isolation and alienation from the God-self, with feelingsof distress at the subconscious level and eventually physical disease on the consciouslevel. (Boulet, 1999) Given that the subconscious mind has no ability to reprogram itself,it must rely on the will and analysis of thoughts generated by the conscious mind. If anindividual remains unaware of the effects of his thinking, and does not develop awarenessthat his thoughts are creating his experience, his life becomes destructive to itself.(Raven, 2006) “Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improvethemselves. They therefore remain burdened.” (Allen as cited by Martin 2007) Althoughman’s thoughts are almost always unconscious, a man is exactly what he thinks he is,creating his own circumstances. Allen alleged that the outer world of circumstancesshapes itself to the inner world of thought. Suffering, he said, is always the effect ofwrong thought indicating that the individual is out of harmony with himself. He goes onto state that the sole purpose of suffering is to purify and remove those thoughts whichare not serving the individual. Though Allen conceded that a man may not be able tocontrol his circumstances, he adamantly believed that man could choose his thoughtsabout them, and so indirectly shape his circumstances. “Circumstance does not make theman; it reveals him to himself.” (Allen as cited by Martin 2007) Explaining further, Allensaid that the body is the servant of the mind. The body obeys the mind whether thoughts
  11. 11. are deliberately chosen or “automatically expressed.” Allen hypothesized that a man’sthoughts could rapidly shape his habits; some serving and others not. Allen states that,“the soul attracts that which it secretly harbors; that which it loves, and also that which itfears….thought and action are the jailers of fate.” (Allen as cited by Martin2007) The mind is a subtle matter, an energy force that can take any form instantly. Themind must use consciousness for its task. (Shaw, 2004) Shaw states that the mind can betrained. At birth, consciousness gets separated from Spirit, because the conscious humanbeing wrongly identifies its self with matter (physical form). Reconnecting with the True-Self becomes the goal of human life. “The difficulty is that Spirit must find its wayhome.” (Shah, 2004) The mind conjures up excuses such as fear of failure, fear of consequences, orfear of what others might say, which blocks the spiritual path or connection with the God-Self. “The mind must be trained to be calm and collected under adverse conditions. Tomake the mind strong, and receive what it desires, the individual’s mind must develop thequality of fearlessness.” ( Sri Ramakrishna as cited by Shah, 2004) Training the mind takes a disciplined and concerted effort to overcome fear(s).To achieve spiritual goals the mind must be free of negativity. Essentially this translatesinto developing an awareness and acknowledgement of the true nature of thought. SwamiTejomayananda states that practicing anything at the physical level leads to mechanicalbehavior. (Shah, 2004) In terms of achieving material things this may be the desiredresult, however, in the pursuit of spiritual goals, the effort must be conscious andcalculated, and not mechanical. Swami Tejomayananda (Swami Tejomayananda, 2004)states that in order to move towards spiritual perfection it is necessary to “remove the veil
  12. 12. of ignorance”. Swami Tejomayananda is referring to the conscious and subconsciousmind. He provides two analogies illustrating this point: “Avidya [the nature of ignorance] is like the dust on a mirror. It is like clouds covering the rays of the sun. The sun is always shining fully, but we think the sun is not there and we see only darkness.” “When a statue or a picture is about to be unveiled at a first public showing, the statue or the picture is already behind the covering. If we make a small hole in the cloth we can see a small area of the picture and as we cut the hole to a larger size, more and more of the picture is revealed to us. We do not create the picture as it is already there and only the veil prevents our direct vision of it.” (Swami Tejomayananda, 2004) Written in 1905, gaining believers in the 1950’s, and a growing following in the21st century, James Allen eloquently summed up the power and impact of the mind on thehuman experience, “Until thought is linked with purpose, there is no intelligentaccomplishment… They who have no control, no purpose in their lives fall easy prey toworries, fears, troubles, and self pityings… Action is the blossom of thoughts; joy andsuffering are its fruits…Thoughts allied fearlessly to purpose become creative force.”(Allen as cited by Martin 2007) The importance of recognizing the role of the subconscious mind is fundamentalto a sense of peace, prosperity, and spiritual fulfillment. Both the ego and the spirit arefed from emotional energy, the emotional state is critically important to make the shiftfrom ego-based to spirit-based consciousness possible. ( Capps, 2006) “As a man is in hisheart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23)
  13. 13. FINDINGS – Chapter 3 The review of dozens of books, articles, and web sites confirm that thesubconscious mind is a powerful force influencing the experiences of the individual itserves. Scholars and philosophers across the ages have all addressed the subconsciousworkings of the mind. Though they differ on approaches and use of words, their ultimatefindings are similar: the subconscious acts as the intermediary between the external worldand the internal self. The degree of fulfillment or emptiness an individual experiences canbe traced to emotions generated by the subconscious, stemming from its automaticresponse, a jumble of conflicting information, which has no ability to discriminate ordetermine the value of the thoughts it contains. ( Barrett, 2005) The key to finding peaceand contentment then, is to develop an awareness of what the mind is creating and”reprogramming” its content to achieve the desired result. Thomas Troward (The Edinburough Lectures) and James Allen (As a ManThinketh) understood that each individual has a conscious mind. They further had anexplicit awareness that human beings are “all points of consciousness awareness in auniversal, subconscious mind”. (Troward and Allen as cited by Martin, 2007) Eachconscious being continuously attracts what he thinks, as though his mind were a magnet.The subconscious mind then informs or supports the individual’s experience of reality.The trick is to train the subconscious to act purposefully and with intention. If anindividual learns to direct his thoughts, he can then consciously create the life he desires,because the Superconscious, Universal God-Mind is contained in each individual mind,“The source of all that is.” (Martin, 2007)
  14. 14. Martin, in his book How to Master Life, supports the belief that UniversalIntelligence permeates all things. ( Martin, 2007 ) He professes that at birth a sense ofseparation begins to occur, and that the physical world creates an illusion of separatenessfrom the God-Self. Martin states that organized religion, societal norms, and anindividual’s ego, create a mass consciousness contributing to the sense of separation fromthe God-source. “It seems these entities actively work to keep the self from God.”(Martin, 2007) Cochran in The Mind of God, (Cochrane, 2003) also believes that there is adisconnection in human consciousness creating a sense of aloneness and division, andthat awakening the conscious and developing an awareness of repeating life patterns canbe the vehicle to awaken the mind. He believes that the conscious, outward, alert mindcan be used to penetrate the subconscious. Laitman, in Chaos to Harmony states that withhard work, effort, and determination the conscious mind can be programmed to payattention, to learn, and reconnect to the God-self. (Laitman, 2007) The conscious mind can be a harsh task master, pushing the individual to perform,do, and accomplish. The conscious human is always running. Running from the pain,suffering, and unhappiness it feels, trying to fill the emptiness. Lives end up filled withthings; relationships lack contentment and are filled with judgments, animosity, anddisappointments. (Stoop, 2005) The ultimate outcome is a sense of separation from theSelf. The human self, the self that is not worthy, has a tendency to believe it has donesomething wrong, or that it can never do enough, or that it is not of value. These thoughtsare ego driven by a need to protect the separated self. (Stone, 2005) These attitudesperpetuate the myth that we are alone, separated and unworthy.
  15. 15. The soul is sad, troubled, lost, and lonely. (Laitman, 2007) Both the conscious andsubconscious layers use the mind in an attempt to avoid feeling bad, and to numb the painof isolation and separateness. The conscious mind acts in the form of doing, filling thevoid, temporarily escaping the feelings of discontent and loneliness, acting on oldprograms, hurt feelings, and irrational beliefs. (Kribbe, 2005) Karl Jung psychiatrist and founder of the school of analytical psychology furtherclarified the relationship of the conscious and subconscious mind. Jungs attitude towardsthe unconscious was that it was vital to everyday life. He believed that for life to be trulymeaningful the unconscious must be acknowledged and honored as an essential aspect ofexternal life. He believed that the unconscious is crucial to experiencing a life of peaceand contentment. (Ravenswood 2006) The conscious mind relates to a masculine, analytical mind, which Karl Jungreferred to as the “active principle of self.” The conscious mind is the thinking mind,using deductive reasoning. That is, it starts with the “factual” input from the “real” worldusing the five senses. Then it creates theories and judgments based on the facts it hasdetermined. It then imprints its determinations into the subconscious mind for permanentstorage and later use when the subject comes up again. (Ravenswood 2006) The power of the conscious mind lies in its judgment and will, the choices itmakes. The conscious mind acts and reacts in the here and now, its present moment,based on how it perceives what is going. (Boulet, 1999) The subconscious is not restricted by the confines of the here and now; it does notrecognized the constraints of time, consequently the subconscious is a mix of confusinginformation and misinterpretations, a result of ideas previously imprinted by the
  16. 16. conscious mind and mixed with information from the ideals of the superconscious mind.(Sutphen, 1993) When these levels of mind are in conflict, the subconscious generatesunpleasant, often painful feelings that produce unwanted results in the physical realm. The subconscious, always acting in what it sees as the best interest of theindividual, has no conscious ability to correct illogical and irrational beliefs. Thesubconscious is associated with the feminine, emotional, or feeling mind, which KarlJung referred to as the “passive principle of self.” (Pettifor, 2006) The subconscious islike a computer, holding onto everything that is put into it. It views all information asoperating facts, based on previously programmed information. It sees everything as blackand white, always putting out the same positively or negatively charged emotionalanswers associated with the consciously inputted information. (Baum, 1957) Thesubconscious will continue with the same thought pattern until its program or consciousinput is changed. The subconscious uses what Bolye (1999) describes as inductivereasoning: providing a picture of reality based on what has been programmed into it. Thesubconscious is unable to recognize time. The subconscious has a window open to thepresent conscious mind and a window open to the infinity of all space, thesuperconscious. “In other words, it is the filter between the conscious and superconsciousmind or between the finite an infinite.” (Boyle, 1999) It acts as the translator betweenthe two entities; conflict between the two results in emotional distress; agreement createsa sense of love and harmony, both creating the emotions felt by the subconscious andactualized in the physical world. (Boyle, 1999) Human thought, driven by subconscious motivation, operates automatically about85% of the time, always seeking to protect and serve the individual. (Raven, 2006)
  17. 17. The result is a reactive, rather than a responsive human, behaving as a do-er; creating ahabitual pattern of responses that do not serve. The continuous cycle of doing andreacting, reinforce and retard the individuals ability to feel peace and contentment,oneness and connection. (Laitman, 2007) Like a computer program with a virus, thesubconscious can result in the human being running amuck. (Stone, 2005) An individual’s sense of self is defined as the ego. The “I” or self of any person; aperson as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of othersand from objects of its thought is termed ego. (Dictionary.com). In modern society, theterm ego has many meanings: one’s self-esteem, an inflated sense of self-worth, or inphilosophical terms, one’s self. The psychologist, Sigmund Freud, surmised that the egois the part of the mind containing the consciousness which lingers in both the consciousand unconscious. (Gay, 1989) In an enlightenment context, ego is the deeply ingrained, compulsive need toremain separate and superior under all circumstances (Strawson, 2006) This is a result ofevolving human beings ever increasing desire to receive pleasure, which is wronglysought outside the self. (Stone, 2005) This searching is a function of choice and free will,unique among human beings; nothing else in nature has this capability. Nature alwaysworks to balance. All of its action is designed to bring each part into balance. Humans,however, require conscious participation to create harmony and balance. Ultimately andironically, this ability leads to a sense of separateness and loss of connection with theGod-self. Consequently, as long as an individual lacks awareness that their egotisticalthinking is creating a sense of lack and disharmony within themselves, a sense of void
  18. 18. will persist until the absence of fulfillment moves them to look for solutions; it is thenthat progress and evolvement can take place. (Laitman, 2007). The externally driven ego is experienced as an emotional quagmire of fear andattachment. It is the part of the individual that feels victimized by life, avoids anythingthat contradicts its self-image, and is painstakingly invested in its personal fears anddesires. (Stone, 2005) Most individuals are not aware of, or educated in the differencesbetween negative ego thinking and spiritual thinking. As a result, they live their lives as a‘bad dream’ filled with negative emotions, and believing the cause of their unhappiness isoutside of themselves. They do not recognize that all negative thoughts and emotions area result of unconscious choices that were interjected into the subconscious mind by theego, rather than the Universal Conscious, Christ mind. (Stone, 2007) The bottom line,according to Stone, is that an individual can interpret a situation from the lower self orthe Higher-Self. Because its actions are habitual, the subconscious cannot act as an agent ofchange. To change its response, to create a different experience, the subconscious mustbe re-programmed. This can be done outwardly at the conscious level, subconsciously viahypnosis, and inwardly from the superconscious level. (Simmons, 1957)The scope of thisthesis allows only a glimpse into what this would involve to be successful. Carl Jung said, “Mind is a human beings true nature.” “What would it be like tolive our lives as minds in bodies, rather than bodies with minds?” (Ravenswood, 2006) Inother words, live our lives from the inside out rather than the outside in. Cayceconsidered the mind to be the savior and the redeemer. Mind is that part of the individualbeing that can mend and restore itself. (Martin, 2007) ) Cayce, Jung, Freud believed that
  19. 19. engaging the human mind is the path to awakening the spiritual self. Today, notedauthorities such as Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dwyer, and the Dali Lama continue tosupport the idea that we are all “spiritual beings having a human experience.” (Chopra,2006) A conscious, aware individual can engage their mind; they can learn to connectwith their spiritual self. (Van Auken, 2007) C S Shaw, in his article, Learning from the Blows said, “To understand that weare more than mere body-mind complexes, to realize the limitations of human mind,reason and ego, and to attempt to rise above the human plane to divine plane ofconsciousness is real action.” Understanding that the mind is an imperfect instrument,and understanding the nature of reality, according to Shah, is the beginning of wisdom.To understand, experience, and manifest inner divinity, according to Shah, is the goal anddestiny of every human being. Martin, in his book, How to Master Life, underscores the idea that thoughts heldin the mind, along with intention and belief creates the individual’s experience. Themovie, The Secret, highlights the same concept. An unconscious creator inadvertentlysabotages his own happiness. Given that the mind attracts what it thinks, (Byrne, 2006)the trick is to purposefully and with forethought get the individual to direct their thinkingin a conscious way to achieve harmony. Martin states that it is possible to monitor yourthoughts by paying attention to your feelings. Martin urges us: if the feelings are notgood, pay attention to the thoughts that preceded them. (Martin, 2005)
  20. 20. DISCUSSION – Chapter 4 “The mind is a terrible thing to waste.” This saying originally penned by theUnited Negro College Fund creates an excellent backdrop for a discussion of the mindand its impact on any given human being’s experience of reality. The Secret (Byrne, 2006), has revived public interest and awareness in the powerof the mind and the power of thought to transform lives. The irony is that it is not, nor hasit been a secret. It is and has been present for all to see, if they are paying attention, andherein lays the crux of the problem: the lack of conscious awareness is the obstacleblocking connection to the higher consciousness or the God-self. The subconscious,essentially creating the human experience, lacks the awareness and ability to decipher oradjust its actions when its actions are counterproductive (Barrett, 2005) Consequently,the individual becomes conditioned or programmed to a certain way of reacting based ondata and information that may be faulty. As a result, the subconscious develops reactionpatterns or habits in response to familiar stimuli.” (Capps, 2006) An individual’s life is based on two options: one is ego based, which separates theGod-self from its source, a process beginning at birth and growing in power as lifeprogresses on the human plane of existence. The other is spirit based, the God-self, whereeach individuated soul also exist, and longs to connect with. (Capps, 2006) If we believe, as underscored in the movie and book, The Secret that thoughtscreate our reality, it is essential that we learn to pay attention to our thoughts in order toexperience harmonious living. This can only happen by using the conscious will to makethe subconscious fit the superconscious pattern of ideals and universal laws of harmony,
  21. 21. peace, and joy. (Boulet 1999) This requires recognition and conscious awareness of thepowerful influence the subconscious thoughts inflict in the physical world. There is agreement that thoughts affect perception, and creates the individual’sreality. Dictioary.com defines perception as perception rrecognition and interpretation ofsensory stimuli based chiefly on memory.The validity of the perception is always in themind of the perciever. (Stop, 2005) This then begs the question, what causes theperception? Perception is the result of the individual’s point of view, which is based onbeliefs generated by a mix of memories imprinted and stored in the subconscious mind,which lacks the discrimination to evalaute right from wrong or good from bad. (Stone,2005) Unlike the conscious mind, the subconscious does not exist in time and space.Consequently it responds to anything and everything stored in its vast archive, withoutlogic or reason, regardless of what, when, why or the present utility for the human beingit is serving. ( Sutphen, 1993) Subconscious perception prompts internal feelings whichconvert to emotional responses that materialize in the physical world. What ultimatelycomes about is dependent on the quality of thought that generates the frequency, quality,and intensity of the accompanying emotion. ( secret) To create harmony then, the act ofpaying attention to the emotion and tracing it back to the thought becomes the first stepin conscious recognition. (Stoop, 1996) As the awarenes of thought becomes moreprominent, the indivdual begins to see they are responsbile for the thoughts they choose.As the individual begins to choose thoughts that serve them and those around them, theybegin to feel a sense of peace, love, and connection. (Williamson, 1992) At this point,they are ready to experience their God-self and connection with universal oneness.
  22. 22. Edgar Cayce stated that mind is the light, the builder, and the bridge to liberationand enlightment. John Van Auken, in his on article Inner Vision, highlights Cayce’s coreteachings: “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.” (Cayce as citedby Smith, 2005) Our thoughts determine our reality. What we think about we bring about.(Bryne, 2006) Great teachers, prophets, philosophers, sages, psychologist, andmetaphysicians through the ages believe this to be true. What if it is true? What would ittake to bring humanity back to its God-source? How can the unaware individual beawakened to the power of their subconscious, to experience the belonging and connectionwith their God-self? To help human kind become aware, one individuated being at a timeis a subject worthy of future exploration and discovery.
  23. 23. CONCLUSION – Chapter 5 It seems apparent that the subconscious is the key to reconnecting the individualwith their God-self. The experience of birth sparks the illusion of separateness as theindividuated spirit takes on the physical form. As the human grows and evolves in thephysical world, his ego strives to feel complete using the external world as its barometer.Additional barriers of societal structure, the haves and have nots, the strong and the weak,organized religions preaching the separateness of man from God, all promote the conceptof separation in their own inimitable way. The individual, confronted with so manymessages and images from the conscious world, comes to believe that he is alone. Theperson struggles for a sense of connection and belonging, fighting the pain of isolationand aloneness. (Laitman, 2007) The need to fill the void drives the individual to seekfulfillment outside of self. The individual looks for acceptance, belonging, and bliss inrelationships, material possessions, self-sacrifice, a push for excellence in everything theyundertake, as well as through other self-destructive actions. Ultimately, none of thesethings fill the void; many in fact, re-enforce it, and the elusive yearning for wholenesscontinues. (Laitman, 2007) “The road to understanding the true God-Self comes through purifying the mind”( Rubino, 2007) Ironically then, the subconscious mind is acting both as the barrier andthe road to reconciliation of the individuated human being with their God-self. Becomingaware of and interested in communicating with the subconscious will allow alteration insubconscious thought. The conundrum then is to remove the barriers that exist in thesubconscious and allow the human being to experience the love, joy, and connection thatis each individual’s essence.
  24. 24. On a conscious level, reprogramming means developing an awareness and payingattention to feelings experienced, acknowledging the feeling and tracing it back to itsorigin in thought, then challenging the validity of the thought in the here an now momentof human existence. (Stoop, 1996) Paying attention to the thought and connecting it to thefeeling being experienced is a critical step in developing awareness and taking charge ofone’s life, to begin the process of connection. If the thought is not creating harmony, thenthe operating program is faulty and must be challenged. (Ursiny, 2005)) Outwardly, thesubconscious can be reached through hypnosis, either self induced or performed byanother, replacing negative programming through the power of suggestion directly to thesubconscious. The use of positive self talk or affirmation to redirect thought patterns hasalso shown promise. (Simmons, 1957) Inwardly, at the superconscious level, theapproach could be either to empty the mind allowing wisdom to come in [Easternphilosophy] or through a form of guided visualization. [Western philosophy] (Kazlev,2001 Spiritual healing is based on the belief that lifes problems are caused by theerroneous, limiting, crippling way an individual believes things to be. Spiritual healing isconcerned with each individual’s vision of the universe and their place in it. This field,since the days of Aristotle, the philosopher, has been known as "metaphysics". And so,spiritual healing is often called "metaphysical healing." (Berofsky, 1987) Can it be as simple, yet difficult, as breaking through the subconscious barrier toconnect to the God-self? The answer is yes; it is possible to access the subconsciousmind, and in so doing, set in motion the return of the individuated human being to itsGod-self, the Universal Source of Oneness. Beyond a reasonable doubt, the individual’s
  25. 25. subconscious mind has been shown to be a powerful influence on an individual’s sense ofself. The subconscious is overflowing with blessings from the superconscious, higher selfand with lessons from the conscious, human self, both burdened and blessed by thechoices it makes. The subconscious is packed with programs: propaganda from aphysical world, good experiences and bad, thoughts that serve and those that do not.Unable to sort and distinguish stored memories, the subconscious reacts automatically tostimulus it receives, creating feelings of love, anger, or fear. (Stone, 2005) The emotionsthat result create the harmony or discord, and the circumstances the human experiences.To re-establish the individuated human’s connection to its God-self, the human mustbecome aware of the subconscious mind role in their external life. The challenge is tospark the awareness of each individuated soul to direct and control the experiences theyhave. Enlightenment and connection with the God-self for the average man is the nextcorridor to be explored and undertaken by the metaphysician.
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