The subconscious and unconscious


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The issue of the difference between subconscious awareness and unconscious awareness arose out of unexpected observations that, in hindsight, should have been anticipated in some way.


From an energy consciousness perspective, consciousness is consciousness wherever it is found and ultimately has the same properties and follows the same rules. It can exist in many different forms much like energy. With energy, one can transform one form of energy into another and with the proper techniques can use a variety of energy sources to achieve a particular result. For example, with the proper conversion you can use the energy in a human, a horse, steam, gas, and electricity to power a vehicle. Given the equivalence of energy and consciousness, so too the transformation of one form of consciousness to another.

One would think one could readily move between conscious, subconscious or unconscious awareness without issue. From the perspective where the awareness is that of the detached witness, this is true. However, from any perspective where the awareness identifies itself with the form the consciousness takes, this is not true. This is a rather subtle point that has profound impact. Its true impact was not recognized for what it was for quite some time into the journey into creativity.

From a perspective where one does not identify with the form the consciousness takes and the energy consciousness model perspective, the only difference seen between the subconscious and unconscious is a matter of degree. The concepts of consciousness, subconscious and unconscious lie on a spectrum. At one end is full consciousness or total consciousness. At the other end is total unconsciousness. Subconscious lies anywhere in between. Yet in observing how consciousness functions, there is something missing in using the terms conscious, subconscious and unconscious awareness. In working with creativity and our creative power and ability the author found it necessary to talk about a dormant awareness or dormant conscious to reflect the way certain awareness awakened only under certain types and kinds of conditions.

One analogy which seemed to explain the creative function of consciousness and the relationship of the terms conscious, subconscious, unconscious and dormant consciousness was that of looking at our consciousness as an iceberg. Although a powerful and effective analogy for many situations, the author came to find the analogy did not lend itself to a full appreciation of the difference between the subconscious and unconscious and what it meant for our lives when the awareness identifies with the particular form consciousness takes. In time another analogy was need.

Unfortunately, the available written material on topics which talked about the subconscious and unconscious did not provide what was needed. In reading material of a wide variety of topics and disciplines that used the terms subconscious and unconscious the author never saw any real distinction between the two terms. Although it may have been mental sloppiness on the part of the author, for all practical purposes, and for the longest time, the author could freely interchange the terms subconscious and unconscious and never seemed to lose any meaning. Even when he consulted the dictionary, there was minimal distinction between these two terms other than the degree of consciousness that is present.

For example subconscious was defined as not clearly or wholly conscious. It use was stated to denote phenomena or activities of mental life that are not attended to by full consciousness. Or, it denoted mental activity or a portion of mental activity, not directly in the focus of consciousness but sometimes susceptible to recall by proper stimulus. Unconscious on the other had was used to denoted deprived of consciousness. Unconscious was defined to be non cognizant, unaware, not know, or not felt to exist. It referred to activities not produced or accompanied by a conscious effort and/or activities or being not endowed with consciousness or a conscious mind. From the authors perspective, both the terms subconscious and unconscious seemed more to be synonyms referring to what was not conscious. Their only different was the degree of consciousness.

It took the author quite some time to see the true difference between the unconscious, a total lack of consciousness, and the subconscious was one of perspective. That is, the real difference between the subconscious and unconscious only become apparent when the awareness identifies with the form consciousness takes.

The author had always known the intention for our life was in the part of our consciousness that formed or existed before we took physical form or at the time we took physical form. He was aware of the transcendental mind and the transcendental ego and the enculturated mind and its ego. The author was aware the creative power and ability inherent within our being to create what we desire was nonconsciously directed toward creating a specific set of experiences. These experience were aligned with the intention for our life unless mind some how imposed itself either by conscious choice, enculturated programming or as a result of prior experiences in life.

To gain creative control over our life the author recognized the need to access and align the intention for our life and all the subconscious intention we had as a result of our enculturation and experiences of our current life. The goal was to align our unconscious, subconscious and conscious intentions to create a coherence in our creative power and coherent focus much like the difference between normal light and a laser. It means exploring each level to align the intentions. Given how relatively easy it was to surface nonconscious intentions which arose from enculturation or the experienced of our current life by properly pulling the string, the author was always under the impression we could make the unconscious/subconscious conscious and reveal the intention for our life.

Based on the energy consciousness model perspective, the author saw no reason why the unconscious level, that which is totally devoid of consciousness, could not be as easily addressed as the subconscious level. He saw no difference between them for they all lied on the same spectrum. It was only a matter of degree of awakening. He thought this level could be readily accessed through ritual and meta-theatrics and could be tapped just as easily as the subconscious. What the author observed was we can do unconscious readily conscious easily but only if we view from the perspective of the detached witness and that of the creator of the experience we have. Otherwise we encounter significant difficulties and the unconscious is not readily accessible except through the awareness of feelings.

The issue

What the author came to understand is that when the awareness identifies with the form of conscious rather that with the awareness of consciousness, there was a subtly which comes into existence. The subtly arises from the fact that which is unconscious, devoid of our consciousness, arises from the part of our being that existed before our current life. That which is subconscious is what arose after incarnating - from the moment of conception onward into life. Between the two is an illusionary barrier. The barrier is the mind and what it thinks and how the awareness identifies itself. All that keeps the unconscious from being a readily available as the subconscious is how mind perceives itself.

It is much like the ocean. Water is water. What is the issue of going down deeper in water - water is water, isnít it? But there is the weight of the water. At a deep depth the pressure of the water is much greater than near the surface. You cannot just go deep as you go shallow in the water. Deep water is a different world than shallow water. The volume of water on top increases the pressure and unless we are adequately and effectively protected we cannot readily go between the depths of the water and shallow water. Nor can the life found at the deepest levels readily move to the shallow levels.

But where does the weight of the water come from that gives rise to this phenomenon? The weight comes from gravity and the particular form the water takes in that gravitational field. Given another gravitational field, the effect would be different. How different would depend on the strength of the gravitational field. So to our own subconscious and unconscious. They are in essence the same but we have to be prepared to deal with them differently. How we deal with them depends on how our awareness perceives itself and whether or not the awareness identifies with the form consciousness takes.

When we identity with the form consciousness takes, we in essence create the equivalent of a gravitation field. To have a form, consciousness must hold a set of beliefs together to create that form or to have an experience of that created form. Holding those beliefs together act like gravity. To believe we are the form is to live under the pull of that collection of beliefs. To believe we are the awareness only using a particular form, we are not held to any of the beliefs giving rise to the form. As such, we free ourselves from the pull of that collection of beliefs.

When awareness identifies with the form consciousness takes, the subconscious and unconscious become significantly different and what is in the unconscious can only be perceived through feeling. The intention for our life and what we are here to do lies in the unconscious. As long as the awareness identifies with the form, the unconscious is different than the subconscious and we cannot work with the unconscious as we would with the subconscious. In this case mind will be of little use identifying the intention for our life. We will only be able to feel it - if we are open to what we feel.

However, if one takes the perspective of the detached witness, one can use the same techniques used to explore the subconscious as with the unconscious for within this perspective, consciousness imply lies on a spectrum of awareness and there is no barrier created by mind. Ritual, ceremonies and the like can access and bring the unconscious to the surface and keep it there. But it must be remembered, although it can be done, the life which is brought forth cannot be sustained. The environment must be created to sustain it. Individuals can readily access the information at their unconscious levels but they will be unable to sustain it if they do not change their world. Quite simply, the world they currently experience was created to sustain our life based on the experiences we have had in life. To bring forth understanding and experiences from before this life we must allow our life and the world we experience to change. Otherwise, whatever is brought forth cannot be sustain even if we hold the position of the detached witness.

In summary

For any of the discussions on creativity using the energy consciousness model and as used in the Releasing Your Unlimited Creativity material, the term subconscious refers to that which exists in mind as a result of the experiences in our current life. The term unconscious refers to that which exists in mind prior to this life.

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