The mind is a sphere of energy surrounding the physical body. It is 12 feet in diameter and the center is at the level of the solar plexus (this is the “gut instinct”). The mind does not grow with age. It is the same in both a genius as well as a person who has learning disabilities. The difference between a genius and a person with learning disabilities is that the genius is able to make more use of his/her mind than the person with learning disabilities.
The mind can be divided into two main parts the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.
A) Conscious mind: The conscious mind is the part of the mind which is used during the normal waking state.
- Constitutes about 8-10% of the mind.
- Thinking, logical, analytical, rational and is connected to the left side of the brain
- Can differentiate between what is real and what is imagined
B) Subconscious mind: Subconscious mind constitutes 88-90% of the mind.
- It is 9 times bigger and 6,000 times more powerful than the conscious mind.
- Whenever there is a conflict between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, the subconscious mind always wins.
- It is creative, artistic, intuitive and irrational.
- It accepts whatever is stored inside as the truth. It cannot differentiate between what is real and what is imagined.
- The subconscious mind is connected to the right side of the brain.
- It regulates the functions of the body like digestion, respiration, circulation and other functions.
- The subconscious mind can be divided into two parts modern memory and primitive mind.
- Modern memory:
- Stores all of the memories of the present life from about age of 4thmonth of intrauterine life which is the time the soul enters the body
- Memories are sorted into two groups
- Positive memories which were good or pleasurable for the person
- Negative memories which were bad or painful for the person
- Primitive mind: The primitive mind stores the following
- Past life memories- Memories from all the past lives a person has lived. These memories are in “read-only” format. They can be viewed and cannot be edited.
- Fight/Flight mechanism- The normal defense mechanism a person has against a perceived threat- whether to stay and fight the threat or to flight and go away from the threat.
- Fears- A person is born with two fears- fear of falling and fear of loud noises. These are the only two inborn fears a person has. All the remaining fears are acquired.
- Modern memory:
C) Critical filter of mind:
- This develops both in the conscious mind and in the subconscious mind and is divided into two parts-
- Critical filter of conscious mind
- Critical filter of subconscious mind
- This gives rise to the feeling of duality- good and bad, love and hate, etc.
- It acts as a gate between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.
- It is able to decide whether to allow the suggestion coming from the external environment to enter the subconscious mind or not.
- The function is to protect the person from harm.
- It is made of the belief system of the person which is derived by input received from the conscious mind, the subconscious mind, the environment and the body.
- It accepts whatever is stored in the subconscious mind as the absolute truth.
- Any information coming from the external environment through the conscious mind is compared with the information present in the subconscious mind.
- If the information is matching what is already present in the subconscious mind, it is allowed to enter the subconscious mind, otherwise it is rejected.
- It views change as a threat to the nervous system and so any message from the external environment which does not match the existing information or programming stored in the subconscious mind is automatically rejected.