ASK MASTER COACH DEV
CLARIFICATION OF THE TERM ‘UNCONSCIOUS MIND’
Dev, could you please explain the term UNCONSCIOUS MIND as opposed to SUB CONSCIOUS MIND.
SMLC Certified Life Coach (Train The Trainer)
The first thing we need to clarify is that the Mind and the Brain are 2 very different things. The BRAIN is the physical organ that resides between our ears. The MIND is the activity of that organ. How does one know when the Mind is being activated? When we Think. Thinking is the process that signifies that the Mind is operating.
This Mind-Body model has its foundation in Concept Therapy, founded by the late Dr. George Thurman Fleet (see fig 1) of San Antonio, Texas in around 1934. He originated the STICKPERSON CONCEPT (see fig 2), which will be the underlying basis of my arguments as to how the Mind REALLY works.
The Stickperson is a visual representation as to how the ‘Mind’ looks like. This model of the Mind is essential in allowing us to understand how the Mind operates and processes information at both the Conscious and Unconscious levels of the Mind.
THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND
Very simply put, the Mind is divided into 2, the Conscious and the Unconscious. We don’t have 2 Minds. It’s just that the 2 divisions work very differently one from the other because they both serve very different functions in the human personality.
There are some 150 different names of the Unconscious Mind, i.e. Sub Conscious, Super Conscious, Meta Conscious, Higher Conscious, Higher self, Alter Ego, Id, God, Infinite Intelligence; the I AM, Yahweh, the All Knowing and a whole host of other terms and terminologies.
In certain Meditation schools, Metaphysics and the Occult there are 7 stages of the Mind upon 7 levels, making this part of the mind to be divided into 49 different distinct parts. My guess is that memorizing all these 49 parts is in no way going to change the quality of anyone’s life.
Dr. Fleet felt since we are dealing with a change in Results, this model of the Mind would serve better if it were more functional rather then intellectual. Hence, the 2 divisions of the Mind, namely: the Conscious and the Unconscious.
Now, the term ‘Unconscious’ is preferred over the term Sub Conscious simply because this part of the Mind is the Power Center, the God-like part of the human personality, the part that doeth the work, the Universal Intelligence, the Universal Consciousness. As such, it would be an understatement to refer to it as the SUB Conscious Mind; as in SUB Contractor, SUB Set, SUB let. SUB….being a smaller part of a whole! The use of the term Unconscious was first popularized by the brilliant Sigmund Freud (although he did not exactly invent it). However, psychologists and other layman prefer the term Sub Conscious.
In the 1960’s professional speakers began using the term Sub Conscious Mind as it was ground breaking information in the field of Self Image Psychology. The popularity of this term can in a sense be credited to 2 of the landmark books of the 1960’s, The Power of the Sub Conscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy and Psycho Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Martz.
However, the science of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), the school of Mind Science, Psychiatry, Parapsychology, Time Line, Hypnotherapy, Philosophers, Quantum Physicists, the Mind Science of Cybernetic Intelligence and many other schools of thought prefer the term Unconscious over Sub Conscious. They simply feel that it is a more accurate terminology for what the Unconscious can actually accomplish.
The ‘Unconscious’ here does not mean that one is in an unconscious state. It simply means that we are totally unconscious as to the extent of the Unconscious Mind. We don’t really know for sure as to what it can really do. We are unaware as to its limits.
Hence, the term ‘Unconscious’.
Below is a short read on the 2 earliest propagators of the working of the Unconscious Mind
Freud didn’t exactly invent the idea of the Conscious versus Unconscious mind, but he certainly was responsible for making it popular. The Conscious Mind is what you are aware of at any particular moment, your present perceptions, memories, thoughts, fantasies, feelings, what have you. Working closely with the conscious mind is what Freud called the preconscious, what we might today call “available memory:” anything that can easily be made conscious, the memories you are not at the moment thinking about but can readily bring to mind. Now no one has a problem with these two layers of mind. But Freud suggested that these are the smallest parts!
The largest part by far is the Unconscious. It includes all the things that are not easily available to awareness, including many things that have their origins there, such as our drives or instincts, and things that are put there because we can’t bear to look at them, such as the memories and emotions associated with trauma.
According to Freud, the Unconscious is the source of our motivations, whether they be simple desires for food or sex, neurotic compulsions, or the motives of an artist or scientist. And yet, we are often driven to deny or resist becoming conscious of these motives, and they are often available to us only in disguised form.
Like Freud, Carl Jung had a theory of the Unconscious Mind – a vast portion of the mind that was virtually undetectable by the Conscious Mind. However, Carl Jung disagreed with Freud’s focus on repressed memories in the Unconscious. Freud believed that the Unconscious was a harmful thing to mental wellness, spawning hysteria and other psychological conditions. Carl Jung, on the other hand, saw the Unconscious as a creative potential.
However, Carl Jung also took the notion of the Unconscious a great step forward, developing the notion of the collective Unconscious. He believed that this collective Unconscious was a part of the mind shared between all mankind. His justification for this theory was based on the vast similarities between different religions: flood myths, female figures such as the virgin and the crone, and other distinct similarities. Carl Jung called these features of mythology “archetypes,” attesting that they were repeated in one form or another throughout all the world’s religions because they were basically pre-programmed into the collective Unconscious, a part of the mind that every human being shared – no exceptions.