Conscious vs. Subconscious
2-16. The subconscious mind draws just and accurate inferences from premises furnished from outside sources. Where the premise is true, the subconscious mind reaches a faultless conclusion, but, where the premise or suggestion is an error, the whole structure falls. The subconscious mind does not engage in the process of proving. It relies upon the conscious mind, “the watchman at the gate,” to guard it from mistaken impressions.
2-17. Receiving any suggestions as true, the subconscious mind at once proceeds to act thereon in the whole domain of its tremendous field of work. The conscious mind can suggest either truth or error. If the latter, it is at the cost of wide- reaching peril to the whole being.
2-18. The conscious mind ought to be on duty during every waking hour. When the “watchman” is “off guard,” or when its calm judgment is suspended, under a variety of circumstances, then the subconscious mind is unguarded and left open to suggestion from all sources. During the wild excitement of panic, or during the height of anger, or the impulses of the irresponsible mob, or at any other time of unrestrained passion, the conditions are most dangerous. The subconscious mind is then open to the suggestion of fear, hatred, selfishness, greed, self-depreciation and other negative forces, derived from surrounding persons or circumstances. The result is usually unwholesome in the extreme, with effects that may endure to distress it for a long time. Hence, the great importance of guarding the subconscious mind from false impressions.
The Watcher at the Gate
I am fascinated again with this week’s Haanel reading. I have highlighted paragraphs. It still amazes me to think that we have gone through our lives with these powerful words and tools to help us create what we dream about. Yet no one in school has ever spoke of these things.
George Bernard Shaw says, “Youth is wasted on the young.” But what if the youth had the proper training, the proper tools? What could the youth accomplish? With my energy and ambition in my late teens and most of my 20’s I could have conquered the world. Now I am in my late 30’s going through a course to continue to undo what has been done and let all of these great teachings sink in. So I can actually move forward and accomplish my heart’s desire.
I have become more aware of the words that leave my mouth and the thoughts that linger. I now choose what and what not to entertain. Focusing and speaking on negativity will only allow the subconscious to give and repeat just that. If we let out conscious mind become lazy and allow the undesired to pass then it is the fault of our own. We cannot blame the subconscious or life for that matter. I intuitively knew the importance of a strong and healthy mind, but now I am really comprehending WHY we must pay attention to our own mental health if we want to create and move forward with anything that we do.
PPN: True Health
I was also reflecting on the personal pivotal need of True Health. As it is not one of my 2 PPNs I have contemplated this one a lot this year. For a moment considered revising my DMP (Definite Major Purpose) with it as one of my PPNs. I took this contemplation into a sit and was directed to keep mine as they are, but to really allow myself to listen to the guidance this PPN wanted to share with me.
For most of my adolescent life I was a competitive dancer. I was in class 6 days a week and in the spring I was traveling all around Minnesota to compete against other studios. Growing up I was always in front of a mirror in a leotard and weight was a constant topic amongst the teachers of the competition lines. So to stay skinny I always focused on not eating and avoiding fattening foods, etc. Even though I barely had an oz of fat on my body those habits have stuck with me until my “ah ha” moment last week in a sit.
I was always focused so much on the exterior (my “body” world without) that I was not really in tune or focusing on the interior (my “body” world within). For those of us who are always dieting, counting calories, etc. we are completely missing the point and we will never see the results that we are wishing for because what our bodies really want is us to first change the world within! We must change our minds, change our self speak and change what we are feeding our subconscious.
As we become more positive we in return will find ourselves making more positive choices in what our conscious “mouth” wants to take in to feed our subconscious “belly”. And our bodies naturally will start looking healthy, but we first need to feel healthy. Mind, body, and soul really do go hand in hand you cannot achieve True Health with out the balance of the other. PEACE.