I chose to study psychology for my degree, because I've always been interested in the power of the mind and I wanted to find out more.
I wanted to explain a little bit about the mind itself. The mind is thought to reside inside the brain and it is divided into two parts: the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.
The Conscious Mind
You use your conscious mind when you are concentrating on something, such as calculating a sum or doing a complicated puzzle. It is when you are fully aware of what you are doing and everything around you. Your conscious mind is at work during an emergency situation, when you need your wits about you.
It works mainly on logic and it likes to find explanations for things. If you thought you saw a ghost, for example, your conscious mind will try to rationalise this and come up with several realistic explanations. The conscious mind is at work when we learn new skills. Remember how hard it was when you first started learning to drive? Your conscious mind was working overtime, helping you to assimilate all of the information.
The Subconscious Mind
You don't know when you are using your subconscious mind; that is the difference.
Your subconscious mind is the mind that is at work when you are not aware of your surroundings. When you are asleep, your subconscious mind brings you dreams. It is also at work when you are in a meditative state or under hypnosis.
Your subconscious mind stores all of your memories because there isn't enough room in your conscious mind. These memories are buried deep, yet they can be accessed during hypnosis, or if something occurs that triggers a memory, such as a certain smell, for instance.
Your subconscious mind is the part of your mind that can have positive or negative effects on your life, depending on the beliefs that are stored inside. Read my post on removing limiting beliefs for more information about this.
The Higher Mind
Although this is not strictly a part of your mind itself, it is something that can be accessed via your subconscious mind. The Higher Mind is thought to consist of the unconscious thoughts of humanity, past and present. It is often known as the collective unconscious and it is believed that it is the source of wisdom. The Higher Mind can be accessed during meditation. Some very spiritual people believe that the higher mind can allow connection with God. During meditation some people can receive messages or insights that can help them to resolve problems in their lives and this is often because they have connected with the higher mind, or a higher power for answers.
All of this may sound complicated; however, it is the subconscious mind that I am most concerned with. I believe that it is highly powerful and, when trained properly, can help you to achieve your biggest dreams. I will write more in future posts. I hope this has explained how your mind works and that you found it useful.