According to a philosophy that I quite believe into, of ancient Hawaiians called Huna, each of us has three selves –a subconscious self, a conscious self and a super-conscious self. All three are aspect of a whole.
All three are aspects of a whole, yet they have separate functions and interact as a team in order for a human to survive from the environmental constraints and have a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.
When for some reason there is a conflict or certain disorder between these three selves, the result can be disrupted social or environmental conditions and physical or mental illness. Modern science and psychologies accept the idea of a conscious mind and subconscious mind, though few have gone as far as the super-conscious.
In this article, I will try to bring this rather abstract explanation down to a concrete level through the use of short explanations about the three selves that I will clearly treat in the articles to come. Subscribe to the newsletter for updates!
Without delaying, let me begin by:
1. The Subconscious self.
This is a human self that can set up or establish things (like habits), that can change into something else or move from one state to another. This self likes to feel in control if situations, that may act spontaneously without regard for what others are going to think about it.
This is a self that acts like a servant, acting secretly or in a more hidden way. This is a part of you that makes your heart beat 24/7 and transforms the food you eat into fingernails or hair etc.
This self also becomes very attached to people, places and certain ways of doing things in life. Also, the subconscious reasons both by taking a general principle or belief so as to apply it to specific situations and by taking a specific experience so as to derive from it a general principle or belief.
For example. If a girl has a belief learned in childhood from her parents that sex is bad. Unless the belief was changed, the subconscious would act accordingly in every specific sexual situation for the rest of one’s life.
The subconscious is constantly communicating with the conscious mind, but our society has not put a high priority on this type of communication, so most people can’t take advantage of this valuable resource. It “speaks” through dreams imagination, feelings, physical sensation and slips of the tongue.
2. The Conscious self.
By talking about the conscious self, I’m referring to awareness, communication, desire, thought and achievement. This self exists to give direction and purpose in our life. One of the most important functions of the conscious mind is that of giving direction to the subconscious.
The conscious self-communicates through speech, writing or drawing, physical action, dramatization, and thought.
It has the same reasoning capability as the subconscious, but it can also jump reason by creative insight.
Probably the greatest talent of the conscious self is that of being able to imagine what isn’t . The subconscious can only imagine what has been and create new combinations out of old experience, but the conscious self can create completely new ideas and experience.
3. The Super-conscious self.
This is not God in the sense of Supreme Being It is more like God Within, the nature of the individual. You can think of it as a sort of guardian angel.
It is the source of individual life, purpose and expression. In that respect it is I highly consider it as an inner being rather than as a spirit that lives in the sky someplace.
For the individual it gives guidance, information, and inspiration, but does not give orders. It is sad to see someone waiting for his Higher Self to tell him what to do, because it just won’t happen.
The super-conscious communicates through the channels used by the other two selves, as well as through direct inspiration. We this happens, one suddenly know something new and the new knowledge is accompanied by a deep sense of stability and peace or a peaceful kind of excitement.
Alright, now you know everything you need to about our three selves.
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