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Secrets of the Conscious Mind

This article was written by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke on November 30, -0001
posted under Conscious Mind

The conscious mind is the "middle" consciousness—the "ordinary" consciousness, the "objective" consciousness, the "aware" consciousness—with which we exercise control and direction over our "awake" lives.

With your Conscious Mind you can take charge of the great resource of the Sub-Conscious Mind. Information is constantly coming in, more than you can take full cognizance of, and so much of it is automatically diverted to the Sub-Conscious Mind. The Sub-Conscious Mind is more that a passive collection of memories, it is also your personal connection to the Universal Consciousness containing all that is from the very Beginning. Within this are all the potentials for all that you may become. This includes what we call "powers"—generally thought of as psychic powers. But before these powers are fully meaningful, they must be developed to become consciously directed skills.

But wait, as they say in television commercials, there’s more! All that is the Conscious-Mind—with its magnificent potentials for rational thinking, for creative development, for abstract analysis, for organization, for the use of imagination, for planning, and all those skills that make it possible for the human being to manage the resources of the natural world—rose out of the Sub-Conscious Mind. Outwardly, that’s what we do; inwardly, we manage Consciousness, because that is what we are. In particular, the job of the Conscious Mind is to manage the Sub-Consciousness and develop its innate powers into skills that we can then deploy consciously with awareness and intention to work with the Great Plan of evolving life. In another sense, it is to make Conscious the Unconscious through careful management of its resources.

When you take deliberate charge of the subconscious, your life takes on a new dimension of both meaning and power. Rather than a risky existential leap into a dark cavern of the unknown, your probe of the subconscious is an “inward leap of power” that clarifies the nature of your existence and reaffirms your destiny for greatness and meaningIt’s a leap of progress that not only accelerates your growth, but guides you toward greater happiness and fulfillment as well.

As we became more aware of ourselves as individuals and operated more in the Conscious Mind, developing personal memory, rationality and new ways of thinking, we perceived ourselves in relationship to the natural world rather than as part of it. We learned to store knowledge in our memory rather than having immediate "feeling" access to it. Rather than relating internally to the rhythms of Sun, Moon and Planets, we saw them externally and developed sciences of astronomy, astrology and agriculture. And we became aware of linear time.

Nature can show the ways to knowledge and understanding of her secret powers when you learn to listen. The Sun, the Moon, and the Planets, too, have powers to share with Man in his wholeness.

As Manager, it is the job of the Conscious Mind to know, understand, and direct all these resources. It’s the most exciting, most gratifying, most rewarding and grandest job you will ever have, and it’s one that is yours forever! You can’t be fired, nor can you abdicate. 


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