Subconscious has been traditionally defined as follows:
“That portion of mental activity of which the individual
has little or no conscious perception.” - Webster's New
World Dictionary, College Edition.
In our culture, the subconscious mind has been given
terrific powers over the consciousness of the
individual; it is said that from within your
subconscious can come horrible emotions and impulses,
forcing you to do things you don't want to do.
The subconscious mind was popularized by Sigmund Freud
who, in order to explain neurotic and irrational
behavior, developed the idea that consciousness is
layered into unconscious, preconscious, and conscious.
Because neurotic behavior has no rational explanation,
it made sense to Freud that some psychic events must
percolate below the surface of the mind; then, like a
cancer, explode into conscious awareness. For some
reason this idea has found wide acceptance, but
vibrationally, it makes no sense at all. Only something
that is given conscious attention can get bigger. The
pot that sits on low heat will never boil, only when the
dial is consciously turned up can enough energy be
imparted to the mixture! In other words, things just
don’t happen all by themselves. Something that is
beneath the surface of your awareness can have no effect
upon you, because you are not aware of it!
will fade away unless more energy is fed to it, or it is
entrained by another vibration. But the entrained
vibration is already in close proximity to the source of
entrainment; and that cannot happen unless there is
already a conscious orientation towards it. In other
words, if you are already irritated, something trivial
might “set you off.” However, we cannot assign the cause
of the irrational behavior to the subconscious, for in
order to be irritated, there must be conscious thought
already present. It’s not possible to be happy, for
instance, and suddenly grow angry, for these vibrations
are too far apart for instant access. There must be a
gradual descent down the scale, and that cannot occur
unless there is a conscious orientation towards it.
The subconscious mind
does not exist. There is not anywhere a part of your
consciousness that is inaccessible to you. What passes
for the subconscious mind are usually habitual patterns
of thought and belief, and sometimes, thoughts that
impinge on you from mass consciousness, brought to you
by the Law of Attraction, and based upon your current
Even if we grant the
existence of subconscious thought, by definition it has
very little power. It’s the vibrations you activate
consciously which have power. Conscious thought is
analogous to the struck piano key, subconscious thought
to the vibrations of previous notes that are dying away.
The powerful vibration always swallows the weaker one,
so decisions made in the present moment are always more
powerful than past decisions. Subconscious thought is,
by definition, so subtle that it is beneath your
awareness. If it’s below your awareness, you’re not
aware of it! And if you’re not aware of it, how can it
affect you? The answer is, it can’t UNLESS you make a
conscious decision, in the present moment, to act upon
it. Therefore, all thought which leads to action is
Defense lawyers sometimes
use the ‘subconscious’ in an attempt to explain away the
reprehensible actions of their clients, and some use it
to argue for their limitations. People object to such
lawyers tricks, because people instinctively understand
their own power.
It’s easy to see that
once a vibration is established, the Law of Vibration
and the Law of Attraction go to work bringing more and
more of it to you, so at first there is vibrational
inertia to overcome. That’s why, at first, it is
sometimes difficult to change an old belief or pattern
of behavior. However, we have seen that the decision
right NOW is more powerful than past decisions, so all
you have to do is begin and it will get easier and
easier. Each and every human being is a powerful,
conscious creator of his or her state of being, and of
his or her experience.
What about impulses or
motivations that seem to suddenly come out of nowhere?
One day last winter I was
watching a hockey game. One of our players (I am a Red
Wings fan) got hit from behind and knocked to the ice.
All of a sudden, an impulse rose within me: I wanted to
kill the guy who did it.
“Now where did that come
from?” I wondered. This impulse seemed to come directly
from within me, but at the same time, it felt foreign,
and at the time I assumed it came from within my
subconscious. But the only reason a “subconscious”
impulse can become conscious is through conscious
intent, so there must be another explanation. It’s the
foreign–ness of the impulse that leads me to believe
that such impulses are carried within mass
consciousness. It’s the idea of action–at–a–distance,
without an intervening, visible medium. In these essays
we’ve postulated a field of subtle energy, composed of
thought and created by consciousness, which makes
instantaneous communication possible through time and
space, regardless of distance, but which cannot be
detected by instrumentation.
In studying different
cultures, the psychologist Carl Jung noticed the
universality of many themes, patterns, stories and
images. These same images frequently appeared in the
dreams of his patients. Jung postulated a “collective
unconscious” for mankind as a species, which contain
psychological archetypes. These archetypes are imprints
or patterns that every human being inherits when he or
she is born. Since Jung believed in the unconscious
mind, we have to alter this concept a little. Instead of
a collective unconscious, we have mass consciousness,
composed of thought.
Because we have
postulated that thoughts are vibrational, and are real
(meaning that it is possible to perceive, or “pick up”
on the thoughts of others), there must be an ocean of
thought surrounding planet earth, resulting from over 6
billion people jostling each other on a small planetary
surface. If thoughts are vibrational in nature then they
persist, at least for a little while. This sea of
thought affects every one of us, in every moment, and is
created by the conscious thoughts of all of us.
(Actually ALL thoughts are conscious, because they
proceed directly from consciousness. “Subconscious
thought” is an oxymoron). The current collection of
thoughts at any moment comprises the species
Mass consciousness, then,
is a continuously created, dynamically changing creation
of every human being on earth.
What passes for the
subconscious mind is an impinging thought from mass
What appears to be
subconscious thought is actually a combination of the
“collective consciousness” and the laws of the universe
at work. In order to understand this idea it's important
to first understand the Law of Vibration and the Law of
Attraction, which have been explained in previous
A “subconscious” thought
arrives in your conscious awareness in the following
(1) You set up a
vibrational signal through your thoughts, feelings and
attitudes about something. In my case, I set up the idea
of retaliation in a very powerful way, after I saw the
player hammered unfairly to the ice.
(2) The Law of Vibration
and the Law of' 'Like attracts like' go to work and
immediately puts you in vibrational contact with
thoughts and vibrations which match it, from the ocean
of thought in which we are all surrounded. This process
operates at the speed of thought, which is to say,
(3) A thought or impulse
then pops into your conscious awareness.
This thought isn't even
your thought! In other words, it's not your stuff. It's
someone else's stuff. But you set yourself up to contact
it, by your conscious vibrational orientation.
To understand that the
subconscious mind is a phantom, perform the following
experiment: the next time you feel exhilarated, check to
see if there are any subconscious thoughts. You won’t
find any! That’s because a subconscious thought only
appears when you reach the lower states of emotion. And
you can’t reach the lower emotions without a conscious
blocking or distorting of your human energy field. No
one can think or choose for you! A “subconscious”
thought is a conscious blocking or distortion within the
human energy field causing a distorted vibrational
signal. Now our faithful friends, the Law of Vibration
and the Law of Attraction, go to work matching you up
with vibrations of exactly the same kind.
Consider that a thought
is a vibration, a little packet of energy. If every
person on earth thinks ten thoughts every day (a pretty
conservative estimate I'd say) then every day there are
60 billion new thoughts added to the mass consciousness!
There are streams of thought associated with every
conceivable subject and emotion, on this planet of free
will, from torture and depression to selflessness and
It's up to us which of
these streams we will contact, for by our conscious
choices we set up the vibrational signal to which the
universe is responding in every moment.
So what I'm saying is
that far from being subconscious, all of the thoughts we
encounter every day have been created consciously, and
have been mis–assigned to the subconscious. The
subconscious mind is a convenient scapegoat for those
who don’t want to be mindful, or take responsibility for
their actions. Such a concept places you at
effect–point, instead of source–point. Consciousness is
always at source–point!
What often passes for
subconscious thought are those thoughts at the edge of
your vibrational signal range. Sort of like something at
the edges of your peripheral vision: It's there, but you
can barely make it out.
Example: You have a job
interview tomorrow and you're a little nervous. You
really want the job and are more than qualified, but you
know there are 3 others interviewing as well. Normally
you interview very well, but as you walk into the office
there are a few thoughts at the edges of your awareness:
“I hope I don't screw up,” “What if he doesn't like me?”
etc. You shake your head and wonder, “where is all this
crap coming from?”
Well, it's just the Law
of Vibration and the Law of 'Like attracts like' at
work, reflecting back to you the content of your own
At this point you have
two choices (you always have choices): go with the new
stream of thought and get more and more nervous, or
laugh and say to yourself, “I always do well and I will
this time,” and regain your old confidence.
We can always control the
impulses which come to us from mass consciousness by
getting a grip on what we are choosing to focus
We can't blame the
impulses of thought which come to us on the 'other guy,'
for all of us have been angry. We all have wanted to
kill someone. Almost all of us have placed our focus on
the cesspool of life at one time or another, so we have
all contributed to the mass consciousness! And of
course, we have also contributed to the beauty, the
harmony, and the love which exists on our planet.
Literally, we are all in this together.
("If there is no
subconscious mind." you might say, "then explain
hypnosis. People can be programmed to all sorts of crazy
things." Well, let's agree that a person must agree to
be hypnotized. So he or she has consciously agreed to
become affected by the hypnotizer. In a universe of free
will, you have leave to believe and act in any way you
see fit. "What about the guy who is drugged against his
will and hypnotized?" Well, you can't be drugged
against your will. If you've met such a person, you have
been consciously resonating to something like that for a
long time. You don't meet up with criminals like that
without sending out a very strong vibrational signal to
the universe. Sorry, but you are in charge of your own
thoughts and beliefs).
As a species, mankind
has absolutely no clue of the power of thought, and that
is very understandable, for we have had drummed into our
heads since we were children that thoughts are ephemeral
and irrelevant, and the only thing of importance is the
solidness of matter and energy. We have been taught that
consciousness itself is biologically based, and that
thought is a series of electrical impulses in the brain,
and that when you die, you’re dead. But this is a
delusional philosophy which places consciousness
subordinate to the things that it has created!
Our society is inverted.
Most of our beliefs are backwards, and that is why there
are so many inequalities, so much hatred, conflict,
poverty, disease, and war in our world. We have lost our
true connection to the divine energy of life, and have
instead substituted self–limiting philosophies that
degrade a human being and place him or her automatically
in the status of a victim.
Your thoughts, choices,
and emotions are of paramount importance, for every one
of your thoughts contribute to the vast stream of mass
consciousness which impinges upon everyone in the world
(and yourself as well).
Mankind has imprisoned
himself in a vast jail of his own self-limiting thought.
But individuals can break free from this self-imposed
prison, by understanding the laws of the universe and
the power of their own choices!
You are at source-point
in every single aspect of your life.
As a wise man once said,
“A Master knows that each and every action is caused by
the self, and is a reflection of the self.” (John Payne.
John is an extraordinarily gifted and inspirational
Freedom is a state of
mind, literally, a conscious orientation toward the
things that are wanted in life. Understanding that the
subconscious cannot rise up and bite you begets a
feeling of power and greater self–confidence, and that
is always a good thing. Otherwise, we become a prisoner
inside our own heads!