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Subconsciousness... an underestimated spiritual behemoth

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One of the incredible functions of the subconscious mind otherwise unacknowledged

(1st edition - December 2007) by A.O. Kime
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While the long-sought cause of creation is the greatest of all mysteries followed by the mystery of life itself, albeit in the grand scheme inseparable, likewise mysterious of equal magnitude is the subconscious mind. Yet, it too is inseparable. The subconscious mind is inseparable because it represents the essence of life which, in turn, represents the essence of creation.

Of course, such statements would suggest ‘creation’ means ‘creator’, an almighty being… but, without proof, it would also suggest a degree of presumptuousness. However, if it can be demonstrated a direct (hard-wired) connection exists between the subconscious mind and a pervasive living force then creation and creator must be synonymous. It would place all the mechanical explanations of science subjacent to this greater reality.

While the mechanical explanations of science have adjudged the subconscious mind primarily a regulatory apparatus but also of psychological persuasiveness, of dreams, memory and emotions… it still reveals less than the tip of an iceberg. Having focused only on its surface features science continues to do the subconscious mind a great injustice.

Religions, on the other hand, ignore the concept of a subconscious mind altogether… seemingly content keeping the whole matter of spiritual realities as mysterious as possible. Mystery is good for business apparently as can testify their entrenched dogmas which automatically reject new revelations. Yet, from their familiarity with the subject these middlemen in spiritual matters at least have the capacity to appreciate the limitations of languages. Except, while clergies know spiritual matters are nearly impossible to express in words, they ignore the fact metaphysical terms have the effect of boxing-in understandings. Philosophers are likewise guilty however.

While we can’t avoid the use of terms in trying to communicate, we should appreciate more their great influence on perspectives… often being wholly dependent on some particular framework of logic. This applies to virtually every metaphysical concept.

The masterstroke concept of subconsciousness

The great scientific concept of a subconscious mind is the exception to the usual shallowness of science however. While the concept was actually intended to answer psychological questions of a mechanical nature, unintentionally it left plenty of room for any idea to maneuver. It is remarkably and uniquely malleable... a concept without any specified dimensions which can accommodate almost anything... although apparently few have recognized its usefulness in explaining metaphysical theories of a spiritual nature.

Despite the limitations of these dominate informational-type institutions, largely self-imposed, which has had the effect of obscuring, adulterating or abrogating the big picture, a huge amount of potential exists between the overly-broad religious stances (vague) and the overly-shallow scientific explanations (mechanical). From prayer to enlightenment, there are a host of curiosities which can be better explained and understood somewhere in-between. Unrestricted by dogmas and pecking orders, middle-of-the-road explanations have the potential of being clearer and more profound. Potentials, after all, must be free spirits.

However, one can also find fault with many middle-of-the-road attempts to explain as well… a road often strewn with terms semantically incomprehensible or confining. As the ancient mystics once pointed out, while languages are capable of clarifying understandings… they can create them as well. More often than not, expressions (of any type) both clarify and create simultaneously. This curiosity would include conversations about angels, the devil, chakra (Sanskrit) and to some degree karma (Hindu/Buddhist). Of course, the underlying problem with languages is the near absence of useful terms for spiritual matters (metaphysical semantics) and translations often muddy the waters even more. In another language even jokes are lost while perceptions vary between cultures and time.

While there are several ways this hardwired connection to an almighty force (the Creator) exists, the best way to explain them is the roundabout way… an avenue which contains no confusing shortcuts which terms, both old and new, often represent. The confounding and continual pestering of our conscience is a good place to begin. It also highlights one of the primary functions of the subconscious mind which the sciences ignore and religions dispute.

Forgiveness and the hard-wired connection

While Christian religions have been telling their congregations for ages that most sins can be forgiven through their various institutional processes, confessing being one method… it doesn’t jibe with the logic of our inner feelings. As testimony, the whole idea is routinely ridiculed by most anyone not duped by religious dogmas. Although the Bible cites a list of sins which cannot be forgiven, something is still wrong with this picture concerning the lesser (forgivable) transgressions. Forgiveness shouldn’t be so easy and therefore assuredly isn’t in the opinion of the spirit world involving much more than just a confession or whatever else some institutional process (soteriology) might entail.

As for the biblical list of unforgivable sins, it is really more a matter of being effectively true rather than being dictates set in stone… regardless whether an unforgivable sin was determined by committee or divinely ascertained. First of all, the actual process of forgiveness doesn’t have to be fully understood to have reason to believe certain transgressions would be impossible to overcome and, secondly; in some cases there may not be any difference between ‘reason to believe’ and ‘divine revelation’ since it is within the capacity of humans to connect to divine intelligence. While some people may believe divine revelations are or can be specific, and while uncertain, if true it would be a matter of degree relative to strength of the connection. That part is clear. However, through some experience is that serving as guides divine revelations will only provide clues and the general idea. Continual poor connections, of course, would lead one to believe divine revelations have inherent limitations.

The difference between a sin being ‘impossible’ to overcome and ‘effectively impossible’ means some chance of redemption exists although due to human nature... highly unlikely. After all, a Herculean effort to achieve redemption wouldn’t be everyone’s cup-of-tea.

Enter now the more heartfelt picture that forgiveness must be earned. Actually, the process of earning forgiveness can be better described as being a matter of balancing the scales. Or, simply… good deeds must outweigh the bad ones. However, since humans would normally have no clear idea the values placed on a particular sin or good deed, there would exist a quandary as to how much they might offset each other. In lieu of any authenticated fact sheet from God himself, we’re forced to rely on our inner feelings but, as we all know, that is typical of all things spiritual. This is still not the best way to illustrate the hard-wired connection however.

So, if a sin has been committed it stands to reason that one must search for ways to redeem themselves... however blindly. Yet, since we have the ability to judge we would conclude the more egregious the sin, the more difficult it becomes to balance the scales… often to take years. We might also sense that in some cases a balance will never happen… making them, in effect, unforgivable. The sole reason would be the unwillingness of people to jump over what they might consider a mountainous hurdle. It isn’t worth it, they’d think.

The power of judgment

Of course, the ability to accurately judge the seriousness of a sin/crime depends upon the health of the connection between the conscious and subconscious mind. The task of keeping it healthy is the duty of consciousness and a healthy connection enables one to more accurately gauge weightiness. That would apply to good deeds as well... keeping in mind seeking credit for them has a diluting effect.

When we commonly judge the accuracy of an instance or circumstance based upon how deeply the truth is felt, it’s an indicator our subconscious mind is judging… but it also means supremely so. After all, if our own counsel is the only counsel, then it can be nothing less than the supreme counsel as long as the conscious mind has kept a healthy connection (if it isn’t somehow interfering). In short, it would mean our subconscious mind is the ultimate and final judge of our spiritual standing and fate… not some disconnected spiritual entity (Saint Peter, Jesus, et al.). Aside from drawing from same pool of righteousness, the same counsel, an external entity couldn’t possibly know any more our life history than our own subconscious mind.

Of course, since a judge would have to determine worthiness based on the true weightiness of both good and evil deeds, their respective values, it means our subconscious mind would have to possess this ability. This capability seems apparent however otherwise the conscious and subconscious minds wouldn’t be at war with each other periodically (or continually). Since they do engage in warfare, it only follows the subconscious mind would somehow play a role in the final judgment. Since the degree of its involvement would be a quantitative question, consider a sitting judge throughout a trial wouldn’t walk out of the courtroom at the last minute. That should mean 100% involvement... all the way to the finish line. After all, since conscience comes with the package, divinely so, it is unlikely it has any shortcomings whereas we might suspect shortcomings within a tiered judicial system.

A built-in judge watching and recording our every move would also jibe with the oneness concept of the spirit world (etherealness being indivisible – no distinguishable qualities). In other words, our subconscious mind is effectively God. While not actually God in the sense of being the progenitor, but in representing the essence of God amounts to being the same thing. As one way to look at it… we're the extension of the parent.

One could also say the subconscious mind equates to the sum total of the spirit world… which would include any spiritual entity which mankind has labeled such as angels, guardian angels, spirits (religious) and even the devil... as labeled influences all swirling around in this thing we call the subconscious mind.

While there may be some type of spirit world distinctions, that is, the various influences (powers) in the ethereal having distinguishable characteristics, any differences would be alien to mortals in the physical world… effectively being outside the scope of human senses (except, indirectly and conditionally, for the sixth sense which is a term associated with the subconscious mind). In lieu of this knowledge, it would seem best to try explaining things as if the spirit world was pervasive and singular (the mortal concept of singularity). After all, as the ancient mystics knew, labels effect perceptions.

While we might feel there are influences or powers distinctive enough to label them, we’re actually only labeling a scent. In other words, we don’t know yet what left the scent so we’re really labeling verbs (actions), not nouns (entities). For example, guardian angels don’t actually exist in the physical sense although they do (in effect) because that particular influential (purposeful) power exists.

Even though the spirit world is pervasive, one is often forced to speak of ‘location’ for the purpose of clarification. So, in considering that in order for an influential (purposeful) power to exist it must be present either somewhere or everywhere regardless whether it is a permanent or periodical presence. It therefore stands to reason it would dwell in that place or places whereby it can fulfill its purpose. In this case, in order for influential powers to serve human purposes they would, in effect, dwell within the subconscious mind. While godly influences are pervasive it doesn’t mean this pervasiveness can’t be focused on something whereby it can fulfill its purpose (exert its influence).

Note: in this respect ‘focus’ is closely associated with the human term ‘will-power’ and the combination of the two roughly describes an actual power of the spirit world.

While gut feelings are powerful forces which can often cause our consciousness to overrule institutional concepts or other opinions, they are assuredly manufactured by our subconscious mind which, in effect, is also one’s spiritual guide… a courtesy extended by our personal judge. Of course, whether spiritual guide or judge, it’s all the same (physically indistinguishable).

Even while looking at it in a more conventional way (from a religious point of view)… only the Almighty could empower the subconscious mind with the ability to judge. Furthermore, judging has no inherent limitations. If the subconscious mind can judge one thing, it can judge anything and everything. The unlimited judging ability of our conscious mind, however faulty, is proof. However, faultiness is due to the corrupted state of our conscience. At any rate, it is a good reason to believe judging is a spiritual power.

The hard-wired connections to God

In short, the subconscious mind is nothing less than a representative of God… our hard-wired connection. Of course, the free will of consciousness has the ability to disregard the subconscious mind and live independently (the materialistic mindset). This is where 'corruption' comes from.

Among other grand illustrations of a hard-wired connection are (1) the commonplace answer to a prayer, (2) the ability to tap divine intelligence and (3) emanating inspiration coming from out of the blue.

Greek mythology

Since emanating inspiration is a spiritual matter (godly), and a reality which millions of artists, musicians and writers can attest, it might seem strange this phenomenon is often attributed to the muse of Greek mythology when one realizes this phenomenon (emanating inspiration) isn’t recognized by religions or science. Yet, while a symbolic representation, it is effectively true.

While neither a science nor religion - although Greek mythology spawned religions as did the Bible - it was the insightfulness of Greek mythology which demonstrated this otherwise unrecognized truth. Since insightfulness is not the bailiwick of science, and lies dormant within religions, is an indication Greek mythology took the middle road and likely contains other truths... although allegorical truths. Still, an imprecise picture of the truth is better than no picture at all.

While the endearing and colorful tales within Greek mythology are often considered exceedingly farfetched, bizarreness is not necessarily an accurate gauge of the truth… being so typical within the territory of spiritual realities. While appearing to be almost entirely allegorical, the credibility of Greek mythology shouldn’t be unfairly judged based on that reason alone lest unfairly judge the Bible which has a hefty portion itself. Actually, far more bizarre than the tales of Greek mythology or those within the Bible is that science, surrounded by life unexplained, believes only mortals are capable of great deeds.

Even though Greek mythology could be accused of being too liberal in its use of allegories, so too would seem many biblical accounts if one was otherwise unfamiliar. Nonetheless, the most profound truths seem to exist in the strangest of tales. Yet, while allegories are only symbolic representations, substitutes, capable of offering only the vaguest of pictures, and while useful tools… there are places allegories can’t go. Life itself, clearly the most bizarre of all realities, has proven itself beyond the reach of symbolic representation.

For the intellectual basis of our metaphysical articles - being neither scientifically derived (maybe a tad) or
containing an ounce of religious dogma (maybe an iota) - see Spiritual Metaphysics … the overlord of realities

Yet, it is also a challenge to explain anything associated… especially the subconscious mind which represents life more than anything else. While the term doesn’t explain life, with a little imagination it’s malleable enough to grasp a glimpse and to serve as a platform for a greater understanding. It’s another Rosetta stone.

A.O. Kime

Matrix of Mnemosyne... the place of smoke signals from the spirit world

Last modified: 03/05/16