This blog I would like to clarify some things about the subconscious, I will also talk about the conscious and the unconscious.
What is it?
Now this has been a huge problem for me, I have been wondering about what the exact definition of the subconscious is. I have been comparing it with the unconscious and the conscious.
The unconscious is a system that cannot be accessed by the conscious mind with out any special way (e.g meditation, dream analysis,etc.). The unconscious also projects the dream, rather than the subconscious. And this is a very common misconception. A lot of people also don’t really know what the unconscious is. The unconscious is a system that lives next to your conscious mind but it doesn’t interact with you as regular as your conscious mind. Your unconscious projects these random thoughts you sometimes have, the kind of thoughts that you wonder where they come from. You often even wonder if they are yours, now this is the result of your unconscious. Just like daydreams or a certain flow of thoughts you might have when you are sitting in the classroom. The unconscious is a complex system that can be altered in certain ways like meditation, but beware, it is very hard to do so.
Now the conscious is the state of mind in which you interact with the world around you. Your thoughts are mostly made by your consciousness. When you actively think about something, it passes your conscious mind. Now I described two mindsets, they cover almost everything but then, what is the subconscious?
When people say “subconscious” they often mean the unconscious, this is also why the term “subconscious has been familiarized. Now the big problem about the subconscious is, is that it doesn’t have a precise definition. People have been using it wrong for a long time, the only reasonable difference to be made is between the conscious and the unconscious. There is nothing that the so called “subconscious” can do. Freud objected the subconscious, this is what he said in 1915: “We shall also be right in rejecting the term ‘subconsciousness’ as incorrect and misleading”. Take as an example: thoughts. This is an very large thing, now we will look to the role of the subconscious. The conscious mind is the maker of the normal thoughts, when you associate with something you consciously think about it and try to link it with something. The unconscious is the projector of the random thoughts. The thoughts that can sometimes be negative. For example: You are sitting in your garden, with the sun in your eye reading an Harry Potter book and without you noticing, your mind starts wandering, it goes from Harry Potter to that apple you ate 5 years ago and how delicious it was. This is an example of how random your unconscious mind can be. Now this are the kinds of thoughts you can have, I don’t see an opportunity for the subconscious to fall in, maybe for semi-unconscious thought? Thought that you think about and on the same time don’t? I don’t think that’s possible. Hereby I hope that I convinced you that the subconscious is actually an other word for the unconscious.
Unconsciousness and dreams
Now what exactly is the strenght of the unconscious mind? What role does it have in our dreams?
There are a lot of questions about the unconscious, it also is also is the most unknown part of ourselves. Now what do we exactly know about it? In short: it projects our random thoughts, it makes our dreams, it’s very hard to alter or to understand and so on. Now especially on the point that it makes our dreams, I hit a wall. Lets start at the basics. The unconscious projects the dreams, sometimes dreams (as most of us have personally experienced) can have very personal content. And while the unconscious makes the dream, this indicates that it has lived next to our conscious for our whole life. So it might know things about you that your conscious mind has forgotten. The strength of the unconscious mind is also terrific, it can project very vivid dreams, as vivid as real life.
Now very often there is said that once you become lucid in a dream, you control it. This is everything but true, and I shall explain why. When you become lucid your conscious blends itself in your dream, but this doesn’t mean you control the entire dream. You only control certain aspects you focus on and this focus is also one of the basics of dream control. When you are inside your dream, lucid, you don’t control the landscape when you don’t focus on it. It has already been made for you by your unconscious. Another example is the dream character. They sometimes react very different than your expectations. When you ask a dream character whether you are inside a dream, he will most likely say: “No.” And if you tell the dream character that he is an projection of yourself, he will try to prove the contrary. Now this is why you don’t control the entire dream, you only control the parts that you focus on and this is very important to understand. Your dream can also surprise you, like when you ask the dream to show something important, it most likely will show you something you didn’t (consciously) know.
Now here I would like to end this blog, it lasted long enough I think. I hope I clarified that the subconscious is an other word for unconscious and I also hope to made some things clear about the unconscious and the strength of it.