Chapters in the Story of Consciousness – Lecture Series, Vol 9 . read
The subconscious

The subconscious deserves some exploration especially in light of scientific advancements (since about 1990) in understanding this aspect of consciousness. Testing reveals that children up to about age 7, learn through observing role models, and automatically adopt those behaviors they witness without much questioning.

 It is interesting to note that children are quite often in the theta brain wave state when downloading programs into the subconscious, like when witnessing a parents’ behaviors, they will naturally emulate. This is the same deep relaxed state we are in during hypnosis, meditation/point-consciousness, dream state, intuitive awareness, and REM sleep. Thus, downloads meet no resistance and become part of the personality of the child and go right into adulthood with us. 

Ninety five percent of what we do is on autopilot, housed in a program running in the subconscious, and we do not even think about it. An example might be driving, the car is headed to your destination and yet your mind is focused on something for the whole drive. You are surprised that when you arrive at your destination you do not remember any of the trip. 

Your subconscious is capable of handling things it has learned like driving, while your mind is occupied with something else. That means we really do not observe the defects the subconscious may have. We are busy thinking about whatever was important in the moment and we did not realize the turn signals were not being used or the unfastened seat belt warning light was flashing. Small things to be sure but we did not notice them because the subconscious mind is a pretty handy too and we trust it with matters that are routine.

The subconscious is also the workhorse for millions of years of biological evolution we inherited when we came into this body. It fights off infectious invaders, directs our DNA, grows our hair, and fingers nails and countless other activities that keep this avatar we call our body functioning. It even remembers our genetics, your grandmothers eyes maybe genetically identical to your eyes. So the subconscious is located in the deep recesses of the mind and at the cellular level in the physical body.

The subconscious love repetition and structure. Learning how to drive, type or do anything that is repetitive seems to be its reason to exist. Once it learns something it hangs onto it as an eternal command.   

Early in life we have a lot of experiences, form opinions, beliefs and have strong emotional and sometimes illogical attachments to things that cause us pain. These can be because of a family prejudice toward one thing or another or some other buried program that was handed off to us. These find a  way to exist in our subconscious and even override our logical thoughts.  

We are not really aware of these things we are carrying around in our subconscious or we would change them. It can be something that is a useless, outdated or a dysfunctional program that causes us pain and we do not really even know how or why it surfaces in our waking conscious mind. 

The story of the daughter who was instructed by her mother to cut both ends off the roast and make it just 8 inches long is illustrative. After years of preparing her roasts this way the daughter asked her mother why she had taught her to cut the ends off and her reply was because that is the way my mother taught me. At a family dinner the daughter asked her grandmother the same question and she said because my oven was only 9 inches wide. The ego does not analyze what you instruct it to do, I just does it. Unless the daughter brought attention to this simple act that had gone on without attention for a long time she would not have changed. However, there are many buried thoughts that cause us angst that we are not even aware of and thus cannot easily change them.  

Many times, well-meaning parents, guardians, or others who have issues of their own that were passed along to them, may have unknowingly handed these down to their children. Examples might be a parent who told a child they are stupid or lazy trying to get them to pay more attention or do the work a task requires. There may be a family prejudice toward a class of other people or a thousand other things, that might transfer from childhood into the adulthood in the dark recesses of the subconscious.

A child might internalize these things in their subconscious as a belief that an authority figure they trust thinks they are not worthy, good enough or smart enough or that they should dislike others of a certain ethic group or class. It is something they just accept and give no thought to because a trusted authority figure gave them the information, like cutting the ends off the roast. 

These programs affect the way we think or do things, making our lives smaller and limiting our options. We easily drink them in from authority figures up to about 7 years old. Later on, we seek acceptance by society, and we program our subconscious with endless amounts of what we think being normal means in a world of friends and social norms. 

Bullies in school can lead us to believe we are not pretty or cool or do not fit in resulting in a long running program in the background that causes problems. There are many examples of how our experiences can end up as a program that can sabotage us.

I will explain the ego using the broad concepts applied to it by PME. The ego is subconscious programming to insure survival. The fight or flight response, food, shelter, and procreation are core features. Modern man has expanded this programming beyond his needs, to include the acquisition of excessive wealth, position power and status symbols.  It is characterized by the desire for wanting more.  

Unleashing the excessive, unnecessary, social requirement we call success that is exemplified by wealth, status, and power may be one of the larger self-inflicted stress factors affecting at least western cultures.   

While programs promoting success and many other things are easy to download, they are difficult to get rid of because we are not aware of how they can come to affect us. We can wake up in the morning feeling terrible about something we cannot put our finger on. We might have a feeling we do not like someone we just met, and it could be because they remind us of that bully in school that we do not even remember, but the subconscious does. 

This is where self-inquiry comes in. Here is the PME definition for your review. Self-inquiry: From point consciousness we learn to identify dysfunctional subconscious programming that creates fear, identifies set beliefs, bad habits, pain, and suffering or any inquiry involving spiritual or creative law. 

We are getting a little ahead of ourselves here. However, I want to point out there is a solution and give you enough detail about things so that you can understand The Road to Peak Meditation Experiences teaches a process for resolution.

When a feeling surfaces “we can’t put our finger on” but know we do not feel right, it is quite likely a dysfunctional subconscious program running in the background creating a negative emotional state. One that needs to be removed.  

We discover it origins by meditating on the feeling and see what comes up. First examine the things that may have come into your mind during the course of the last week that raised an emotion in you like anger, sadness, regret, or unpleasantness of any type. Sometimes it will show up in an unpleasant dream that may repeat often. 

This is a good starting point and usually identifies what the gating issue is for you. A tip here is that if you identify the emotion of depression, it is from a past experience, perhaps a recent one but none the less in the past. If you feel anxiety that is a sign that you are worried about a future event and that is where you should focus your search. 

The stillness of the meditation coupled with your intention to identify what you are feeling takes over. It can lead to brining the entirety of the problem into view or give you a clue to something a little deeper that you did not notice before.  You may be on a journey of several meditations to peel the onion until you find something long ago that began the whole thing, as one thing leads to another along the way.  

Do not judge anything as you are getting the information, just let it come in. Continue to ask yourself questions. In this scenario we only have to access our own microunit of existence consciousness (MUOEC). The questions we ask our MUOEC must be sharp, focused, short and above all clear and understandable to anyone. It is a form of bridging; one thing leads to another until the ah-ha moment arrives.    

Once we have identified a problem and gotten to the core of the discomfort or outright destructiveness of the program you will want to enlist the help of EC by moving into the being state. You will learn about this in the basics section of the book, that is why I said we are getting a little ahead of ourselves. You will learn what you need to do to close out this program or replace it with a program that is positive and represents your higher being state or both.

An example might be you have determined you have low self-esteem, an image of yourself that you are not as good as other people, do not measure up, are inadequate etc. and you can trace the source to one of those school bully’s or a parent.

You will learn how to set an intention to correct the problem. When firmly set in your subconscious it will keep running.  The subconscious does not think, it loves structure and direction that is why we are so susceptible to hypnosis. It takes your new suggestion from the being level, and turns it into a belief, a ritual, a habit that it does not want to change. 

We can the turn the subconscious to our benefit, but we must program it from the MUOEC, sometimes with EC’s help if we want to break an old program quickly. Many of the bad decisions I have made were related to old beliefs I had buried in my subconscious. This is only meant to give you a description of what you can expect from the program, the essence of reprogramming has many unique features.

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