Understanding Your Levels of Consciousness

By Val Silver

Your levels of consciousness are important players in your quest for a healthy, happy life.

Undisturbed, they continue with the business of body processes, survival and carrying out your conscious decisions that keep you in or near your comfort zone.

Consciously choosing to tap into the power of mind at the conscious, subconscious, and superconscious levels to help you heal and create life on your own terms is possible, but not always easy. Unless you have a basic understanding of how the brain works and how to influence it, your default settings will eventually override your will every time. Trying to make life changes without changing your mind's programmed default settings can leave you feeling frustrated and stuck in the same belief systems, emotional reactions, and habits. 

Overview of the Three Levels of Consciousness

The conscious mind

The conscious mind is the part of the brain you are most aware of. You use it for thinking, analyzing, imagining, setting goals, creating, learning something new, and short-term memory. It is the part of the brain you use when you hold a seven digit phone number in your head long enough to dial before you forget it.

Faster beta brain waves are usually associated with conscious functions. Although you may believe you make decisions much of the time with the help of your reasoning, logical neocortex, this level of mind is only in charge about five percent of the time.

The subconscious mind

The subconscious mind makes up over 90 percent of your brain and runs approximately 95% of your mental functions. All your automatic processes are controlled unconsciously. 

This level of mind carries out body functions as well as learned automatic behaviors and habits. It is the place of dreams, instincts, personal stored memories, ancestral memories, emotional awareness and belief systems.  Subconscious mind powers are many times more powerful and faster than your conscious powers.

Unconscious mind power can heal your body. It can initiate a spontaneous healing of even serious diseases without any real medical intervention or conscious participation on your part. Unfortunately, an opposite harmful effect is also possible.

The superconscious mind

The superconscious is a source of some controversy. Some experts believe it exists, others consider it part of the subconscious mind. It is often associated with the collective unconsciousness or universal mind, which we all access in the quantum field.

The superconscious mind is associated with higher potential, creativity, intuition, quantum reality and spiritual awareness.

Read more about each level of consciousness here:

One Brain - Multiple Communication Channels

  • Areas of the brain continuously work together and communicate with each other and the body using brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. These chemicals control communications between the brain and the rest of the body via nerve cells.
  • Research shows that individual cells within your body also have their own innate intelligence. Psychoneuroimmunology studies show how the immune system and the nervous system talk with your brain and how this relationship affects your health.
  • At its physical level, the brain has been likened to a 'neuro-chemical circuit board'. It receives, processes, records and transmit information. It has the capacity to store much more data than any computer. Some processes take time. Other powers of mind, such as perceiving a distress trigger and signalling your body to begin the stress response can happen in a nanosecond.
  • You have only one brain, but within your brain are specific zones with specialized functions. Although you are aware of some brain processes, such as seeing and thinking, the majority of your brain operates beneath your conscious awareness. 
  • Quantum physics suggests that universal energy waves have intelligence. It is possible that these waves carry the universal mind we all share and access. This is also known as the collective superconscious of the planet and beyond.
  • Researchers generally accept that humans have two levels of consciousness -  the conscious mind and the unconscious or subconscious mind. Some experts believe that we also have a superconscious mind, while others attribute its functions to the subconscious.
  • If you believe the superconscious is a separate part of the brain, then there may actually be four levels of consciousness - conscious, subconscious, superconscious and the collective universal mind. 

Dr Rick Levy, author of Miraculous Health illustrates and explains the three levels of mind and how they relate to mind powers in this short video.

Researchers have much to learn about the brain and how it communicates with the body. They are beginning to understand that there is much more to the mind body connection than levels of consciousness directing the function of an otherwise unintelligent body. They know the gut and heart have their own nervous systems or 'brains' and are in constant communication with the brain, as are the body's cells.  There is also evidence that photons of light released by our cells share information right outside our physical bodies. Hopefully the more we learn about our conciousness and the power of mind within our brains and bodies, the more we will  be able to use that knowledge to help ourselves heal and achieve our dreams.

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