The Self-Conscious Mind, the False Ego, and the most Basic Form of Ignorance

What we call the “mind” is three-fold in nature, as three aspects that systematically birth each other as outgrowths, all of which perform different functions as a unified being within a multi-dimensional reality. These three aspects of the mind are what we call the Higher-mind, the lower or subconscious mind, and the self-conscious or conscious mind. The Higher mind exists in a primary unified state and contains both lower aspects of the mind in their potential state. The Higher Conscious acts to birth the subconscious mind as it descends into material reality as the intelligence that constructs and then inhabits the body, which then births the self-conscious mind as a natural growth and development process. We are born into life with a subconscious mind that contains the latent potential of the self-conscious mind, which doesn’t begin forming until the age of seven or eight, and becomes fully active between fourteen and twenty eight. The self-conscious mind is what most think of when we use the term “mind”, and is the brain (grey matter) consciousness as the “thinking mind” that thinks in verbal terms as our internal dialogue. The conscious mind, for the most part remains almost completely unaware of the subconscious mind, which thinks in “experiential” terms as imaginary, sensory realities, and is the aspect of the mind that is fully awake throughout the entire life span of the body and operates all the biological systems of the body, without ever resting, sleeping, or turning off, unlike the conscious mind.

The self-conscious mind is the brain aspect of the mind that’s fully identified with the body and forms our basic identity as what we call our “false ego”, and is what forms the most basic form of ignorance as a form of mis-identification. It’s self-aware in terms of body image and it’s perception of the outer world, and thinks almost exclusively in materialistic terms, but remains predominately unaware of the subconscious mind as its true nature and what serves to sustain it. The subconscious mind, which is the primal consciousness that fully manages the body while interacting energetically with the outer environment, is what structures and develops the brain and births the brain-consciousness giving it life, yet the conscious mind fails to recognize this fact because it doesn’t have a direct awareness of the subconscious mind, and so perceives itself as being independent of both the subconscious and higher consciousness of the soul.

This aspect of the mind, being of the brain, is mortal and temporary in nature, because it’s identified with and dependent on the brain as an organ of the body, existing only as a concept of itself “as” the body, and so it “dies” with the body. This is the aspect of the mind that’s often referred to as the “ego”, when it should more accurately be called the “false ego”, because the soul develops and bonds itself to whatever it associates and identifies with, and is not only what spawns the body-brain identification, but has developed and formed through many identities and multiple lifetimes. Just as the subconscious mind is the same aspect of the mind we share with the plant and animal kingdom as a form of mass, shared, or collective unconsciousness, in humans, we have a higher capacity through the conscious mind that imbues us with the ability to shape our own identity by creating an “image” of ourselves, and thereby determining our own destiny as a form of co-creation within the material world. Through this ability to self-create and become an individual, we also form a part of the mass or shared consciousness of the creative, spiritual realm.

Ignorance is formed from the basic sense of a lack of awareness that doesn’t comprehend its other, immortal aspects, and perceives itself instead as independent of its subtle, spiritual, or unconscious aspects which actually served to create it by birthing it, and sustain it throughout its lifetime. When we identify with our body and material existence through a basic form of a lack of awareness, we perceive death as an annihilation of the “self”, because it’s the death of our brain consciousness of the body as our outer awareness. If however we recognize the other aspects of ourselves that are subtle and subliminal in nature, and we identify with our spiritual nature that created and gives life to our body, we become immortal because this aspect of our consciousness is actually independent of the body and simply exits and “sheds” the body, which is what causes it to die. The body is only “alive” (operating as a biologically active system) when the soul is inhabiting it. The subconscious is birthed into the material body by the higher consciousness (from a purely spiritual plane), and is the immortal aspect of the self, and what forms the “life” of the body, and expresses through the body in a completely natural and automatic fashion as the most prominent use of will, that’s the natural expression of the Higher Will, being acted out without resistance of any kind, and is what establishes the personality of the body as the accumulated experiences acquired through various identities from previous lifetimes, as the souls “karma” that forms the “paradigm” of the mind and gives it all of its natural perceptions and tendencies.

Karma is the natural paradigm of the soul as the mind (vibratory frequency), and forms our natural disposition, temperament, talents and developed abilities, tendencies, thematic perceptions, and natural behaviors as our personality, which are reactivated, brought out and expressed through our formative conditioning that sets the outer stage and mental state to continue creating our life through the same patterns as we left off in the previous life. The soul develops through accumulated experiences (which are all self-created) through many perspectives and life conditions, circumstances, and situations, that are integrated and harmonized to modify, develop, and reform the paradigm of the mind, and becomes the memory we continue living out of as a means of creating ourselves by way of our own self-created experiences (interpretations) that form the evolutionary growth of our soul as our eternal and immortal self.

The conscious mind is simply the identity formed and taken on in this lifetime as a body within a certain set of conditions and circumstances that form the basis for our life situations, which we use to create our experiences out of. The conscious mind is the “material mind” in terms of its limited awareness (located within space and time) as the body. When it “wakes up” and recognizes that it has multiple aspects as states of being, and the subtle, intuitive communication as feelings and mental impressions coming from an internal and invisible realm of pure consciousness that its always engaged in “talking to and with”, it can then choose to align itself with its “whole self” as the expression of the divine will that created it. Through alignment with all aspects of ourselves we can become aware of why we’re the way we are in terms of our karma as tendencies and psychological patterns that we’re always in the process of repeating, we can act in our own life to resolve patterns by first becoming aware of them, gaining self-realization around them as our own creation, and then act willfully to transform perceptions, direct our thoughts and become conscious of our behaviors, in order to break old patterns, and form new ones that are more creative, productive, and healthy. Through self-awareness and active use of our will, we can become conscious creators and act to facilitate our souls growth in an intentional and deliberate manner, instead of continuing to live out unconscious patterns that are degrading to the souls evolution and keep us attached to lower forms of expression that ultimately prevent us from ascending to higher levels of self-expression. The conscious mind, through its current identity has the power of choice and free will to actively make changes and reprogram the subconscious mind by embodying new qualities that create new types of experiences of itself, but of course it has to realize it has this ability and begin actively participating in its own development instead of living its life in a predominantly unconscious, disconnected and haphazard manner.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

Integrative Health Consultant and Spiritual Mentor

 

The Monad: The Trinity, and the Law of Three-in-One

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The ‘mind’ is a paradigm, structured and produced through an accumulative process of integrated experiences that become memory. Our memory base acts as a filtering system that  forms our “center of awareness” and is what we “look through” in order to perceive the outer world. Atman, the pure universal objective intelligence, impregnates Buddhi (third-eye) with the seeds of consciousness (archetypal ideas as prototypes) that it then gestates and grows into a unique possibility by undergoing a process of adaptation that modifies it into a new variation that’s then reflected onto the mind of the individual (seen inwardly). Our mental paradigm as a vibratory composition of integrated memory forms our “perceptual lens” which is literally a “programmed mind-field” that exists outside of us that we look through in order to “see the outer world”, much like the lenses of a pair of glasses. We all look through a “colored lens” as a unique vibratory frequency or quality and level of consciousness. What we “see” in the outer world is a correspondence to the structure of our mental paradigm as a life theme that acts to transform it to be of the same image (vibratory frequency) and likeness (qualities) as we are. This theme forms the basis for how we interpret the outer world to give it meaning, that then shapes the story we start telling ourselves about it. The story we tell ourselves about things “reshapes” it to be like us as our own creation. The individual mind, like the universal mind, is imbued with the ability to create reality, and create itself by way of that reality.

 

The Monad, is a combination of an active, intelligent force inhabiting a purely passive vessel or vehicle, and “in-forming it” with a certain quality of consciousness that produces a living being as the combination. The primary law of vibration as an electromagnetic field, active and passive components of the same frequency or nature, forms an individual being with a distinct personality, identity, and behaviors, all of which act naturally to express by creating a certain type of reality as a consistent theme or life story. The soul or mind of the individual is the result of three components that are correlated, complementary and coherent. Vibration of a certain frequency resonates with that same frequency on all levels and scales of existence, and is readily absorbed into one another, forming an energetic bond as the “same” thing in different states or degrees. The spirit (universal mind), soul (individual mind), and the body (subconscious mind), together form the same entity as the “form” of that vibration and quality of consciousness that animates and operates it.

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The Monad is symbolically represented as a sphere of consciousness that makes up the mind of the individual, where the purely active and invisible force inhabits its physical correspondence through resonance, and together form a living (energetic/material) entity. The individual mind, which vibrates at a certain frequency,  “draws in” the consciousness of its frequency from the higher, universal, all-pervading mind of archetypes and prototypes, and uses a universal theme to create itself by taking in ideas and adapting them through the paradigm of the individual and by how it’s first conceptualized and then applied to their specific life conditions, circumstances, situation, level of maturity and understanding, phase of personal growth, and so on, to form a unique version of the same idea as a personal creation. The universal mind is principle based, and provides the intelligence as ideas used for creating through unique forms of self-expression. In this way, we are all living out of shared ideas and themes that we apply and utilize in unique ways, making them seem different and set a part from each other. Every person will take the same idea and reform it in a unique and novel way.

 

There is always a medium or bridge, much like a depository between upper, universal ideas, and the lower, individual mind, because the universal remains pure and unformed, existing in a purely potential state, and can only act to enter into a neutral medium that’s also accessed by the individual mind, which “forms it” into a unique and specialized version. This unique version is simply one possibility out of an infinite number of possibilities. The bridge between the higher mind and the lower mind, called the “axiom” or “axis mundi”, is a receiver that acts to conceive of ideas, where it takes in the universal seed (logos), then integrates it with the individual mind, reshaping it as a personal conception of the universal idea that can be utilized in the most practical sense of life creation. The Pineal gland as the third-eye is our “receiver” as our connection to the spiritual realm of higher consciousness that informs us.

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The Monad, which is represented by a circle with a dot on the center, is a connection coming from outside of us as a greater field that we exist within, also permeates us, and is drawn on from within, much like a well of inner reservoir. We access the universal mind that exists outside of us from within, and it informs us from the center of our being, as a direct deposit, so to speak, altering our mind through the very conception of it, changing how we see the outer world as a correlation. So the universal mind exists outside of and all around us (all reality is an expression of it), and we draw on the archetypal ideas within this field through resonance, accessing only what’s of the same vibration and nature as we are, that can actually “express through us” by conforming to our mental paradigm, and this programs us to be able to not only become the same as this idea, but also to see that idea as an inherent part of our outer reality. Because we absorb and synthesize the vibration, becoming one with it, we also become one with that same idea in the world around us. Our reality is a reflection of who and what we are as a primal form of self-expression. We are constantly being transformed by the energies we absorb and integrate that alter and modify our being accordingly. All energy as consciousness, exists simultaneously as the particle and the wave, and the wave is “collapsed” into one possibility as a particle or physical expression. The wave exists in a purely potential state (unformed), and through resonance, one possibility out of an infinite number of possibilities is “chosen” (absorbed), and comes into physical expression through the individual mind and body that acts as a channel for it.

 

The Monad represents the relationship between Heaven and Earth, between God and man, the universal and the individual, and is expressed in the saying “as above, so below, in the wondrous workings of the One Thing”. God works “through us” to “in-form us”, to give us life as our consciousness that allows self-awareness. Who we become is based on what frequency of consciousness we exist as, and what we’re tuned to as a result, and what kind of consciousness we draw into ourselves as a thematic or archetypal match. When left unattended and virtually unaware, this is a completely natural and unconscious process where we become by default. However, through an understanding of what’s going on and how it works, this process can be worked with consciously and undergone in an aware and deliberate manner,. By actively choosing what kind of person we will become, and intentionally embodying the qualities necessary, expressing through them, “as” them, for a designated period of time, we “build them into our muscle” (subconscious mind), and they become a natural part of our being. In this way we tune ourselves to that vibration as a state of being.

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By becoming the vibration of a quality, we magnetize ourselves to it, and are able to tap into it, and draw in more energy and ideas of the same nature from the atmosphere around us. In terms of our invisible, spiritual mind aspect, it’s all about vibration as qualities of consciousness that produce natural perceptions and behaviors that engage us in activities that literally produce a different experience of life. When we become aware of what exists naturally as an unconscious process and through our awareness begin using our power of choice and free will to intentionally develop ourselves through a form of self-discipline, we can direct the course of our life by intentionally developing our character. Our will is our ability to take control of our body and use it for what it’s meant to be used for, an instrument for self-creation by employing certain qualities, behaviors, and states of mind until they become an integral part of who we are through natural, automatic, and habituated ways of being. Only what we “build into our being” and demonstrate through our natural behaviors is eternal in nature and is carried forth intact as our mental paradigm after the death and separation from the body.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

Integrative Health Consultant and Spiritual Mentor

 

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Personality, Identity, and Ego – Our Main Tools for Transformation

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The personality, identity and ego have a tendency to be used intermittently, and their actual meaning can remain somewhat obscured or vague. This may be due to the fact that they “emerge out of each other” as a natural growth process of becoming. While our personality is related to our bodily consciousness or subconscious mind, and is developed in a completely unconscious (automatic) and spontaneous way in childhood, our identity naturally begins emerging out of or as an extension of our personality when we move into adolescence, and begin building a relationship with the outside world beyond our close knit family unit, and begin thinking for ourselves. As we begin problem solving and reasoning, and as we begin developing our sense of self by what roles we naturally take on and begin playing in group situations, we begin consciously developing our identity through the choices we make, what we’re willing to experiment with, and by how we feel when having certain kinds of experiences. Though in most spiritual scripture, the term “ego” is the same as “identity”, in our modern usage of the idea, the ego has become associated with forming our identity out of an association to purely material things, and is more accurately referred to as the “false ego” or “alter ego”.

 
Our personality gives us our basic characteristics and tendencies as natural behaviors and way of being in the general sense. These develop naturally as children based on the relationship we form with everything around us and how we’re stimulated through a cause and effect, action – reaction type of process. Once this initial stage of development has taken place, it sets the basis for the next stage of development to spontaneously emerge and begin taking shape. As we form relationships with other people, activities, ideas, situations, and so on, more of our inner self is brought out and expressed by how we interact, what we say and do, what roles we begin naturally taking on, what parts we begin playing in a larger whole, and how we sense ourselves through our own experiences. Some ways of being we like, and so we develop them by moving deeper into them, others we don’t like, and so quit doing them while trying something else. Our teenage years are about experimenting with our ability to create ourselves, and as we approach and move into our twenties, our basic identity is in place as far as how and where we see ourselves, what roles and situations we naturally gravitate towards, and what relationships we natural form through resonance. As we create our experiences, we identify with them, and they serve to shape us in terms of our being.

 
This process of identification continues as we move through life, and the ego is naturally formed as an extension of our identity based on how we begin forming our identity around material aspects that we use to form our self image. As we dress a certain way, we feel a certain way, and form it as a part of our personal style. As we drive a certain type of car, we get a sense of ourselves by way of the car as an image we begin forming of ourselves. The house or apartment we live in is related to a certain neighborhood, social and economical status, racial group, etc., and fashions our self-image even further. As we move through life we’re steadily accumulating material possessions and playing certain roles that we continue to identify with and become the basis of “who we are” as an image we form of ourselves, and we become dependent on them. We enter into various relationships that bring out certain qualities in us, and make us consistently feel a certain way, and we sense ourselves by way of these feelings, and they continue to fashion us.

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This aspect of our identity built out of material possessions and our desire to acquire more, or the need to begin exercising control over others through the status we achieve by way of material possessions, forms what is typically referred to as the ego. The ego is a false identity and self-image that produces a false reality that becomes a delusion, because it’s temporary, always subject to changing, and can be taken away or lost, which would cast us head on into a full fledged identity crisis. We wouldn’t know who we are or what to do without them. It would lead us grasping desperately for any form of security we could find. We would be out of our element, in a brand new position and situation with no memory to fall back on, and no longer possess any real form of power and control. When we identify with the material world, we bond ourselves to the material plane, and become “mortal” in nature in the sense that our “self” dies with the body, and our soul seeks life in another body in order to continue living.

 
In most spiritual traditions the term “identity” and “ego” are considered synonymous, and have essentially the same meaning. Our identity is the faculty we use to function and operate in the outside world as the roles we naturally play. It’s only within Christian or religious applications that we find ideas of “killing or destroying” the ego. In spiritual traditions, every part of the whole is a valuable and necessary part, and plays a key role in the overall development of the soul within the body. Every aspect of being plays a specific role in our whole being. You can’t kill or destroy any one part, without simultaneously destroying or disrupting all parts. The idea around the ego as identification with the body and material world is to “transform” it. We can transform it through intentional use of our mind and what we choose to identify with. Whatever we identify with we align ourselves with and draw on as our basic source of power – our inner self or true being – or an outer source by identifying with material possessions that we use to create an image of ourselves in place of who we really are. We use this false image to present ourselves as being important and superior somehow, not through our “actual” character void of material attachments, but by flaunting and over valuing our material wealth.

 
To transform the ego is to change what we associate and identify with. If we choose instead to identify with our Higher Self, the spiritual world or God, then we move into being one with our true identity that always comes from within and is based solely on “who and how” we’re being in any moment. It doesn’t rely on attachments to the material world, and is a source of strength that we possess no matter what our outer circumstances are. We begin operating out of our center of being in terms of our true nature, which remains consistent and is available to us all the time, and can never be taken away from us by another, unless of course, we allow them to. By always drawing on our inner source of invisible powers, we become associated with our spiritual essence, and nourish our immortal self, which transcends the death of the body and remains intact in the invisible realms of the spiritual plane.

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The secret of our ego / identity is that whatever we associate with, we become like in nature. By associating and identifying with something, we move into it and merge with it, embody the same qualities, and take them on by expressing out of them, creating our experiences of ourselves, and shaping ourselves by way of them. We alter our vibratory frequency by working directly with our identity. Whatever identity we employ and exist out of, determine how we’re being in every moment and what type of story we act to naturally tell. Our identity is our character which forms all of our behavior, and how we enter into relationship with everything else. When we’re getting our identity from outside means, we’re always in the process of trying to control and manipulate them. We form strong attachments to outcomes and how others need to be in order for us to be okay. We’re literally being controlled by the very thing we seek to control. When we shift that mentality, and draw only on an inner source of being, it doesn’t matter what others do, and we have no need to quest after power, because we already possess it.

 
To identify with our Higher-Self is to focus our attention on “states of being” as qualities of consciousness. We embody and become those qualities and express through them to create in the world by how we enter into a new kind of relationship with it, and act therefore to directly influence it. Instead of saying that when I dress a certain way I feel confident, you become confident as a way of being regardless of how you’re dressed. You ask yourself, what does it mean to be confident, how would I feel if I was confident, and how would I act? What would my posture be? How would I think and talk? You develop the idea of what you’d have to be and do to “appear” confident. You then model those behaviors, practicing being that way, which makes you feel that way. If you continue to intentionally model being confident, by pretending to be, it starts becoming natural and not only acts to completely transform how you think and feel, but how you act naturally to influence other people by how it changes your “cause and effect” relationship as a natural interaction that takes place between you. In this way you cultivate that quality within you and it becomes a natural part of you. As you begin feeling, thinking, and being confident in all areas of your life, it transforms your identity by how you sense yourself and what kind of person you are. Whatever you allow to express through you, you become the same as.

 
When we develop ourselves by cultivating inner qualities we synthesize them into our being, and they remain a part of our eternal self. The quality of consciousness we possess creates the nature of our experiences which become the memory that makes up our soul. Our soul is built up and developed by the memories it acquires through the experiences of the body. At the death of the body and the material possessions we acquired, only what is an essential part of ourselves are carried forward and maintained. Our sense of self based on our body and our position and possessions, dies with the body. By identifying with the material world, we resonate with it, maintain a strong connection to it, and fail to ascend. Because we bond with our material identity, we continue to reincarnate on the lower planes of the Earth, and fail to utilize the power of our material existence to grow ourselves internally by consciously developing our character to a virtuous state and a higher level of vibration. When we identify with the spiritual plane, we form ourselves to be like it in consciousness, resonate and bond with it, and naturally ascend to it after we shed our material existence.

 

Dr. Linda Gadbois

Spiritual Scientist and Mentor for Spiritual Growth

 

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The Law of the Triad – Resonance, Sympathetic Induction, and Coherence

The world is a vast soup of energy that’s always stimulating and interacting with itself in others. Each entity or material body contains energy and is stimulating – emanating or putting off a charge – that’s being received by everything around it that contains the same type of charge and therefore “can” receive it, while simultaneously being stimulated by everything around it that’s of the same vibration. Every energy body, which always accompanies a material body, is what we could call “charged” with certain vibrations as attributes and qualities of a distinct frequency, that are always interacting with that same frequency in everything else. We are only capable of being stimulated and our state altered by other energy bodies that are of the same frequency as we are. An outside stimulus can only activate and awaken in us what’s there to begin with. Energies that are of a different frequency than we are, operate out of a different state, and have little or no real affect on us. While they’re still a part of our environment in the typical sense, we view them objectively without any kind of reaction to them. In other words we don’t relate to them and don’t enter into a natural relationship with them.

All energy fields are comprised of three basic forces – active, passive, and neutral. Neutral is the balanced harmony of the active and passive. The active force is masculine, and the passive force feminine. The masculine initiates activity and the feminine responds to that activity in a complementary manner. The active force enters into and activates the passive, bringing it into expression and they exist in the same state as a unified whole or “One” as vibrating to the same frequency. The “charge” of any energy field is based on what elements of its entire energetic make-up are in an active state. Activity, similar to friction and heat, emanates, projects and transmits the active quality into the space around it, infusing it. This active force readily moves into and stimulates that same force in anything within near proximity that possesses that same quality, and can therefore be stimulated by it. The stimulating affect, activates the same quality and calls it forth into outer expression, altering the persons state to vibrate at the same rate. The active force in another awakens the same passive force in us. The passive is capable of receiving the active force, bringing it to life in us. It can only stimulate in anything else the same “quality of consciousness” that it possesses. It can’t awaken what doesn’t exist to be awakened. We don’t ever give people traits they don’t already possess; we simply bring them out in them. You can’t bring out in somebody what’s not there to bring out.

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Objects become charged through induction or sympathetic resonance. As forces are activated in us it reformulates a new pattern as a shift in vibration, changing our state of mind, and we begin vibrating in harmony with them, forming coherence. Our state, whether we realize it or not, is constantly undergoing adjustments based on the energetic interaction going on as a form of relationship we exist in with everything else. We’re affected by it, and it’s affected by us. We’re always blending into and taking on the energetic properties of everything around us. While this happens most prominently in our immediate environment, it also works throughout the larger energetic field of mass consciousness of which we are all apart of, and we connect with those of the same vibratory frequency as we are through a shared consciousness. This connection, through the same laws of resonance and induction, form a gravitational field between us and we begin steadily moving towards each other.

Whatever quality of consciousness we’re charged with to begin with as our soul’s essence and personality, becomes the vibratory basis out of which we form our initial relationships with everything else. Our consciousness as our mental state, determines what we feel a connection to, resonate with, have a natural interest in, and who and what we exist in natural relationships with and gravitate towards throughout our life. Because this vibratory consciousness operates at the subconscious level, and is happening spontaneously all the time, we often live our whole life out of the same frequency, entering into relationships of various sorts only with those of the same mind-set and attitude as we are. This natural process of polarization and resonance can only be significantly altered through conscious use of the mind. While the mind has the ability to control the activities of energetic interactions, because, of course, it exists on the same energetic plane as an energy field, and so works by way of the same laws, we have to know how to operate it in order to consciously create with it. The only way we can begin working with this energetic process is by becoming aware of it, and learning how to use our mind to control and direct energy. For this simple fact, we can only truly grow energetically by learning to manage our own energy field as our state of mind, and work to change our vibratory frequency as our quality of consciousness that’s known through our feelings, thoughts, emotions, moods, and actions.

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Because spiritual (energetic) growth requires conscious abilities and creative use of our will to discipline the normal activities of our subconscious mind which is always working in an unconscious and automatic fashion without our direct awareness, it only comes by way of deliberate action from an awakened state. We have to become aware of what’s always going on at the subconscious level, come to understand the nature of our own mind, and utilize our ability to choose and willfully act out new ways of being. By learning the laws that govern our mind and the energetic world, we can work through our mind to direct, control, and produce the qualities of consciousness that raise our vibratory state to higher and higher levels, bringing us into greater and greater understanding of what we previously didn’t even recognize as existing. We have to wake up and become aware of what’s really going on, and learn how to operate our mind and body to strategically cultivate our own mental and emotional being.

Dr. Linda Gadbois