Series 1 - Lesson 5 - Annotation 4
Why is it important for the overcomer to understand the functioning of the subconscious phase of mind?
4. First, he must understand the functioning of the subconscious phase of mind so that he will not let any more untrue and imperfect concepts become stored there to become habits of mind. He must watch his conscious thinking and so train and direct it that the subconsciousness will not have any more wrong impressions to work out and bring forth as unpleasant experiences in his life. Everything should be consciously judged according to the Truth of Being.
Secondly, he must watch his emotional responses and so avoid mental disturbances. If a matter now annoying is not going to be annoying five years from now, why become emotionally disquieted about it at any time? The effect of Truth's working in consciousness is to give each event its rightful place and importance in life. The individual should call his reason to the rescue and form true judgments; then he will be undisturbed whatever his experience may be.
Thirdly, an understanding of the activities of the subconsciousness helps us to know why we spontaneously feel, think, speak, and act adversely. We know that the conscious phase of mind thinks or acts and the subconscious phase of mind reacts. Fourthly, all moods, habits, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes of mind now entrenched in the subconscious phase of mind and not measuring up to the standard of Truth must be redeemed through conscious effort.
Preceding Entry: What is the subconscious phase of mind?
Following Entry: What is the carnal mind? What other names are given to it?