Series 2 - Lesson 4 - Annotation 6
Name some of the functions of the body carried on by the subconscious phase of mind.
6. The so-called involuntary actions are those that are controlled by the subconscious; such actions as raising and lowering the temperature of the body, making cell changes, looking after the action of the heart, the circulation of the blood, taking care of the salivary and gastric juices, superintending the breathing, digestion, assimilation, and elimination of food.
As the lesson material has already stated, the subconscious cannot take the initiative, but it carries out faithfully the plan back of every cell of the body, the true functioning of every organ, nerve, tissue unless interfered with by the conscious phase through fear or ignorance. When the conscious phase of mind interferes with the normal functioning of the body, then the subconscious must compensate in an instinctive way and this often results in disease or illness. When the conscious phase accepts the guidance of the Superconscious or Christ Mind, then it can give right directions to the subconscious. This allows the involuntary functions to carry on their normal work of sustaining and maintaining the body in health.
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