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UNDERSTANDING THE CONSCIOUS MIND


So what is your conscious mind exactly and what does it do? Sigmund Freud classified the conscious mind as containing all of the thoughts, memories, feelings, and wishes of which we are aware at any given moment. This is the aspect of our mental processing that we can think and talk about rationally. This also includes our memory, which is not always part of consciousness but can be retrieved easily and brought into awareness. Your conscious mind essential does three key things.


The first thing it does is it identifies incoming information. This is information comes in through your six physical senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, or feeling. Your conscious mind takes in this information and is continually observing and categorizing what is going on around you.


The second function your conscious mind performs is comparison. Any information your conscious mind is taking in, is compared with all of your previously stored information and experiences of a similar nature.


The third function of your conscious mind is analysis, and analysis always precedes the fourth function, deciding. Your conscious mind functions very much like a binary computer. It performs two functions: accepting or rejecting data to make choices and decisions. Your conscious mind can deal with only one thought at a time, positive or negative, “yes” or “no.” It is continually sorting impressions, deciding which are relevant to you and which are not.


Knowing the limitations of your conscious mind allows you to understand that reality may just be much wider and more diverse than we immediately realize. If you want to learn how to expand your “bandwidth” and tap into this wider reality please contact us.

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