Conscious and Subconscious Mind Powers
What is the Nature of Mind?
We think of: consciousness, awareness, cognitive thinking, reasoning, perception; but also of: intuition, subconscious gibberish, or unconscious strata that influences our lives and the way of behaviour. The state of mind, our positive or negative attitude towards the world, is closely related to our experiences of happiness or suffering. The nature of mind or the matrix of various patterns that forms around a soul is closely related to the Buddhist concept of karma.
Conscious and Subconscious Mind Powers in Buddhism
Buddhist literature discusses in details the various levels of mind and consciousness.
According to Buddhist, any act is closely linked to the state of mind. The understanding of the nature of mind is essential for an understanding of the relationship between mind and matter. A person with a calm and peaceful mind will behave in such a way with others. The external conditions can cause only limited disturbances. If, on the other hand, someone has a restless mind, his actions and re-actions will be restless.
Explaining the relationship of mind and divine consciousness, some Buddhist thinkers analysed the mind’s ability to observe itself and called it: ‘self-consciousness’ or ‘self-awareness’.
Mind Powers and Collective Unconsciousness
The conscious mind or the ego is conscious perceptions, sensation through our senses, thinking, feelings, and intuition. The suppressed and forgotten memories, traumas, etc. that the ego does not recognise are within the Personal Unconscious. The deeper Collective Unconsciousness is universal. It is the repository of all the religious, spiritual, and mythological symbols.
‘The ego is only a bit of consciousness which floats upon the ocean of the dark things’ Jung
We are aware / conscious with only the tip of the ice-berg and the unconscious part of our psyche lies under the water surface.
Mind Powers and Three Minds of Taoism
Within Taoism, the three Minds correspond to the three Tan Tiens or major energy centres within the body. The Upper Tan Tien is within the Upper Brain (mental energy or proper thinking), the Middle Tan Tien is in the heart (the energy of love or proper feeling) and the Lower Tan Tien is in the abdomen (the energy of action and movement or Being).
The Taoists learn to generate, direct and store increasing amounts of energy within the body. Their main practice is in increasing the virtuous energy, and working with the true 'alchemy of the soul'.
Mind Powers and Yoga
Yoga examines consciousness, mind, and super-mind in great details. Within the Yogic thought an individual human mind has a potential to merge with super-mind and execute any action on Earth. Yogis believe that levitation, materialising gold, materialising and de-materialising body, traveling through space and time, are all siddhis: spiritual, magical, paranormal abilities of Yogis that can be achieved when one is in control of one's mind.
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