“Subconscious” vs “Unaware”
When people talked about the “Mind” or “Brain” there is a frequent reference to “Conscious
Mind” or the “Subconscious Mind”. Neuroscientists, doctors, philosophers, theologians, and
meditators all refer to two forms of minds- “Conscious and Subconscious Minds”.
“Consciousness Mind” has information we remember or knew but don’t remember;
“Subconscious Mind” has information we don’t remember and never knew it was there. My
question has always been; “What is the “you” or “I” that uses Consciousness? And what really is
the Subconscious that we don’t remember or know about?”
Another word we use is “Awareness” and it was never defined accurately what is the difference
between “Awareness” and “Consciousness”; and they are often used interchangeably. I once
spent more than ten hours with a priest trying to figure out: “Which comes first, awareness or
consciousness? And, what is subconsciousness in relation to consciousness?” We did not come
up with an answer even after several years later. The priest has since passed away.
I go about my ways, developing YogaChi – physical, intellectual, and meditative- quests in Life.
Since YogaChi is a system, it must at least have supportive “philosophy, methodology, and
techniques”. To make this system robust, the definitions used within it must be defined and
robust as well. I continue my research in religious materials, new age materials, attend lectures
and listening to different teachings propagated in the internet.
About ten years ago I was listening to a lecture by the Angel Akasha transmitted via the
messenger Usa, of the Radiant Rose Academy. She was speaking about a topic that referred to
the “Mind”. For what exactly the reason was, I do not remember, she emphasized the point:
“There is no such thing as ‘subconscious’”. She did not explain why that is so. She said there is
only “Awareness” and “Consciousness”. The “umbrella words” that are mostly used for dealing
with the mind “Consciousness” and “Subconscious”; and, awareness is thrown into such
discussions without a definitive distinction between awareness and consciousness.
I decided within the context of YogaChi I would use “Intelligence” as the umbrella word to
describe “Mind’s activities”. Within “Intelligence” there are two main components, Awareness
and Consciousness. Awareness is the “Present I Am” and Consciousness is the “Total I Am”.
Awareness always function in the “now or present moment”. Consciousness is the total
repository of “memories” and “intentions/possibilities of the future” that were defined by
Awareness. Now what is “subconscious”? Angel Akasha said there is no such thing as
subconscious and in the discussions below I will show that Angel Akasha is correct.
I teach physical yoga (Asana Yoga) and mind yoga (Jnana and Samadhi Yoga) in the prison. In
mind yoga there are always mentioned by the prisoners of subconscious/ness. I asked them to
define what is subconscious/ness and the answers are “not sure”, “information we don’t remember”, “information we don’t know about”. I asked what is the “thing” that used “consciousness” or ‘subconsciousness”.
The “thing” that uses “consciousness” is “awareness”. Awareness defines one’s Consciousness,
which is the diary of information to be referred to again by Awareness. Awareness “time
travel” when it accesses Consciousness. One can become aware of the past by accessing
information in the “memory portion” of Consciousness; become aware of possibilities
previously created by Awareness, by accessing information in the “intention portion” of
Consciousness. The presently knowing part of our intelligence is in our awareness. Awareness
is exactly the “I Am” of who each one is and always functioning in the “now moment”.
Where does Awareness resides in our body? It is in our brain and nervous system. It is only a
portion of our cosmic awareness that enters into the human form. It is connected to our
organs of awareness viz the eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin to experience our physical and
intellectual environment. With such understanding, we can now deal with “subconscious vs
unaware”. I will do this by examples.
When we looked at something the entire scene is registered into our consciousness. The items
that are most prominent stand out in our awareness. There are background items we do not
intentionally immediately notice. Of such background items, are they “subconsciousness” or
“unawareness”? These background items are actually already in our consciousness but we are
unaware of them. For example, there are artists’ renditions of artworks with hidden faces,
animals, plants; we are asked to find them. At the first look, the entire artwork is registered
into one’s consciousness. One will not immediately become aware where all the faces are,
where all the tigers are, or where an item is placed. Of such “hidden information” is it
“subconsciousness” or “unawareness”? They are in one’s consciousness except one is
“unaware” of them. It is not a “subconscious phenomenon” rather it is an “unaware
Our organs of awareness are the eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin. If I show a fruit to a person,
say a Jack Fruit, the fruit will be registered in the person’s visual consciousness. The person will
recognize a picture of the fruit. If I ask the person, what is the smell of the fruit? The person
will not know, Is this a subconscious phenomenon or an unaware phenomenon? It can be
asked of the texture of the skin of the Jack Fruit; taste of the meat of the fruit. Are these
subconscious phenomena or unaware phenomena? In YogaChi such phenomena are
considered as “unawareness” and not “subconsciousness”.
In the YogaChi Intellectual philosophy, there is no such thing as “subconscious”. It is always
“unaware” of what is in one’s “total consciousness”. This is a very important point in
understanding such meditative pursuits in YogaChi meditation.
What are your thoughts on consciousness vs unaware?