How do we find ourselves? We do so by going within. We get to know ourselves, to understand how we are made, and then began to learn to use the magnificent power within us. We do it by understanding the mind, what is it and how it works. There is nothing more fascinating than the mind. Actually, it consists of three sections- the conscious, the subconscious and the Superconscious.
The part with which we are busiest is that which we call the conscious mind. That is the area through which we absorb all our knowledge of the outer world. It is the part of the mind of which we are constantly aware. It is always busy thinking during our waking hours. It flits from pillar to post with the easy and rapidity of a wild monkey. It is the part of the mind that receives scholastic training, and retains it just as long as needs it. Surprinsingly enough, it is the least important part of the mind. It is like a filter through which thoughts pass, at random for the most part, until we learn to use it. It is the intelect.
Much more important is the subconscious mind. That is the part of the mind which makes you feel. It reminds you things you have forgotten. In one sense, the subconscious mind is the eternal storehouse. Everything that has even happened to you, everything that you have ever thought, or done, or said, even though you may have no conscious recollection, is stored in your subconscious. Your loves, your fears, your hates, your good deeds, your courage, your resentments, your animosities, your charities-they are all there. And you are the sum total of all of that at this moment.
If you would like to know a little of the ideas the subconsciouns holds, you can do so by watching yourself. The clearest answer will come by looking in a mirror at yourself, because the body is the complete out-picturing of what the consciouns mind is expressing. Its closest manifestation is through the physical body, and it reflects itself in the health, vitality and appearence. Then watch what you do. Watch what you say. Watch your reactions. Are they what they should be? Do you flare up at others? Do you take offense easily and blame it on your sensitive nature? Are you always busy protecting your pride? Do you go around the world with a chip on your shoulder? If you do, you will know that there is something stored in your subconscious that is causing a bit of trouble. Get rid of it, because if you continue, sooner or later you are going to “come a cropper” and take a bad fall.
Besides being the storehouse for memory, the subconscious is also the power house of the human being. Its function is to create, and that it does, unquestioningly, when the conscious mind gives the order. It cannot reason and it knows no logic. It continues to carry out the orders until the conscious mind re-directs it. The subconscious mind knows everything of the past and the present. It also has an idea of what the future might be, because of past performance. But, because of it is plastic, it can and will change the future direction of your life, provided it is given the impetus and instruction to do so.
The third part of the mind is actually the most important, and it is also the one with which we have the least knowledge and contact. It is that part of the mind which gives us life. It is called the Superconscious Mind. It is what we term the Presence of God in us. It does not matter what we call it, wether is called the Presence, the Indwelling Christ, the Divine Spark or simply, I AM. It is that within us which is our goal-the conscious realization of the Indwelling Christ, conscious union with your Real Self. It is that Presence, that Superconscious Mind, which is within you and gives you the ability to think, feel,move. It is Life incarnate, and you are its incarnation. When the Presence decides you have done all you can in this life span, it withdraws from the physical body, taking with it the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind until another incarnation. But at this stage of our evolution the Superconscious Mind does little more than animate us. it is equaly true that if your desire for union with the Presence is strong enough, if you seek the Giver more than you seek the Gifts, you will find Him. Then you will also find that “having the Giver, you have all Gifts.”
The subconscious is the part of the mind with which we are mostly at grips. The subconscious, while it produces our goods for us, also it produces all of our problems. Nothing, absolutely nothing, has ever happened to you or to me or to any other human being in this world, except that we have consciously or unconsciously brought it to pass, be it good or bad. There is no sense blaming the other fellow for things that happen to you. He had nothing to do with it. He was merely an instrument, brought to you by the Law which you set in motion, the Law that governs the subconscious mind.
The beginning of freedom lies in facing our own responsability for what happens in our lives. It must then logically follow that since we are responsible for both, the good and the bad in our lives, we cannot attribute it to other people and outside circumstances. People and circumstances that have hurt us are the instruments used by the Law which we have consciously or unconsciously invoked. It is the great Cosmic Law, and it is summed up simply in the words, “Like attracts like.” It brings back to us that which we have put forth. Once we understand this, we are free from all resentments. And we know by now that resentments are the cancers of the soul. Their inception and growth is due to our emotional reactions to people and incidents in our lives.
When we reach the point of understanding that only we ourselves are the Cause and the Effect of all that happens to us, then we overcome the greatest poison in our lives, resentment, which is the parent of most our problems.