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The mind as a doorway or barrier to higher consciousness

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Connecting to Self

The Mind as a Barrier or Doorway to Higher Consciousness

By

Deborah L. Ohl

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Metaphysical Science in the Department of Graduate Studies of the University of Sedona.

October 1, 2007

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Deborah L. Ohl

has been approved by the Examining Committee for the thesis requirements for the Master of Metaphysical Science degree of the University of Sedona

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Review of Literature

Findings

Discussion

Summary and Conclusions

Bibliography

Connecting to Self

The Mind as a Barrier or Doorway to Higher Consciousness

INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1

Aligning, evolving, and connecting the human spirit to its source, the God-Mind or Universal Conscious, is the mission of all human beings. Though one could assert that the lessons to be learned in this life are chosen prior to birth, the incarnate soul is usually, on a conscious level, unaware of their task.1 The conundrum then, for those of us actively walking the metaphysic path home, is to create openings for all of us to experience the connection, the love, the joy that is our essence. To realize the mission, moving the spirit to the God-self, it is necessary for the human to become consciously aware that there is much more to their life than the physical reality they perceive. In human form, we have a mind, a body, and a spirit. The body represents the physical realm, the spirit represents the eternal soul, and the mind is the vehicle making the mission back to the God-self a possibility. The key to the mission lies in the mind.

The mind, for purposes of this discussion, will be viewed as having three layers. The conscious, or outward bound intellect, presenting itself in the physical world; the subconscious, or protector, capable of moving inward or outward; it lacks judgment and always seeks to protect; and the super-conscious, or inward bound psyche that travels through the universe .88 Although simplistic, I believe it is a necessary approach for the average person who is struggling, in pain, and feeling alone, if they are to see the possibility of manifesting a better life.

The uppermost part of the mind is the super-conscious; it is the place of knowing. This part of the mind contains the light, the things that dreams are made of. Here the universe is in oneness.* Here a glimpse into the soul and God-self resides. Here the spirit of each individual is as one. Connection with this aspect of the mind is indeed possible, though discipline and dedication are required to access it. Sustaining the right of entry to it is a life long challenge.

The subconscious is considered the middle layer. It can be thought of as a conduit or link; it can be likened to a computer software program 88 The subconscious acts as a barrier or a bridge between the human and the spirit. The subconscious can function as a liberator, facilitating the re-connect to the higher self. **This is the being part of the human: the aspect that experiences joy, love, and universal oneness. ** The subconscious also, and most often, functions as a malefactor, scoundrel, and troublemaker causing pain, suffering, and alienation from the true self. It does not do this intentionally. It believes it is protecting the human. The subconscious tends to act as a shield, trying to protect the easily broken human; it creates the great disconnect resulting in a sense of isolation, loneliness, and at its worst, abandonment.** The subconscious mind that seeks to protect the human, often results in the human behaving as a do-er. Doing everything, that is, except allowing the human to feel peace and contentment, oneness, and connection. Like a computer program with a virus, it can result in the human running amuck.88 The challenge then, is to unlock the key to the subconscious, creating a bridge from the physical world to the higher self. **

The conscious intellect is the outermost layer mind. **This part of the mind is awake and aware of its physical universe, its feelings, and its emotions; it takes action based on its perception of what is occurring. These perceptions are based on past teachings and beliefs, programs and conditioning accumulated through life, as well as the feelings about self in that moment.* How the person feels about himself and why, is a subject that requires far more discussion than the scope of this thesis. Suffice it to say, that what the person thinks, results in what they experience.** Thought will cause the human to feel happy, sad, fulfilled or unfulfilled, empty or complete. How the conscious is thinking determines its reality and state of contentment. Thoughts are things; what you think about, you bring about. ***

Unfortunately, human thought often operate on automatic pilot, driven by subconscious motivation and something known as ego. Modern society has many meanings for the ego. It could mean ones self-esteem; an inflated sense of self-worth; or in philosophical terms, ones self. However, according to the psychologist Sigmund Freud, the ego is the part of the mind which contains the consciousness that according to Feud, lingers in both the conscious and unconscious.** (Wikipedia) FIND AND ADD OTHER EGO REFERENCE

The conscious mind is a rugged task master, always pushing the human to perform, do, and accomplish, rather than be present in the moment, be at peace, and be One with Self. The conscious human doing is always running. Running from the pain, suffering, and unhappiness they feel, trying to fill the emptiness.** Lives are filled with things; relationships lack contentment and are filled with judgments and animosity, disappointments, or they are totally absent. The outcome is a sense of separation from the Self. The human self, the self that is not worthy, always believes it has done something wrong, or believes it can never do enough.8 These beliefs are inculcated and perpetuated by society and most established religions; both are designed to perpetuate the myth that we are alone, separated and unworthy. **

Each individual is given the challenge to find their way back to their Source of greatness, joy, and connection. The field of Metaphysics has opened the doors wide to exploring the mind, the thoughts it contains, and the outcomes it receives. Can it be as simple, yet difficult, as breaking through the subconscious barrier to connect to the higher self? What obstacles discourage the Human from their natural state of Being?

CHAPER 2 REVIEW OF LITERATURE

Thoughts are things, and as their currents run they become miracles or crimes in the experiences of individual life. Cayce The Mind is a terrible thing to waste. This saying originally penned by ------------- creates an excellent backdrop for a discussion of the mind and its impact on any given human beings experience of reality The psychological mind is defined as the totality of conscious and unconscious mental processes and activities. Dictionary.com Cayce identifies three levels of consciousness or dimensions of mind: conscious, subconscious, and superconscious. The conscious, outer mind is the level we physical beings think are more powerful. The subconscious is that part of our minds that bridges the outer self with the spiritual self. ** According to Cayce, the subconscious is both in the body and beyond the body, in the soul realms of telepathy, non-physical life, and timelessness. **inner vision Cayce noted that each entity has a three-dimensional phase of existence or experience: the world without (conscious), the world within (superconscious), and the mind that may span or bridge the two (subconscious).

In order to reach the world within or the higher self, we must learn to pay attention to our thinking. For this to come about, we must earn how to take charge of our thoughts. This is challenging because the subconscious mind is really controlling our lives most of the time. Studies have shown that the subconscious mind is 30,000 times more powerful than the conscious mind and that the majority of the thoughts held in the subconscious mind are limiting. The subconscious mind is actually serving in an attempt to protect the person from things it fears. Cultural transformation 2005 Our subconscious and even our conscious mind focuses on what it fears, which then creates exactly what it is fearing. Our subconscious is our conscience, our policing power. That is, the police, the subconscious mind, represent the law that guides, directs, and that way upon which the entity, which any entity, may rely for the enforcement of that which will keep in peace, in war, in any condition, that straight way for the best interest of each and every individual. However, even as physical police departments can become corrupt, so can our subconscious police become misdirected by powerful suggestions of self-doubt, self-condemnation. In the same way and manner as these (the police) may become subject to all of the vicissitudes that are ever present within the conditions in life, so may the subconscious forces, misdirec