Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Your Conscious Mind

Your Conscious Mind is that part of your mind which evaluates what you see, hear, taste, touch and smell. It is the part of your mind that decides if something is true or false, big or small, hot or cold, sweet or bitter, right or wrong.

This is the evaluating mind, the logical mind. It is the part of your mind which decides what you want, when you want it, where to go, and what to do. It processes the environment around you at a rate of about 40 pieces of information a second, and can handle up to three events at any one time, if pushed.

We are bombarded with millions of external stimuli every minute of our waking day. It is the conscious mind that sorts out the "important" from the "unimportant" details in order that the mind doesn't become overloaded and break down.

Your conscious mind is that part of your mind which observes and experiences, and it does what it does in accordance with the second part of your mind. So, if you are not actively thinking, (see my previous post on Thinking), the mind will just substitute what it thinks you might find interesting; probably something from your memory, and probably something that gives you bad feelings inside. I believe that's what psychologists call mental noise.

Yet no one can make you think thoughts which you do not want to think. Your conscious mind works for you, and you alone.

You are the master of the conscious mind, and it is what you think with this part of your mind that can be passed to the second part, the Subconscious Mind. But I'll talk about it next time.


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