Three- Level Mind Model (Sigmund Freud)
- Conscious Mind- Your awareness of yourself and everything around you. This is where all the activity during the day happens, your thoughts, feelings, and responses.
- Subconscious Mind- Not fully aware but influences your actions and feelings. This is your quiet mind, the control and operator throughout the day and night.
- Unconscious Mind-reservoir of feelings, thoughts, urges, and memories that are outside of conscious awareness. This is like the storage house of everything your mind takes in. It's like the library for your Subconscious and Conscious mind.
Your Subconscious Mind Knows Everything
Let's look at the Subconscious Mind and how it influences your consciousness.
It may seem as tho the subconscious mind appears out of nowhere, but really it has a solid existence.
Every little detail of life that happens around you is being observed and recorded into the unconsciousness by your subconscious.
Focusing on EVERYTHING is quite overwhelming right?
However, thanks to the Thalamus, your conscious mind doesn't have to focus on all of it. This filters out anything you don't need (or want) to pay attention to, good or bad.
The Thalamus - Spirituality meets Science
How does the Thalamus know what to focus on/ filter out?
You literally tell it what is important to you.
This is generally how "manifestation" works. Everything good or bad is happening around you at all times, you are quite literally telling the Thalamus what to focus on.
- If you are focused on the bad all the time, your conscious mind will only see the bad
- If you are focusing on the good, you will only see the good.
- If you want to believe you are good enough to achieve your goals, your thalamus will allow you to filter in all of the opportunities around you that help you achieve them.
- If you tell yourself you are bad at everything, your thalamus will filter in everything that proves you right.
What you should do:
Practice a level of mindfulness which allows you to see what you REALLY think is important.
What Does This Have to do With Dreams?
It is my understanding that the subconscious mind is where dreams take place in your sleep.
All of that information that is not addressed by your waking mind (consciousness) that is still important and now stored within the unconsciousness, bothers the subconscious mind. These are memories and information that is not being looked at.
So if your subconscious mind sees everything, and your conscious mind tells the thalamus what to see, what's left over is a pool of information.
What happens to this information?
- It is either discarded if not useful and actually thrown out of the mind.
- Or it is stored in the unconscious part of the mind, ready to be checked out at a moment's notice.
Imagine you don't want to admit to yourself that something is bothering you. Maybe a relationship is not going well.
Your conscious mind tells your thalamus to disregard this information. The subconscious mind however knows this is valuable and necessary to your life, so it holds onto it in the abyss.
It's not always a bad situation:
Sometimes, the conscious mind sees all these negative parts of the situation and refuses to filter in the good parts.
Maybe you are hoping to achieve a goal and all you allow yourself to see is the obstacles in life, but here are opportunities right in front of you that will get you to that goal.
So, in the crazy obscure metaphorical dreamland, these events appear. Your Subconscious Mind is forcing you to process and understand something that was missed.
What You Should Take From This
Try focusing every morning on your goals. Use meditation or journaling to focus your mind on what it is you want to pay attention to throughout your day.
Practice Dream Recall
When you wake up, try to recall what you dreamt. For some this is easy, for others it is a bit more of a challenge.
My advice is to write down anything you do remember, and look up in dream interpretations anything that you may not understand.
This alongside your daily journaling will allow you to understand what it is you need to focus on and process.
Why is This Important?
Making sure to focus on your goals and training your mind to retain information that is helpful to them, will allow for a simpler life.
Doing this and recalling anything you may not be focusing on, will help guide you to your purpose and goals, and overall be a better version of yourself.
All of which making you, and the world, a better life.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.