In my last post entitled Not Everyone Gets It, I shared the formula:
Mindfulness > Mindlessness
As a quick recap, mindfulness is “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something,” whereas mindlessness involves “having no intelligent purpose, meaning, or direction; giving or showing little attention or care.”1
Without a deeper understanding, such an equation could give the sole impression that MINDFULNESS is better (lighter/higher) than the MINDLESSNESS (heavier/lower). Instead of just stopping there, I wish to go deeper on this topic and further explore the “commonality” between the two found in simply in the word MIND.
Locating the Mind…
In a web article entitled Demystifying Mindfulness posted on ActivePause.com, it states: “Mindlessness is not a flaw of character, but a consequence of the way our mind functions.”2 So is it safe to say that if we truly understood how our mind functions, we can control its direction, its focus, enabling us to consciously produce a life of manifested purpose. ? But wait, what exactly is the mind? It sounds like a silly question, but is it?⁉
According to The Revealing Word by Charles Fillmore, the mind is “the starting point of every act and thought and feeling; the common meeting ground of God and man….The mind is the seat of perception of the things we see, hear, and feel.”3 It is understood that the mind is made up of three distinct (but interconnected) phases/divisions:
- Conscious mind:- Much of our waking hours are spent in autopilot. It is from here that routinely conduct our everyday lives.
- Subconscious mind:- This is the “hard drive” (of our minds); where our past and present experiences (memories) are stored.
- Superconscious mind:- “I AM” resides here; our divine consciousness.
Exploring further, we utilize our conscious minds on a daily basis. Actually when we are learning something new, we must “think it through” which requires heavily relying on our conscious mind to learn and recall steps, procedures, etc., in an effort to embedded them into our subconscious mind. However, once a task has been mastered, it becomes “second nature” and we no longer need to “actively remember” how to do it. Examples of such include brushing out teeth, riding a bike, driving a car, etc. Furthermore, it is from our subconscious mind that we store all of our life’s experiences. It is a lot like a software program (or an app) running in the “background” recording the good, the bad, and the ugly, then automatically storing information regarding an event, experience, etc., into our memory bank.
As we go about our daily lives, our encounters with people, places, situations, and circumstances can “trigger” memories that cause us to “act out” (or “act in” – blame, shame, guilt, etc.). Sometimes we may respond in a matter that leaves everyone – sometimes including ourselves – enlightened or appalled. Fillmore (1931) emphasizes: “The subconscious mind sometimes acts as though separate from the conscious mind” (p. 134).
Now all of this brings me to my next question: Which mind should we operate from – conscious, subconscious, superconscious, or all of the above? Is one superior to the other or should they be used in conjunction with one another? ?
Minding the Mind of God
Since the subconscious mind can’t “think” on its own. Fillmore (1931) explains that “the subconscious mind has no power to do original thinking. It can act only upon what is given to it through the conscious or superconcious mind” (p. 135). So now, what exactly is the superconscious mind?
Reflected as God, the superconscious mind is also known as Mind, One Mind, God Mind, Christ Mind, [The] Source, Universal Mind, [The] Universal Consciousness, Infinite Intelligence, etc. Fillmore (1931) calls it “the Lord” explaining that “the superconscious mind transcends both the conscious and subconscious phases of mind. The harmonious working together of these three seemingly separate minds is necessary to bring forth of the latent possibilities of man” (p. 135). With that said, “an understanding of God, or universal Mind, is a key to all scriptures and occult writings.”4 So being conscious awareness of how our mind functions plays a vital role in our ability to experience true spiritual growth (or consciously evolution). Simply having an intellectual understanding of the scripture – memorizing and recalling scriptures without having experience the power therein, without working in union with the Divine, is not sufficient. With that said, Fillmore (1931) explains:
“Divine ideas must be incorporated into our consciousness before they can mean anything to us. An intellectual concept does not suffice. To be satisfied with an intellectual understanding leaves us subject to sin, sickness, poverty, and death. To assure continuity of spirit, soul, and body as a whole, we must ever seek to incorporate divine ideas into our mind. A consciousness of eternal life places one in the stream of life that never fails.” (“consciousness”, p. 41)
He goes on to say:
“Divine Mind first conceives the idea, then images its fulfillment. Man, acting in co-operation with Divine Mind, places himself under this creative law and thus brings his ideas into manifestation” (“Divine Mind”, p. 58)
Going even deeper, the superconscious mind is not an organ in your body. It is our very bodies. Don’t believe me – then study up on cellular memory. In case you need a jump start, cellular memory is a “theory” that our bodies – not “just” our brains – store memories across individual cells (within our very bodies). This is why its important to regularly “renew your mind” by clearing out and releasing old and outdated memories, programming, beliefs and the like that no longer help you to thrive in life.
I also need to add that you cannot fool your body (or soul) into believing anything not first conceived in the superconscious (or the Divine Mind of God). This is why meditation, affirmations, and similar exercises are important. Without this deeper understanding, we might found ourselves operating from a carnal or mortal mindset in which we “name and claim” things from our conscious minds, thus causing us to pursue and interact with people, places, things, and the like, that are not for our Highest Good, creating memories we later need healing from.
Now is it safe to concern ourSelves with which “mind” we are “consciously” operating from on a day-to-day basis?
Which one should we be operating in/through? ?
In summary, mindlessness is not equal to mindfulness and mindfulness is not necessary “more important than” mindlessness – although it is but it isn’t. Simply stated, its not about if one outweighs the other. The overall key is to continuously develop and maintain a balanced MINDset. ⚖
3 Fillmore, C. (1931). The Revealing Word. Unity Village, MO: Unity School of Christianity.
4 Fillmore, C. (2003). Metaphysical Bible Dictionary. Unity Village, MO: Unity Books.