We call it the subconscious mind because we see the world upside down.
Which part of us is it that communes with the divine? The conscious mind that counts 1-2-3? Or the subconscious mind that fathoms mysteries? Isn’t the subconscious mind then above the conscious mind? Isn’t the subconscious mind then in truth more conscious Understanding Banter than the conscious mind?
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.” – Albert Einstein
The intuition is a sacred gift, Einstein said. The intellect is a faithful servant. Does the servant ride on the horse or does the master? Yet, in our waking world, the servant rides while the sacred gift trods along patiently behind.
The subconscious has often been likened to the submerged part of the iceberg – the part that is underwater. This gives us the impression that the conscious part is the part that has to do with the world, while the subconscious – while greater in mass, is hidden, mysterious, unknowable. But this is because we are air-breathing creatures.
The iceberg itself is water made solid. The part that protrudes into the air is the part that is out of its own element. The mass of the iceberg that is submerged is within its natural element, water. It communes with the ocean. It is the ocean.
The ocean is the divine.
It is God. It is the ultimate consciousness. The subconscious is the portion of us that is engulfed in the divine, firmly ensconced within the divine, one with the divine. The tip of the iceberg sticking into the air – that’s the part that is the anomaly, the part that is the least bit of us, the part that is most out of our natural element.
The nature of the iceberg is ice. It is water, the ocean made frozen into one individuated object. A distinct manifestation of God, the divine, the field of being. We are children of God. We are gods. We are manifestations of God.
The iceberg is frozen ocean; its true nature is ocean. You are a divine human; your true nature is divine. Your subconscious is not subservient to your conscious mind (at least, it shouldn’t be). Your subconscious is that part of you that is submerged in the divine. That’s where you meet with God. That’s where you melt and become one with God and God manifests and becomes one with you.
See the metaphor?
This is how an iceberg sees itself.
An iceberg’s true nature is water. The submerged part is not “hidden and unknown” to the iceberg. The submerged part is in communion with its true self – water.
As air-breathing creatures, we misunderstand icebergs. The part that is obvious to us is the part that is most unlike itself – sticking out in the air, out of contact with water, out of touch with its true self. The part of the iceberg that we cannot see is the part that is most true to an iceberg, most true to its element.
The intuitive, non-conscious part of ourselves is the part that is in communion with our true nature. Not the conscious, obvious part that the outside world sees.
The tip of the iceberg has been likened to the conscious mind. The submerged part has been likened to the subconscious mind. Well, how can the part of the iceberg that is fully submerged in its true elemental essence be considered a “subiceberg”? Yet, the label “subconscious” conveys an idea of inferiority of the intuitive mind.
In fact, our subconscious mind is fully immersed in our elemental essence, whereas our conscious mind is not. The subconscious mind is superior in function to the conscious mind. It only seems to be the other way around because the conscious mind is in charge of language and that’s the story it tells us.
Consider this: when your heart and mind disagree, which one do you believe? And when you do believe, do you believe with your mind or your heart? We instinctively know that the subconscious mind is aware of things that the conscious mind is blind to.