On The Subject Of Words

Juan Batlle Planas: Tres personajes [Three Characters], 1941 Tempera on paper Gift of Arte BA USA Foundation, 2007 via Tumblr

Excerpt from the About page @ alfsbootcampblog.com

SUBLIMINAL: SUBCONSCIOUS: Emotions, memories & thought not normally admitted to conscious awareness. Thought activity not rising to the threshold of consciousness thought.

This definition from the dictionary, would indicate that before a thought comes into conscious view, it must take other hidden paths in the mind. Psychology has named one of those paths the sub-conscious; a subliminal area of the mind not consciously available to the owner of the thought. Yet the content of that hidden area of thought, is constantly influencing the composition/action of the conscious thought. This would indicate that while we have free-will operating in the conscious thought process, we do not have free-will operating in the sub-conscious arena of the thought process. We are only free to think at the end of the thought process, not its beginning.

It could also be said, that the information (stimuli) going into the mind through the five senses of perception…namely sight, hearing, feeling, tasting, smelling, enters the content of the unconscious and sub-conscious mind before the conscious component of the mind. This means that the sub-conscious component of the mind, is processing outside stimuli before we are conscious of its information. We sometimes…in fact often, react to outside and inside stimuli/events before we become consciously aware of it. That unconscious reaction is being processed automatically from the arena and content of the unconscious & sub-conscious mind. In a sense, we have two minds operating with the process of a thought.

Clarification: Retained childhood life experience, is constantly influencing the conscious thought process of the adult from the depository (content) of the sub-conscious mind…unknowingly. If the experience of childhood is one of nurturing and happiness, then the hidden/repressed content of the sub-conscious seldom troubles the conscious mind in adulthood. But when that childhood is full of conflict, chaos, misery, immature parenting and unhappiness, then big insoluble problems come to the conscious mind of adulthood via the conflict ridden sub-conscious. As in personality problems, social problems, psychological problems, pathological problems, maturity problems, relationship problems etc. The reality of which, becomes the permanent reality of the immature adult…and eventually society on the receiving end.

The point to be made: A practical solution to this nemesis of a conflict ridden sub-conscious mind, would be a great boon to the happiness of not only those afflicted, but also to society on the receiving end of its sociopath nemesis. According to the author’s research, just such a solution (knowledge) was found thousands of years ago. To eventually die with the civilization its knowledge came out of, when they ceased to put into practice its knowledge in their society. That solution in the author‘s language, is called Correct Meditation. A short twice daily practiced technique, available to anyone that can think with a thought and persevere innocently with its practice. The only limitation, is the limitation to not want to understand and put into practice its knowledge.

To sum up: So what exactly is the sub-conscious. In expanded definition, it is the hidden but active mind depository of all our childhood retained experience…good and bad experience. We could say the sub-conscious mind, consists of layer upon layer of life-experience embedded in the matter of the mind. Experience that becomes hidden and often repressed from conscious view in adulthood. Attached to that experience locked into the subliminal layers of the mind, is the specific structure, quality & layer of consciousness that prevailed at that time in childhood. This would indicate that physical consciousness grows…as does the awareness, with the gradual physical growth of the child and therefore linked to the biology factor of life.


  1. To quote you: “To sum up: So what exactly is the sub-conscious. In expanded definition, it is the hidden but active mind depository of all our childhood retained experience…good and bad experience.” Why are you saying it’s ONLY childhood retained experiences in our subconscious? Why can’t an adult have a traumatic experience as in Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome from a war or rape hovering in their sub-conscious? And they do of course!?


  2. I think Carl Jung was ahead of his time. Its a shame his understanding of the mind did not become more mainstream in the discipline of psychology. Unfortunately there is no one to continue where he left off. Psychology and society are the poorer as a result. In my opinion of course.


    • Hi Bill, I’m actually replying to a comment you made on the other thread. But I think my reply pertains more to the idea of the unconscious, so I’ll reply here. Basically, I’m thinking that we can talk about at least two main types of trauma: (1) created by an event, such as dodging bullets in war or seeing a comrade get killed, and (2) created by another person, such as emotional and sexual abuse.

      I think in the case of the latter, shutting out that abusive person can, in some instances, be the right thing not only for oneself but also for the other person. While I believe in forgiveness, to my mind it seems sort of hollow or incomplete if the abusive person still continues on without realizing that they were, indeed, abusive. So to hopefully help in teaching a lesson, as it were, and also to protect ourselves, we might have to shut out other people. Sometimes, perhaps, for the rest of our lives.

      If we don’t, I believe that not only personal unconscious contents can cause problems, but also negative vibes. So it’s potentially both psychological and spiritual.

      Funny you mention Jung and someone carrying on with his work. On one rough draft of a scholarship application I humorously wrote as a Title… “Freud, Jung, Campbell, and Clark.”

      I was thinking, and actually said in my application for the doctorate, that we need to further investigate the interpersonal aspects of some of Jung’s concepts not sufficiently investigated by Jung or Jungians.

      What do you know? I’ve posted it online… second last paragraph..

      Click to access phd_jung_stamp.pdf


    • Thanks for your comments. Always nice to see you here! I think childhood is important but we need not be victims of it. Even a rotten childhood could conceivably compel a person to overcome, and to aspire to new levels of consciousness. Maybe there would be no geniuses like Nietzsche, for instance, if everyone were perfectly raised!


  3. Hello to Mike from Bill.
    Your intuitive quote…re trauma. “So it’s potentially both psychological and spiritual.

    Yes, trauma is both psychological & spiritual in its effect/experience on the human being.
    Severe trauma leaves an indelible imprint in & on the matter of the mind.
    When traumatic experience becomes repressed by the conscious mind, it becomes ‘residual stress’ (energy) unable to be released from the mind. It eventually becomes locked in the sub-conscious component of the mind to cause all manner of psychological problems. My next word item (when finished) deals with this subject of Residual Stress, that is a nemesis to a sensitive mind.


  4. In my earlier post I was leading up to the suggestion that God is behind a greater unfolding of creation, and by implication, soul development. So the release of trauma, or whatever, usually comes at the right time. At least this is the healthy model. This dynamic can involve individuals, relationships, groups, etc. The healthy unfolding, acc. to this idea, doesn’t artificially rush the process. But it doesn’t tarry, either.


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