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The twofold nature of the mind

Updated on July 2, 2017

Previously we looked at past life regression and how it is used to help overcome some of the bodily aches, pains and niggles that we take for granted and we have also looked into the Hindu belief of the duality of existence i.e. the belief that the human body is divided into two component, the tangible component or the body which perishes with time and the intangible component or the soul which exists for the duration of time or for the duration of the universe.

It is now important to understand the twofold nature of the human mind and why we cannot or rather, are unable to access repressed memories or memories from a previous existence without some type or form of help or assistance like hypnosis, which as we have pointed out before can be dangerous or the more subtle practice of yoga which will eventually lead us to spiritual meditation.

The mind as we know it is divided into two components the conscious mind or the temporal or corporeal mind so called because it reacts to the needs of the five sense and the subconscious mind or the vast depository that stores all the information with regards to our past and present existence and according to some scholars also aids us with clairvoyant dreams or precognitive visions.

The conscious mind operates from the time we are born or we take on a new existence to the time we die or our soul leaves the body. It registers everything that we see or do while we are in the waking state and influences a majority of our decisions. Most of us live or operate under its influence.

While in the waking state the conscious mind tightly binds the subconscious mind, so much so that it is impossible for us to have access to the subconscious mind. In addition to that our own habits, for example excessive drinking or smoking, tampers with the chemical balance of the mind or sometimes alters it to the point that we become addicted to alcohol and cigarettes and this further impedes the workings of the subconscious mind.

We won’t be wrong in saying that when we are in the waking state the conscious mind supplants or supersedes the workings of the subconscious mind.

The only time that we can have access to the subconscious mind which has stored all the data from our past existence, regardless of how many lives we have taken, is when the conscious mind is asleep.

When a hypnotist puts his subject to sleep, like we see on the television or during stage shows, he or she is in reality putting the conscious mind to sleep so that he or she can have access to the subconscious mind and help cure the patient of any pain, niggles or illnesses he or she may have suffered as a result of any accident, injury or illness that occurred in a past existence.

However because the hypnotist can only put the conscious mind to sleep and has no control over the subconscious mind, what surfaces, for example an alternate personality that suddenly comes to life when the subject is under hypnosis or in other cases the hypnotist triggers a sudden illness that the subject succumbed to in a past life - there is no telling what could happen - the only option open to the hypnotist is to gather as much information as possible and somehow make sense of what’s happening.

However in most cases it is almost impossible to make sense of things, especially in instances of alternate personalities, despite the clarity of the memories that surface.

It is difficult, for a third party to have any form of control over another person’s subconscious mind and in those circumstances the only avenue open to the hypnotist is to wake the subject up and let the conscious mind reassert itself.

The hypnotist can forget about what transpired during the hypnosis session and choose not to tell the subject but the subconscious mind once it’s been released from the shackles that bind it will seek to resurface and will often do so in dreams or in flashes of images that sometimes appear out of nowhere and disappear just as quickly. Therefore most hypnotists will tell the subject what transpired during a hypnosis session to safe the subject from the trauma of trying to make sense of things when those memories suddenly resurface again.

Hence the safest option for anyone who wants to access their memories from a past life is to delve into spiritual meditation and gradually build the bridge between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. There are no guarantees that it will work but it is a lot safer than hypnosis.

© 2017 Kathiresan Ramachanderam and Dyarne Jessica Ward

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