AltanaESP Glossary

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Approved 10 February, 2022 @ 9:44am by Jan Viljoen (version: 5)

Conscious Mind

Our conscious mind can be described as our “everyday-day-working-mind” that we use to purposefully conduct everyday tasks, do certain activities, accomplish things and deal with challenges or obstacles as is needed. Thus - for example - activities such as reasoning, reading, exploring, studying, discussing, planning, scheduling, trouble shooting and problem-solving, washing dishes, gardening, conversing, driving, …etc. …etc. …etc.

The conscious mind can be regarded as a spotlight that we willfully deploy to direct our attention toward a particular object, event or situation which has been selected from a limitless assortment of thoughts, emotions, feelings, physical sensations, sensory messages, …etc. When our “spotlightisn't willfully wielded, our attention zigzags from one distraction to another, making the conscious mind seem more like an out of control plasma ball than a fine tuned accurately targeted and focused spotlight.

The conscious mind is directed mainly by…

  • Impulses: Our conscious mind is automatically drawn to the most-powerful impulse from the mind, emotions, sensesplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSenses

    We often take our senses for granted and seldom - if ever - think about the tremendous impact that our senses have on our efficiency to deal with our environments (both our internal and external worlds). Our senses are the “conduit” through which we relate to and interact with our surroundings. Apart from this, our senses are also instrumental in the development of our brainbrainbrainbrainbrainbrainbrainbrainbrainbrain
    , physical sensations or any another source. Thus - for example - our “spotlight” might shift from what we are currently reading to the music playing on the radio, to an itchy arm that we scratch, to a pestering and irritating fly, back to what we are reading, to a memory evoked by what we read, and so on… and so on.
  • Our will: We can choose to be attentive to what we are reading despite the influence of contrary impulsesplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigFor example...

    Music on the radio, the itch, the fly, the doorbell, the telephone, a boiling kettle, dogs barking, thunderstorm, ...etc.
    . Or we can willfully direct our attention from our reading to - for example - the irritating fly and back again.
  • Concentration: We use our will to direct our attention toward a single object, situation, event, task, activity or obstacle.

Specific techniques for enhancing the deployment of our conscious mind…

  • Thoughtplugin-autotooltip__smallCommonly known as philosophy meditation: We examine the process by which our thoughts arise and we learn about consciousness, which is a separate function by which we are understanding the thoughts we have.
  • Mindful meditation: With mindfulness, we simply attempt to remain conscious of the events occurring around and within us.
  • Constructive acknowledgements: Repeating of affirmations, phrases and quotations to reinforce certain ideas and/or points of view.