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 “spotlight” isn'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, , 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. Or we can willfully direct our attention from our reading to - for example - the irritating fly and back again.
Specific techniques for enhancing the deployment of our conscious mind…
- Constructive acknowledgements: Repeating of affirmations, phrases and quotations to reinforce certain ideas and/or points of view.