In last week's blog post I talked about the first layer of non-physicality beneath the apparent physicality of life's dream. It is the human mind. The human mind is physical life's nonphysical underlay. It doesn't dream the whole dream—universe, world, life, being human—all by itself. But each human mind does dream, first, that it is human, second, that it is a particular human and, third, that it is experiencing life. The everyday life part of the dreaming is handled by the subconscious mind.
Life is already happening when we get here, and it seems pretty real. Once here it starts happening to us and as it happens we sort what is happening. First, we feel it. It feels good or it feels bad. Second, we think about it—what does it mean and what should we do about it. Third, the thinking forms beliefs, about how life works and why. Fourth, as life happens, beliefs accumulate. We need to keep our attention focused on what's happening so, fifth, the accumulating beliefs are stored below our surface attention. Sixth, in that subsurface part of our mind all related beliefs link together and over time a vast network of beliefs is formed.
Psychology calls that subsurface, below awareness, part of the mind our subconscious and the network of beliefs stored there a belief system. By adulthood we are no longer adding to it. Instead, it sustains us. It has taken over dreaming our everyday life for us. Like always, we keep seeing an apparent physical life out in the world happening to us. But we no longer respond to it afresh. The subconscious network has become so vast that everything that happens to us can be processed based on same or similar events from our past. All we do is focus on apparent life from our mind’s surface, notice what’s happening, and up jumps the relative part of our belief network to take over our response for us.
On the mind’s surface, we believe we’re in charge of all that is happening inside ourselves. And we believe that we’re doing our best to stay in charge of all that is happening outside ourselves. But the subconscious mind gets its name not just from its subsurface location. The fact that it is automatically acting on our behalf is also subsurface. That would be fine, if all the automatic activity was optimal performance. Sadly, most of that activity is far from optimal because most of it is based on old decisions in many cases inadequately informed. In fact, since human life is a dream and we didn’t know it while making all those old decisions, all of our previous decisions are inadequately informed.
So, human life is basically—automatically and unconsciously—re-dreaming old dream events over and over. Most who catch a glimpse of spirit and begin to understand that human life is actually just a dream then think that a few new age techniques or meditations will undo the dream. First of all, a lot more spiritual work is required. But second of all, the subconscious network will still keep dreaming everyday human life, and lifetime after lifetime, unless we make ourselves aware of its dreaming and stop it. I’ll talk about this over the next few blog posts.