Five State of Mind-Subramaniya Swami
by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Observing the great
vastness of the mind, we can draw another conclusion and say that there are five
states of mind: conscious, subconscious, sub-subconscious, sub-super-conscious
(1) Conscious State
The first state is the conscious mind, in which we perform our daily routines.
When awareness is in the conscious mind, we are externalized. This means we take
our direction mainly from memory of past experiences, from other people, from
newspapers, magazines, radio, television or our emotions. The average man is
aware in the conscious mind from the time he awakens in the morning until he
falls asleep at night. That's what makes him average. Only when he becomes
mystically inclined does he become consciously aware of some of the other four
The second state is the subconscious mind, the grand storehouse and computer of
man. It faithfully registers all thoughts and feelings that pass through the
conscious state, whether correct or incorrect, whether positive or negative. It
registers them and acts or reacts accordingly.
The sub-subconscious, the third state of mind, is a conglomeration of various
actions and reactions that we have experienced in our daily life. It is a subtle
state composed of two or more vibrations of experience which mingle and form a
third vibration. We have an experience. We react to it. Later we have a similar
experience. We react to that. These two reactions merge in the sub-subconscious,
causing a hybrid reaction that lives with us many, many years.
(4) Sub Super-conscious
The fourth state is the sub super-conscious mind. Deep, refined and powerful, it
filters intuitive flashes from the super-conscious mind through the subconscious
grid work. There are times when you want very much to find a clear answer from
within yourself. However, being aware in the conscious mind predominantly, awareness
is cut off from direct contact with the super-conscious. So, you begin to ask questions
of yourself. These questions are registered in the subconscious. The subconscious,
like a well-programmed computer, begins to search for the right answer from the
super-conscious mind. Then, all of a sudden, you know the answer from the inside out.
Finding solutions through insight or intuition is one of the functions of the sub
super-conscious. It also is the source of all true creativity, inspiration, understanding
and perfect timing in daily events.
The super-conscious is the fifth state of the mind. Within it is one world
within another world and yet another. All mystical phenomena and deep religious
experiences come from the super-conscious. It is the mind of light, beautiful
and vast. When one is super-consciously alive, he feels joyously alive throughout
the totality of his being - physically, emotionally and mentally - for new energies
are working through his nerve system. This state of the mind is available to everyone
to be aware in. The super-conscious is the mind of bliss. It is vast, pure intelligence.
The sub super-conscious mind is that aspect of the super-conscious functioning through
established subconscious patterns.
As we learn to identify these
states, one from another, we also become more sensitive, like the artist who learns to
observe depth, color and dimension within a beautiful painting. His sense of enjoyment
is far superior to that of the average man who simply sees the painting as a nice
picture, having no appreciation of the intricacies of color, depth, movement and