The iceberg represents our mind. It is a great metaphor for our mind that is used by Dr. Sigmund Freud, neurologist and psychoanalyst, and Dr. Carl Gustav Jung, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.
The top visible part of the iceberg is our conscious mind which is our surface outer life. Our conscious mind is our ego – our personality. It is our logical, reasoning, analytical and rational mind. Our personality is a fundamental part of us that can relate with the external world. It is also the part of us that wants to control everything and everyone. We need a strong and flexible personality to live a healthy life, to grow and to evolve. We need a strong and flexible conscious mind to interact with our unconscious mind. We need an ego, but we must not identity with our ego.
The bottom submerged part of the iceberg is our unconscious mind which is our deep inner life. All our memories and experiences create our beliefs, habits, behaviors and perceptions which all lie in our unconscious mind. Most of our mind, 95% of it, is unconscious and it governs most of our life.
I was trapped in my conscious mind: my ego. This is where my problem resided. I had no idea a whole universe existed outside the prison of my conscious mind. I did not know I had an inner life! I did not know I am governed by my unconscious mind. MS invited me to open up to the vast world in me and all around me. MS invited me to set myself free from the prison of my conscious mind and discover my inner world. What a gift!
The wise part of us resides in our unconscious mind, which is part of the Great Mind or Infinite Intelligence or the Universe. We are connected to Infinite Intelligence through our intuition. In our unconscious mind, we have access to the information and inspiration from the wisdom of the ages, my teacher Nicolas Bornemisza, a Jungian analyst, explains in his book “Guérir grâce à nos images intérieures”. Carl Gustav Jung says it is our nature to make the unconscious conscious. “If we try to ignore the inner world, as most of us do, the unconscious will try to find its way into our lives through pathology: our psychosomatic symptoms, compulsions, depressions, and neurosis,” writes Robert A. Johnson, a Jungian analyst, in his book “Inner Work”.
Between our conscious mind and our unconscious mind, we find our subconscious mind. It serves as a buffer zone between our more surface conscious mind and the deeper unconscious part of our mind. In our unconscious mind, we find the collective unconscious. It links every one of us and in that way, we are all connected. It is also our access to the past, present and future. “The distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion”, said Albert Einstein.
The important thing to understand is that there are many parts to the mind and we need all of them. The conscious, the subconscious, the collective unconscious, the unconscious and the Great Mind are all one. We need to recognize that all these minds, and everyone’s mind, are also connected with one another and united as one mind.
To simplify, let us view the mind as being made up of two parts: the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. When we are in balance, these minds communicate with one another and are in harmony. For example, our intuition can speak to our conscious mind during the day. We can also receive messages in our night dreams from our unconscious mind. There is no separation between these minds.
The conscious and unconscious minds have a two-way communication. When we start changing our conscious mind, the change will automatically get communicated to our unconscious mind. When we start changing our unconscious mind, the change will automatically get communicated to our conscious mind.
Are you aware of your inner life? Are aware your unconscious mind is controlling most of your life? 💜