What Is Consciousness?
The conscious mind is like the tip of the iceberg. It represents what we think we believe. Yet it's only a small part of our mind. The subconscious and unconscious mind are the underbelly of the iceberg and represent what we really believe.
This is the aspect of the mind that maintains the physiology of the body. It also contains our subconscious beliefs about the world. Both the subconscious and unconscious mind inform not only our health but our behaviors and the how we interface with the world.
A simple definition of consciousness would include being awake and responsive to the environment. Yet even when we are awake we act "unconsciously".
There are different levels of consciousness. And every body part contains a different consciousness that plays a role in the mind. For example the consciousness of the ankles is decision making and the consciousness of the shoulders is responsibility.
Every body part is prone to certain types of belief systems that can both limit the mind as well as impact the functioning of that body part.
Some of us have strong ankles and are quite decisive. Others are more prone to a sprained ankle and painstakingly labor over decisions with fear and confusion. Some of us feel empowered and uplifted by responsibility and feel light and unencumbered in the shoulders. Others feel burdened, suffocated and overwhelmed and can have mobility issues as well as pain in the head, neck and shoulders.
Modern research indicates that the brain merely registers thoughts but it does not actually generate them. Most of our mind or consciousness is occurring not at the level of conscious thinking. It's actually happening in the body!
Consciousness is what animates each body part as well as what animates each of us as a whole. Within each of the body parts we can store emotions, beliefs and trauma. The deepest imbalances in the body come from the deepest conflicts in the mind.
Unconscious belief systems and consciousness shape our world views and can often limit us from the full realization and truth of who we are. We are not necessarily who we think we are. Let that sink in. How might who you think you are actually be limiting the full expression of your potential?