Along Carl Gustav Jubng and others, it is the time apply ancient religion and interpret Sacred Scripture as such:
Consciousness is our knowing that we know; that phase of knowing by which we take cognisance of our existence
and of our relation to what we call environment. Environment is made by ideas held in mind and objectified. The
ideas that are held in mind are the basis of all consciousness. The nature of the ideas upon which consciousness is
formed gives character to it. Consciousness, the direct awareness: the incessant flow of sensation, images,
thoughts, feelings, desires, and impulses, which one can observe, analyse, and judge.
The subconscious mind, or subjective consciousness, is the sum of all man’s past thinking. It may be called
memory. The subconscious sometimes acts separately from the conscious mind, for instance, in dreams and in its
work of carrying in bodily functions, such as breathing and digestion. The subconscious mind has no power to do
original thinking. It acts upon what is given it through the conscious or the subconscious mind. All our
involuntary or automatic activities are of the subconscious mind, they are the result of our having trained
ourselves by the conscious mind to form certain habits and do certain things without having to centre our thought
upon them consciously.
Personal consciousness is formed from limited, selfish ideas.
Sense consciousness is a mental state formed from believing in and acting through the senses. It is the serpent
consciousness, deluded with sensation. Since an individual becomes attached to whatever he thinks about, the
result of his forming sense consciousness is that he withdraws his consciousness from the Supreme Being, and
looses conscious connection with his Source.
Material consciousness is much the same as personal and sense consciousness. It is a state of mind based on
belief in the reality of materiality, or in things as they appear.
The conscious self or the “I”, the point within the embodied of pure self-awareness, different from the changing
content of our consciousness (the sensations, thoughts, feelings, and more).
The superconsciousness, or superconscious mind, is the Higher Self, a state of consciousness that is based on true
ideas, upon an understanding and realisation of the Oneness of Truth as related in the Bhagavad Gita.
The Higher Self, or the “Self” with a capital letter, submerged in the ceaseless flow of psychological contents,
disappearing (walking away as it were) when we fall asleep, when we faint, when we are under the effect of an
anaesthetic or narcotic, or in a state of hypnosis, and when one awakes the “Self” is appearing again.
The Collective Consciousness. According to Jung, consciousness, seemingly the sine qua non of humanity is just
the tip of the iceberg. Beneath consciousness lies a much larger substratum of forgotten or repressed personal
memories, feelings and behaviours, which Jung termed the personal unconscious. Moreover, beneath that lies the
deep sea of collective unconscious, huge and ancient (Brahman), filled with all the images and behaviours (souls,
entities) that have been repeated over and over (reincarnation) throughout the history of not only humanity, but
also life itself (all creation). As Jung said: “… the deeper you go, the broader the base becomes.”
The Collective Consciousness consists of images and behavioural patterns not acquired by an individual in his or
her lifetime, yet accessible to all individuals in all times, “unconscious” because it cannot be reached through
conscious awareness. Here is faith and intent, prayer, meditation, Gita standards essential to open ourselves up to
the universal but hidden treasure. The collective unconscious or consciousness (as I prefer to say) dwells in each
of us. Much of our life is structured by the archetypal symbols that are the organised units of the collective
The structure of the “embodied man”, the psyche. Consciousness is only a
tiny part of the psyche, beneath it lies the personal unconscious and below
that lies the vast expanse of the collective unconscious. All sensory
experience is first filtered through the building blocks of the collective
unconscious – the archetypes – which gather our life experiences around
them to form complexes.