Conscious vs. Unconscious vs. Subconscious

We all know the conscious mind, right? That’s the part of our mind that ‘thinks’ and reasons. The part that experiences the world through our five senses and controls our voluntary movement. But what about subconscious, and unconscious? I used to think that they are one and the same, but doing some research I found that the two are different. According to, even experts in the field of psychology struggle with defining the terms, so I decided to have a little discussion on conscious vs. unconscious vs. subconscious mind in this post.

The Conscious and Subconscious Mind


I’ve also discussed about conscious and subconscious mind in some of my previous posts. As stated above, the conscious mind experiences the world through our senses and controls our voluntary movement. The subconscious mind, meanwhile, stores our memories and controls our involuntary systems. Our conscious mind has the faculty of discrimination as well as the power of reasoning. It is the seat of the will, thus it controls what flows into our subconscious.

“Conscious mind is reasoning will. Subconscious mind is instinctive desire, the result of past reasoning will.”

– Anonymous

All the decisions that we make is based on what our subconscious mind ‘thinks’. Think of your subconscious mind as an army, and the conscious mind as the general. The general determines the strategy and direction of the army, but ultimately it is the collective strength of the army that determines the outcome of the battle. 

So what then is the unconscious mind?

The Unconscious Mind


The unconscious that I am referring to is the collective unconscious, or Universal Mind. It is said to be the totality of all minds in existence, and that we are connected to it through our subconscious. The Universal Mind contains all knowledge and is the source of divine communications – the source of dreams, intuition and inspiration.

As a part of this mind, we have the same abilities as the Universal Mind. As we think thoughts of courage, hope, enthusiasm, confidence, trust and faith, we come into harmony with the Universal Mind, and we are then able to tap into the infinite power and limitless creativity of the One.

“I know that all things that ‘work out’ in business are the result of Thought; any fool knows that. Just now, I seem to be short on thoughts and good ideas. But, if this ‘All-Mind’ teaching is correct, it should be possible for the individual to attain a direct connection with Infinite Mind; and in Infinite Mind there must be the possibility of all kinds of good ideas which a man of my courage and experience could put to practical use in the business world, and make a big success thereof. It looks good to me; and I am going to look into it.”

– Anonymous

In conclusion I just want to bring to your attention that different experts around the world may have different theories about the divisions of the mind. The complexity of our minds is still being researched by academics and I think it is unlikely that science can fully explain the intricate workings of the mind in this lifetime. Until then we just gotta have faith… 

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6 thoughts on “Conscious vs. Unconscious vs. Subconscious”

  1. Really cool. I just did a post about the subconscious vs. unconscious mind. I feel you take a bit more of a spiritual view to it as you talk about having all of our minds ‘connected’. I take more of a scientific view of it. I guess that’s what you mean about all the different views of this stuff.

  2. I love how well you explained how we all are connected to the Universal Mind. This is something that I have believed in and experienced for years. I believe this is how meditation allows us to make such progress in our lives. By going into the meditative state, we open ourselves up to the Universal Mind and are thereby able to attain answers that we otherwise could not come up with. Great article. Thanks!

  3. HI, Yes, I like your post. I have read and learned about these ideas myself. Have you ever read some of the teaching about the mind by Edgar Cayce? Sometimes, he seemed over the pale but he could be really insight about how the mind works. Also have you studied creative visualization, it is important for developing a prodcutive will. Good luck with your future posts.

    • Hi Cawells, to be honest no I have never heard of Edgar Cayce. But I did a search on google and his work seems fascinating enough. For sure I will check it out once I have some time to spare.

      Oh yeah, creative visualization is one of my favourite subjects and I plan to write about it very soon :). So come back often to read ALL my latest posts!


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