Sigmund Freud postulated that we all have a conscious and an unconscious mind. How does Sahaja Meditation view the human psyche with respect to layers or realms of consciousness?
Sahaja Meditation views this very differently than Freud or any other known theories of the conscious or unconscious mind. Shri Mataji, the spiritual guru of Sahaja Meditation, has outlined five primary realms…
The first is the Collective Subconscious. This is the past, where all dead matter resides. The second is the Individual Subconscious. This is the realm we're existing in when our attention is focused too much on the past, we're constantly ruminating about the past, or are drifting in a trance or dreamy state.
In the subtle energy system and energy channels, these two realms represent our left side. If an individual's attention is directed too far to the left side prior to energy awakening, the individual crosses over through the Individual Subconscious, deeper into the Collective Subconscious, and that's when problems intensify. This could explain behaviors such as repression, for example. According to Sahaja principles, all mental disorders can be traced to an excessive moment on the left side.
The third realm is the Individual Supraconscious, which is located on the right side of the subtle energy system. This realm represents the future, and we exist in this realm if we are an aggressive thinker with a futuristic attitude.
The fourth realm is the Collective Supraconscious, which is located farther to the right, beyond the Individual Supraconscious. In this realm, people can become dangerously aggressive, antisocial, criminal, prone to war. Adolph Hitler is a good example. He guided others to the supraconscious to such an extent that he could convince them that killing innocent people and children is justifiable. False gurus can guide people toward the supraconscious realm.
The fifth realm is the Collective or Super Consciousness. This is the center, and where one would be during thoughtless awareness. Your attention is always, or at least mostly, in the present — not the past or the future. Thinking stops, and your attention becomes clear and pure. Mental complications disappear gradually. Achieving and experiencing the state of Collective Consciousness is not possible until the Kundalini energy has been awakened, flowed through the central nervous system and connected to the cosmic energy. This is the ultimate target for everyone practicing Sahaja Meditation.
Super or Collective Consciousness helps you learn to live in the present, which can help you deal with emotional issues such as painful memories that you keep circling back to again and again. The energy awakening makes it possible for one's attention to come into the Super or Collective consciousness state, pulling the individual out of the Subconscious realm and, over time, helping to free him / her of emotional problems. The more one meditates, the easier it is to remain in the center and avoid the extreme left or right, thus avoiding damaging thoughts and painful memories. Peace and sanity is naturally restored.
Prior to my energy awakening, I was heavily into my individual supra conscious — we call this being "right-sided." Within three months, I started feeling the vibrations and my tendency to be excessively futuristic or aggressive in my thinking disappeared — I felt myself coming into balance. Before I achieved that balance, I had no vibrations in my right hand. I was told that this was because the pendulum of energy was tilted excessively towards the right. But once I came into balance, I started feeling vibrations uniformly. I was better able to control my attention and get deeper and deeper into thoughtless awareness, which kept me from dwelling in the past or focusing much on the future, instead of being present in the moment.
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