There is a constant stream of activity within the human psyche of which the conscious mind is not aware.
Obvious examples are the constant activities of breathing, blood transference, analysis and filtering of senses etc.
When the conscious mind is not attending specifically to a repetitive task, that task still continues to occur, as in balance, walking, driving a car, eating etc. All of the emotional input behind a major decision such as purchasing a house, or choosing a partner are also highly influenced by stored memories and programs within our psyche.
In 1893 the psychologist Freud labelled all of these as the subconscious. Later he changed his label to unconscious, but both of these terms have other meanings to a reader, for example, unconscious also refers to the state caused by significant brain trauma such as concussion. For this reason LISN is using the term Xconscious to describe all of these processes occurring “without intention, awareness, and conscious guidance.”
Human consciousness incorporates
- Conscious thought
- Xconscious activity within the body; autonomous behaviors, intuitions, emotion etc
- Xconscious activity that is unexplainable (metaphysical), such as telepathy, out of body experiences, and mystical connection.
How people can connect to the knowledge, wisdom and intelligence contained within their Xconscious minds is an active field of study.
Neuroscientist David Eagleman states “There’s someone in my head, but it’s not me.”41
Our inner self is a complex and rewarding place of adventure and discovery. It is mostly, like an iceberg, under the surface of consciousness. Most of your personality, in other words, lies in your Xconscious.
“As you look at the iceberg model of what it is to be human, you notice that psychologists view human perception as primarily the Xconscious. Their work is typically involved in bringing awareness of the Xconscious to the conscious in a way that enhances life.
The Xconscious is composed of energy, and it forms itself into distinct energy systems – or what we might call “energy forms.” These energy forms can be feelings, attitudes, value systems or entire personalities that live within us.42
The conscious is the tip of the psyche iceberg.
In the Xconscious there is a basic Maslow drive for survival via breathing, defense reaction, and the gratification of need. There is also our EGO, our distinct self, our defining personality! While the EGO extends into the preconscious and conscious, it is primarily Xconscious and mysterious.
I believe there are several aspects to the EGO. There is the conscious EGO which is what you are thinking when reading this, the center for action and assimilation of the senses AND the attending to the Xconscious. Ah, you may say, how can you be conscious of the Xconscious? Very good question! That is largely what this book is about, but it will be dealt with in later chapters.
Then there is the Xconscious function of awareness and moral decision making. Examples for this are; deciding behavior when there is conflict between the moral belief and a need; (I am hungry, but I don’t want to steal) or a decision between rational and addictive behavior; (I like running, but my health is suffering so I will cut back on how many marathons I run). This is our positive or superior, SuperEgo.”
Philosofree Energizing Love
See also: Consciousness