A two-dimensional diagram of a multi-dimensional concept.
Every plane revolves in all directions. The Mental and Material planes remain enclosed in the globe and the soul plane is likened to a skin around the globe. Both the Spirit and soul planes are exterior to our third dimension and physical bodies. The soul is an un-manifest aspect and an emanation from Spirit. To enable Spirit to gain experience through physical interaction, it constructs and combines two elements: the mind and the body. Both have specific and interdependent tasks. By far the more powerful of the two is the mind. Within the mind or mental realm are instinct, the conscious mind, our emotions and unconscious mind. The mind receives most of its information from physical interaction using the five senses of smell, hearing, touch, sight and taste. The material body is dependent upon the mind and interacts with exterior influences. In its natural state the mind is free to wander wherever it wants to go but, whilst it is charged with experiencing and reporting on our physical activities, it is tied to the body, which it is helping to continually manifest anyway. Within the mind there are specific levels having their own purposes.
Instinct: The first level from the physical realm is instinct. This is the area that deals with automatic five-sense activity; it operates the nervous system, fight and flight, procreation and everything else necessary to keep a physical body satisfied.
Conscious Mind: The next level is the conscious mind, which rests when the body does. Otherwise, it is always on duty, unless it can be tricked into thinking it should be sleeping. Everything we experience whilst we are awake is fed through our conscious minds. Generally, we are conscious of whatever occurs within the range of our five senses. The conscious mind analyses matters based on any data it holds. It decides what is possible and what is not according to its critical appraisal of circumstances. The conscious mind holds the intellect and is literal.
Emotional Mind: Above the conscious mind is the emotional realm. What ever affects the emotional mind causes reactions in the conscious mind. The emotional mind is a regulator of our personal morals and passes messages to the unconscious from the conscious mind and vice-versa. At the heart of the mind, its role is to engage or disengage the conscious mind’s compliance in matters that affect feelings. Hence, the emotional mind is the first target of advertising and other more insidious forms of mind control.
Unconscious Mind: The premier level of our mind is the unconscious or subconscious mind. The unconscious mind stays alert for messages from the conscious mind and assists (or attempts to assist) the other levels of mind at all times. The unconscious mind is always active. When the conscious mind is quiet, it can wander into other exterior realms where it connects with similar mind forms and gathers other-dimensional experiences. Our imagination derives from these realms where the unconscious mind accesses alternative information that a physically bound system cannot. These explorations are also the source of our intuition. The unconscious mind connects with our soul passing on what it has learnt from our conscious, emotional and unconscious experiences and the soul in turn passes this on to the Universal Mind – Spirit or God.