Part Two - Page 2

  1. We can walk at will; we can raise the arm whenever we choose to do so; we can give our attention through eye or ear to any subject at pleasure. On the other hand, without the will our hearts beat and our blood circulates, we grow tall, nerve and muscle tissues form, bones build, and many other important vital processes carry on.
  2. If we compare these two sets of action, the one decreed by the will of the moment, and the other proceeding in majestic, rhythmic course, constant at every moment, we stand in awe of the latter, and ask to have the mystery explained. We see at once that these are the vital processes of our physical life, and we face the inference that these all-important functions are designedly withdrawn from the domain of our outward will with its variations and transitions, and placed under the direction of a permanent and dependable power within us.
  3. Of these two powers, the outward and changeable has been termed the Conscious Mind, or the Objective Mind (dealing with outward objects). The interior power is called the Subconscious Mind, or the Subjective Mind, and besides its work on the mental plane it controls the regular functions which make physical life possible.
  4. It is necessary to have a clear understanding of their respective functions on the mental plane, as well as of certain other basic principles. Perceiving and operating through the five physical senses, the conscious mind deals with the impressions and objects of the outward life.
  5. It has the faculty of discrimination, carrying with it the responsibility of choice. It has the power of reasoning--whether inductive, deductive, analytical or syllogistic--and this power may be developed to a high degree. It is the seat of the will with all the energies that flow therefrom.
  6. It can impress other minds, as well as it can direct the subconscious mind. In this way the conscious mind becomes the responsible ruler and guardian of the subconscious mind. It is this high function which can completely improve conditions in your life.

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