Ask Alicia: Is the Subconscious Mind Bad?



Please excuse this intrusion. I have found myself “seeking” much more. Possibly because I want to achieve enlightenment, not sure, but I am really being drawn to self-love, which according to this website (obscured) is what I should be trying to achieve.

So why am I knocking on your door? As I have told you before, I have a great deal of respect for you, particularly your insight. Would you mind glancing over the articles on that website and telling me if from your knowledge and experience, is my subconscious what I need to ignore, or as it is said, live in the moment?

If that is the case, what is the purpose of having goals? My previous readings of books on business and self-improvement lead me in the direction of having targets, long term goals, planting affirmations that allow my subconscious to point me in the right direction, without my knowing why. Yet the website would have me believe that I should just go with the flow.

Perhaps this all sounds quite scattered. And just trying to articulate it to you has proven a bit therapeutic, so thank you for “listening.”

I trust you are well and that there is an abundance of joy in your life.


Alicia’s Response:

Hi Gary,

Happy Holidays!!

From my experience, aspiring to higher consciousness and a deep connection with Source is one of the most loving honorable things one can do.

The “subconscious” mind and even the mind in general really have mixed (even dogmatic) definitions within the spiritual community. If you take the dogma out of it, then we can define the subconscious mind as a necessary part of our human experience. We need it in order to function (literally). It controls our automatic functions – physical and mental, it also is a repository of memories and (programed/conditioned) responses. Unfortunately, some of our learned responses directly contradict even our most spiritual aspirations. That being said, you cannot deny your subconscious… those ‘programs’ don’t just go away (even if you “practice living in the moment” which is valuable) and your subconscious does not reason, therefore, it cannot discern what programs are bad/wrong/inaccurate. The subconscious is a mechanism – like your lungs are a mechanism, they don’t have a consciousness to discern what you are breathing in, they take in good air or bad air just the same.

An analogy: Say you smoked for 40 years, and after putting all that crap in your lungs, now it hurts when you breath and your energy is low from insufficient oxygen, so you decide “these lungs don’t work the way I want them to, I am going to get rid of them”….  That would seem illogical because you know you need your lungs in order live. Yet, people say, “your subconscious is bad – look what it is doing to you – get rid of it”. That is ludicrous.

On a positive note; like all laws in the Universe, through your dominate conscious intentions, you can and will attract into your life the circumstances necessary to recondition/transcend old conditioning that works against your higher aspirations and well-being. That really is what a spiritual practice is about. Many of the desires or goals for material gratification are transcended. BUT, the mistake I see many of my close spiritual friends make is making material life a “bad” thing. Which contradicts the desire to be spiritual and one with source. It is like saying, Source is the most important thing, yet I reject the experience that Source created which I am a part of….

In conclusion… respect the “subconscious” as you would respect your heart or lungs. It is doing it’s job. Understanding how and why it works the way it does will give you more liberation from the challenges it creates in your life than trying to ignore it will.

Hope that helps.


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