Most children experience divorce by the time they are five years old—whether their parents split up or not.
I am talking about the inevitable split in the psyche of all children who are forced to grow up in the modern world. You see, we are all born with one kind of consciousness and we spend our first few years of life being exactly who we are.
But since parents and teachers have forgotten the sacred purpose of knowledge, children merely learn the game of conforming their outer life to “fit in.” However, this drives one’s essential character “underground,” where it begins to operate as the subconscious.
We are not born with a subconscious. It fully and openly expresses itself during our earliest years. But the increasing knowledge coming from the outside world teaches the child that he or she had better hide who they really are. Children simply learn to act according to the data that has accumulated in their memories of what the world expects from them and things will be fine.
Over time this type of behavior takes over and causes a real split to occur in one’s consciousness. We become two kinds of people—external and internal. The new consciousness that takes over is an artificial mind that operates by adapting the information of our memory to create a face (mask) for the world. The downside to the formation of this secondary and habitual mind is that we come to believe it is our true normal consciousness. Therefore, most information coming in through our organs of sense has no need to penetrate any deeper than our corporeal memory to be of use.
In fact, the habitual mind cuts off any information from reaching the subconscious mind, which causes it not only to be buried, but to remain in a primitive and animal state. For example, when a minister gives a Sunday sermon on God’s commandments, this information enters into our memory where it can be made useful—not to change who we really are but to hide our agendas, hatred, envy, and compulsions from the eyes of the world.
Any information that does not reach the subconscious mind can never have the power to change what we really are. That is why even highly intelligent people who seemingly “know better” can be involved in horrific crimes.
This was the challenge Jesus faced while living among us. He needed His lessons to penetrate deeper and re-connect the subconscious with human artificial conscious. Time after time our Lord emphasized self-reflection such as “cleaning the inside of the cup” or that we take note of the “log that was in one’s own eye” and “not throwing the first stone” without first searching out one’s personal faults.
The Lord, in His Infinite Wisdom, knew he was faced with the split psyche of humans and often had to awaken them from the spell of their artificial, worldly consciousness that prevented spiritual sincerity.
By the way, this split psyche is the reason why humans can be hypnotized and are vulnerable to suggestibility and eagerly follow ever-changing trends. To be more precise, the artificial consciousness is asleep to the truth and the subconscious is gullible. The two individuals who most addressed the seriousness of this human condition were Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdgieff.
I spend a whole chapter in my upcoming book Proving God on this important, but little-understood topic. It will be out in Spring 2010. Check my website for additional info and updates concerning this future publication at http://www.staircasepress.com.