Consciousness & Unconsciousness

Alasdair Forsythe
4 min readMar 5, 2023

Narrative tropes exist for a reason, and one such trope is that of the King and their second-in-command. The King underestimates the 2nd who secretly harbors intentions of overthrowing them. You can see it in “Aladdin” with Jafar, “Robin Hood” with the Sheriff of Nottingham, and “The Lion King” with Scar. It is the Myth of Osiris.

This is the relationship between the Conscious and Unconscious. The unconscious has the job of running the day-to-day business of the kingdom, which is your self, but if left with no oversight, will screw everything up. It would be like having a successful business, and then leaving it with a consultant without any oversight — then being surprised when you find they’ve stolen everything and run it into the ground.

The unconscious is not meant to rule, but it is meant to manage. The conscious King cannot handle everything, you only have so much attention. The unconscious robot can handle a much larger quantity of tasks, but it only does what it’s been taught, it does not innovate.

The unconscious has a habit of learning deceptive tactics, because it’s always watching and learning, and copies anything that works. Deceptive tactics definitely look like they work in the short term. The unconscious does not listen, it just watches and learns actions.

The unconscious is an artificial intelligence

Myths and legends rely on the metaphors available when they were written. In modern times technology provides a broader range of metaphors to draw from. In the context of the unconscious mind, it would be more accurate to consider it an artificial intelligence.

I can confidently predict: if we fail to learn from this dynamic, humanity will likely play out the same story with AI in the physical world.

Running your self is like running a business, or a country. You should only do what only you can do. Everything that is already a solved problem should be, by intention and policy, delegated to the unconscious. That means that you should be focusing only on that which needs conscious attention.

A correctly functioning unconscious should ‘give up’ any task that it doesn’t already know how to solve or has failed at. This will then come into your conscious awareness and you can solve the issue. Your unconscious will observe you and try to learn from what you did, so it can do the same next time.

The unconscious does everything you don’t

For people who have been denying the real-ness of spirit, half of their entire reality has been handed over to their unconscious with free reign. But it has no role model from which to determine what to do. So instead it learns by trial and error, which means it does whatever gives instant gratification, and that is obviously everything that is a bad idea and leads one into a downward spiral.

How to get back control from the unconscious

The unconscious is a logic-driven system and so the whole thing is based on models, which are beliefs, which are like little computer programs.

Removing the beliefs breaks the pattern. Your unconscious will then begin to send these experiences up to your consciousness, which means you will start to see everything you were previously ignoring. It’s then your job to deal with it, and that means accepting your responsibility.

Once you have successfully dealt with an issue it will be delegated back down to your unconscious, which will then notify you when the strategy begins to fail again. At which point it’ll come back to your consciousness. The result is that you will only be conscious of unsolved problems.

It also means that you will temporarily gain heightened sensitivity after removing a suppressive belief, which may later disappear again as it’s successfully delegated back down to your unconscious.

However, you also have to deal with fragmentation, which is the next article.

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