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How Does My Conscious Mind Work? And Why Is It So Important?

by Mindvalley November 23, 2018

Have you ever found yourself wondering about the nature of consciousness? It’s a complex topic, no doubt about it. But sometimes the act of asking a question is what prompts you to delve further.

How does consciousness work? What is the subconscious? How does my conscious mind influence my thoughts and actions?

The answers may not be as far as you think.

Your conscious mind influences your decision-making in all walks of life. Whether it’s at work or at home, your consciousness influences your reality. Want to create the life of your dreams? Invest in understanding and reconnecting with your conscious mind.

If knowledge is power, learning is your superpower.

Jim Kwik, Author of Mindvalley’s Superbrain Program 

By reconnecting with your consciousness, you can make better decisions in your life and empower yourself and the ones who you love most.

Let’s explore the meaning of the conscious mind and why you should understand it.  

conscious vs conscience

What Is A Person’s Conscience?


If you’ve ever wondered: how does my conscious work? — you’re not alone. But to understand the conscious mind, you first need to know the difference between conscious and conscience.

Your conscience is a cognitive process. It uses your belief systems to evoke logical and emotional responses.

Simply put: your conscience is the voice in your head that tells you what’s right and what’s wrong.

Your conscience is what makes you feel guilty when you stray from your moral values. In so doing, your conscience has the ability to affect your decision-making processes.

Do You Have A Conscience? Is Everyone’s Conscience The Same?

Does everyone have a conscience? According to most experts, the conscience is an innate cognitive structure and exists within every individual. It develops with the help out outside influences, such as your environment, education, culture, and religion.

Everyone has a value system which influences their conscience. But each person’s value system differs from those around them.

Your definition of right and wrong might not be the same as your next door neighbor’s, or your partner’s, or your coworker’s. All we can do is strive to live ethically within our own moral code.

Is It Conscious Or Conscience?


There’s a fine distinction between conscious and conscience, but you might be surprised by how easy it is to mix the pair up.

What we’ve discussed so far pertains to the conscience, your internal moral compass that keeps you in line with your personal beliefs and values.

So, what does conscious mean?

To be conscious is to be aware of your current state. The conscious mind is what takes in the sensory information of what’s happening around you in the present moment.

Here’s a good way to remember the difference:

You’re at home eating a slice of cake. Your conscious mind is what helps you enjoy the experience of eating the cake. Your conscience is what reminds you to save a piece of cake for your sibling.

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What Is An Example Of Conscience Vs Conscious?

Have you ever been given too much change at a store checkout? Your conscious mind is what realized the cashier made a mistake and gave you the extra money. Your conscience is what helps you decide whether or not to return the money.

Both your conscience and your consciousness have the potential to deeply impact your life. And at this present moment, both are operating within you, subconsciously.

You have the power to control them, but learning what they are and how they operate is a crucial first step.

 

What are your thoughts on the conscious mind and it’s difference with your conscience ? Share with us in the comments below!

by Mindvalley
Mindvalley is creating a global school that delivers transformational education for all ages. Powered by community. Fueled by fun. We are dedicated to ensuring that humans live happier, healthier, and more fulfilled lives by plugging in the gaps that conventional education failed to teach us. We do this by organising real-world events around the world and producing world-class quality programmes in several areas of transformation, including mind, body, and performance.

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