In my previous write-up on the 3-Mind Model, I aimed to illuminate both the differences and the subtle similarities of the Conscious, Sub, and Unconscious minds. Frankly, my reason for dissecting the mind’s structure was initially born of a personal intention to achieve a greater fluidity in my Trance Coaching practice. I figured if I could grasp a better understanding of these internal processes, then ultimately I could help my clients understand the work a bit better as well — recruiting them as their own personal healers and making my job exponentially easier. Also, if I could assuage my clients’ fears that I was some sort of witch doctor waiting to capture their minds through the black magic of hypnosis, I figured everyone would win.
Whilst writing, my thoughts began to expand around the functioning of our mental construct (as is the general side-effect of the creative process), I found the rather intangible, inexplicable, and mysterious Unconscious mind aspect of the writing began to take on a life of its own — almost evolving and growing legs as I wrote of it. It seemed to be communicating to me from an unseen realm, not unlike the world of symbolic revelry for which it itself is known. I felt as though my hands had been commandeered as the words spilled upon the page. It was unlike anything I’d ever felt.
As I read and re-read the description of the creative Unconscious mind I had devised, I felt as though I had missed something. Unfortunately, I began to realize that my sprawling and expansive metaphysical illustration only constituted the collective aspect of the puzzle. I had neglected to include a very important point: the Unconscious mind must have a reception bay, a dual aspect that could best be described as the personal unconscious mind(making use of a lowercase ‘u’ to avoid confusion).
We must take into account the fact that our personal unconscious mind plays a very large part in the way our 3-mind construct functions. Apart from performing all of the ‘unconscious’ processes of the body (pumping blood, breathing lungs, etc.); perhaps we can begin to see that this body-mind is much wiser than we ever thought. Consider for a moment, that the personal unconscious could be a part of both the collective Unconscious and the Individual Psychic Construct (the IPC for short; comprised of the conscious and subconscious minds combined; which I’ll explain in a minute). Think of it as a bridge between the two; a kind of resource broker — a mediator of sorts. As stated before in the 3-Mind Model:
“Ultimately, the efficacy of the trance therapy process weighs heavily upon the success of the conversation between the Unconscious and subconscious minds.”
We can see that perhaps the personal unconscious mind (body-mind) also functions as a wise borderland between the often corrupted landscape of the subconscious mind and the ultimately pure and benevolent realm of the collective Unconscious mind.
Imagine once more the ‘iceberg’ structure so that I can help to integrate visually this new aspect of the model. From the 3-Mind Model:
“…the ‘iceberg’ model of the human psyche is perfectly suited for the 3-mind model. The underwhelmed area of the iceberg representing the ‘conscious’ mind (analytical, conversational, mathematical, ego-mind) and the submerged ‘subconscious’ mind (belief systems, deep memories, animalistic tendencies) aspects of the traditional view of this ‘iceberg’ model still stand. However, I submit that the third element, representing the creative, collective, jungian Unconscious mind is represented by the vast sea which surrounds the iceberg.”
See the structure outlined above with your mind’s eye. Take a moment now and imagine that the entire surface area of the iceberg (above and below the water level) is protected by a hardened structure of ultra-dexterous ice — like a type of skin. Just within this layer rests both the conscious (under-whelmed) and subconscious (overwhelmed) minds, or the IPC, as stated above. Perhaps we can consider, for just a moment, that the person