We hear these terms often, but what do they mean, and what is the difference? These can be related to an iceberg, where the conscious mind is the part above the water, and the subconscious mind is the part that is submerged.

The conscious mind is the part of the mind that is active during normal waking hours. It is logical and analytical and takes information from the world around it and processes it. The conscious mind is the cognitive or the thinking part of the mind. It analyses information, takes on board that which is acceptable passing it to the subconscious mind and discards that which is not.

The subconscious mind simply accepts as fact the information that is passed or provided by the conscious mind. The subconscious mind does not analyse or try to interpret this information it just simply acts as a storage facility, this facility is used for storing our beliefs. As and when needed, the conscious mind draws on all of the information stored in the subconscious, giving it a frame of reference as to how it should react to the world.

The human brain has two halves, that is two hemispheres and each hemisphere is associated with different physical and mental functions and abilities. The left side of the brain is the rational and logical problem-solving part, while the right side is the more emotional, creative, and intuitive part. Trance work can cause these two hemispheres to begin working together, allowing them to synchronize more strongly than they are able to in the normal waking state. The more time spent in a trance state, the stronger the bioenergetic connection between the hemispheres becomes, this allows for the two hemispheres to work together more easily. Whilst the two hemispheres are linked, the mind becomes calmer, stronger and more balanced.