Three Selves

First, human consciousness does not break conveniently into three pieces. This is not the Dogma of the Three Selves.

Second, do not believe a word I tell you but consciously choose what these things mean to you internally.

Here are some verses from the Bible that were puzzling to me and for which I sought answers.

Psa 91:1  He who is dwelling In the secret place of the Most High, In the shade of the Mighty lodgeth habitually,

Mat 6:5  “And when you are praying, you will not be like the hypocrites, because they affectionately love standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the open streets to be praying, in order that they shall be seen by the people. Positively, I say to you*, they have their reward in full.

Mat 6:6  “But when you* are praying, enter into your private room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father, the [One] in secret, and your Father, the [One] seeing in secret, will reward you in the open.

your private room

a dispensary or magazine, that is, a chamber on the ground floor or interior of an Oriental house (generally used for storage or privacy, a spot for retirement): – secret chamber, closet, storehouse.


concealed, that is, private: – hid (-den), inward [-ly], secret.

Mat 18:1  In that hour [or, At that time] the disciples approached Jesus, saying, “So who is greatest in the kingdom of the heavens?”

Mat 18:2  And Jesus having summoned a young child, He set him in the middle of them

Mat 18:3  and said, “Positively, I say to you*, unless you* are turned around [fig., changed inwardly] and become like such young children, by no means shall you* enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

Mat 18:4  “Therefore, whoever will humble himself like this young child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens.

Unless you reverse your thinking; have a whole new way of thinking you cannot enter into the kingdom of the heavens. To me access to this Kindom of the Heavens is through the subconscious self (Inner Child).

Luk 17:20  Now having been questioned by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God is coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;

Luk 17:21  neither will they say, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ For listen! The kingdom of God is within [or, among] you*.”

It was in trying to understand these teachings that I was drawn to the three selves…Russ


The most complete pattern that I have found for this concept comes from the Huna and Kahuna traditions of Hawaii, but these concepts are intertwined with all religions.

The Three Selves for purposes of this essay will be called Conscious Self, Subconscious Self, and Spiritual Self.

Conscious Self

It serves as the seat of logic, reason, and discrimination but is not the seat of memory in the Huna View. It instructs the Subconscious Self through imagination and will.  It is also the only part that can do wrong (sin). The only wrong Huna acknowledges is to willfully cause pain or hurt to a person, being, or one’s self.

It only exists as long as the physical body exists; therefore it fears dying unless it experiences spirit directly, through the Subconscious Self.

It tries to live in the past or future. When we think ôaboutö something; we can only think in terms of past (remembering) or future (hoping or wishing). You can not think ôaboutö something in the present; you can only exist with it.

It has a dual nature. It can be friend or foe.

Friend                              Foe

interconnected                 separate

objective                          subjective

tolerance                          dominance

acceptance                       judgement

cosmic-centered              self-centered

love                                 fear

Our purpose in the Conscious Self is not to set things right, but to see them rightly. Stress occurs when the conscious mind resists what is. We should not make subjective evaluations about events that unfold around us, but see cosmic objective in all things around us.

The best pictures I can think of to explain this are:

1  You have scheduled an outdoor picnic and it rains that day. You get angry at the rain for messing up your picnic. See how self-centered that subjective reaction is?

Objectively, the rain is part of the cycle of life on this planet. It provides water for plants and animals to share.

2  Student to Sri Ramakrishna: Sir, if one gave up the I, nothing whatsoever would remain.

Sri Ramakrishna to Student: I am not asking you to give up all of the I. You should give up only the “unripe I.” the “unripe I” makes one feel: “I am the doer. These are my wife and children. I am a teacher.” Renounce this “unripe I” and keep the “ripe I” which will make you feel that you are God’s servant, his devotee, and that God is the doer and you are His instrument.

The logical mind is like a lake or pond with a stiff breeze blowing. The surface is full of waves and we cannot see a reflection. These are our self-centered thoughts. We cannot see the reflection of the Cosmos on the surface while our self-centered thoughts clamor for our attention.

The spiritual mind is like the same lake or pond at a still, calm moment. We have set our self-centered thoughts aside and we can now see the reflection of the Cosmos on the surface and commune with it. This is the kingdom of heaven within you.

Most importantly the Conscious Self is where we make our choices, develop our beliefs, and begin our imagination (visualization) by choosing to set our Subconscious Self free to dream.

We choose what we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell with our conscious mind, but we perceive what we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell with our subconscious mind.

What we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell with our conscious mind are only happenings; they become experiences to the Subconscious Self when our Conscious Self assigns a value (objective or subjective) to them. These experiences become filters to our perception. Just because modern man spends most of his time in the Conscious Self doesnÆt mean that the Subconscious Self isnÆt active. On the contrary, it is always looking for input. If we do not make a conscious choice to control the input, it will go into automatic mode and accept input from outside as valid.

We free our past (especially guilt) by forgiving it and habituate the Subconscious Self to receive a new experience in place of the old experience.

You keep your future free by not letting your present self put your future self into binding or limiting restrictions. Do not make choices in the present moment for how you will be in the future, but leave your future choice making free. I am not talking about the give and take of our normal lives, but the internalizing of binding or limiting restrictions. Such as ôI am not good at mathö ôI am clumsyö, etc. Especially beware of using the term I AM to habitually place binding or limiting restrictions on your Subconscious Self.

Albert Einstein quotes :

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.


Subconscious Self

This is the shadow and is the part that gathers the sacred Mana the power that is used to create. It is where the emotions and memory are. It forms literal deductive conclusions.  It depends on the 5 physical senses and is able to use telepathy.

It gives you your basic energy for physical life. It stores and accesses all physical knowledge– our instinct, intuition, gut feelings, latent drives, abilities, and memory.

It lives only in the present moment.

It is motivated like a 4 to 7 year old child; with adventure, fun, excitement, new things, etc. and is highly open to suggestion.

It provides automatic body function control. Through this mechanism you can control automatic body functions with your Conscious Self (dynamic body control).

Either the Conscious Self or the Spiritual Self can direct it.  It is the link between the Conscious Self and the Spiritual Self. It communicates with us through emotions, feelings, dreams, signs, symbols, and visions. The Spiritual Self can only communicate with us through the Subconscious Self.

It does not differentiate between actual experiences or imagined (visualized) experiences. This is important, in visualization you do not have to be technically correct with your imaging. Use all of your senses and emotions to make the image as real as possible.

By becoming more conscious of how our subconscious works, we can access energy and courage to improve our health and sense of well-being.

Lucid dreaming (awake and purposeful dreaming)

While the world is what you think it is. HUNA goes a step deeper. You are always dreaming. Everything in your awareness is a reflection of you and your beliefs. Memories, nightmares, today’s lunch, tomorrow’s meeting- all are dreams. You, through your beliefs, literally dream your life into being. But aren’t they real? Of course! To the HUNA dreams are real and reality is a dream. I like to think of it more as a movie with you being the writer, director and star of the show. This life is your movie, so if it is not as you like it, stand back, rewrite, and perform the new script in harmony with the other actors.

Spiritual Self

It brings all desired things into reality.  It is trustworthy and wise.  It has intuitive Knowing of the past, present and the fixed part of the future and future possibilities. The Spiritual Self is your direct connection to all sentient beings.

It communicates with us using emotions, feelings, dreams, signs, symbols, and visions through the Subconscious Self.

The higher self-awareness manifests qualities of selfless courage, love, compassion, wisdom, altruism, and joy. It serves as a “cheerleader to the soul,” reminding the conscious self of the spiritual possibilities beyond the material world and the limits of the conscious mind. This is where we experience Wonder, Awe, and Rapture.

The higher self has deep empathy for the conscious self and subconscious self but exists in a state of loving detachment; it gently guides without interfering, allowing the conscious self to make its own choices and learn whatever lessons it needs.

By mastering the powers of the subconscious and conscious selves, we can enjoy great success in the world, but staying in touch with our higher self adds the dimensions of joy, love, and an experience of the higher possibilities of life.

Conscious vs. Subconscious

Each of us is a powerful creative being.

We each create our own reality.

If this is true, then why do so many of us we create a reality we donÆt really want at all?

Most people are stunned to learn that most of our behavioral and thought patterns are directed by the subconscious mind, not the conscious. In fact, according to Emmanuel Donchin, director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Psychophysiology at the University of Illinois, ôAs much as 99 percent of cognitive activity may be nonconscious.ö The fact is, as adults, we spend most of our time subconsciously reacting to life rather than consciously creating it.

There are two parts of your mind and they are quite different. Both are necessary for you to be fully functional. However, both are specialized in their capabilities as well as the way in which they process life’s experiences.



Conscious Self: Volitional, Sets Goals~Judges Results, Thinks Abstractly, Short Term Memory ~ Approx. 20 seconds, Time Bound ~ Past & Future, Limited Processing Capacity ~ 1 to 3 events at a time, Averages about 40 bits of information per second

Subconscious Self: Habitual, Monitors Body Operations, Thinks Literally, Long Term Memory ~ past experiences – attitudes – values -beliefs, Timeless ~ Present Time Only, Expanded Processing Capacity ~ Thousands of events at a time, Averages 4 BILLION bits of information per second

As is apparent from its processing capacity alone, the subconscious self plays an important part in your life and represents a major opportunity for accessing and changing old habits of thinking and behaving.

It is almost impossible for us to achieve a goal if we hold subconscious beliefs that are in conflict with that goal, no matter what it is.

When the conscious mind gets distracted: when something catches the full attention of your conscious mind you become highly receptive to suggestions. That’s the same idea advertisers use when they put their commercials in the middle of your favorite TV series. In this case, your conscious mind will be thinking of what will happen to the hero of the series while at the same time your subconscious mind will be receiving suggestions by the commercial.

If we want to experience change in our external world, we have to change from the inside/out. This can be done by changing the root programming at the level of our subconscious self, thereby changing the printout of our reality in the conscious mind.

I believe the only thing that we can truly control with our conscious will is our behavior (actions and reactions). We can influence our feelings, thoughts, and emotions but not control them. If you want to make small changes in your life change one behavior at a time. If you want to make large changes in your life change your PARADIGM:  A SET OF ASSUMPTIONS, CONCEPTS, VALUES, AND PRACTICES that constitutes A WAY OF VIEWING REALITY for the community that shares them.

Choice (in every event in our lives there is a moment to determine the direction that we will grow toward or that the event will shape us toward) simply put; choice is practice.

I believe our PARADIGM is built by the habituation of our choices.

Habituate:  To accustom by frequent repetition or prolonged exposure (choosing to practice).

Ancient Mystics believed that habituation should occur for at least 1 Lunar Cycle to make the paradigm shift permanent in the subconscious mind.

Can you see how changing your PARADIGM: YOUR SET OF ASSUMPTIONS, CONCEPTS, VALUES, AND PRACTICES, YOUR WAY OF VIEWING REALITY would be more effective in changing your life than changing behaviors one at a time?