“Unconscious” vs. “Subconscious”: How They Are Different; Why It’s Important

At the Geomic Code Research Institute, we continue to study the Geomic Code, which Phil Canville discovered, as he said in his book, The Geomic Code: Unlocking the Mystery of Unconscious Choice, “hiding in plain sight.”  He described this code as “the code for interacting with the world around us”.

The Institute delves into what it means to be human. As Hamlet says in Shakespeare’s play, “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

And that brings us to the notions of “unconscious” and “subconscious”. We are told that Freud used these terms interchangeably, but they are not always synonymous. A linguistic website describes the difference between the two this way: “Sub- means below something else, and un- means the opposite of the original word…By extension… unconscious would mean not conscious, and subconscious would mean below consciousness.

In strictly scientific terms, as an adjective, “to be unconscious” is to be in a condition of not seeing, feeling or thinking due to a brain injury or when under general anesthetic in surgery. You would not say that a person under anesthetic is “subconscious” but, rather, “unconscious”.

The two words used as a noun (“the unconscious” / “the subconscious”) is the sense we are most interested in at the Institute.

When we talk about the unconscious or the subconscious, we are referring to how the mind operates in relationship to the brain. “The subconscious” is usually described as a place below an individual’s awareness that is the source of habitual behavior. “The unconscious” usually refers to the collective mind of humankind. For this reason, Phil tended toward “unconscious” over “subconscious”. To him “unconscious / conscious” seemed more suitable for looking at, not simply the workings of the brain, but of the mind (or the “seat of the soul” as those with a spiritual bent might call it).

At this point, a definition of Geomic Code would be helpful:

The Geomic Code is a system of geometric shapes and colors that interconnects all things in the universe. This code influences human beings’ decision-making at a fundamental level as they interact with the world. People often make life choices at an unconscious level, based on their unwitting attraction to or avoidance of these shapes and colors.

The Geomic Code Research Institute offers a set of motivational cognitive tools designed to help people reveal their core identity and create a life they love. The Geomic Code Assessment process is an innovative approach to self-development that allows anyone, regardless of age and education, to make conscious choices that can enhance quality of life.

The Assessment Phil developed lets us see our decisions through the lens of our natural preferences in six major areas that govern human life:

  1. Intent: Identifying Your Passion
  2. Situation: Why You Chose Your Current Life Path
  3. Values: Your Core Foundation and Truths
  4. Destiny: The Form Your Life Will Take on Your Journey
  5. Purpose: How You Choose Your Future Path
  6. Motivation: Recognizing the Influences in Your Life

Phil talked about consciousness in quantum terms: “… ‘quantum consciousness’…lead[s] us…to the fundamental flaws in the materialist view that is…the cause of most of our world’s problems today. To address these problems, we now have a science of spirituality…Quantum activism simply defined is the action of changing ourselves and our societies…”

For Phil, choices made at a conscious level help the individual and the others with whom that individual interacts, to the betterment of all.

If you see humans as works in progress and believe we can all learn new ways to connect with our world that can help us and our fellow humans be our best selves, we invite you to take the Assessment. Once you do that, please email or call us to find out what your next steps to a more enlightened life might be.

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