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What are the two levels of consciousness?

William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology

Whatever your particular perspective, what can generally be said is that consciousness, for all its mystery, operates at two levels: awareness and unconscious (or subconscious). You have a mind/brain that also functions underneath what you are consciously aware of thinking, perceiving, emoting, and sensing. This is your subconscious, the submerged mind/brain level, and it is important.

There’s a lot going on in your head of which you aren’t consciously aware. Some of it is straightforward body regulation, like the control of your heartbeat. Some of it, like old, repressed memories and emotional pain, is not. Taken together, your conscious cognitive awareness and unconscious submerged undertow have a lot to do with how you feel, especially as they relate to and are influenced by your emotions.

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