Here's another excerpt from that class I taught on The Self. This excerpt features some deep insights from some great conscious minds on the subject.
CONSCIOUS & UNCONSCIOUS MIND
Freud - Two qualities of unconsciousness: the preconscious and the unconscious proper. A preconscious idea or memory is one which can become conscious quite easily because the resistance is weak. An unconscious thought or memory has a harder time becoming conscious because the opposing force is strong. Actually there are all degrees of unconsciousness. At one end of the scale, there is the memory which can never become conscious because it has no association with language; at the other is the memory which is on the tip if the tongue.
Jung - The contents of the collective unconscious have never been conscious. They are inherited from one’s ancestral past and so are not based on repressed experiences. The contents of the collective unconscious exercise a preformed pattern for personal behavior to follow from the day the individual is born. The form of the world into which the child is born is already inborn as a virtual image.
Broch (“Guide”) - The unconscious does not only harbor petrified wrong conclusions, destructive behavior patterns resulting from images, and negative emotions due to unresolved problems, but it also contains utter wisdom, divine truth, and the most constructive elements in the universe, constantly building up in unending creativity and love. These wells can be tapped to the degree that the obstructions are let out of their hiding place - the unconscious. That which is hidden from awareness continues to govern you, without your being able, through your reason, to change the unconscious outlook. Conscious misconceptions and unrealistic outlooks are more easily detectable in their unrealism and can therefore be corrected.
Two universal currents: the “Yes-Current” and the “No-Current”. The Yes-Current is often conscious; the No-Current (“resistance”) is often unconscious.
Roberts (“Seth”) - The conscious mind allows you to look outward into the physical universe and see the reflection of your spiritual activity, to perceive and assess your individual and joint creations. The conscious mind is a window through which you perceive the fruits of your inner mind. There is no battle between the intuitive self and the conscious mind. There only seems to be when the individual refuses to face all of the information available in his conscious mind. Your conscious mind is meant to assess and evaluate physical reality, and to help you chart your course in the corporeal universe of which you are presently part. The unconscious accepts those orders given to it by the conscious mind. Your conscious beliefs determine those unconscious functions that bring about your personal experience. Your beliefs, then are like hypnotic focuses. You reinforce them constantly through the normal inner talking in which you all indulge. This inner communication acts like the constant repetition of the hypnotist. This intensity allows messages to go directly to the unconscious where they are acted upon.
In order for consciousness to develop, there must be freedom for the exploration of all ideas individually and en masse. You must travel back through your beliefs and your own feelings until intellectually and emotionally you realize your rightness, your completely original existence in time and space. This knowing will give you the conscious knowledge that is a counterpart to the animal’s unconscious comprehension.
In the natural mind-body relationship, the sleep state operates as a great connector, an interpreter, allowing the free flow of conscious and unconscious material. In the natural back and forth leeway of the system, exterior dilemmas or problems are worked out in the dream situation.
In your present system of beliefs, and with the dubious light in which the unconscious is considered, a fear of the emotions is often generated. Their expression becomes very difficult; great blockages of energy occur, which can result in neurotic or even stronger, psychotic, behavior. The division between the two aspects of experience [conscious and unconscious - waking and sleeping] begins to take on the characteristics of completely diverse behavior. The unconscious becomes more and more unfamiliar to consciousness. Those [negative] beliefs build up about it, and the symbolism becomes exaggerated. The unknown seems to be threatening and degenerate. Self-annihilation seems to be the ever-present threat in the dream or sleep state. At the same time, those creative, spontaneous emotional surges (i.e.- sex, passion, rhythmic movements) that emerge normally from the unconscious can become feared and projected outward.