Put several articles on a table, such as several tools, models, toys, items, some modelling clay, a piece of paper, some coloured pencils, anything at all.
The table can be likened to our mind, and the items likened to thoughts.
Our physical senses by which we are aware of the items on the table can be likened to our faculties of awareness.
Our head with its senses can be likened to our consciousness, and the distance of our head from the table can be likened to the distance of our consciousness from the screen of mind.
Our having an idea to put another item on the table is like consciousness conceiving conceptual thought. Our fetching that item and putting it on the table is like that conceived thought becoming formed into structured thought.
Our arms and hands and their ability to move items around on the table and to arrange them as we please, can be likened to active thought; that is, our hand’s ability to make things out of combinations of the items to serve a purpose can be likened to our intellect, and our two hand’s ability to weigh items against one another can be likened to our judgement. So our hands moving the items about and doing things with them is like the working of active thought, intellect and judgement.
Our doing those things with our hands with the items on the table, is what we do in our head when we are weighing and comparing thoughts or ideas. The body with all its anatomy, physiology and function is a manifestation of qualities of soul.
Our using articles to count with, or doing sums on the piece of paper, is like us mentally doing sums in our head, using imagination and active thought.
Now let us look at an analogy for the relationship between , thought, consciousness and subconscious.
Taking some modelling clay and modelling a figurine can be likened to making an image in our imagination. First it is non-existent or fuzzy, but it gradually takes shape. Putting the figurine away in a cupboard is like ceasing to think about a thought, and so the thought goes into our subconscious.
Taking the clay figurine out of the cupboard the next day to do some more work on it, is like bringing a thought forward from our subconscious to hold it in consciousness and imagine it some more.
Notice how when the figurine is taken out of the cupboard that it is at the same stage of development as it was when we last worked on it. Now that we have it out again and we add more detail and improve its shape, it gets clearer, more defined, and then we put it away in the cupboard again.
Each time we take the clay figurine out of the cupboard and do more work on it, we make it clearer and more defined than before, we add more detail. This is why the thoughts that we have imagined before are easier to imagine again, and each time we imagine them it is easier to do so, and they are clearer each time. That is because each time we have a thought, it is the same thought as when we had it last time, brought forth again from our subconscious, and we build upon it each time we bring it forth into consciousness.
Do these exercises and see how the mind works.