One thing I was reading in Osho’s ‘The Path of the Mystic’ was about the way the mind is connected, in seven stages:
Collective superconscious — the collective mind
Superconscious — our ‘higher self’, from which the whole individual mind is visible
Conscious — this is where we live
Unconscious — where the things we repress end up
Collective unconscious — where things repressed from the collective mind go
Apparently these stages of mind are all accessible. Osho advises first going in search of the superconscious, because it is much easier to bring the repressed urges from the unconscious to the surface once one has the superconscious’ elevated energy levels at one’s disposal. Meditation seems to be the way.
I found this really interesting, has anyone come across this kind of material from buddhist teachers?
I found this book interesting , it's not quite what you are on about but interesting all the same...Check out page 23 "The five flavours of Ch'an" It explains the composition of the Mind and the execution of Ch'an...
The Sweet Dews of Ch'an by Rev Cheng Kuan
I did some reading on wikipedia, and apparently the terms superconscious and unconscious go back to the nineteenth century and a stream of thinking called ‘new thought’, with many hypnotists and occultists in it. Which is interesting, because if Osho says he found the extended part of the mind to include these elements maybe there is some truth to it.