In the video "The Secret is You", the conscious mind was defined as a very separate entity from the sleeping mind. According to the scientists in the film, our sense of self only develops when the different parts of our brain our connected in our waking state.
However, I have regular experiences with two phenomena that seem to contradict that conclusion: sleep paralysis and lucid dreaming.
Sleep paralysis occurs when the body is still in the sleep cycle but the mind wakes up. It is a bizarre and frightening experience because, as the name implies, it involves being conscious but unable to move. I use the term 'conscious' lightly, because when sleep paralysis is sometimes accompanied by hallucinations. It is a very, very disorienting experience.
Lucid dreaming is somewhat similar. It occurs when you become aware that you are dreaming within a dream. Once this awareness occurs, the dream can be controlled by the dreamer. This has happened to me many times. It usually happens when I am having a scary dream: I suddenly realize that there is nothing to be afraid of, because I am dreaming. And I can take it from there.
I realize that both of these experiences are strange, but you can look them up for yourself. Though rare, they are real. Some people even try to train themselves to have lucid dreams.
Anyway, the point of introducing them is this: If our sense of self only forms when the different parts of our mind are connected in a wakened state, where do these two phenomena fit in? When I am experiencing them, I feel the same consciousness as when truly awake. So, is that a false sense of consciousness?
Have you ever experienced lucid dreaming or sleep paralysis? Even if you haven't, where do you think they fit in between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind?