An excellent way to get acquainted with the two functions of your mind is to look upon your own mind as a garden. You are a gardener, and you are planting seeds (thoughts) in your subconscious mind all day long, based on your habitual thinking. As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment.
When you begin to be more aware of your thought process, you can apply the powers of your subconscious to any problem or issue. In other words, you will actually be consciously co-operating with the infinite power and omnipotent law which governs all things.