A conscious element would be the smallest bit of information that would go into a single unit of consciousness and hypothetically could be measured and used to work with. The potential for there to be units of consciousness that can be measured, recorded, and seen within the mind and world, is also the potential to work with our own conscious awareness to our own advantage. To know the units and how would they make up any given conscious experience as complex as the ones we experience day to day and even more transcendent ones, would be also to know how to change our awareness and experiences more to the ones we may prefer.
At first, it may seem as though our consciousness and awareness of our experiences just seem to rise up and bubble out of our own unconscious psyche, yet it is through a cause and effect process that brings forth one experience to follow another, including what we may be aware of at any time. These causes and effects of our consciousness so far has proved difficult to pin down, as when we are aware, we are also in motion, no matter what is or isn't going on around you, and it is this motion or change in ourselves and environments that makes consciousness the dynamic process it is. But to be able to take hold of a single fragment of our psyche, we may see that there are many elements that make up consciousness.
To be able to find the elements of consciousness, we may need to find the commonalities of every qualitative feeling, sensation, thought, and intuition we have, and to be able to deduce what it is underneath them that may be occurring. Somewhere between the physical happenings in our brains and our mental happenings lies a liminal zone between the two. More than mere circuitry, the mind has many wants, needs, desires, goals, and wishes. These aspirations of the mind reminds us that there is a world we have to make our way through for the mind to accomplish its goal in the world.
In finding commonality between all our qualia would be to know that any individual, indivisible unit of experience or conscious element would be. To take in physical laws of nature would be only one aspect of what and who it is that does the experiencing. To find out what is and isn't conscious may be an undefined and fuzzy boundary between what is and isn't at first, and in taken various perspectives as to what consciousness is, we can see that there is no clear or well claimed way of knowing or saying what is and what isn't conscious as far as we can see, or even know what the correct perspective of the nature of mind really is.
One thing we can know for near certainty is that the form and structure of our brains - with its complex, highly organized synapses and neurotransmitters - exhibits such capacity and ability for conscious awareness such as ours. Yet, what the brain and mind is doing and trying to achieve through knowledge, understanding, intentionality, and its aspirations are still quite unknown and mysterious to us. Which is why there may need to be an understanding of each element of consciousness that lies somewhere between the brain and mind or unites the two.
Here, units of consciousness and conscious elements may be taken to mean the same thing, although perhaps somewhere down the line, there will be more of a distinction. To know these elemental units would be would be to know ourselves and our place in the world, as we would be able to perceive what it is we are driven to do and will one day accomplish in the universe. To scope out these elements would be akin to seeing through a whole new lens and filter to examine our minds, the world, and our minds within the world. Perhaps if consciousness is created by our cognition in and of the world, we can come to understand ourselves as our thoughts, intentions, and behaviours in the world.
If we were to identify more closely to our minds and mental activities, there would be new perspectives to assess ourselves, who we are or assume to be, and we others really are in the world as well. To know ourselves and others as our more ephemeral, mental selves, even for some time, we can come to a much more complete picture of the becoming and being of the mind as something more powerful than we currently give credit to the disparate thoughts in our heads. If a greater conscious mind may come about via harmony or synchrony of a variety of lesser, singular minds, then this harmony or synchrony of multiple minds may have made us who we are today from where we once were before. To harmonize with the thoughts of others is to harmonize with our own thoughts as well. As thinking beings in the world, we are so much more than just that.
More than that thought, in understanding the changes between one conscious state and the next may be where we find there is stability in our default mode of consciousness and may come the ability to alter the elements of our consciousness to reach states never before witnessed in and of ourselves. All of this would appear highly subjective, yet if there were those interested in finding their own subjective truths as to the nature of consciousness, there may be an understanding between individuals attempting to do so and a harmony and synchrony may emerge allowing us to be in entirely new territory if this is to become any sort of reality.