Here's a stanza from a Rush song, called Freewill, and my interpretive projections.
They are those who think they were dealt a losing hand,
The cards were stacked against them:
they weren’t born in lotus-land.
Mind is conditional, i.e. un-free. Consciousness isn't conditional, it is the conditioner, thus, free, or, in the parlance of the East, consciousness is un-born or a-causal (in the sense that it is not pre-determined, but pre-determines). Consciousness is the source of freedom. Override determinism via mindfulness.
Once again: how’s mind different from consciousness? Same way as form is different from essence and the programmer is different from the program. Brain - hardware. Mind - software. Consciousness - programmer. Mindfulness - toggle switch. Sit down to witness the difference. Sit down to play programmer.
We are what we identify with. Which do you identify with: mind (form) or consciousness (essence)?
Lotus Effect: Shedding Suffering and Rediscovering Your Essential Self (release: Fall 2010)