REACTIVE MIND, 1. a portion of a person’s mind which works on a totally stimulus-response basis, which is not under his volitional control, and which exerts force and the power of command over his awareness, purposes, thoughts, body and actions. Stored in the reactive mind are engrams, and here we find the single source of aberrations and psychosomatic ills. (Scn 0-8, p. 11) 2. comprises an unknowing, unwanted series of aberrated computations which bring about an effect upon the individual and those around him. It is an obsessive strata of unknown, unseen, uninspected data which are forcing solutions, unknown and unsuspected, on the individual–which tells you why it remained hidden from man for so many thousands of years. (Scn 0-8, p. 11) 3. is basically that area of occlusion which the pc is unable to contact and which contains within itself a total identification of all things with all things, and until released into the realm of knowingness continues to react upon the person compelling him into actions, dramatizations and computations which are not optimum to his or anyone else’s survival. ( SH Spec 35, 6108C08) 4. the reactive mind is a stimulusresponse mechanism, ruggedly built, and operable in trying circumstances. The reactive mind never stops operating. Pictures of the environment, of a very low order, are taken by this mind even in some states of unconsciousness. The reactive mind acts below the level of consciousness. It is the literal stimulus-response mind. Given a certain stimulus it gives a certain response. (FOT, p. 58) 5. once called the “unconscious” mind. It is a tough, rugged mind which is alert during any moment of life, regardless of the presence of pain, and which records everything with idiotic faithfulness. It stores up the entheta and enmest of an accident with all the perceptics (sense messages) present during the “unconsciousness” resulting from the accident. (SOS, p. 9) 6. once known as the “unconscious mind,” but this terminology is highly misleading, because the reactive mind is the mind which is always conscious. (SOS, Bk. 2, p. 182) 7. also known as the R6 bank. (HCOB 12 Jul 65)
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