For a long time people have thought that the sub-conscious mind is related only to the mental body. This is incorrect. The sub-conscious is not only mental, but also emotional and physical. The emotional/astral body has its sub-conscious department in which are accumulated many past recollections and experiences of an emotional nature. The same is true for the physical body which also has its sub-conscious part.
These sub-conscious storages emerge in unison when the person is in an advanced stage of development. This is where the problems are. The sub-conscious elements rush out to the concrete mind from every direction to impose their intentions. When the person begins to advance, and he is 25% conscious, only the sub-conscious part of the physical body surges and controls him. When he advances further, the sub-conscious parts of the emotional and physical planes interfere. When he is totally conscious, he is no longer controlled by the sub-conscious elements since they have all been cleaned out. Each of these surge periods is considered 'a point of crisis' esoterically understood.
Every experience is threefold for the average man. There is the mental element of the experience, there is the emotional element and there is the physical element. The experience is impressed simultaneously in all three sub-consciouses, but they do not interfere with each other if they are not re-stimulated to the same degree.
For example, the physical sub-conscious reactivates when it is physically re-stimulated, the emotional sub-conscious reactivates when it is emotionally re-stimulated, and the mental sub-conscious reactivates when it is mentally re-stimulated. When a person is advanced and he is re-stimulated mentally, the contents of the physical and emotional sub-conscious join the "party". This is why as one advances on the path, he has to face more difficulties and he has stronger powers/forces to fight.
The physical sub-conscious carries within it all the physical experiences. Although the body forgets them or recovers, the impressions of all experiences are still present in this storage. The astral sub-conscious is mostly full of images of worship and hate. If fifty years ago you loved a man immensely, his picture is still in your astral body. It acts as a presence when it is re-stimulated. The same is true for something or someone you hated.
The conscious mind has a very difficult job to clean out these "stables". Your astral sub-conscious is filled with mediumistic activities. Images, entities and astral corpses not only accumulate there but also devastate your astral body, sucking its energy and paralyzing its activities.
Certain entities from the astral plane are absorbed by our astral body as drops of water are by a sponge. Movies, television programs, books and periodicals contribute to our astral sub-conscious, and when re-stimulated, they control our life.
The human soul has the great task to emancipate himself from the three-fold sub-conscious storage - if he wants to find his true independence.
The mental body has its correspondences in the physical, etheric and astral bodies. Every cell of our physical-etheric body, every atom of the astral body has its own mental plane of which the 7th, 6th and 5th sub-planes act as its own sub-conscious mind and resonate with the 7th, 6th and 5th levels of our mental plane.
It is this mind in the atoms and cells charged by our mental plane, that controls our autonomic nervous system.
The physical sub-conscious can be controlled by healthy living, good sleep and deep breathing. The emotional sub-conscious can be controlled by not exposing yourself to painful, violet movies and programs and increasing your love and compassion.
The astral sub-conscious is impressed by what you do to others -- but with a twist. For example, if you killed a person, it is recorded in it as if that person were killing you. If you are jealous, it is recorded as if the person were jealous of or were exercising jealousy toward you.
Harmlessness is the key to astral purification. This applies in some degree to the physical sub-conscious as well.
Regular, rhythmic and persistent meditation is the highest method to burn out these three sub-conscious storages.
The astral sub-conscious can be seem by true clairvoyants. Some people think they see things, but they are seeing impressions and illusions. The mental sub-conscious can only be visible to an Arhat, and the physical sub-conscious can only be seen by a Master. This may seem very strange, but an individual student will find out why...
The mental, astral and physical sub-consciousnesses are reactivated by similarity of events. They make up the memory system of man. A memory can reactivate the elements of these storages.
You may ask "Is it not advantageous to re-stimulate the sub-conscious storages so that one sees what is in them?" Of course it is, if and only if you have the power to control bees that are set loose.
Nature is very protective of the human soul. The natural release of such sub-conscious depositories is done very gradually so that the evolving human soul can control them and burn them out. In some sicknesses, all three storages release elements simultaneously and cause difficulties in the person, leading him almost to insanity.
The mental, emotional and physical bodies have elementals which have great power over the sub-conscious elements. In actuality, the elements hate the sub-conscious elements, because the sub-conscious elements disturb the neutrality of the elementals. For us, our sub-conscious elements are images endowed with great force. The sub-conscious elements use the elementals as actors for their drama.
This is the grave danger. If you have an image of a ghost in your sub-conscious mind, you have created a real ghost there because your mental elemental becomes that ghost.
That is why the threefold sub-conscious nature of man is so very powerful. By polluting your character with violence, hate, anger, jealousy, revenge, malice, and treason you build ghosts in your sub-conscious which hinders the development and evolution of your elementals.
Your elementals are your horse, carriage and reins. Making them useless or nonfunctional prevents you from having the power to use them. If a person or nation is advanced to a certain degree, the sub-conscious mind surges out forcefully. This is the reason why humanity is occupied with disease, war and insanity.
Every harmful action against our elementals makes them react the same way and hurt us.
The sub-conscious mind does not incarnate with the human soul. But because of the registration in the permanent atoms, the incarnating soul has the weaknesses or tendencies influenced by the recordings corresponding to the sub-conscious elements.
The sub-conscious mind begins to form after birth when the recordings in the permanent atoms are heavily stimulated.
This is why every human being has an opportunity not to be limited directly by his sub-conscious mind.
It happens also that elementals incarnate as actors in the drama of our life and become part of it. This is a situation which we witness cyclically upon the earth.
Instead of people incarnating as human souls, their elementals incarnate, representing the human soul. That is how the elementals give back that which the human soul gave them. This is karma.
The Ageless Wisdom teaches that to secure the cooperation of the elementals and help their evolution we must increase our love for all creation. The deeper we love, the more co-operation we find from the threefold elementals. Because they are in tune with Nature, any separative thought, feeling, action, word or magnetic condition strongly shocks them.
Source: Torkom Saraydarian