“The conscious mind ought to be on duty during every waking hour. When the ‘watchman’ is ‘off guard’, or when its calm judgment is suspended, under a variety of circumstances, then the subconscious mind is unguarded and left open to suggestion from all sources. During the wild excitement of panic, or during the height of anger, or the impulses of the irresponsible mob, or at any other time of unrestrained passion, the conditions are most dangerous. The subconscious mind is then open to the suggestion of fear, hatred, selfishness, greed, self-depreciation and other negative forces, derived from the surrounding persons or circumstances. The result is usually unwholesome in the extreme, with effects that may endure to distress it for a long time. Hence, the great importance of guarding the subconscious mind from false impressions.” Master Key 2:18
Like any great writing, when you read it again after a period of absence, new ideas are brought to mind. Chapter 2 of the Master Key is no exception.
I have two dear relatives with PTSD – a Vietnam Vet and his son, a Cold War era Vet. Both in the Military over 20 years and both heroes. Their suffering is profound at times, and manageable at times, but it is always there. I think of them when I read 2:18 – –wild excitement of panic, impulses of the irresponsible mob, unrestrained passion. . . subconscious open to fear and other negative forces derived from surrounding circumstances. . . result unwholesome in the extreme. . . effects that endure to distress it for a long time. . . ” And I wonder. Is this why PTSD happens? I”m no expert, but I can read, and my heart whispers, “yes”. I thank God for, and pray healing for all our suffering men and women. If I could love it away, I would.