The Awesome Power of Our Sub Conscious Mind – Daskalos

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Here is a story from the Spiritual Teacher Daskalos. It is through Daskalos, I learned about the importance of thought forms. A wonderful teacher,  Daskalos, helped many to reach a deep understanding of  spiritual laws. He, himself, healed many people during his lifetime.  He lived quietly and humbly, taking on only a few disciples.  I highly recommend that you visit his website, which is a tribute to his teachings. The website offers online virtue lessons which are pretty amazing in all areas of spirituality.

Researchers Of Truth Website can be found online….

The Awesome Power of Our Sub Conscious Mind

A Story from the Spiritual Teacher Daskalos – much  thanks to Researchers of Truth Website.

Daskalos tells a story of a rural farmer on Cyprus that fell prey to a medical doctor and a psychiatrist playing tricks with his sub conscious mind.   This farmer was healthy and strong.  But to test their hypothesis that the sub conscious mind affects even the health of the material body, the doctor told his friend the farmer that he looked ill and specifically that he had a certain disease with this and that symptom.   The farmer rejected the suggestion of the doctor saying, “No you are wrong, I feel very healthy and strong”.   However, even though he consciously rejected the idea that he was ill, the farmer’s sub conscious mind stored the suggestion of the doctor.   Then later in the day, the psychiatrist came and also told the healthy farmer he looked ill.  Again the farmer rejected the idea that he was sick and went on working.   Then a little later the farmer started feeling sick.  By the time the doctor came back again he found the farmer was indeed sick and showed the symptoms suggested by the doctor.  This time the farmer also claimed to be sick with the illness that the doctor had suggested.

I have seen many cases where such suggestions and auto suggestions produce a physical manifestation – or what we might well call an out-picturing from the sub conscious mind.  And there are also many documented cases where someone is hypnotized and told their bare arm would be touched by a hot cigarette, then the hypnotized person’s arm was touched with a pencil and the skin produced a blister.  How could a physical blister be produced by an ordinary pencil?   It was the awesome power of the sub conscious mind!  The sub conscious mind is so powerful that it can cure so-called “incurable” diseases as well as send a person to an early grave.   The sub consciousness does not discriminate; it just stores whatever information it is exposed to.  And that information (good or bad, true or false) does have a powerful influence on our life.   So we must be very careful with the sub-conscious mind and make a regular effort to discover and remove any harmful suggestions planted by ourselves and others.  And likewise we must be careful what we say to others because this too can take root in their sub-conscious mind whether they want it to or not.   And even greater care must be shown to the little children around us, as their sub conscious mind is even more porous and vulnerable to such implantation.

Returning now to the last part of Joshua’s parable of the Sower where He tells us: But others [seeds] fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” This statement also informs us of the principle of a seed…any kind of seed whether it is a plant seed or a thought/emotion seed (thought forms).  When a plant seed is implanted in good soil and receives the proper water and light that seed will produce many, many  more of its kind.  We can easily see the demonstration of this principle in the wheat fields of Kansas, the apple orchards of Michigan and the cornfields of Indiana.  Plant one seed of corn in the proper conditions and you will reap one corn plant with up to 6 ears of corn on it.  And each ear of corn produces an average of 800 seeds (kernels) per ear of corn.  So we see from sowing a single seed of corn we get a bountiful harvest of 4800 or more seeds.  That is a 4800% return.  What a rich result for sowing just one seed.   God has provided this kind of abundance in the laws governing the worlds of existence, which are within the Divine Plan.

As Above, So Below

This is how it works on Earth and this is how it works in the heavens, which we will enter when we leave this world.  But when we enter those heavens we will already find a ripe harvest waiting for us.  That harvest will be the result of certain emotional, desire, thought and idea seeds we have been holding to and attending to during our life on earth.  “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matt 18:18

And if we find that our earthly or heavenly harvest is less that good; we can always stop, uproot the undesirable things in our life and make a step forward by planting better seed in straighter rows.    So it is very important that we make the effort to consciously choose good seed to plant in our field (our life, our personality) and avoid the bitter hundred-fold harvest of poor seed planted sub-consciously.   (Sub consciously planting means expressing thoughts, emotions, words and actions in habitual ways.)

The wise understand this law of manifestation and work with it consciously by intelligently choosing the seed thought forms they create and re-vitalize.  These elementals are the emotion/thought forms and thought/emotion forms.  I say emotion/thought forms and the thought/emotion forms because our (thought forms) – elementals are a mixture of both thought and emotion.   The life they have and the power they exert on our personality depends on the quantity and quality of the energy (ethers vitality) we give them.  We charge our elementals with power by virtue of the attention we give to them and the number of times we re-vitalize them by repetition.   If we stop giving attention to an elemental; it becomes dis-enerized and dormant.   If we water our elemental-seeds with little attention and only a few repetitions; we get weak and ineffective elementals.   If we water our seed thoughts/emotions with great regularity and intensity we create very, very powerful elementals.  And if we overdo it and the elementals get too much energy, we can lose control of them and they can take a kind of temporary possession of our personality.   In these kinds of cases, the personality will become plagued by: uncontrollable bouts of mental and emotional instability, fixed ideas, and OCDs (obsessive compulsive disorders) and in serious cases lead to insanity.

Thought Forms Cont. – Daskalos

All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter.

-Sai Baba

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.


To find yourself, think for yourself.
– Socrates

WATCH Your: words – action – thoughts – character – heart
-Sai Baba

Taken from the book  ‘The Magus Of Strovolos’ which  I keep on my desk – and to which I turn to read, whenever urged to do so.

The subject of Daskalos’ talk was (thought forms.)  At first he summarized many of the ideas he had discussed during previous meetings. It was his pedagogic method to repeat old material on a routine basis until his students had fully digested it.

Thought Forms  , he said, have a life of their own just like any other living form and can have an existence independent of the one who projected them. Any thought and any feeling that an individual projects is an elemental. He then proceeded to explain that there are two kinds of elementals: those that are produced subconsciously, which he called elementals of desires-thoughts,’ and those consciously constructed and called elementals of ‘thoughts-desires.’ An individual, he went on, can vibrate through thoughts and sentiments. The way a person vibrates determines the type and quality of the elementals he creates. When he vibrates primarily through sentiments, he is under the impact of emotions and desires, thought playing a subservient role. These are the elementals of desires-thoughts. When an individual is under the influence of thought, he builds elementals made of noetic substance and becomes a master of the power of visual imagery. A Researcher of Truth should train himself to build powerful but benign elementals made up of strong thoughts within which desire and sentiment play a supportive role. Such elementals of thoughts-desires last longer, are more powerful and tend to carry out the task for which they were constructed much faster.

Thoughtforms (elementals) of desires-thoughts are characteristic of ordinary people who lack an understanding of the nature of thought and desire. Consequently they often fall prey to the very elementals they themselves create. It is the law of Nature that once elementals are projected outwards they eventually return to the subconscious of the person who created them. Then they surface from the pool of his memory to the conscious level in order to acquire new energy and withdraw again. The same cycle is repeated until such elementals succeed in staying within the subconscious of the person on a more permanent basis.

They then absorb energy from the etheric-double of the individual and in this manner they extend their life. This is how habits and obsessions such as smoking, gambling and drinking are being formed.

The tendency of elementals to return to their source is what makes the law of Karma possible. An individual sooner or later will be confronted with the elementals that he consciously or subconsciously creates. In a conversation I once had with Daskalos he maintained that elementals of strong desires may return to the person that gave them birth at a time when he least desires them. Daskalos then claimed that in a previous incarnation as an Italian during the Renaissance, he was obsessed with the idea of inventing a printing machine. The end result of that obsession was to spend his present life working as a linotypist in the government printing office.

Our present personalities, Daskalos went on, and the circumstances within which we live, are the sum total of the elementals we have constructed ever since our descent into the three-dimensional world and the beginning of our cycles of incarnation. Elementals are built with the very substance with which personality and the universes in general are built, that is, with etheric matter of the noetic, psychic, and gross material worlds.

‘Let us examine,’ Daskalos continued as the audience of about thirty persons listened attentively, ‘the process by which an elemental is being formed. You will notice that it is not possible for a human being to desire something before he becomes aware of its existence. For example, when I see an object it means that etheric vibrations of light hit its surface and transfer images and forms to my eyes. They cause an irritation on the optic nerve and then on the brain which is imprinted as “seeing.” Suppose now that I see an object which men consider precious, say a diamond necklace. I become aware of the existence of this object through my sight. Suppose that I am a person who has a strong desire for diamond necklaces. What happens then? Psychic matter is gathered around the image of the necklace. Desire is formed. It is precisely psychic matter that makes possible the birth of a desire which is followed by thoughts on how to satisfy it, in this case how to acquire the necklace. Around that object a series of elementals is being formed having as their ultimate goal the acquisition of that object by the person who projected them. An awareness of its existence and desire to know or possess it are not, alone, sufficient. Thoughts about it must follow in order for such an elemental to be created. The individual subconsciously begins the process of visual imagery.

‘Suppose we take this person to a place away from the desired necklace and ask him to bring it to his mind. Most likely he will recreate it in the greatest detail. Someone else who saw the same object but who was not impressed by it will not be able to reconstruct it in his mind so accurately. Therefore, concentration and desire lead us to the construction of images made of noetic matter. This is what thought is all about, the condensation of noetic matter. We begin to see that object through noetic light. Now pay attention. What are real possessions? Are they those objects which ordinary people consider real? Or are they the elementals that we have constructed inside us? Suppose we take a precious object that we own and lock it up in a safe. The elemental of that object is inside us, is part of us. It exists in the pool of our memory and we can bring it to consciousness any time we wish. It is ours. It seems to you, however, that it is not real. And yet if you cannot bring it to your memory, how ean you have knowledge of the material object in the safe? Think about it. Let me put it differendy. Suppose that a very wealthy individual who knows that in a secret safe he has some very valuable objects, then suffers from amnesia. Everything within his memory collapses and is dissolved. What value do you think the objects outside his mind will have? None. Therefore, where is the real source af value af things? Pay attention to these points which you need to study.

Otherwise you will not be able to penetrate and understand the nature of Life. What is Life in reality other than receiving impressions and interpreting them. Just think af the world around you. Can you perceive it outside af these elementals?

‘You must realize by now that whether we perceive the world as good or as evil will depend on the kinds of elementals we construct inside us and project outward. Nothing, absolutely nothing, has any value in the world af the three dimensions if it does not also have value within us. It is what has value inside us which bestows value to whatever is outside of us. What, such as, does the phrase “lack of interest” mean? When an object outside af us does not have its counterpart inside us it has no value. So where has this condition come from? From the object or from within us? Everything is inside us.’ Daskalos stopped his talk for a few seconds and then proceeded to elaborate on the physical appearance of elementals, or more precisely on how elementals are perceived by a clairvoyant like himself.

‘When an elemental is created, its image will appear at the base af the nose right on the chakra that lies between the two eyes. A clairvoyant will notice that it appears first in the shape of a needle’s head. The moment it is thrust out of the etheric double of the individual, it begins to acquire its natural size and shape. It will then move into the psychic worlds and will make a cyclical movement the size of which will depend on the strength of the desire. Then it will return to the person. At this moment it will enter into his psychic body but not in the same place from which it exited. It will make an entrance through a different center, that which is at the back af the skull.

‘The shape of an elemental will depend on its type. It may be a desired house, a bicycle, or a car, and so on. These are examples of concrete images of desires-thoughts that remain within the subconscious for a relatively short time. They do so because such elementals, as I have said, seek a new lease on life in the same manner that an embryo seeks food. It will surface again at the disc between the two eyes and will seek an exit.

The analogous vibrations in the psychic body of the person will begin again. He will remember it and the desire will become stronger. The elemental will detach itself once more and move on its cyclical trajectory. An ordinary individual does not realize what is happening. The elemental will tend to dominate him. It may become so powerful that he may not be able to control it. In such a case the individual is a slave to his desire which sometimes may be so intense that it could lead him to the asylum. It is possible that such an elemental may absorb so much etheric substance from the individual that it may even enable it to literally materialize itself. Let us not talk about this unfortunate development for the time being.

‘What about morbid conditions that emerge directly as a result of our egotism such as anger, ostentation, hatred, feelings of being hurt, of showing off and the like? These elementals are constructed in the same way as all other elementals. Note that egotism is itself an elemental which is already formed within the self-conscious personality. It is the product of the repetition of many elementals. It is so sensitive that the slightest provocation sets it in motion. Egotism can create a variety of elementals. For example we have noticed from experience that when an individual has evil and malicious thoughts against someone, the elementals he creates have the shape of snakes with various dark colors, usually putrid green. They come out either from the heart or from the base of the nose. They move towards the person against whom we consciously or subconsciously direct them and they tend to stick to the aura of that person. Eventually they return to us. Sometimes such elementals acquire the size of an anaconda and when they return to us we feel our heart tighten.

‘Have you ever considered how many such elementals people create daily? Had they been able to see the form of the elementals they project, they would have been filled with terror.”

source: The Magus Of Strovolos – K.C.Markides

All Forms Are Mine – My Story – Sathya Sai Memories Cont.

the photo the lady took and kissed

One of my stories from the past.


Sai Baba stands for the unity of humankind, a unity that rests in the divine and in which he himself, is of the divine soul. He does not teach by discourses alone. He often gives guidance to devotees through other means, most of which is silent. He can for example make you sit down next to someone who is quite different from you. For example an old, toothless village woman, whose worn and wrinkled face has been scorched by the sun, who has rarely had a wash, who has known starvation and many other difficulties, and in some strange way  Sai can make your body take on all of the feelings of the old woman. Or he can make a devotee, say one who prizes his intellect, go through a crucible until he or she sees that intellectual arrogance and a haughty attitude is quite childish and hollow, when faced with something altogether greater.

He can also take on different forms to drive lessons home to devotees about the unity of divinity.   This brings me to an experience  I had many years ago while on a prolonged visit to Prashanti Nilayam Ashram.

“One afternoon while waiting in line for a token number for darshan, out of nowhere a tiny, old and wrinkled  Indian lady dressed in a thin white  sari, came and sat behind me in my token line row.  Her sparse greying hair was sharply pulled back into an untidy hair bun, giving her a wizardly appearance. I couldn’t help noticing she seems somewhat out of place there in the heavily European lines.

Then a surprise – she unexpectedly tapped me hard on my shoulder, I immediately turned around. The little old lady wanted to talk. “Our number is 30 – last line.” She muttered in perfect English.

“Oh! No!”, I responded, “It can’t be!” “Yes, yes, last line, last line.” She said again.

I pondered on how she could possibly know what number we had for we were seated near the end of our row, where we could not possibly know what  number we’d drawn.

Another tap on my shoulder, “Photographs, you have photographs,” she said, while pointing to my handbag. “No, no,” I replied, “I don’t have photographs.” “Yes you do!” she insisted.  “They are in your handbag.  You look!”

I grudgingly glanced into my handbag and, yes, there hidden at the bottom, were four small photos; a selection I had bought that very morning. I didn’t want to show them to her but the old lady insisted. I handed her a small photograph of Swami seated in his chair. She smiled, took the photo, then began to kiss and talk to it  fondly.

I sat watching her with slight amusement, marvelling at how she knew about the photos. I asked if she would like to keep the one she was kissing, she answered  no then gave it back.. I urged her again to keep the photo but she wouldn’t accept it.

The strange conversation with the `all knowing lady’ continued until our line stood and moved into the darshan compound. While walking quickly along, I glanced  over my shoulder  to see if the old lady was still there but she had disappeared. I continued to look for her duringd darshan but she was not to be seen asnywhere.

Remarkably,  that afternoon I received a wonderful darshan. When Swami passed by, he looked over and smiled ‘knowingly’. It was such a cheeky  smile.

Finally in  a recent story  told by a prominent devotee, when seated on the verandah,  he often felt the feelings of those around him. This is not unusal as my story describes. Another way of Sai teaching lessons to those who need to learn. 🙂