Blog: Scientology and The Bank - 2017-01-14
One of L. Ron Hubbard's more intriguing —some would say revolutionary—concepts was compartmentalizing the mind into two separate units: the analytical; and the reactive.
He defined the reactive mind as, "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 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." (Scientology 0-8)
Engrams are recorded incidents of pain and unconsciousness in a person's mind. The unconsciousness can be anything from losing a bit of awareness from stubbing a toe, to comas lasting months due to severe accidents. Birth and death are considered engramic experiences, too. And since LRH believed we'd lived for quadrillions of years, the number of accumulated engrams is staggering.