A term used by some to describe a segment of the mind
below the threshold of consciousness and by others as a collective
name for mental phenomena dissociated from those directly
or introspectively cognized. F. W. H. Myers, an early and
prominent psychical researcher, ascribed various supernormal
faculties to it. During the early twentieth century, theories involving
such faculties eliminated for many any need to appeal
to spirit agencies. Others, however, pointed to the subconscious
as a means to reconcile mental activity with spirit agencies. The
subconscious may be—as J. H. Hyslop pointed out—the very
instrument for receiving and transmitting foreign transcendental
stimuli, to which, on favorable occasions, it becomes sensitive.

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