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Introduction - Intellect - Mental Science's Divisions - Intellect's Divisions and Perceptions - The Understanding - The Reason - The Dynamics of the Intellect - Physical Feelings - Intellectual Feelings - Spiritual Feelings - Dynamics of Feelings - The Will - The Nervous System - Nervous System of Man - Executive Volition - Primary Volition, or Choice - Dynamics of the Will and the Mind - The Relations of the Systems Here Offered to Prevalent Forms of Philosophy - Index - Contents -


with knowing, and thus a transfer of the word know to both feeling and volition. Consciousness is no more an act of knowing than it is one of feeling, and is a condition in exactly the same sense and way for the one as for the other. We know in consciousness, we feel in consciousness, we will in consciousness; and consciousness is neither an act of knowing, nor of feeling, nor of willing, but a condition of them all. Consciousness is not a something, a faculty or a light, which reveals acts, independently of knowing, feeling, willing, to the mind; but that which makes an act of knowing to be one of knowing, of feeling to be one of feeling, and volition to stand forth as volition. Mind, by virtue of its own nature as mind, does and suffers what it does and suffers consciously, under this simple and inexplicable condition of being aware of its own acts; a condition which is no more allied to one act than to another, to one state than to another, but is common to each in its indivisible nature. A feeling is not a feeling and a knowing that we feel; a volition a willing and a knowing that we will, but simply and singly an emotion and a choice, under the essential condition of such acts, to wit, consciousness.

Lesson 13 - 7. Mental phenomena below consciousness - p.34

7. Two allied inquiries arise in this division of mental phenomena. Are there any mental phenomena below or outside of consciousness? Are the states of mind, the acts of consciousness, consecutive or intermittent? Sir William Hamilton, and many other metaphysicians, recognize unconscious modifications of mind, we think without sufficient proof. The conclusion is too purely conjectural to command our consent. Mental and physical phenomena are cut broadly and deeply apart by the fact, that the one class appears exclusively in consciousness, and the other as exclusively out of consciousness. The last are actual or possible objects of some organ of perception, are somewhere located in space, and thus open to the outside action of

 

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