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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 -


Lesson 67 - 2. Division of the feelings Use of words - p.309

2. The feelings may be divided by their intrinsic character, or by the objects or conditions which draw them forth. The first would seem the more just ground of distinction, yet the second finds easier application, and closely allies itself to the first, since different grounds give different emotions. Our first division into physical, intellectual and spiritual feelings proceeds on the conditions or occasions on which they are respectively called forth. The physical feelings are located in the body, have a physical source, and pertain to the states of physical organs. The intellectual feelings arise in connection with the judgments of the mind. It is the perceived relations in which we stand to objects about us, and especially to other men, which call forth these emotions. Their ground then is an intellectual one; since if we were destitute of thought, forethought, if we could form no conclusions concerning the effect of things, their approach or their possession, the effect of the actions and character of others upon ourselves, we should be left destitute of these feelings, and only subject to the immediate play of physical forces upon us.

The third class of feelings is the spiritual. The word spiritual is not so definite as the other two. We employ it to designate the highest portion of our nature, that by which we have a rational and responsible life as opposed to a merely intellectual one. Now it is our intuitions, more particularly a limited portion of them, which confer these higher powers, and put us in these higher relations. The sentiments elicited by these more profound revelations, this deeper insight into the rational world, the truly spiritual world, are the spiritual feelings. More concisely, the spiritual feelings are those immediately conditioned on the intuitions.

Of these several classes, the first may belong in feeble form to the lowest animal life, and in full form to the

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