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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 -


CHAPTER I. - PHYSICAL FEELINGS.

Lesson 68 - 1. Division of the physical feelings - p.312

1. THE physical feelings are distinguished from others by arising directly from the body. They have a physical source and locality somewhere in the body, or, like nervous debility, are diffused through it. They are divisible as regards general quality, into pleasurable, indifferent and painful feelings. By indifferent feelings we do not mean complex states of mingled pain and pleasure, but states declared to consciousness, but neither as yet agreeable or disagreeable. The three divisions, if we look at them in reference to action, may be termed the stimulative, the indicative and the repressive feelings. The condition of certain organs indicates a preparation, or want of preparation for activity. Thus an appetite gently aroused prepares the way for indulgence. Simply as an appetitive movement, as yet neither balked nor gratified, it is hardly an occasion of pain or pleasure, but merely gives suggestion of a line of gratification.

As we begin to indulge the appetite, a sensible, declared pleasure sets in, stimulating farther indulgence, and this continues till the present power of the sensibility is expended. Then a second indifferent or indicative feeling succeeds, dissuading, without pain, from further indulgence. If this limit, however, be over-passed, positive discomfort follows, decidedly repressing activity. These three states may be regarded as a series of alternating cycles through which the physical feelings tend to move, and in one or other of which, when active, they remain for the time being.

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