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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 -

There is a farther connection between the three states in the fact that they arise successively in one organ or set of organs.

Lesson 69 - 2. General sensations - p.313

2. The earliest of these physical feelings are general sensations. These may arise either from conditions which affect the body extendedly, as those which occasion lassitude and unusual vigor, or the sense of pressure, or of heat and of cold, or of numbness; or they may indicate the condition of some one organ or set of organs, as nausea, tooth-ache, or irritation in the eye. This class of feelings it is not easy to enumerate. Some of them approach in character very closely the special senses, while others appear but rarely, and subserve a very limited purpose. There is, perhaps, no organ, or portion of the human body, which may not become the seat of a peculiar feeling, more especially a painful feeling, indicating difficulty and demanding relief. As a class, the sensations which disclose states have more frequent reference to some repression or modification of action than to its excitation; and present themselves under the form of suffering instead of enjoyment. The reverse is, however, many times true. Buoyant life declares itself in physical impulses, at first obscure, but leading when fully developed to the intense pleasure of sportive action. .Redundant power tends to explosive efforts and renders such exertion very enjoyable.

Feelings which indicate states of the body or of its special organs are for the most part present only as they tend directly to affect action, and through the will to secure either exertion, repression, or changed conditions. The stimuli that regulate involuntary action do not usually come into consciousness. Respiration, in its safe and measured movement, is secured by nerves and muscles that act and react on each other automatically, with no direct cognition of the mind. Let, however, some unusual state arise;

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