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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 -


acceptance of the one and its rejection of the other; its satisfaction in the external plan of God.

Lesson 76 - 2. AEsthetical feelings - p.342

2. The next group of intuitive feelings, though of a more manifest character, and more prevalent, has yet much of the same subtlety, the same choice of persons and times. Indeed, these are features of the whole class of emotions of which we are speaking. It has, doubtless, been one reason of the difficulty with which the spiritual feelings and the intuitive ideas, on which they are immediately dependent, have been recognized, that they are not, like the physical feelings, universally present with approximately equal power, but in many scarcely seem to exist at all, and in their full, intense forms to be confined to comparatively few. Yet the reason of this is obvious. They are each of them dependent on previous culture, on a faithful, special, discriminating action of the understanding. The beauty of the world is not seen, or at least is but very partially and inadequately seen, without an inquiry into its structure and relations, without a discernment of the exquisite perfection of idea and workmanship involved in it. No more is the right understood without a broad survey of conduct, the tracing of actions to their consequences; without rising above the immediate current of the stream to see whence and whither its flow. The intuitive feelings, therefore, can only be strong and clear in the more penetrative and reflective minds. They do not thereby cease to be universal or characteristic when their appropriate conditions are met.

The esthetical emotions arise solely under the previous action of mind. Disorder, absolute and complete, can furnish no beauty, nothing to be admired, nothing intrinsically to be delighted in. Order, arrangement, is the first step toward beauty, is the first, simplest product of taste. But this order is the result of thought. This arrangement will present itself as beautiful in proportion to the number

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