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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 -


to the marking out of lines of conduct, to obedience to higher impulses. These again may often fail of concurrence with intellectual enjoyments. We have the satisfaction of success in the attainment of ends which we should never have chosen, and the moral rebuke may thus set in at the point at which the intellectual pleasure is most complete. Physical health and spiritual health are ultimate, and the secondary intellectual enjoyments can not avert the consequences of failure as regards either of them. Spiritual enjoyments and sufferings come in to enforce obedience obedience to the law of spiritual life. They stand in the same relation to this, that physical pleasures do to the lower life of the body. They are simple, ultimate, the moral sense sustaining them. With self-established authority, the conscience legislates for the whole man, and according as its commands are wisely understood and wisely applied, the minor physical and intellectual enjoyments are gathered up in these supreme pleasures of the soul.

Our enjoyments are not thus simply the fruits of activity, they are of such a character as to define its limits, and direct it to appropriate objects. The law of life in the whole man is indicated by them. The ends to be pursued, the limits to be set to activity, even in its right directions, are pointed out, with the accompanying injunction laid upon us of a skillful choice and use of means.

Lesson 81 - 2. Order of development in the three classes successive - p.357

2. The three classes of feelings now referred to, have a successive, rather than an equal and simultaneous hold on the mind. The physical feelings are most immediate, direct, importunate in their claims. The intellectual life is awakened through the physical life, in some sense follows it. The sensations, the appetites, the states of the body, are early and decided means of good arid evil means independent of thought, with a necessary and irresistible appeal to the sensibilities. The intellectual feelings, as secondary,

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