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Science of Mind

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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 -

But this new life must be an embodied one, must be put in relation with the world of sensible qualities, spring out of it, and return to it. The medium of this connection, the symbol of these new experiences, is language, whose controlling feature is its power to express relations, to designate and hold fast the abstract. By means of language the mind climbs out of the world of sensations into that of relations, and works there the great constructive labors of thought by which the phenomena about us become the expression of the ancient forces that have borne the creation on their bosom until now, and are sweeping with it placidly by us into the eternity before them. Spaces quite beyond the interpretation of the senses, times into which our time falls as a drop in the ocean, forces which invisibly interlace all visible facts, powers which potentially abide in this field of effort and work out there their own ends, these are the rational elements of a rational life.

Lesson 97 - 4. Relation of cerebral action and thought - p.398

4. That mind is not the product of cerebral action but that cerebral action is the medium of mind in reaching the physical world, seems probable when we consider the facts of evolution simply. The vital power in many and cunning combinations precedes the nervous system. This system has been from the beginning simply the means to farther development in a direction previously indicated. Again, the automatic action of the nervous system has preceded by a long period its conscious action. Consciousness has not been an inseparable function of nervous action, but has entered as a later additional term. Consciousness has been superinduced on a system relatively complete within itself. The higher is not added for the sake of the lower; but the lower is put to the uses of the higher. So true is this that the organ of consciousness, even after it has been woven into the nervous web below it, can be removed, and a large portion of automatic action remains. That the last

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