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being impelled by the Infinite Urge. In Man alone has this been different, he being the only Triune Expression, the Trinity being formed of the association of Atoms constituting his Subconsciousness; the presence within him of the Infinite with its Eternal Urge, which we call the Supraconsciousness, and the special Consciousness—Reason—which gives him his identity and superlative status.
Let us now take one of the many glimpses we will get of how exactly the workings of elemental socalled Physical and Spiritual laws are the duplicates of each other. We will take Reason—the human Consciousness—and the human Subconsciousness, and we will find a startling similarity in their workings. The Subconsciousness has charge of the nourishment and maintenance of the body. The mouth and throat furnish the intake for the food and drink; the stomach and digestive system change these things into blood, which for the purpose of purification is carried to the respiratory system, and passing through the lungs is clarified and "spiritualized" (made finer) by the air received through the mouth, nostrils and throat, before being put into circulation. Thus we see that the nutritive system of our physical body has but ONE intake, the throat. Reason the human Consciousness—which has charge of the nourishment and maintenance of the spiritual body, has SEVEN
intakes whereby to obtain Knowledge, which is the nourishment required by our intellectual body. This Knowledge is taken in by the five senses—Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste, and Feeling. These enable Reason to adjust the intellectual body to the environment of NOW. By the Memory intake it draws from the Subconsciousness knowledge of what was good and bad in the past, and this is mixed, so to speak, with the information acquired by the Senses and digested in the Perceptive and Receptive departments of our Intellectual faculties. Unfortunately this is as far as much of our most nutritive information goes, but it should go further. Like the digested food, which is only crude blood until it is purified by the respiratory system, the information digested by our Reason in the Receptive organs of our brain is crude until it is carried into the Reflective system, which has an intake which, like the Memory intake reaching the Subconsciousness, reaches our Supraconsciousness, the Infinite Life—the Infinite Rightness within us. This Infinite Life, when sought for by us as we seek for fresh air for our respiratory system when we are in a badly ventilated room, we can draw into our Reflective faculties to purify and make right the thoughts we place there to be benefited by this process. Drawing in this life is like breathing, only it is not automatic, as are all the functionings of
Subconscious life; drawing it in must be Consciousi. e., we must know we are doing it, as we must KNOW we are doing everything that we do intellectually. If our thoughts are passed into our intellectual circulation—the motor brain and nervous system-in a crude and unclarified state, they weaken and damage us, just as blood not properly clarified by the respiratory system, going into circulation throughout the physical body, weakens and damages it. It will thus be seen that the seventh intake with which Reason provides itself with nourishment is the most important, though for the adjustment of our intellectual bodies Here and Now, what is acquired by the other intakes cannot be neglected. Thus when we Act—which is but the expression of Thinking, which in its turn is but the expression of Reason after it has arrived at what it considers Rightness—without using any one of the six intakes provided for the adjustment of our intellectual life to the environment of Here and Now, we are almost certain to get into trouble. Thus, when we express ourselves by walking and do not use our Sight we are proceeding as a man does in the dark, and are apt to stumble and fall. If we do not use our Hearing, warnings of danger shouted to us will not be heeded and we are apt to get hurt. If we do not use our sense of Smell we are apt to be asphyxiated. A disregard of the precaution
of exercising our Taste may cause us to be poisoned; and if we pay no attention to Feeling we will be damaged by excessive heat and cold, or suffer shock from experiencing too much pain. If we are oblivious of what Memory tells us we will repeat the mistakes of the past, to our great detriment. Thus we see that we cannot afford to inhibit, if we desire intellectual life in its fulness, any of the intakes of Reason; while on the other hand we must come to the conclusion that we are making as great a mistake by feeding our Reason with the wrong things, or anything in indigestible quantities, as we are when we feed our stomach with too many sweets, spices, stimulants or fats, or indeed anything which cannot be properly assimilated.
Now that we have fully seized the facts with regard to the process of Reasoning, let us make sure that we do not confuse it with Thinking. Thinking is the result of Reasoning put into action-into circulation -by the Reasoning Being. Thinking in Unreasoning Nature is action without Reasoning-action from the Point of Rightness set for each thing by the Infinite and caused by Its Urge. Of this we shall see much more; but in the meantime do not be confused by the intimacy of the two processes into misunderstanding the office of either.
Spiritual body is used in the above to designate the
intangible something which is the essence, the meaning, of our so-called material body. It is that which gives motion and expression to the elemental substances of which our temporary bodies are composed, and is in fact the real body.
The seventh intake of Reason, we have seen, consists of its avenue of contact with the Supraconscious, that Infinite Life which indisputably-as it is Omnipresent-occupies a corporeal body to its fulness. It is to what it receives by this intake, which we will call Awareness, that we direct our attention in order to discover what may be received by Reason to influence its decision, which is not a part of memory, education, or experience—that is, in fact, outside the reach of the senses. It is evident, in considering the Purpose of Man, as indicated by his progress and capabilities, that he was Expressed to arrive at Perfection—not necessarily on this earthly plane, but ultimately. It is also evident that this perfection is to be of our own finding, and the only means given us of arriving at Perfection is the full and proper use of our Reason. In nourishing our fleshly bodies we have to draw the food and air to us. In nourishing our spiritual bodies we draw in from Memory, and to receive nourishment from the Infinite Life within us we must draw it into our Reason. This process consists of a sincere desire to receive it. This desire