THE MENTAL BEING OF THE FIRST SELF 6.1 General about Mental Consciousness 1
During incarnation man is a mental being, since he has a mental envelope. 2
The content of the mental envelope is made up of mental matter belonging to four mental molecular kinds. Each mental molecular kind has its own kind of mental consciousness, its own kind of apprehension, its own kind of ideas. The corresponding is true of all higher molecular kinds. 3
The four kinds of mental consciousness are: inference thinking from ground to consequence (47:7) principle thinking (47:6) perspective thinking (47:5) system thinking (47:4) 4
There are strong reasons for assuming a correspondence between 47:7, the seventh department, and physical consciousness; between 47:6, the sixth department, and emotional consciousness; between 47:5, the fifth department, and mental consciousness; between 47:4, the fourth department, and essential (46) consciousness. A thorough investigation of this idea might prove profitable. (An idea from the author, for once.) 5
The consciousness content of the mental envelope can be divided into four kinds according to origins: conceptions from physical experience conceptions from emotional experience pure mental concepts concretized causal ideas 6
Physical conceptions include: physical facts, hypotheses, theories, sundry idiologies, everything that mental consciousness has managed to work up of the experiences of the physical envelope. 7
However, much of this has entered into emotional consciousness: mental atoms involved into emotional molecules. 8
Pure mentality does not comprise much in physical world man: philosophical, mathematical concepts, etc. 9
Reactions of all kinds originate from either physical or emotional consciousness and from the participation of mentality in those two. Pure mentality is free from reaction. Matter-of-fact mental analysis, so rarely met with, entails no reaction; makes it possible to analyse without valuing or judging. 10
It might be said that at the present stage of mankind’s development, mental consciousness (except ascertained physical facts) contains on the whole nothing but fictions (conceptions without counterparts in reality; the false notions life-ignorance has formed about everything it has not been able to ascertain objectively; subjective speculations, hypotheses, theories, assumptions, beliefs, dogmas, etc. of all kinds). 11
We are able to think at all because there are mental energies in the mental world, which in every moment is pervaded by mental atoms (the cosmic motion). We are able to perceive things in the lower worlds because mental atoms exist in all lower (emotional and physical)2 molecular kinds: “intelligence in matter”. Without a knowledge of the composition of matter you cannot explain that phenomenon. 12
Like everything else, ideas in the mental world have a subjective aspect (consciousness) and an objective aspect (matter). Ideas consist of mental atoms or mental molecules. The ideas belonging to a certain subject-matter constitute a mental material form in the mental world, a form that is kept alive due to the energy aspect of ideas and also through the constant supply from the thinkers who are occupied with the same problem. In that process there is a constant exchange of mental molecules between the thinker’s brain cells (containing mental molecules) and the mental form; this is of course said of those who think in accord with reality (have “right ideas”). 13
That mental being (so-called mental elemental) which man’s thought engenders in the mental world is an exact replica of man’s conception. It has the same form. It is as intelligent.
It is as dynamic. 14
All problems have their counterparts in the mental world: thought forms, forms that are objectively accessible to all those who possess mental objective consciousness. This is a problem for those who must find the solution of problems pursuing the ordinary subjective path (using mental analysis and, possibly, synthesis). 15
Objective consciousness ascertains that all mental consciousness expressions are geometrical forms in mental matter. They can be read as ordinary writing. Those geometrical forms are used as symbols in esoterics. 16
Nobody is able to think anything that does not already exist in the mental world, since even the most erroneous constructions contain mental molecules. Errors arise when molecules do not occur in the right combinations. In that case there is no spontaneous mutual exchange but the material forms in the mental envelope of the person thinking wrong are more or less crystallized replicas of the corresponding mental form in the mental world. Most forms in the mental world are wrongly constructed. 17
As regards the process of thought, the esoterician distinguishes between the monad in the triad, the consciousness of the mental envelope, and the processes bringing energy to the brain. It is the monad that works in the mental atoms of the brain cells. The processes occurring from 47:3 to 47:5 are reflected in the higher regions of the brain; those occurring from 47:6 to 48:3, in the lower regions. The lower vibrations in the emotional world are absorbed by the solar plexus centre. 18
There is a great difference between the brain’s capacity for mental thinking and the consciousness activity of the mental envelope. Because the mental envelope has its own consciousness, which the human brain does not even suspect. This independent consciousness can assimilate ideas that were formerly ascribed to the subconscious, since the real fact of the matter could not be explained. 19
It can take years before an idea absorbed by the mental envelope consciousness becomes conscious in the brain, the mental molecule has worked its way down into the brain cells. The consciousness content of the mental envelope can thus be much greater than that of the brain and, above all, more correct, since the mental molecule, on its way to the brain, passes through emotional consciousness and then is affected by it. Both kinds of mental consciousness necessarily use fictions (conceptions without correspondences in reality), unless the content is made up of facts of material reality in the worlds of man. Subjectivity without material correspondence is in itself deceptive in the emotional world as well as in the mental world. 20
The clearer and sharper a thinker the individual is, the greater is the mental power (effect) not just of vibrations and the chiselled-out mental forms in mental matter but also of the effects in the subconscious and in the brain cells in their tendency to automation. According to esoterics, the reasoning power is the strongest factor in the matter of good or bad sowing and3 reaping. Ignorance thinks that “your thoughts are your own”, that it is without consequence what you think, that thoughts have no effect, that man is not responsible for what he thinks.
That is one of the biggest mistakes of ignorance. Many people wonder afterwards how they could say or do a “thing like that”, and they find it absolutely incomprehensible. It is not.
Anyone who in his so-called imagination “is playing with the thought” of doing something wrong incurs great risks, at least as great as children when playing with fire. 6.2 The Mental Development of Mankind 1
The self (the monad in the triad in the triad envelope) incarnates in order to be roused to consciousness, since it cannot be conscious in its causal envelope and the old envelopes of incarnation have dissolved. The latent consciousness in the triad units is brought to life through opportunities of activity in the envelopes. 2
At the stage of barbarism, the self cannot be conscious even in its mental envelope but only in its organism, etheric envelope, and emotional envelope. At this stage, the self’s mental consciousness is found in the mental molecules that have been involved into emotional molecules through the self’s effort to comprehend the things of physical life. At the stage of barbarism and on the lower civilizational levels, the ability of inference from ground to consequence is acquired. 3
You should be clear about the fact that mental consciousness in the lowest molecular kind (47:7) displays ten successively higher powers of inference. It will be long before logicians have ascertained these different kinds. They are able to distinguish broadly between inference thinking (47:7) and principle thinking (scientific thinking, 47:6), but little more. 4
On the higher levels of the stage of civilization, principle thinking is activated. 5
Principle thinking includes the usual philosophical thinking in systems by means of concept analysis and concept definition. A great importance is attached to the formal agreement of verbal expressions. This kind of thinking regards mutually contradictory propositions as logically impermissible and as refuting each other’s conceptual content. 6
Perspective thinking rises above this principle-bound way of looking at things. It often unites contradictions based on principles into a higher synthesis. It readily expresses itself in paradoxes (which does not mean that the play with paradoxes, much in vogue, affords perspectives). It is only after acquiring this capacity that man can be called a mental self. 7
System thinking means the ability to think with whole systems and no longer with separate concepts. This kind of thinking can be said to involve concretization of causal intuition.
Causal intuition needs neither concepts nor systems, since it perceives parts as a unity and each part as put into its correct context. 8
Man is a mental being until he has become a mental self, centred his monad in the first triad mental molecule. As a mental self he has reached the mental stage (the stage of humanity) and possesses mental “sovereignty”. In a new incarnation it may take many years before the man has reattained that stage. But it is latent in him. 9
The more primitive the individual, the more difficult does he find it to form those general concepts which are the conditions of comprehension. Gradually, as he parrots what others have said and gets increasingly satisfactory explanations, he starts to develop inference thinking. Most people in civilized countries have all that preparatory work done already in thousands of previous incarnations, so that the whole procedure goes on automatically during the first years of life. The higher level the individual has once attained, the more easily he remembers anew the things he knew once, and the more quickly his understanding is roused, provided his brain cells function normally and he has opportunities of remembrance. As a rule, the individual is reborn with brain cells that correspond to the capacity he once acquired (his ability to absorb similar emotional and mental molecules).10
General development (mankind’s increasing understanding) includes the mentalization of increasingly more emotional molecules in the emotional world, which greatly facilitates the acquisition of understanding. 11
Human consciousness development essentially consists in the acquisition and elaboration of new ideas. The power of the collective (incompetence, repugnance, resistance) has obstructed this necessary rethinking to an incredible extent. The power of tradition in an order established upon a previous revolution has always been a hindrance to further evolution, just as the notion that all essential ideas of culture already exist in religious writings and in Greek and Latin literature. 12
Man’s need of something firm, at the emotional stage for his feeling, at the mental stage for his thought, has entailed that he must content himself with such things as evolution has proved untenable. Those who are already clinging to something that they cannot bear to lose have always proved unwilling to examine the tenability of the new ideas appearing. As easily (logically speaking) individuals acquire world views and life views, as unwilling they are later to examine the reality content of new such views. New ideas are not appreciated by those who are happy with their system of ideas. Therefore new generations are needed who are able to examine the reality content of new ideas without prejudice. At the stage of development (the lower emo- tional and the lower mental) where the majority of mankind is, the activation of the higher emotionality is certainly by far the most important. However, mentality need not therefore be neglected. Men should be able to learn how to think, reflect on their own, not merely parroting others. In our times people have started to think in increasing numbers, even though the large majority still parrot whenever the inferences to be drawn are above the lowest level. 13
By developing mental consciousness they make themselves independent of emotionality, which otherwise drives them to run like flocks of sheep hither and thither after every new prophet who knows how to play on their emotional strings, how to make them lose in psychoses the little reason they have got. 14
After having been reserved for the esoteric mentalist, esoteric views become common property. This entails a considerable increase of mental capacity. The boundaries of the various stages of development shift. The relative distances between individuals at the various stages of development do not change therefore, however it may appear to those on lower levels. 15
Before people have acquired esoteric knowledge, practically everybody becomes idiotized ever since childhood by the ruling idiologies (fictional systems), and old esotericians only at 35 years have acquired sufficient power of reflection to rethink and to purge all the madness there is in the views of public opinion, a work that takes them years to do. In that process they become “different” and are generally thought to be fools. 16
At 40 years most people seem to have reached the highest level attainable in this incarnation. This is particularly the case with those who take no interest in problems of life in quite general terms.