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The latest edition (third edition) of The Mind, is a completely new book containing 23 chapters, 245 pages, 37 charts, tables and illustrations, and 14 Working Pages which takes the reader into a fascinating journey of exploring the mystery of the Mind.
The Mind is aimed at providing the reader with a deep understanding into the structure and the function of the Mind. In The Mind we look at pertinent questions such as:
- What is the Mind?
- How is the mind constructed?
- How does the Mind operate?
- What is the designed purpose of the Mind?
- What is the role of the Mind in our daily life?
Most importantly, The Mind is aimed at providing the reader with the comprehension of the delicate relationship between the Mind and the Being. The Mind suggests that due to a glitch in Consciousness, the Mind has taken total control over the Being. This evokes important existential questions:
- What is the relationship between the Mind and the Being?
- What are the consequences to our human existence when the Mind is in control of the Being?
- How can the Being use the Mind instead of being used by the Mind?
- What is the power of the Being in the physical world?
Summary of The Mind’s chapters
Chapter 1: Introduction
In this chapter we explore the relationship between the human senses, the physical brain and the Mind, and how these elements, through their mutual interaction, create our daily reality.
Chapter 2: Thinking and Feeling
In this chapter we look at our relationship with the faculty of thinking on one hand, and with the domain of feelings and emotions on the other hand. While our society holds logical thinking in high regard, we tend to minimise the importance of feelings and emotions in our human existence. We need to consider that our intellect can assist us to get excellent marks at school and University, yet it is not necessarily sufficient to create intimacy, love and affinity in human relationships. Our intellect can assist us in creating financial wealth, yet it is clearly not effective in creating and evoking peace and harmony in our significant personal lives.
Chapter 3: Thoughts and Feelings: The Prevailing Superstitions
Superstitions that are not recognised as superstitions, are not superstitions. Only superstitions that are clearly recognised and treated as superstitions can be disempowered. 'I Think' and 'I Feel' are the most common superstitions in human life. In this chapter the reader is presented with eight convincing arguments as to why it is not the 'I' – the Being – who is generating the process of thinking and feeling.
Chapter 4: The Human Maze
In the maze there are no possibilities. In the maze there are only a limited number of options as provided by the maze itself. In this chapter we are exploring the following questions: What is the 'maze' concerning human existence? What is this 'maze' that does not allow human beings even the option of having options, never mind the offer of possibilities?
Chapter 5: Further Words about Feelings
In this chapter we explore our human relationship with the domain of feelings, the expected Pay-off and the Price we pay when we are emotionally non-intelligent.
Chapter 6: Definition of the Mind
This chapter offers the reader a functional definition of the Mind, a definition that stems from the observation of the Mind as it functions in the physical world and in everyday life. In addition, we explore the relationship between the experience of Primal Pain and the Mind, and the impact that this relationship has on human memory.
Chapter 7: Aspects of the Mind
The Mind is a "mechanism which is in constant motion, churning out thoughts 24 hours a day, without pausing even for a single moment in order to figure out what is really going on." "The Mind is a great trickster. The Mind claims to know even when it only possesses a (debilitating) belief and not information." "The Mind is continuously reacting to the outer world in relation to its own content and its own perception." "The Mind divides the world into separate phenomena and opposites." "We have lost control of the Mind." In this chapter these aspects and many more are explored in much detail.
Chapter 8: The Reactive (Unconscious) Mind
The Reactive Mind is the only part of the Mind that is always conscious, awake and aware. The Reactive Mind operates from a threat for survival mode, and hence it is on constant alert. In this chapter we dissect the properties, qualities and the function of the Reactive Mind, and its impact on our human existence.
Chapter 9: The Analytical (Conscious) Mind
The Analytical Mind that is in good working order gets information and produces conclusions in nanoseconds. The individual who needs to 'think things over very carefully' does so as a result of covert pain. In this chapter, the reader is presented with the 'anatomy and physiology' of the Analytical Mind, its relationship with pain and the consequences to our daily operation in the world.
Chapter 10: Analytical Mind and Reactive Mind: Additional Comparisons and Properties
While the Analytical Mind is the 'Architect' of the organism's life, the Reactive Mind is the 'Construction Engineer'. In this chapter, the emphasis is put on comprehending the relationship between the two main parts of the Mind – the Analytical Mind and the Reactive Mind.
Chapter 11: Painful Memories and Defence Mechanisms
The Mind contains two types of memories: intellectual memories and emotional memories. Intellectual memories can be sorted out, placed in chronological order, and dealt with. Yet, this is not possible with emotional memories. As the Analytical Mind develops, it formulates ways to protect the organism against the experience of emotional pain. This chapter presents us with the variety of Defence Mechanisms that are utilised by the Mind to avoid the experience of pain, and explores the effect that it has on our human way of being in the world.
Chapter 12: 'It' Thinking and Feeling – the 'Little Voice inside Your Head'
The 'Little Voice inside our head' is active all the time, and is in total command of our lives. In this chapter, we explore the possibility that our process of thinking and feeling stems from the 'Collective Culture' that has no invested interest in the life of the individual. In this chapter we raise an important existential question: Do you want to win in life or do you want to be right?
Chapter 13: Pain: The Unnecessary Barrier
In this chapter, we work through our four fundamental mistakes concerning our relationship with pain. The experience of pain and at times even of suffering, is part of the Human Condition. This chapter guides us in transforming our relationship with pain: the higher our capacity to experience pain, the higher our capacity to experience and express our love.
Chapter 14: The Purpose of the Mind
In this chapter we raise and engage with a critical question: What is the designed function of the Mind? In its origin, the Mind was designed to assist the organism to survive. However, due to a 'glitch', the Mind has become focus on its own survival. The Mind has two manners in order to survive itself. Manner one: the replay of the same information. Manner two: the prevention and the elimination of anything that is differ from itself. These two manners and their impact on human existence are discussed in detail.
Chapter 15: More about the Identification of Being with Mind
Due to a 'glitch' in Consciousness, the Mind and the Being have been identified as one. It is extremely possible that the identification of the Mind with the Being is the main cause of all of our human aberrations. The release of such identification is a most important and major step towards self-empowerment.
Chapter 16: The Survival of the Mind – Consequences and Implications
This chapter explores the severe consequences to human existence as a result of the Mind being concerned with its own survival. Aspects such as our adherence to the past, our desperate need to control everything, our attachment to the illusion of survival, our fear of change, our slavery to the 'Culture', the limitations we impose on ourselves, our difficulty to make choices and our ‘stuckness’ on our rightness are all discussed in an engaging and transformative manner.
Chapter 17: The Construction of the Mind
The Mind has two separate Time-Track Arrangements: a Time-Track Arrangement containing information that is necessary and vital for survival, and a Time-Track Arrangement containing information that is unnecessary for survival. In this chapter we explore the relationship between the above two Time-Track Arrangements through the dissection of what we define as Number One, Number Two and Number Three Experiences.
Chapter 18: The Size of the Mind Tracks
While the Time-Track Arrangement with information that is necessary for survival becomes increasingly denser and bigger, the Time Track-Arrangement with information that is unnecessary for survival gets smaller and smaller. In this chapter we explore the implication of this situation on our daily life.
Chapter 19: Stimulus-Response Behaviour
As a result of the Mind’s attachment to survival, our behaviour at large is of a stimulus-response mode. Such a behaviour does not provide us with many options in terms of conducting our lives. Here we explore how we can release ourselves from such a mode of behaviour.
Chapter 20: Desensitisation
Desensitisation is a technique by which we release ourselves from the impact of past painful memories. In this chapter we explore the effectiveness of this procedure.
Chapter 21: The Other Possibility: beyond Survival
In this exciting chapter we explore the manners by which the Being can regain supremacy over the Mind.
Chapter 22: Some Additional Aspects of the Mind
In this chapter we discuss the Somatic Mind, the Aesthetic Mind and the Universal Mind. Furthermore, we explore the aspect of Consciousness Raising and its importance for our human existence.
Chapter 23: The Mind and Consciousness
Consciousness is most likely infinite. Different human beings may possess and operate at different levels of Consciousness. The results and the consequences in our human lives are a direct reflection of the prevailing level of our human Consciousness at any given time. Raising consciousness provides us with the opportunity to share, to absorb the Light and to reflect it outwards. In this chapter we explore in a profound manner the interrelationship between the Mind and Consciousness.
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