THINKING AND DESTINY
Harold W. Percival
DEFINITIONS AND EXPLANATIONS
Accident, An: is usually said to be an unexpected happening or event without apparent cause. Nevertheless, an accident is the only visible segment in a chain or circle of unobserved or preceding causes inevitably resulting in that occurrence called accident. The other segments of the circle are the thoughts and acts which are related to the accident.
Aia: is the name here given to a unit that has successively progressed through each and every degree in being conscious as its function in a University of Laws, in a perfect, sexless and immortal body; which has graduated from nature, and is on the intelligent-side as a point or line distinguishing it from the nature-side.
Alcoholism: is a psychic disease of the doer of desire-and-feeling, with which disease the physical body is infected by the drinking of alcoholic liquors. Alcohol is excellent and trustworthy, while kept as a servant, or used as a medium in the making of pharmaceutical preparations. But alcohol, as a spirit, is ruthless and relentless when it becomes master. It is only a matter of time, in this or some future life, when every doer will of necessity have to face the fiend and conquer or be conquered by it. The liquor is harmless, if one does not drink it; it is only a medium. But when one drinks it, the spirit of which alcohol is the medium makes contact with desire in the blood and with feeling in the nerves and cajoles the desire and feeling into the belief that it is a friend, and this belief grows and grows. It is the spirit of conviviality and good fellowship through all stages of drunkenness along which it leads its victim. And when the doer eventually is too depraved to take on the human form, the fiend leads it to its prison in the inner recesses of the earth, where it is fixed in conscious inertia. Conscious inertia is more galling and frightful than the fiercest fires of any theological or other hell conceivable. Alcohol is the preserving spirit in nature; but it kills the thing which it preserves. The spirit of drunkenness fears the Conscious Light in the human, and strives to incapacitate the human. The only sure way to be the master and not the slave of the spirit of alcohol is: Do not taste it. Have a firm and definite mental attitude and set not to take it under any pretense or form. Then one will be the master.
Anger: is desire burning in the blood and acting in resentment at what is or is supposed to be a wrong to oneself or to another.
Appearance: is nature units grouped into mass or form and is visible; it is subject to change or disappearance, when that which holds it together changes or is withdrawn.
Appetite: is the desire to gratify taste and smell with material, in response to the urge of entities of nature to keep matter in circulation.
Art: is skill in the expression of feeling and desire.
Astral: is starry matter.
Astral Body: as a term used in this book is to describe the radiant-solid of the fourfold physical body. The other three are the airy-solid, fluid-solid, and solid-solid. The airy-solid and fluid-solid are only masses, they are not developed into form. The astral body is that which shapes the matter of the growing body according to the form of the breath-form until birth. Thereafter, the physical body depends on the astral body to keep its structure in form according to the form of the breath-form. After the breath-form leaves the body at death, the astral body remains near the physical structure. Then the astral body depends on the structure for maintenance, and is dispersed as the structure decays.
Atmosphere: is the mass of diffused matter which radiates from and surrounds any object or thing.
Atmosphere, Physical Human: is the spherical mass of radiant, airy, fluid, and solid units emanating from and kept circulating in four constant streams of units in and through the body by the breath, the active side of the breath-form.
Atmosphere of the Human, Psychic: is the active side of the doer, the psychic part of the Triune Self, the passive side of one portion of which exists in the kidneys and adrenals and the voluntary nerves and the blood of the human body. It surges, pounds, pulls and pushes through the blood and nerves of the body in response to the desire and feeling of the doer which re-exists in the body.
Atmosphere of the Human, Mental: is that part of the mental atmosphere of the Triune Self which is through the psychic atmosphere and by means of which the feeling-mind and desire-mind may think at the neutral points between the uninterrupted inflow and outflow of breathing.
Atmosphere, of One’s Triune Self, Noetic: is, so to say, the reservoir, from which the Conscious Light is conveyed by the mental and psychic atmospheres to the doer-in-the-body through the breath.
Atmosphere of Earth: is made up of the four spherical zones or masses of radiant, airy, fluid, and solid units which keep up a constant circulation from and through the compacted and spherical earth crust, and from and through the interior to the farthest stars.
Breath: is the life of the blood, the pervader and builder of tissue, the preserver and destroyer, by or in which all operations of the body continue to exist or pass out of existence, until by thinking it is made to regenerate and restore the body to everlasting life.
Breath-form: is a nature unit which is the individual living form (soul) of each human body. Its breath builds and renews and gives life to tissue according to the pattern furnished by the form, and its form keeps in form the structure, its body, during its presence in the body. Death is the result of its separation from the body.
Cell, A: is an organization composed of transient units of matter from the radiant, airy, fluid, and solid streams of matter, organized into living structure by the related and reciprocal action of four compositor units: the breath-link, life-link, form-link, and cell-link compositor units constituting that cell, which is not visible, not the body of composed transient units which may be visible or seen under a microscope. The four compositor units are linked together and remain in that cell; the transient units are like flowing streams from which the compositors continue to catch and compose transient units into and as the body of that cell during the continuance of the larger organization of which that cell is a component part. The four compositor units of a cell in a human body are indestructible; when they are not supplied with transient units the cell body will cease, be decomposed and disappear, but the compositors of the cell will again build out a body at some future time.
Chance: is a word used to excuse oneself for not understanding, or to explain acts, objects and events that occur and which are not easily explained, as “games of chance,” or “chance happenings.” But there is no such thing as chance, in the sense that a happening could have happened in any other way than it did, independent of law and order. Every act of chance, such as the flipping of a coin, the turning of a card, the throwing of a die, happens according to certain laws and in order, whether they are according to laws of physics or laws of knavery and trickery. If what is called chance were independent of law, there would be no dependable laws of nature. Then there would be no certainty of the seasons, of day and night. These are laws which we more or less understand, just as are “chance” happenings, which we do not take enough trouble to understand.
Character: is the degree of honesty and truthfulness of one’s feelings and desires, as expressed by his individual thought, word and action. Honesty and truthfulness in thought and act are the fundamentals of good character, the distinguishing marks of a strong and considerate and fearless character. Character is inborn, inherited from one’s own former lives, as the predisposition to think and act; it is continued or changed as one chooses.
Communion: is the thinking oneself into relation with rightness, and in receiving Light, according to the system of thinking.
Conception, Divine, “Immaculate”: is not the impregnation of an ovum in a woman, to be followed by the gestation and birth of another physical body. A sexual birth cannot result from a divine conception. A truly “immaculate” conception is for the rebuilding of the imperfect sexual physical body of death into a perfect sexless physical body of eternal life. When the twelve preceding lunar germs have been merged with the thirteenth lunar germ, on its return to the head, it is there met by the solar germ, and receives a ray of Light from the Intelligence. That is a self-impregnation, a divine conception. The rebuilding of the perfect body follows.
Conscience: is the sum of knowledge about what should not be done in relation to any moral subject. It is one’s standard for right thinking, right feeling, and right action; it is the soundless voice of rightness in the heart that forbids any thought or act which varies from what it knows to be right. The “No” or “Don’t” is the voice of the doer’s knowledge concerning what he should avoid or not do or not give consent to be done in any situation.
Conscious: is, with knowledge; the degree in which that which is conscious is conscious in relation to knowledge.
Consciousness: is the Presence in all things—by which each thing is conscious in the degree in which it is conscious as what or of what it is or does. As a word it is the adjective “conscious” developed into a noun by the suffix “ness.” It is a word unique in language; it has no synonyms, and its meaning extends beyond human comprehension. Consciousness is beginningless, and endless; it is indivisible, without parts, qualities, states, attributes or limitations. Yet, everything, from the least to the greatest, in and beyond time and space is dependent on it, to be and to do. Its presence in every unit of nature and beyond nature enables all things and beings to be conscious as what or of what they are, and are to do, to be aware and conscious of all other things and beings, and to progress in continuing higher degrees of being conscious towards the only one ultimate Reality—Consciousness.
Credulity: is the innocent readiness of the doer-in-the-body to believe that things are as they appear, and to accept as true what is said or written.
Culture: is the high development of learning, skill and character of a people, or of civilization as a whole.
Death: is the departure of the conscious self in the body from its fleshly residence, the snapping or severance of the fine elastic silvery thread that connects the breath-form with the body. The severance is caused by the willing or with the consent of oneself to have its body die. With the breaking of the thread, resuscitation is impossible.
Definition: is that composition of related words which expresses the meaning of a subject or thing and, by thinking on which, knowledge is available.
Descent of Man: has been variously and figuratively told in ancient scriptures, as in the Bible story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; their temptation, their fall, their original sin and expulsion from Eden. This is shown as the four stages in the departure of the doer-in-the-body from the Realm of Permanence. The descent from the Realm of Permanence into this world of birth and death, was by variation, division, modification and degeneration. Variation began when the doer of desire-and-feeling extended a part of its perfect body and saw feeling in the extended part. Division was the doer’s seeing its desire in the male body and its feeling in the female body and thinking of itself as two instead of one, and its departure from permanence. Modification was the descending or extending from the interior and finer to the outer and lower state of matter and change in structure of body. Degeneration was coming on the outside crust of the earth, the development of sexual organs and generation of sexual bodies.
Desire: is conscious power within; it brings about changes in itself and causes change in other things. Desire is the active side of the doer-in-the-body, the passive side of which is feeling; but desire cannot act without its other inseparable side, feeling. Desire is indivisible but appears to be divided; it is to be distinguished as: the desire for knowledge and the desire for sex. It is, with feeling, the cause of the production and reproduction of all things known or sensed by the human. As the desire for sex it remains obscure, but manifests through its four branches: the desire for food, the desire for possessions, the desire for a name, and the desire for power, and their innumerable offshoots, such as hunger, love, hate, affection, cruelty, strife, greed, ambition, adventure, discovery, and accomplishment. The desire for knowledge will not be changed; it is constant as the desire for Self-knowledge.
Desire for a Name, (Fame): is a cluster of impressions of indeterminate attributes for a personality, which are as empty and evanescent as a bubble.
Desire for Power: is the illusion created which is the offspring and adversary of the desire for Self-knowledge—(the desire for sex).
Desire for Self-Knowledge: is the determined and unyielding desire of the doer to be in conscious relation or union with the knower of its Triune Self.
Desire for Sex: is selfishness grounded in ignorance concerning itself; the desire that is expressed by the sex of the body in which it is, and which seeks to unite with its suppressed and unexpressed side, by union with a body of the opposite sex.
Despair: is the surrender to fear; the unreserved resignation to let happen what may.
Destiny: is necessity; that which must be or happen, as the result of what has been thought and said or done.
Destiny, Physical: includes everything concerning the heredity and constitution of the human physical body; the senses, sex, form, and features; the health, position in life, family, and human relations; the span of life and manner of death. The body and all concerning the body is the budget of credit and debit which has come over from one’s past lives as the result of what one thought and did in those lives, and with which one has to deal in the present life. One cannot escape what the body is and represents. One must accept that and continue to act as in the past, or one may change that past into what one thinks and wills to be, to do, and to have.
Destiny, Psychic: is all that has to do with feeling-and-desire as one’s conscious self in the body; it is the result of what in the past one has desired and thought and done, and of that which in the future will result from what one now desires and thinks and does and which will affect one’s feeling-and-desire.
Destiny, Mental: is determined as what, of what, and for what the desire and feeling of the doer-in-the-body think. Three minds—the body-mind, desire-mind, and feeling-mind—are put at the service of the doer, by the thinker of its Triune Self. The thinking which the doer does with these three minds is its mental destiny. Its mental destiny is in its mental atmosphere and includes its mental character, mental attitudes, intellectual attainments and other mental endowments.
Destiny, Noetic: is the amount or degree of Self-knowledge that one has of oneself as feeling and desire, which is available, is in that part of the noetic atmosphere which is in one’s psychic atmosphere. This is the result of one’s thinking and use of one’s creative and generative force; it manifests as one’s knowledge of humanity and human relations on the one hand, and on the other through physical destiny, as troubles, afflictions, diseases, or infirmities. Self-knowledge is shown by self-control, the control of one’s feelings and desires. One’s noetic destiny may be seen in time of crisis, when one knows just what should be done for oneself and others. It may also come as intuition for enlightenment on a subject.
Devil, The: is one’s own chief evil desire. It tempts, goads and drives one to wrong action in physical life, and it torments that one during a part of its after death states.
Dimensions: are of matter, not of space; space has no dimensions, space is not dimensional. Dimensions are of units; units are indivisible constituents of mass matter; so that matter is a make-up, composed of or as indivisible units related to and distinguished from each other by their particular kinds of matter, as dimensions. Matter is of four dimensions: on-ness, or surface matter; in-ness, or angle matter; throughness, or line matter; and presence, or point matter. The numbering is from the apparent and familiar to the remote.
The first dimension of the units, on-ness or surface units, has no perceptible depth or thickness or solidity; it depends on and particularly needs the second and third dimensions to make it visible, tangible, solid.
The second dimension of the units is in-ness or angle matter; it depends on the third dimension for it to compact surfaces onto surfaces as mass.
The third dimension of the units is throughness or line matter; it depends on the fourth dimension for it to carry, conduct, transmit, transport, import and export matter from the unmanifested non-dimensional matter into in-ness and fix surfaces onto surfaces and so body out and stabilize surfaces as solid surface matter.
The fourth dimension of the units is presence or point matter, a succession of points as the basic matter line of points, along which or through which the next dimension of line matter is built and developed.
Thus it will be seen that unmanifested undimensional matter manifests as or through or by means of a point, and as a succession of points as a matter line of point units, by means of which the next dimension of units as line matter is developed, and by means of which is in-ness or angle matter, which compacts surfaces on surfaces until visible tangible solid matter is shown as the acts, objects and events of this objective physical world.
Disease: A disease results from the cumulative action of a thought as it continues to pass through the part or body to be affected, and eventually the exteriorization of such thought is the disease.
Dishonesty: is the thinking or acting against what is known to be right, and the thinking and doing of what is known to be wrong. The one so thinking and doing may eventually make himself believe that what is right is wrong; and that what is wrong is right.
Doer: That conscious and inseparable part of the Triune Self which periodically re-exists in the man body or woman body, and which usually identifies itself as the body and by the name of the body. It is of twelve portions, six of which are its active side as desire and six are its passive side as feeling. The six active portions of desire re-exist successively in man bodies and the six passive portions of feeling re-exist successively in woman bodies. But desire and feeling are never separate; desire in the man body caused the body to be male and dominates its feeling side; and feeling in the woman body caused its body to be female and dominates its desire side.
Doubt: is a condition of mental darkness as the result of not enough clear thinking to know what to do and what not to do in a situation.
Dreams: are of the objective and the subjective. The objective dream is the waking state or state of being awake; nevertheless it is the waking dream. The subjective dream is the sleeping dream. The difference is that in the waking dream all objects or sounds that are seen or heard and which seem so real are the exteriorizations of one’s own or other’s thoughts on the background of the objective world; and, that the things that we see or hear in the sleeping dream are the reflections on the background of the subjective world of the projections of the objective world. While we are dreaming in sleep the reflections are just as real to us as are the projections in the waking world now. But, of course, when we are awake we cannot remember how real the sleeping dream then was, because from the waking world the dream world seems shadowy and unreal. However, all that we see or hear or do in dream while asleep are the more or less distorted reflections of the things that happen to us and the things we think about while we are in the waking state. The sleeping dream may be likened to a mirror which reflects the things held before it. By meditating on the happenings in the sleeping dream one may interpret much about himself, his thoughts and his motions, that he did not before realize. Dream life is another world, vast and varied. Dreams have not been, but should be, classified, at least into kinds and varieties. The after death states are related to earth life somewhat as is the sleeping dream to the waking state.
Duty: is what one owes to oneself or to others, which must be paid, willingly or unwillingly, in such performance as that duty calls for. Duties bind the doer-in-the-body to repeated lives on earth, until the doer frees itself by performance of all duties, willingly and gladly, without hope of praise or fear of blame, and being unattached to the results well done. “Dweller”: is a term used to signify a vicious desire from a former life of the doer in the present human body, which dwells in the psychic atmosphere and tries to enter the body and influence the doer to acts of violence, or to indulge in practices harmful to doer and body. The doer is responsible for its desires, as dweller or as cloak of vices; its desires cannot be destroyed; they must eventually be changed by thinking and by the will.
Dying: is the sudden or long drawn out process of the breath-form of gathering its fine form from the extremities to the heart and then puffing itself out through the mouth with the last gasp of the breath, usually causing a gurgle or rattle in the throat. At death the doer leaves the body with the breath.
Ease: is the result of the doer’s reliance in destiny and in itself; a certain poise in action, irrespective of wealth or poverty, position in life or family or friends.
Ego: is the feeling of the identity of “I” of the human, due to the relation of feeling to the identity of I-ness of its Triune Self. The ego usually includes the personality of body with itself, but the ego is only the feeling of identity. If the feeling were the identity, the feeling in the body would know itself as the permanent and deathless “I” which persists through and beyond all time in unbroken continuity, whereas the human ego knows no more about itself than that it is “a feeling.”
Element, An: is one of the four fundamental kinds of nature units into which nature as matter is classified and of which all bodies or phenomena are composed, so that each element may be distinguished by its kind from each of the other three elements, and so that each kind may be known by its character and function, whether combining and acting as forces of nature or in the composition of any body.
Elemental, An: is a unit of nature manifesting as of the element of fire, or of air, or of water, or of earth, individually; or as an individual unit of an element in a mass of other nature units and dominating that mass of units.
Elementals, Lower: are of the four elements of fire, air, water, and earth units, here called causal, portal, form, and structure units. They are the causes, changes, maintainers, and appearances of all things in nature which come into existence, which change, which remain for awhile, and which will dissolve and vanish, to be re-created into other appearances.
Elementals, Upper: are beings of the fire, air, water, and earth elements, out of which they are created by Intelligences of the spheres, or by the Triune Selves complete, who constitute The Government of the world. Of themselves these beings know nothing and can do nothing. They are not individual nature elementals as nature units, in process of development. They are created out of the unmanifested side of the elements by thinking, and respond perfectly to the thinking of the Triune Selves who direct them in what they are to do. They are executioners of law, against which no nature gods or other forces can prevail. In religions or traditions they may be mentioned as archangels, angels, or messengers. They act by direct order of The Government of the world, without human instrumentality, although one or more may appear to give instruction to the human, or to bring about changes in the affairs of men.
Emotion: is the rousing and expression of desire by words or acts, in response to sensations of pain or pleasure by feeling.
Envy: is the feeling of ill-will or grudging bitterness toward a person who is or who has what one hungeringly desires to be or to have.
Equality in the Human: is that each responsible person has the right to think, to be, to will, to do, and to have, what he is able to be, to will, to do and to have, without force, pressure or restraint, to the extent that he does not try to prevent another from the same rights.
Eternal, The: is that which is unaffected by time, the beginningless and endless, within and beyond time and the senses, not dependent on, limited or measurable by time and the senses as past, present, or future; that in which things are known to be as they are, and which cannot appear to be as they are not.
Experience: is the impression of an act, object or event produced through the senses on feeling in the body, and the reaction as the response of feeling as pain or pleasure, joy or sorrow, or any other feeling or emotion. The experience is the essence of the exteriorization for the doer and is to teach, that the doer may extract learning from the experience.
Exteriorization, An: is the act, object or event that was the physical impression in a thought before it exteriorized as an act, object or event on the physical plane, as physical destiny.
Facts: are the realities of the objective or subjective acts, objects or events in the state or on the plane on which they are experienced or observed, as evident to and tried by the senses, or as considered and judged by reason. Facts are of four kinds: physical facts, psychic facts, mental facts, and noetic facts.
Faith: is the imagination of the doer which makes a strong impression on the breath-form because of trust and confidence without doubt. Faith comes from the doer.
Falsehood: is a statement as fact of what is believed to be untrue, or the denial of what is believed to be true.
Fame, (A Name): is the changing cluster of impressions of indeterminate attributes for a personality, which are evanescent as bubbles.
Fear: is the feeling of foreboding or impending danger concerning mental or emotional or physical trouble.
Feeling: is that of one’s conscious self in the body which feels; which feels the body, but does not identify and distinguish itself as feeling, from the body and the sensations which it feels; it is the passive side of the doer-in-the-body, the active side of which is desire.
Feeling, Isolation of: is its freedom from control by the body-mind and the realization of itself as conscious bliss.
Food: is of nature material composed of innumerable combinations of compounds of fire, air, water, and earth units, for the building up of the four systems and the upkeep of the body.
Form: is the idea, type, pattern or design which guides and shapes and sets bounds to life as growth; and form holds and fashions structure into visibility as appearance.
Freedom: is the state or condition of the desire-and-feeling of the doer when it has detached itself from nature and remains unattached. Freedom does not mean that one may say or do what he pleases, wherever he is. Freedom is: to be and will and do and have without attachment to any object or thing of the four senses; and, to continue to be, to will, to do, and to have, without being attached, by thinking, to what one is or wills or does or has. That means that you are not attached in thought to any object or thing of nature, and that you will not attach yourself while thinking. Attachment means bondage.
Function: is the course of action intended for a person or thing, and which is performed by choice, or by necessity.
Gambling: is an obsession of one by the gambling spirit, or the exciting chronic desire to get, to win money or something of value by “luck,” by “betting,” by games of “chance,” instead of earning it by honest work.
Genius, A: is one who shows originality and ability which distinguish him from others in the fields of his endeavor. His gifts are inherent. They were not acquired by study in the present life. They were acquired by much thought and effort in many of his past lives and are brought over with him as the result from that past. The distinguishing characteristics of genius are originality concerning ideas, method, and the direct way of expressing his genius. He does not depend on the teaching of any school; he devises new methods and uses any of his three minds in expressing his feeling-and-desire according to the senses. He is in touch with the sum of his memories of his past in the field of his genius.
Germ, The Lunar: is produced by the generative system and is necessary for the procreation of a human body, to be the residence for a re-existing doer. It is called lunar because its travel through the body is similar to the phases of the waxing and waning moon, and it has a relation to the moon. It starts from the pituitary body and continues its downward path along the nerves of the esophagus and digestive tract, then, if not lost, ascends along the spine to the head. On its downward path it gathers Light which was sent out to nature, and which is returned by nature in food taken into the digestive system, and it gathers Light from the blood which has been reclaimed by self-control.
Germ, The Solar: is a portion of the doer that at puberty is in the pituitary body and has some clear Light. For six months it descends, like the sun, on the southern path, on the right side of the spinal cord; then it turns, at the first lumbar vertebra, and ascends on the left side on its northern course for six months until it reaches the pineal body. On its southern and northern journeying it patrols the spinal cord, the path of eternal life. The lunar germ is strengthened each time it passes the solar germ.
Glamour: is a state in which one is being fascinated with an object or thing by a spell, which the senses cast on his feeling-and-desire, and which holds him captive, and so prevents him from seeing through the glamour, and from understanding that thing as it is in fact.
Gloom: is a psychic state, for the brooding over unsatisfied feelings and desires. In it one may create an atmosphere of gloom which will attract thoughts of morbidness and discomfort, which may lead to acts of harm to oneself and others. The cure for gloom is self-determined thought and right action.
God, A: is a thought being, created by the thoughts of human beings as the representative of the greatness of what they feel or fear; as what any one would or might like to be, to will, and to do.
Government, Self-: Self, oneself, is the sum of the feelings and desires of the conscious doer who is within the human body and who is the operator of the body. Government is authority, administration and method by which a body or state is ruled. Self-government means that one’s feelings and desires which are or may be inclined, through preferences, prejudices or passions to disrupt the body, will be restrained and guided and governed by one’s own better feelings and desires which think and act with rightness and reason, as the standards of authority from within, instead of being controlled by the likes and dislikes concerning the objects of the senses, which are the authorities from outside the body.
Grace: is loving kindness in behalf of others, and ease of thought and feeling expressed in conscious relation to form and action.
Greatness: is in the degree of one’s independence with responsibility and knowledge in his relation and dealing with others.
Greed: is the insatiable desire to get, to have, and to hold whatever is desired.
Ground, Common: is used here to mean a place or body on or in which two or more meet for mutual interests. The earth is the meeting ground for the doers in human bodies to act together for their common interests. The human body is the common ground for the action between the doer and the units of the elements of nature which pass through it. So also the earth surface is the common ground on which the thoughts of all people on earth are exteriorized as the plants and animals which grow on and inhabit the earth, and which are the exteriorizations into forms of desires and feelings of human beings.
Habit: is the expression by word or act of an impression on the breath-form by thinking. Repetition of strange sounds or acts often causes uneasiness of the individual and of the observer, which is likely to become increasingly more pronounced unless the cause is removed. This can be done by not continuing the thinking which causes the habit, or by positive thinking to: “stop” and “do not repeat”—whatever the word or act is. The positive thinking and mental attitude against the habit will efface the impression on the breath-form, and so prevent its recurrence.
Hall of Judgment: is an after death state in which the doer finds itself. What there seems to be a hall of light is really the sphere of Conscious Light. The doer is astonished and alarmed and would escape, anywhere, if it could; but it cannot. It is conscious of the form which, on earth, it believed to be itself, though it is not in that form; the form is its breath-form without the physical body. In or on this breath-form the Conscious Light, Truth, makes the doer conscious of all that it had thought, and of the acts that it did while in its body on earth. The doer is conscious of these as they are, as the Conscious Light, Truth, shows them to be, and the doer itself judges them, and its judgment makes it liable for them as duties in future lives on earth.
Happiness: is the result of what one thinks and does in accord with rightness-and-reason, and the state of desire-and-feeling when they are in balanced union and have found love.
Healing by Laying on of Hands: To benefit the patient, the healer should understand that he is only a willing instrument to be used by nature for the purpose of re-establishing the orderly flow of life which has been obstructed or interfered with in the patient’s body. This the healer may do by placing the palms of his right and left hands on the front and back of the head, and then to the three other potential brains, in the thorax, the abdomen, and the pelvis. In so doing the healer’s own body is the instrument through which the electric and magnetic forces flow and put into adjustment the machinery of the patient for its orderly operation by nature. The healer should remain in passive good-will, without thought of pay or gain.
Healing, Mental: is the attempt to cure physical ills by mental means. There are many schools that attempt to teach and practice the cure of disease by mental effort, as by the denial that there is disease, or by affirming health in place of the disease, or by prayer, or by repetition of words or phrases, or by whatever other mental effort. Thinking and emotions do affect the body, by hope, cheer, joy, sorrow, trouble, fear. The cure of an actual disease can be affected by the balancing of the thought of which the disease is the exteriorization. By removing the cause, the disease disappears. Denial of a disease is a make-believe. If there were no disease there would be no denial of it. Where there is health, there is nothing gained by affirming what already is.
Hearing: is the unit of air, acting as the ambassador of the air element of nature in a human body. Hearing is the channel through which the air element of nature and the respiratory system in the body communicate with each other. Hearing is the nature unit which passes through and relates and vitalizes the organs of the respiratory system, and functions as hearing through the right relation of its organs.
Heaven: is the state and period of happiness, not limited by the earthly time of the senses, and which seems to have no beginning. It is a composite of all one’s thoughts and ideals of life on earth, where no thought of suffering or unhappiness can enter, because these as memories were removed from the breath-form during the purgatorial period. Heaven really begins when the doer is ready and takes on its breath-form. This does not seem like a beginning; it is as though it had always been. Heaven ends when the doer has gone through and exhausted the good thoughts and good deeds which it had and did while on earth. Then the senses of sight and hearing and taste and smell are loosened from the breath-form, and go into the elements of which they were the expression in the body; the portion of the doer returns into itself, istence, where it is until its turn comes for its next re-existence on earth.
Hell: is an individual condition or state of suffering, of torment, not a community affair. The suffering or torment is by parts of the feelings and desires which have been separated from and sloughed off by the doer in its passage through metempsychosis. The suffering is because the feelings and desires have no means by or through which they can be relieved, or of getting what they grieve for, crave and desire. That is their torment—hell. While in a physical body on earth, the good and evil feelings and desires had their periods of joy and sorrow which were intermingled throughout that life on earth. But during metempsychosis, the purgatorial process separates the evil from the good; the good go on to enjoy their unalloyed happiness in “heaven,” and the evil remain in what then is torment of suffering, where the individual feelings and desires can be and are impressed, so that when they are again brought together, they can, if they choose, shun the evil and profit from the good. Heaven and hell are for experiencing, but not for learning. Earth is the place for learning from experience, because earth is the place for thinking and learning. In the states after death the thoughts and deeds are as in a dream lived over again, but there is no reasoning or new thinking.
Heredity: is generally understood to mean that the physical and mental qualities, factors and features of one’s ancestors are transmitted to and inherited by that human being. Of course, this must be true to some degree because of relation of blood and family. But the most important verity is not given place. That is, that the feeling-and-desire of an immortal doer takes residence in a human body after its birth and brings its own mentality and character with it. Lineage, breeding, environment and associations are important, but according to its own quality and strength the doer distinguishes itself from these. The breath-form of the doer causes conception; the form furnishes the compositor units and the breath builds out into its own form the material furnished by the mother, and after birth the breath-form continues to build and maintain its own form through all stages of growth and age. The doer in each human body is beyond time. Its breath-form bears its history, which antecedes all known history.
Honesty: is the desire to think of and see things as the Conscious Light in thinking shows these things as they really are and then to deal with those things as the Conscious Light shows that they should be dealt with.
Hope: is the potential light inherent in the doer in all its wanderings through the wilderness of the world; it leads or prompts in good or ill according to the disposition of the doer; it is always uncertain concerning objects of the senses, but is sure when reason rules.
Human Being, A: is a composition of units of the four elements of nature composed and organized as cells and organs into four systems represented by the four senses of sight, hearing, taste, and smell, and automatically coordinated and operated by the breath-form, the general manager of the man body or woman body; and, into which a portion of the doer enters and re-exists, and makes the animal human.
Human Beings, The Four Classes of: By thinking people divided themselves into four classes. The particular class in which each one is, he has put himself in by his thinking; he will stay in it as long as he thinks as he does; he will take himself out of it and put himself into any other of the four classes when he does the thinking that will put him into the class in which he will then belong. The four classes are: the laborers, the traders, the thinkers, the knowers. The laborer thinks to satisfy the desires of his body, the appetites and comforts of his body, and the entertainment or pleasures of the senses of his body. The trader thinks to satisfy his desire for gain, to buy or sell or barter for profit, to get possessions, to have wealth. The thinker thinks to satisfy his desire to think, to idealize, to discover, in the professions or arts or sciences, and to excel in learning and accomplishments. The knower thinks to satisfy the desire to know the causes of things: to know who and what and where and when and how and why, and to impart to others what he himself knows.
Humanity: is the common origin and relation of all the incorporeal and immortal doers in human bodies, and is the sympathetic feeling in human beings of that relation.
Hypnosis, Self-: is the intentional putting oneself into the state of deep sleep by hypnotizing and controlling oneself by oneself. The purpose of self-hypnotism should be to be self-controlled. In self-hypnosis the doer acts as the hypnotist and also as the subject. He considers what he would like to do that he is not able to do. Then, acting as the hypnotist, he clearly instructs himself to issue these commands to himself when he is in the hypnotic sleep. Then, by suggestion, he puts himself to sleep by telling himself that he is going to sleep, and finally that he is asleep. In the hypnotic sleep he commands himself to do the things in time and place. When he has so commanded himself, he returns to the waking state. Awake, he does as bidden to do. In this practice one must in no respect deceive himself, else he will be confused and will fail in self-control.
Hypnotism or Hypnosis: is an artificial state of sleep produced on a subject who suffers himself to be hypnotized. The subject is or makes himself to be negative to the hypnotist, who must be positive. The subject surrenders his feeling-and-desire to the feeling-and-desire of the hypnotist and by so doing surrenders control of his breath-form and use of his four senses. The hypnotist hypnotizes the subject by using any or all of his own electric-magnetic force through the eyes or voice and hands of his subject and by repeatedly telling him that he is going to sleep and that he is asleep. Submitting to the suggestion of sleep the subject is put to sleep. Having submitted himself, his breath-form and his four senses to the control of the hypnotist, the subject is in condition to obey the orders and do anything commanded by the hypnotist without knowing what he actually is doing—except that he cannot be made to commit a crime or perform an immoral act unless he would in his waking state so do or act. A hypnotist assumes grave responsibility when he hypnotizes anyone. The subject must suffer through long periods for allowing himself to be controlled by another. Each should practice self-control until he is self-controlled. Then he will not control another or allow another to control him.
Hypnotist, A: is one who has will, imagination and self-confidence and who is successful in hypnotizing his subjects and producing the phenomena of hypnotism to the degree that he exercises these with understanding.
“I” as Identity, The False: is the feeling of the presence of the real identity of the I-ness of one’s knower. I-ness is the self-conscious selfsame identity of the knower, changeless and without beginning or end in the Eternal. Thinking with the body-mind and feeling the presence of its real identity, deludes the doer into the belief that it is one and the same with the body and the senses.
Ideal: is the conception of what is best for one to think, to be, to do, or to have.
Identity, One’s: is the feeling of identity in one’s body, one’s own feeling as being the same now as what one was in the past, and the same feeling to be in the future. One’s feeling of identity is necessary and certain in the doer through the body, because of its inseparability from the identity of the knower of one’s Triune Self.
I-ness: is the incorporeal, undying, and continuously unchanging identity of the Triune Self in the Eternal; not embodied, but whose presence enables feeling in the human body to think and feel and speak of itself as “I” and to be conscious of the unchanging identity throughout the constantly changing life of its corporeal body.
Ignorance: is mental darkness, the state in which the doer-in-the-body is, without knowledge of itself and of its rightness and reason. The emotions and passions of its feeling and desire have eclipsed its thinker and knower. Without the Conscious Light from them it is in darkness. It cannot distinguish itself from the senses and the body it is in.
Illusion: The mistaking of fancy or appearance for reality, as a mirage to be a place or scene which it depicts, or a distant post to be a man; anything which deceives the senses and causes a mistake in judgment.
Imagination: is the state in which the thinking of feeling-and-desire gives form to matter.
Imagination, Nature-: is the spontaneous and uncontrolled play of present sense impressions with memories; the combining or merging of pictures made on the breath-form by the senses with memories of similar impressions, and which combination represents the realities of the physical plane. These forceful impressions compel, and may forestall reasoning.
Incubus: is an invisible male form seeking to obsess or to have sexual relation with a woman during sleep. Incubi are of two kinds, and there are varieties of each kind. The most common is the sexual incubus, the other is the incubus that tries to obsess the woman, as in what is called a nightmare, which horrible dream may be largely due to indigestion or some physiological disturbance. The kind of incubus will depend on the habits of thought and mode of action of the sleeper during her waking life. The form of an incubus, if it were visualized, would vary from that of an angel or a god, to a devil or a spider or a boar.
Instinct in the Animal: is the driving power from the human which is in that animal. Light from the human, bound up with the desire, is that which guides or leads the animal in its actions, according to the four senses of nature.
Intelligence: is that by which all Intelligences are related and which distinguishes and relates and establishes relation of all beings to each other who are conscious of being conscious; and, by which they, as and in their different degrees in being conscious, impress, distinguish and relate all units or masses of units in their relation to each other.
Intelligence, An: is of the highest order of units in the Universe, relating the Triune Self of man with the Supreme Intelligence through its self-conscious Light, with which it endows man and so enables him to think.
Intelligence, Faculties of an: There are seven: the light and I-am faculties which govern the sphere of fire; the time and motive faculties governing the sphere of air; the image and dark faculties in the sphere of water; and the focus faculty in the sphere of earth. Each faculty has its own particular function and power and purpose and is inseparably interrelated with the others. The light faculty sends light to the worlds by means of its Triune Self; the time faculty is that which causes the regulation and changes in nature units in their relation to each other. The image faculty impresses the idea of form on matter. The focus faculty centers other faculties on the subject to which it is directed. The dark faculty resists or gives strength to the other faculties. The motive faculty gives purpose and direction to thought. The I-am faculty is the real Self of the Intelligence. The focus faculty is the only one which comes into contact with the body through the doer in the body.
Intelligence, The Supreme: is the limit and ultimate degree that an intelligent unit can advance to in being conscious as a unit. The Supreme Intelligence represents and comprehends all other Intelligences in the spheres. It is not the ruler of other Intelligences, because Intelligences know all law; they are law and each Intelligence rules itself and thinks and acts in accord with universal law. But the Supreme Intelligence has in its charge and supervision all the spheres and worlds and knows the gods and beings throughout universal nature.
Intuition: is the teaching, tuition from within; it is direct knowledge which comes through reason to the doer. It is not concerned with trade or affairs of the senses, but with moral questions or philosophical subjects, and is rare. If the doer could open communication with its knower, it could then have knowledge on any subject.
Istence: is the feeling-and-desire of the doer, conscious of the reality of itself in itself, as itself; not as existence, not in existence, but in its aloneness resulting from its intentional disattachment of itself from the illusions of nature.
Jealousy: is the resentful and jaundiced fear of not getting or having one’s rights in the affections or interests of another or of others.
Joyousness: is the expression of the feeling and desire of one in whom there is trust.
Justice: is the action of knowledge in relation to the subject under consideration, and in judgment pronounced and prescribed as law.
Karma: is the results of the actions and reactions of mind and desire.
Knower, The: is that of the Triune Self which has and is actual and real knowledge, of and in time and the Eternal.
Knowledge is of Two Kinds: real or Self-knowledge and sense- or human knowledge. Self-knowledge of the Triune Self is inexhaustible and immeasurable and is common to the knowers of all Triune Selves. It is not dependent on the senses though it includes all that has taken place in the worlds; this concerns everything from the least developed unit of nature to the all-knowing Triune Self of the worlds throughout the entirety of time in the Eternal. It is the real and unchanging knowledge at once available in the minutest detail and as one perfectly related and complete whole.
Sense-knowledge, science, or human knowledge, is the accumulated and systematized sum of the facts of nature observed as natural laws, or experienced by the doers through their undeveloped senses and imperfect bodies. And the knowledge and statements of the laws have to be changed from time to time.
Knowledge of the Doer: is the essence of the doer’s learning by thinking. The Light freed from its attachments and restored to the noetic atmosphere, in the balancing of its thoughts, is unattached and unattachable, and therefore knowledge; it is not human “knowledge.”
Knowledge of the Thinker of the Triune Self: includes all knowledge concerning the administration of law and justice to its doer, and in the doer’s relation to other doers in human bodies, through their thinkers. All thinkers know the law. They are always in agreement with each other and with their knowers in the administering of destiny to their respective doers in human bodies. Their knowledge of law and justice precludes doubt and prevents the possibility of favoritism. The doer in every human body gets its destiny as it makes it. That is, law and justice.
Knowledge of the Knower of the Triune Self, Self-Knowledge: comprises and embraces everything in the four worlds. As selfness it is knowledge, and as I-ness it identifies and is the identity of the knowledge. It served its apprenticeship to nature as a nature unit. There it was conscious as its function successively in every part of the nature machine of time. When it became a Triune Self in the Self-knowing Light of its Intelligence in the Eternal, every function as which it was successively conscious in time is at once available, unlimited by time, in the Eternal. The I-ness of the knower identifies each function and is the identity as which the unit was conscious, and the selfness of the knower knows and is the knowledge of each such function separately, as in time, and all together compositely in the Eternal. This knowledge is conveyed to the thinker by the minds of I-ness and selfness, and may be available to the doer as conscience in rightness, and as intuition in reason.
Knowledge, Noetic (The World of Knowledge): is composed of the noetic atmospheres of all the knowers of Triune Selves. There all the knowledge of every Triune Self is available and at the service of every other knower.
Law: is a prescription for performance, made by the thoughts and acts of its maker or makers, and to which those who have subscribed are bound.
Law of Nature, A: is the action or function of a unit which is conscious as its function only.
Law of Thought, The: is that every thing on the physical plane is the exteriorization of a thought which must be balanced by the one who generated it, according to his responsibility and at the conjunction of time, condition and place.
Law of Thought, Destiny. Agents of the: Each human is an agent for good or for wickedness by his purpose in life and by what he thinks and what he does. By what he thinks and does, one fits himself or herself to be used by others. People cannot be used or coerced to act against their inner motives, except as they have fitted themselves by their thoughts and acts. Then they are influenced to act or yield by other humans, especially when they have no definite purpose in life. Those who have a purpose are also instruments, because, whatever the purpose, it will fit in for good or for evil with The Government of the world by the conscious agents of the law.
Learning: is the essence of experience extracted from the experience by thinking, so that the Light can be freed and that experience need not be repeated. Learning is of two kinds: sense-learning as experience, experiment, observation, and the recording of these as memories concerning nature; and, doer-learning as the result of the thinking of itself as feeling-and-desire and of their relation. The details of memory learning may last through the life of the body but will be lost after death. What the doer learns about itself as being distinct from the body will not be lost; that will thereafter be with the doer through its lives on earth as its inherent knowledge.
Liar, A: is one who tells as true what he knows to be not so, untrue.
Liberty: is immunity from imprisonment or slavery, and the right of one to do as one pleases, as long as one does not interfere with another’s equal right and choice.
Life: is a unit of growth, the carrier of light through form. Life acts as agent between the above and the below, bringing the fine into the gross and reconstructing and transforming the gross into refinement. In every seed there is a unit of life. In man it is the breath-form.
Life (To One’s Critical Understanding): is more or less of a nightmare, an apparently real but uncertain series of sudden or long drawn out, more or less vivid and intense happenings—a phantasmagoria.
Light: is that which makes things visible, but which cannot itself be seen. It is composed of the units of starlight or sunlight or moonlight or earthlight, or of the combination or condensation and expression of these as electricity or as the combustion of gases, fluids or solids.
Light, Attachable and Unattachable: is the Conscious Light of the Intelligence loaned to the Triune Self, which the doer-in-the-body uses in its thinking. The attachable light is that which the doer sends into nature by its thoughts and acts, and reclaims and uses again and again. The unattachable Light is that which the doer has reclaimed and made unattachable, because it has balanced the thoughts in which the Light was. Light that is made unattachable is restored to one’s noetic atmosphere and is available to that one as knowledge.
Light, Conscious: is the Light which the Triune Self receives from its Intelligence. It is not nature nor reflected by nature, though, when it is sent into nature and associates with nature units, nature seems to manifest intelligence, and it may be called the God in nature. When, by thinking, the Conscious Light is turned and held on any thing, it shows that thing to be as it is. The Conscious Light is therefore Truth, because Truth shows things to be as they are, without preference or prejudice, without disguise or pretense. All things are made known by it when it is turned and held on them. But the Conscious Light is fogged and obscured by thoughts when feeling-and-desire try to think, so the human being sees things as it wants to see them, or in a modified degree of Truth.
Light in the Doer, Potential: When one performs duties uncomplainingly, ungrudgingly and with pleasure because they are his duties, and not because he will profit or gain or get rid of them, he is balancing his thoughts which made those duties his duties, and the Light that he frees when the thoughts are balanced gives him a new sense of the joy of freedom. It gives him an insight into things and subjects he had not understood before. As he continues to free the Light he had kept bound in the things he craved and wanted, he begins to feel and understand the potential Light that is in him and which will be actual Conscious Light when he becomes an Intelligence.
Light of Nature: is the reaction as shine, sparkle, brightness or glitter of combinations of nature units, to the Conscious Light sent into nature by the doers in human bodies.
Link Unit, A Breath-: catches and holds transient units of radiant matter, and is the link by which the breath is connected with the life-link unit of its cell.
Link Unit, A Life-: catches and holds transient units of airy matter, and is the link by which life is connected with the form-link and breath-link units of its cell.
Link Unit, A Form-: catches and holds transient units of fluid matter, and is connected with the cell-link and life-link units of its cell.
Link Unit, A Cell-: catches and holds transient units of solid matter, and by which it is connected with other cells in the organ or part of the body to which it belongs.
“Lost Soul,” A: What is called a “lost soul” is not the “soul” but is a portion of the doer part, and it is not permanently, but only temporarily, lost or cut off from its re-existences and the other portions of the doer. This happens when, in one of two cases, a doer portion has through long periods of time persisted in extreme selfishness and used the Light loaned to it in deliberate fraud, murder, ruin, or cruelty to others and has become an enemy to mankind. Then the Light is withdrawn and the doer portion ceases to re-exist; it retires into chambers of the earth crust in self-torment until it has exhausted itself, and may thereafter reappear on earth. The second case is when a doer portion has wasted the Light through self-indulgence in pleasure, gluttony, drinks and drugs, and eventually becomes an incurable idiot. Then that doer portion goes to a chamber in the earth. There it remains until it can be allowed to continue its re-existences. In both cases, the retirement is for the safety of others, as well as its own.
Love: is Conscious Sameness through the worlds; to the doer in the human, it is the feeling-and-desire of and as another in and as oneself and the desire-and-feeling of oneself in and as the other.
Love in the Doer: is the state of balanced union and interaction between feeling-and-desire, in which each feels and desires itself to be and is itself in and as the other.
Lying and Dishonesty: The desire to be dishonest and to lie are a special pair of evils; they go together. He who chooses to be dishonest and to lie is one who after long experiences through lives has failed to see things as they are and has misinterpreted what he has observed. He has more particularly seen the worst sides of people and has convinced himself that all men are liars and are dishonest, and that those who are usually believed to be honest and truthful are only clever enough to cover up their dishonesty and to conceal their lies. This conclusion breeds hatred and revenge and self-interest; and that one becomes an enemy to humanity, as an outright criminal or as a shrewd and careful plotter against others for his own advantage. However great a curse to the world that one may become, his thoughts as his destiny will eventually reveal him to the world and to himself. He will in time learn that honesty and truthfulness in thought and action show the way to Self-knowledge.
Malice: is the obsession by a spirit of ill-will and evil intent to injure, to cause suffering; it is an enemy to good-will and right action.
Manners: Good manners are inherent in the character of the doer; they are developed, not grafted. Superficial polish will not conceal the inherent quality of good or bad manners, whatever may be the doer’s position in life.
Matter: is substance manifested as unintelligent units as nature, and, which progress to be intelligent units as Triune Selves.
Meaning: is the intention in a thought expressed.
Medium, A: is a general term meaning channel, means, or conveyance. It is here used to describe a person whose radiant or astral body exudes and radiates an atmosphere which attracts any of the many nature sprites, elementals, or wandering ones in the after death states and which seek the living. The medium thus acts as a means of communication between such one and the doer in human bodies.
Memory: is the reproduction of an impression by that on which the impression is taken. There are two kinds of memory: sense-memory, and doer-memory. Of sense-memory there are four classes: sight memory, hearing memory, taste memory, and smell memory. Each set of organs of the four senses is arranged for taking impressions of the element of which it is the representative, and transmitting the impressions to that on which the impressions are recorded, and by which they are reproduced; in the human, it is the breath-form. The reproduction of an impression is a memory.
Memory, Doer-: is the reproduction of the states of its feeling-and-desire in its present body, or in any of the former bodies it has lived in on this earth. The doer does not see or hear or taste or smell. But the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells which are impressed on the breath-form react on feeling-and-desire of the doer and produce pain or pleasure, joy or sorrow, hope or fear, gaiety or gloom. These feelings are doer-memories of states of exhilaration or depression which it has experienced. There are four classes of doer-memory: the psycho-physical, which are reactions of feeling-and-desire to physical events of the present life; psychic memories, which are the reactions of feeling-and-desire to places and things, for or against, which are due to similar conditions experienced in former lives; psycho-mental memories, which concern questions of right or wrong or are the solving of mental problems or the settling of sudden or unexpected situations of life; and psycho-noetic memory, which concerns the knowledge of identity, when time disappears in a moment and the doer is conscious of its isolation in timeless identity irrespective of all the lives and deaths it has passed through.
Memory, Sense-: involves (a) the organs of the eye, as a camera with which the picture is to be taken; (b) the sense of sight with which the clear seeing and focusing is to be done; (c) the negative or plate on which the picture is to be impressed and from which the picture is to be reproduced; and (d) the one who does the focusing and takes the picture. The set of sight organs is the mechanical apparatus used in seeing. Sight is the elemental nature unit used to transmit the impressions or picture focused on the form of the breath-form. The doer is the seer who perceives the picture focused on its breath-form. The reproduction or memory of that picture is automatic and mechanically reproduced by association with the object to be remembered. Any other mental process interferes with or prevents an easy reproduction or memory. As with the sense of sight and its organs for seeing, so it is with hearing and taste and smell, and their reproductions as memories. Seeing is the optical or photographic memory; hearing, the auditory or phonographic memory; tasting, the gustatory memory; and smelling, the olfactory memory.
Mental Attitude and Mental Set: One’s mental attitude is one’s outlook on life; it is as an atmosphere with the general intention to be or to do or to have something. His mental set is the particular way and means in being or doing or having whatever that something is, which is determined and brought about by thinking.
Mental Operations: are the manner or way or working of any one of the three minds used by the doer-in-the-body.
Metempsychosis: is the period after the doer has left the Hall of Judgment and the breath-form, and is in and passes through the process of purgation, where it separates those of its desires which cause suffering, from its better desires which make it happy. Metempsychosis ends when this is done.
Mind: is the functioning of intelligent-matter. There are seven minds, that is, seven kinds of thinking by the Triune Self, with the Light of the Intelligence,—yet they are one. All seven kinds are to act according to one principle, which is, to hold the Light steadily on the subject of the thinking. They are: the mind of I-ness and the mind of selfness of the knower; the mind of rightness and the mind of reason of the thinker; the mind of feeling and the mind of desire of the doer; and the body-mind which is also used by the doer for nature, and for nature only.
The term “mind” is here used as that function or process or thing with which or by which thinking is done. It is a general term here for the seven minds, and each of the seven is of the reason side of the thinker of the Triune Self. Thinking is the steady holding of the Conscious Light on the subject of the thinking. The mind for I-ness and the mind for selfness are used by the two sides of the knower of the Triune Self. The mind for rightness and the mind of reason are used by the thinker of the Triune Self. The feeling-mind and the desire-mind and body-mind are to be used by the doer: the first two to distinguish feeling and desire from the body and nature and to have them in balanced union; the body-mind is to be used through the four senses, for the body and its relation to nature.
Mind, The Body-: The real purpose of the body-mind is for the use of feeling-and-desire, to care for and to control the body, and through the body to guide and control the four worlds by means of the four senses and their organs in the body. The body-mind can think only through the senses and in terms restricted to the senses and sensuous matter. Instead of being controlled, the body-mind controls feeling-and-desire so that they are unable to distinguish themselves from the body, and the body-mind so dominates their thinking that they are compelled to think in terms of the senses instead of in terms suited to feeling-and-desire.
Mind, The Feeling-: is that with which feeling thinks, according to its four functions. These are perceptiveness, conceptiveness, formativeness, and projectiveness. But instead of using these for the emancipation of itself from bondage to nature, they are controlled through the body-mind by nature through the four senses: sight, hearing, taste, and smell.
Mind, The Desire-: which desire should use to discipline and control feeling and itself; to distinguish itself as desire from the body in which it is; and, to bring about the union of itself with feeling; it has, instead, allowed itself to be subordinate to and to be controlled by the body-mind in service to the senses and to objects of nature.
Morals: are determined to the degree that one’s feelings and desires are guided by the soundless voice of conscience in the heart concerning what not to do, and by the sound judgment of reason, as to what to do. Then, notwithstanding allurements of the senses, one’s conduct will be straightforward and right, with respect to oneself and with consideration for others. One’s morals will be the background of one’s mental attitude.
Mysticism: is the belief in or the effort for communion with God, by meditation or by experiencing the nearness, the presence of or the communing with God. Mystics are of every nation and religion, and some have no special religion. Their methods or practices vary from silence in quiet to violent physical exercises and exclamations and from individual seclusion to mass demonstration. Mystics are usually honest in their intentions and beliefs and are earnest in their devotions. They may rise in sudden ecstasy to beatific heights, and sink into the depths of depression; their experiences may be brief or prolonged. But these are only experiences of feelings and desires. They are not the results of clear thinking; they do not have knowledge. What they consider to be knowledge of God or nearness to God is invariably connected with the objects of sight, hearing, taste or smell, which are of the senses—not of the Self, or of Intelligence.
Nature: is a machine composed of the totality of unintelligent units; units that are conscious as their functions only.
Necessity: is destiny, compelling action, usually immediate, from which there is no escape for gods or men.
Noetic: That which is of knowledge or related to knowledge.
Number: is One, a whole, as a circle, in which all numbers are included.
Numbers: are the principles of being, in continuity and relation to unity, Oneness.
One: is a unit, a unity or whole, the origin and inclusion of all numbers as its parts, in extension or completion.
Oneness: is the right relation of all principles and parts to each other.
Opinion: is judgment pronounced after due consideration of all the aspects of the subject in question.
Opportunity: is the fit or favorable time or condition or place for action to accomplish any given purpose and which particularly concerns the needs or wants of people.
Pain: is a set of disturbing sensations as the penalty of improper thinking or doing, and is the notice served on the doer of feeling-and-desire to remove its cause.
Passion: is the raging of feelings and desires concerning objects or subjects of the senses.
Patience: is calm and careful persistence in the accomplishment of desire or purpose.
Perfect Physical Body: is the state or condition which is the ultimate, the complete; from which nothing can be lost, nor to which anything can be added. Such is the perfect sexless physical body of the Triune Self in the Realm of Permanence.
Personality: is the corporeal human body, the mask, in and through which the incorporeal doer of desire-and-feeling thinks and speaks and acts.
Pessimism: is a mental attitude produced by the observation or belief that human desires cannot be satisfied; that the people and the world are out of joint; and, that there is nothing to be done about it.
Plan: is that which shows the way or the means by which purpose is accomplished.
Pleasure: is the flow of sensations in agreement with the senses, and gratifying to feeling-and-desire.
Poetry: is the art of modeling the meaning of thought and rhythm into forms or words of grace or of power.
Point, A: is that which is without dimension but from which dimensions come. A point is the beginning of every thing. The unmanifested and the manifested are divided by a point. The unmanifested manifests through a point. The manifested returns to the unmanifested through a point.
Poise: is the state of balance, of equanimity of mind and control of body, in which one thinks and feels and acts with ease, not disturbed by circumstances or conditions, or by the thoughts or acts of others.
Possessions: are such necessaries as food, clothing, shelter, and the means to maintain one’s personality in its position in life; in excess of these and in all other respects they are snares, cares, and shackles.
Power, Conscious: is desire, which brings about changes in itself, or which causes change in other things.
Pranayama: is a Sanskrit term which is subject to numerous interpretations. Practically applied it means the control or regulation of breathing by prescribed exercises of measured inhalation, suspension, exhalation, suspension, and again inhalation for a certain number of such rounds or for a certain period of time. In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, pranayama is given as fourth in the eight steps or stages of yoga. The purpose of pranayama is said to be the control of prana, or control of the mind in concentration. However, the practice of pranayama confuses and defeats the purpose, because thinking is directed to or on the breathings or on prana, and the stops in breathing. This thinking and stopping in breathings prevents real thinking. The Conscious Light used in thinking—to make known to the thinker the subject of his thinking—is prevented from flowing by stopping the natural and regular flow of physical breathing. The Conscious Light enters only at the two neutral points between the inbreathing and outbreathing and the outbreathing and inbreathing. The stoppage keeps out the Light. Hence, no Light; no real thinking; no real yoga or union; no real knowledge.
Preference: is the favor of some person, place or thing by feeling and desire, without due regard for right or reason; it prevents true mental vision.
Prejudice: is judging a person, place or thing to which feeling-and-desire are opposed, without considering, or regardless of, right or reason. Prejudice prevents right and just judgment.
Principle: is the substratum from which all principles are what they are and by which they may be distinguished.
Principle, A: is that fundamental in a thing of which it was, by which it came to be what it is, and according to which its character may be known wherever it is.
Progress: is the continuing to increase in the capacity to be conscious, and in the ability to make good use of that of which one is conscious.
Punishment: is the penalty for wrong action. It is not intended to cause torment and suffering to the one punished; it is intended to teach the one punished that he cannot do wrong without suffering, soon or late, the consequences of the wrong.
Purpose: is the guiding motive in effort as the immediate thing, for which one strives, or the ultimate subject to be known; it is the conscious direction of force, the intention in words or in action, the accomplishment of thought and effort, the end of attainment.
Quality: is the degree of excellence developed in the nature and function of a thing.
Reality, A: is a unit as it is, unattached, the thing itself; that which one senses or is conscious of, in the state or on the plane on which it is, without consideration of or relation to anything other than that.
Reality, Relative: the continuity of facts or things and their relation to each other, in the state and on the plane on which they are observed.
Reality, Ultimate: Consciousness, changeless and absolute; the Presence of Consciousness in and through each and every nature unit and Triune Self and Intelligence throughout time and space in the Eternal, during the entirety of the continuity of its constant progress through ever higher degrees in being conscious until it is one with and as Consciousness.
Realm of Permanence, The: pervades the phantasmagoria of this human world of birth and death, like as sunlight pervades the air we breathe. But the mortal sees and understands the Realm no more than we see or understand the sunlight. The reason is that the senses and perceptions are unbalanced, and not attuned to things that time and death cannot affect. But the Realm of Permanence bears up and preserves the human world from utter destruction, as sunlight does the life and growth of living things. The conscious doer in the body will understand and perceive the Realm of Permanence as he understands and distinguishes himself from the changing body in which he desires and feels and thinks.
Reason: is the analyzer, regulator and judge; the administrator of justice as the action of knowledge according to the law of rightness. It is the answer of questions and problems, the beginning and the end of thinking, and the guide to knowledge.
Re-Existence: is the doer portion leaving the other portions of itself, in istence, to re-exist away from itself, in nature, when the animal human body has been prepared and made ready for it to enter and take a life residence in that body. The animal body is made ready by training it to make use of its senses, to walk, and to repeat the words which it is trained to use. That it does, like a parrot, while it is still animal. It becomes human as soon as it is intelligent, as shown by questions that it asks, and what it understands.
Regeneration: is the reversal of generation, procreation of body. This means: the germ cells in the body are used not to bring another body into the world but to change and give a new and higher order of life to the body. This is done by rebuilding the body from an incomplete male or female body into a complete and perfect sexless physical body, which is accomplished by not entertaining thoughts of sex or thinking about sexual acts; and by the persistent mental attitude to regenerate one’s own body to the original perfect state from which it came.
Relation: is the origin and sequence in ultimate unity by which all nature units and intelligent units and Intelligences are related in Conscious Sameness.
Religion: is the tie of one or all four of the elements of nature, as of fire or air or water or earth, through the body senses of sight, hearing, taste, or smell, that holds or binds the conscious doer in the body back to nature. This is done in thoughts and acts by worship and by burnt offerings and songs and sprinklings or immersions in water and by incense to one or more gods of the elements of fire, air, water, or earth.
Responsibility: depends on the capacity to know right from wrong; it is the dependence and trust that can be placed in one to do all that he in the past and present has made, or will in the future make, himself responsible for. Responsibility involves honesty and truthfulness, honor and trustworthiness and such other characteristics as constitute a strong and fearless character, whose word is more reliable than is a legal contract.
Resurrection: has a twofold meaning. The first is the gathering together of the four senses and the compositors of the body of the past life, which were distributed into nature after its death, and the rebuilding by the breath-form of a new fleshly body to serve as the residence of the doer on its return to earth life. The second and real meaning is that the doer in the man or woman body regenerates the sexual body from the imperfect man or woman body that is, to a body where the essentials of the two sexes are merged into one perfect physical body and restored, resurrected, to its former and original and immortal state of perfection.
Revenge: is a hungering desire to inflict injury on another in retaliation and as punishment for real or imagined wrongs suffered, and to satisfy one’s desire for vengeance.
Rhythm: is the character and meaning of thought expressed through the measure or movement in sound or form, or by written signs or words.
Right: is the sum of knowledge of which one is conscious, as his rule of action from within.
Rightness: is the standard of thinking and action, as the law prescribed and the rule of conduct, for the doer of feeling-and-desire in the body. It is located in the heart.
Sadness: is the depression of feeling by passive thinking.
Self, The Higher: is the desire or desires which the human is conscious of as being higher, above, superior to the sensuous, carnal, trivial and petty desires of its everyday life. The higher self is not a being separate from desire in the human, but the human thinks of a higher self because it, as desire, is inseparably related to the selfness of the knower of its Triune Self, hence the real source of one’s desire for “the Higher Self.”
Self-delusion: is the state into which the doer puts itself by letting attraction or repulsion, preference or prejudice, influence thinking.
Selfness: is knowledge of itself as the knower of the Triune Self.
Sensation: is the contact and impression of nature units on feeling, through the senses and nerves of the body, resulting in a feeling, an emotion, a desire. Sensation is not a feeling, an emotion, or a desire. Without the body, feeling has no sensation. While feeling is in the body there is a constant stream of nature units coming through the senses and passing through the body as impressions on feeling, somewhat like an impression of ink on paper. As without the ink and the paper there would be no printed page, so without the streams of nature units and feeling there would be no sensation. All the pains and pleasures and emotions, all the joys and hopes and fears, the sadness, gloom and despondency are sensations, the results of impressions made on feeling, by contact of the nature units. So also are the responses by desire to the impressions made on feeling, as avidity, cupidity, covetousness, avarice, rapacity, lust, or aspiration. But desire in itself without the body is none of these, no more than feeling is the impression made on it by its contact with the nature units.
Senses of the Body: are the ambassadors of nature at the court of man; the representatives of the four great elements of fire, air, water, and earth, which are individualized as sight, hearing, taste, and smell of the human body.
Sentiment: is opinion expressed by feeling and thinking with regard to a person, place or thing.
Sentimentality: is the debasement of feeling by false sentiment.
Sexes: are the exteriorizations in nature of the thoughts of desire and feeling resulting in male and female bodies.
Sexuality: is the hypnotic condition of feeling-and-desire in a human body experiencing forms and phases of nature-madness or nature intoxication.
Sight: is a unit of fire, acting as the ambassador of the fire element of nature in the body of man. Sight is the channel through which the fire element of nature and the generative system in the body act and react on each other. Sight is the nature unit which relates and coordinates the organs of the generative system and functions as sight by the proper relation of its organs.
Silence: is knowledge in repose: conscious calmness without movement or sound.
Sin: is the thinking and doing what one knows to be wrong, against rightness, what one knows to be right. Any departure from what one knows to be right, is sin. There are sins against oneself, against others, and against nature. The penalties of sin are pain, disease, suffering, and, eventually, death. The original sin is the thought, followed by the sexual act.
Skill: is the degree of art in the expression of what one thinks and desires and feels.
Sleep: is the letting go by the feeling-and-desire of the doer, of the nervous system and the four senses of the body, and retiring into itself in dreamless sleep. The letting go is brought about by the slackening down of the activities of the body because of its need of rest, for nature to repair the wastes, and to condition the body during the doer’s absence. Then the doer is out of touch with nature and cannot see, hear, touch or smell.
Smell: is a unit of the earth element, the representative of the earth element in a human body. Smell is the ground on which the earth element of nature and the digestive system in the body meet and contact. Sight acts with hearing, hearing acts through taste, taste acts in smell, smell acts on the body. Sight is the fiery, hearing the airy, taste the watery, and smell the solid earthy. Smell is the basis on which the other three senses act.
Somnambulism: is the walking about during deep sleep, the doing of things by the sleeper as though awake, and, in certain cases, of performing feats that the somnambulist would not attempt while awake. Somnambulism is the result of passive thinking while awake; and such passive thinking makes deep impressions on the breath-form. Then sometime in deep sleep that which was dreamed in the waking state is carried out automatically by the breath-form, according to the plan inscribed thereon by the somnambulist.
Somnambulist, A: is a sleep walker, one who is imaginative and whose astral body and breath-form are impressionable and subject to suggestion; one who thinks of what he would like to do but fears to do. The things that he has thought about in day-dream in the waking state are later on enacted by his breath-form during sleep. But, on waking, he is not conscious of what his body has been made to do asleep.
Soul: The indefinite something of religions and philosophies, sometimes said to be immortal and at other times said to be subject to death, whose origin and destiny have been variously accounted for, but which has always been said to be a part of or associated with the human body. It is the form or passive side of the breath-form of every human body; its active side is the breath.
Space: is substance, the ever unmanifested and unconscious no thing, that is the origin and source of every manifested thing. It is without limits, parts, states or dimensions. It is through every unit of nature, in which all dimensions exist and all nature moves and has its being.
Spirit: is the active side of a nature unit which energizes and operates through the other or passive side of itself, called matter.
Spiritism: usually called spiritualism, has to do with the nature sprites or elementals of the fire, air, water, and earth, and sometimes with parts of the doer of the human who has departed from the earth life. These are usually seen or communicated with through a medium in trance. In trance, the radiant or astral body of the medium is the material or form used in which the departed one appears, and particles from the medium’s fleshly body and the particles of the onlookers’ bodies may be drawn off to give the appearance body and weight. Notwithstanding the ignorance and deception connected with such materializations at seances, parts of the one who died may return and appear through the instrumentality of a medium.
Substance: is boundless space, without parts, homogeneous, the same throughout, the all containing “no thing,” unconscious sameness, which is, nevertheless, present throughout nature.
Success: is in the accomplishing of purpose.
Succubus: is an invisible female form trying to obsess or to have sexual relation with a man during sleep. Like the incubus, succubi are of two kinds, and vary in form and intent. Incubi and succubi should not be tolerated under any pretext. They may do much harm and cause undreamed-of suffering to a human.
Symbol, A: is a visible object to represent an invisible subject which one is to think of, as itself or in relation to another subject.
Taste: is a unit of the water element of nature progressed to the degree of acting as a minister of nature in the human body. Taste is the channel in which the water element of nature and the circulatory system in the body circulate in each other. Taste is the nature unit which commingles and relates the units of air and earth in its units of water to prepare them for circulation and digestion and in its own organs to function as taste.
Thinker: The real thinker of the Triune Self is between its knower, and its doer in the human body. It thinks with the mind of rightness and the mind of reason. There is no hesitancy or doubt in its thinking, no disagreement between its rightness and reason. It makes no mistakes in its thinking; and what it thinks is at once effective.
The doer-in-the-body is spasmodic and unsteady in thinking; its feeling-and-desire-minds are not always in agreement, and their thinking is controlled by the body-mind that thinks through the senses and of the objects of the senses. And, instead of with the clear Light, the thinking is done usually in a fog and with the Light diffused in the fog. Yet, the civilization in the world is the result of the thinking and the thoughts that have made it. Were some of the doers in human bodies to become conscious that they are the immortals that they are, and to control instead of being controlled by, their body-minds, they could then turn the earth into a garden in every way superior to the legendary paradise.
Thinking: is the steady holding of the Conscious Light within on the subject of the thinking. It is a process of (1) the selection of a subject or the formulation of a question; (2) turning the Conscious Light on it, which is done by giving one’s undivided attention to it; (3) by the steady holding and focusing the Conscious Light on the subject or question; and (4) by bringing the Light to a focus on the subject as a point. When the Conscious Light is focused on the point, the point opens into fullness of the entire knowledge of the subject selected or in answer to the question formulated. Thinking affects subjects according to their susceptibility and by the rightness and the power of the thinking.
Thinking, Active: is the intention to think on a subject, and is the effort to hold the Conscious Light within on the subject, until that subject is known, or until the thinking is distracted or turned to another subject.
Thinking, Passive: is the thinking that is done without any definite intent; it is started by a fleeting thought or an impression of the senses; the idle play or day-dreaming involving one or all three minds of the doer in such Light as may be in the psychic atmosphere.
Thinking That Does Not Create Thoughts, That Is, Destiny: Why does a person think? He thinks because his senses compel him to think, about objects of the senses, about persons and events, and his reactions to them. And when he thinks he wants to be something, to do something, or to get or to have something. He wants! And when he wants he attaches himself and the Light in a thought, to what he wants; he has created a thought. That means that the Light in his thinking is welded with his desire that wants, to the matter and course of action, or to the object or thing he wants. By that thought he has attached and bound the Light and himself. And the only way he can ever free the Light and himself from that bond is to be unattached; that is, he must balance the thought which binds him, by freeing the Light and his desire from the thing it wants. To do this, it usually takes countless lives, ages, to learn, to understand; to understand that he cannot act as well and as freely with the thing to which he is attached and bound, as he can if he were not attached, not bound. Your desire is you! The action or thing you want is not you. If you attach and bind yourself to it by a thought, you cannot act as well as if you are unbound and free to act without attachment. Therefore, the thinking that does not create thoughts is in being free to think, and to not want, have, hold, but to act, to have, to hold, without being bound to the act, to what you have, to what you hold. That is, to think in freedom. Then you can think clearly, with clear Light, and with power.
Thought, A: is a living being in nature, conceived and gestated in the heart by feeling-and-desire with the Conscious Light, elaborated in and issued from the brain, and which will exteriorize as an act, object or event, again and again, until it is balanced. The parent doer of the thought is responsible for all results that flow from it until that thought is balanced; that is, by the experiences from the exteriorizations, the learning from experiences, the doer frees the Light and the feeling-and-desire from the object of nature to which they were bound, and so acquires knowledge.
Thought, Balancing a: Thinking extracts the Light from a thought when feeling-and-desire are in agreement with each other and both are in agreement with selfness concerning the act, object or event which has been witnessed by I-ness. Then the thinking transfers and restores the Light to the noetic atmosphere and the thought is balanced, ceases to exist.
Thought, The Balancing Factor in a: is the mark which conscience stamps on a thought as its seal of disapproval at the time of the creation of the thought by feeling and desire. Through all the changes and exteriorizations of the thought, the mark remains until the balancing of that thought. The mark and the thought disappear when the thought is balanced.
Thought, Ruling: One’s presiding thought at the time of death is the ruling thought for the following life on earth. It may be changed, but while it rules it influences his thinking, helps in the selection of his associates and leads or introduces him to others of similar thought. It often decides in the selection of a profession or business or occupation which he may follow through life. While it remains his ruling thought it tempers his disposition and gives color to his outlook on life.
Thoughts, Visiting: Thoughts circulate; they are as gregarious as their parents are; they visit each other in the mental atmospheres of human beings, because of the aims and objects for which they are created, and they meet in the atmosphere of the similar interests of the human beings who create them. Thoughts are the chief causes of the meeting and association of people; the likeness of their thoughts draw people together.
Time: is the change of units or of masses of units in their relation to each other. There are many kinds of time in the worlds and in the different states. For example: the mass of units composing the sun, the moon, the earth, changing in their relation to each other, are measured as sun time, moon time, earth time.
Transmigration: is the process which follows the bonding of the human male and female germs by the breath-form, the soul of the future body, at conception. It is the migrating and gathering together successively all the elements and lives and typal forms from the mineral and vegetable and animal kingdoms of nature into which they were distributed after death, and relating and building them into a new human body, a new universe, according to the soul, the form of the body to be, and preparing it to be the fleshly residence for the return and re-existence of the doer portion of the Triune Self. The migration of the constituents of the body is across or through these kingdoms of nature: the mineral or elemental, the plant or vegetable, and animal, into a baby. That is the end of the transmigration of the soul, the form, for the human, across or through three kingdoms of nature into the human.
Triune Self: The indivisible self-knowing and immortal One; its identity and knowledge part as knower; its rightness and reason part as thinker, in the Eternal; and, its desire and feeling part as doer, existing periodically on the earth.
Triune Self of the Worlds, The: is as the identity of the noetic world of Triune Selves, and stands in relation to the Supreme Intelligence as does the Triune Self to its Intelligence.
Trust: is the fundamental belief in the honesty and truthfulness of other human beings, because there is the deep seated honesty in the one who trusts. When one is disappointed by his misplaced trust in another, he should not lose trust in himself, but he should learn to be careful, careful of what and in whom he trusts.
Truthfulness: is the desire to think and speak straightforwardly about things without intending to falsify or misrepresent the subject thought of or spoken about. Of course, it is understood that one should not reveal to prying or inquisitive people all that he knows.
Types: A type is the initial or beginning of form, and the form is the inclusion and completion of the type. Thoughts are the types of the animals and objects and are forms bodied out as the expressions of human feelings and desires on the screen of nature.
Understanding: is the perceiving and feeling what things are of themselves, what their relations are, and comprehending why they are so and are so related.
Unit, A: is an indivisible and irreducible one, a circle, which has an unmanifested side, as shown by a horizontal diameter. The manifested side has an active and a passive side, as shown by a mid-vertical line. Changes made by their interaction are effected by the presence of the unmanifested through both. Every unit has the potentiality of becoming one with the ultimate reality— Consciousness—by its constant progression in being conscious in ever higher degrees.
Units: The training and education of units is based on the proposition that every nature unit has the potentiality of becoming an Intelligence. The education of the unit is conducted in a University of Laws. A University of Laws is a perfected, sexless physical body of the Realm of Permanence, which is governed by the doer and thinker and knower of a Triune Self complete according to the Eternal Order of Progression.
The education of the unintelligent unit of nature consists in the increase in being consecutively conscious as its function through all degrees until it eventually graduates from the University, to become an intelligent unit beyond nature.
The degrees in the perfect body are: transient units, compositor units, and sense units, and finally there is the breath-form unit, which is in training to be graduated from nature and be an intelligent unit conscious as itself and of all things and laws. Transient units are by the compositors composed into and function as structure in all parts of the University body of laws. During their transitory stay they are empowered and charged as laws and sent forth to be the operating laws of nature. Sense units are the ambassadors from the great elements fire, air, water, and earth, which are to guide the four systems—generative, respiratory, circulatory and digestive—of which the organs are operating parts. The breath-form unit coordinates the senses and systems and organs into the functioning constitution of the body.
Units, Nature: are distinguished by being conscious as their functions only. Nature units are not conscious of anything. There are four kinds: free units which are unbound and unattached to other units in mass or structure; transient units, which are composed into or cohere in structure or mass for a time and then pass on; compositor units, which compose and hold transient units for a time; and sense units, as sight, hearing, taste, and smell, which control or govern the four systems of the human body. All nature units are unintelligent.
Unit, An Organ: Through one cell-link unit an organ unit keeps in relation all the cells of which the organ is composed, so that it may perform its function or functions which link it to the other organs into the one of the four systems in the body to which it belongs.
Units, Sense: are the four link nature units in the body which connect and relate the four senses of sight, hearing, taste, and smell, with their respective four systems: sight with the generative, hearing with the respiratory, taste with the circulative, and smell with the digestive; and, with the four elements: fire, air, water, and earth.
Vanity: is the unseen and unappreciated emptiness of all the objects or positions and possessions which are desired in the world, as compared with the Realm of Permanence; it is not understanding the uselessness of striving for the enjoyment of popularity, and excitement and appearance of situations, when their evanescence is compared with the power of will in the practice of honesty and truthfulness.
Vices, Cloaks of: here so called, are wicked and depraved desires of a doer in human life which, in its after death states cause suffering while the doer is trying to separate from them. The base desires as a cloak of vices also suffer, because they have no means of indulgence without a human body. Therefore they often seek the atmosphere of a human who has like desires and who is willing or becomes a victim to the urge to drunkenness or crime.
Virtue: is power, strength of will, in the practice of honesty and truthfulness.
Will, Free: Will is the dominant desire, of the moment, of a period, or of the life. It dominates its opposing desires and may dominate the desires of others. Desire is the conscious power within, which may bring about changes in itself or which changes other things. No desire in the human is free, because it is attached or attaches itself to objects of the senses when thinking. One desire may control or be controlled by another desire, but no desire can change another desire or be compelled to change itself. No power other than its own can change it. A desire may be subdued, crushed, and made subordinate, but it cannot be made to change itself unless it chooses and wills to change. It is free to choose whether it will or will not change itself. This power to choose whether it will remain attached to this or that thing, or whether it will let go of the thing and be unattached, is its point of freedom, the point of freedom that every desire is and has. It may extend its point to an area of freedom by willing to be, to do, or to have, without attaching itself to what it wills to be, to do, or to have. When the will thinks without being attached to what it thinks, it is free, and has freedom. In freedom, it can be or do or have what it wills to be or do or have, as long as it remains unattached. Free will is to be unattached, unattachment.
Wisdom: is the right use of knowledge.
Work: is mental or bodily activity, the means and the manner by which purpose is accomplished.
World, Noetic: is not a world of nature-matter; it is the intelligent realm or knowledge of the Realm of Permanence, a oneness composed of the noetic atmospheres of all Triune Selves and of the laws which govern nature. It is the unchanging eternal knowledge concerning all Triune Selves and concerning the entirety of the past, present and what has been determined as future of the four worlds of the earth sphere. The ever accumulating and changing knowledge of the senses in the human world by experiencing and experimenting cannot add to the world of knowledge. These are like products of summer and winter, which come and go. The world of knowledge is the sum of the knowledge of all Triune Selves, and the knowledge of all is available to each Triune Self.
Wrong: is that thought or act which is a departure from what one is conscious of as right.
Copyright 1974 by The Word Foundation, Inc.