In mental dynamics we need to know how and why the mind functions as it does.
Unquestionably, the mind is an instrument that we must learn to use consciously. But it would be absurd for such an instrument to be efficient for us if we first did not know the how and why of the mind.
When one knows the how and the why of the mind, when one knows the different functionalisms of the mind, then one can control it. Thus, the mind becomes a useful and perfect instrument through which we can work for the benefit of humanity.
Truly, we need a realistic system if we want to know the full potential of the human mind.
In this day and age many systems for the control of the mind exist abundantly. There exist people who think that certain artificial exercises can be magnificent for the control of their minds. Schools exist; theories about the mind are abundant; many systems exist, but how would it be possible to make something useful of the mind? Let us reflect that if we do not know the many how and the whys of the mind, we will never be able to perfect it.
We need to know the different functionalisms of the mind if we want it to be perfect. How does it function? Why does it function? Those how and whys are definitive.
If, for example, we throw a stone into a lake, we will see that waves are formed. These are the reactions of the lake, of the water, against the stone. Similarly, if someone says something ironic, such a statement reaches the mind and the mind reacts against it; conflicts then subsequently arise.
The entire world is in turmoil; the entire world lives in conflicts. I have carefully observed the debate panels of many organizations, schools, etc.; they do not respect each other. Why? It is because they do not respect themselves.
Observe a senate, a chamber of representatives or simply a school board: if someone says something, another feels alluded to, and becomes angry and says something even worse, then they quarrel amongst themselves and the members of the board of directors end up in a great chaos. This reaction of the minds of those people against the impacts of the exterior world is very serious.
One has to truly appeal to introspective psychoanalysis to explore one’s own mind. It is necessary to know ourselves a little more within the intellectual sphere. For example, why do we react upon hearing the words of a fellowman? In these conditions we are always victims... If someone wants us to be content, it is enough for that person to give us a few pats on the back and tell us a few amiable words. If someone wants to see us upset, it would be enough for them to tell us a few unpleasant words.
Therefore, where is our true intellectual freedom? Where is it? We concretely depend on others; we are slaves. Our psychological processes depend exclusively upon other people; we do not rule over our own psychological processes and this is terrible.
Others are the ones who rule us and our intimate processes. For instance: all of a sudden a friend comes and invites us to a party. We go to our friend’s house and he gives us a drink. We accept it out of courtesy and we drink it, however another drink follows and we also drink that one, then another, and another until we end up drunk. Thus, our friend was the lord and master of our psychological process.
Could a mind like that be good for anything? If someone rules us, if the entire world has the right to rule us, then where is our intellectual freedom? Where is it? Suddenly, we are with a person of the opposite sex and we become very identified with that person; we end up in fornication and adultery. Conclusion, that person of the opposite sex had the upper hand and overcame our psychological processes; that person controlled us, subjected us to his or her own will. Is this freedom?
Verily, the intellectual animal, falsely called a human being, has indeed been educated to deny his identity, values, and image. Where is the authentic identity, values, and intimate image of each one of us? Is it perhaps the ego or the personality? No! By means of introspective psychoanalysis we can go beyond the ego and discover the Being.
Unquestionably, the Being is in himself our authentic identity, values and image. The Being is in himself the K-H, the Kosmos Human or Human Kosmos. Unfortunately, as I have already stated, the intellectual animal, falsely called a human being, has educated himself in order to deny his inner values, has fallen into the materialism of this degenerated era. Hence, he has surrendered himself to all the vices of the Earth and treads upon the path of error.
To accept this present negative culture subjectively (inspired in our interior) by following the path of least resistance is an error. Unfortunately, people in this day and age enjoys following the path of least resistance and accept the false materialistic culture of these times; they allow it to become installed in their psyche and this is how they arrive at the denial of the true values of their Being.
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