An analogy for mind

Put several articles on a table, such as several tools, models, toys, items, some modelling clay, a piece of paper, some coloured pencils, anything at all.

The table can be likened to our mind, and the items likened to thoughts.

Our physical senses by which we are aware of the items on the table can be likened to our faculties of awareness.

Our head with its senses can be likened to our consciousness, and the distance of our head from the table can be likened to the distance of our consciousness from the screen of mind.

Our having an idea to put another item on the table is like consciousness conceiving conceptual thought. Our fetching that item and putting it on the table is like that conceived thought becoming formed or structured thought.

Our arms and hands and their ability to move items around on the table and to arrange them as we please, can be likened to active thought; our hand’s ability to make things out of combinations of the items to serve a purpose can be likened to our intellect, and our two hand’s ability to weigh items against one another can be likened to our judgement. So our hands moving the items about and doing things with them is like the working of active thought, intellect and judgement.

Our using articles to count with, or doing sums on the piece of paper, is like us mentally doing sums in our head, using imagination and active thought.

Taking some of the modelling clay and modelling a figurine can be likened to making an image in our imagination. First it is non-existent or fuzzy but it gradually takes shape. Putting the figurine away in a cupboard is like ceasing to think about it and so it goes into our subconscious. Taking it out of the cupboard again to do some more work on it, is like bringing it forth from our subconscious to imagine it some more. Notice how when it is taken out of the cupboard that it is at the same stage of development as it was when we last worked on it. Now we have it out again and we add more detail and improve its shape, it gets clearer, and then we put it away again. Each time we take it out of the cupboard, we do more work on it, make it clearer and more defined, add some colour, more detail. This is why what we have imagined before is easier to imagine again, and each time easier again.

Do this exercise and learn how the mind works.

The body with all its anatomy, physiology and function is a manifest of soul.

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