Is mind just brain and it’s processes inside? Or is it something more than that? How can we differentiate consciousness and brain?
The soul does not incarnate in the body of a man in whole, but only a smaller part of it does so. Her strength is too big to keep it in one physical body. It is not necessary either. In the body there is only the potential of the soul consciousness that is sufficient for the life of that body and the gathering of all impressions, of all experiences of existence. Collecting impressions of all possibilities of existence increases the presence of the soul in the body.
This little apparently isolated and alienated consciousness in the body is the ego of a man, his little I, or a physical mind, the bigger part of which is located in his brain. It is the everyday consciousness of the mind which the ordinary man is using in reality, in this world.
That little consciousness or I in the body cannot do much by itself, it has to be helped by a higher consciousness, some kind of connection to the soul. The connection between the physical mind and the consciousness of soul is the higher I or the higher mind. It is not incarnated in a human body but has a permanent connection with him.
The higher mind remains on a higher dimension and acts as a mediator between the physical mind and the transcendental consciousness of the soul.
Only thanks to that connection, the mind can have an objective awareness of itself and of every event. If it did not have it, it would have the same physical awareness of what it perceives animals have. It would always be subjective.
The body has its intelligence, very simple and conditioned, but sufficient for survival. The relationship with the higher mind and the spirit of the soul gives our body everything that makes us people and mental beings.
This connection, however, can be so weak in some people that they do not differ much from animals, so they behave very senseless and completely wrong. The weaker and smaller the connection of the mind with the consciousness of the soul is, the weaker is the possibility of a man to see the whole and the divine presence in the entire life. He therefore feels so much more alienated in the negative world, and is much more negative himself so as a result he is in conflict with every reality. He has no objective awareness.
The stronger and the bigger the connection of the physical mind with the higher mind and the spirit of the soul is, the objective consciousness of the man is stronger, so he is more conscious of his unity with the divine Absolute, for him the mere existence is the expression of the divine consciousness, and he is always positive and good, because he recognizes this divine consciousness as his consciousness and as life itself in all beings.
There are in fact no divisions in consciousness. There is only one conscience in everything, from the divine Absolute to the least of the grasses and particles, and in ourselves.
The higher mind has a higher and broader perspective, it sees each process in a wider context, from a higher dimension, and therefore can give information to the lower, the physical mind or the Ego, which has a very limited perspective; it sees only what can be perceived through the senses.
This information from the higher mind to the physical mind comes as an inspiration or an intuition, a sudden insight, in a state of alertness, but also through the dreams, when the physical mind is suppressed and the higher mind can influence a man easier.
This is, therefore, the basic structure of the divine consciousness of the Absolute in the human being:
- The consciousness of the soul (which is transcendental and only partially embodied)
- The higher mind (or the higher I stands between the physical body and the divine consciousness of the soul as their connection)
- The consciousness of the physical mind (or Ego, located in the brain of the physical body)
All the religious and mystical experiences of a man are a reflection of the connection of the physical or empirical mind with the spirit of the soul through the higher mind.
All growth in consciousness and knowledge is the growth of the presence of consciousness in the body. Although it cannot be embodied in whole, it can increase its presence in the body so much that the body is turned into light.
Still, the greater presence of the soul in a man is more often seen as goodness, love, wisdom and enlightenment.
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