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eBook Transforming the Mind

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A child’s ability to refer to itself, its desires and the social pressures of its
environment requires little, if any, syntactic ability. Yet this basic function of
language has profound effects. The mastery of language to express feelings and to
encode socially desirable and undesirable behaviours to oneself, provides the source
of motivation for advancing to more elaborate usages of language - usages that do
require syntax. There are special areas of the cerebral cortex concerned with
language that make this possible. But this would not happen either, were it not for the
developing self-consciousness of the child in its struggle for self-realisation and self-
expression, empowered by the Higher Self.
Reality encompasses all existence and all experiences; this may be divided into three
worlds. The objective reality is the world of physical objects and states, including the
human organism. The second world is that of subjective experiences or states of
consciousness. The word ‘thought’ refers to a mental experience in a world of its

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own, a personal subjective reality. In contrast there is a third world, the world of
human creativity and shared subjective experience, the products of thought processes
- the cultural subjective reality. In linguistic expression, subjective thought processes
achieve an objective status - this is the man-made world of knowledge and of culture
including language.

WORLD 1

Objective Reality

PHYSICAL OBJECTS
AND STATES

1. INORGANIC
Matter, energy, space and

time of cosmos

2. BIOLOGY

Structure and actions of all

life forms

3. ARTEFACTS
Material products of
human creativity:
Tools, machines, books,
music, works of art.

Personal Subjective
Reality

Subjective Reality

WORLD 2

WORLD 3

STATES OF

CONSCIOUSNESS

Experience of:

perception
thinking
emotions
intentions
memories
dreams
imagination

KNOWLEDGE IN
OBJECTIVE SENSE
Encoded cultural
heritage:

philosophical
socio-economic

moral

historical
literary
artistic
technological
Cognitive systems:
scientific method
critical argument
logical analysis

The mediator of these three worlds is the Higher Self, with the assistance of the
brain. The external world is perceived through the outer senses; the inner
consciousness interprets and manipulates this information and encodes
communication to others through language and behaviour; this then becomes part of
the shared world. Through this cyclic interaction our world view develops.
An appealing analogy, but no more than an analogy, is to regard the body and brain
as a superb computer built by genetic coding as an inbuilt operating system, and
which has been created by the process of biological evolution. The Self is the
programmer of the computer. Each of us as a programmer is born with our computer
in its initial embryonic state. We develop it throughout life. It is our lifelong
companion in all transactions. It inputs from and outputs to the world, which includes
other Selves.
Non-verbal thought may exist at a high level, even with reference to an ultimate
verbal encoding. But anyone who writes knows that having to put one’s ideas into
words - to evaluate, classify and organise them - can sharpen thought. Language is
the outstanding distinctive mark of human thought and behaviour.

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