For this chapter we will explore the differences between our spiritual mind and our carnal mind. In particular to this chapter, we will be describing them as being our higher mind and our lower mind, respectively. As we progress through the chapter, we will see each in context to a universal narrative. To end the chapter, we will explore how these two partitions of self may best find synergy with one another.
–“Is there a system which underlies and fully determines any truly conscious thought we may possess or any truly aware action we may choose?”
To begin, let us consider both the spiritual and tangible aspect of ourselves and the planes of reality they exist within. Through this consideration, let us recognize that these two basic yet highly distinct divisions of self, with one being spiritual based and the other being physical based, have entirely different vantage points which give us insight into two completely different universal realms.
Such that, where our spiritual mind is intangible and perceives the intangible, our carnal mind is physical and only perceives the tangible. Subsequently, we may see, where our spiritual mind is transcendent to the experience of a finite reality, our carnal mind operates purely within such experience. Ultimately, where we may observe the unbounded mind is above all things of bounded existence, we may likewise understand how the bounded mind is otherwise.
From here we may then conclude, where our spiritual mind freely observes the infinite creation, our carnal mind, to the best of its limited ability, deals with giving the infinite creation a finite form. As our spiritual mind views the higher universe, the attempts of our carnal mind are to give its perfect constructs an illustration in this lower universe. In doing so, we find ourselves shaping materials and building machines, painting pictures, writing encyclopedias, composing poetry, and creating whichever tangible or communicable object we can. Consequently, we see that everything in the higher aspect of creation exists as a concept, and here, in this world, is a domain where we may give these concepts a definite but ultimately limited expression.
It is then in this transcription process, where our carnal mind attempts to grasp our spiritual mind’s higher forms of truth, that there manifests in us knowledge and understanding. Inasmuch as, all virtues of man is by intimacy with the spiritual realm because this is where our legitimate conceptions of love, peace, and wisdom originate. However, in the physical perspective, we see that we can only come closer to understanding these transcendental objects, so it becomes evident that our higher mind is truly anchored in a spiritual plane that is without limitation.
Truly then, through observation, we see this spiritual mind is preeminent to this world of boundary and is, as a foreigner, traversing in an uncharted land. Where in the spiritual form of mind we see this world to be consistent of scattered fragments within our higher perception, we similarly see that we must work diligently to put these pieces together in order to function in this bounded reality to our fullest.
Consequently, being that our lower mind is that part of us which attempts to give form and definition to all of the intangible truths our higher mind perceives, it is not surprising that we tend to share radically different descriptions for what may be the same essential higher object. Naturally, due to the extreme differences in our experiences and structural formations of our physically constructed mind, we naturally tend to have diverse communicable explanations for what may be perfectly identical spiritual perceptions. As a result, while we may agree on all spiritual truths, we may struggle to ever agree on any worldly and finite representation thereof.
Regardless, even though our carnal minds are fundamentally fallible, they may approach the fullness of truth, and accuracy is likewise an extremely important variable in their classifications of the truth. The more accurate our defined understandings of the intangible existence, the stronger our connection to the intangible existence will be. However unfortunate though, in objective terms, because of all the different ways (ultimately carnal devices) we developed to portray our views of the intangible, it is very difficult for two unique people to share similar descriptions for any particular higher form.
It is thereby only through a spiritual renewal of our mind diverse people may come to truly communicate and agree on a spiritual level. As such, where we mature from an ultimately limited carnal perception, we may see the higher concepts in a more unadulterated form, and we may properly join in community with those who accept individual differences of perspective. From this, we can identify and establish – though we may be diverse – a unified perspective which is shared by many unique individuals.
So then, when we examine the separation between the spiritual mind and the carnal mind, we can make the distinction between two very different frames of reference that are inherent to each. Where we have a spiritual mind, which exists beyond definitions and words and correlates to incommunicable ideas, we also have a carnal mind, anchored in this bounded realm, which tries to give definition to ideas that cannot be perfectly communicated. Accordingly, in the relationship between these minds, the greater our carnal mind accepts our spiritual mind the greater the light will be in our being – so long as we live accordingly to our knowledge.
As we may see, the benefit of having this unity within is it brings us to our greatest relationship with the higher universe, and it thereby best allows us to create unity throughout. Because we become most empowered to enact change in the world the more we become enlightened, those who are spiritually aware are also the best at knowing how to navigate through the world to bring legitimate development and progress. Furthermore, those of us who become more and more spiritually aware, also become the most empowered to peacefully interact with all others that share in the same basic spiritual realization. We may do so even though we all may vary greatly as individuals. Inasmuch as those of us who are spiritual tend to seek unity, and those of us who are not tend to seek division.
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