Sunday, August 6, 2017

The organic intellect of being, part I

Over the weekend, I spent some time at an intensive work day with a major work figure who is now quite elderly.

This individual well understood the principles I write about; and they transmitted them almost without error to those who were in attendance. This is unusual, because for the most part, even experienced folks don't seem to know precisely what they are talking about; and this person did. It's good to know that there are some who fully understand, on a basic level, the practical aspects of this teaching, what to emphasize, how to emphasize it, and how to go about acquiring a new understanding from an inward and organic point of view.

This brings us to a subject which needs more specific treatment. It arises as a consequence of some of the things that were said over the weekend; and while I would say that the person who was transmitting this Dharma did not say anything inaccurate, there were areas where more specific information and much more precise thinking was needed.

The individual spoke of the need for precision in inner work, but mostly in regard to sensation — which, fair enough, is indeed where most people need to concentrate their intelligible efforts.

But the question of the intellect and its role was largely left out, other than to say that the higher part of the intellect is silent.

At another point in the conversation, it was accurately indicated that both the higher and the lower part of every function need to participate together, to meet, in order for real inner work to take place; that's entirely true. Yet the description of the mind as silent when it is engaged in its higher functions is not entirely accurate; or, perhaps it is, but its conjunction with the lower mind and the need for an organic sensation of intellect was not discussed.

Put more precisely, although it does indeed involve sensation (for no such state may arise without that) the correct term for it would be organic intelligence of being, or, the organic intellect of being.

Having thrown both of these out there, I think we’ll stick with the organic intellect of Being. And in order to use this term in conjunction with its partner terms, let's understand that there is an organic intellect of Being, an organic sensation of Being, and an organic feeling of Being.

In separate pieces, I've explained that this idea of what is organic needs to be used in conjunction with the word fundamental. That is to say, it is of the body, of the organs; and at the same time it forms the foundation for this apparently (but not actually) ephemeral quality of consciousness called Being.

So there’s a foundation for Being, and it’s “built into” the organism.
It is substantial; it is material. It exists—let’s be clear on this— at the molecular level. It is so substantial and material that for each of the functions — intellect, sensation, and feeling — the vibration can be actively, inwardly sensed when it’s present. This means that one participates in a universe of “inflowing vibrations” which arise in the organism as a response to life itself — both inward and outward life — and feed its functions. The concentration of these vibrations is a concentration of responsibility, a concentration of the ability to respond.

This understanding of the phenomenon as food is quite important, because it’s the feeding of the organism that allows special parts of it — we would call, for example, the astral body a "special" part — to grow.

We’ll refer to these functions as the organic functions, as opposed to the automatic functions of mind, body, and emotion. These three different organic functions, organic intellect, organic sensation, and organic feeling, are each active entities. And today, it's the nature of the action and manifestation of the organic intellect of Being I’d like to discuss.


Part 2 of this 6-part series will publish August 9.

Lee van Laer is a Senior Editor at Parabola Magazine.

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