You are not your body nor your mind, but a spiritual, non-material self. This spiritual self dwells within your body and expresses itself in emotions, thoughts, actions and morals, which are created and used in the conduct of life.
The body exists in and consists of products of ether-motion, that universal medium through which heat, light, electricity and magnetism are manifested. Your body is a vast complex of etheric activities and it exists in an storm of vibrations, waves, undulations, vortices and flying particles which are often so minute they can only be described in the hieroglyphics of mathematics.
Your Brain Is Like a Battery
Science affirms that “the structure of the nervous substances, and experiments made upon the nerves and nerve-centers, establish beyond doubt certain peculiarities as belonging to the force that is exercised by the brain.”
This force is a current in nature. It is a power generated at one part of the structure, conveyed along an intervening substance and discharged at some other part. The different forms of electricity and magnetism have made us familiar with this kind of action.
“The arrangement of the nerve-envelopes is like that of the best constructed electrical cables. We cannot help thinking that both were constructed to conduct something very much like it. Some will maintain that nerve-forces are not electricity, and they aren’t, in the sense that an electrical battery is the same as a live person; but the nerve-force is closely allied to that wonderful thing that, for lack of a better and clearer understanding, we call electricity.”
Think of your brain as a kind of battery and your nerves are the conductors of released stored-energy to different parts of the body by an action similar to electricity. It is suggested that either by means of the ether, or of some still finer reality, discharges of brain-energy are conducted beyond the limits of the body.
If the nerve-tracts correspond to wires, this refined medium may correspond to the ether-field employed by wireless electronics. Just as electrical movements are conducted without wires or other visible media, brain-discharges can be conveyed beyond the mechanism of the battery, without the intervention of nerves.
Such discharges originate in a combination of two ways:
- Direct mental action
- Mental or physical states
Conscious and Subconscious Mental Activities
The self is possessed of what is called “consciousness,” the sum-total of brain-activities which are mental in character. Consciousness does not mean mere awareness because the sum-total of mental activities includes both the ones we are aware of, as well as the ones we aren’t. In other words, “mind” is both aware-conscious and subconscious.
There is the mental self with which you are familiar and a mental self of which you know very little. This is the subconscious self, the deeper reality of your personality.
The action of the brain-battery occurs first in the subconscious and then in the conscious mind. Both the conscious and the subconscious mental activities originate vibratory movements in the ether within and surrounding the body.
Your deepest self, the personal YOU, is a spiritual unit, but in its unity, the self exhibits consciousness and also hides below consciousness, reporting to it. The deeper self, the subconscious, possesses all those primal powers of human nature which are sometimes referred to as “occult”, in addition to the ordinary conscious faculties.
Among these so-called “occult” powers, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, psychic healing, hypnotism, and the like, personal magnetism stands supreme and is most important.