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Re: Theos-World Re: [Mind and Brain] meaning and information

Jan 24, 2006 06:06 PM
by leonmaurer

Hi Cass,

I suppose the answer to all our questions falls back on the theosophical 
teaching that consciousness or spirit is a fundamental nature of the universe, and 
that every sentient organic or living form has some degree of experiential 
consciousness. Although the less organized life forms, which would include the 
developing fetus before the full development of its brain-neural system, could 
experience and respond to such consciousness only instinctively -- but not 
thoughtfully or mindfully -- as HPB implied in your earlier quote from Isis.   

The fetus, then, since it does not connect with the lower or higher mind 
fields before it had developed an independent existence that has a fully developed 
brain, apparently cannot "think," but can only respond reflexively to 
external or internal (such as dream) stimuli.   If I remember correctly, HPB teaches 
that the human being normally does not connect fully with its higher rational 
mind until it is at least 3-1/2 to 7 years old.   Thus it's consciousness 
before that time would be of a very primitive nature, and at the fetal stage would 
not be expressed at all (in thoughts as we experience them) except as 
fleeting momentary sensations that are responded to instinctively or reflexively.   

However, it seems obvious that the reincarnating soul is linked to the 
developing fetus right from the zygote, and simply waiting on the sidelines so to 
speak, until the growing body has a fully developed brain-mind that is ready to 
receive and recognize its individuality or self consciousness.   But, before 
then, the higher mind is not developed enough to accomplish that until the baby 
is long out of the womb, and has had enough time to get used to its newly 
awakened external senses, learn to control them, and ultimately, when the brain 
has matured sufficiently, link them to its rational mind and recognize its 
apparent separation (physically, that is) from the people and things around it. 
(Of course, it takes some additional theosophical wisdom to recognize that 
illusory condition of separateness for what it really is. :-) 

Sure, we cannot "prove" those ideas of fetal consciousness or its soul 
connection by conventional scientific or objective means.   But, we can assume that 
the adept Masters who teach us all, and who are capable of experiencing those 
states directly in deep meditation and comparing them with the identical 
experiences of many other adepts, can give us all the "proof" we need.   Isn't that 
the way all theosophical teachings have come down to us through the ages?   
All we have to do to fully understand the truth of such teaching and gain our 
own proof and conviction, is through practice of that same deep meditation that 
will allow us to experience such primitive consciousness for ourselves. 

For example, Vipassana meditation, used for self healing by getting in touch 
with the instinctive and reflexive consciousness of our cells and organs and 
learning how to "speak" to and guide them using our psychic powers of mental 
thought form visualization and will, is one method to gain such experiential 
proof.   (This, however, takes long practice and guidance by an adept teacher.)

I don't know about "consciousness preceding intelligence"... Although if we 
consider intelligence as knowledge, that could be the case... Simply because 
one can't learn anything unless one is conscious of what's being taught.   
However, if we consider intelligence as inherent wisdom, I would assume that, in 
the case of the unborn universe or a reincarnated genius or prodigy, both 
perceptive consciousness and intelligence are dependently arisen simultaneously at 
birth.   Yet, with respect to a fetus, we could also say that the primitive 
instinctual consciousness was there from its conception long before its later 
developing psychic or mental nature could allow it to have access to that 
intelligence.   So, the answer to your query depends on how we define intelligence 
and in what context it's meaning is applied.

Hope this is useful.


In a message dated 1/23/06 7:13:54 PM, writes:

> Hi Leon,
> I will need to spend a few days digesting all that you have said.  My neural 
> connections seem to require this time frame, however my first reaction to 
> your statement
> "Or that the lower mental field of the developing fetus can receive impulses 
> transmitted to it from the conscious and unconscious thoughts of its 
> mother.   This could correspond to the reported response of a plant to the loving or 
> hateful thoughts directed to it."
> Cass: Doesn't this suggest that some sort of consciousness precedes brain 
> function?  All of the bodies, higher mental, lower mental, astral, and 
> etheric   are waiting on the threshold to animate the foetus. Perhaps as you say, 
> the foetus, dreams because of its formed astral body, perhaps also it is able 
> to think, prior to the formation of the brain, because of its lower/higher 
> mental body.
> "The soul, says Porphyry, having even after death a certain affection for 
> its body, an affinity proportioned to the violence with which their union was 
> broken". IU
> Cass: Perhaps the soul has an affinity for its physical form in the womb?  
> Unfortunately if this is the case it can never be proven at a scientific 
> level.
> I read in Isis or SD that consciousness precedes intelligence, will need to 
> do a bit of research today.
> Cass

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