THE PHYSICAL REFLECTION OF THOUGHT.
Its Expression on the Body.
The personal Human Body is a physical copy of the individual Mind, and in some part of its construction expresses its every thought.
Each function of individual thought has an exact correspondence in some function of the physical body, which instantly responds to every thought in its own domain. Corresponding to every mental function there is a physical organ which is its reflected counterpart.
Every thoughtpicture that is formed in mind is accurately registered in the corresponding part of that man's body.
Mental pictures react by direct reflection through the atoms and molecules of the ganglia, which cornprise the ganglionic or sympathetic nervous system. The physical reflection will be like the mental act from which it reflects - it may be tempered somewhat by the qualities of the reflecting medium, but it never can be radically different in character.
The form, color and other characteristics of the thoughtpicture will strictly accord with the qualities of the Ideas examined, provided those ideas are rightly comprehended by the observer. Personal desires and intentions will have 'no weight against this law regarding all mental activity.
Both the actual Idea and the Principle back of it are eternally perfect. Concepts of the Idea and realizations of the Principle may vary from perfection down to utter failure, a mental picture being formed exactly like the concept, whether it be right or wrong. This picture registers in the physical system, reproducing its activities in the bodily action. In this manner the activities of all the organs of the body constantly change according to the variations of mental action.
The thought is the real thing - the body is a projected copy of that thing in physical element.
In sensation, only the physical is recognized; through intelligence, the thought itself is accessible.
Every individual thinks either subconsciously or superconsciously on planes of mental activity both beneath and above that of his everyday conscious thinking about the things of this life. Such mental activity is not usually recognized, because the plane of conscious thought is the only distinctly apparent field of mental action. On the subconscious plane disease is generated by unnatural action and tissue is destroyed; on the superconscious plane, healthy action takes place and tissue is reconstructed from natural ingredients contained in food, air and light.
The act of each mind in any degree of consciousness, is registered on its own body, in some form or other, producing a result which reflects the qualities of the mental act. The physical and the mental action will be alike, for the time being.
To thoroughly rid the system of wrong physical action, reflected from similar mental activity, it is necessary to strike at the root of the difficulty, changing the character of the action in that mind. When the harmful influence is dispelled, a corresponding change takes place in the body, by natural law, without conscious effort, and as a necessary consequence of the true relation which always exists between mind and body. The trouble then disappears and healthy activity is established in the physical system. This renews the action of the heart and other vital organs, cleansing the blood and purifying the entire system; while the indi vidual mind working through natural, harmonious laws, on the superconscious plane, restores the life of each molecule and builds new tissue, on the perfect model of that Individual's natural system, as originally constructed on ideas of fundamental health and wholeness.
As before stated, every mental activity results in a similar kind and quality of activity in the corresponding part of that mind's body. The mental image of that activity may also be transferred to other minds through reflection of the picture, in which event the corresponding action may be reenacted in both mind and body of the one who thus absorbs the action from the mind which thinks it.
These are fundamental principles regarding mental action in its relation to the conditions of the human body. If once understood, they give an insight into the affairs of human experience, impossible to obtain through any amount of knowledge otherwise acquired.
When these facts are comprehended it will readily be seen that a realization of the true qualities of the fundamental idea, Harmony, must result in a mental picture conforming to harmonious activity; also, that the reflected copy of that mental action must inevitably have a harmonious tendency. If the idea be perfectly conceived, the thought will reflect in harmonious action through the nervous system, producing a natural condition in the physical body.
In harmonious activity, nature builds and retains a healthy body. If obstructions to healthy action be present they must, of course, be removed through right thought, after which the harmonious result will be inevitable; nothing can prevent it. On the other hand, if the mental picture be distorted or erroneous, with no enduring Idea for a fundamental principle, its temporary reflection on the body will also be distorted, resulting in corresponding degrees of discord. Consequently, sickness instead of
health will ensue, either to that thinker or to some one in immediate mental contact who may absorb the disturbing influence through reflection of the mental Image. Many forms of disease are developed in this manner and transmitted between human beings of all ages and conditions, because of ignorance of the fundamental laws of life and of the natural course of mental action. Most epidemics are generated in this field of erroneous and unnecessary mental action. Knowledge of certain laws renders such influence inoperative for any individual, and also even imparts power to relieve others.
The human body is a marvelously intricate machine; yet in every respect it is incalculably by the thinking mind, which is infinitely more intricate in constitution, more subtle in action, broader in scope, and greater in power and endurance.
The action of mind and body together may be illustrated materially by the action of a steamboiler, and its accompanying machinery. The machine has many wheels, valves, pistons, shafts, tubes and other parts, all dependent upon and regulated in their motions by the power which proceeds from the steamchest. They are utterly useless without the application of this power. The steamchest, in turn, is a useless vessel without an influx of energy in the shape of compressed steam admitted to it from the boiler, where the steam is generated from water by means of heat.
If the boiler is constructed on scientific principles of exactness, is filled with pure water, and the right amount of fuel is supplied for combustion, steam is produced, generating power which, when admitted to the steamchest in sufficient quantity, supplies the machine with energy sufficient to propel every part in harmonious action.
Suppose now that the engineer, finding the machine going at too high a rate of speed, places obstructions in the gearing and machinery to block the wheels and thus check speed. It is clear that the result will be disastrous. Or suppose that he should recognize only the machine with its objective mechanism, and, believing the steamchest to be the motive power, should attempt to reduce the speed of the engine by direct work upon the steamchest itself, - again he will only injure the machine. The only scientific way is to reduce the pressure of steam from the boiler, upon which the entire machine gradually slows down to a proper rate of speed without any attempt on the part of the engineer to act directly on the machine itself or on any of its parts.
The correspondence existing between the mechanism of the engine, with its powerproducing forces, and the machinery of man's physical body controlled by mind, is remarkably clear. Both of the mistakes just enumerated as possible by injudicious management of the mechanical engine, are repeatedly made, under the name of Science, in attempts to control the organs and parts of the human machine by direct influence upon each part, instead of by appeal to the source of its energy - the thinking mind - where its every mode of action is established, and whence continuance or change must originate.
The elements and parts involved in the construction and operation of a steam engine are as follows: 1. Machinery 2. Steam-Chest 3. Boiler 4. Water 5. Combustion 6. Heat 7. Steam If these words be described in terms which explain their character, each one represents a permanent Idea of especial importance in the Universe. The word cannot be adequately defined without expressing the Idea which it really represents.
The pipes, rods, wheels and other parts of the machinery constitute a machine, which represents the idea Construction.
In the Steamchest, Energy is concentrated with which to propel the machine, and Concentration describes both its function and its character.
The Boiler is the active seat of the immediate development of Energy, and represents the intention or Purpose of the inventor.
Water is the Substance from which steam is evolved under the action of heat.
Combustion liberates the latent heat which is stored and concentrated in the fuel, thereby developing Action.
Heat transfers its activity to the water and generates steam; while the Steam confined in the Steamchest ever pushes its way outward in all directions, in a natural effort to break its bonds and express its energy in action.
The elements, therefore, involved in the construction and operation of every steam engine are as follows: Steam, representing Energy.
Heatrepresenting Combustionrepresenting Waterrepresenting Boilerrepresenting Purpose.
The higher analogy between the two may be explained as follows: