Introductory note by JJ:
I was fortunate to have my 95-year-old mother at the gathering. We killed two birds with one stone and also had a family get together there at the Lodge before the gathering began. I asked her to recite one of her favorite poems. Even though her memory was strongly affected by dementia she flawlessly recited the poem.
Here is the poem she recited:
"If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don't,
If you like to win, but you think you can't,
It's almost a 'cinch' you won't?
If you think you'll lose, you've lost,
For out in the world you find,
Success begins with a fellow's will;
It's all in the state of mind.
"For many a race is lost,
Ere ever a step is run;
And many a coward fails
Ere ever his work's begun.
Think big and your deeds will grow,
Think small and you'll fall behind,
Think that you can and you will;
It's all in the state of mind.
"If you think you're outclassed, you are,
You've got to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins,
Is the fellow who thinks he can."
Audience: Clapping, sounds of laughter, and comments in amazement of JJ's mother's memory of this poem.
[Compiler's Note: Below is a video taken of JJ's mother reciting the same poem during her visit at the 2006 Gathering. The 2006 Gathering transcription continues directly below the video.]
[2006 Gathering transcription continued.]
JJ: Okay so the lower quaternary consists of the etheric body, Prana, the emotional vehicle -- the emotional self, and the lower concrete mind. This is sometimes reduced to a triad by combining the etheric and Prana together. Then you have the trinity of the physical, astral, mental. It depends how one defines their terms.
Then you have what is called the upper triad. The upper triad has three points. One point is the higher mind. We have the higher mind, lower mind and brain. What is the difference between the higher mind and the lower mind? Many people who think of the mind are really thinking of the brain but there is actually three parts to the mind. There are three things that a mind uses, the brain, the lower mind, and the higher mind. The brain is like a computer it is a very sophisticated computer that does not do the original thinking on it's own. All it does is store things and calculates, just like the computer does.
If you have a good functioning brain you can do pretty well in school, you can memorize questions and answers and then you just write them down. So if you are good at memorizing things you have a good functioning brain then you have an easy time with tests. My brain must have been a little handicapped when I was young because I always had a hard time memorizing everything necessary to achieve an "A" on my tests. But, this is mainly a function of the brain. I was happy to find this out because then I did not feel quite as slow. I used to think that I must not be very bright because I always had a hard time with tests. But that may have been because I was hit on the head a little too much when I was a child.
JJ: I had to really practice concentrating in getting my brain in order so it could function better at an increased level of computing as it were. The brain activity is only a small part of the mind. The second part of the mind is the lower mind and the lower mind uses logic to put 2 and 2 together. It does more than just memorizing. It does some elementary computer programming and it figures out what to send down to the brain for storage, and uses the brain like a computer so it has some good software to work with. It puts 2 and 2 together along with ideas and programs so the brain becomes useful.
If all the brain can do is memorize then there really is not a lot you can do with it. A person who is autistic has a brain that functions at an excellent level because he can memorize things, calculate things. He can see marbles falling on the floor and count them all in one glance, because he has a computer brain that functions at a very high level. But he can't put 2 and 2 together or we could say that he does not have reasoning capability. An autistic has a really good functioning brain, terrific ability to calculate, a really good memory, but he did not have a good lower mind due to the fact that he cannot put 2 and 2 together so there is some disconnect between the lower and higher mind with autism. We could say that there is a short circuit and all the energy is flowing to the brain and not to the lower mind.
Energy follows thought, and where we put our attention is where we develop our skills. The autistic person puts all his attention on his brain activity and he gets a very smoothly operating brain where he can perform certain skills with the brain that the rest of us cannot do.
The next step up is to develop the lower mind, which uses reason, logic, and many people that are atheists have a good lower mind because they use their logic and reason to conclude that the only thing that is real is what one can touch and feel and see with the physical eyes. They begin to develop their lower mind.
The higher mind is something else. What makes the higher mind different is that it is the lowest point in the upper triad. You have the lower triad. Visualize a triangle pointing upward and another triangle pointing downward, and the two points touching. That is the upper triad and lower triad and the lowest point of the upper triad is the higher mind. This is the link between spirit and matter. Between normal living and spirit living, this is what brings the down pull of spiritual energy. When you bring the two triangles intertwined together then you have the Star of David which is the symbol of the lower personality and the higher self meeting and blending and merging as one.
In the East the upper Triad is called the Atma-Buddhi-Manas. Manas means mind or higher mind. Buddhi means the intuition also. Atma is the highest part of your conscious identity. And so the Atma, Buddhi and Manas is the higher Triangle and these three. The higher part of yourself or the higher triangle is what the Solar Angel uses to communicate with the lower self, and it is what the masters use to communicate with us. In other words, this upper triangle needs to be activated enough to receive the higher perceptions and the higher contacts.
Until it is activated to some degree we will not be able to discern a true teacher from a false teacher; a spiritual doctrine from a material doctrine; a person who wants you for his own power, or a selfless teacher, a revelation that is from your emotional nature or a revelation that is through the soul. The person will not be able to discern these things until he activates this upper triangle of his higher nature.
Above this we have the Monad and then the divine self so to speak. The Monad is a point where we originated. There are billions of Monads in this solar system and the human monad is the potential that is us, that has always been in existence. We have existed in other realms before this solar system was even created. We are given very little information except that the Monad does have a record of everything that is in our past. And we can go back and discover this information when the time is right.
The Monad is the point of life and intelligence that makes you different and unique from every other being in the universe. The Solar Angel is an entity, a being, which, became human in a past solar system, a past universe if you will. He passed through the human stage and he learned everything that was possible to learn. These beings passed through the human stages and became gods almost. They reside in the spiritual spheres almost beyond the human and the physical.
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