~ The Organizing Principle ~
What is mind? It is a question that has intrigued philosophers and scientists for centuries. When viewed from the human perspective, mind has historically been allied with an individual’s sense of identity. We need only recall René Descartes most famous proclamation, cogito ergo sum (I think therefore I am), to see the association of the human mind with the principle of self. Esoterically, there is much truth to this concept, in that the soul is intimately related to mind, particular the higher mind. Yet mind is occultly understood far beyond the bounds of human consideration. All categories of life, whether subhuman or superhuman, are agents of mind, at least in the most fundamental sense. For mind is the organizing principle underlying consciousness itself.
Mind is that which organizes impressions coming from without and from within. It is that which organizes the information delivered to us via the five senses. By so doing, it brings order and structure to our perceptions. It facilitates the construction of ideations that are ultimately registered as thoughts within human consciousness. It is also that which organizes mental substance into thoughtforms in response to the intuitive promptings emitted by the soul. Herein is highlighted the bidirectional nature of the mind. On behalf of the personality, it organizes sensed impressions coming from without (the outer world) as a prerequisite to the construction of thoughtforms. Yet is also organizes the impressions coming from within (from the soul) into new and progressive ideations.
When studying the subject of mind, it is crucial to remember that there is a distinction between mind and the content of mind. Mind is the organizing principle underlying all dimensions of consciousness, while the content of mind refers to that which the mind has constructed. The first is a process foundational to consciousness itself, while the latter is best understood as an effect. And though these comments have been largely applied to the human mind, it is also true when considering the organizing principle that gives rise to a type of plant, a species of animal or the consciousness of the being that ensouls the entire solar system, the Solar Logos. In truth, there is no place where mind is not.