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Levels of Thinking

 

By George A. Boyd ©1999

Excerpted from the original Satsang Program

At different bands of the mind, you use different thinking processes. To advance to discipleship, it is important that you be able to recognize these different types of thinking and to be able to shift at will between them.

Band of Mind

Default Mode

Function

Content

Conscious

Reason

Reason

Logical analysis, deductive reasoning, reality testing, criticism

Metaphor

Analogy, finding ways objects are similar, telling stories or parables

Monitoring

Becoming aware of present time experience of the external senses, sensations arising within the body, the feelings, thoughts, and the reactions of the ego

 

 

Subconscious

 

 

Memory

Recall

Requesting specific information from the Subconscious storehouse of experience

Suggestion

Programming the Subconscious mind to carry out a specific command

 

Fantasy

The activity of the astral brain. The ability to create novel combinations of sensations in a dreaming, reverie, hypnotic or meditation state

Visualization

The ability to create an intended image at will

Metaconscious

Intellect

Goal Setting

Creating an image of an intended result, committing to achieve it and planning the steps to carry it out

Problem Solving

Using the intelligent strategies of the intellect to solve problems in verbal, mathematical, written, and symbolic form, both academically and in applied situations in daily life.

Introspection

Comparing speech and behavior against the standards of Conscience

Reflection

Inductive reasoning, the ability to reflect on the meaning of abstract ideas and their implications

Insight

The ability of the Intuition to examine the activity of any vehicle of the Conscious, Subconscious and Metaconscious mind

Superconscious

Discernment

Dialectical reasoning

Reflection on the pairs of opposites and finding their synthesis

Reception

Listening inwardly to the intuitive guidance of the Soul

Mandalic reasoning

Discernment of the correspondences of any abstract concept or archetypal form by identifying its counterpart in multiple vehicles or upon different Planes

Radiation

Sending out ideas to others in the ethers through the suffusion of the Illumined Mind

Gnosis

Discernment of the true essence that is the ensouling entity

Contemplate these different levels of thinking within you. Identify when you use them, and what types of stimuli evoke them. Determine what techniques will permit you to activate them at will.

 

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