The Higher Octaves of Thought
Many great philosophers have studied the faculties of the human mind. They have realized that an individual is what his thoughts are. They have realized also that thinking is the result of the combinations of centers of thought in the mental body of man, and that individuality and the existing differences of mental outlook are the results of the thousands of combinations that can be made by grouping the forty-three faculties of the human mind into various geometric patterns. We divide these faculties into seven groups and list them as they have been studied for years. (The best author to consult on the subject is Fowler).
The Purely Physical Faculties
- AMATIVENESS: This is generally called love, but true love is higher than the physical world and belongs to the spiritual worlds.
- SEXUALITY: The sexual instinct; the desire to reproduce kind. This is the most primitive instinct of the human mind and is the first that savage human creatures cultivated.
- PHILOPROGENITIVENESS: This includes the love of children, pets, and relatives. We find many persons who love their own children because they belong to them, but who are thoughtless of others not attached by the bond of relationship.
- FRIENDSHIP: This is the supreme bond. Friendship is the one and only true relationship. Without friendship all relations fail, and with it all other bonds are glorified. True friendship is priceless, but it is seldom found in this civilization, where selfishness is destroying nearly all the finer sentiments.
- INHABITIVENESS: This manifests as love of places that are made dear by memories, love of home and places we remember from childhood, love of country, and a desire to defend the home and the country.
- CONTINUITY: This is the ability to stick at a thing until it has been completed. It is the least developed faculty in the Western World. We start a thousand things, but we complete very few of the things begun.
The Vital Faculties of the Mind
- VITATIVENESS: This function measures the hold on life. When this faculty is strong, an individual can almost eat nails with impunity; but if it is weak, the life will be short in spite of the greatest care.
- COMBATIVENESS: This faculty gives strength of character, but if not balanced, will result in destructiveness and bullying. Without a certain amount of combativeness, people cannot fight the battle of life.
- EXECUTIVENESS: This is the power of rulership. This faculty leads and controls those who have it less developed. It often adds a hardness to the nature.
- ALIMENTIVENESS: This center in the mind controls the love of food, drink, and the comfortable things of life.
- ACQUISITIVENESS: This area tends to make the miser. It hoards up and seeks to accumulate; it loves to amass for the sheer love of amassing.
- SECRETIVENESS: The love of hiding away. Sometimes this mental trend results in persons becoming hermits and recluses.
- CAUTION: A saturnine timidity; an unwillingness to take chances. In its best form this faculty gives prudence; if overdeveloped, it results in failure for lack of initiative.
Faculties with Dignity as Base
- APPROBATIVENESS: When this area is well developed, it gives a desire to be popular ; it turns the attention to dress, neatness of person, love of jewelry and trinkets for self-adornment.
- SELF-ESTEEM: The best side of this faculty gives trust and faith in the integrity of self; it places self above conditions and environments. In its perversion it becomes egotism, the worst enemy that a human soul can invoke out of its own nature.
- FIRMNESS: Fixedness of purpose. This faculty gives balance and stability. If overdeveloped, it may result in dictatorialism and intolerance.
- JUSTICE: This is the area of integrity. It gives honesty and a sense of duty to others. It may also produce those who worship the letter of the Law and crucify the spirit of the Law.
The Higher Emotional Faculties
- HOPE: The innate realization of ultimate accomplish1nent; the belief that tomorrow holds the fulfilment of the dreams of today.
- FAITH: The firm belief in the reality of things unseen; conviction that all things work together for good; a belief in law and justice in nature; a trust in Providence.
- VENERATION: The religious sense; a feeling of awe for those who are exalted or ancient; the willingness to serve those in either spiritual or temporal power ; the love of ancient things.
- BENEVOLENCE: The desire to do good, to serve or assist others; the sense of charity; kindliness of attitude; the desire to distribute one’s possessions among the needy.
- IMITATION: The power to copy or reproduce existing things. Table manners and the cut of clothes, conforming with that which is being done by others, are the result of the imitative faculty.
- SYMPATHY: This is the faculty of understanding others and trying to aid them through the hard places of life. True sympathy is impossible without a deep understanding of life and its many complex problems.
- SUAVITY: The faculty of presenting the most pleasant side of the nature to the world; the culture of a charming personality which may hide the most sinister of motives.
The Faculty of Individuality
- INDIVIDUALITY: Physically, this center is located between the eyes above the root of the nose, and it governs the general viewpoint on life. The larger the faculty, the more powerful the individual viewpoint. The growth of this faculty separates the eyes; and the width between the eyes reveals the age of the soul in evolution.
Faculties of the Concrete Objective Mind .
- FORM: The ability to note, quickly and accurately, the shape of an object; also, to note, almost intuitively, deformity in an object.
- SIZE: The ability to measure the mass of a thing. It is, also, the faculty which makes it possible to estimate the distance from one place to another.
- WEIGHT: The ability to estimate the density of an object, to measure the power that gravity will exert over it.
- COLOR: The ability to differentiate colors, shades, and tones. It is very difficult for some people to tell the shades of colors. As an example, we call your attention to carmine red, rose red, vermilion red, scarlet; to cochineal carmine, madder carmine, burnt carmine. These shades and tones can be finely distinguished only where color faculty is highly developed.
- ORDER: This is the faculty that systematizes the functions of life. It establishes chains of sequences and gives neatness to the habits of the individual.
- NUMBER: The power to count and calculate, to arrange figures, and to master mathematics easily is given by a strong development of this faculty.
- MONON: The ability to judge the rate of motion of an object, or the desire to travel, dance, ride, or move about. This faculty gives the wanderlust.
- EXPERIENCE: This faculty stores up mental impressions from the past and is the historian of the human mind; it also brings forth its information when needed as a guide to future activity.
- LOCALITY: It is often said that people have “bumps of locality,” or the ability to orientate themselves easily. In strange places they can find their way about with ease and certainty, while others can get lost in their own back yards.
- TIME: The ability to measure accurately the lapses of time between incidents. Many people have not a sense of promptness or interval. You know the lady who drops in for five minutes and stays all day; there are millions like her in America.
- TUNE: The ability to recognize harmony and discord in the combinations of sounds, either in music or speaking. Many who are unable to carry a tune love music; others, naturally very musical, cannot learn to combine chords scientifically.
- CONSTRUCTIVENESS: That faculty which gives love of combining and arranging parts of a thing into the complete whole. Some inventive power comes with this faculty.
- LANGUAGE: The ability to express oneself adequately; includes vocabulary, the control of words, and the ability to command them. Ease and fluency in expression come from this area.
Faculties of the Abstract Creative Mind
- CAUSALITY: The ability to estimate the invisible, or unconsidered cause, which must lie behind each visible effect; the ability to understand the law of action and reaction in the mental world.
- COMPARISON: The faculty of weighing one thing against another in order to come to an estimate concerning its value or magnitude.
- IDEALITY: The love and recognition of the beautiful and refined; the desire to perfect self; the picturing of ultimate condition.
- SUBLIMITY: Appreciation for the great, the massive, the magnificent.
- MIRTHFULNESS: The sense of humor, one of man’s greatest friends. Besides the forty-three faculties, three other things must be considered in judging the mental equipment of the individual. The function of a faculty may be modified or changed by:
- The size of the body.
- The organic quality of the body.
- The temperament of the individual.
There are three temperaments, which we classify as follows:
- The Motive temperament. Physical strength predominating
- The Vital temperament. Courage and ambition predominating
- The Mental Thought temperament.
Thought and philosophy predominating
The individual outlook which every person has upon life is the result of the different combinations of these faculties and There temperaments. is no end to the combinations that can be made. The difference in people is largely the difference in outlook and faculty We growth. should look upon these centers as we look upon the keys of a piano-by combining the notes, we make an infinite number of tones and harmonies. As the result of combining certain of these centers in geometric pattern, the character of an individual is the harmony played out by the process of thought.