Ten Qualities of Mind
By Richard Kieninger
The ten qualities of Mind as outlined below are discussed in the context of their existence on the discarnate Egoic level uninfluenced by the conditioned reflexes of a brain or the drives imposed by a physical body. Therefore, psychological aspects are not included here.
Memory is the ability to recall or reproduce what has been learned and retained through one's experience and intellectual activity. Memory is also the store of things learned and recognized. Memory has the power to reproduce images, sounds, and impressions of what is no longer before one, and it allows one to identify something previously known. All the knowledge accumulated by an Ego is his Soul. Soul is the essence and spirit of an Ego's character, the extent of his advancement, and the sum of his accomplishments gained through all his incarnations. The Soul is the Overself which knows far more than what the Ego has impressed on any of the individual brains through which he has functioned during his incarnations. Soul knowledge comes through to manifest in the physical incarnation as character, disposition, and life purpose.
Desire is a conscious intention to acquire a goal or to achieve an experience that promises enjoyment or satisfaction in its attainment, and desire can range from a mild wish to a burning desire. (To desire does not imply the carrying through required to fulfill or attain its object.) Egoic desire can manifest as an emotional longing frequently based on an attraction to the opposite sex. The dreams and fantasies of Egos who are discarnate reflect their desires, which instantaneously become their environment on the Astral Plane. The nature and content of a discarnate Ego's thoughts are that Ego's reality for whatever duration he thinks those thoughts.
Will is the determination to marshal the necessary efforts to achieve a goal. Will involves the resolution of choices into an intention and employs persistent striving and self-command to accomplish the Ego's purposes and desires.
Curiosity is the impulse to know and to probe the unknown. Human Egos seek self-understanding, which leads to inquiry into one's own workings. God has built into Ego an inherent tendency to become dissatisfied with the status quo, and this makes the Ego reach out for what is new and exciting and interesting. Curiosity is a driving force which impels one to search, learn, and advance, even in the face of danger and discomfort.
Consciousness is the ability to distinguish one's inward state and provides an awareness of one's existence as a distinct entity separate from external things and beings. Consciousness provides a perception of one's own growth and future projections. The ability to concentrate one's exclusive attention on specific and ordered thought processes is a function of consciousness. Being attentive, observant, and aware is a part of one's conscious ordering of knowledge. An Ego's perceptiveness of others' meaning and intent is another aspect of consciousness. Clairsentience, clairaudience, and clairvoyance are non-physical manifestations of consciousness.
Conscience is the sense of obligation to one's own best interest to be good and to do right to others and to uplift one's own character. Conscience reminds one to be honest, upright, just, and virtuous. Conscience is that quality of Mind that helps one hold for a lifetime to whatever different moral rules are inculcated by the various societies into which one incarnates. But as the Ego learns higher principles, these tend to impose themselves during each succeeding incarnation; and by overriding a society's lesser moral code during a given lifetime, this helps the advanced Ego to grow into a better person and thus contribute to the uplift of his society.
Creativeness includes the imaginative abilities of visualization, original inventiveness, and the recombination of knowns into unique ideas. Creativeness is the quality of Mind which describes the Egoic power to order and manipulate Etheric substance into patterns by thought alone. Thereby an Ego can bring into real existence those things he desires via an act of will out of personal inspiration. The quality of creativeness causes the Akashic Record to be impressed by one's every thought. The act of mental precipitation is a function of creativeness.
Intuition falls into two categories. The first covers the receiving of information by thought transference, which includes telepathic communication. This is exhibited as the "sixth sense" when the Ego is incarnated; therefore, extrasensory perception comes under this quality of Mind. The second category includes the ability to combine facts instantly into a correct conclusion without consciously using rational reasoning processes. Intuition allows ready insight into people and situations, and it is often manifested as immediate cognition or apprehension of a matter previously unknown and unconsidered.
Reason applies to thinking power and the ability to consciously weigh facts, information, and principles in order to arrive at defendable conclusions via logical inference and deduction. Reason is a process by which one gains knowledge, determines cause and effect, derives mathematical precision, and gains command of the tools of language symbols upon which effective Mind-to-Mind communications depend. Intellectual activity and comprehension depends on the power of reason. All Soul growth involves the process of conscious reasoning and awareness, regardless of the source of information received through the other qualities of Mind. The gaining of knowledge is a conscious, rational decision of what to store in the Egoic memory.
There are five cardinal emotions with which an Ego is endowed as part of his basic Mind. These are the feelings of awe, joy, grief, fear, and anger, each of which can be expressed in widely varying intensities. All other emotions are modifications and combinations of these five brought about by societal conditioning during incarnations. The advanced Ego has enhanced his expression of awe and joy and has eliminated further experience of grief, fear, and anger. Emotions are the source of humane sensibility, out of which arise compassion, empathy, and sentiment on the Egoic level. (love is not an emotion but a power emanating from the Mind of God. love is felt, however, through the emotional quality of Mind.)