Monday, April 09, 2007
The Cosmic Mind
The Cosmic Mind personalized is an infinitesimal part of God in man. Just as a drop of water from the ocean has all the ingredients in the ocean, this mind has all the powers of God. However, just as a drop of water from the ocean does not make up the ocean, the mind of one person does not make up God's mind. All the drops joined together become the ocean, all the minds in the universe together make up God's mind.
Mind is the source of all happiness, all misery, health, and disease, abundance and lack, riches and poverty, joy and sorrow. As the greatest English poet John Milton suggested, it can make a hell out of heaven or a heaven out of hell. Our mind is a microcosm and creates our universe.
Like a laser beam, mind can focus its attention on the smallest atom or see the whole universe as if it is a speck. Mind can become part of the environment and the cosmos.
The speed of thought is more than the speed of light. In a millisecond, mind can reach the farthest galaxy, billions of light years away. It is instantaneous and unlimited by space or time. For example, the precocious genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart said that he could hear a musical work as a single event and not successively and Professor Aitken remarked that he could run through half an hour's music in half a minute.
What mind is and where it is situated has been debated for centuries. Rarely two philosophers agree on one definition or location for mind.
Rene Descartes, French philosopher, scientist, and mathematician said that there is a total and absolute distinction between mental and material substance and that mind is situated in the pineal gland.
Endocrinologist Ernest Gelhorn thinks that mind is an activity of the entire nervous system. Hughlings Jackson, a neurologist, thinks that consciousness and mind are the same, whereas Percival Bailey, director of the Psychiatric Research Institute, disagrees.
Mind is nonmaterial and cannot become part of a material brain, pineal gland or amygdala. We can go through every nerve cell, analyze electrochemically, spectroscopically, mass-photographically, electronically, and, using all known tests, we will not find any indication of mind. There is no single location for the mind. The human mind is distributed throughout the human body and its environment. Every cell has its own mind and has the ability to function independently or jointly with all the cells of the body.
For example, a neuron is capable of deciding whether it will transmit information to another nerve cell and, if it will, to which one among the thousands of cells with which it is in contact. Similarly, endocrine cells decide whether they will respond to a demand for a particular enzyme by cells in another far corner of the body.
Even sponge cells exhibit a similar capacity of awareness. When a piece of sponge is ground up and individual cells are suspended in solution, they will come together and become a complete sponge within a few hours. This indicates that each cell has a mind of its own to decide to combine with another sponge cell and with which of the thousands of cells floating in solution.
Just as each of the thousand pieces of a splintered mirror will show the same reflection of an object as the whole mirror, each cell reflects our mind and each cell in the universe reflects the universal mind.