Feelings Are First, The Mind Is Secondary

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is an integral realization and what is an integral attitude?

Answer: We are speaking about a human being, about his internal work. Our attribute is the ego, the desire to be filled. A desire! Therefore we speak about feelings. These aren’t lyrical emotions as we are used to thinking. We are speaking about our essence.

When I work for industry, for banks or for something else, I want fulfillment, I want to gain something, I want to reach be recognized, I want to impress, it is all feelings.

What else can motivate a person if not feelings?

Having felt this, he begins to understand and to perceive what he feels. The mind develops only according to the development of the feeling and not otherwise. The mind has to develop in order to perceive what a person feels and what he doesn’t, what he still lacks. The mind operates when I feel that I need something; to what extent I am full and to what extent I am not. Here our mental tool develops—in order to attain what we desire.

By penetrating deeply into my emotions, I begin to develop the mind and I begin to feel my mutual system of connection with others and my oppositeness from others. Here I have the chance to rate these feelings and to evaluate them both qualitatively and quantitatively.

This means that a mathematical tool enters my work here, and I begin to measure things accurately.

But then again, these measurements are inside me. If I give certain numbers to someone, he will not understand me; he has to be part of this system. He needs to somehow fulfill it internally and then by this fulfillment, he will feel what I have passed on to him in numbers.
From KabTV’s “Integral World: Formula of an Integral Society” 7/1/12

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