Characteristics of Individuals
Whilst the model of a human being we have so far developed is a useful generalisation, it gives no indication of the intensity of expression of the characteristics described, nor does it give any idea of the relative importance of each characteristic within the being of a particular individual. In other words, our everyday experience informs us that some people are more intelligent than us, others are not as sensitive as we are, whilst yet others are far more creative that we could ever aspire to be. Our model, therefore, must have some mechanism within it to demonstrate these obvious differences.
You must have noticed how some people are very high spirited, have a considerable presence, and seem somehow bigger and more powerful than you; whereas others give the impression of being dim, not necessarily in an intellectual sense, but as though they lack the brightness and being-here-ness we normally expect in those we meet.
You may have believed these observations were due to your imagination, or assume the individuals concerned were simply having high or low days for some physical reason. This could indeed be the case, or it might be that you were actually detecting essential differences in their natures. Perhaps some people really do have more spirit than others. If this is so, it should be possible to somehow assign numerical values that reflect the variations in the apparent 'power of being' of given individuals.
A Power Scale
We might for instance grade them on a scale of 0 to 100 for characteristics such as determination, energy, will, personal presence, enthusiasm, high spirits etc.
Thus an individual who has worked his way to the top of his profession and in so doing has overcome all the trials, tribulations and personal conflicts placed in his way as he progressed up the ladder might register on our scale at a level of 90, whereas someone who has never achieved anything, who avoids conflict or challenge, and who even has problems getting out of bed in the morning to face the new day might register at a level of 9.
Sensitivity to both our own needs and to the needs and sensibilities of others varies widely between individuals. Some are hurt and offended by the smallest slight and criticism, others are not in the least effected by even the most vitriolic of abuse. Some through their compassion and strength can bring succour to countless thousands, others are incapable of emotionally supporting even themselves, let alone another person.
A Sensitivity Scale
If we establish a scale for measuring sensitivity we might for instance say that an individual who's soul or feeling body registers on this scale at level 7 is comparable to a piece of cork floating on the sea. Their feelings, just like the cork, react to both the tiniest of ripples and the largest of swells, however, because relatively speaking the swells are so large, they have little impact and pass by almost unnoticed, but the ripples cause the cork to bob up and down in a frantic fashion.
A person whose soul registered at level 95 on our scale could be likened to an ocean liner. Such a huge object monitors the large swells, but is little effected by the ripples on the surface of the waters which simply dash up against its side and are dispersed.
The first individual would in all likelihood be a very sensitive person intensely effected by the smallest emotional ripple. It is likely they would be completely wrapped up in themself and their immediate family, but have little awareness or concern about the wider emotional conditions existing within the group of society in which they live. The second, however, although perhaps insensitive to minor intimate concerns would be desperately involved with what is occuring at a collective level.
There is as great a diversity in the size, shape, and strength of the minds of individuals as there is in their physical bodies. Some people find it a simple matter to comprehend extremely complex and rarified concepts. Others are incapable of understanding even the simplest of abstract ideas. In some the thought processes are slow and methodical, in others they are swift and changeable.
A Comprehension Scale
Again establishing and using a scale of 0 to 100 to quantify the capabilities of individual minds we might say that those at a level of 87 have large stable minds and find it simple to comprehend and manipulate complex thought systems. Such people are the intellectuals and thinkers of the world. How well they are able to express their thoughts depends upon the power of their language or logical thinking abilities.
Those those with minds at lower scale levels perhaps tend to rely on feeling rather than thinking in their dealings with the world. This is because their minds are not as able to grasp and manipulate difficult ideas.
We normally communicate with each other through the use of language which is a function of rational or logical thought. There is, however, another method which for most of us is unconscious for most of the time. This method operates by the direct linking of minds in a process usually known as telepathy or intuition.
Intuitive communication is to verbal communication as sight is to touch. To see an object in its entirety usually means instant comprehension of it and its function. By touching that object with the eyes closed it is possible to understand what it is and what it does, but the process is time consuming and prone to error. The intuitve faculty is like having eyes in the Universe of Air, whereas logic is like having hands. To have an intuitive understanding of an idea means you see and fully comprehend it without the preliminary groping required by logic.
Most new ideas come to their receipient via the intuition. In order to be able to explain them with speech or the written word and to convince others of their validity, it is necessary to work out a step by step logical route describing how they can be arrived at, even though this was not the way they originally occured. They will then perhaps be accepted.
Good teachers actually work with the intuitive natures of their pupils and transmit ideas telepathically as well as verbally, even if they are not consciously aware that they do. This is why so much more can be understood attending a lecture given by a good instructor, who knows the subject, than by reading a book they have written on it, and why it is so much better to read that same book than attend a lecture given by a mediocre performer who does not really grasp what they are trying to teach. Many people are turned off subjects at school, and for the rest of their lives believe they are too stupid to understand when in fact it was their teachers transmitting their own confusion who were at fault.
Strongly intuitive people are often unconventional and can appear weird and inconsistant to others. This is because having instantly grasped new concepts they change their behaviour to accomodate these new ideas without preliminary explanation. Being more sensitive to ideas than most they will be living according to precepts that will not emerge in, and be accepted by the mind of the average person until they can be explained logically, something that may not be possible for many years. Intuition awakens in receptive individuals new understandings of both themselves, other people and the world in which they live.
Self Image (Body) (Sa)
It is quite obvious to all of us that our physical appearance as individuals varies enormously. It is also common knowledge that heredity and environment play a large part in who and what we are. All these factors result in the individual as they grow up developing a belief system they use to describe and explain themselves and the world in which they live, however, this belief system does not necessarily reflect reality.
Most of us have heard sad tales about young girls who start dieting to slim to a size they consider to be acceptable, but who then cannot stop losing weight and eventually contract Anorexia Nervosa. Then although they are nothing more than skin and bone they refuse to eat as they still believe themselves to be overweight.
We might call this belief system the individual's physical self image, and note that it is the limitation they place upon themselves, ie the means by which they define who and what they are, and also what they allow or prevent themselves from expressing as overt physical behaviour.
Self image, although partly constructed by experience also creates and interprets experience. Thus someone with a strong self image is less likely to allow future experiences to alter that image than is someone not strong in this area.
A Self Image Scale
If we establish a scale of self image ranging from 0 to 100 we might say that level 98 brings an individual who is very strongly centred in their body and the image they have of themselves and of their physical reality. They will stand up well to the knocks and trials life brings, but find it difficult to learn new ways of seeing both themselves and the outside world. Any changes which do occur are only likely to happen because of intense, often unpleasant, experiences.
A scale level 2 person is constantly reviewing who they are in the light of what is happening to them. Such an individual can easily be overcome by adversity, and if subject to extremes of pressure, opt out of material life by taking refuge in dreams and illusion.