The Linking Characteristics
We will now consider the linking principles in the nature of a person which connect the the person's spirit, soul, mind and body and allow them to operate as a whole being.
Logical Thought and Language Ability (Me)
Some individuals have a remarkable faculty for the use of language in all its forms. If this faculty is allied to a powerful mind, the ideas which are communicated can be very deep and profound. If however the related mind is less capable, then the words or symbols which pour forth, although perhaps beautifully phrased and assembled tend to be empty of content.
On the other hand, no matter how hard they try, there are those who are totally incapable of expressing their thoughts coherently. Such inability, if allied to a powerful mind can result in the individual concerned developing new ways of expressing themself, perhaps through painting, dance, or music, or if allied to an underdeveloped mind bring about one who is incapable of any form of intellectual exchange at all.
A Logical Thought Scale
Once again if we propose a scale of language ability skill of 0 to 100, we can say a score of 100 brings one who is extremely adept in the use of language in all its forms, whereas a score of 0 brings a person whose talents lie in other areas.
Western Culture has made a God of the scientific approach and the rational thought processes, because of this, those who lack them are often forced into accepting very minor and subserviant roles in society, a society which makes verbal dexterity and mathematical skills a precondition of entry into some professions the actual practice of which might involve little use of either, and which would in fact be better carried out by those with skills in the area of motivation of, or empathy with, others.
Personality or Heart (Ve)
Some people believe their personality, ie the way they present themselves to the world, is of prime importance, whereas to others it is of little consequence. One school of thought maintains manners maketh man, another believes people should simply act the way they feel without pretence. Certainly in the careers of actors, diplomats, politicians and salesmen all of whom must be able to assume a persona and the appropriate emotional tone at will, success or failure is determined by who they can appear to be rather than by who they actually are.
The technique of donning and removing such a persona is not usually taught at conventional schools, and for most of us the formation of our personality was a haphazard process which took place unconciously as we were growing up. In consequence we are often not aware of how we appear to others, and because we have never explored alternative ways of behaving, our manner of expression has become fixed and rigid.
Even were we all able, however, to consciously control those aspects of our adopted image which we project, we would still find that some are more adept and have a greater repertoire of behaviours than others. In the system described here, this attribute of self is measured by the strength of our personality or acting ability.
A Personality Scale
As with the other factors of being already discussed, if we grade this ability on a scale of 0 to 100 we can in general say that an individual with a high score will tend to have a considerable talent, whether utilised or not, for pretence and role playing. Conversely someone with a low score will probably have little ability for creating and hiding behind an adopted persona, or for successfully lying to or misleading other people.
Emotional Energy (Ma)
We have probably all met at some time in our lives people who are able to express their emotions in a very powerful fashion. We often deliberately avoid angering such people because we know if we do we are likely to be the receipients of an intense thrust of energy that makes us quiver and shake inside. It could be that that same person, when we please them, is capable of making us laugh with joy, or thrill and glow with desire.
We probably also know individuals who simply do not impact us emotionally no matter how hard they try. They might yell and scream at us in rage, beam a glowing smile in our direction, or frown with disapproval, but we just do not feel their energy.
An Emotional Power Scale
Some individuals approach everything they do with great passion and committment, others are simply offhand and uninvolved. Emotional energy and the amount of it an individual has at their disposal can be represented on a scale of 0 to 100. High levels signify powerfully passionate individuals, and low levels those who whilst they might try to be emotionally expressive just do not pack the same emotional punch.
We might compare emotional energy to physical muscles. With both, use is essential for full efficient operation. If we don't exercise our bodies we become flabby and out of condition, if we don't express our emotional energy it retreats into the unconscious and from there re-emerges into consciousness in often inappropriate ways.
Most of us operate at a mere fraction of our potential simply because modern western society has made the expression of our emotions, especially for men, socially unacceptable. As a result when we repress these energies, either boredom and depression steal up on us, or we unconsciously vent our frustrations in emotional attacks upon ourselves, our families, or our work colleagues. If we carried out such attacks at a physical level we would almost certainly be imprisoned for inflicting grievous bodily harm on our victims, however, because so many of us are unconcious of our feelings, such attacks can take place without us being aware of just what they are, or where they are coming from. Many people play emotional power games without truly comprehending the damage they do both to themselves and to others, hence the frequency of heart attacks and stomach ulcers amongst business men and politicians.
Some people have very vivid imaginations and make great use of them, others, when they close their eyes and try to visualise a picture, see nothing but blackness. Some people are extremly creative in manipulating their mental creations, and in consequence continually come up with new ideas and ways of seeing things, others never have original ideas. Some people guide and direct their lives by imagining what they wish to do or to have happen to them in the future, others just let things occur as they will. Imagination and the importance of the role it plays in your life depends upon the innate potential of this facet of being within your makeup.
A Scale of Imagination
Again by establishing a scale of 0 to 100 and placing individuals along it we can draw up a quantitative picture of the capacities of each. Your imagination determines to a tremendous degree what sort of life you will have. If it is powerful and you day dream in a negative fashion then you will be dogged by bad luck, if you day dream and imagine in a positive fashion your life will be a happy and full of achievement. If your imagination is not so strong then luck will probably not play a great part in your life, and the things that happen to you will be due to the way you control some other part of your being, or to the way in which it controls you.
There are those amongst us who have no problem identifying and understanding the feelings that take place both within themselves and within other people. Such individuals are able to accept any feeling and its emotional expression at any time no matter how confused or unpleasant it is. Others, being totally unable to comprehend and interpret what feelings are, shun the emotions completely, either by supressing them or just denying their existence.
Those of us able to distinguish between thought and feeling will know that at times there is a conflict between what we desire to do, and what thought tells us should be done. Our feelings have a life of their own. When this situation arises we are left with the choice of either trying to ignore them, of supressing them, or of giving in to them. Normally we give in, as desires are far stronger than ideals. Any control we do have is usually that foisted upon us by society by way of our conscience. Using this introjected belief system we can restrict our actions and do what we believe is right, but at the cost of denying our feelings and emotions.
A person with an overly strong conscience is a sorry sight indeed. They are either listless and dull, or express their energy through an exaggerated self rightious morality which is used to damn and damage others.
The problem is to smoothly blend the desires and yearnings felt by the soul, with the concepts and ideas generated by the mind. This happens best if we utilise our psychic thought abilities. This involves understanding our feeling motivation for requiring a particular outcome and modifying that motivation if for whatever reason it is not in our best interests as perceived by clear thinking. Or alternatively the best solution might involve modifying our ideas if the requirements of the feelings are more in tune with our best interests.
A Psychic Ability Scale
Those with a high psychism ability say 80 on a scale of 0 to 100 will find this task relatively easy, those with low skills in this area will probably revert to the use of their conscience to suppress the desire, and try to compensate for the denial by feeling righteous, or alternatively simply give in to the desire, rationalise it and live with the consequences.
Those individuals who adventure into dangerous locations to experience the challenge and thrill of testing themselves against the strenuous conditions encountered on mountain tops or within other wilderness areas usually have a bountiful supply of the sort of energy which expresses itself at a material level as vitality and physical stamina. The experiences such people seek out also promote their growth as spiritually conscious individuals because such efforts cause them considerable pain and inconvenience as well as the joy of eventual achievement.
Other people avoid like the plague any foray into new or potentially unsafe areas of being or physical experience, preferring the comfort of established practise and routine to the excitement and disruption that comes with novelty and change.
A Vitality Scale
Your ability to transmute and transform your physical being and spiritual nature can be considered to be mediated by the strength and intensity of your vitality. On a scale of 0 to 100, an individual with a level of 85 probably loves active sports, relishes adventuring into wilderness areas or onto the oceans and enjoys continually testing themselves against the elements. Whereas someone with a level of 10 much prefers to sit down in the comfort of their armchair in front of a blazing fire and watch television, or read a book about the adventures of one of those other hardy types.
From the foregoing it is obvious that every person has different capabilities and capacities within each of the areas of being which we have outlined in our model of a human being, and that if we were able to somehow quantify these capabilities on the scales of 0 to 100 described above we would have a very powerful tool to assist us in our own personal growth as well as allowing us to assess individuals we have not met but perhaps need to know more about for some reason.
Such charts would also be useful in determining the dynamics that were occurring in interpersonal relationships, whether of parent and child, brother and sister, husband and wife, or employer and employee. Before, however, we venture further into this form of analysis there is another factor in the human experience which plays a very important role in an individual's behaviour. This factor is the degree to which a person is capable of being conscious of the various factors of being we have described. We must, therefore, discuss consciousness itself and its manifestation in a little more detail.