is the science of consciousness and its states and operations in Nature and,
if that can be glimpsed or experienced, its states and operations beyond what we
is not enough to observe and know the movements of our surface nature and the
superficial nature of other living creatures, just as it is not enough for
Science to observe and know as electricity
only the movements of lightning in the clouds or for the astronomer to observe
and know only those movements and properties of the stars that are visible to
the unaided eye. Here as there a whole world of occult phenomena have to be laid
bare and brought under control before the psychologist can hope to be master of
observable consciousness, that which we call ourselves, is only the little
visible part of our being. It is a small field below which are depths and
farther depths and widths and ever wider widths which support and supply it but
to which it has no visible access. All that is our self, our being; what we see
at the top is only our ego and its visible nature.
the movements of this little surface nature cannot be understood nor its true
law discovered until we know all that is below or behind and supplies it — and
know too all that is around it and above.
below this conscient nature is the vast Inconscient out of which we come. The
Inconscient is greater, deeper, more original, more potent to shape and govern
what we are and do than our little derivative conscient nature. Inconscient to
us, to our surface view, but not inconscient in itself or to itself, it is a
sovereign guide, worker, determinant, creator. Not to know it is not to know our
nether origins and the origin of the most part of what we are and do. And the
Inconscient is not all.
behind our little frontal ego and nature is a whole subliminal kingdom of
inner consciousness with many planes and
There are in that kingdom many powers, movements, personalities which are part
of ourselves and help to form our little surface personality and its powers and
movements. This inner self, these inner persons we do not know, but they know us
and observe and dictate our speech, our thoughts, feelings, doings even more
directly than the Inconscient below us.
us too is a circumconscient Universal of which we are a portion. This
circumconscience is pouring its forces, suggestions, stimuli, compulsions into
us at every moment of our existence.
us is a universal Mind of which our mind is a formation and our thoughts,
feelings, will, impulses are continually little more than a personally modified
reception and transcription of its thought-waves, its force-currents, its foam
of emotion and sensation, its billows of impulse.
us is a permanent universal Life of which our petty
flow of life-formation that begins and ceases is only a small dynamic