Excerpt About Personal Mind
The personal mind is based on the Nous; it couldn’t exist without it. It is based on the actual differentiations and the objective concepts or forms that appear in the Nous, but distorts these forms, reifies them, and renders them opaque. And the distance between the content of the personal mind and reality is further increased and maintained by judgments, reactions, and preferences, which lead to emotional reactions. “I like this, I hate this. This makes me jealous. This makes me uncomfortable. This makes me comfortable.” As we have seen, the origin of these evaluations is the differentiation between pleasure and pain. Then we build on that differentiation: “This is good, this is bad. I like this, I don’t like that.” This pattern develops into the whole story of the personal mind, and can include enormous elaborations about right and wrong—whole philosophies developing out of our personal perspectives. The personal mind focuses on certain segments of the Nous and takes these to be the totality of reality. Mostly, it focuses on the physical universe. We have seen how the nature of childhood development tends to lead to this orientation. Because of this physical orientation, the personal mind normally is not grounded in the essential dimensions. It is based on and prejudiced towards the most concrete and localized level of Nous, rather than the dimensions which include more refined awareness. The personal mind
perceives mostly from the perspective of the pleasures and pains of the body, even when it is affected by Essence. The self-images that determine ego reactions and feelings, even perceptions, are based on identification with the body. Thus the personal mind doesn’t attend to deeper elements at subtler levels of the Nous or Universal Mind, such as Essence and Beingness.