Excerpt About Personal Mind
So through the Work the soul can become free from the personal mind. The work for the soul is to go through the personal mind, which we have been looking at as object relations, images, reactions, patterns, and beliefs, as well as ideas, dreams, and identifications. In our Work the soul can become aware of the specific details of the personal mind, with the prejudices and the beliefs it has adopted, and discover that the soul’s reality does not have to be determined by that historical mind. The real concepts—the noetic forms of the essential aspects—correct the distortions. Thus, the more we experience the realm of Essence and integrate it, the more the personal mind is corrected through being influenced by the perceptions of the Nous, objective knowledge about how reality is and how it actually functions. This process is what I call the clarification and development of the soul. The soul is then governed not by the personal mind, but according to the Nous. We begin to live our lives according to the truth of Essence and the truth we experience in the Work, not according to what we learned from our conditioned existence. The more we see the Nous and allow it to function, or allow ourselves to see that it operates, the more we experience a sense of harmony, beauty, love, and all the essential qualities. We then experience an expansive sense of release, a lack of constriction. Constriction comes from trying to oppose the Nous, from believing that we are separate and independent from it, and from operating according to beliefs that have nothing to do with what actually exists.