By Arcane Book Company
1909. Contents: Egohood; constructing the Ego; Will-Focalization; The Excluded heart; learning the Opposites; Neutralizing Rhythm; Cyclicity and stability; Mentalism in a Nutshell.
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We can find Nature outside us only if we have first learned to know her within us. What is akin to her within us must be our guide. This marks out our path of enquiry. We shall attempt no speculations concerning the interaction of Nature and spirit. Rather shall we probe into the depths of our own being, to find there those elements which we saved in our flight from Nature. Investigation of our own being must give us the answer to the riddle. " I am well aware that many who have read thus far will not find my discussion "scientific", as this term is used today.
We must next ask ourselves how that other element, which we have so far simply called the object of observation and which meets the thinking in our consciousness, comes into our consciousness at all. In order to answer this question we must eliminate from our field of observation everything that has been imported by thinking. For at any moment the content of our consciousness will already be interwoven with concepts in the most varied ways. We must imagine that a being with fully developed human intelligence originates out of nothing and confronts the world.
My observation shows me that in linking one thought with another there is nothing to guide me but the content of my thoughts; I am not guided by any material processes in my brain. In a less materialistic age than our own, this remark would of course be entirely superfluous. Today, however, when there are people who believe that once we know what matter is we shall also know how it thinks, we do have to insist that one may talk about thinking without trespassing on the domain of brain physiology.