The human mind is complex yet simple, durable yet fragile, deep yet shallow, also active and reactive. With that in mind, you may wonder how can something be both and different at the same time? Well it is my belief that the mind is present in multiple realities and dimensions, in thought and cognition, that are neither all tangible nor conscious. Furthermore, each of these realities, or dimensions, are different in capacity, durability, emotion, and cognition.
In the depths of each dimension of the mind, there are different needs and wants. The key to understanding what drives you as the person, the animal, or the conscious being, is what I think others consider to be enlightenment or self-actualization as if there is only a single plane of existence. However, I believe otherwise. The facets of the brain are as complex as individuality.
Maslow, in his hierarchy of needs, depicts the aspects of the human in this drawing, but his belief is that they are all part of the same mind. Maslow draws no distinction between them, but if this were so, than an artist who is starving cannot think of art, which is untrue. It is often the passionate human in the person aspect, which doesn’t think of the base needs
The reality of the animal aspect of the mind is that of instinct and self-preservation. It is the base of reaction and instinct. Without this aspect, we would be unable to cope and survive in the natural world. This is also the simplest, but most misunderstood dimension. Throughout history, man has shown the desire to cage or abandon this vital part of the human mind, but it is as much a part of the concept of you as your beliefs or your arm. Understanding this dimension will better your understanding of yourself as a human.
The capacity of this dimension is very limited and serves to keep you alive with mechanisms; such as hunger, thirst, drive to mate, possessions, and territory.
Durability on the other hand is highly resilient in this dimension. It will take nearly any trauma or detriment, adapt, and persevere to keep itself alive.
At this base dimension, the emotion is the most limited, often strong, and confused with emotions at higher dimensions due to its intensity. For example, there are many other emotions associated with different parts of the brain.
Cognition, in this dimension, is basic trial and error. It behaves as a child with nothing to base events on, or objects from each other. The cognition here only serves to file patterns on how to survive and obtain a mate. Most choices and actions are made from this dimension. Often the action comes before cognition in this dimension.
The dimension of person is the place of your needs for emotions to be returned such as love, romance, or acceptance. In addition, this is where your morals, view of society and belonging, and the influence of religion come from. This dimension of the mind is much more complex but easier to change as it is always adapting to the world around it, just as the world itself is.
Ability to apply learned knowledge for communication such as instruction or text falls in the person dimension of the human mind. The capacity for knowledge and art are high at this level.
Here is where the mind is the weakest and can develop severe trauma and phobias. The ability to suppress a painful event or encounter can be limited.
The emotions in this dimension stem from moral, religious, and social interactions and dictates. As a person’s identity forms in these respects, so do emotions and how they manifest in response to abstract ideals and tangible events
Cognition in this dimension is roughly equal between the two different orders of reaction, action then cognition and cognition then action. Here the human has some level of control over their choices, but is often deadlocked or has conflicting feelings about what actions to take, or what emotion they actually feel. This is where the dreams and fantasy portion of the mind exist.
Buddha’s eight fold path is an example of a plan to know the person aspect of the human mind.
This dimension is the mediator between you the animal and you the person. Its function is to attempt to make both happy. Being is usually the easiest to ignore during times of intense emotion or great stress. The ability to understand and utilize this aspect of the human mind, in my belief, is the key to understanding yourself, and how you interact with others.
Different from the other dimensions, the being dimension is where everything is intangible and the capacity here is nearly unlimited. It draws upon experience, common sense, and instruction style learning. For example, being taught a formula to use in math by a textbook is a form of instruction style learning, to decide what is most apt to gain a desired result.
The constraints on detrimental trauma are non-existent in this dimension. It does not have nor need mechanisms to prevent damage. It accepts what one would view as good or bad to be the same, whether events are past, present, or future.
At this dimension, emotion and passion only interact with fact or non-fact emotional responses. From a being level, this is unfeeling and black and white.
Being cognition is a mediator between the animal and the person. In this way it is cognition then action, or cognition of others actions to determine why. Also, this is where a decision comes from. This dimension is very calculated and often knows what can happen several actions before the animal or person is even aware of an event.