How The Mental Chemistry Works

Universal Intelligence leaves its source to become embodied in material forms through which its returns to its source as an individual or entity. Mineral life animated by electro-magnetism is the first step of intelligence upward, toward its universal source. Universal energy is intelligent, and this involuntary process by which matter is built up, is an intelligent process of nature which has for its specific purpose the individualization of her intelligence.
The basics of life and consciousness lies back of the atoms, and may be found in the universal ether. Mind in the ether is no more unnatural than mind in flesh and blood. The ether is coming to be apprenhended as an immaterial superphysical substance, filling all space, carrying in its infinite, throbbing bosom the specks of aggregated dynamic force called worlds. It embodies the ultimate spiritual principle, and represents the unity of these forces and energies from which spring, as their source, all phenomena, physical, mental, and spiritual, as they are known to man.
The microscopic cell, a minute speck of matter that is to become man, has in it the promise and germ of mind. May we not draw the inference that the elements of mind are present in those chemical elements-carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, chlorine-that are found in the cell? Not only must we do so, but we must go further, since we know that each of these elements, and every other is built up of one invariable unit, the electron, and we must therefore assert that mind is potential in the unit of matter-the electron itself.
Atoms of mineral matter are attracted to each other to form aggregates or masses. This attraction is called Chemical Affinity. Chemical combinations of atoms are due to their magnetic relations to each other.Positive atoms will always attract negative atoms. The combination will last only so long as a still more positive force is not brought to bear on it to break it apart.
Two or more atoms brought into combination form a molecule, which is defined as “the smallest particle of a substance that can maintain its own identity.” Thus a molecule of water is a combination of one atom of hydrogen and two atoms of oxygen (H2O).
In a building plant nature works with colloid cells rather than with atoms, for she has built up the cell as an entity just as she built the atom and the molecule as entities with which to work in mineral substance. The vegetable cell (colloid) has power to draw to itself from earth, air and water whatever energies it needs for its growth. It therefore draws from mineral life and dominates it.
When vegetable matter is sufficiently refine to be receptive to still more the universal intelligent energy, animal life appears. The plant cells have now become so plastic that they have additional capacities-those of individual consciousness, and also additional powers; those of sensational magnetism. It draws its life forces from both mineral and plant life, and therefore dominates them.
The body is an aggregate of cells animated by the spiritual magnetic life that tends toward organizing these cells into communities, and these communities into co-ordinated bodies which will operate the entire mass of the body as a conscious entity able to carry itself from one place to the other.
Atoms and molecules and their energies are now subordinated to the wellfare of the cell. Each cell is a living, conscious entity, capable of selecting its own food, of resisting agression, and of reproducing itself.
As each cell has an individual consciousness, intuition and volition, so each federated group of cells has a collective individual consciousness, intuition and volition. Likewise each co-ordinated group of federations; until the entire body has one central brain where the great co-ordination of all the “brains” takes place.
The body of an average human being is composed of some twenty six trillions of cells; the brain and the spinal cord by themselves consist of some two billion.
The biogenic law proves that every vertebrate, like every other animal, evolves from a single cell. Even the human organism is at first a simple nucleated globule of plasm, about 1.125 inch in diameter, barely visible to the naked eye as a tiny point. The ovum transmits to the child by heredity the personal traits of the mother, the sperm-cell those of the father; and this hereditary transmission extends to the finest characteristic of the soul as well as the body. What is plasm? What is this misterious living substance that we find everywhere as the material foundation of the wonders of life? Plasm is the physical basis of organic life.
All life on this earth began in the form of a cell which consisted of a body animated by a mind. Each cell is endowed with an individual intelligence, that helps it carry on, as by a miracle, its complex labours. The cell is the basis of man, and this fact must be constantly borne in mind with dealing with the wonders with mental chemistry.

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