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BEFORE beginning the study of your capabilities in detail, it is important that you take a general view of your powers. To aid you in this, the soul-energies are here represented by a tree. "Like all graphic devices, it represents the facts only approximately." It is earnestly hoped, however, that this device will help you to gain true conceptions of the human soul.

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The one soul is capable of acting in different ways. These distinct soul-energies are called capabilities, or powers, or faculties. Self is an indivisible unit in knowing, in feeling, and in willing. A faculty is simply a method in which the mind can act. With the tree on the opposite page in view, you may examine carefully the outline of soul-energies.

Keep constantly in mind the central fact that the mind is one and acts as a unit. Each capability supplements all other capabilities. "The soul feels while it knows, and determines while it feels." As you study your individual powers you will recur often to this connected outline, and thus learn to view each of your energies in its relations to your other powers. You will learn to think of a mental power as merely one of your capabilities.

The Perceptive Powers. By these we mean our powers to know immediately. We know at once that ice is cold, that we are glad, that things exist and occupy space. We do not need to reason up to these ideas. We are endowed with capabilities to know some things directly. Our powers of direct insight are known by the following

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We behold immediately material things having qualities. We perceive the mountain as lofty and snowcapped. We perceive ourselves recalling and reasoning. Our capabilities to make present, or to know immediately, are called our presentative powers. As we know di

rectly, or intuitively, we call these faculties our intuitive powers. As perceptive knowing is the simplest form of knowing, we term these capabilities the simple cognitive powers. Cognize, to know, cognition, the act of knowing, and cognitive, the power to know, are valuable terms in mental science.

Sense-Perception, or Sense-Intuition. The Perceptive Powers Conscious Perception, or Consciousness. Noumenal-Perception, or Noumenal-Intuition.


That he may explore the matter-world, man is endowed with sense-perception. That he may gain selfknowledge, he is endowed with conscious-perception. That he may cognize the world of necessary realities and thus build on the rock, he is endowed with noumenal-perception.



By this is meant the power to perceive directly material objects. Self as sense-perception stands face to face with physical phenomena. I know at once this tree as large, green, cone-bearing. This capability is designated by the following


Sense-Perception, or Objective-Perception.
Outer-Perception, or External-Perception.
Sense-Intuition, or Perception.

Each term embodies the same idea-self endowed with the capability to know immediately the outer

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