There is no cleavage today between the vital body and the physical body. There is only at times a partial cleavage and what one might call a “loose connection”. The two streams of living energy: life and consciousness, are usually anchored in the head and heart. In the case of certain forms of idiocy, however, the consciousness stream is not anchored at all in the body, but only the life stream has made its contact in the heart. There is no self-consciousness, no capacity to direct action. There is only responsiveness to aspects of the instinctual nature.
Certain forms of epilepsy are due to a loose connection. The consciousness stream of energy is subject at times to withdrawal. This produces the epileptoid symptoms and the distressing conditions seen in the usual fit. In a lesser degree, the same basic cause produces the so-called “petit mal” and certain types of fainting fits. These are caused by the temporary withdrawal of the thread of consciousness energy. As a rule the average man today is a closely knit and functioning unit. At the same time there can be a weakness in the etheric integration so that there is a low vitality, a lack of desire impulses, a failure to register dynamic incentives, immaturity and sometimes obsession or possession. What is called a weak-willed person has nothing to do with the will, but is apt to be the result of this feeble and loose connection between the consciousness and the brain. The handling of these difficulties and the trouble is frequently overcome by increasing the vitality of the body, building up the etheric body, through sunshine, vitaminous foods and exercise, plus correct balancing of the endocrine system. Lack of vitality, immaturity, depression based upon a weak vital connection and lack of interest in life will become less frequent.
I cannot here deal at length with the problems of obsession, due to the withdrawal of the self-conscious aspect of the dweller in the body. It is not easy for the scientific psychological investigator to accept the premise of the substitution of the consciousness of another entity in the place of the consciousness of the one who has been unable to hold the link within the brain with adequate positiveness. Such cases frequently occur, leading to many of the problems of so-called “split personality”. Sometimes this possession alternates between the two individuals concerned. Sometimes more than two are concerned. Then you have multiple personalities. This is due to a definite weakness in the etheric connection of the original dweller. It may be due to that dweller’s great dislike for physical incarnation; or it may be caused by some shock, which suddenly severs the link of consciousness. In this latter case there is no hope of restoration. The consciousness of this dweller is sometimes so strongly oriented in directions other than those of physical existence that a process of abstraction has taken place, with the focus of the conscious interest elsewhere. This is the undesirable expression of the same power of abstraction which enables the mystic to see his visions and which enables the adept to enter into the state of Samadhi. In the one case, the vehicle is left unguarded and the prey of any passing visitor; and in the other, it is left duly guarded and positively attentive to the call and the note of its owner. The clue to success in eliminating these types of difficulty lies in pre-natal care and study of hereditary taints. Syphilis and the other venereal diseases are potent predisposing causes. The development in the child of a positive sense of himself, thus making him positive in thought and training his sense of self-identity, helps towards the elimination of this type of trouble. The tendency to emphasize the vitamins in food and to have a balanced diet is all to the good.
The true sense of cleavage and really serious difficulty comes when two things have occurred:
1. The self-consciousness of the man has reached a point where his desires are so compelling that he becomes aware of their strength, and also simultaneously of his inability truly to satisfy them, coupled with the recognition that there is an aspect of himself which does not truly want to do so. He is then torn in two directions: his desire-mind keeps him dwelling in the realm of longing, while his brain and his physical nature bring to him the conviction that nothing he wants is possible and if possible, does he really want it? This is true of the man whose objective is the satisfaction of his material longings or of the man who is responding to the desire for intellectual or spiritual satisfaction. In one case the cleavage begins to appear in the lower aspects of his desire nature. In the other, it appears in the higher aspects. The conflict has begun and two possibilities lie ahead.
a. Eventual acquiescence of a nature which ends the life in futility, deep depression and a sense of frustration which runs all the way from a submissive life of acceptance to those many ways of escape, and even over the border to death through self-destruction.
b. A furious conflict, based on a refusal to be molded by circumstance or environment. This drives a man on to success and to achievement of his desire or it breaks him on the wheel of life, either physically or mentally.
2. Cleavage comes also when the man fails to use his God-given intellect and so is unable to choose between the essentials and the non-essentials, between right and wrong goals. He must learn to grasp the distinction between:
a. Submission to the inevitable and submission to the urge of his own desire.
b. Recognition of capacity and of potentiality. Many conflicts would be solved through the understanding and right use of recognized assets, thus eliminating impossible goals. When this part of the conflict has been overcome, then potentiality can emerge in recognition and become power in expression.
c. Recognition of individual goals and group goals, between the ability to be social or anti-social. When this is the case, we become responsible for anti-social groups.
The release of many whose cleavage lies primarily in the realm of the desire nature, leading to frustration, can be cured by: Attention to the physical equipment and to the glands, particularly to the thyroid gland, plus the regulation of the diet. Also attention to the physical coordination of the patient, for physical coordination is the outer expression of an inner process of integration. Much can be done by training. Also Interpretation of the life and the environment, given in terms of appreciation. Ponder on this. Also, Decentralization through:
a. The providing of right interests and the right kind of education and vocational training.
b. Cultivation of the power to meet surrounding need, thus evoking the desire to serve and providing the sense of satisfaction which comes from accomplishment.
c. The careful and slow transmutation of desire into aspiration.
Then there is Reorientation to higher goals and the development of the sense of right direction. This involves:
a. The cultivation of a wider vision; The formulation of an inner program, suitable for the point in evolution, but not so advanced as to be impossible.
b. The avoidance of those activities which are doomed to failure.
Later, when the above is grasped, there must be the search for and the development of any creative faculty, thus meeting the desire to be noticed and to contribute. Much artistic effort or literary and musical effort is based on the desire to be the center of attention and is not based on any true creative ability. It is the sense of “I, the dramatic actor”. This rightly used and developed, is of real value and importance. The elimination of the sense of sin, of disapprobation, with its concomitants, revolt, suspicion and an inferiority complex.
We are really considering ENERGY and the relation or non-relation of forces. As long as this is carefully borne in mind, we shall not go astray. The field of energy we call the soul absorbs, dominates or utilizes the lesser energy called the personality. We saw that the human evolutionary process was a series of at-one-ments. Each step forward meant the bringing together of certain types of energy in order that their fusion might produce a more complete person. The problem itself is brought about by the fact that there IS an Observer. This Observer, at certain points in the normal development, comes to the realization that there are cleavages. This Observer suffers because of their existence in his self-awareness. He realizes that he is the victim of the divisions in his nature. Yet—and this is of importance—the man upon the physical plane is unable either to understand them or to heal them without the aid from the soul, the Observer, the higher aspect of himself. For instance, a man suffering from dissociation between the emotional, sentient part of himself and the mental aspect is aware of need, of frustration and of intense suffering and difficulty, yet needs the understanding help of a trained psychologist or of his own soul before fusion can be made and he, as an individual can “be made whole”.
The same truth exists in connection with all the cleavages found in man, but three of these cleavages are of major importance:
1. The cleavage between the mind and the rest of the lower nature: physical, vital, astral.
2. The cleavage between the man and his environment which—when once healed and bridged—makes him a responsible human being who accepts his environment and gives to it of his best.
3. The cleavage between the man (the personality) and the soul. This produces sequentially; A dominant selfish personality; A practical mystic, conscious of the need for fusion and for unity.
Parallels to these states of consciousness are found in the adolescent. They are found also in the man who is integrating into his life work, and also in the thinking aspirant. This is true, whether his thoughts, ambitions are selfishly polarized or spiritually inclined. The sense of cleavage, the need for orientation, the bridging process and the ultimate sense of achievement are identical in both cases.