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Paper 112—Personality Survival: P3—The Self

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We continue or study of Paper 112 Personality Survival, §2. The Self.

Here we learn something about the association of disparate realities which compose the human self; enabling its potential survival beyond this life.

It would be helpful in the study of selfhood to remember:

   1. That physical systems are subordinate.

   2. That intellectual systems are co-ordinate.

   3. That personality is superordinate.

   4. That the indwelling spiritual force is potentially directive.

In all concepts of selfhood it should be recognized that the fact of life comes first, its evaluation or interpretation later. The human child first lives and subsequently thinks about his living. In the cosmic economy insight precedes foresight.  (1227.10–1228.1) 112:2.1–6

Everything nonspiritual in human experience, excepting personality, is a means to an end. Every true relationship of mortal man with other persons—human or divine—is an end in itself. And such fellowship with the personality of Deity is the eternal goal of universe ascension. (1228.3) 112:2.8

As mind pursues reality to its ultimate analysis, matter vanishes to the material senses but may still remain real to mind. When spiritual insight pursues that reality which remains after the disappearance of matter and pursues it to an ultimate analysis, it vanishes to mind, but the insight of spirit can still perceive cosmic realities and supreme values of a spiritual nature. (1228.6) 112:2.11


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