For the reason that the two following higher functions are far from the mind’s ordinary possibilities of understanding , because they can be understood only through direct experience, we won’t spend too many words in explanation which would only produce further misunderstandings. The only thing we would like to say is to give our best wishes to all of you that you would achieve at least one of these sublime states.
Higher Emotional Function
The Higher Emotional manifests itself once an individual has achieved Self Consciousness, when the emotional perceptions change dramatically, with the emergence of a highly superior sensibility, a perception and consciousness of Oneness with reality.
In an ordinary condition, emotional reactions are connected with the presence of a fragmented personality, so we cannot express a state of permanent unity in ourselves nor with what surrounds us.
Oppositely, once an individual achieves a stable consciousness and unity in a stable inner center, there is a possibility of the permanent manifestation of expressions such as Compassion, Unconditional Love, and Loyalty, which arise as a consequence of the inner perception of Oneness with all things and phenomena.
This explains why humans continue to feel emotions such as anger, hate, indifference towards the suffering of others, envy, violence, and fear. Even religious persons, although the religion he follows preaches Love and Compassion, continues to feel such emotions. Throughout the history of mankind, many promulgators of religious teachings and messages of love, executed many acts and barbarities which were contrary to what they advocated. It’s not difficult to notice that in most of the religious fields (but also fields of Inner development), because of dogmatic rigidity toward new ideas or arguments, there are many tendencies toward intolerance towards those who have other points of view.
Following a teaching in a theoretical way, such as studying the biography of an enlightened individual, does not mean one follows the process of development which elevated the enlightened individual beyond the normal human condition.
To gain the states described by those who have achieved them, one must practice a discipline dedicated to self -development. We cannot really be Buddhist, Christian, or Muslim with only the fact that we “follow” the ideals and rules proposed by the corresponding religion. We need to research and to follow the Path which pulled the great Teachers toward the understanding of Reality and the overcoming of human limits.
Belief is not enough. In order to achieve a deeper understanding of a religion, it is useful to gradually develop the skill to recognize the Sacred in all existing things and situations.
The manifestation of the higher emotive allows an individual to grasp the entire gamut of emotional nuances in an objective way, which would otherwise be impossible to notice. Once the higher emotional arises, there is no identification, and its realization allows the complete control of ordinary emotional function. It’s not correct to think that, once we realize the higher emotional, that our ordinary emotions will disappear. This could happen, but it’s not a perogative. What occurs is that the same emotions are “enlightened” from a higher and deeper understanding.
There is a wise Zen phrase which explains this transformation: “Before a man studies Zen, a mountain is a mountain, after he gets insights, a mountain is not a mountain. When he really understands, a mountain is a mountain”.
This quote describes an interesting fact: in an ordinary condition of consciousness, reality appears as covered by a sort of fog. We see things, but we don’t actually observe them, because the ordinary emotive is like a wild sea which does not allow us to see what is below its surface. Our feelings are pulled by mechanical reactions, mental asociations, habits. Once we begin the Inner Work, we begin to notice that life is totally different from what we previously thought: we begin to perceive ourselves and the world surrounding us in a different, seemingly radical way. So, the mountains are no longer simply mountains, and we begin to grasp the reality beneath the appearances.
Finally, once we achieve a permanent higher state of consciousness, we gain, with a new understanding, the “natural” vision of reality. The Higher Emotive expresses a state of constant calm, and all is perceived as part of a natural order which previously was impossible to be noticed.
The structure of the higher emotional manifests in the lower functions and in all of one’s daily life, now directed from deep feelings, belonging to this higher sphere.
Higher Intellectual Function
The Higher Intellectual function is realized in a further higher state of objective consciousness. It’s surely an unthinkable condition for the common thought, and it represents a state when the individual mind becomes unified with the Universal Mind. So, the amplitude of consciousness is so high that an individual who realizes this state can acquire a greater amount of information, than in the ordinary state.
The associative thoughts totally lose their mechanicity, and the intellect becomes definitively emancipated from any emotional and subjective bond. The objective consciousness allows a vision of Reality (what is, as it is), and the higher intellect allows the real discrimination between what is real and what is illusory, so an individual in such state becomes able to evaluate causes and effects which are manifested in the “real world”.
So, a higher intellect allows the possibility to use the mind to recognize what is illusion and what is not, and the dualistic aspect loses its usual incapacity of evaluating what lies between two “colours”. An individual begins to grasp the unity where he previously saw duality, so that he becomes able to “rationalize” something which was previously impossible to understand: the paradox. This is the reason why it is said that only through an objective vision is it possible to approach the great mysteries of the Universe in an intellectual way.