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The Three Symbionts

Medical opinion says that because the cerebellum is connected to the cerebrum, therefore the two organs form one brain.

Let me consider this ludicrous assertion:

  1. Whereas the cerebellum requires 3 hours sleep in every 24, the cerebrum requires 8 hours sleep in every 24. Thus, according to the current attitude, the combined organ is simultaneously awake and asleep. Surely not! The cerebrum detects the consciousness of the cerebellum as dreams and, because the cerebellum does not have time sense, that is why the dreams do not contain time.
  2. The nerves from the semicircular canals go down to the cerebellum, thus ensuring that the cerebrum has no consciousness of the sense of balance. In fact, the cerebrum is unaware of the stream of impulses which it magnifies into impulses for the muscles in order to keep our bodies upright.
  3. Consider how you wake up in the morning. According to the prevalent attitude, you "just wake up". However, your conscious mind when asleep is quiescent, so she/he cannot awaken itself. Clearly, your conscious mind is awoken by another nervous system. When your autonomic nervous system senses depleted energy levels in your body, she/he causes your body to breathe more heavily, thereby oxygenating your blood more highly, your heart beats faster until there is sufficient oxygen in your blood to give consciousness to your conscious mind. Thus there is another nervous system with intelligence besides your conscious mind.

Thus, there are three nervous systems which are autonomic.

Contrary to received opinion, we each of us have three minds. Your three minds are:

  1. Your conscious mind
  2. Your subconscious mind
  3. Your unconscious mind

The "seat" of each mind is a nervous system which are as follows:-

Your cerebrum, spinal cord and peripheral nerves
cerebrum is a latin word meaning brain. This is the seat of your conscious mind. Henceforth, I shall refer to that mind as big one because her seat is big.
The Cerebellum
cerebellum is a latin word meaning little brain. The ell is a latin diminutive which also appears in patella and umbrella (the latter means little shadow). This is the seat of your subconscious mind. Henceforth, I shall refer to that mind as little one because the cerebellum is little.
Your Autonomic Nervous System
This is the seat of your unconscious mind and is an example of a many-mind. I shall refer to that mind as many one because she has many parts.

In what follows, I shall be using the pronoun she to refer to each mind, but of course if you are a man, they are all male. From now on, she includes he, her includes him.

Your three minds function in different ways and cooperate to ensure the continued survival of the whole organism. They are, in fact, symbionts. Let us examine their characteristics.

Your Conscious Mind

This is your mind about which most is known. Her seat is the largest of the three minds largely because it houses the visual cortex, the aural cortex and the memory. It is now known that memory is a physico-chemical phenomenon: that is, it requires both chemicals and brain structure to function successfully. Memory seems to consist of two main types: knowledge and understanding. However, the understanding of big one is a kind of knowledge and your big one only understands something as long as she can remember the understanding. It has long been known that memory is associative.

This mind can move the muscles of your body, but cannot control them with the precision afforded by little one. Consider an infant learning to reach out and pick up a mug from which to drink. At first, the infant reaches out clumsily and knocks the mug to the floor. That happens because her cerebellum is still immature and is still learning how to control the muscles.

All actions of this mind are based on perception: either the perception based on information from the two optic nerves, the two aural nerves or gross sensation from the body, or perception of memory which seems to me to be what people call thought. Perception takes time, albeit small. When you act on perception, by the time your muscles respond to your commands, the truth has unfolded somewhat, guaranteeing that your action will be in conflict with reality. This conflict manifests itself as the pain, violence and misunderstanding that Krishnamurti talked about.

Learning of your big one involves the production of knowledge which is stored in your memory.

This is the mind which has your intellect and your ego (the centre in Krishnamurti's words). This mind can accept metaphorical meaning instead of the actual meaning of the words. It is this mind which undergoes the revolution that Krishnamurti talked about. It is also this mind which gets corrupted by power and, finally, it is this mind which must see that all action stemming from this mind is wrong action.

Your Subconscious Mind

Your subconscious mind has consciousness, but a consciousness whose intensity is lesser or below that of your big one, and functions completely differently from big one. She does not have memory: learning of your little one produces changes in her synaptic structure which manifests itself as wisdom, which is the ability of little one to respond directly to the unfolding of truth. Power does not corrupt this mind.

It is little one which sometimes has second sight and other mental abilities.

Little one controls and coordinates the use of the muscles by your big one. It is this mind which enables you to speak, sit up, stand, walk, run, play musical instruments and, indeed, gives you all your skills. The control and coordination of your muscles is sometimes termed synaptic control because your little one uses synapses to transfer her impulses to the nervous system of big one across the pons which is a latin word meaning bridge. Note that subconscious control involves neural impulses which we perceive as spontaneous impulses. Your little one cannot, by herself, move your muscles except those of the eyelids: she is limited to tiny impulses such as the jerk of a leg, or the flick of a finger. Blinking is one example of a subconscious action.

Other names for the subconscious mind are second nature and intuition. Have you not noticed the difference between learning to drive a car and when driving has become second nature? It is the difference between using your conscious and subconscious minds.

One of Krishnamurti's great discoveries was that this mind is capable of controlling our actions without the time delay inherent in any action of your big one.

This mind gets her information from tens of thousands of proprioceptors in the body (a proprioceptor is a group of cells which are sensitive to motion, pressure, temperature or chemicals). She gets so much information that she sees the shape of the changing of reality and, with a little experience, is able to see ahead a little. This ensures that when big one acts on her impulses, her actions are in harmony with the unfolding of truth.

Your Unconscious Mind

Your unconscious mind does not have consciousness. She is slower than your other two minds, but is still capable of learning. It is this mind which learns to control your bladder so that you urinate when it is socially acceptable to do so, rather than merely because your bladder contains urine. There you are, in the little room, after a long meeting with a full bladder and wanting to pee, and the pee doesn't come immediately. There is a little pause while your many one appreciates that now is a suitable moment to urinate.

Your unconscious mind is responsible, amongst other things, for the beating of your heart, the speeding up or slowing down of your heartbeat, your breathing, the peristaltic action of your gullet and your intestines, and the correct functioning of your stomach, liver, kidneys and other organs of your body. She also controls the iris muscles in your eyes when you step out from a lit place to an unlit place and the focussing of your eyes.

It is many one who gets sexual orgasms. Fortunately, because all the three nervous systems are connected, you also experience those orgasms consciously.

All mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have the three minds, but arthropods and other animals without backbones and insects only have an unconscious mind.

The Two Necessities

Briefly, the two necessities are:

The development of wisdom

Wisdom is produced by the learning of your little one, so how do you get her to learn? If you do anything consciously for long periods with considerable attention, that doing conditions your little one to do it. For example, when you were learning to drive.

You should observe what you feel and what you think in relation to what is actually going on, as long and as often as you can. Naturally, you will get involved in what is happening and will cease to observe, but whenever you realise that you are no longer observing, you should then again continue to observe consciously. You should continue doing this until you feel joy. That joy comes from little one via the pons, her joy of discovery. After experiencing joy, she will observe of her own free will and you can stop observing consciously.

It seems that your observing conditions your subconscious mind. That is true, but changing her structure removes the conditioning.

Acting on impulse

Once your big one has experienced the joy of little one, you need to act on impulse only. Any other action, based on perception, will always be in conflict with the unfolding of truth as described above. Do nothing until you get an impulse to act. Do not worry that you will, occasionally, not act on an impulse, but will remain quiescent. The more you act on impulse, the more impulses you will get from little one. Just act on as many impulses as you can. Actions based on your wise mind are actions based on wisdom and they differ, ever so slightly, from those based on perception.

The Transformation

The moment when big one sees clearly that any doing instigated by big one is bound to be in conflict with the unfolding of truth, that moment brings about a cessation of action by big one. In that instant of "seeing", big one becomes silent and little one acts and continues to act. As a result, big one will no longer have trains of thought.

What is instructive, is how little one uses the memory and perceptive abilities of big one to ensure the intelligent living of you as an individual.

When your little one instigates all action, and, after all, instigation and control is what little one is good at, all seeking comes to an end. The very silence of big one brings peace of being. This is the benediction of which Krishnamurti spoke so often.

And Afterwards

Is there anything you should do after the transformation occurs? Yes! Live! And more than that, your little one should go on observing. Additionally, I advise you to examine your big one and eliminate any beliefs you find there. The truth unfolds. Does belief unfold? The fact that belief does not unfold means that belief is falsehood. In other words, all that you believe is false. Also, start examining the words you use when you speak (use a dictionary) so that you can ensure that whatever you say is as close to the literal truth as you can get. Your big one may understand figurative language, but your little one does not. She is like a young six year old who has not learnt that words can have several meanings, that figures of speech are words whose individual meanings are not the same as the meaning of the complete sentence.

Ensure that you always speak the truth, because your little one is listening as well as your big one. Remember, do as you would be done by.

Good luck!


This web page was revised by Sian Mountbatten using Efte version 1.1 on 3 Jun 21323.

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