2016-167 There is a natural order in all things, and yet there is so much diversity that this order is sometimes difficult to see. One can see the natural order of things when order or alignment is established within the person. As we have said in other ways, even though there is order, there is also flexibility, spontaneity—in other words, the order is not restrictive of freedom or creativity or expression. Instead the order enhances nature and one’s natural ability to be expressive and creative. This is particularly important when we look at the components of human consciousness where there is intellect, the mind, intuition, instinct, the imaginal function, the emotions, the senses—all of these exist within the human being almost as if they are separate entities. In addition to this, there is the ego and all of the multiple things that are expressions of the ego. So we wish to speak about the principal cause of ignorance. When there is a system like the human being, one or more parts of the system can appear to rule, and might actually rule the whole system. This is easy to see with things like emotions, where the emotion can become so intense that it overrules thought or intuition or even the ability to sense something in the surroundings like smell or taste or touch. But the intellect can also rule all of the systems. The mind of a person can be simply intuitive or function in the imaginal realm and lose touch or lose grounding in physical reality and have trouble taking care of their own needs or the needs of those in their family. So the question is, how is order established in this system in such a way that everything functions in an optimal way and where the intellect is free to function? Where intuition functions? Where instinct functions? When the ideal is used in meditation, the ideal oversees the meditation process. Once the ideal is established in meditation, without any extra effort, the ideal becomes the ordering function of all the many parts of a human being. This is why when someone is ruled by their physical needs, the excessive reliance on the senses in effect creates an imbalance in the life that can lead to various forms of illness or disease. So we can see how with the ideal there is a balance in the system that does not allow one of the lesser conscious, lesser aware organs or functions control the process within the human being. It allows the higher consciousness to set the order. This is similar in some ways to the loves that Swedenborg spoke of in the disordering of love as a source of difficulty and disease within the human being.
2016-169 When the human being does not recognize that they are a spiritual being and does not recognize that the ideal is an expression of the highest self within them, and also an expression of God, then the ability to create the alignment or order that we just spoke of becomes very difficult, because the will cannot hold all of this in alignment. That is why the will breaks down. The mind cannot hold it because something else will replace that within the mind. The intuition cannot hold it, because even though the intuition can be strong in the moment, it is not at the highest level of consciousness and awareness, even though it is one of the best at approaching the higher awareness. So we can see that the ideal, the consciousness of Christ, the cosmic consciousness of the being is the ordering principle, and knowledge of this is the primary factor that overcomes ignorance. All other decisions and knowledge, all other learning continue to function in ignorance if the ideal is not acknowledged because the mind can take over, the emotions can take over, fear can take over, the ego can take over, and when these take over they do not have the same level of awareness, and there is a greater propensity for unintended consequences to occur.