Beezone – Adapted from
Dawn Horse Testament

Adi Da Samraj

Perceptual and Conceptual Mind

The right “consideration” of my teaching arguments
sensitizes you to the two principal functions of mind, the
perceptual and conceptual function of mind.

The first function of mind is the natural and naturally
intelligent perceptual awareness of arising conditions,
without any necessarily accompanying effort to separate from

The second function of mind is the conceptual awareness
of arising conditions, and it is necessarily associated with
an effort to separate from arising conditions and to exceed
arising conditions, because it is always associated with an
effort to know about arising conditions.

The perceiving mind knows whatever it perceives. What it
perceives, exactly as it is perceived, is what it knows.
Perception, prior to verbal, abstract, and interpretive
thought, is participatory conditional knowledge.

The conceptual mind knows whatever it thinks. Whatever it
thinks, whether or not the thought is informed or confirmed
by perception, is what it knows.

Conception, loosely or not at all associated with
perception, is abstract conditional knowledge. The right
employment of the conceptual function of mind can serve a
very useful purpose in the original and general inspiration
and guidance of the ordeal, discipline, and practice of the
way of the heart. Just so, the activities of the conceptual
function of mind generally serve a useful purpose in the
common world, which is the communication and development of
conventional knowledge and practical invention. Even so, all
conceptual knowledge is an abstraction, the purpose of which
is to give conditional beings power over themselves, their
objects, their environments, and other conditionally
manifested beings.

Therefore, if this function of mind is not kept in right
perspective, the motives of power and control tend to
dominate mind itself . Secondary mind, or conceptual
thought, must be disciplined, if it is to be effective in
its proper sphere. Likewise, it must be understood, kept in
right perspective, and, at will, freely set aside when the
analytical and interpretive function is not presently
necessary or useful. You must realize the natural ability to
set aside the secondary or conceptual function of mind, or
else you will be dominated by a compulsive and obsessive
effort to think conceptually, to seek knowledge about, to
interpret, and to separate from the perceived conditional

You must enjoy the natural, inherent, moment to moment
ability to merely perceive, to feel, to be with, and to
wholly participate in the phenomenal conditions of your
psycho-physical existence, or else you will not truly
understand what arises conditionally, nor will you transcend
the limitations of conditional existence.

Through the ordeal of the way of the heart, and by means
of self-observation, developing self-understanding, and the
progressively awakening natural feeling-practice of mere and
always present perception, you must realize the inherent
ability to intentionally relax the chronic, compulsive, and
obsessive tendency of attention to become associated with
the past and the future and even the present.

If moment to moment mere and also perceptible existence
is intolerable to you, so that you are unable to perceive
each present perceptible moment as it is and to feel and
participate in it without recoil, you will exist only in the
secondary or reflected world of time and mind.

Chronic, compulsive, and obsessive verbal thinking or
abstract conceptualizing is a disease. It is, ultimately, a
fruitless or futile effort, and it is a symptom of
self-contraction, egoic “self-possession”, and the absence
of transcendental, inherently spiritual, and divine

If you recoil from perception, the body contracts upon
itself, and the mind begins to function conceptually. In
that case, the single body-mind becomes two, or body and
mind, or mind struggling with body, and body struggling with
mind. Then existence as an apparently conditional self is
itself a struggle, a dis-ease, a problem, a dilemma, a
question, a search for a solution, or a search for power
over the apparent threats to existence. That search, like
the original contraction that produces it, is generated by
the feeling that existence itself is threatened and can be
ended or lost. And that feeling of threat arises from the
natural identification with the gross physical body

Ultimately, you must realize inherently perfect
transcendence of mind itself, or else you will only be
defined by and bound to conditional or phenomenal states.
And the total mind is transcended only in the direct
intuition of the transcendental, inherently spiritual, and
divine condition in which mind, body, and all conditions,
relations, and states of mind and body are arising,
continuing, changing, and passing away.

Effective and “creative” conceptual thinking is a
generally useful and characteristic sign of the human being,
but when the efforts of the conceptually thinking mind
become compulsive, obsessive, and dominant, so that verbal
and abstract analytical thought cannot be relinquished at
will, and things and beings cannot be perceived as they are
and, ultimately, divinely recognized as they are, then the
thinking being is diseased, bereft of wisdom, and separated
from reality.

Chronic conceptual thinking is a compulsive and obsessive
withdrawal or contraction from perception, from direct
experience of natural or cosmic forms, and from sensory or
bodily existence itself. Chronic conceptualizing effectively
creates an alternative conditional reality and one that is
not really physical, not even psycho-physical, or even truly
psychic, but most basically conceptual, or made of mental
abstractions. And fixed identification with the process of
conceptual thinking and the conditional self as conceptual
thinker is identification with a false or un-real self, a
mere contraction from the real or transcendental, inherently
spiritual, and divine self.

Even so, the effort to avoid or to escape conceptual
thinking, conceptual thought, or the conceptual thinker is a
futile strategy. It is futile because it is itself an
expression of the very same effort that is the stressful
origin of chronic conceptual thought-mind and the conceptual

Therefore, the effort to stop conceptual thinking only
intensifies the self-contraction, reinforces the cycle of
conceptual thinking, conceptual thought, and the presumed
conceptual thinker, and generates despair relative to the
ability to stand free of the limiting capability of the
conceptual mind.

The cycle of conceptual thinking, conceptual thought, and
the presumed conceptual thinker is truly transcended only
through the real ordeal of self-observation and effective
self-transcendence, which must become the inherent
realization of the native condition in and as which the
body-mind-self and all of its conditional relations are
arising, continuing, changing, and passing away.

You can transcend the conceptual mind, or all analytical
interpreting and knowing, by observing, understanding, and
transcending the act of self-contraction, to the degree that
you relax into simple experiencing.

You can transcend the perceptual mind by utterly not
knowing. In the progressive process of self-observation and
“radical” intuition, chronic or fixed identification with
the conditional self as conceptual thinker or abstract
knower is first replaced by the feeling-sense “i am the
body”, or “i am the total body-mind”.

Therefore, in the listening stage of the way of the
heart, you must truly realize that you, as the ego-“i”, are
the total psycho-physical or experiencing self, rather than
the merely or exclusively interior or abstract and
conceptually thinking or knowing self.

Thus, you must realize that what you refer to as your
conditional “i” is the total body-mind. When the conditional
self is established as the simple bodily person, or the
total body-mind, perception, rather than conception, becomes
the basic and dominant mode of conditional existence. When
the body-mind relaxes into simple perception, conceptual
thinking naturally subsides. And if the body-mind assumes
this natural participatory attitude consistently, much basic
human energy is released.


Adapted from The
Dawn Horse Testament

Adi Da Samraj


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