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From Intellect to Intuition - Chapter Two - The Purpose of Education
Education has also been expressed as "an adventurous quest for the meaning of life, involving an ability to think things through." Who said this I do not know, but it seems to me a most excellent description of the way of the mystic and the technique of meditation whereby the mystic becomes the fully conscious knower. However much one may seek to explain it away, the fact remains that man goes questing through the ages, and his quest leads him far deeper than the concrete externals of the world in which he lives. Dr. Overstreet calls this to our attention in words that carry the true mystical message. He says:

"In the main, we are creatures who see 'things'. We see what we see and usually not beyond what we see. To experience the world as merely a world of things is doubtless to fail of something that is significant. The experience of [37] things, to be sure, is good as far as it goes. It enables us to move about our world and to manipulate the life-factors with some success... It is possible, however, to get a different 'feel' of one's world if one is able to develop another habit of mind. It is, in short, the habit of seeing the invisible in the visible reality; the habit of penetrating surfaces, of seeing through things to their initiating sources."
- Overstreet, H.A., The Enduring Quest, page 114.

Men are now perhaps ready to penetrate beneath the surface and to carry their search within the outer form of nature to that which is its cause. We are perhaps, too apt to confuse the religious spirit with the mystic search. All clear thinking about life and about the great laws of nature, if carried forward with persistence and steadfastness, leads eventually into the mystic world, and this the foremost scientists of our day are beginning to realize. Religion starts with the accepted hypothesis of the unseen and the mystical. But science arrives at the same point by working from the seen to the unseen and from the objective to the subjective. Thus, as has been said, by the process of investigation and of passing inwards from form to form, the mystic arrives eventually at the glory of the unveiled Self. It seems to be unalterably true that all paths lead to God - viewing God as the ultimate goal, the symbol of man's search for Reality. It is no longer a sign of superstition to believe in a higher dimension and in another world of Being. Even the word "supernatural" has become deeply and profoundly respectable, and it seems possible that some day our [38] educational systems may regard the preparation of the individual to transcend his natural limitations as an entirely legitimate part of its affairs. It is interesting to note what Dr. C. Lloyd Morgan in the Gifford Lectures, delivered in 1923, has to say about this word "supernatural." He says:

"There is, I submit, an intelligible sense in which it may be said that, in the ascending hierarchy of stages of progress, regarded as manifestations of Divine Purpose, each higher stage is in turn supernatural to that which precedes it. In this sense life is supernatural to the inorganic; reflective comprehension in thought is supernatural to naive unreflective perception; the religious attitude, with acknowledgement of Divine Purpose, is supernatural to the ethical attitude in social affairs. For those who reach this highest stage, as they deem it, the religious attitude affords the supreme exemplar of the supernatural. It is distinctive of the spiritual man."

and, he adds most beautifully and most appositely, as far as our subject is concerned, that

"The stress for us is on a new attitude, for it is this that is, as I think, emergent. Hence we may speak of a new 'vision,' and a new 'heart,' capable of a higher and richer form of joy."
- Morgan, C. Lloyd, Life, Mind and Spirit, page X, Preface.

In Dr. Hocking's notable book "Human Nature and Its Remaking" he points out that education has two functions. It must first of all communicate the type and then provide for growth beyond that type. Education is intended to make man truly human; it must round out and perfect his nature, and so reveal [39] and make possible those deeper potentialities towards which all humanity tends. The evocation of the will-to-know, and, later, of the will-to-be, must follow a natural process of development. It is in this connection that the method of meditation will be seen as a part of the technique of the higher education which the New Age will see developed; it will be found to be the means whereby the rounded out human being can be still further developed, and led forth into a new kingdom in nature. Meditation is primarily a self-initiated process of education, calling forth all the powers of the will, basing itself upon the equipment present, but producing at the end a new type, the soul type, with its own internal apparatus, and holding within itself again the seeds of still greater unfoldment.

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