The Four Faculties of Mind That You're Always Using -- and What Happens When They Malfunction

These piece talks about the four basic faculties of mind and the consequences of their uneven development.

Four things are going on in all of us all of the time.

You've heard of them, but perhaps not heard much about them.

Those four things are

These four things combine in every moment to give us our experience of life, even of physical reality.

However, they don't often develop evenly -- and when they don't develop evenly, trouble follows.


It may not have occurred to you, but to pay attention requires all four faculties to be awake and working well, together. 

You can't pay attention to something without the intention to do so. 

You can't pay attention, for long, unless you can remember what you are paying attention to

You can't remember anything unless you have the intention to imagine it. 

You can't follow something very well unless you can imagine where it might be headed, based on similar experience; otherwise, without remembering similar experiences everything is a surprise, to you, that catches you flat-footed. Anxiety (and performance anxiety) follows.

All four are needed.


It's pretty obvious what happens when a person doesn't pay attention. That when accidents happen, bad judgments are made, or things get missed that should have been seen.

Intention is equally important. A deficiency of intention leads to poor results, wrong results, or no results!

The results of poor memory are also pretty obvious, so I won't elaborate, here.

Poor imagination shows up as inept problem-solving, lack of foresight, and resistance to change.

Those are the superficial consequences of uneven development.

But there are deeper consequences of uneven development.


Because all four faculties must operate as a unity to operate, at all, when one or more of them are poorly developed, the person feels out-of-control, or at best, vulnerable and insecure. At the very least, they feel unequal to the challenges of life.

That's when changes of circumstances can throw one for a loop. Any new situation (or stimulus) is more than a person feels they can handle. They feel overwhelmed, hypersensitive. Bad reactions or upsets occur. The person feels unable to cope. Anxiety ensues.

In extreme cases of uneven development, the person may be completely incapable of an ordinary life. They may seem overactive, ADD, neurotic, or clinically disturbed.


Our culture values these four faculties unevenly and so they develop unevenly.

Consider education: It values memory above all the other faculties. People are taught to accumulate memories as if what they remember, alone, will save them. They're not taught how to direct and steady their attention, only that to pay attention may get them what they want or help them avoid what they don't want. It's somehow assumed that everybody is able to pay attention, if only they decide to do it (not something that anybody who as tried to meditate believes). They're not taught to exercise intention particularly well; they're taught to get by with the least intention possible. They're not taught the value of imagination; they're taught to stop daydreaming -- and rather than to imagine, they're taught to give memorized "right answers" that came from somebody else! 

In conventional education, it's a case of overdevelopment of memory at the expense of the other faculties.

Trauma also has a role in poor operation of these faculties. Trauma leads to suppression of memory, to not paying attention to anything resembling the traumatic situation, to suppressing imagining anything like the traumatic situation -- or to imagining anything but the traumatic situation as a way to avoid remembering it. It also leads to addictive behavior and irresponsible self-indulgence.

Imbalances of these faculties run in families. If the parents function poorly in one or more of these faculties, the children also tend to function poorly in similar ways because the parents are the children's examples of how to live. That's one reason why dysfunctions (deficiencies and eccentric behaviors) run in families.

Our final example is the entertainment media. They not only cater to a short attention span; they cultivate it. 

Consider how often promotional advertising uses rapid successions of images less than one second in length. In addition to cultivating short attention-span, quick successions of images also prevent seeing and remembering details.

Consider how often video programs and movies get interrupted by advertising, breaking the continuity of attention.

So, family patterns, trauma, and cultural norms cultivate poor functioning of the basic faculties of mind.


When life is too much and anxiety ensues, the quickest way to quiet the anxiety is to get all four of these faculties awake, integrated, and balanced. It's much more difficult and much slower to change the circumstances that triggered anxiety.

Awakening and balancing these four faculties of mind works to quiet anxiety even when anxiety is well-justified!

There are particular procedures to awaken, integrate, and balance these faculties. They are known as The TetraSeed Awakening Invocations.

Here's an example:


There's no better way to understand how this kind of mind-training works than to test it. This first segment is an orientation to the procedure, called, "The Crystal Crown Invocation". In the upper-right corner of the video, you'll seen an ( i ) ("for more"); click it, and you be shown a link to take you to to the first full instructional video segment ("Act 1").

This has been an overview of the four basic faculties of mind and an introduction to the TetraSeed Awakening Invocations. You can find more detailed articles on The TetraSeed by searching for entries, on-line, by using the hashtag,or search-term, #TetraSeedAwakening. 

Lawrence Gold is a clinical somatic educator who has worked with clients facing life challenges and chronic pain, since 1990. He conducts live-on-line sessions with a world-wide clientele. Contact him by email.



Ruthlessness is an attribute of predation -- predatory action -- in service to privilege.

The "Trumpist" movement, mostly Republican, is ruthless. That is its character, as visible in Congressional actions. It applies both to politicians and to the people who elected them: they exemplify ruthlessness.

Ruthlessness is a set state of mind (emotion and rationalization) -- a mindset. It resists change and being changed.

One of the strategies of ruthlessness is to mask itself in the guise of fairness. Be alert, to that.

Ruthlessness in SERVICE to fairness is a benign form of ruthlessness -- empowered fairness. To distinguish (discriminate) clearly requires ruthless honesty.

What Does 'Head-over-Heels' Mean?


Not moving-toward.




In Greek mythology, there exists the story of the hero, Perseus.

Perseus was known for having slain the Gorgon, Medusa, one of the three Gorgon sisters known for their beauty.

The goddess, Athena, transformed Medusa's appearance so that any man who looked upon her turned to stone (hence, the mission to slay her). According to the Greek storyteller, Ovid, the once beautiful Medusa was punished by Athena with a hideous appearance and loathsome snakes for hair for having been raped in Athena's temple by Poseidon. Punishment for having been raped -- not fair and not sensible.

There is a more sensible interpretation, one that fits common experience. Men are commonly "petrified" (turned to stone -- immobilized) by the appearance of a beautiful woman, so that they cannot approach her. This reaction may be an development of Nature to protect beautiful women from men. The snakes-for-hair in the Medusa story help "explain" why men turned to stone -- a literary device.

The "petrified" part goes with "head over heels", entranced.

When standing, most of our weight goes through our heels -- more or less centered around a place on the heel just behind where the little toe ends, but inward.

Off center is off-balance.

Balanced is centered.

Head-over-Heels is balanced, but not going anywhere.

However, it is a good position to go anywhere, from.

However, most people are off-center and off-balance, and so the term, "Head-over-Heels" has come to mean its opposite -- off-balance -- because, in the general vernacular, "Head-over-Heels" means, "in love". People apply it to themselves to signify feeling emotionally off-balance.

And There We Are -- another case of "inverted meanings".

Here's The Invertor for reversing "inverted meanings".

The Invertor

GO ~

On Thinking Beyond Words

Those whose center of understanding is the conceptual mind (words) are plodding thinkers and plodding speakers. They make no leaps of understanding and they communicate no leaps of understanding, but just understand, superficially, and communicate word-to-word.

Such thinkers are predominantly memory-based. (Such people are political "Conservatives" (not conservative) -- and consumer-drones).

Thinking beyond words requires the center of understanding to be feeling-intuition -- the "grounding" of meaning by which words get meaning. Leaps of understanding are bridged by feeling-intuition.

 Appeal to Feeling-Intuition

Such thinkers are integrated memory-imagination based. (Such people are political "Progressives" (yes) -- and creative people like Einstein, Tesla, and Feynman, Jefferson and Madison, Charlemagne, Mozart, Dali, Adi Da, (and others) -- "cultural creatives" (and disruptor/iconoclasts) who contribute the basis of civilization -- and correct its course).

(When people are predominantly imagination-based -- or their imagination is biased by species- or tribal-memory -- they are lunatics -- e.g., "Q-anon" types and authoritarian dictators of all kinds, "conspiracy theorists" -- ungrounded and flaky.)

12,000 years of human history ...
12,000 years of accumulated feeling-tones stored in memory
12,000 years of remembered "knowledge" (world-views) ...
12,000 years of conglomeration and consolidation
12,000 years of ego-formation, dense and self-perpetuating...
12,000 years of conflict, confusion, self-assertion, and power-seeking

and that doesn't take into account what preceded human history ... millions of years of primitive survival adaptation

All forms of information both reinforce -- and ultimately contradict (or are, in feeling, identical to, but in direction, opposed to) -- one another.

That's why and how stupidity has become confused with intelligence and why anxiety and stress are so prevalent.

Humans have learned how to accumulate, but few have learned how to selectively eliminate. It all piles up into the islands of intelligence within the mass of stupidity we see and hear about, today.

If humans don't learn why and how to eliminate, but only seek to accumulate and protect, then "the slate" must be wiped clean.

If humans don't learn why and how to eliminate, then the species must be culled.

Welcome to Earth.


a few words...

How to eliminate, selectively, to free intelligence of the "ballast" of accumulated human experience:

The Gold Key Release