All Animals have a Mind–meaning the part of an animal where behaviors originate. In its broadest sense, Behaviors are actions or reactions engaged in by living things. The diversity inside each Animal is directed to the single purpose of creating, enhancing, maintaining, protecting, and defending life. On lower life levels such goal-directed behaviors are not purposeful–for they are merely automatic functions intended to result in the preservation of ones life. To elaborate, even the one cell creature, Monera, the lowest form of animal Invertebrate life, shows directed behavior from its mind mass of a reflex ‘something’–a mind causing it to withdraw from any irritant. When hungry, it wraps itself around an object, like a bit of glue around a gnat, and absorbs the object through its whole body. Whereas the Spiritual instinct purpose of Life is to bring about a reality of unity in the midst of diversity, Life’s physical instinct purpose is to flow, grow, self-sustain, and self-generate so as to become the thing it makes. This applies to all living organisms—from the simplest to the most complex—from the nutritive function in the single cell Amoeba to the blood circulation in humans. Yet, they are capable of being modified. Fishermen who dig up earthworms can readily see that those worms change their behavior on the basis of experience. So do cockroaches (by learning to avoid a shock) and fish (by learning to withdraw from a shadow at the edge of a stream). These justifiably “Selfish” instincts—i.e. inner behaviors triggered by mind impulses and urges—are Cosmic Creative Will manifestations. Their “Indivisible Differences” are driven to common goals by Laws of Survival through the vehicle of a survival, self-preservation, and self-protective desire or necessity. By contrast, “Purposeful” behavior only occurs in those creatures having a consciousness. Some instinctual behaviors are gentle and continuous; others violent and short; some baser, some nobler—yet, all are necessary.
Ancient African Sages concepts, later embraced by Eastern Yogi and Yogini, said God’s Amenta’s Divine Archetypes nor their offspring are part of humans’ conscious thought. Rather, they are located in the human Unconscious as primordial images which cause a predisposition to certain behaviors or instinct-like patterned performances. In other words, these Archetype images act as matrices or molds or “wombs” or containers that guide the activity of physical forces in their work in organizing physical matter into “Things”. African Sages said the brain developed after the mind in accordance with the Law of Mind Desire—or necessity compatible with the Great Plan of God. African Yorubas’ “Ayanmo” says that inside the Instinct Brain are “Ancestral Learnings”—which hint at the subject of the Inheritance of Acquired Characteristics—a subject intriguing to me as a Genetics Fellow at Johns Hopkins. “Ayanmo” is based upon their conceptualization of the Kimetic (Egyptian) Dynamic Unconscious that, in turn, was recently elaborated on by Carl Jung under the name “Collective Unconscious”. In other words, this suggests there are Spiritual and Earth world components to the Instinct Brain–both existing above and beyond the control, or even the “touch,” of the human mind. Although the C15 European word “Instinct” (urge onward, incite, and later impulse) means natural feeling, knowledge, or power resulting from incitement or impulses related to surviving in life—most Western authorities lack consistent beliefs about instincts. In fact, the majority of those I researched, like Branden, say instincts do not exist in humans!!!
Nevertheless, all life forms are involved in a system of Cosmic Correspondence, as illustrated by Instincts being a vital part and display of the Cosmic Organism. For example, bacteria transforms nitrogen from the atmosphere and plants absorb it from the bacteria. Plants make the nitrogen into proteins. When animals feed on these plants and each other, they then excrete the nitrogen in urine and from there it evaporates back to the atmosphere. African Tradition’s answer to: “what difference does all this make?” is that to get back on Nature’s cycle is the way to most efficiently and effectively acquire life-course correcting principles. For the question: “Who am I?, if one begins the answer with: “I am this or that,” then one is off the cycle path of Nature—in spite of ones “syllogistic” logical reasoning. One does not get on the Right path until one can “Know Thyself”—i.e. be sufficiently aware of ones essence to say: “I am the likeness of God.” jabaileymd.com