Centers, Wrong Work of
In 4th Way teaching a basic tenet is that the lower centers of man hardly ever work together as they are supposed to.
Mouravieff gives us some common examples of the wrong work or unharmonious development of centers. When considering this, it helps to think of little I's as composed of slices of different centers working together. We remember that each of the thinking, feeling and moving centers is split into positive and negative halves, which in turn are each divided into mechanical, emotional and intellectual aspects. This gives us 3x2x3=18 slices. A little I corresponds to a collection of up to three of such slices. This lends them their different character, interests etc. The possibilities for disharmony or even pathology are practically endless but some forms are culturally more common than others.
Any of the three lower centers may usurp the energy of sexuality. When this happens, they launch into their characteristic activity with a sort of frenetic but ultimately ineffectual zeal. The moving center will climb mountains and set records. The feeling center will imagine grand passions of romance or fanatically embrace diverse causes. The thinking center will build edifices of logic that have nothing to do with reality. The power of illusion attributed to kundalini may be off-hand related to this also.
Centers have their typical hydrogen which they use for fuel. These are higher hydrogens which do not correspond to matter as we understand it. Still, the material metabolism of man produces these. For the thinking center this is H48, the hydrogen of impressions. For the moving center this is H24. For the emotional center, this is supposed to be H12 but due to poor functioning of the system this is not available so the feeling center runs on H24. This causes emotions to lack their possible highest refinement and keeps the lower emotional center cut off from the higher emotional center. This comes from the fact that it simply works too slowly in the absence of its intended fuel. Great intensity or refinement of incoming impressions may produce a surge of H12 so as to allow a momentary contact between the lower and the higher emotional center.
The thinking center may be filled with the hydrogen of the emotional center. This causes a change in its functioning where it loses its capacity to doubt. It can become a simple device for rationalizing the demands of an overriding emotion. This is called emotional thinking. This has chemical characteristics, such a high levels of adrenaline, dopamine, serotonine and so forth, depending on the type of state. Still, these substances are themselves neither H24 or H12. Rather, they are physical manifestations that occur together with this non-physical energy and belong to the general category of H96.
The moving center may take over any area of functioning. This is the most capable and best formed of the centers, benefiting from the whole length of biological evolution. This is justified in situations involving survival but can be limiting otherwise. The moving center is capable of great discipline, up to the point of obtaining quasi-magical powers but these effects are esoterically impure and not Informed by 'heart.' . Thus they are often centered on power for the self. This power can silence any doubt arising from the negative half of the emotional or intellectual centers and thus the magician can be remarkably consistent and free from doubt.
A noteworthy anomaly is the so-called chimera. This is specially favored by a society emphasizing intellect over other values. This is a being with a strong moving center and a strong intellect but a disconnected or atrophied lower emotional center. The coarser drives and passions of the moving center have taken the place of emotion in the chimera. The chimera is not inhibited by remorse and will do anything it does not get punished for. Such can be a reckless adventurer, calculating manipulator and many other things but the main idea is that this form is without moral compass and does not really have any deeply integrated set of values. A psychopath is an extreme form of chimera.
All the peculiarities of wrong work of centers may occur in either Adamic or preadamic man.