Most of you have heard of the five centers: thinking, moving, instinctive, emotional, and sexual centers. And these are the organs of your psychological life.
In the beginning, we're only concerned with three of those five. We are concerned with three of them because they must be repaired first. We are only concerned with the moving, thinking, and emotional centers.
What does the thinking center do? It reasons… it thinks, cogitates, contemplates all these things. What does the emotional center do? It deals in the realms of like and dislike; it gets crabby, falls in love, cries, gets irritable, and so on. The emotional center does the whole gambit of things that an emotional center can do. The thinking center can't understand it. It can't understand a word the emotional center is saying most of the time, and vice versa. The emotional center cannot understand what the thinking center is talking about; they speak different languages.
Have you ever been in a situation where you're feeling angry about something, but you know you shouldn't be angry about it? This is symptomatic of two centers that can’t agree because they can’t understand each other.
The moving center must move! That's as simple as I want you to think of it for now. As you begin the practice of introspection, don’t get complicated. For example, you walk to the kitchen to warm up your coffee, tea, or something. You take a drink of it. What did that? It’s the moving center. You must look at it and say, “That's the moving center in action.”
It sounds too simple to be effective but trust me when I say this is where you must begin. You must begin by informing your soul, the inner observer, of the other parts and their actions. If you get irritable, you say, “Ah, that's the emotional center getting irritable.” If you start to philosophize or cogitate on something, remember to stop yourself and say, “That's the thinking center.” Only three names right now are what you need to know. Don't worry about your instinctive center or your sexual center. At this point, it doesn't matter.
Primarily because the instinctive center doesn't exist independently; it's part of the moving center. The instinctive center is one part of the moving center primarily responsible for internal homeostatic functions.
The sexual center in most people is too malfunctioning to deal with at this point. It must get sorted out later.
Each of the three centers is home to hundreds of little ‘I’s. At this stage of introspection, we are just trying to get in the habit of sorting out where each of these ‘I’s live.