In this paper we present a theory about the fundamental nature of consciousness and mind. The theory draws upon concepts from three sources, the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, modern neuroscience, and the Standard Model theory of particle physics. A central hypothesis of the theory is the existence of a theoretical particle, termed menton, which functions as a force carrier particle. Through the principles of correspondence and influx, a menton is functionally comparable to a photon. However, rather than being assimilated into a recipient electron and thereby adding kinetic energy to the electron, a menton is postulated to conjoin with a recipient electromagnetic field generated by a specific type of neural network within the brain, and thereby add mental energy that confers consciousness or another form of mental activity. The postulated source of mentons is the spiritual sun.
In this article I try to describe the form of the brain by starting as if itwere a tree, moulded by nature and nurture, and then progress to manand how man describes his “soul” or mind in terms of the environmentwhich now includes modern neurodynamics and anatomy. In fact, thebody and brain form a unit, the body-brain (BB), in this order as the bodyis prior to the brain.
Emanuel Swedenborg was a traveler. He took his first European journey in 1710 at the age of twenty-two and his eleventh and last one sixty years later at the age of eighty-two in 1770. From the time of his first trip through his final journey, he spent over twenty-four years or forty percent of his adult life living in foreign lands. These numbers suggest that Swedenborg was either a perpetual stranger or a universal citizen of Europe. Perhaps he was both. Beginning in the mid 1740s, Swedenborg’s travels took on an astounding new dimension when he was called to journey into the spiritual realm almost daily for twenty-seven years. Swedenborg possessed this ability, this gift, throughout forty-four percent of his adult life. He first recorded these events in the back of an unpublished manuscript, called The Old Testament Explained (1745–1747). In 1747 he began to enter his observations in another unpublished document called Spiritual Experiences (1747–1765). From 1765 until 1771 he called public attention to these spiritual journeys by placing them at the end of chapters in his published works, for example in Revelation Unveiled (1766), Marriage Love (1768), and True Christianity (1771). As he recorded in True Christianity 280:1, he acknowledged being “both a foreigner and a native” of that world.