The Mind as a Matrix


Reference: Mindfulness Approach



A matrix is a mathematical concept which is applicable to the universe. A matrix is made up of nodes where each node is in some relationship with every other node. The universe maybe represented as a matrix of galaxies. A galaxy may be represented as a matrix of stars and planets. Thus the environment is best represented as a matrix of objects, where each object is related to every other object by distance, gravity, etc.

The environment is a matrix of objects and the relationships among them.

The mind is made up of the perceptions of the environment. It is a matrix of perception of objects. These perceptual nodes are related to each other by the properties perceived for these objects. For example, in an animal mind, these perceptual nodes may be related by their property of being safe and edible.

The mind is a matrix of perception of objects in the environment.

The mind is not something physical but it exists within the physical environment. It stores the perceptions coming from the environment continually. The perceptions affected by time are managed by breaking them down into refined perceptual nodes. The patterns of perceptual nodes when activated provide the perception of time. This is similar to storing a movie using patterns of pixels.

Perceptions are refined into perceptual nodes to store time.

In the human mind the perceptual nodes become still more refined as they store all possible properties of objects. A property, such as color, may be expressed through an infinite-valued scale. The properties may also range from concrete to abstract. Thus these perceptual nodes become numerous as they allow the mind to become increasingly discriminative and abstract. We may call them “perceptual elements”. Errors creep in only when perceptions do not get refined into perceptual elements and assimilated into the mental matrix.

The mind becomes increasingly discriminative with refinement of perceptions into “perceptual elements”.


The Animal Mind

The basic animal mind can be observed to operate entirely on automatic assimilation of perceptions from the environment into its coarse mind. This assimilation takes place on a continual basis. We may call this assimilation “free association”. Please note that this free association is not the same thing as the “technique of free association” in psychoanalysis.

Free association is the natural mechanism of evolution. Free association makes up the entire thinking of the animal mind.

The free association operates in an unbounded, universal context where nothing is suppressed. This allows animals to become part of a natural ecosystem with other life organisms.

Free association is objective in nature because of its universal context.


The Human Mind

In the much more complex human mind, the natural function of “free association” is further supported by “creative associations” of thought. This becomes possible because of the extreme refinement of the perceptual nodes. Thus there is imagination and the faculty to make projections. There is also a deeper faculty of intuition, which comes straight from the fundamental principle of “chaos to order”.

Thought becomes possible in the human mind because of the extreme refinement of the perceptual nodes.

The human thought is objective when it is in sync with the free association of universal nature. However, when it goes out of sync thinking becomes limited to a narrow and bounded context.

Thought is objective when it is in sync with free association. When it goes out of sync it reduces in context and becomes subjective.



The earlier models of the mind have been based on simple duality of functions observed. For example, In 1890s, Freud proposed the model of conscious and unconscious mind.

But the “matrix” model of the mind in this article presents a gradient of consciousness. The greater is the refinement of perceptions into perceptual elements the higher is the consciousness. This explains the greater consciousness in humans compared to the consciousness in animals.

Consciousness is a parameter of the refinement of perceptual nodes.

When the incoming perceptions of experiences do not get refined into perceptual elements, they get lodged into the mental matrix as “unassimilated nodes”. Thus the person is not conscious of such experiences because they could not be assimilated into the refined mental matrix. This describes the concept of “unconsciousness” proposed by Freud.

Freud’s “unconscious mind” is made up of unassimilated experiences.



In 1950s, Hubbard proposed the model of analytical and reactive mind, while stating that the mind is always conscious.

The analytical mind is rational as it recognizes differences, similarities and identities, and comes up with sound judgment. In the matrix model, the natural associations are guided by the fundamental characteristics of order. When the mind is sync with the natural associations through the mechanism of free association, it is guided by the characteristics of order. These characteristics are continuity, harmony and consistency. Therefore, the mind is naturally analytical or rational.

The mind is naturally rational as its associations are continually guided by the fundamental characteristics of order (continuity, harmony and consistency).

When an “unassimilated node” is activated as part of the thinking process it enforces its singular dramatization as perceived. That dramatization is not continuous, harmonious and consistent with the “present” because it is not assimilated into the mental matrix that is continually updated. The mind then appears to be reacting irrationally. This describes the concept of “reactive mind” proposed by Hubbard.

Hubbard’s “reactive mind” is made up of unassimilated experiences.



The models of Freud and Hubbard, which are based on simple duality, imply that perceptions are stored “as-is” in the mind. However, the matrix model describes the storage of perceptions as patterns of perceptual elements well assimilated within the mental matrix, which is continually updated. Since same perceptual elements may be utilized many times in different patterns, the matrix model provides a more efficient way of storing perceptions in the mind.

A “memory” is a pattern of perceptual elements that is activated by attention. Memory is clear and precise when its pattern is made up of refined and well assimilated elements. Memory shall consist of “holes” when the pattern contains “unassimilated nodes”.

A “memory” is a pattern of perceptual elements that is activated by attention.



With the matrix model it is easy to see the difference between the animal mind and the human mind in terms of how finely the perceptions are broken down into discriminative perceptual elements. This property defines the intelligence of the mind.

Intelligence of the mind depends on the refinement of the perceptual elements.



The perceptual elements are related within the mental matrix by means of infinite-valued scales of properties. Thus all perceptions are continuous, harmonious and consistent when they are well assimilated throughout the mental matrix. The better assimilated the perceptions are, the greater is the resolution of the mind.

Power of the mind depends on the degree of assimilation of perceptions in the mental matrix.



As the chaos in the environment impresses itself upon the mind through perceptions, the mind converts the chaos into order by assimilating them in its matrix of refined perceptual elements. The assimilated state of the mind is felt as emotions, which then generates sensations in the body. The emotions and sensations motivate the body to act. The body acts internally to maintain its health, and externally to bring order to the environment.

Thus we have a cycle, which operates from the environment through the mind-body system back on the environment, converting chaos into order. This explains the role of living organisms in the universe.

The purpose of the living mind-body organism is to bring order to its immediate environment, so as to speed up the evolution of the universe.


Emotions & Sensations

The mind is hard-wired to the body through the brain and the nervous system. As perceptions are received from the environment, they are continually assimilated into the mental matrix. This generates impulses in the body to bring appropriate responses from the endocrine, respiratory, muscular and other systems.

These impulses are generated by the mind as emotions and are sensed by the body as sensations.

This determines the health of the body internally and actions of the organism externally. The external actions then bring changes to the environment.


The Flaw

Errors enters into the highly complex human mind, when it is unable to fully assimilate an experience, and act in sync with natural associations The lack of proper assimilation then erodes thought from being rationally creative to becoming discontinuous, disharmonious and inconsistent. This is then reflected through sickness in the body and aberrations in the conduct of the organism.


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