6 Higher Faculties of The Mind


How do our minds work? When asked the question about how many faculties we have in our mind, many people respond by naming our senses, seeing, hearing etc. What sets us apart from the animals on our earth? Humans are the most evolved on our beautiful planet called Earth. The 6 higher faculties of the mind are marvellous tools which can help us to achieve success and happiness in life.

Alt=An educated person is one who has developed the faculties of the mind
An educated person is one who has developed the faculties of the mind
Reason – One of The faculties

As humans, we can think about anything and desire it because of the reasoning factor which we possess.  The human being can think and act by using  one of these faculties. An animal will act on instinct.

The definition of the verb “Reason”, is: to form conclusions, judgments, or inferences from facts or premises. It involves choosing or selecting certain facts or premises and using them to establish conclusions, judgments or inferences. A person will choose their facts or premises, from either of two areas which are: Ideas which they have formulated and which reside in their objective or conscious mind and information conveyed to the objective or conscious mind, via the physical senses.

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Intuition is one of the faculties of the mind

Memory – another one of the Faculties

Some people say they have a bad memory. This is not true. We can memorize anything we want. Jim Rohn says: We may have a weak memory which requires us to strengthen our mental muscle, similarly to the way we build up our body muscles by using and validating one of the faculties such as this.

One definition of “Memory” is: the mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, impressions, etc., or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences. The facts, events, impressions, experiences, etc., may be generally summed up by the term: Information.

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One of the faculties is reason


Two people can be looking at the same object and they can both have different ideas of it. In other words, they perceive things differently. In this instance, there is no right or wrong. They are merely different points of view.

One definition of Perception from the dictionary is: the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind. Expressed another way, we form a conclusion about a subject or object, either via the information gained via the physical senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch), or via the ideas we formulate regarding said subject or object.  Yet another of the faculties of the mind.



The ability to focus only on an idea and exclude everything else only exists if the mind which set it in motion maintains it. The proper use of the mental faculty of Will, is, so-to-say, to keep a mental image “fixed” in the mind. It may surprise you to know that this is far simpler than it may first appear, once you properly understand what the Will is, as well as what it is not.



Intuition is the realization and recognition of some condition or occurrence, where said realization and recognition transpires with seemingly little or no involvement of the individual’s physical senses.

The truth is that the intuition is a mental factor. We can define intuition as an instant idea or an immediate answer we receive without even thinking about it. One meaning of Intuition is: the direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process.

Alt=Neurons which make up the 6 higher faculties of the mind
Neurons which make up the 6 higher faculties of the mind


The imagination is probably one the greatest miracles of the human being. It is Imagination  has allowed many of the things to be created. All the great inventions that have transformed our lives came by from this wonderful ability we hold. Knowing these higher faculties and how they work, we can develop and use them to achieve anything we want in our lives. Our Creator has given us the tools. We need  to develop them to a higher level.

Imagination, or Visualization, may be simply defined as the formation of mental images or pictures. Whenever a person forms a Thought or an Idea in their mind, he or she is forming an image which corresponds or matches the Thought or Idea. For example, if a person thinks of a boat they don’t particularly think the word “boat” – they almost invariably form an image of a boat they have encountered at some previous moment in time – a boat seen only as a picture in a book.


Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Napoleon Hill Think and Grow Rich:

There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge