These agents of the mind are popularly referred to as the sense organs but I am calling them agents of the mind to help us see their connection with the mind. When they something is a “sense” organ, it often does not occur to us that it simply means it is an organ that is connected to the brain and consequently connected to the activity or the inactivity of the mind. Lets take a look at them one after the other.
Your eyes are the sense of seeing as you already know but the eyes do more than just seeing. The eyes capture images and send those images to the mind for processing. The reason you sometimes remember what you have seen is not because you have sharp eyes like some people always say. It is because you have been able to send that image to the mind and it was properly stored in the mind. When an image sent into your mind by the eyes is properly stored, it will not be so difficult to remember seeing such image the next time you see something. That explains why you see some people and you can’t remember seeing them. That is why you have met some people but you cannot remember having met them before. All of these have a connection with what the mind has stored up for you to use. Imagine if your mind and your eyes are not in agreement. Then your eyes will see a big truck coming your way but it will send a signal to your mind that what is coming is a bicycle. You will begin to misinterpret pictures and that can be a dangerous thing for us to do.
This as you already know is your sense of hearing and it also helps your mind to store up sounds since it is the one that hears sounds. Whenever you hear a sound for the first time it may not sink properly until the sound it repeated to you. Sometimes after the sound must have been repeated you will not need a repeat of that sound because it would have been stored in your mind and your mind can, on its own, replay the sound to you. That explains why you can be walking on the road and a song just pops up on your mind. That song is one of the several sounds stored up in the mind so it can be easily replayed to you by your mind. Now you can see that your mind is not just for hearing. It is the agent that helps your mind store sounds. That is why you do not take your parents’ voices for your friends’ voices. It is the ear that helps you not to take a television sound for a strike on the keyboard of a computer. One of the ways you know if some sounds are good enough for you or not is because there is proper coordination between your mind and your ears. When there is no proper coordination you will not be able to tell what you ought to listen to or what you ought not to listen to. Why do you think you have the ability to choose from the vast kinds of music that we have today? It’s not just because you have good ears. It is more importantly because your mind and your ears are working in harmony.
Your nose helps to differentiate between what we call odour and aroma. It perceives or it smells. That is primarily the function of the nose but much more than that, it helps as an agent of the mind to store the differences in the smell. It is because of what you have stored in the mind through the nose that you can say a fresh soup being prepared gives you aroma but the same soup three days later gives you odour. It is what you have stored up in your mind through the nose that helps you to say someone who has just come out of the bathroom smells nice as a result of combination of soap and body lotion. At the same time if you see this same person after several weeks without bathing you don’t need anyone to describe the odour to you because your nose has been trained to differentiate between odour and aroma and it has been stored in your mind. It is the proper coordination between your nose and your mind that tells you what to inhale and what you ought not to inhale. There’s definitely a problem when you can’t tell the difference between what to inhale and what you ought not to inhale.
The sense of taste and also the agent of confession is what the mind should be but a lot of people have simply reduced it to a mere object for tasting so the only thing they do consciously with their mouth is to eat. It will not matter if you know it or not but the truth is that you are always using your mouth as an agent of confession and that means if you do not use it deliberately you are most likely using it negatively. When you put something in your mouth it is the connection between your tongue and your mind that tells you that this thing is good enough. And when it is not good enough for consumption it is still the connection between your tongue and your mind that helps you know what is not good enough for your mouth. When your mind is not working properly you can begin to put ordinary leaves into your mouth and appreciate them as food. That sounds like being mad to you but that explains why a mad man cannot deicide the right thing to put into the mouth. The mind and the tongue are not interpreting something properly and what that means is that the tongue will misbehave.
One easy way to understand that your skin is an agent of the mind is to look at how you respond when the sun comes up or when it goes down. Take a look at how you respond when someone hits you or when someone embraces you. All these are feelings like you will say but the reason you can adjust to those feelings is because the mind is working properly. If the mind is not working properly you will not be able to interpret the feelings and to be able to tell which of the feelings is good enough for you or not. I once read about a man whose toes were chopped off by rats because he does not feel anything anymore. The cells in the skin are dead so they are not sending any signal to the mind as per what ought to be done. I also read about a child from Philip Yancey’s “Where is God when it hurts” the deliberate cuts herself because she does not feel pains. At a point when she realized that her mother was feeling horrible about it, she started using that as a tool to get something from the mother if the mother refuses to give her what she wants. She is not aware of the fact that if she keeps cutting herself she will lose so much blood and bleed to death. The cells that are supposed to communicate with the mind are dead!
From all that you have read so far you can see that all your sense organs are connected to the mind and they mainly give signals to the mind. When a signal comes to the mind through the eyes, it may not be the eyes that will respond to the signal. The mind, upon receiving the signal, tells the right organ what to do. If a baby is crawling towards naked fire, it will be your eyes that will send signals to your mind. When the mind interprets the signal then it sends another message to your hands and legs in the direction of that child crawling towards naked fire. If you intend to respond using your eyes because it was your eyes that saw the scenario you would be preparing for a looming danger.
I have taken all the time to explain the sense organs and their connection to the mind simply because I want to pass across a simply message to you. The message is that all your sense organs are the connecting points to your mind and your mind is only as qualitative as what goes into it. Therefore, start a gate keeping process for your mind by choosing what goes in there deliberately. Choose carefully what you listen to. Choose carefully what you look at or pay attention to. When you begin to do this there will be a dramatic change in your life. A great life is simply the result of a great input into the mind. The Bible says, “from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” That can be interpreted to mean your mouth is limited to the quality of what goes into your mind.