But earth and plants, rocks and minerals, do have consciousness, and this consciousness is the same as that which operates in all material bodies. It is the consciousness which creates, directs, make manifest, and instills life in all there is. This consciousness is that of the highest form of mind, for it knows just how to combine the atoms and molecules. It knows what is necessary for every material form and how to create it.
It must be that consciousness which builds up the material body, also nourishes and keep it in as perfect a condition as is possible. Consciousness is constructive, for even though it destroys in due time the form it has built, it does this in order that it may continue to construct over and over again. It is the consciousness of God, for it works the same in mineral or other matter as it does in man. We shall see how this is so as we proceed.
This self-same form of consciousness exists in every form of life, manifesting more and more of its faculties as it goes upwards in the process of evolution. For instance, in all organic cell, it manifests its directing power; in the almost invisible germ and insect life it manifest what is known as instinct; and so on until, when it reaches the higher from of animal life, it becomes that which we have learned to know as simple consciousness. Into this simple consciousness, we shall now look.