We all have a Dog Mind, that instinct driven part of the mind that leads us to follow whichever of the senses happens to be dominant at the time. We follow habit energies with the same dogged determination as our canine friends when they get a whiff of scent they like. We can keep following the Dog Mind, or we can discover ways to take it for a walk.
We are all but a tincture within the alchemy of consciousness.
We are made up of essences of the Universe, star stuff, and dirt and sea foam. Essences, the way I think of it, are habit energies and archetypes. Expressed in our world of forms, essences materialize through our behavior, through our art, sciences or passions that we pursue.