I did a bit of psych of religion studies a few years back, and one of the things I came across was the model of Interacting Cognitive Subsystems. Basically, it posits that we have (amongst nine or so other systems) both a rational-literal-linguistic 'propositional
' system and
a transrational-mythic-imaginative-experiential 'implicational
' system of thinking. The implicational is older in evolutionary terms, and deals with instincts and emotions. The point of ICS is that both of those main subsystems create meaningful experiences and a sense of identity, so both need to be 'fed' as it were.
In my experience with some organised religion, the experience-based implicational system is stimulated, but the rational propositional system is seen as suspect because it leads to questioning and doubt. However, with rationalist atheism I have found that the rational propositional approach is stressed to the exclusion of imagination, myth, symbol, ritual etc. These things are seen as suspect, irrational and unscientific.
What I have found with Druidry so far (I am only a beginner yet), is that both systems and thinking styles are nurtured equally, to allow the fullness of the mind to develop. I like that I don't have to switch off reason and doubt and just 'have faith' but that I can also enter into the transrational world of myth and imaginative creation as well. It seems to be a very holistic view of the mind. As far as I know, Druidry does not hold the view that we should ignore, suppress, or subdue any part of our mind, for it is all a part of Nature.
I don't claim to have any idea what the mind is, however. I have an opinion that it's an emergent property of the brain (human and non-human alike) but I could be wrong. Consciousness is a funny old thing!