As you look around the world, it seems for centuries now we have thrown our collective intelligence at life to try to improve things.
We have dedicated our schools and universities to fostering greater intelligence and understanding of the sciences, arts, law, or humanities. We have more ‘centres of excellence’ and more PhD graduates than ever before. Indeed we are smarter by the traditional measures than at any other time in history.
Yet while the mind is an amazing tool and some people use their intelligence for the betterment of mankind, at some point we should step back and take stock of how we are truly going.
- We have domestic violence, family violence, inter-racial violence, sporting violence and, of course, many wars and conflicts that still occur in the world.
- We have religions professing love yet either tacitly or by omission endorsing child abuse and/or the denigration and at times murder of women.
- We have growing rates of preventable lifestyle diseases like obesity and diabetes.
- Then there are the people who have lived with backache, neck ache, headaches, or other niggles for so long they have become ‘normal’.
- We have global pandemics of disease, starvation and ongoing issues with adult and childhood slavery.
Sure we get it right at times and many live comfortable lives, but there are some pretty big things that don’t seem to be heading in the right direction.
If this is the case, and in spite of our high levels of collective intelligence, our health and quality of relationships are NOT improving, it begs the question “is intelligence alone enough?”
If fact, ‘intelligent people’ often do things that might be considered less than intelligent.
- Why would doctors smoke, after everything they have studied?
- Why do some people who have PHD’s in psychology/marriage counselling get divorced?
- Why do the majority of society eat or drink at least one food that is known to be bad for our health and call it a treat?
- Why do some journalists, dedicated to truth, become one sided and biased in their reporting?
- Why does a ‘man of the cloth’ abuse young children, after all their years of studying God’s love and compassion?
In each example there is a person who on some level has made a choice, first of awareness and then an action that leads to a less than intelligent outcome.
But let’s not point the finger… how many of us take ‘better’ care of what we do and how we eat when we get the flu? We may not even go to the doctor but innately know the basics that support the body.
When the body speaks loudly enough we listen, yet when we recover we start doing and eating the same things that contributed to our illness in the first place. The mind seems to kick in and make ‘smart choices’ once again… until the body shows us they are not so smart.
If it is our bodies that send us signals that lead to well-being and our mind that overrides these signals, maybe our connection to our body is where true intelligence lives.
Looking more closely at those mind driven ‘smart choices’, many have a similar outcome – they avoid feeling or ease tension rather than heal it. It gets a mental craving for a certain food not because it’s good for us, but because it stimulates, dulls or soothes us in some way. This is not a bad thing and on an intellectual level this makes sense, but the reality is that physically the body suffers.
If we apply this to the doctor, the counsellor, the journalist, the priest, things begin to make sense. It is possible that what drives these seemingly incongruent choices is a choice for protection/relief. Who hasn’t done the same from time to time?
So we are faced with a conundrum. We have a mind that at times is less than honest about its motives, but that we trust implicitly, and a body that suffers the consequences, that cannot lie but we override regularly.
If this is true, then building true intelligence would start with a deeper connection to the body and relationship to what we feel. It starts with learning to discern the difference between what we feel and how we react to what we feel.
The less we need to protect ourselves or react to what we feel, the less we draw on the mental intelligence to avoid something, which strangely may mean that in that moment we are more free to think!
By Joel Levin, Western Australia
The Body’s True Intelligence
On True Intelligence
Episode 1 – Whole Body Intelligence | Serge Benhayon TV
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Are we really intelligent as human beings…’We have a mind that at times is less than honest about its motives, but that we trust implicitly, and a body that suffers the consequences, that cannot lie but we override regularly.’
There’s a greater intelligence that we can access when we surrender to our innate sensitivity that no mind can match. It’s all about love, respect, care for the body we live in…this makes complete sense and should be the foundation of any school.
This sharing brings me to go deeper. To let go of the pointing out of all that’s wrong in this world and to look at the moments I react and shut down the connection with my clarity to feel. It’s an endless work in progress that is not based on results but in building of a deeper connection within myself and my body. It’s very unique in every student, and equally amazing.
I was talking to a friend recently and they asked me how does the body tell you what is going on? We had been discussing their raised blood pressure so much so they now take tablets for it and it is regularly monitored. Well that is the body telling them something is amiss. The body doesn’t lie and presents to us symptoms that we then take to the medical profession and expect them to cure our ills. They do a magnificent job, but we also have a part to play to look at why in the case of my friend why they have high blood pressure, surely it is not normal? And just popping pills that the doctor has prescribed without looking at life style choices is surely not the cure.
Reading this blog again it is easy to see how we have allowed intelligence to rule over our bodies and what it instinctively knows to be true. I marvel at how the Swallows migrate back to the same nest each year they seem to instinctively know their way back to the same place. But our bodies are just as intelligent, just as marvelous if we allow ourselves to listen to what it is telling us.
Unfortunately many of us have waited until the body was speaking loudly before we listened, ‘When the body speaks loudly enough we listen, yet when we recover we start doing and eating the same things that contributed to our illness in the first place.’
Absolutely and in a world where much is about desensitising and not feeling what there is to feel where do we start? The gentle breath meditation is a very simple and gentle way to start https://www.unimedliving.com/meditation/free
Thanks for sharing this meditation Vicky. It brings me back to feel my body and its absolut delicacy.
Great to re-read your post Joel. If intelligence is all it’s cracked up to be why is our world in such a mess? True intelligence connects with the body and much wisdom can then flow.
There is something amiss with intelligence as it stands, ‘ ‘intelligent people’ often do things that might be considered less than intelligent.
Why would doctors smoke, after everything they have studied?’
Why the world is the mess it is in now is because as history shows us we have let ‘intelligence’ rule over the inner heart. – The time has come for this to switch and for each and every one of us to wake up to the glory within.
Joel you are highlighting major problems within our society
“that in spite of our high levels of collective intelligence, our health and quality of relationships are NOT improving, it begs the question “is intelligence alone enough?””
No one seems to be calling a stop moment to say hey there’s something not quite right here. The way we are all living is clearly not working. If we took all the drugs away from humanity for just 1 month then we would really see the mess we are in. But because we can keep ourselves going on drugs and I include Tea and Coffee into the mix along with alcohol, this masks how sick we really are.
In a conversation at dinner tonight a question was asked ‘how do I truly feel about what is going on in the world today?’ What I got was how sometimes I ‘think’ I feel when in truth I do not allow myself to fully go there .. fully feel what I feel. Great to feel so I can deepen and allow myself to truly feel .. being of it but not in it.
Isn’t it interesting that when we stop thinking from our head we are more free to think from our body and access the innate wisdom that does not rely on a piece of paper to give it credence.
Yep. And how many times do we think from our head and not feel from our body? Which is pretty much why we are in the mess we are in today!
Yes, we do not honour the wisdom of our body, instead we allow thoughts to come in and take over, ‘Why do the majority of society eat or drink at least one food that is known to be bad for our health and call it a treat?’
Not allowing the mind to kick in and fool us, ‘The mind seems to kick in and make ‘smart choices’ once again… until the body shows us they are not so smart.’
I was with someone recently who uses intelligence as a weapon to show their superiority over others. This feels rather arrogant, but I understood that they use their intelligence as a form of protection to fit into a world where they actually don’t feel that they fit into at all. Behind all the bluster of this so called intelligence is a child who is lost and misunderstood and so very lonely. Actually that sums up most of humanity. It feels we are so very lost, we constantly misunderstand each other and are very lonely.
Yes it’s so good to spot that. Also to feel the energy coming through someone so then we can’t judge that person or blame. Getting to know people more intimately and creating good connections – starts to do away with protection, allows vulnerability and can then be an antidote to loneliness and being misunderstood.
When throughout your life you see the world getting worse with illness and diseases increasing, stress becoming ‘normal’, poverty (in all countries … not that it was ever okay in just some!), more people that are homeless, continuous wars, more pollution, more abuse. It is very clear to see that ‘intelligence’ is not the way to go. What did Albert Einstein say ‘No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.’ This is so true. And no problem can be solved from ‘intelligence’ In all I have seen and learned it is only The Way of the Livingness, the way back to our Soul that can bring about true change.
I hadn’t heard this saying of Einsteins, it makes sense, ‘What did Albert Einstein say ‘No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.’ ‘
When we heal our unresolved hurts we no longer need to live in protection.
I am now living free of protection, stripped back and bare and have never felt so amazing in my entire life other than when I was a kid. It makes me realise that I was not living before, not in the true sense of the word.
I agree with you Joel when you say
“We have dedicated our schools and universities to fostering greater intelligence and understanding of the sciences, arts, law, or humanities. We have more ‘centres of excellence’ and more PhD graduates than ever before. Indeed we are smarter by the traditional measures than at any other time in history.”
I recently spent some time with a very dear friend of mine and they are very ‘learned’, in the traditional way. But there’s something missing and I feel it’s because the knowledge they know is as dry as old parchment, there is no vitality to what they know. I feel they are just regurgitating someone else’s ideas, beliefs that have become accepted in society. But we live in a universe that even the scientists say is expanding so how can we then rely on old information? This I feel keeps us all stuck in time and not moving in the vastness of the expanding space of the universe.
‘ I feel it’s because the knowledge they know is as dry as old parchment, there is no vitality to what they know.’ This type of intelligence comes from the head and can be used as a protection against hurts suffered in life. Intelligence expressed from the heart is an entirely different matter and isn’t just warm and engaging, but totally inspiring.
What comes to us when using our heads is not wise, or loving, ‘If it is our bodies that send us signals that lead to well-being and our mind that overrides these signals, maybe our connection to our body is where true intelligence lives.’
To me the greatest evil on earth is religion as it permeates every aspect of our lives, we have little idea just how much it evangels itself so much so that if anyone steps outside the boundaries that encase us then they are set upon and the domination or force that is behind religion comes down hard to crush any attempt at breaking free of the forced encasement we all live in. We are fed that we live in a free society this is the biggest lie and thoroughly evil too we have swallowed this lie hook line and sinker it is buried so deep in our gut that we have no recollection that life could be any different. And again if there is any sign that someone thinks otherwise they are set up to be publicly ridiculed, humiliated and ostracized from the community. We only have to look back at history to know that this is true.
Religion as it stands is certainly corrupt and disgusting, ‘Why does a ‘man of the cloth’ abuse young children, after all their years of studying God’s love and compassion?’
“It is possible that what drives these seemingly incongruent choices is a choice for protection/relief.” Which becomes the addiction of comfort.
‘We have a mind that at times is less than honest about its motives, but that we trust implicitly, and a body that suffers the consequences, that cannot lie but we override regularly.’ I feel the key here is to have an awareness and understanding of the truth of Soul and spirit and what the difference is. However, from experience it is not only just being aware of the truth regarding Soul and spirit but from here being with what everyday choices are we making and why. This is something that is really important and a great reminder to me as I am writing this comment.
Yes, why do we have a part of us that overrides our own health and wellness? It doesn’t make sense until you understand the difference between spirit and soul and what each gets out of life.
Intelligence – how do we define it? “We have a mind that at times is less than honest about its motives, but that we trust implicitly, and a body that suffers the consequences, that cannot lie but we override regularly.” I know which one I choose to deliver truth.
“We have a mind that at times is less than honest about its motives, but that we trust implicitly, and a body that suffers the consequences,” I hadn’t truly looked at the fact that I trust so much of what I think, and can often consider it as truth, even when it’s at times quite denigrating.
As I become more aware of my surroundings I can feel my mind wants to constantly undermine me there are so many negative thoughts that drop in and they are so random. It is such a support to know that they are actually not mine that they are coming from a group consciousness that surrounds us and moves through us constantly.
Thanks Mary I can relate to what you have shared, it’s a 2nd layer of distress to believe it is we who are thinking such denigrating things about ourselves, when it’s actually just related to our energetic alignment and what’s passing through us. It’s never made sense to me that my own mind, a part of my being and body, would try to harm the very thing it belongs to. And, simply, if we ask ourselves if those thoughts come from love we know they do not.
‘We have a mind that at times is less than honest about its motives, but that we trust implicitly, and a body that suffers the consequences, that cannot lie but we override regularly.’ This conundrum is only obvious when pointed out… quite crazy really when we get down to the brass tacks.
rachelmurtagh1 the only person I have come across who has pointed this conundrum out is Serge Benhayon and he continues to expose the lies humanity has fallen for. At least the lies have been exposed for what they are and now humanity has a choice, whereas there was no choice before.
‘We have dedicated our schools and universities to fostering greater intelligence and understanding of the sciences, arts, law, or humanities. We have more ‘centres of excellence’ and more PhD graduates than ever before. Indeed we are smarter by the traditional measures than at any other time in history.’ Indeed, and yet enter many (if not most) of these institutions and along with the supremacy of those who fit the measures of the intellect there are many who don’t who are left feeling marginalised and unworthy. Until we have love as the cornerstone of every walk of life, and a love that recognises us all by essence rather than by ability to regurgitate knowledge, what is studied in our schools and universities really won’t have much impact on humanity at large because if we were brutally honest what is studied there is really a tool for self gain first and foremost, to get ahead in life not really for the greater good.
I agree with everything you say Michelle819
We have more doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, Medical specialists amazing medicines and technology and yet we are so sick as a world population.
The ideology of our current education model has nothing but separatism at its core. We will never find true health from the head, only from a deepening loving connection to the body and to all from the heart – the seat of true wisdom, true intelligence.
I looked up the origins of the word ‘smart’ and many results came up with “pain”. Which makes sense because often these days I listen to my mind rather than my heart and it does cause pain! Be that financial, physical, emotional or mental.
Says it all really … about the word smart and also intelligence.
ha ha that is so interesting. The truth will out! I can completely relate to trying really hard to be smart with an assignment and it hurting my brain – let alone if I ever try to be smarter than another person, that pain hurts both me and the other person.
We really are not so smart as human beings when we use our head to guide us, ‘We have a mind that at times is less than honest about its motives, but that we trust implicitly, and a body that suffers the consequences, that cannot lie but we override regularly.’
So many people choose to listen to their mind rather than connect to their body, maybe we would be wise to build ‘a deeper connection to the body and relationship to what we feel.’
‘If it is our bodies that send us signals that lead to well-being and our mind that overrides these signals, maybe our connection to our body is where true intelligence lives.’ this feels true, It’s like the mind has become above it’s station and should support the body and receive its signals, rather than using a domineering intelligence to constantly give the orders without account of the signals it in turn is receiving.
Yes so the satellite of communication so to speak is the body and not the mind as we have ‘thought’ it to be!
If we want to change the trajectories for preventable lifestyle illnesses and build more honesty in the world, we have to question our championing of our mind and start questioning where the intelligence comes from that impulses us to consume things that harm our body.
Lucy we have been educated to believe that the mind is the master of our bodies. Discovering that this is a whopping lie has been an interesting journey because for years I have dismissed what my body was telling me and relied on my mind instead. Coming back into my body has taken a long time but so worth the hard work. I now listen to my body and do not consume or harm my body because I have come to the understanding that I am very precious and worth looking after. This is as I say, not something we have been taught as part of our education which I have found to be cold and heartless.
You share some great points here. What if we are reacting to what we feel and the simple step of taking a pause when we feel something, to connect to why we are feeling what we are feeling, we might give more voice to the body and not abuse it in our reaction to what we have felt.
I remember Lucy, taking that time may allow us to come to an understanding and acceptance, release the reaction, and continue on in our day in harmony with ourselves.
The trouble is none of us are practiced in the art of pausing but we’re masters in the art of reacting. If we were to be as proficient in pausing as we are in reacting then we would turn life on it’s head.
Alexis and Melinda it seems to me that reaction is an automatic defence mechanism we learn as children to defend ourselves from the incoming negative attacks from family, friends and life in general. Is it a set up to keep us all in the reactions to life because in the constant reaction we do not get to feel and understand what is truly occurring ? That there is so much more to life than what we react to.
Mary I’m not sure that reaction is ‘an automatic defence mechanism we learn’. If a child is brought up in the absolute knowing that they are the Livingness of God and they are taught the difference between Spirit and Soul from the very beginning then I think that they would bring understanding to every situation and although they might not always be able to respond rather than react, I think that their understanding would support them greatly to be able to not be drawn into reactions.
“If this is true, then building true intelligence would start with a deeper connection to the body and relationship to what we feel. It starts with learning to discern the difference between what we feel and how we react to what we feel” this is great, perfect timing for me to read this as i have been studying a lot recently and using my brain hurts, the body is the one that knows.
The mind thinks it has all the answers, it is the body and our connection to the body that delivers truth.
The mind is not so wise, and delivers ‘information’ that can cause problems in many ways.
My experience ( with myself, clients and friends) is that: with a deeper connection to the body, we naturally take more care of ourselves and that means we get more clarity in our lives, and in that we have more confidence and a greater knowing of what is true or not.
This has become my experience too elainearthey. Deepening a connection to myself has developed more confidence and a return to accepting that we do all know the truth, the truth of anything cannot be polluted, but has been veiled from us.
We seem to big up the mind and intelligence yet completely forget about our heart and body!
I know people who are very intelligent and have barely completed school. They can do the basics – read, write, count but they may not have a piece of paper. But how they are with people, how they understand life, how they understand themselves in life and how they question what’s going on and what really matters, shows me that they are equally if not more intelligent. Unfortunately as a society, we still value the intelligence that comes with a career that’s born from a University degree, which definitely serves the community. But unfortunately we don’t equally value the person who may work as a cleaner or in hospitality, who connects to everyone they meet and is always available to work when needed. Asking what is intelligence is one of the most intelligent things we can do.
Academic intelligence is not the only intelligence that is available to us – in fact if we dismiss those who did not go to university as somehow lesser in any way we may well be missing out on much wisdom that we can learn from.
Wise words Doug, well said.
The intelligence of the mind is only truly intelligent if it honours the body in full. Hence true intelligence can only come first from the communications of the body and the heart which will always hold everyone as equal. This is easy to understand but not always easy to put in place and live for much of our society is so ingrained by keeping the intelligence of the mind as the focus and the priority.
Henrietta what if life has been set up this way so that humanity does not reconnect back to their soul?
We certainly are a society and a world of academic excellence with technological advances that are happening faster than we can sneeze. However, we seem to lag behind in quality of relationships and the health of our society is at an all time low with more and more diseases and illnesses with greater severity hitting harder. This to me is a sign that we are not truly advancing – not if such an important component is left behind.
Smarter maybe but not wiser. When we make it more about connection to our inner heart and to all others that is a day I will truly celebrate.
Everything starts and continues with our relationships…and the first one is our relationship with ourselves.
Why are we not taught this? Why is it we are taught from young that we must get a ‘good’ education so we can get a ‘good’ job and be secure in life, but we are not taught how to have a relationship with ourselves first and foremost and then go from there?
Our relationship with ourselves is foundational, do we care for, love, and adore ourselves?
It seems to me, that in the pursuit of what society labels intelligence, we have lost sight of much common sense, and from that loss humanity is living a much lesser quality of life than is actually possible. And this is demonstrated so clearly in the global statistics on the rising ill-health of the world. We may be more intelligent, but we’re getting sicker, so maybe this highly lauded intelligence of the mind needs to examined very carefully and very honestly, before we get even sicker.
Spot on Ingrid – common sense is a key ingredient for a successful life!
Small Children show us true jntelligence. They respond to the demands of life with a very natural way in honoring themselves. They don’t shake hands when it does not feel right. They know all about energies as we all may be can remember ourselves. We know where we are from.
Why we trade this intelligence for a lesser form of intelligence?
The true reason why we also don’t understand how the pyramids are built.
Redefining what intelligence means for us as a humanity would be wise as it is evident, as you have pointed out, that our current understanding and championing of intelligence is not supporting us to live our true potential at all. We have overlooked the fact that there is a greater intelligence that we all have access to, one that requires no university degree or retainment of knowledge, only a commitment to study and honor our connection to our body and our Soul where therein we discover we have access to a wisdom that is ageless and represents the truth of us all.
So true. This wisdom does not require a University degree, and in fact we are harming the next generation telling them intelligence is benchmarked on that level of education.
We need to talk about how we can become more aware about the signals from our body so we do not need to be ill before we are brought to a stop.
Time after time we see that the worlds best minds can’t help with the out of control nature and addictive approach to life that so many of us have. Perhaps indeed it is not the answer but part of the picture and it’s time we become truly intelligent and embraced what is really going on.
Being real and honest about the fact that our bodies do have an integral role to play and that the way it communicates with us is beyond anything that the intelligent mind can muster up. When we allow our body to communicate with not only our body but our connection to our Soul, things become a lot clearer.
We all have made choices that have resulted in a less than intelligent outcome, the key is to back track and reflect on our movements that produced this result.
One of my pet hates is the discrimination in most religions against women. They are so hypocritical in my honest opinion professing love of all but there is such discrimination between the sexes this cannot be true.