Intelligence Alone is Not Enough

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

Related Reading:
The Body’s True Intelligence
On True Intelligence
Episode 1 – Whole Body Intelligence | Serge Benhayon TV

980 thoughts on “Intelligence Alone is Not Enough

  1. “maybe our connection to our body is where true intelligence lives.” Our 6th sense of clairsentience is felt as truth in the body but do we listen?

  2. On the outside it may appear we have advanced as a humanity with the latest and apparently greatest technology we have available to us, but is it only superficial? Underneath it all, how are we faring as a civilisation, are we more unified, harmonious, loving and living free from war, turmoil, slavery, illness, abuse, oppression and segregation? If we are to answer honestly, we would agree that mostly all these violations are still rife today and that we only have more sophisticated ways of managing and avoiding feeling, seeing and being aware of how unsettling it is to exist in this way through what our deemed ‘intelligence’ has offered us. It begs to question then, where this apparent intelligence is coming from? and if there is in fact a greater intelligence available to us that honors the birthright of every being on this plant to together live the love that we innately are? As such an intelligence does exist, is accessible to all, through our connection to our bodies where we are guided by the love from our inner-heart.

  3. It is easy to use words and talk about a topic or make whatever statement or claim about anything but that doesn´t mean that we know the true meaning of words, understand really what we are actually communicating or express truth by using these words. And so we first have to make sure what we actually define as intelligence before we apply ‘it’ to life.

  4. I have been in reaction to something I was feeling recently, and I can say I just felt even more tension, and feeling even more stuck and very heavy with it all. As soon as I accepted the situation, there was an instant shift, and I heard myself saying ‘Ok, what is my lesson here, I am ready to look at it’! Letting go of my reaction provided more space for clarity, and to how I could support myself – as the very next step I took was to sign up for a short course on this area.

  5. There is no doubt in me that I am always given, what in truth, is true intelligence from my body first. Then I can choose to respond immediately, totally check out from knowing it or sense it and either override or dismiss it. My body knows what true intelligence is … my mind thinks it knows.

  6. True intelligence from the body connects us to the universe and the wisdom of God. What else are we connecting to if it is not from divinity? and surely it must make sense to move in a way that allows this. The amazing reflection of Serge Benhayon and his lived way communicates to the world who we truly are and what true intelligence is and this changes everything and is our absolute inspiration.

  7. Letting go of old perceptions I forced myself to take on board against my own inner knowing I might add, about intelligence, has been amazingly liberating.

  8. A comfortable life, where we are sort of all right, cannot be ‘it’ with what is happening in the world. It is just like our body where everything works together and influences the rest, we are all impacted by what is happening in our world and have a responsibility to contribute to the whole. Shutting out what our body communicates is almost similar to ignoring to what the world needs.

  9. “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 is indeed a conundrum Joel probably for the majority of people. However what Serge Benhayon has presented, and many now have experienced through the way they live as inspired by Serge, is that the body has it’s own innate intelligence which when listened to and acted on, cannot be denied.

  10. Often educated intelligence drives us to consider life in a lineal line- it encourages a drive and pursuit of knowledge and because there is hard work in getting there, when we do get there, it is held as something above others. However, the intelligence of the body and all it knows is equally accessible to all and so there is no struggle to get to it and so there is no investment in the journey and hard work to ‘earn it’.

  11. Why would we trust the head more with our well-being than listening to our bodies. It is almost like that is too simple and everybody can do this equally, you don’t have to go to university to feel what your body communicates. The body doesn’t create separation whereas the mind is all for being individual.

  12. We turn to the mind for the solutions to our dilemmas, whilst in reality the body is a beholder of truth and the receiver of all our choices.

  13. We consider ourselves intelligent but are unable to drink enough water to hydrate ourselves and instead prefer to take in liquids laced with additives, sugars and caffeine. Just by the simple act of hydrating our bodies can have such an effect on our overall wellbeing.

    1. Great points made Julie, we humans really are our own worst enemy, fighting ourselves all of the time, in truth fighting our divinity and thus not accepting that we are more than mere humans.

  14. When I have uncomfortable situations and I don’t want to feel the lovelessness, I will protect myself by a thought that says how awful this world is and this reaction shuts me out from the world. When I feel from my body in this situation and just allow the hurt to be felt, I have no need to change myself to be upset, but can still keep going in whatever I am doing with a loveliness.

  15. We as a society have put far too much emphasis on the ability to mentally recall things (which we call intelligence) and not enough emphasis on developing true wisdom which comes from our bodies.

  16. When I was young I wanted to become a psychiatrist and my parents were really worried that if I did so, I would not be able to handle my personal life which would lead to a dysfunctional family. There is a stigma that psychiatrists are actually not so well off, some suffer from depression other from obsessions – how can we as patients go to these people for support if we know that they cannot be responsible for their own lives.

  17. I have found that intelligence is often used to advance one’s point of view – even if that point of view itself is not intelligent at all. Intelligence without awareness can be quite forceful but is it as useful as we think it is?

  18. It all comes back to the choices we are choosing daily – to remain in connection to our body and listen to the wisdom it brings or get stuck in the arrogance of the mind, that cares not for the quality of the body.
    “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”.

  19. You raise such an important point here that we often choose to ignore what we are feeling and aware of, in favour of a seemingly more important goal that the mind focuses on.

  20. Our mind lives and operates in the world of lies whereas our body is obedient to the universal laws. Our mind can never outsmart our body as it can never win as the body is not afraid to die.

  21. We call ourselves intelligent when we can recall knowledge, yet there is a wealth of wisdom that we each have access to when we live from the true connection of our essence.

    1. It is the combination that works very well. Knowledge without understanding or wisdom can go quite wrong.

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