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

743 thoughts on “Intelligence Alone is Not Enough

  1. I love what you have expressed here Joel, it is wise and powerful. Yes our bodies are where true intelligence lives and it is our responsibility to live from connection to our bodies and the wisdom it conveys;
    “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.”

  2. The current state of the world with the increase in corruption, wars, illness and disease is a clear indication that the intelligence we have been relying on is a lie and does not work, It is only through our reconnection to our bodies and inner heart that once again we can access the true wisdom that lives within in order to enjoy harmony with the all.

  3. Indeed great examples exposing how although we are so called ‘intelligent’ a lot of what we do is certainly not that and has not been for eons. As you have shared here we seem to have missed quite a major thing. That actually the body speaks and true intelligence is not from the mind but in fact the whole body and being. Focusing on just the mind is like focusing on a tiny speck in the night sky and missing out the whole universe!

  4. It’s really worth pondering on how the mind doesn’t like us to have access to the awareness the body brings and sets on a path of denial that the body talks until the body talks so loudly in the form of illness and disease we cannot but listen. So when I feel tension my mind will want to seek relief and numbing out of that tension – for me this means eating when not hungry, eating foods that will dull, more distraction away from the body for mental orientated activities.

    But what is this tension that I’ve grown up to fear/loathe/hate/avoid? Could it be worth exploring and not ignoring? So much of my life I’ve spent running from tension and seeking relief. What if I just stopped and felt what was being communicated. No-one likes to hear fire alarms but without them …? What if tension is a wonderful way for us to know what is true and what is false and trying to mask this is dangerous for our health.

  5. Being honest about the truth of how our mind overrides the body causing the body harm and suffering, but at the same time accepting that this is what the mind does, this is what we all go through, yet never dismissing what is truly going on, we then have a choice. A choice that is made by the body is much more irrefutable than any choice the mind can make.

  6. Without a connection to Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon I would not have any true knowledge of just how amazing our bodies are and their incredible intelligence! Thank you for sharing Joel.

  7. “… 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…” Its great when this is realised as then it presents an opportunity to make a clear and a truly informed choice as to what we are feeding… the issue, the Spirit or the Soul?

  8. Your ‘taking stock’ list certainly dispels the long-held belief that we are an intelligent species. How can we be when we commit such mind driven atrocities against others and often ourselves? To come to know that the mind is actually not the intelligent part of us but that there is another part, our body, that is truly intelligent is a game, and a life changer.

  9. Very thought provoking blog Joel… understanding intelligence to encompass so much more than our thoughts, is something modern philosophers and scientists have attempted to understand and capture.
    What you’ve shared here sheds more light on it than anything in current literature and makes more sense to the actual experience of thinking, ideas, feelings, emotions etc.

  10. As humanity, we are very good at understanding things on a mental level and we can explain things, like yes we drink coffee because we are exhausted, but often the next step that is needed is left out and that is the changing of the behaviour that is actually not supporting us. And to be able to change a behaviour we need to change the cause of why we are so tired as in this example.

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