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

1,185 thoughts on “Intelligence Alone is Not Enough

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. 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!

  6. 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.

    1. 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.

  7. 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.

    1. 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.

  8. 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.

    1. ‘ 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.

  9. 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.

  10. “It is possible that what drives these seemingly incongruent choices is a choice for protection/relief.” Which becomes the addiction of comfort.

  11. ‘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.

    1. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. “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.

  14. ‘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.

  15. ‘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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  16. 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.

    1. 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.

  17. ‘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.

  18. 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.

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