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

1,047 thoughts on “Intelligence Alone is Not Enough

  1. The current intelligence has NOT solved our global plague of exhaustion, it has ignored and arrogantly denied it through increase of coffee, sugar and other stimulants.

  2. Key is really to not react to what we feel or if we react to deeply understand why and heal the cause, develop a new quality, solidify it over time and eventually react less or less often, thus having space to be with what we feel and increase our awareness and thus whole body intelligence.

  3. It’s great that you bring up the subject of honesty here, as I feel we do get more honest when we listen to our body and are prepared to accept that some of our so called intelligent or mind based decisions may not be quite so honest or smart after all.

  4. I’ve found the more I become aware, the less I react and the less I react the less I need to jump for relief or comfort (which 100% of the time are detrimental choices for my body!). Therefore awareness is the key to healthier choices, and in my experience awareness is accessed by feeling and listening to the body’s voice.

  5. As soon as I start looking after my body, my whole way of thinking and moving changes. My outlook on life is brighter and I feel stronger within myself. When I let myself go and neglect my body my thoughts become negative and border on being depressed. This is enough for me to notice that looking after the body changes moods and our own relationship with ourselves.

  6. “our connection to our body is where true intelligence lives” Absolutely and something i am learning more and more each day, makes sense and brings an honesty and understanding to life with the magic of God and the Universe guiding us all the way.

  7. For years people have been recognised by the amount of credentials they have after their name and people have given their power away to this. At what point will we stop and say this isn’t it, this can’t be it.

    I would rather money be spent on the expressions and life of the body instead of whether there is life on Mars or another galaxy exists millions of miles away.

    If we connect to our bodies more surely we can pick up there is more to life then just living and creating, a question worth pondering on.

  8. When our health and well-being is not truly improving on a global scale, it is undeniable that there is a way in which we are living that is not harmonious or balanced for our body. Being willing to take stock of ourselves and be honest about our choices opens up our awareness to feel what makes a true difference to our body from an inner knowing and quality of connection and love, instead of finding solutions with our mind that does not take into account how we are truly feeling.

  9. The mind has played games with my head for some time now and as much as intelligence wise it seemed like a good idea, body wise, it wasn’t supportive.

    I am beginning to realise more and more the body is the boss and it speaks louder and louder when it is not happy with a / the choice/s I have made. It is that simple, no intelligence needed.

    1. Great point Shushila! “If we connect to our bodies more surely we can pick up there is more to life”

  10. Take only one of the facts you have raised here is this alone exposes a lie, that what we call and champion as intelligence, simply cannot be the case. For if you then add all the facts that are what we experience in society today then we are faced with the sobering truth that the intelligence we are being led by cannot be true intelligence at all if it is leading us to live with and accept abuse for ourselves and amongst us. This so-called intelligence is clearly mind driven, in opposition to the truth of our body and Soul, as it obviously does not have our best interest at heart nor is it guiding us to evolve and live together with greater love in our lives.

  11. Trusting our body rather than our mind is an important factor in our health and well being that is so often overlooked and makes a real difference to our lives and the world we currently live in. “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.”

  12. What we have ignored in feeling we would have to look at and behold in love, much more in acceptance and surrender one day, with no exception, which again we are all equipped to be if that’s the case to show us how we are truly made of love.

  13. Right from kindergarten, we need to make sure that our children stay feeling, and don’t as is so often the case, just stay more and more in the head, and intellect.

    1. Yes agreed Chris, as when we stay connected to how we feel, we are connected to knowing who we are and living from this connection of love is the greatest form of intelligence.

  14. An intelligence that is destructive to the body that is, at the same time, carrying the head with that very same intelligence, a head that cannot exist without that body. Where do you see this kind of behaviour in nature? No animal will self destruct its own body, unless it is sick or dying.

  15. ‘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!‘ – Joel, this is deeply insightful. Thinking one way in or out of something is not a confidence building move either.

  16. “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?” If this is the case, and I have come to understanding that yes this is true, then we have really been sold a lie as to the power of the intelligence of the mind; one of many lies we have been sold and have totally brought into with our so-called intelligent minds. Meanwhile our wise and patient body sits waiting with all the answers to all the questions we have been asking.

  17. Where we draw our intelligence from makes a huge difference and I know that being more in tune with my whole body helps me to connect with an intelligence that is considerate of the whole we are a part of…

    1. Yes that is my experience too Fiona. When I go through my day with my mind alone I end up being very lost and when I work with my whole body I know I belong to a far greater whole.

  18. If we are intelligent, why do we keep abusing ourselves? If we are truly intelligent, why are we using the things which we have created to kill and abuse other human beings – what is intelligent about that?

  19. How many of us take better care of our car, our house, our garden, our dog, our children, the environment than we do of our bodies? And does our education include self care, do our parents model self care to us and to what degree? Surely the love and respect that we show to ourselves lays the foundation for all other aspects of life for our body goes wherever we go that’s for sure.

  20. Our world is so caught up in intelligence that comes from university. But our world is showing this is not enough.
    There is a natural intelligence that we all have. Watch a young child as it grows, it does very well without being told what to do.
    This kind of intelligence needs to be honoured for what it can offer. There are many people with no formal education that have a level of wisdom that is needed.

    1. I agree with you, Ken. Recently an experience has shown me that the arrogance of intelligence will only listen to others who have enough qualifications and are deemed qualified to give their opinions. The tragedy is the so-called intelligent person does not realise how closed off they are.

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