THREE FACES of MIND
RECOGNIZING THE BRAIN AS AN ENERGY SYSTEM comprised of billions of cells enables us to quit pursuing a fixed intelligence quotient for each individual. Our belief in a brain system of fixed charact-eristics— rather than in a brain system of energy —supported the years of mea-surement that have harmed individuals and plagued schools systems, only to be finally rejected by leading authorities.
We have only one formalized process for accessing our brain and increasing our brainpower: only rational intelligence has been trained an(l validated. Yet in dif-ferent individuals we can easily observe the many different capacities of the human being: exquisite visual and musical capabilities, spiritual sensitivity, emotional profundity, the ability to take action, to move and survive—all indicating that there is much more than rational intelligence involved in our human capacities.
BASIS FOR NEW APPROACHES TO
INTELLIGENCE AND CONSCIOUSNESS
According to Paul MacLean, former Chief of the Laboratory of Brain Evolution and Behavior at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, the whole brain is formed by three different structures, which fulfill three distinct functions: the neocortical system of thought and image; the limbic system located below the neocortex that enables its to desire and to feel, and under both of those, a third structure related to behavior. I saw MacLean’s presentation of a triune brain of three systems—physically and chemically so different yet interconnected into one totality—as the map we needed to guide ourselves toward full human consciousness? If each system contributed to the whole, then how could each system become educated or brought to human consciousness?
From my years of observing children, I knew the importance of identifying an emotional as well as behavioral intelligence if we were ever to improve education. MacLean’s research enabled ate to search out emotional and behavioral intelligence in relation to brain research, just as the research of Roger Sperry—who in 1981 received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery that the right hemisphere also contributes to human intelligence—enabled me to broaden the scope of what was considered mental intelligence.
NEW PHYSICS: BROADENING
OUR VIEW OF THE BRAIN
As excited as I was about brain research, there was still the thorny issue of how to deal with the prevalent mechanistic view of the brain that had been hindering a more complex understanding of human development and education. I had to move beyond pure physiological description to research in new physics.
According to the new physics, all matter is energy and energy is not in a fixed state; it is rather in continuous movement. . Brain matter, then, is energy and consequently also in continuous movement. Instead of inquiring ever more finely into details until discovering sonic fixed and specific features, such as intelligence quotient, the new paradigm opens us to energy and allows us to work with the intelligence as different energy processes in continue motion.
What kinds of vibrations govern my brain structures? What kind of vibrations will enable me to access them? Since the three brain structures are physically different, they also must vibrate at different speeds. The speed of the rational process of the left hemisphere of the neocortex. I began to focus on the physical and chemical differences between each brain system in search of the processes that would give us access to more capacities within our brain.
PATHWAYS TO NEW INTELLIGENCE
The ten processes that have resulted from my search take into account both the major characteristics described iii current brain research as well as the human capacities, which I have been studying in myself and others for many years. Many intelligence are available, latent within all brain structures. Each can be learned an(l practiced as you once learned and practiced the rational process. Each can open yon to new horizons, increased intelligence, and greater consciousness. With this per-spective, I began to develop and teach ten intelligences They are as follows:
THE MENTAL INTELLIGENCES OF
Rational Intelligance: the process by which we perceive information through sequential connections, involving primarily the use of reason, logic, cause and effect.
Associative Intelligence: the process that allows us to perceive information through multiple connections, involving primarily the use of juxtaposition, association and relationship.
Spatial Intelligence the process of perceiving information at a deeper level, synthesized sometimes into images, sometimes into sounds, or other combinations received from the senses and deeper brain systems.
Intuitive Intelligence: direct knowledge with out the use of reason; knowing from within.
THE EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE OF
THE LIMBIC SYSTEM
Affectional Intelligence: the process being affected by something or someone; developing the ability of closeness with a person, place, object, idea, or situation.
Mood Intelligence: the ability to enter into, hold with, and shift from any mood, whether the experience feels pain or pleasurable.
being aware of our desires and knowing what excites and moves us the most; the ability to guide our life in relation to what we love.
THE BEHAVIORAL INTELLIGENCE
OF THE BASIC BRAIN
Parameter Intelligence: the ability to recognize, extend or transform the rhythms, routines, and rituals of our life.
Pattern Intelligence: the ability to know the patterns governing our behavior and being able to alter them when necessary.
Basic Intelligence: the ability to move ourselves toward or away from; being able to imitate or inhibit anything or anyone on behalf of our own life or the lives of others.
Aware of these many INTELLIGENCE, the new thinker is like an orchestra conductor, focusing on music from one section, then another, then all together. Or the new thinker is a surfer, catching first one wave and riding it, then another, moving with waves in continuous motion.
Are these ten processes, ten pathways to consciousness, or ten INTELLIGENCE? The answer is, all of the above. Each process enables us to access different vibrational ranges of the three brain structures. This deeper and diverse access lets us become more and more conscious of areas of our life that we heretofore considered or accepted as unconscious.
The label “unconscious” served to mask our ignorance of the deeper processes within us. Hence, ten pathways to consciousness. Each pathway also enables us to gain more and more information about our life and all life around us. With this information we become not only mentally intelligent, but also emotionally intell-igent and behaviorally intelligent—moving us toward full human consciousness.
Perceiving ourselves as energy systems with multiple realities and various intelligences instead of perceiving ourselves as a single reality with a fixed intelligence involves a tremendous change in human consciousness. Scientific research invites us into an exquisite complexity.
TOWARD FULL CONSCIOUSNESS
The boundaries of cognition need to be opened to include the many characteristics of being human. The concept of intelligence so valued in the Western culture, we can now associate with the many gifts that enable us to live life fully. We now identify spirituality, art, and creativity as processes open to all through intuitive, spatial, and associative INTELLIGENCE. The heart, indeed, has a brain and we have dared to delineate the process of loving as affectional intelligence . In mood intell-igence, we finally honor the darkness of sadness and anger, side by side with the greatness of love. Desire, which for so long we tried to enclose within the limits of reason, has been freed to serve as the life-fire that warms and guides us through existence as Motivational Intelligence.
We now know that the everyday conditions of life are not a reflection of faith or destiny but a “call to attention” for the basic brain. We can actively and conscious-ly search for our old patterns and change them by means of our pattern and para-meter INTELLIGENCE. We are free to move toward and away in continuous motion, being clear now that our basic intelligence enables us to honor and live creation iii the present moment.
Knowing that our human life is in reality energy, just as all other life is, we feel free at last to play our own instrument as a basic instrument of creation. We become the conductor of our mental orchestra—the neocortex the limbic, and the basic brain sections—each one capable of vibrating through all the ranges of energy that extend from the finite to the infinite. Energy is now our common ground. As all human matter we vibrate, the control panels we call our brain systems vibrate, and our whole brain-mind-body vibrates. We are energy beings. This is even more descriptive of us and our potential future than saying we are human beings. It is energy and vibration that now unite us, whether through visible or invisible wave-lengths.
Our three brain systems have always orchestrated the human being. What is new is that we can now know and join together around the unifying perspective of energy and begin consciously to orchestrate each of the brain systems through the multiple processes of intelligence and consciousness.
TEN ACTIONS to guide your daily life.
BASIC. Make up your mind about the value life holds for you.
Put your answer in a few words, in a symbol, or in whatever form seems personal to you.
PATTERN. Do not curse the darkness.
After you have lit a candle, find the pattern involved in the difficulty and change it.
PARAMETERS. Protect a rhythm, routine, or ritual that you love by giving it a lot more time and space in your daily or weekly life.
MOTIVATIONAL. Know the five things that excite you and use them as matches to light up your life.
MOOD. Know how to get something valuable from an experience of sadness or anger.
AFFECTIONAL. Each day spend ten minutes loving something you appreciate in someone, in your environment, or in yourself.
RATIONAL. Once a week or once a month try to understand something that upsets you in your daily life. Look for a solution and carefully try it.
ASSOCIATIVE . Every day associate yourself with someone or something you like or appreciate.
SPATIAL. Choose a few words, an image, or sounds that can inspire and guide you. Place them in your personal environment to enrich you.
INTUITIVE . Practice meditation or quietness daily.
The following practices can prepare you to experience intuitive intelligence.
Try them every day or as often as possible.
Something larger than yourself. Find a belief system that enables you to search ever greater horizons. Your bridge to outer horizons can be faith, trust in God, a belief system, or a curiosity inviting you beyond yourself or more deeply within yourself. Relate your larger belief system in an infinite to your everyday finite existence.
Wonder. Begin by admiring, by being able to be surprised, and above all by wondering. A phrase that has guided me is, “I wonder as I wander at the wonders of the world.”
Everything possible . Begin to trust your guesses and your hunches.
Let yourself include guesses, hunches, suppositions, and conjectures in your daily conversation. They don’t have to turn out to be correct all of the time. Allow yourself the freedom to guess.
Observation. Observe your mind when your thoughts are forming and allow them to come through without being complete.
Relaxation. Learn to relax in any context or in as many situations as possible.
Receptivity. Learn to receive. It is important to be able to change your energy from active to receptive, from yang to yin. It is then important to accept what you receive.
Do not make judgments; do not say it is not what you were looking for . Intuitive intelligence is not about directing but about receiving. Whatever you receive, value.
Silence. Give yourself the experience of silence as often as is possible or approp-riate.
Science of MIND Magazine
March 2002. (Pgs. 18-25)
Excerpted by arrangement:
THE THREE FACES of MIND
Copyright @ 1996 by: Elaine de Beauport
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Church of the Science of God
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