A Wider Intelligence

Kevin Langdon

 

It is possible for human beings to possess a level of intelligence far greater than that for which men are praised as ``geniuses.'' There are people alive right now who are in the ``beyond human'' category in intelligence. They are not recognized for what they are because their inner lives are beyond the comprehension of ordinary humanity.

There are two requirements for achieving this level of intellect: a new ``ply'' of reason (which I have written about in my analytical tracking papers), and subjugation of automatic belief by the wish to know the truth (work in this direction creates a new discrimination based on direct self-knowledge).

Intelligence is limited by confusion. Useful intelligence is that which provides tools for dealing with situations in real time; confusion results from two simultaneous conditions: failure to reconcile conflicting perspectives and inattention to one's psychic functions in the moment.

Intelligence is further limited by the possession of only a certain amount of psychic energy. The mind is like a particle accelerator; if it is raised to a higher level of energy, new species of phenomena appear.

The visionary philosophical science fiction writer Olaf Stapledon, in his Odd John (``a story between jest and earnest''), presented a thinly-veiled cautionary tale for possessors of a new human strain of broad-band intelligence (not merely efficient filing), tiny in numbers among the mass of humanity and often isolated, surrounded by the stultifying mentality of the crowd-consensus.

As a practical matter, work to confront the truth in oneself is not feasible without a guide. Guidance has been available through the world's spiritual traditions for thousands of years. Today we face a proliferation of empty, imitative religions, either outerly (most Christian churches, packaged ``meditation,'' etc.) or innerly (all the silly ideas of Christian Science, Scientology, and other aberrations of mechanical thought). There are still schools where genuine inner work is conducted, though they are usually hidden. But anyone who searches persistently enough will find one.

For those with the new ``analytical tracking'' mentality, it is important to be in contact with a guide who also possesses this mentality and is sensitive to the issues attendant on it. Such a guide will be much more difficult to find because the new strain represents a small minority and many of those who have the raw ability either gum it up with delusional ideas or choose to hide it to make their lives among ordinary people easier.

Under these circumstances, it may be that the guide must select prospective pupils and present them with the option of working with him, as he is in a better position than they to discern accurately the dual aspects of their simultaneous need for intelligibility and immediacy.

 

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