Re: DSM: Whole Other World


Rick Stansberger (rickstan@zianet.com)
Wed, 15 Nov 2000 20:10:27 -0700


If intellect is a programmed response, what would you call the brain's innate
ability to process information?

Rick

Robert Swanson wrote:

> Intellect is a training our minds received when they were open to absorbing
> and incorporating any possibility. We settled into intellect as the
> functioning status quo. It is how to communicate and get along in the world.
> It was modeled as life by adults, media and peers, and so it became our
> lives as well.
>
> Intellect is a way of functioning. It is functioning as a programmed
> response. This response was shaped into our behavior. It is a focus of
> thought energy on the ability to isolate and abstract incoming information
> and to play with that information as separate from its source. This allows
> separate centralized operation of self as individuated from environment.
>
> This egocentric self is an essential part of being human. It was not
> intended to be the focus of our energies because it decreases chances of
> survival. The development "intended" us is first an emotional focus of
> heart, followed by ego development relative to the environment, then these
> are made subconscious so that mental energy can focus on creativity.
> Intellect enables these other functions but is not to be a dominating focus
> to guide our lives by. That is dangerous, and incidentally, unhappy.
>
> Glad to reply,
> robert
>
> on 11/14/00 7:36 AM, Rick Stansberger at rickstan@zianet.com wrote:
>
> > Robert, please tell me what you mean by Intellect. I think you and I might
> > have very different definitions of the term. And I'm sorry for being harsh
> > with you in other messages.
> >
> > Rick
> >
> > Robert Swanson wrote:
> >
> >> All,
> >>
> >> What is it like to dispel the curse of intellect? I am inviting a dialogue
> >> with another (perhaps a student) willing to speak from the depths of
> >> heartfelt congruency. It is a magical experience. Just email me personally.
> >> We will publicize excerpts that get the point across.
> >>
> >> robert
> >
> > --
> > "Weirdness abounds and shatters our illusion of order. Heh-heh. All the
> > dust is being blown out from under the carpet. Wonderful stuff!"
> >
> > Wanda Hamilton-Quinn
> >
> >

--
"Weirdness abounds and shatters our illusion of order.  Heh-heh.  All the
dust is being blown out from under the carpet. Wonderful stuff!"

Wanda Hamilton-Quinn



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