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The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger; who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
TWO KINDS OF INTELLIGENCE
There are two kinds of intelligence: one acquired,
as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts
from books and from what the teacher says,
collecting information from the traditional sciences
as well as from the new sciences.
With such intelligence you rise in the world.
You get ranked ahead or behind others
in regard to your competence in retaining
information. You stroll with this intelligence
in and out of fields of knowledge, getting always more
marks on your preserving tablets.
There is another kind of tablet, one
already completed and preserved inside you.
A spring overflowing its springbox. A freshness
in the center of the chest. This other intelligence
does not turn yellow or stagnate. It’s fluid,
and it doesn’t move from outside to inside
through conduits of plumbing-learning.
This second knowing is a fountainhead
from within you, moving out.
Rumi (13th century Persian poet)
This post touches on what it means to be intelligent. Is it about one's score on an IQ test? Results may have something to do with intelligence, but at best such tests can only measure what is necessary, but not sufficient for the true intelligence of wisdom. It seems that both Rumi and Einstein could see there was vastly 'much more' to what constitutes consciousness... 'a fountainhead from within you, moving out,' as Rumi states.
Einstein demonstrated he was more than just a scientist, but that he was, in his own way, also a mystic and philosopher. This is what set him apart, that 'much more' that can never be captured on a multi-choice exam. In this is wisdom, not just of the brain, but the heart unifed with the mind. This is why, after 63 years since his parting, he remains venerated, not just for E=MC2 but for his passion to go beyond numbers.
He once said "I want to know God's thoughts, the rest are details." this statement goes far beyond religious sentiment but to non-dualistic 'knowingness.'
Unfortunately, from what I can tell, there are few scientists out there today that are more than just scientists. I'm not sure many of them will be remembered in the future when Einstein is still being quoted with rock-star status because his passion was to go beyond science into the mysterium tremendum.
To further explore these ideas, I have included a couple of excerpts in the Elysium's Passage series that discuss intelligence.
First from chapter 7 in Book One, Elysium's Passage:The Summit:
I wondered what it would be like to remain isolated in such a primitive old cabin as this. The idea appealed to me as the perfect place to take a break from my daily routine. Perhaps I could give civilization a pass for another day, maybe two, while soaking in this ambience. This would be an ideal venue someday to hold a retreat for intriguing offbeat philosophical discussions.
Or better yet, find an adventurous nature girl who thrives in the rugged wilds. They're out there; I’ve met several very hot ones on various mountain slopes across the world. However, this summit was a little out of the way, practically inaccessible, except with a helicopter.
For much of the day we talked about many things of interest to me. I'm not sure how acceptable our discussions would have been considered by my university department and its empirical standards of interlocution. But then, my new friends didn't seem to care about following the conventions of modern philosophical discourse.
Not that they were irrational; it’s just that they reasoned in ways I didn’t necessarily understand. I wondered what undergirded their thought processes. Perhaps trans-rational or supra-rational; I didn’t know. However, I remembered coming across a book called Tertium Organum by a Russian mathematician and writer named P.D Ouspensky. I believe he wrote this while in Moscow prior to the Bolshevik Revolution, before meeting Georges Gurdjieff, an esoteric philosopher who later became his mentor and associate.
I was an undergraduate student at the time; busy with other things, so only read parts of the book. Prior to that, I hadn’t been sufficiently exposed to esoteric thought to understand much of what he was saying. What I understood though, seemed to relate with how Mo and Eli reasoned: very broad and yet precise, as if there was a more inclusive way to reason than the syllogisms of current scholastic thought.
From what I understand now, this is considered by some in esoteric circles as the domain of third logic. Within its parametric scope, ordinary thought conventions of orthodox philosophy are transcended.
Mo later described Tertium Organum as a system of reasoning that flows from an assumption of the unity of body, soul and mind. By this means, the isolated, fact orientated mind must learn to reason in concert with the wisdom of the heart. Through this broad spectrum, a higher sphere of awareness is achieved, both mentally and spiritually.
‘Unfortunately,’ he said, ‘no one understands this dynamic within the Flatland centres of supposed higher learning, and so it’s no wonder you had such difficulty in understanding this third Organum. It was a much more expansive thought system than you were accustomed to, since it required an appreciation of not just the exoteric outward world, but also the esoteric world of inward spirituality.’
It would be some time before I was able to grasp this novel exemplar, but as I did over time, it was with a certain degree of egoic resistance. In fact, it wasn't until I experienced what I call my magical mystery tour to the Flatlands that I began to recognise how flat and narrow my understanding of reality had been. Though I was a professor of philosophy, my rational discourse was mostly linear since I hadn’t acknowledged the vertical sphere of spiritual reality.
 Peter D. Ouspensky (1878-1947), Russian philosopher, writes, ‘I have called this system of higher logic Tertium Organum because for us it is the third canon - third instrument - of thought after those of Aristotle and Bacon. The first was the Organon, the second, Novum Organum. But the third existed earlier than the first.’
Also, from Chapter 15 of Surreal Adventures, Book Two of the Elysium's Passage series that's still being edited.
‘So do you ever have galactic wars there as depicted in the Star War movies?’
'Galactic wars can and do occur wherever consciousness remains low,' he said, 'but not in my constellation where our frequency on the spectrum has risen beyond mortality and materiality as you understand it.
'Remember, the field changes qualitatively as the collective consciousness rises or falls. This is what gives manifestation to the innumerable communities found within higher states of essence/existence, as reported by your sage Swedenborg. But, even on earth, one can witness this descent and ascent in the various communities, regions and nations that proliferate your world.
‘As for earth, I said, I think our orientation at this time is still more about "as without, so within," rather than "as within, so without," it’s more about what you have, that determines you what you are.
‘Which explains a lot, doesn’t it?' he said. 'And yet is it not most evident that conscious can only manifest what’s within? For example, if we are take that arbitrary scale of collective consciousness I was referring to before, humanity would currently calibrate at about 212 on a scale of 1,000 which is just a little beyond the fulcrum point. But at least that’s better than when I was on earth as one of Magellans ship captains. Though the collective consciousness on earth has evolved, albeit slowly, there are few surprises about which nations calibrate the highest and which calibrate the lowest.’
‘That may be true now,’ I said, ‘but as the world becomes more intelligent through better education, I’m sure the calibration will rapidly ascend upwards.’
‘Perhaps,’ he said, ‘but it won’t be because of just intelligence. It may surprise you and many on earth that one’s level of consciousness has little to do with how well their brain works. In fact, the Flatlands, where most of the really clever people live, consciousness calibrates in the area of about 180. Not coincidently, there’s a high concentration of intellectual hubris throughout these regions and why the ego quotient is often the inverse to the consciousness quotient.
'The reason intelligence doesn’t imply a high level of consciousness is because consciousness has to do with a wide spectrum of awareness. Intelligence, however, often limits itself to the gathering and processing of information on only the specifics it is interested in, meaning the parts rather than the whole.
'That’s why intelligent souls such as you James, are great learners and experts in their area of specialization but often fail in life skills such as relationships. Only where high intelligence is conjoined with high conscious does wisdom result – all too rarely evidenced on earth. When you understand that consciousness has more to do with the heart’s inward discernment than with the mind’s outward processing, this makes sense.
‘Unfortunately, much of what occurs on lower planes is a result of egoic projections that are created in the separated mind. This is by no means limited to humans in earth since the phenomena of the ego serves a purpose in the conscious evolution of the universe, since light can only be known through darkness, just as love can only be achieved through fear and separation. Though love emanates from Source, it’s not possible to manifest divine goodness in the universe if there aren’t willing receptacles to assimilate and express it’s essence in loving relationships.
 Calibration at 200 on a scale of consciousness out of 1,000 is purportedly the demarcation between truth and falsehood, beginning with courage, then moving upwardly through several levels such as reason, love and ultimately enlightenment. Below 200 are the negative levels of pride, anger, fear, hate, with shame at the bottom.
This blog is devoted to the Elysium's Passage book series and various ideas that relate to the content of the series. For more information see this blog's first introductory post: WECOME TO ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE.
The Summit is the first in a series of five Elysium’s Passage narrations regarding a young British philosopher named James Phillips who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.
After experiencing a near fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding about life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed, or could believe.
An engaging and sometime surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality and our ultimate destiny.
The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of existence.
Go to the Elysium's Passage website at:
PENDING PUBICATIONS OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE SERIES
The Summit, will be available for purchase in March or April 2018. With the exception of the last novel, the other three have been written but still require more editing before publication.
The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows:
THE SUMMIT Now available on Amazon
SURREAL ADVENTURES fall 2018
MYSTICAL ROMANCE spring 2019
HE ELIXIR fall 2019
THE RETURN sometime in 2020
Also there is a free eBook I have written that tells the strange story of how the Elysium's Passage series came into existence. For a copy, you may write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org