How you can literally increase your intelligence

 

This has been mulling around in my head for years and it’s something I think may be good to share. It’s about the questions; What makes us as intelligent as we are? What can increase our personal intelligence?

Heart Intelligence helps us tune into WHY we would want to do anything in life. And in everything we do, we strive for the emotional experience that is uplifting, expanding and richly satisfying. Knowing what your heart wants and creating the purpose you want in every role, relationship and in everything you do is how this intelligence serves in the most meaningful way.

Intuitive intelligence is this ability to sense how we should be, what ideas will work and the ability to time our actions so they allow us to achieve and succeed in the way that we achieve our goals. Learning to slow down our thinking and move into a meditative state with a clear intention is the way to draw the needed insights and guidance that makes this intelligence empowering and incredibly rewarding.

When it comes to intellectual intelligence, I have come to understand that the key is in making lots of relevant connections – relevant neural connections.

How well we can make the right connections means we can hold assumptions that help us better anticipate outcomes. in fact,  Albert Einstein had a smaller brain but his glial count was higher – why? Because glial cells help you form necessary connection to aid your understanding. They facilitate learning and aha moments.

In our brain of 10 trillions cells, we have 100 billion neurons designed to connect and disconnet so we can manage our assumptions. In turn, the more we learn, better we anticipate our environment and hence the more intelligent we become.

So what is the one thing that one can commit to that will increase intellectual intelligence? Revealing principles and patterns in one context and looking to see whether those principles and patterns also exist in another context is what authors, artists, teachers, innovators and philosophers do. This is all about understanding fractal patterns; a pattern, no matter how simple or complex, keeps repeating from the micro level to the macro level.

Albert Einstein had a smaller brain than the average person but his glial count was higher – why? Because glial cells help you form necessary connection to aid your understanding. They facilitate learning and aha moments.

An example would be if you looked at the principles and pattern of how a tree survives and thrives. It deepens its’ roots in proportion to its’ weight and height above the ground. It thickens its’ trunk to manage the required weight proportion to support itself against the elements. It determines how many leaves it needs to absorb enough carbon dioxide. It even has branches that flex enough to handle the wild winds by bending far enough to absorb and deflect the force of the wind, but not far enough to break its’ branches.

How can principles of this tree be applied to another context, being our quest to survive and thrive?

Notice that our security is how grounded we feel, that we belong to this earth, so that when we walk, we feel supported. Notice how the more the challenges we are facing, the more important we feel strong and supported to not be knocked over? Notice how we have patience and compassion with the balance of boundaries in the way we relate to challenging relationships just like the way branches flex to a limit. Notice how engaging we need to be of our environment by using all our senses to take in everything that is important to help us thrive, just like roots and leaves absorb moisture, the sunlight for vitamins and carbon dioxide to breath?

How does this fractal pattern help?

Can you see when we feel insecure and end up being too flexible or inflexible, we find our relationships breaking because they’re too abusive?

So what can you do to boost your glial cells to Einstein’s levels? Play lots of games that discipline the brain to make new connections. Make it a daily discipline to observe principles, rules and patterns in one place and see how many of those rules you can recognised somewhere else.

What fractal patterns are your favourite, that have helped you draw great wisdom and guided you to perceive more and make better decisions? 

George Helou is the founder of EP7 – Empowered for Purpose in 7 Steps. Life Coach, Work Culture Consultant, Author and Motivational Speaker, George has 15 years personal development experience and is based in his Life Coach Perth Office in Subiaco. 08 9380 8350. www.lifecoachperth.com

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