Three Centres of Intelligence

Monday, 30th of December, 2019.

DO YOU FAVOUR LEADING FROM YOUR HEAD, HEART OR GUT?

‘’No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it’’ – Albert Einstein.

Although we have the ability to operate from either our head, heart or gut centre, we tend to have a dominant ‘intelligence centre’ that we are likely to favour from day to day and gravitate towards, especially in times of stress.

 

Our head, heart and gut certainly have their own individual strengths, but when we spend too much time caught in one (sometimes unknowingly), we can limit ourselves in accessing what the others can provide us, which may just have the level of intelligence or answer to be able to solve or release whatever the problem is at hand.

 

For example, we can often find ourselves using our mental intelligence alone to try to solve our mental stressors, but that may not always be the most effective approach when we get REALLY stuck there. When we become or feel that we are too much in our head, it is wise to shift our attention to the body. When the brain can’t find the solution or healing, the body can help – in fact, it already is and has been helping through its symptoms, instincts, intuition, tissue and muscle condition and posture. It’s constantly providing us with feedback – more than we realise and are likely to be paying attention to.

 

In 1933, Wilhelm Reich (Austrian Psychiatrist/Psychoanalyst) in his book ‘Character Analysis’, saw that peoples intellectual stressors were not only evident in their thinking patterns but were also accompanied by an emotional holding and often chronic physical tension in the body, which he referred to as ‘body armour’. 

 

– Stressors of the mind (such as overanalysing, circular thinking and heightened cognitive activity) can be assisted by opening the heart and body.

 

– Stressors relating to the heart (such as oversensitivity or insensitivity) can be assisted by expanding the mind and body. 

 

– Stressors relating to the body/gut (bodily impulses/behaviour) can be assisted by opening the mind and softening the heart. 

 

Aiming to access and integrate all three areas of intelligence more consistently can allow us to experience greater balance in our life, which is what the mind, heart and body are constantly striving for – to bring us back to equilibrium. 

 

{If you haven’t come across the Enneagram, you may like to research it for further information around these centres of intelligence and for more detailed personality types under each centre. I have personally found my studies and work with the Enneagram very helpful. There are many ‘tests’ out there, and if you choose to take a test please consider that the results MAY not be an accurate reflection due to a number of factors. If you would like to find out more information about the typing process, you are welcome to get in contact with me.}