intellectual level

[My Big TOE Term]

The intellectual level reflects what you think. As the seat of your intellect, it represents who and what you would like to think you are as well as what you think about others relative to yourself. The intellectual level represents the image you have of yourself and of the rest of the world.

The intellectual level is aware and processes information. It assesses, analyzes, judges, imagines, plans and thinks in a way that it usually can justify as rational and reasonable (whether it is or not in the eyes of anyone else). It may contain and be driven by intellectual knowledge, love, fear, ego, expectations, beliefs, and may feel pain and joy. It makes choices and expresses will and intent intellectually. It tends to see the world as arrays and sequences of little pictures (as opposed to big pictures) – it generally represents left brain function.

The connection between fear, ego and intellect: Ego is defined as awareness in the service of fear – it always has a neutral to negative impact on the evolution of consciousness. Awareness in the service of love always has a neutral to positive impact on the evolution of consciousness. Your awareness is the root of your intellect. Your awareness and intellect represent the information-collection and processing function for your Individuated Unit of Consciousness (IUOC). Thus, the intellect may have both positive and negative components.

The typical IUOC is mired in fear, ego, belief, and expectation – dominated by the negative perceptions, actions and intents that express its lower quality. However, this same IUOC also contains some of the positive perceptions, actions and intents that express its higher quality.

Our purpose is to reduce fear, ego, belief, and expectations and move toward love. The typical IUOC’s intellect is not fundamentally a negative thing – it’s simply primarily consumed with defending, excusing, justifying, covering up, acting out, and expressing, the fear that dominates, or drives the intent of, the individual. Consequently, the intellect is often portrayed as a dysfunctional part of the being that makes growth problematic.

To be sure, the fear and ego – not the intellect – is the fundamental cause of the problem – the intellect simply serves the fear. It’s the intellect’s job to serve the needs of the IUOC. If the IUOC is predominately fearful (as most of us are), then the IUOC’s intellect predominately serves fear.

Simplifying the above: The term “intellectual level” (of a typical person) represents our analyzing, judging, and comparing capacity which observes its reality through the lens of fear. Thus, the intellectual level, of all but the most highly evolved units of consciousness, expresses a mixture of our analytical prowess and our fear in the form of self-referential ego and belief.

The intellectual level usually is not fully aware of what is processing within the being level though it often strongly reflects it and then tries to justify it. The intellect uses ego and belief to counterbalance its fear.

The intellectual level’s contribution to consciousness evolution

When you learn and grow at the intellectual level, you create a larger decision space (greater awareness) and a new image of yourself and others – but you do not necessarily change the quality of your consciousness unless this intellectual level change is internalized and produces change at the being level. The evolution of consciousness must take place at the being level. Knowledge (intellectual content) alone cannot increase the quality of your consciousness. To change at a fundamental level, one must change who and what they are, not simply who they think they are, what they want to be, how they act, or what they know about the world.

Note: The “you” that the being level and the intellectual level reflect and represent is the “you” as consciousness (as an IUOC) not the “you” as the virtual body of your avatar. The right and left hemispheres of your virtual (“physical”) brain simply represent a logical requirement of the ruleset as it constrains evolution within our virtual reality (VR). Virtual brain structure accommodates the potential particularities of your avatar and the quality of your consciousness. The constraints of the VR define what data can and cannot be in the data stream sent to each IUOC player describing VR (“game”) content and interactions. The virtual reality that we describe as “physical” exists only in the awareness (mind) of the IUOC players and the LCS.

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