Intelligence is everywhere. Anywhere there is organization, there is thought. It may be frozen, as it is in rocks and other inanimate objects, or it may be vibrantly active, as in your brain. But sometimes, thinking can get out of control – an electrical storm with lots of flashes but no coherency – more like a schoolyard cacophony than a reasoned dialogue. It is at these times that we need to pay attention to other parts of our intelligence rather than our brain.
Thoughts are loudest in the brain; knowing, however, is quiet and resides at the center of our being. And there is a big difference between what we think and what we know. Knowing has a different pace of thought, but it can be heard if we adjust our listening to it. If the mind sounds like sixteen howling monkeys, it usually means that our listening is misplaced. The louder the chatter, the more you can bet that something else is trying to be heard. But we cannot hear what we do not acknowledge. The body is full of intelligence that is continually interacting with the world. Each part has its own voice. Listen to it. What is it saying?