It’s no surprise to me that there is so much conflict and narcissism in our world. It takes a new kind of intelligence to get past both. Intelligence needs to come from the heart and mind working together. Our hearts have over 40,000 neurons. Those are the same cells that carry our mind intelligence. Our hearts respond to what is happening throughout the day. If we listen closely and feel for our heart intelligence, then we can begin to sense much more of what is happening around us. That is true consciousness. Our thoughts, words and actions then take on greater significance.
Would we really get so quickly angered when things to go “right”? Would we be so busy figuring out what we want… instead of seeing what is needed right in plain sight? Would we really stand for ignorance and crudeness in those who are in powerful positions?
I have been practicing being this kind of conscious. I started by looking for role models and people around me who are actively intelligent. To be honest, I have only found a few so far. One of my partners is conscious every moment of the day. I think she is conscious even when she is asleep! When an animal, child or the elderly are in need, she never misses the opportunity to find a way to meet that need.
This week we were driving by a homeless man with a dog. I looked and did not see the need to stop. My partner saw different and had me stop. She quickly assessed that the man had rescued the dog but did not have the funds to get him fixed and vaccinated. She made the arrangements and gave him a little cash to buy himself and the dog a meal. In that moment, his emotions and honesty showed that this man would take good care of his new companion. My partner made sure that they got a good start. That was active intelligence. It wasn’t just handing him money. It was solving a real need. I’m grateful to my teachers in those moments.