BC - Our Unconscious Intelligence
Hi, I’m Lee Hayden, physicist, website owner, manager, and author of this course. I am pleased to welcome you to the Hayden Center For Educational Excellence. The Hayden Center offers students a variety of educational programs of study, each program leading to an opportunity to experience a unique form of lifestyle enrichment. Click here to review the available programs of study, courses, durations, and costs. Contact Lee Hayden at 707-945-1294 for additional information.
The need to live an enriched lifestyle is deeply embedded in every human being. Althought not directly accessible like our conscious intelligence, our unconscious intelligence plays an amazing and much greater role than we usually think in our day-to–day striving for such a lifestyle.
At the Hayden Center, the student selects a personal lifestyle enrichment program from the following: self-actualization, personal true-self, or community true-self. (Alternatively, the student may select an individual course such as this course.) Programs are implemented as free brief courses and associated fee-based short courses. The Hayden Center provides the educational environment that supports the student’s attainment of the selected lifestyle enrichment program or coursework.
Achieving an enriched lifestyle requires knowledge of the personal growth process including both conscious and unconscious intelligence factors. Since the present focus is the unconscious intelligence, the factors shall include attitudes toward the self, attitudes toward others, and our feelings.
This is a free brief course. Similar to all brief courses, it only introduces and summarizes the key ideas contained in the associated fee based short course. Short courses are uniquely beneficial because they are conducted in a face-to-face in person or on-line learning environment which assures the studied material becomes working knowledge. As brief/short course author of this course:
To enroll in the short course, phone Lee at 702-945-1294.
Completion of the present course is essential for students with the goal of becoming a personal center of excellence and is highly recommended for students enrolled in the Personal True-Self Program and/or the Community True-Self Program. The course can be valuable even to student not enrolled in any programs.
Understanding people, including their thoughts, needs, motivations, and behaviors, is a difficult task. Every psychologist and mental health professional has encountered this difficulty while guiding their patients through stress-related situations. In other courses, we take the perspective that people who are well-adjusted are best understood in the context of a wide variety of inter-related concrete relationships, loyalties, and networks of obligation. As a result, problems of well-adjusted people can be usually addressed by appealing to their conscious intelligence. In this course, however, our focus is on problems buried in the unconscious brain and we strive to address these problems by appealing to both the conscious and unconscious intelligences.
I know people who, when I inquire, say they are quite content with their life. Their life journey, which may or may not have encounter numerous roadblocks and been a struggle, has eventually lead to fulfillment of many personal goals. Similar to most people, their goals generally include a quality family life and caring relationships, high quality education, satisfying career, financially security, physical health, community leadership, and more. Being content and being on a meaningful life journey is most definitely a remarkable and admirable achievement. Yet, when they are in a reflective mood and I inquire further, there is almost always a pensive statement indicative of a vague awareness of something of great value missing in their life. Appealing to both the conscious intelligence and unconscious intelligence may be necessary even for well-adjusted people.
Most people can accept the idea that one or more individual beliefs in their personal belief system limit personal growth. If, however, a person believes the only intelligence we possess is our conscious intelligence, then that person’s personal growth will be severely limited. Many of our disfunctional beliefs are buried in our unconscious and not readily accessible to contemplation and introspection. Consequently, the following questions are meaningless when beliefs are deeply buried:
This brief course discusses the Hayden Center’s application of “Our Unconscious Intelligence” to the student’s lifestyle enrichment program. Our unconscious intelligence is part of the consciousness raising process designed to achieve self-understanding, self-development, and personal growth. Repetition of the consciousness raising process occurs as the student increasingly acknowledges the self-imposed personal belief system limitations inherent in each of us. Our unconscious intelligence is responsible for creating many of our belief system limitations and, thus, must be explored. The achievement of increasingly higher levels of consciousness is not mere hopeful speculation or idealism, but a very practical accomplishment.
As increasingly sophisticated brain scanning instruments have become operational, knowledge of the brain functions has been increasing at a fast pace. At this point in time, neurology has been fully established as a science, the many neurological experiments from diverse perspectives are confirming each other, and confirmed neurological knowledge is ready for incorporation into the Hayden Center’s educational program.
Quite often, neurological research results are surprising and sometimes even counter-intuitive. The main point of this course is: Our unconscious intelligence is much smarter and powerful than we think.
Our conscious intelligence has been the subject of much research for many decades. Over the past few decades, research has firmly established that the idea of a single intelligence test, measured by the well-know I.Q. test, is an inadequate predictor of a person’s success in life. It is now known that we have multiple intelligences which include cognitive intelligence, emotional intelligence, and social intelligence as the three intelligences common to everyone. These intelligences are presently perceived as conscious intelligences. Thus, according to present perceptions, personal growth and successful living can be enhanced by conscious activities designed to expand these intelligences.
Research has confirmed that personal growth and successful living can also be enhanced by activites designed to expand our unconscious intelligence.
Historically, Charles Pierce and William James made the first contributions to the existence and general understanding of our unconscious intelligence. Carl Jung and Sigmond Freud were the first to elaborate, apply, and popularize the existence and role of the unconscious. According to Jung,
“These subliminal aspects of everything that happens to us may seem to play very little part in our daily lives. But they are the almost invisible roots of our conscious thoughts.”
“There are certain events of which we have not consciously taken note; they have remained, so to speak, below the threshold of consciousness. They have happened, but they have been absorbed subliminally.”
The Latin root of the word “subliminal” translates to “below threshold.” Psychologists use the term to mean below the threshold of consciousness.
Sophisticated new technologies, based primarily on the discipline of physics, have revolutionized our understanding of the part of the brain that operates below our conscious mind. These technologies have made it possible, for the first time in human history, for there to be an actual science of the unconscious. The most important technology is functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) which can create three dimensional scans of the inner brain.
Obviously, we human beings are capable of using our conscious intelligence to make the critical decisions necessary in managing our lives and achieving our goals. However, our unconscious intelligence plays an important role that is generally outside our awareness. Understanding the role of our unconscious in our lives is crucial as we endeavor to become self-actualized, our personal true-self, or our community true-self.
From a scientific perspective, how did our brains and intelligence come into existence? More specifically, how did the structures of our brains evolve to produce separate unconscious and conscious components? As we shall see, both our conscious and unconscious intelligencies evolved as part of the fabric of reality produced by the self-organizing universe paradigm. (The self-organizing universe paradigm is also known as the big bang theory or the evolutionary universe.)
The universe, according to the self-organizing universe paradigm, started with a big bang and, almost instantly, grew to a very large size during an inflationary period. Since the inflationary period, the universe has been organizing matter from simplicity to increasingly complex organizations of matter. Thus, shortly after the big bang, matter in the form of quarks organizied to a more complex form known as protons and neutrons. Protons and neutrons are organizations of quarks. After another short period of time, protons and neutrons along with electrons organized into more complex organizations of matter known as atoms. Then, atoms organized into molecules, and molecules into cells, etc, until organizations of matter that we observe today. The most complex known organization of matter produced by the universe is Man’s brain. All matter in the universe can be reduced to the fundamental particles defined by the standard model of physics presented above.
An important point must be recognized at this point. Science has made amazing contributions to Man’s understand of the self-organizing universe paradigm (evolution of the universe). Evolution is the process of change occurring in something, especially from a simple to more complex state. However, science and reasoning have not yet presented a convincing explanation for the existence of that first simple state. Perhaps, it is beyond human reasoning capability to understand the ultimate source of the origin of the universe.
All matter produced by the universe, from the simplest to the most complex, is part of the fabric of the self-organizing universe, i.e., make up reality. All matter we observe today has evolved to its present complexity or has degenerated from a previous complexity. Thus, Man as he exists today is part of reality. Further, the organs composing Man have evolved from lowever level organs. Specifically, Man’s brain has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years as an unconscious intelligence and only comparatively recently added structures corresponding to conscious intelligence.
We human beings have a composite intelligence composed of conscious and unconscious components. To what extent does each of these components control our behavior?
The concept of a self-organizing universe, as described by the discipline of physics, is a revolution in our thinking. Being both revolutionary and mathematical, the study of physics is perceived as a somewhat difficult and most students tend to avoid the subject. However, the self-organizing universe paradigm as presented by the Hayden Center’s brief and short course has been especially designed to meet the needs of its students. Although not a formal prerequisite for the present course, the self-organizing universe course is highly recommended for this course on our unconscious intelligence.
The self-organizing universe course is highly recommended for the present course because:
Understanding the evolution of the human brain to produce unconscious intelligence must be appreciated and accepted,
The universe produces reality and we want our thinking to be reality based,
Learning to think critically and objectively is important when truth is our goal,
Reality produced by the universe must be our frame of reference and not habitual thinking or behavior,
Being revolutionary in our thinking is necessary for epochal thinking.
The impact of the self-organizing universe is a major consideration as we strive to become self-actualized, our personal true-self, or our community true-self. If a person really wants to undestand their social world, to understand themself, or to remove obstacles that prevent living the fullest and richest life, then that person needs to understand the influence of the unconscious intelligence that is hidden from us to a significant extent.
Until the last half of the 20th century, the steady state concept of the universe had been accepted as the ultimate truth by the vast majority of Men. The reality in which Man experienced life was created and controlled by the will of God, was forever unchanging (except for seasonal changes), and had much the same appearance as viewed by today’s casual observer of the night sky. Man was placed into the universe by God.
During the last half of the 20th century, evidence produced by increasingly powerful scientific instruments forced science to decisively abandoned the steady state concept and accept the big bang as the starting cause of an evolutionary universe - now called the self-organizing universe. In the new concept, the universe appears to be organizing matter from the chaos and simplicity existing at the moments near the big bang to increasingly complex organization of matter, with Man being the most complex known organization of matter. More specifically, the human brain is the most complex organization of matter produced by the self-organizing universe. The biological evolution of Man was smoothly integrated into the self-organizing universe paradigm.
Biological evolution of Man, including the evolutionof pre-Man’s brain into Man’s brain over several hundred thousand years, is well-accepted by the discipline of biology.
Each evolution of matter added new structures of brain matter and an associated unconscious intelligence. The last structure added is the frontal cortex and its associated conscious intelligence. Obviously, the older structures exists along with the more recent structure.
Man has an unconscious intelligence and a conscious intelligence.
We human beings respond to the establishment of new scientific knowledge in different ways. Some people continue conformance to their existing beliefs and habitual patterns of thinking, some people adapt as their culture as a whole slowly accepts the new knowledge, and still other people deeply incorporate the new knowledge and change themselves and/or their surrounding world.
Our experiences and actions always seem to be rooted in conscious intelligence and it is difficult to accept the fact that hidden, unconscious forces are at work. The current revolution in thinking about the unconscious came about because, with modern instruments, we can watch as different structures and substructures in the brain generate feelings and emotions. We can measure the electrical output of individual neurons. We can map the neuronal activity that forms a person’s thoughts..
Several experiments indicate that conscious thinking about an uncomfortable situation will not violate unconscious thinking about the same situation. Generally, if necessary, our conscious intelligence will rationalize an uncomfortable situation to be compatible with our unconscious intelligence. Thus, to this extent, our lives are governed by our unconsious intelligence and said to be deterministic instead of free willed. To exercise our free will in uncomfortable situations, we must make the mental effort to maintain the higher mental energy state associated with an objective focus on the situation of importance. It is quite easy to relax and slip back into the lower mental state where our unconscious intelligence rules our behavior.
Using modern brain scanning technology, an experimenter can measure and view the patient’s changing brain patterns associated with conscious and unconscious thinking. In some simple brain scanning experiments, the unconscious thinking process has been observed to kick-in a few tenths of a millisecond before conscious thinking. It is not known if the brain tends to remain in the unconscious state unless the patient makes the mental effort to consciously think or the brain automatically goes to the conscious state without patient mental effort. Not too surprisingly, in these very simple experiments in which the patient is conscious, an experimenter monitoring the unconsious brain activity can predict patient decisions before the patient.
Question: As individuals, what will we do with our knowledge of the existence of our unconscious intelligence?
We can teach our unconscious intelligence to unlearn bad habits, unhealthy thought patterns, or restrictive beliefs that limit personal growth. In many cases, unlearning is more difficult than the original learning. Unfortunately, our unconscious intelligence is a very slow learner compared to our conscious intelligence.
Learning by our unconscious intelligence uses the same techniques as our conscious intelligence. Thus, our unconscious intelligence can learn by the usual repetition, spaced learning, and chunking mental techniques while simultaneously stimulating our senses in non-interfering environment to the maximum extent feasible.
Situations Involving Unconscious Intelligence (UI)
Having moist eyes or tears during sad movie
Inability to maintain healthy diet or weight
1)Attempting to justify an obviously poor decisions you made or 2) by not taking responsibility or 3) by blaming others for poor outcomes from your decisions
Not expressing your opinion during group meeting
Not having close friendships or relationships with others
Not having close relationship with your children or your parents
Not paying attention during classroom or other learning situations
Fear of new commitments and responsibilities, or not having new commitments and responsibilities
The urge to urinate after turning on a water faucet
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