Ethical teachers throughout history instruct us to learn to trust our own inner compass, that individual, internal “sense” of the best course of action in every situation, our Neurosomatic Intelligence, our sensitive inner self.
Consider your Neurosomatic Intelligence as, by far, the most sophisticated and valuable guide you could possibly access and a critical factor to more effectiveness in every area of your life.
Your Neurosomatic Intelligence understands the most effective course of action for you and prompts you to act appropriately.
Neurosomatic Intelligence ‘thinks in Gestalts’ — that is, Neurosomatic Intelligence processes are not linear progressions but holistic, simultaneous perceptions. Neurologically wired to the genitals and the limbic system and often working through endorphins, Neurosomatic Intelligence is often triggered by relaxed, playful sex. One who has activated and imprinted Neurosomatic Intelligence is radiant, cheerful rather than depressed, energetic rather than sluggish, in exceptional health, and almost seems to ‘sparkle.’
Various complaints — physical sickness, aggressive power-over, submissive no-power, and the associated turbulent emotions, bewilderment over how to improve the quality of life, and guilt — are resolved quickly and dramatically by the integration of Neurosomatic Intelligence. An accurate description of life by Neurosomatic Intelligence adepts is ‘floating one foot off the ground.’
Neurosomatic Intelligence and Dr. Timothy Leary, PhD
Dr. Timothy Leary, PhD (1920-1996) Psychologist, philosopher, explorer, teacher, optimist, author and revolutionary avatar of the mind used Neurosomatic Intelligence as a descriptive category of certain contents of the human psyche. Rightly called the Galileo of Consciousness, he went public with his observations of the mind made with psychedelic mindscopes and helped initiate a renaissance which is still only beginning to elaborate itself.
Info-psychology : a manual on the use of the human nervous system according to the instructions of the manufacturers and a navigational guide for plotting the evolution of the human individual (1987) can be found a number of places online and still provides the best overview of his vision.
Library of Congress Catalog No: 76-56056 Leary, Timothy Exo-Psychology [Revised as Info-Psychology] A Manual on the Use of the Nervous System According to the Instructions of the Manufacturers ISBN 0-941404-60-9
Neurosomatic Intelligence and Robert Anton Wilson
Robert Anton Wilson dedicated a good amount of ink and paper in several of his books explaining and exploring enticing possibilities suggested by Dr. Timothy Leary’s work. Neurosomatic Intelligence seems to figure as a gateway state on the border of the mundane opening our minds to the universe.
From Robert Anton Wilson’s
Cosmic Trigger: Final Secret of the Illuminati
When this fifth “body-brain” is activated, flat Euclidean figure-ground configurations explode multi-dimensionally. Gestalts shift, in McLuhan’s terms, from linear VISUAL SPACE to all-encompassing SENSORY SPACE. A hedonic turn-on occurs, a rapturous amusement, a detachment from the previously compulsive mechanism of the first four circuits. I turned this circuit on with pot and Tantra.
This fifth brain began to appear about 4,000 years ago in the first leisure-class civilizations and has been increasing statistically in recent centuries (even before the Drug Revolution), a fact demonstrated by the hedonic art of India, China, Rome and other affluent societies. More recently, Ornstein and his school have demonstrated with electroencephalograms that this circuit represents the first jump from the linear left lobe of the brain to the analogical right lobe.
The opening and imprinting of this circuit has been the preoccupation of “technicians of the occult”—Tantric shamans and hatha yogis. While the fifth tunnel-reality can be achieved by sensory deprivation, social isolation, physiological stress or severe shock (ceremonial terror tactics, as practiced by such rascal-gurus as Don Juan Matus or Aleister Crowley), it has traditionally been reserved to the educated aristocracy of leisure societies who have solved the four terrestrial survival problems.
About 20,000 years ago, the specific fifth brain neurotransmitter was discovered by shamans in the Caspian Sea area of Asia and quickly spread to other wizards throughout Eurasia and Africa. It is, of course, cannabis. Weed. Mother Mary Jane.
It is no accident that the pot-head generally refers to his neural state as “high” or “spaced-out.” The transcendence of gravitational, digital, linear, either-or, Aristotelian, Newtonian, Euclidean, planetary orientations (circuits I-IV) is, in evolutionary perspective, part of our neurological preparation for the inevitable migration off our home planet, now beginning. This is why so many pot-heads are STAR TREK freaks and science fiction adepts. (Berkeley, California, certainly the Cannabis Capital of the U.S., has a Federation Trading Post on Telegraph Avenue, where the well-heeled can easily spend $500 or more in a single day, buying STAR TREK novels, magazines, newsletters, bumper stickers, photographs, posters, tapes, etc., including even complete blueprints for the starship ENTERPRISE.)
The extraterrestrial meaning of being “high” is confirmed by astronauts themselves; 85% of those who have entered the free-fall zero gravity describe “mystic experiences” or rapture states typical of the neurosomatic circuit. “No photo can show how beautiful Earth looked,” raves Captain Ed Mitchell, describing his Illumination in free-fall. He sounds like any successful yogi or pot-head. No camera can show this experience because it is inside the nervous system.
FREE-FALL, AT THE PROPER EVOLUTIONARY TIME, TRIGGERS THE NEUROSOMATIC MUTATION, Leary believes. Previously this mutation has been achieved “artificially” by yogic or shamanic training or by the fifth circuit stimulant, cannabis. Surfing, skiing, skin-diving and the new sexual culture (sensuous massage, vibrators, imported Tantric arts, etc.) have evolved at the same time as part of the hedonic conquest of gravity. The Turn-On state is always described as “floating,” or, in the Zen metaphor, “one foot above the ground.”
Neurosomatic Intelligence. The ability to stay “high”, to look and feel like a happy, healthy young adult all your life. This is somewhat “spookier” than the previous kinds of consciousness, but only because it is still statistically rare. When somebody else transmits this to you, it’s called “Christian Science” or “Faith Healing,” etc. Maslow found that his self-actualizing people do it for themselves, without a guru. However arcane it may seem at present, this type of intelligence is increasing because weed had made temporary flashes of it familiar to about a third of the population, because biofeedback is showing us how to control it scientifically, and because the Human Potential Movement, and such exotic imports as Zen and yoga, are making it more accessible to people every year.
NEUROSOMATIC (Hedonic) (Sensory intelligence) Level of Reality: hedonic Drug Trigger: marijuana Function: hedonic engineering: Tantra, Yoga, etc. Gurdjieff Center: Magnetic center Life Form: Free-fall (cosmic migration) Dimension: Linear-cyclic Description: "free floating"; the turn-on [Pleasures:] Rapture, ritual, charisma Medium: the five senses
Aesthetes, epicureans, space travelers, and libertines discover the awakened possibilities of the higher circuits – but then often forget that such pleasures are a means, and not an end.