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Is your intelligence of the ‘multidimensional’ variety?
by Wendy Down on August 27, 2009
In grade school, you may have been tested for your IQ or intellectual intelligence. And 12 years ago, the concept of ’emotional intelligence’ emerged. But I realized last night the most of the people I work with have a form of intelligence that is not yet recognized. I’m calling it ‘multidimensional intelligence’.
People with high multidimensional intelligence have deep insights into the nature of reality which could create a quantum leap if applied to their field of interest (the healing arts, music, technology, science, etc.) Until now, however, they have been deeply conflicted about coming forward with what they know for 4 reasons:
1) The level of consciousness where their insights exist is foreign to most people. Therefore, when they try to talk about what they know, they sound weird, off-the-wall, even insane. They vacillate between feeling powerfully gifted… and fearing that there may be something deeply wrong with them. They have no context for understanding or describing their unique form of giftedness which many have tried for years to hide. They continually battle misunderstanding, fear, ridicule and loneliness – both within and without.
3) Their insights cross fields of study – combining science and spirituality – and don’t fit neatly into any existing categories. Most of the concepts that would communicate their insights haven’t been invented yet. Because of this, they usually can’t effectively describe what they intuitively understand – even to themselves. They have neither role models nor a big enough sense of themselves to know that THEY are the ground-breakers, the rule-rewriters, the Einsteins and Gallileos of their field.
3) The scope of their insights and the potential for evolution of their field is so vast and their sense of themselves so small that they continually question, ‘Who am I to know this? If what I know is real, wouldn’t others who are smarter than me be talking about it already?’
4) Because the nature of this form of intelligence extends outside ’normal’ human capacities, others often feel uncomfortable around them. Deeply pained by this, they have a lifelong habit of holdiing back and playing small in order to maintain connection with others – which they crave. They fear that if they were ever to fully ‘come out’, others would abandon them and they would be alone.
As children, they were either high acheiving students or daydreamers who unsuccessfully struggled to conform. Some have used their high intelligence to create success in a mainstream field of study (teacher, leader) while others struggle even now, never able to contort themselves to fit into a traditional form of employment. If the latter, they feel like failures. Their deepest pain is knowing they have something extraordinary to offer – something new to birth – but don’t fully understand what it is or how to do so.
Without exception, they have had deeply spiritual experiences which they rarely talk about. They have been voracious spiritual seekers and have attended many workshops and studied under many teachers. They may not be aware that what they sought was not only information but also the example of a pioneer comfortably and confidently speaking about his or her controversial ideas.
By now, most are tired of studying the work of others but don’t know what to do next. They don’t realize that their next step is to become a courageous pioneer themselves.
Because it is hard for them to find peers, by default they spend a fair bit of time alone – in meditation, reflection or imagination. They long to find others to help them understand, claim and express their unique form of giftedness. They generally have a supportive circle of families and friends. If they have children, one of their children may also be gifted in an unusual way as well.
While being deeply spiritual, they do not find traditional religious services satisfying. They may consider themselves New Age. They spend a fair bit of time online, looking for information that will explain them to themselves. They rarely post their own blogs (too risky!) but admire innovative and daring views expressed by of others. They may occasionally contact such individuals, expressing their appreciation.
People with high multidimensional intelligence can quickly assess the level of consciousness of an individual, teacher or website and know which has something new to offer them. They regularly return to places and people that meet them where they are at. They download audios, attend teleclasses and sign up for newsletters. They occasionally purchase items such as CD’s that are delivered by mail but not as often. They rarely attend live events, since there seem to be so few others like them to gather with. Live events usually disappoint them. They have read every well-known author of spiritual or personal development and many obscure ones as well.
They take part in physical activities that nourish them and which connect them to the divine. They may practice forms of movement like yoga or dance, spend time in nature or take part in a demanding sport such as running, dance or martial arts that not only challenges them physically but transports them to a higher degree of consciousness as well. They have a single creative outlet that serves this purpose as well – writing, painting, meditating, cooking, gardening, teaching or volunteering.
When they encounter a new resource that speaks to them, they are able to act – buy or join – quickly. They don’t need to think it over or consult with anyone else. Before they reach the end of a product or program description, they know when its something they want. Because their abilities allow them to sense the consciousness of the writer or product, they often don’t even need to read all of the words to know they want it. However, given that they may not be successful in traditional jobs, cost may be a barrier. Usually, the strong desire to have what is being offered overrides this concern. And since they can manipulate reality, the money for it often materializes anyway – unless they sabatoge that.
Those aged 35-55 are the first large wave of adults to have high multidimensional intelligence. Their driving need is to find the courage to apply their unique and profound awarenesses to the fields of study they love. Without outside recognition and encouragement, however, the prospect of doing this terrifies them. On a deep level they understand that this very thing is what they were born to do. They have been in conflict about expressing all of who they are for their entire lives. The chronic nature of their conflict may show up as a physical malady.
Does any of this sound like you?
If so, allow me to mention that the people I work with are men and women of high multidimensional intelligence who have the courage to radically transform their chosen field of interest in paradigm-shattering ways. I provide a place where they are fully seen and understood on every level so they feel safe to claim, explore and express their talents and selves with nothing help back.
This website is a place for folks with high mulitdimensional intelligence to start talking about what they have to offer to a world that is only now becoming ready for them.