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Extraordinary Mind

Integrated Intelligence
and the Future

Marcus T. Anthony (PhD)

Foreword by futurist Tom Lombardo (PhD)


What if we could develop the ability
to see into the past, present and future?
Integrated Intelligence is the natural human ability to connect with a greater
universal mind. Futurist and visionary Marcus T. Anthony shows you that
this evolutionary breakthrough is here, now! Whether it be discussing
artificial intelligence, chasing UFOs, connecting with otherworldly beings,
or dreaming the future, Dr. Anthony entertains and enthralls, expanding our
understanding of the cosmos in which we live.
In Extraordinary Mind you will discover:
• Your ability to develop an extraordinary mind is not a question
of “if”, but “when.”
• The six key abilities of Integrated Intelligence, and how to
apply them.
• Why the secret of Integrated Intelligence is a crucial part of
human futures.
• Why Integrated Intelligence is widely misunderstood in modern
science.
• What Deep Futures are, and why they are vital for planetary
survival.
Extraordinary Mind is thought provoking and deeply confronting. It is
inspiring reading for anyone passionate about human futures.

Marcus T. Anthony is an elected member of The World Futures


Studies Federation and The Darwin Project Council. His books,
academic papers and popular articles have been read by hundreds of
thousands of people around the world.
To learn more about Dr. Anthony,
go to www.22cplus.blogspot.com

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Acknowledgments
A big thanks to all those people who have regularly visited
my blog, www.22cplus.blogspot.com. In particular, thanks to
Trish and Rob Macgregor (www.ofscarabs.blogspot.com), and
Nancy (www.lifeinthesecondhalf.blogspot.com), who have
regularly read and commented on my writings online. An extra
big thanks to my good friend Simon Buckland (http://simonbuc-
theblogoflove.blogspot.com). Simon has regularly critiqued
my work and encouraged me to keep going, despite numerous
challenges and setbacks.
Many thanks also go to Nina Wegner. This book wouldn’t
be here if it were not for her wonderful editing. She has worked
enthusiastically to correct the errors and shortcomings in the
text, and to get it to you, the reader, in a format which is easy on
the eye.
In the futures studies community I owe a debt of gratitude
to Professor Sohail Inayatullah (www.metafuture.org). Sohail
has taught me more about the future than any other person, and
especially how to look at the future in depth. There would be
no Deep Futures without him. Thanks also to the continued
mentorship of Dr. David Loye (www.davidloye.com).
I am indebted to all my spiritual teachers. You will read
about some of them inside.
Finally, I have to thank the wisdom of Integrated Intelligence.
Whenever I write I always feel that I am being guided by a
greater hand than my own. Much of the knowledge and wisdom
you find herein can be credited to that mystical source.
—Marcus
For Sohail Inayatullah
The inspiration for Deep Futures
Table of Contents
Foreword by Tom Lombardo (PhD) 9
Introduction: What Does It Mean to Have an
Extraordinary Mind? 11

Section 1: About Integrated Intelligence 15


What Is Integrated Intelligence? 16
Where Integrated Intelligence Comes From 21
Is the Psychic Real? 24
Should We Pursue Psychic Development? 28
Transcending the Rational Mind 34
The Greatest Gift 39

Section 2: Tales of Integrated Intelligence 43


Bright Lights in the Sky 44
The Aboriginal Shaman Woman 46
The Amazing Power of Synchronicity 51
An Extraordinary Woman, an Extraordinary Time 54
Entangled Minds 60
The Terror and the People 64
Out of Body, Out of Mind? 68
The Long Journey into Now 72
Go West! 77

Section 3: Applying Integrated Intelligence 81


The INI Tools 82
Can Psychic Ability Be Developed? 91
Can We See into the Future? 94
Making Wise Decisions Using Integrated
Intelligence 99
Is Your Spirituality Delusional? 101
Can Intuition Be Distorted by Those Around You? 107
Reading Synchronicity 111
Are You Living Your Bliss? 114
The Idiot Opposite Me 119
The Great Fall of Sedona 126
You Attract What You Are, Not What You Want 129
The Not-So-Simple Law of Attraction 132

Section 4: Integrated Intelligence in the


Modern World 139
Deep Futures: Beyond the Machine 140
Sleepwalking Through the Extraordinary 142
The IT Trap 145
I See Dead People 148
How to Make Monday Disappear Forever 151
The Subway as a Path to Enlightenment 154
He Stoops to Belong 158
The Dead Heart of the Orient 161

Section 5: Integrated Intelligence and Education 165


The Machine of Modern Education 166
Piled Higher and Deeper 170
The Battlefields of the Mind 173
How Darwin Lost Half His Mind 177
When the Loonies Come Round 180
A Rejected Genius Who Dared Say “No!” 186

Section 6: Integrated Intelligence and Human


Consciousness Evolution 189
How Enlightened are You? 190
Can Consciousness Levels be Measured? 194
When Gaia Speaks 198
Obama: Saviour or Anti-Christ? 201
The Death of Michael Jackson 204
Love Is Blindness 207
China, Islam, the Love and the Anger 212

Section 7: Thinking About the Future 219


2012: The End of the World? 220
Digging Deeper for Oil 221
Entanglement: The Next Big Idea? 227
Entanglement and Deep Connection 231
Biophobia: Be Very Afraid! 234
Mechanical Mind, Mechanical Eye 238
Will You Fall in Love With Your Robot
Psychiatrist? 250
Rise of the Machines, Ascent of the Spirit 256
Like Tears in the Rain 259
When the Aliens Come, What Will You Say? 261
They Come to Feast! 267

Conclusion: Integrated Intelligence


and the Future 270

Appendices
Glossary of Important Terms 277
Other Books and Writings by Marcus T. Anthony 281
Recommended Reading 284
About Marcus T. Anthony 287
Working and Learning with Marcus T. Anthony 288
About Benjamin Franklin Press Asia 291
Index 293
Foreword
By Tom Lombardo, Ph.D.
Marcus Anthony in Extraordinary Mind argues that our present
“Money and Machines” dominated mindset and lifestyle is shallow
and limiting, producing negative effects on human consciousness,
civilization, and the earth, and that this dominant materialistic,
high-tech, capitalistic paradigm generates constrained and
shallow visions of the future. As an alternative, Marcus argues that
we expand our vision of reality, of what makes life meaningful,
of the nature of intelligence and consciousness, and in so doing,
transform and expand our ideas about the future—envisioning
“Deep Futures”—futures that go beyond the prevalent narrow,
lopsided visions of much of the modern and modernising world.
I agree. As I have argued in my book Contemporary Futurist
Thought, and various articles on my website, any viable and
inspiring image of the future must be “integrative”, addressing all
the major dimensions of human reality, from science, technology,
and economic growth to human values, art, psychology,
consciousness, and human relations. It is not enough to get richer
and acquire more “things.” We must evolve; people must get
better, individually and collectively. Further, any understanding
of the nature of who and what we are and how we can grow must
be holistic, including all the major dimensions of the human mind
and consciousness. Marcus argues similarly. I have proposed that
the connected journeys of wisdom and enlightenment and the
pursuit of character virtues should be central to our vision of a
preferable future. Though I define wisdom somewhat differently
than Marcus, he clearly sees the central importance of wisdom
in creating a preferable and “deep future” vision of tomorrow.
I particularly like his definition contained in this book, “Wisdom
results from the capacity to create a life that is deeply meaningful
and in alignment with a person’s highest needs.”
Marcus also argues that human intelligence and cognition goes
beyond rationality and logic. Again, not to discount the human
capacity for reason, I agree that there is more than linear rationality
to human cognition. Marcus proposes that intuition and insight are
equally important, and though we may differ on how to describe
these extra-rational cognitive capacities, I generally agree. We must
broaden our notion of intelligence, and that is a central point in his
theory of Integrated Intelligence.
Marcus dives into the mystery of consciousness. Materialistic
visions of reality have great difficulty explaining what consciousness
is and why consciousness exists. Consciousness is an essential
feature of human reality. Any theory of human nature and intelligence
must come to grips with consciousness. Marcus argues that mind,
intelligence, and consciousness are not localised (simply) in the
body/brain. There is significant evidence to support this contention.
Mind and consciousness are ecological—even cosmic—realities.
Marcus believes that the cosmos possesses an intelligence. Is this a
possibility? What would it mean? Though I would not explain this
possible reality the same way he does, I think he is on to something of
extreme importance in understanding the nature of who and what we
are and our connection with the universe. Any theory of a preferable
future should be grounded in a sufficiently profound and deep
understanding of the nature of human existence and cosmic reality.
Extraordinary Mind transverses a host of varied and thought-
provoking topics, including brains and artificial intelligence,
synchronicity, phobias about nature, aliens, psychic phenomena,
the flaws in our present educational system, contemporary physics,
messiahs and the anti-Christ, group think and social ostracism, Gaia
and nature, delusions/illusions/hallucinations and much more. The
book is clear, engaging, and well written. It is a trip.1
1. See the Recommended Reading section at the back of this book for references
to Tom Lombardo’s books.
Introduction
What Does It Mean to Have an
Extraordinary Mind?
What does it mean to have an extraordinary mind? The word
‘extraordinary’ literally means ‘beyond ordinary’, so by
definition, few people have the kind of mind that I write about
in this book. That extraordinary mind belongs to a person who
has developed what I call “Integrated Intelligence”, or INI for
short. INI is the innate ability to perceive and use spiritual
intuition in your everyday life. This kind of spiritual knowledge
presents itself in many different ways, and it is true that each
person’s preferred ways of knowing are a little different. In
my own life I have accessed Integrated Intelligence through
dreams and visions, words and songs that pop into my head,
and through getting an immediate and deep knowing about
whether something is right or wrong. Synchronicities, deeply
meaningful coincidences which occur spontaneously, have also
been an invaluable source of INI in my life. As I shall explain
in Section 1, this spiritual perception has various sources. These
can include extra-sensory perception; the connectivity resulting
from the sudden collapse of the distance’ between self and the
thing you are perceiving; from a higher part of the mind which
kindly processes information for you; and from direct spiritual
guidance.
However, what is deemed ‘extraordinary’ depends on what
we consider ordinary or normal. To generalise, it is not considered
normal to have a well-developed Integrated Intelligence in the
modern world, at least not in most developed economies. In fact,
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in most workplaces and social settings you would probably get
yourself into more than a little bit of trouble if you started telling
everyone that you got a great idea from a vision you had the
night before in a dream.
I have spent two decades working with Integrated
Intelligence, and I am very discrete about what I tell others
about it. If you ‘believe’ in INI, you might look upon this with
frustration or even outrage, and decry the fact that modern
society is so restrictive. Or you could just relax with it, and enjoy
the fact that you have a little edge over others in the perception
department. I prefer the latter option, although I admit to periods
of the former.
When you picked up this book you may have been asking
yourself who this Marcus T. Anthony character is. Is he getting
around telling the world that he has an extraordinary mind? He
must be delusional, or have the biggest ego on the planet! Well,
in my defense I can only point out that Integrated Intelligence
is not considered ‘extraordinary’ in many cultures and periods
in human history. Indigenous peoples the world over see INI
as perfectly ordinary. The Australian Aborigines had a kind of
telepathic relationship with the land, and deliberately tapped into
it to sustain themselves. The ancient Greeks consulted oracles
to gain insight into the deeper workings of life. Many people
in Chinese cultures have long organised their lives around the
idea of a universal life force, chi, and the mysterious Tao. The
medieval mystics of Europe (Meister Eckhart being arguably the
most notable), strongly believed in a direct connection with a
divine force.
In the modern world many people and philosophies believe
in an innate intelligence behind the workings of the physical
world. The New Age movement, aspects of the human potential
movement, and the idea of the law of attraction are just a few
recent examples.
Of course, these cultures and philosophies are not all
referring to the same concept, and there are significant
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divergences amongst them, and dare I suggest, different levels
of truth. Yet all have a grounding in the fundamental idea that
there is a universal intelligence that we can access, to greater or
lesser degree.
As you will find out as you read the following pages, I do
have a well-developed Integrated Intelligence, but that was not
always the case. I developed a greater capacity for INI through
committed discipline and hard work. It is perfectly possible for
you to master some or all of the skills I refer to here, and maybe
to a greater capacity than I. I have met others who were certainly
more capable than I am at the specific cognitive abilities involved
in the use of INI (which I outline in Section 1).
Extraordinary Mind is based on a collection of essays,
articles and blog posts that I have written, mostly in the years
2009–10. Many have appeared before on the Internet, my
website www.mindfutures.com, and my blog www.22cplus.
blogspot.com. All have been edited specifically for the purposes
of producing this book you have in your hands.
The focus of Extraordinary Mind is not simply upon the
idea of Integrated Intelligence. It also questions what INI means
for the future of us human beings. I am also personally involved
in the discipline of Futures Studies, so I am passionate about the
cultural evolution of humanity.
Section 1 is ‘About Integrated Intelligence’. Here you will be
presented with an overview of what INI is, including the precise
cognitive skills involved. In Section 2, ‘Tales of Integrated
Intelligence’, I relate some of the many fascinating experiences
that I have had with Integrated Intelligence. This will give you
a greater feeling for INI. ‘Applying Integrated Intelligence’ is
the next section, and it includes a brief introduction about how
to develop INI. Other chapters in this section detail many of
my experiences, and how I have used INI to enhance my life,
including my career, living environment, and well-being. This
section also describes some general misconceptions about
‘psychic’ development. Section 4, ‘Integrated Intelligence in
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the Modern World’, consists of chapters discussing practical
philosophical issues related to living with INI in today’s busy
and materialistic society. This includes advice on how to prevent
giving your power away to others, finding peace in presence,
and avoiding ‘the IT trap’. Education is a passion of mine, and
in Section 5 I discuss modern education and how INI is relevant
to learning. ‘Integrated Intelligence and Human Consciousness
Evolution’ is the subject of Section 6. INI can be contextualised
as part of a movement from the current dominant ‘rational’ level
of cognitive evolution to higher transpersonal levels of mind.
INI grants insight into the deeper workings of a universal mind.
Synchronicity works not just at the individual level, but can be
expressed as meaningful ‘messages’ for larger groups, including
the entire human race. Finally in Section 7, ‘Thinking About the
Future’, I address a range of issues related to the future and INI.
These include artificial intelligence, alien contact and paradigm
shifts in science.
Integrated Intelligence is a deepening of the experience of
mind. Thus the kind of futures that I envisage as being preferable
are what I call Deep Futures. They contain not just discussions
about science, technology and material developments, but
also engage in genuine discussion about deeply meaningful
issues, such as spirituality and consciousness evolution. Deep
Futures, ideally, permit the expression of a broader range of
ways of knowing, including those contained within Integrated
Intelligence.
Extraordinary Mind is, I trust, a small movement towards
the unfolding of Deep Futures. If I succeed in my purpose, then
after reading this book you will appreciate at a deeper level that
such futures are not extraordinary at all, but a normal expression
of human life on this planet.

Marcus T. Anthony, July 2010

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Section 1
About Integrated Intelligence

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What Is Integrated Intelligence?


In quite a few of my books and articles I have referred to the
concept of Integrated Intelligence (INI). I developed this term
to clearly identify what I am talking and writing about when
discussing the frontiers of human intelligence, especially those
concepts which have a rather mystical quality. So before we
go any further, in this first chapter please allow me to present
you with a short summary of what Integrated Intelligence is.
I’m also going to outline what you can actually do with INI
by referring to its core cognitive functions, and present some
concrete examples.
Before we even begin to define Integrated Intelligence, we
should stop for a moment to ask what intelligence is. Intelligence
is the mental ability which allows you to function successfully in
a given situation. Academics have been arguing about definitions
of intelligence for centuries and still can’t agree on much more
than the definition I give you here.1
It’s from this definition of intelligence that I define Integrated
Intelligence as:

The ability to draw on the extended mind


and all its intuitive capacities to function
successfully and solve problems in your life.

The extended mind, in turn, is:

Consciousness that extends beyond the


individual’s brain and connects us with the
environment, other consciousness fields and
spiritual realms.

1. For a reader-friendly introduction to intelligence theory, I recommend


Ian Deary’s Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction (New York: Oxford
University Press, 2001).
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So, in a nutshell, Integrated Intelligence is using all the
abilities of the mind, including the psychic, to help you live the
life you want. INI is compatible with the rational functions of
the mind, because both the intuitive and the logical have their
valid uses.
There are at least seven core cognitive functions that INI
allows you to perform.
Integrated Perception. This is the ability to sense the
connections between and amongst things. Integrated Perception
actually has many forms, and is probably not a single cognitive
process. It includes the higher order enlightenment experiences
where the individual’s sense of self expands out beyond her
immediate body.
A classic example comes from Maurice Bucke’s Cosmic
Consciousness (1905), where he reports a profound mystical
experience.

I was losing my consciousness, my identity, I was


powerless to hold myself. Now came a period of
rapture so intense that the Universe stood still,
as if amazed at the unutterable majesty of the
spectacle! Only one in all the infinite Universe!
The All-loving, the Perfect One! The Perfect
Wisdom, truth, love, and purity! And with the
rapture came the insight. In that same wonderful
moment of what might be called supernatural
bliss, came illumination . . . What joy when I saw
there was no break in the chain—not a link left
out—everything in its time and place. Worlds,
systems, all bended in one harmonious whole.
Universal light, synonymous with Universal
love!

Integrated perception isn’t always so cosmic and life-


changing, however. More mundane forms occur when we
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suddenly intuit the connection between ideas, thoughts, people,
events, behavior and so on.
Integrated Location. This is the capacity to sense where
things are, without having prior information.
This can occur through a feeling, or it might be visual in
nature. Once I lost my credit card, and couldn’t find it for days.
So I did meditation, putting myself into a light trance state. I
kept asking where the card was, and after a few minutes a clear
image popped into my mind. It was of the back pocket of a black
pair of jeans. I got up immediately and went to the cupboard
where my only black pair of jeans was hanging, and found the
credit card in the back pocket.
Integrated Diagnosis. Integrated Diagnosis is the ability to
intuitively find the cause of problems.
A friend of mine who worked for steel giant BHP some
years back reported that he used his intuition to repair machinery.
Rather than trying to rationally analyse why a machine had
broken down, he would often just stop, and allow the answer to
come to him. He claimed he could do this anywhere and referred
to an incident when he was on a boat, and the engine stopped. He
told the boat owner what he felt was wrong, and as soon as the
problem was investigated, his hunch was proven to be correct.
Integrated Recognition is being able to immediately know
somebody or something without ever being told about them or it.
In Autobiography of a Yogi, Pramahansa Yogananda tells a
story from his childhood. One day he was walking along a street
and saw a yogi walking towards him. He was filled with a deep
and immediate knowing that this yogi was to be his master. He
fell to his feet and was full of tears. This began a teacher-student
relationship which lasted many years, till the yogi’s death. In
fact it lasted even longer than that, for according to Yogananda,
he was able to communicate with his master in spirit form.
Foresense. When you sense what is going to happen in the
future, this is Foresense.
Foresense often occurs in dreams or meditations, when
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people report seeing something that later comes true. However,
it may be developed via intuitive feelings, or what I call the
Feeling Sense. Just two days ago I was on the phone to a friend
of a friend. We were trying to arrange a meeting to discuss a
certain issue which could help my wife. The guy in question told
me he’d ring back to see if he could find the time to meet me that
afternoon. When he hung up I asked my wife, who is Chinese,
if she felt he would meet us (I was encouraging her to develop
her intuition). She said she had no idea. I then told her there was
more chance of the Dalai Lama becoming the next president of
China than that guy taking the time to meet us. I could feel his
complete lack of intention. He called back three hours later to
say he was busy. I just knew his intention was zero.
Integrated Evaluation. Integrated Evaluation involves
being able to intuitively determine the wisdom or value of
different options and choices.
In Sage of Synchronicity I tell the story of a long and protracted
meeting at a school in Hong Kong, where the teachers and
administrators sat through a tedious four-hour meeting, listening
to representatives of text book companies give their pitch. After a
couple of hours, and almost falling asleep, I simply felt the energy
of the four options, and saw straight away that there was only
one real choice. There was another meeting the following week
before the admin team finally chose that same book.
Inspiration. This term refers to creative knowledge and
ideas that come to you from spiritual sources, not your conscious
mind.
Many creators, artists, writers and even scientists have
reported being guided by inspiration that is beyond their
conscious volition. William Blake, for example, said that angels
inspired his poetry. For the writing on my doctoral thesis, I used
a process I call Integrated Inquiry, which allowed me to write
prolifically.2
2. See the article “Futures Research at the Frontiers of Mind”, published in
the journal Foresight (2009, Volume: 11 Issue: 1 Page: 61–80).
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There are also two outcomes which emerge from the
successful application of INI.
Wisdom. Wisdom results from the capacity to use INI to
create a life that is deeply meaningful and in alignment with a
person’s highest needs. Trusting in INI creates a greater sense of
peace and equanimity, which is associated with wisdom.
Transformation. A core shift, lifting the person towards
greater wisdom and intelligence, and creating a higher level of
consciousness. This causes a transformation of his/her entire
being.
So that, in a nutshell, is Integrated Intelligence. A poorly
kept secret, it has been around for thousands of years, as I have
argued in my book Integrated Intelligence. The good news is
that it is not going away anytime soon, and there has never been
a better time to learn more about it.

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Where Integrated Intelligence


Comes From
After we have accepted the possibility that Integrated Intelligence
exists, the next logical question is to ask where this information
comes from. There are two essential sources.
Firstly there is the knowledge gleaned from everyday life
experience. This is not a passive process, because your mind
sifts information as it is received, and much of that process
is conscious. This is relatively uncontroversial, and you can
find out much about this realm of knowledge by opening any
textbook on psychology or neuroscience.
Textbooks won’t tell you much about the second source
of information, however, because it falls too far off the map of
mainstream science and education. I call this realm the extended
mind, and it in turn comprises several different sources of
information. They are:

1. The energy fields contained in your immediate external


environment. Everything contains a field of information.
A building, for example, expresses a certain feeling or
vibration, and it is possible to feel or sense this via intuition.
2. Other bioforms, including human beings. Human beings
constantly send and receive information from each other,
unconsciously. Some is harmless, other information is
destructive (what I call dark energy).
3. Discarnate entities. This basically means people who
have passed out of the body, and other spiritual entities in
non-physical form.
4. The intelligence of the universe itself. Some people call
this “God.” I do too sometimes, although I don’t perceive it
to be a personal entity.
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given to you by Spirit3, including your spirit guides. It is
intended to be helpful. For most people, this information
is unconscious, and it is sensed as subtle feelings or seen
in dreams. For those who have developed Integrated
Intelligence, it is often directly perceived and enters
conscious awareness.

Your spirit guides have chosen to oversee part or all of


your life and guide you through it. We all have them, although
many people are completely unaware of this fact. The kind of
information you are given by Spirit depends on your level of
spiritual maturity, and how much you need it.
The voice of Spirit is not in your immediate control, but
you can actively ask it for help. You can develop an active
relationship with Spirit. The more you seek out the assistance
of Spirit, the more Spirit is able to work with you. Spirit
guides will not permit you to give your power away to them,
although many people unconsciously do. Much of the guidance
of Spirit is ambiguous or suggestive, because it is your
responsibility to develop your life, according to your own best
intentions.
If you show that you are a person of wisdom, Spirit will
present you with more knowledge, and by implication, more
power. As I mention in a later chapter, many years ago I met an
Australian Aboriginal woman named Maria, who explained this
to me. She said that I was not ready to receive full power from
Spirit, because I would abuse it. Now I can see clearly that she
was correct.
As a person who teaches people how to use Integrated

3. When “Spirit” is capitalised, it refers to the overriding intelligence of


the cosmos. I prefer this term to “God” because the latter has different
meanings according to culture and creed. Spirit also includes the specific
input of spirit guides, who help carry out the ‘will’ of Spirit. Where
“spirit” is written in lower case, it is referring to an individual’s overall
consciousness, especially the deeper mind, or ‘Self’. In turn, where “self” is
written in lower case, it refers to the individual personality, or the ego.
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Intelligence, I like to emphasise that it is a gift from Spirit. In
using it humbly and wisely, we will grow in terms of our own
wisdom.

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Is the Psychic Real?


My interest in Integrated Intelligence really began when I met
a woman named Leslie in Coffs Harbour, in New South Wales,
Australia, many years ago. Leslie ran meditation classes, and
was a practicing clairvoyant. She seemed to have the ability to
intuitively sense things about people. I had been a sceptic till
that time, but I saw enough evidence from my time with her to
consider the possibility that I might be wrong.
I decided to go to the local library and get some books on the
subject. As I browsed the shelves, I picked up a book by James
Randi called Psychic Investigator. Thumbing through the book, I
found page after page rejecting the possibility that people might
have psychic experiences. In fact Randi was not just rejecting,
he was actively hostile. On the last page he concluded with the
definitive statement that psychic abilities do not exist. End of
book.
I was rather stunned. I’d been hoping for some positive
arguments and evidence for psi phenomena. But there it was in
black and white: an intelligent man had dedicated decades to the
subject and found it to be a load of “hocus pocus” (the name
of another Randi book, by the way!). Later I found out that the
field of parapsychology—which investigates psychic experience
scientifically—was hopelessly polarised. Red-faced sceptics and
offended believers typically faced off with each other, accusing
each other of ignorance, bias and a host of other nasty things.
On that fateful day, after I’d put James Randi’s book down,
I could have given up on my quest, but something drove me on.
I decided to try investigating the psychic myself, by recording
my dreams and exploring non-ordinary ways of knowing. One
particularly useful process I learned involved meditating and
slowing my mind right down till I was almost asleep. Then,
when I was about to drop off, I would ask questions, and observe
answers as they came to me in the form of words, images, song
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lyrics and subtle feelings. I call this process the Light Trance
(and you can read about it in the next chapter).
It was this personal exploration of Integrated Intelligence
that allowed me to move from being an open-minded sceptic,
to a daily practitioner of the spiritual. Later, I began to work
with my deep emotional body, and as I began to heal the lost
parts of my soul, something miraculous happened. Suddenly I
was able to see, feel and sense things that I never could before.
I was able to feel contrasting consciousness fields as readily as I
could tell the difference between hot and cold days. I developed
the capacity to intuitively read the energy of possible futures
as they emerged. And I was able to see and hear things in my
inner mind which I had never noticed before, and then apply
the knowledge in my everyday life. In short, I had developed
Integrated Intelligence.
If I had stayed reading books and listening to the heated
debates of professionals, I would not have had the direct hands-
on experience to see the truth for myself. The problem with
the rational mind is that the very way of knowing it employs is
inadequate to genuinely understand the higher reaches of human
consciousness. Integrated Intelligence requires a person to let go
and allow something greater than the ego to direct the mind. In
that sense developing your INI is scary. I certainly experienced
a lot of fear myself as I took to the deep, dark psychic ocean in
a row boat, so to speak.
I should clarify that I am not suggesting that you ignore the
rational mind, nor to stop analysing information when required.
The so-called left-brained cognitive skills do not need to be
disposed of in order to use INI. However, you do need to become
aware of the right times to employ either, or both.4
4. If you are interested in finding out about the hard evidence for
psychic phenomena and such mental processes as ESP, clairvoyance
and precognition, I recommend the following sources: Watch Rupert
Sheldrake’s Google talk on YouTube. Also, try his The Sense of Being
Stared at and Other Aspects of the Extended Mind (Arrow Books, 2003), or
Lynn McTaggart, The Field (Harper Paperbacks, 2008).
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It is also true that the exploration of the psychic realms has its
dangers. I would not recommend it to anyone who does not have
good mental health. Others become obsessed with the psychic,
and they see it as a source of entertainment. They pursue it for
the “Ooh-ahh!” effect. Some think psychic development is the
same as spiritual development. It is not, although there is often
a general correlation between the two. This is not the purpose
of developing Integrated Intelligence, as I see it. The ideal
intention is to develop a greater understanding of your spiritual
journey and to begin to work with Spirit to create a better life for
yourself and the world.
So, if the psychic exists, why aren’t we being taught about it
at school, at work, or hearing about it in our daily news bulletins?
Is there some kind of conspiracy at hand?
No, there isn’t. The silence is a reflection of modern
culture, and the mechanistic paradigm which dominates science
and education. Parapsychologist Dean Radin calls this “the
psi taboo”.5 After the 18th-century scientific enlightenment,
science moved rapidly forward by eliminating the subjective
and emotional aspects of the physical investigation into nature
and the world. It was a tremendous success at a physical level.
Just look at the way the world has changed in terms of science
and technology! But in other ways the enlightenment project has
failed, and this has yet to be fully acknowledged by those who
have benefitted most from the success of mechanistic science—
scientists, engineers, IT specialists, educators and academics. Our
teachers know almost nothing about Integrated Intelligence, and
those who do are not permitted to share their knowledge. They
teach students using the limited ways of knowing of rationality,
and students grow up ignorant of the spiritual potential within
themselves. Graduates then go out into a society dominated by
materialism, work and mass entertainment. This has created a
kind of collective amnesia.
Then there is the resistance of mainstream religious
5. Dean Radin, Entangled Mind (New York: Paraview Books, 2008).
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organisations, which have long persecuted those with a mystical
bent.
This is why we have forgotten our spiritual roots. This is
why mainstream science and culture is ignorant of the psychic,
even though it exists and is an essential part of who we are as
human beings.
You can believe or disbelieve what I write. But either way,
you won’t know the truth until you make the commitment to use
Integrated Intelligence in your life.
What are you going to do?

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Should We Pursue Psychic


Development?
Based on what you have read so far, you might be forgiven for
thinking that I am an advocate of psychic development. After all,
Integrated Intelligence is basically harnessing certain cognitive
functions that would normally be classified as ‘psychic’ or
‘paranormal’ by mainstream science and media. And I have had
some rather extraordinary experiences over the years, including
sightings of UFOs, out-of-body experiences, precognitions and
so on, as you will note as you progress through this book.
Such psychic experiences can be useful, and point us toward
the spiritual destination, but they shouldn’t be confused for the
goal.
Many popular spiritual and New Age books also use
references to paranormal events as a means to entice their
readers or viewers. On the back of one popular New Age writer’s
recent books, for example, there is a reference to someone
dematerializing, and then walking through a wall. The writer is
a classic example of a teacher who appears to have confused
psychic and spiritual development. They are not the same thing.
Genuine ‘progress’ in spiritual development is indicated by the
capacity for deep humility, and the capacity to bring the mind
into presence and come into the right relationship with the mind
or ego. It is typified by increasing periods of silence, or at least
an enhanced ability to witness the endless babble of the mind,
and recognise it for what it mostly is—nonsense.
The problem with the psychic realms is that they can easily
become a distraction from true spiritual development. The
human ego tends to be in a state of constant restlessness, and it
likes to seek out exciting experiences to distract and to amuse
itself. Quite often the spiritual seeker attributes the occurrence
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The seeking of psychic experiences may thus become a kind of
addiction.
An important understanding is that epiphanies and
extraordinary experiences are an inevitable part of the spiritual
journey—but they should not be seen as being particularly
important in and of themselves. The ego tends to want to claim
such experiences as ‘mine’, or use them to elevate its sense of
specialness. In this way the mind locks itself into the illusion
of separation, using psychic experiences to affirm its sense of
control.
Having said this, Integrated Intelligence can be harnessed as
a means to develop a meaningful life, and in numerous ways, as I
outlined in Sage of Synchronicity. The key is to be humble about
these capacities. They are extraordinary in the sense that most
people don’t even know they exist, yet they are ordinary in that
they are just part of the evolutionary process of consciousness.
In a sense the psychic realm and Integrated Intelligence are
most useful for spiritual journeymen and women who are just
moving beyond the ‘rational’ level of cognitive development. At
this stage, the ego still tends to be in control, and the sense of
separation between self and world remains strong. As a rationally
inclined individual relaxes the hold of the ego and begins to
allow deeper parts of the mind to surface, it is inevitable that the
boundaries between self and others, and with the world itself,
will begin to break down. In this phase of personal development
a person can then use the intuitive information that begins to
come his/her way, and employ it in his or her everyday life.
In the higher stages of spiritual development, the way that
Integrated Intelligence is used changes, and (I suspect) at the
very final stages of enlightenment, it is really not needed, as
the ego has largely lost its power and there is no requirement to
implement personal will. The seeker and the sought become one.6

6. Two good examples of journeymen who have reached these higher stages
of spiritual awareness are Leonard Jacobson and David R. Hawkins. See
Recommended Readings at the back of this book.
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During the period of the writing of this book, I have noticed
a change in my own mental structuring, and it appears to be
an ‘elevation’ into the next stage of my own journey. I became
aware of this possibility about a week before the time of writing,
via a dream (and dreams can tell you a lot about your journey).
In the dream I was in a large library, full of books. There was a
rather bookish woman in there—perhaps the librarian—and it
was obvious that she had what I can only describe as a crush on
me, i.e. she was in love with me (don’t tell my wife about this
dream, please!). Then I walked outside and was on a black tar
road at night. It appeared to be somewhere in inland USA. It
was quite brisk, and I looked up into the night sky and saw some
sheets of white light, shimmering like the aurora borealis (but
only white). I was full of wonder at the sheer beauty of it.
My ability to relax into presence has been markedly better
during this time.
A few days later I walked down to the beach near where
I live in Discovery Bay, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. I was
with my wife. She did some yoga, while I did the manly thing,
doing a few chin ups and resistance exercises on the bars of the
children’s playground there.
After finishing my workout, I sat down behind my wife as
she was sitting in a yoga position on the sand. I have always found
that dusk is an ideal time to sense deeper consciousness, and as
I quieted my mind, I immediately noticed some radiant energy
surrounding her body. I see light around people from time to
time, but have never really paid much attention to the experience.
Yet that night I felt a ‘desire’ to explore it, so I allowed myself to
fall into a light trance state—or perhaps more accurately, I just
silenced my mind and took careful note of the thing I was looking
at—my wife’s back as she sat before me. Almost immediately
the energy surrounding her entire body appeared to expand. It
was more pronounced in certain areas than others. The more I
relaxed, the more clear and colorful it became. The light around
the top of her head, for example, was dark blue.
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Then something unexpected occurred, and a very bright
light shone through my head and into my mind. This is hard
to explain, but it is like the light was there, but was not seen
through the eyes. It is as if there was a brilliant moon right
above my head, but I was actually not able to physically see it,
merely observe its light pouring in. Then the whole of my vision
seemed to catch fire, and the light irradiated me from within.
I ‘saw’ a great circle of purplish light enter my heart region.
The experience was slightly frightening, and I was not quite
sure what attitude to take with it. Yet having had so many such
experiences in the past, I just let go and sat with it. I noted my
ego’s attempts to personalise it, possess it, and expand it, but did
not judge that.
After a while, as best I could, I told my wife what I was
perceiving. My wife is rather a sceptic of the spiritual, but to
her credit, acquiesced to my request to remain still and not get
up (despite muttering something about falun dafa—the falun
gong!—she’s mainland Chinese!).
The whole experience was just a few minutes in duration. I
didn’t attempt to prolong it. My wife asked me to explain what
I’d seen. I tried my best, but in the end I had to confess I didn’t
have words for it, nor did I really understand it. We got up and
walked back home.
One thing that did strike me, though, was that the experience
felt very much like the dream I’d had a few days before, when
I saw the white aurora borealis in the sky. That dream was a
precognition of an energy that was ‘descending’ upon me.
The first part of the dream involved a library (representing
my intellect), and a librarian who loved me (representing the
deepening of my ability to integrate—or love—my psyche at a
greater depth). It is this unconditional acceptance, this letting go,
which is the prelude to much of spiritual experience. It permits
the light to penetrate the soul at a deeper level.
Just as interesting for me, though, was that when I went
to sleep after that extraordinary experience with my wife at
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the beach, I dreamt of being in a house fire. The entire house
was ablaze, and I was frightened at the loss of everything that I
owned. I was filled with anxiety about what would happen when
all that I had was gone. In the dream house there was a cupboard
where I kept some books and papers from my childhood school
years, and I was trying desperately to save them, even as they
burned.
This dream was a symbolic narrative of the resistance of
my ego, when it was asked to shed part of its identity. It reacted
with fear. The fire was the purification process as the past began
to disintegrate, while the childhood memorabilia symbolised my
attachment to my identity, which was formed in childhood. As
higher levels or stages of the journey unfold, one is required to let
go of the ego and its constructs of self, which are impermanent
and an illusion.
This is not easy, and there is no definite roadmap. What I
can say is that the essence of the process is to bring the mind into
presence as much as possible. You will, however, learn some
specific ways to do this in the first chapter of Section 3, “The
INI Tools”.
Shortly after that first dream, on that same night, there then
followed a dream/vision sequence where I saw that in order to
actualise my recent shift in consciousness, there was a need to
acknowledge, integrate and heal three relationships from my
formative years. The first part of the vision was quite clear. I saw
my childhood best friend sitting in a bedroom. He was projecting
some shaming and mocking energy at me. In the second part
of the vision I opened a door and saw a tennis player, and the
letters “MLB” were written above his head. I knew immediately
that it referred to another childhood friend of mine, who was
obsessed with tennis. I have no idea what his middle name is,
but his initials are “MB”. I have retained some lingering issues
with him, as he could be quite demeaning at times. The final
person or issue in the vision was merely represented by a flag—
the Union Jack. There was no information on that, so its cryptic
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nature suggests that I will be asked to work on it in the coming
period of time.
Dreams, visions and psychic experiences are a common
expression of Integrated Intelligence, and can be extremely
useful on your journey. You can learn much from them. They
can be powerful, even life-changing. The experiences referred
to in this chapter simply pointed me in the right direction, and
helped me correct the illusions of the ego. But I am not going to
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Transcending the Rational Mind


It is commonly believed in many circles—particularly those
dizzying circles one finds oneself in within academic and
educational institutions—that the rational mind is the highest
cognitive set currently available to human beings. The rational
mind is higher than the emotional mind, it is assumed, because
the emotional and unreflective mind led us into mass superstition
during the dark ages. Then science, with its empirically founded
scientific method, led us out from the darkness and into
Enlightenment. Thereafter came massive progress in science
and social science; and the benefits to society are obvious. Just
look at all those clean hospitals, computers on office desks, and
airplanes that can whisk us around the world in a matter of hours.
In the dark ages of prehistory people pretty much believed
whatever Mum or the village idiot told them. Most people
couldn’t read or write for a start. It was said that there was only
one literate man, a clergyman, in all of Britain after the fall of
the Roman Empire. Now almost everyone in Britain can read
and write; and you take your capacity to make sense of the black
squiggles on this page for granted. Thank about that for progress!
People haven’t always employed the critical/rational
mind the way we do today. In Europe around the year 1500,
the scholastic movement took hold, and classification became
a key way of knowing. By 1800, analysis as a key way of
knowing had firmly entrenched itself, and by the mid-nineteenth
century, experimentation became well established. Many of us
today barely stop to consider the massive impact these ways
of knowing have had on our capacity to think. A more obvious
shift has occurred in the last three decades, where computer
rationality greatly affected our cognitive processing in developed
economies. We are increasingly “accessing” a virtual world
through the medium of Information Technology.
There is a great deal of truth to the claim that these cognitive
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shifts have been good for us. Science and the critical/rational
mind have helped us make massive progress. Yet as Michel
Foucault and the poststructuralist philosophers have noted,
paradigmatically and epistemologically bounded thinking tends
to view history as a linear march towards an inevitable present;
in this case, towards the ‘modern’. Mainstream science and
society tends to be self-congratulating, and has great difficulty
acknowledging the limits of mainstream discourses.
The problem with the four key ways of knowing of the
modern mind is that they are limited, and what’s more, greatly
unbalanced. They do not permit access to domains of knowing
which are vitally important for us to contextualise knowledge
and data, and to gain a greater insight into the human condition.
They delimit the possibility of actualising the post-rational mind.
Modern-thinking processes retard intuitive thinking. They
do not acknowledge, let alone utilise, intuitive ways of knowing.
Intuition incorporates cognitive processes which are actually
post-rational. It permits a greater and deeper knowing that moves
beyond what rationality is capable of perceiving.
The tricky thing is that at the critical/rational level of mind,
it is very difficult to see all this. Critical rationality tends to
reinforce the ego, or the little self’s hold on perception. The
ego becomes self-satisfied and begins to congratulate itself
on its cleverness. It thinks it doesn’t need to know anything
else, because it has become oh-so-smart. This generates a self-
regulating delusion, where the mind goes about collecting and
collating data which confirms its view that it has reached the
zenith of knowing, and subtly rejects data which challenges this
view. It becomes proud and arrogant.
This is a trap, and a typically observed dead-end for
cognitive development. Very few intellectuals, academics and
scientists have managed to span the gap between the rational
and post-rational for this reason. Further, since modern culture
teaches us that rationality is the pinnacle of mind development,
‘clever’ people see no need to challenge that given. The entire
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lifetime is thus spent living comfortably (but not necessarily
peacefully) within the rational realms of mind.
The truth is that the cognitive mindset enjoyed by most
‘intelligent’ people in today’s society and education systems is
extremely limited, and is but a fraction of the mental potential
available to us. Not knowing better, we go about business as
usual.
The jump from the purely rational to the post-rational is
a difficult one. In most cases, we will have spent many years
existing at this critical juncture of mind, and may see no reason
to move beyond it. Even people who ‘believe’ in the post-
rational mind or spiritual potentials, may never actually leave
the comfort of the rational, because it is too destabilising, and
the ego’s hold is too strong.
I recall hearing about mystic Leonard Jacobson’s visit
to a leading ‘alternative’ tertiary institution in California.
Almost nobody—neither teachers nor students—attended his
talk/workshop. That is incredible. Here was a man who has
actualised the very cognition that these academics and students
are researching and studying, but they could not tear themselves
away from their books long enough to spend time with the real
thing. This should tell you something about just how difficult it
is to make the leap from the rational to the post-rational. Self-
deception is normal.
In truth, there is more than just one leap required once the
post-rational mind begins to open. There are various stages
of cognitive awareness beyond the rational, but the juncture
between the rational and the next post-rational stage is difficult
to span. In truth, it is not entirely up to the individual. There is
something of divine Grace involved.
What then, can one do to facilitate the shift?
The first thing is to have the willingness. This means
developing an actual deep intention to shift, not just an intellectual
interest. This willingness usually only follows after one becomes
dissatisfied with experience at the rational level of mind.
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The second requirement is commitment to a discipline. The
discipline should involve some inner process which permits a
non-attached witnessing of thought as it emerges from mind.
This could be a formal practice such as prayer, meditation, yoga
or Tai Chi; or something more informal, such as walking quietly
through nature, or sitting attentively in a chair. The bringing of
the mind into presence, as I describe in Sage of Synchronicity,
is necessary. Witnessing and presence permit one to see that the
world of the mind is but a construct, and is ultimately an illusion.
You might prefer to simply think of mind as a dysfunctional
model of reality.
Integrated Intelligence will either directly or indirectly be a
part of the process as you move beyond the rational mind. You
might not explicitly use all the processes and tools I refer to, but
at the very least you will need to listen to the intuitive prompts
of Spirit.
Be warned. Integrated Intelligence can be used to further the
agenda of the ego to reinforce its control over the mind. When
this happens the results are likely to be unsatisfactory, and the
perceptions you have will be distorted to some degree. There is a
need to surrender to a higher part of the Self, in order to activate
Integrated Intelligence properly. You can’t learn to fly a plane if
you refuse to leave the ground.
Which brings us to the issue of surrender itself. One of
the real obstacles to moving beyond critical rationality is that
the ego is stubborn, likes to maintain control, and insists that
it is the architect of life. It likes to think that it is clever, and
that it is right. It then judges others as ‘stupid’ or ‘wrong’. It
often gets into dramas with them, with the unconscious agenda
of destroying them (or the perceptual data they bring forth).
Basically, all drama is the ego’s attempt to destroy and eliminate.
This includes intellectual debate, which is almost impossible
to engage in without the ego taking over. Personally, I feel it
is usually better just to surrender, and allow the other to have
his opinion, no matter how wrong or insane it may appear to
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be. Your judgment of that opinion is a projection of your ego
anyway, and takes you back into the critical/rational mind. If
you want to win intellectual arguments, kiss the higher mind
goodbye. There is no winning or losing with Spirit.
In the end, it is not for you to say whether the other guy
is right or wrong. That is already ‘known’ by God. There are
higher states of cognition, but it’s not possible to understand
them at less-developed levels of mind. Intuition provides flashes
of knowing, and that can draw us closer to the post-rational.
But a vast number of human beings do not even have this basic
understanding. There is no point in fighting with those who
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The Greatest Gift


Before you proceed any further into this book, I would like you to
consider something very important. Integrated Intelligence, like
consciousness, is a gift from the universe. It connects you deeply
with everything, including the intelligence of the cosmos itself.
Finally you must be aware that it is not ‘you’, as an individual
ego, that is given the gift: it is your higher Self. Therefore in
coming into a greater understanding of it, you are beginning the
process of aligning yourself with a greater intelligence. In short,
it is a deeply spiritual process. Even if you do not understand or
accept this now, you will if you proceed to actually explore INI
first hand. The one who sets out on the spiritual journey is not
the same one who arrives at the end. It is transformational.
Integrated Intelligence is a spiritual concept.
David R. Hawkins is a modern mystic and spiritual teacher.7
In Transcending the Levels of Consciousness he presents a very
simple but profound summary of the qualities and attitudes
necessary to make a genuine spiritual journey. Hawkins points out
that what is required is really very simple. While knowledge can
be very useful, constantly acquiring more spiritual information
and techniques, becoming more learned, more clever, and more
full can be a trap. As Chinese mystic Lao Tzu stated 2,600 years
ago in the Tao de Ching, “More is less. Less is more”. Genuine
spirituality requires an emptying, a letting go. This is where
many people tend to run into trouble, as the ego/rational mind
attempts to stay in control.
7. There is some controversy surrounding Hawkins’ claims about the
value of exercise kinesiology, and his being able to calibrate levels of
consciousness, yet there are some wonderful insights in his books. It is easy
to misread, or even misapply, what Hawkins writes, especially if you don’t
have much experience in doing spiritual self-work. But anyone who has
explored the spiritual dimensions of mind with a true intention will readily
recognise many of the truths contained in his work. I believe that it would
be a mistake to dismiss Hawkins’ writings based purely upon this single
issue.
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Here are the ten key spiritual processes which Hawkins
refers to:

1. Be kind to everything and everyone, including oneself,


all the time, with no exception.
2. Revere all of life in all its expressions, no matter what,
even if one does not understand it.
3. Presume no actual reliable knowledge of anything at all.
Ask God to reveal its meaning.
4. Intend to see the hidden beauty of all that exists—it then
reveals itself.
5. Forgive everything that is witnessed and experienced,
no matter what. Remember Christ, Buddha and Krishna all
said that all error is due to ignorance. Socrates said all men
can choose only what they believe to be the good.
6. Approach all of life with humility and be willing to
surrender all possibilities and mental/emotional arguments
or gain.
7. Be willing to forgo all perceptions of gain, desire or profit
and thereby be willing to be of selfless service to life in all
its expressions.
8. Make one’s life a living prayer by intention, alignment,
humility and surrender. True spiritual reality is actually a
way of being in the world.
9. By verification, confirm the levels of consciousness and
spiritual truth of all teachers, teachings, spiritual groups and
literature with which one intends to be aligned or a student.
10. Accept that by spiritual declaration, commitment and
surrender, Knowingness arises that provides support,
information, and all that is needed for the entire journey.
(Hawkins, Transcending, pp. 335–6).

You’ll recognise these as being part of many of the world’s


great spiritual and religious teachings. Besides their remarkable
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relative to dominant cultures in most developed countries, where
the idea of being opinionated, powerful, controlling, forceful
and knowledgeable dominates. Modern culture tends to be harsh
and patriarchal, right across the globe. In other words, you better
be a ‘real man’, or at least act like one, if you want to ‘get ahead’
and ‘win’. Humility and the admission of ‘not knowing’ are
rarely valued.
The other notable aspect of Hawkins’ list is item number
nine, which is his affirmation to confirm the spiritual truth or
level of consciousness of a teaching or pathway before engaging
it. There are a number of ways to do this, and I’ll just mention
a few.
Exercise kinesiology is one which Hawkins champions
for those still operating at the ‘rational’ levels of cognitive
development, where discerning truth from falsehood is extremely
difficult. I have no experience with this method, so can make no
definitive conclusions about it.8
However, this tool may not be preferred by many. In the
next section of this book numerous other divination methods are
explained.
The truth is you don’t need too many ‘tools’ to choose a path
that’s right for you, to make the decisions that will empower
your life. One simple process you should practice is being able
to quiet your mind and get an intuitive sense of whether a path,
or teaching choice, is ‘OK’ or ‘not OK’ for you.
Yet, we all know that we are we are all-too-fallible. So, after
our decision has been made, and we have begun to engage that
particular path, we should be alert for signs of ego-dominated
thinking or behaviour permeating ourselves and the teachings
or teacher. The most obvious signs are an over-inflated ego,
8. Exercise kinesiology involves making a statement with a yes/no answer,
then testing whether a raised hand goes weak or strong as the statement
is made. If the statement is true, the arm will test strong, according to the
claim. You can read more about this in appendices at the back of his books
(see references section). You can use a Google search to read about the
numerous criticisms of his claims.
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attempting to inflate the ego of the student or promising (or
practicing) miracles. Even if the miraculous is performed, if it is
used to attract followers, then the act is an abuse of power.
One important domain missing from Hawkins’ list is
handling the emotional energy which emerges from the psyche
as one deepens one’s awareness. Perhaps Hawkins did not have
to deal with too much emotional baggage in his time (he’s now
in his 80s), but most of us do. Given this, we have to find an
effective, healthy and responsible way to allow the fear, grief,
anger, shame and ego projections to express themselves. This
means creating a space in your life for opening the channel for
the deep feelings to surface.
I recommend making a special space in your home where
you can beat a pillow, scream into it, or just release grief when
it surfaces. On days where the emotions begin to rise, you can
spend some time alone there. A music system is recommended,
to play music that matches the required mood (sad songs if you
need to release grief, perhaps heavy metal if you want to release
anger, and so on). The second use of music is simply to drown
out any sound you might make, in case you feel uncomfortable
allowing others to hear what you are doing. Nonetheless, if you
are living with other people, you will probably have to at least
give them a general idea of what you are doing.
David R. Hawkins is correct when he writes that the greatest
gift we can give the world is to develop our own consciousness.
It is my hope that you, the reader, can share that gift. It’s what
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Section 2
Tales of Integrated
Intelligence

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Bright Lights in the Sky


Some people ask me how I got interested in knowledge that
might be considered “alternative” in some circles. Here is a little
story about an extraordinary experience that certainly helped me
along my way! So here goes my story, and it’s 100 percent true.
In 1996 I was living in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales,
Australia, a small coastal town. One day I was walking along the
street downtown, and I saw a sign that read: “Psychic readings,
$10”. I had never had a psychic reading up till that time, and
curiosity got the better of me. So I went inside and met a woman
named Leslie who gave me a reading. The reading itself was
nothing particularly special. But what followed certainly was.
To cut a long story short, I ended up going to one of Leslie’s
talk/meditation evenings a few weeks later. At the end of the talk
she told everyone present that she had had lots of dreams about
UFOs the previous night.
“Whenever I have these dreams there are lots of UFO
sightings around,” she said. “So if you go out tonight you may
see something. I feel that about two in the morning would be the
right time.”
Now, being the gullible fool that I am, I decided to take up
the offer. I went to bed at about 11 p.m., but set my alarm for
1.45.
When the alarm rang, I managed to drag myself out of bed. I
stumbled around my house for fifteen minutes, and then headed
outside at 2.00 a.m. sharp.
My eyes almost popped out of my head when I swung the
door open and looked up at the sky. For flying right in front of
me in the clear night sky was something I had never seen before.
I can only describe it as a large ball of luminous white light,
about a third of the size of a full moon. The thing was probably
a few hundred metres in the air and was floating eastward at
about 90 degrees above the horizon. There was absolutely no
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sound, and it seemed to be gliding on air. I can only describe
it as eerily unearthly. I ran out onto the road, and watched it
disappear over the neighbours’ houses. In total it was in view
about thirty seconds.
The ball of light was heading east, out over the ocean, and
since I was in an excitable state, I ran down to the beach, which
was only a few hundred metres from where I lived. I walked
up and down the beach for an hour, but the ball of light was
nowhere to be seen.
Finally I gave up, and decided to head back to bed. I walked
back down the short street to my home and trudged up the
driveway. Then, as I was about to duck under the doorway (I’m
rather tall) I looked up one last time. Once again my eyes nearly
jumped out of my head. I saw something equally as amazing as
the ball of light. For, moving directly over my head, there was a
group of about twenty red, circular lights, flying in a double-V
formation, one “V” inside the other. Again there was no sound,
just eerie silence. The objects flew in a southerly direction,
parallel the coast. They appeared to be a few hundred metres in
the air, and within half a minute disappeared behind some trees
at the end of the road.
I have had quite a few “interesting” experiences since that
day, but probably nothing quite so extraordinary as that night.
Of all the things that set me on a path of questioning dominant
knowledge structures of Western society, and the road to
exploring human intelligence and human futures, this experience
was probably the most significant.
What were those things I saw that night? How on earth did
Leslie know that they were going to be there at that precise time,
merely from a dream? Why are these kinds of phenomena still
a taboo topic in modern science and academia? I’m still asking
these questions today.

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The Aboriginal Shaman Woman


As mentioned before, there was a time when I was a sceptic
of anything remotely spiritual or “psychic”. In fact in my early
twenties I was an avowed atheist and empiricist. I was quite
hostile to any reference to such things. Yet over time my attitude
relaxed. I have previously mentioned one or two formative
experiences which led to this shift. Many of them occurred at
around the age of 26 or 27 (I’m now 44 years old). One other
such event also occurred at this time, and involved an Aboriginal
shaman woman. At the time I was living in Coffs Harbour, in
northern New South Wales, Australia, and I had no conscious
awareness of any innate intuitive ability I might possess. I was
also happily free of any academic responsibilities. I had no
intention of pursuing any higher education.
I sat down one day to read the local paper, and noticed a
small ad for psychic readings in the classifieds section. I was
then becoming interested in the psychic realm. That evening
I dialed the number and found myself speaking to a woman
named Maria. The very next day I walked over to her home for
a reading (Coff Harbour is not a big town).
There was nothing special about Maria on the surface.
She was quite down to earth, and although I was open to the
possibility that she might offer something useful or even
profound, I found myself quite sceptical. She didn’t appear
to be particularly spiritual in the way I thought ‘spiritual’ was
supposed to be. Her house was far from tidy and was run-down.
There was renovation being carried out as she spoke to me, with
workmen coming and going. She also smoked, a strong dislike
of mine.
“Put your paw up here,” she said. She took my hand, and
began to ‘read’.
“I see here that there has been a great tearing,” she
commented. “It’s like a part of you has been torn away.”
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“Hmm, I have no idea what that could mean,” I mumbled
sceptically. At the time I had little interest in emotional healing
and had no genuine comprehension of the depth of the emotional
scars I was carrying inside.
“Why is it that they made you feel like you didn’t exist?”
she asked bluntly.
“I don’t know about that,” I mumbled. “My childhood
wasn’t that great, but others have had worse.”
“Listen to what I’m telling you!” she scolded me gently.
“There is a tearing here. I can hear it. You have been torn away.”
She interspersed the reading with information about her
own life. Her father had been a kadaicha medicine man, and he
had trained her in the ways of the shaman. She spoke of how she
had struggled to deal with the responsibilities this entailed.
She went on with the reading.
“He is telling me to tell you that you should believe in
yourself.”
“Who is telling you?” I asked with incredulity.
“My spirit guide, Zodiac.”
“Oh?”
“He speaks to me directly, just the way you do now. I am
just telling you what he says.”
I listened. If nothing else she was an interesting case study.
“I can sense your father. He is a thoughtful man, but he is
closed. Like a closed box. You can’t get near him.”
I laughed. “That’s certainly spot on. He isn’t exactly known
for his affectionate nature.”
“Does he have heart problems?”
I folded my arms. “No. He doesn’t have any heart problems.
As far as I know he’s in good health.”
“I see him with heart problems. I see him reaching for his
chest. Actually it will be quite unexpected. How old is he?”
“Fifty-three or so.”
“He will be around sixty when it happens.”
“I guess we’ll just have to see about that.”
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“Zodiac tells me you don’t trust yourself. You have much
ability but you don’t let yourself believe you are any good
because of what you were told when you were young. It’s time
that you began to accept your abilities.”
“Abilities?” I scoffed. “What abilities might those be?”
“You see you are a very gifted person, but you don’t know
it. You are very psychic.”
“Psychic? Me?” I laughed. “Sorry, you’ve got to be joking.
I’m not psychic at all.”
“Just listen to what you are being told,” she firmly rebuffed
me. “You have much to offer. You want to stretch yourself, but
you don’t know how to do it.”
“Fair enough. Like most people, I suppose.”
“I see you going back to study.”
“Study what? I’ve had enough of study.” At that point in my
life I would rather have stuck toothpicks in my eyeballs.
“I see you going for your masters, maybe even a Ph.D. You
have done quite well academically.”
I hadn’t told her I had a university degree, so this did
impress me a little. But she was dead wrong about my having
any intention to study again, and I told her so.
“I didn’t do that well at school,” I said. I had always felt like
I didn’t live up to my abilities, even though I had an honours
degree in History.
“I see you lecturing before people,” she said. “There is a lot
of knowledge and power that will come your way, but you will
have to earn it.”
I listened. Maria was interesting if nothing else.
“You will not be given that power for a long time yet. You
are not ready and you might destroy it. When you are ready, they
will give it to you.”
I shuffled in my chair. “Who? Who will give me this
knowledge?”
“Your spirit guides will. I also see an old man. He has a lot of
knowledge. He’s going to take you under his arm and help you.”
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Maria went on. Much of what Maria told me seemed rather
grandiose, but there was one thing she mentioned that changed
my life.
“You should listen to the songs in your head. They are put
there by Spirit. It is one of the ways that they try to communicate
with you and guide you.”
“Really?” I said, looking at her inquisitively. “Well, lots of
people hear songs in their heads. That doesn’t mean they are
messages from spirits.”
“You need to listen more.”
I paid Maria the forty bucks and left. Despite my aversion
to her, there was something profound about some of the things
she said. Her advice about music led me to listen more closely
to song lyrics in my head. I began to listen more carefully to my
inner mind. I discovered a veritable radio station of messages
being relayed to me day and night.
I began to write down all the lyrics that came to me while
sleeping or meditating, or when I was engaging in mundane
activates such as talking, even writing up a lesson plan at school.
What began as a kind of quaint hobby later became a rather more
involved activity. Soon, I was being woken in the middle of the
night by song lyrics being drummed into my skull while I was
sleeping. Once, I was awoken by a particular song in the middle
of the night. Being drowsy and barely awake, I stumbled out of
bed and walked over to the CD player to turn it off, only to find
to my amazement that it was not even plugged in.
One night I was woken up by a woman singing. Yet it
was unlike any singing I had ever heard. The language was
unrecognizable to me, and there was no instrumentation. Simply
an angelic female voice, with an ancient-world feeling to it. The
pace of the song was very, very slow, and the words drawn out
into long melodic flute-like notes. As I was listening I realised
that I was not hearing it with my ears. It was coming from within,
or perhaps beyond. I sat up in bed and the singing stopped. Then
I deliberately relaxed into a light trance state and the singing was
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there again. It was almost as if the woman was serenading me. It
was the most beautiful thing imaginable. I fell into a deep sleep.
At other times I have been warned of danger, given insights
into the nature of mind and consciousness, aided in identifying
my own healing issues, and assisted in relationships with others.
I began to recognise an intelligence beyond my conscious
mind with a greater awareness than me, an intelligence which I
could access at will. This was the beginning of my understanding
of Integrated Intelligence.
In 1997, my father died very suddenly and unexpectedly
from a heart problem. He was just a few weeks short of his
fifty-eighth birthday. Till that moment, I had forgotten Maria’s
prediction. Eight years later I began my doctoral studies, which
I finished in 2006.

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