What is the relationship between intelligence and health?

By Stephen 

What is the relationship between health and intelligence? At the moment it might be said that the two stand separate and distinct, measured individually through various quantifiable tests and examinations, for e.g. a Health Examination and a School Examination. But is our idea of intelligence deeply flawed and far wide of the truth? What if it isn’t found in our ability with academia, but something inextricably linked to our health, the level of wellbeing we live in our bodies, the quality of energy we emanate in our daily life – the relationships and connections we form?

If you could, for example, write a highly academically acclaimed 10,000 word thesis on quantum physics, but at the same time choose to put your body in a state of stress and physical decline through lifestyle choices, then are you an intelligent being? Or to put it another way: are you a ‘being’ acting with your true capacity for intelligence? Maybe our approach to health and intelligence is all messed up and we need to teach, showcase and learn about intelligence from a completely different more self-regarding, or we could say loving, perspective.

The Philosopher Serge Benhayon has presented that our current model of intelligence is flawed, that we don’t think so much as we source thoughts through the movement of our body and that every movement is from one of two pools of energy that either harms (prana), or heals (fire). These energies by energetic law affect everyone, everywhere. To make sense of this requires a willingness to accept and understand that we live in a vast pool of energy and that how we move in every detail – our posture, our gentleness, our awareness, our intentions – influences our thoughts, which in turn create our choices – and that these choices then affect our health outcomes – every movement, every choice, every time.

This makes a lot of sense if you consider the downward health trends of our global population against the rising forms of what we value as intelligence. More degrees, more PhDs, more Masters, more Doctors – we are seemingly more educated and intelligent than ever before. We see a supposed advance that is not matched by an advance in our health but instead a rapid deterioration (a harming), and we should question this. What is the influence of our education system? What movements and thoughts are being produced from and by this system? If our current model of intelligence were genuinely intelligent there would be less illness surely, not more! As a further example, what effect does slouching in front of a screen have on our thoughts and subsequent actions? Anyone can try this and see how they feel.

If instead, true intelligence is about our ability to feel and sense and respond to our feelings, a whole body intelligence, then it turns on its head what intelligence actually is, and leaves wide open the question of what the imposter posing as intelligence is doing to our health, our relationships, our humanity.

True intelligence makes intelligence a level playing field where we all have equal access to the movements that bring greater knowing, married to and woven up in greater health and wellbeing. And furthermore it might just be our ability to let go of stubborn beliefs and identification with so-called individualised intelligent acts, that moves us towards greater all-knowing whole body intelligence.

So if we consider that we can all act with equal intelligence, we all have access to the same level of knowing, and it is only a choice of whether we make that connection to the source of true intelligence, or not.

Perhaps we need to start to champion the relationship between intelligence and health, and let go of a form of intelligence that isn’t actually intelligent at all but is merely a clever and convoluted form of control, and protection. Giving the clever among us recognition and status, rewarding them for facts and figures and grand theories that don’t unite us, but divide and pigeonhole us.

If we stop encouraging a form of intelligence that has no connection to health and wellbeing, we then allow ourselves to make the move into greater awareness and gentleness, a move towards true health interwoven within the multi-dimensional intelligent being who is made of and emanates pure love.

Written with full recognition of the all knowing intelligence that is Serge Benhayon, a man dedicated to patiently teaching that our thoughts are not our own, repeatedly… until we all understand that we don’t actually think but just align to energy from the only two sources available, prana (harming) or fire (healing).


Read more:

  1. The Body’s Intelligence 
  2. On True Intelligence 

495 thoughts on “What is the relationship between intelligence and health?

  1. Serge Benhayon has been telling us for a very long time that intelligence comes from the body and not the mind and our thoughts are never our own, and it is our movements that determine the source of the intelligence and thoughts we will align to. Our schooling and education does not take this into account and champions the mind without considering the body, so it takes a while to undo life times of seeing our mind as the source of our intelligence. Our body reflects our health and so to me if it is also the source of true intelligence, which I know from my own experiences, therefore the relationship between our intelligence and our body is intrinsically linked

  2. I have often heard the statement “humans are the most intelligent species” but how is it that we have high disease and ill health – globally? If we were indeed the most intelligent species on this planet, would we not see an active response towards stopping the lifestyle, attitudes and behaviours that affect our human frame?

    1. A testament to the fact that either we are not as intelligent as we think we are or that another intelligence is running us, which makes us override what we know to be true.

  3. ‘So if we consider that we can all act with equal intelligence, we all have access to the same level of knowing, and it is only a choice of whether we make that connection to the source of true intelligence, or not.’ We can choose to be unaware of what socket we are plugged into, so to speak, so if we are off track it is the responsibility of our friends and loved ones to nudge us gently back on track and visa versa.

  4. Serge Benhayon is one voice, amongst a very few, who make sense of the “downward health trends of our global population”. He has been presenting for 19 years that our current form of lauded intelligence is not the answer to the world’s woes borne out by the fact that we have more highly qualified people in the world than ever before as well as having more highly advanced medical techniques and still people are getting sicker and sicker. But he has also offered a way to reverse these escalating trends and that is to begin to connect to the seat of our true intelligence, our body; the vessel that carries us through life and never lies.

  5. Reading your blog makes me think about the choices we makes in life, and one that stands out is how we knowingly consume food or drink that is harmful to our body, an example is alcohol. It is well known there are no safe limits to alcohol, and yet it is consumed, consciously by many… so yes, there is a relationship between intelligence and health, but in this case, it is clearly an inverse one.

  6. If our current sense of intelligence is only related to a sense of function or survival in the world we are only living a small aspect of who we truly are.

  7. How often do we know something is working for us and we don’t need to prove or give evidence? It is just part of our livingness.

  8. If our true intelligence is love, then we are by nature, naturally responsive to ways that would not want to disregard, destroy, abuse our body…indicating that responsibility indeed goes hand in hand with intelligence… the question arises then how responsible to ourselves and to our body are we actually being if we are seeing a global rise in lifestyle diseases?

  9. Our current acceptance of what intelligence is feels like a much reduced and narrower version to what it actually is: a whole body intelligence that when connected to, is pretty limitless and incredible in what it can access. If we placed as much emphasis on caring, nurturing and listening to the body as we do to listening to the mind, I’m pretty sure our illness and disease rates would look very different to how they are now and where they’re currently heading towards.

  10. Yes the word intelligence has been totally misinterpreted to be only about study at university and recall. Sometimes animals are seen as dumb etc. and we say we are much smarter because of our brain and the tall buildings we can build, yet how smart or intelligent is it to build tall buildings with people who are underpaid, have to work under dire circumstances and are not encouraged to take 100% care of themselves? It is just these things that show we are not as intelligent when it comes to our body and how we care for it and this is something that we would not see in the animal kingdom.

  11. What if whole body intelligence allowed us to access a level of wisdom and understanding that was far greater than anything our minds can come up with on their own? It is not that the mind is bad or needs to be left out but included in the whole picture in its rightful place in harmony with the body.

  12. I like how you have brought quality of relationship in to the possibility of what true intelligence actually is.

  13. One of the first things you realise when you start to explore your inner essence is that nothing is separate, and everything is connected. The body and mind are not distinct and the one affects the other. I find my greatest ‘intelligence’ comes from my body and is available when I feel open, vital and at ease. The way I think is always affected by the way I feel.

  14. “Are we sicker than our eyes would have us believe?” Great question because on the surface we could say technology has made so many advances that we can cure most illnesses, but what constitutes being sick. We have over the years moved the markers so that being sick or ill is seen as anyone with cancer or a serious illness but what if the reality is we are unwell if we are not living in the fullness of who we are and any movement away from that is the beginning of illness and disease…..maybe then we would see that we are sicker than our eyes would have us believe.

  15. The teachings that Serge Benhayon shares with us about whole body intelligence and this being true intelligence are absolute gold and continue to inspire many people to break out of the limited, health diminishing ‘brain only intelligence’ that is currently so focussed on and lauded.

  16. A mind without the wisdom of the heart is a completely lost one. This is something I have come to humbly realise recently as I came to realise just how arrogant I have been to think my mind is smarter than my body.

  17. If intelligence is actually intelligent, it would mean that smart people would make choices that lead to great health. Yet doctors who understand how to live in a healthy way and should be the pinnacle of health, can still smoke, drink alcohol to excess and have above normal rates of suicide. This suggests to me that brain smarts is not enough to be body smart. I am always amazed by how intelligent and tuned in my body is compared to my conscious mind.

  18. I’ve just got in touch with some very strong feelings that I had buried by not dealing with a situation. These feelings have been sitting unacknowledged inside my body stewing and seething underneath the surface. While I have been unaware of them and out of touch with them they have been having an effect on my body and also the way that I relate to people. Having allowed them to surface I can feel that if I had left them un-felt and the issues unresolved for a number of years this would have led to health problems later down the track. It is wise to allow our body to show us the way by allowing ourselves our feelings.

  19. Great to read about the difference in what we call intelligence and the true much wider expansion of intelligence. The latter will always serve the love on earth.

  20. Agreed in order to truly evolve we definitely need to throw out ‘intelligence’ as we have believed it to be .. which as you so rightly say is not intelligent at all!

    1. It is actually fun and refreshing to break through widely held beliefs that make no sense when put through some common sense questioning; academic prowess is not intelligence.

  21. The current form of intelligence has little relationship with a sense of health or wellbeing. It is all to do with the mind and function. Little to no attention is paid to how our bodies feel, yet they are our greatest guides as to how to truly be in our world today.

  22. Through Universal Medicine, I have come to see and understand how our body is in fact light years ahead more intelligent than if we solely relied on just our mental capacity. The body and mind working together delivers the intelligence of Love in both stillness and a movement of expression, be it language or mathematical.

  23. How much I learned from my body since Serge Benhayon made me aware with his teachings abput the importance to re-connect again within our body. We hold there so much we do not want to feel but when we do so, we also start to feel the source of love through us again. Which is marvellous.

    1. Yes Sylvia there is an endless well of love in us, along with properly amazing whole body intelligence… both these qualities, innate in us all, set a standard for our lives that, when embraced and lived, will change the world.

    2. I have learned so much too since my involvement with Universal Medicine. Before, I lived with a constant tension that I was in denial of. However, since then and in connection to my body, I have learned the source of it and have let go of so much. This has left a lot more room for me to feel the love that I am supporting with a whole new foundation and perspective on life.

  24. We have so totally reduced our intelligence to the space between our ears and yet it limits us to recalled knowledge and our previous experiences and perception, leaving behind the innate wisdom of the inner heart and body.

    1. Jenny so well put, that’s all the intelligence I thought I had and it meant I was acting very un-intelligent most of the time and yet all along I had far more intelligence waiting for me to connect to and live.

  25. If we behave unintelligently – we will get an illness to let us know. Unfortunately the intelligence we’ve called intelligence has let us think that just because there’s a slight delay between our actions and the consequence that somehow it’s alright. We all know the truth and deviating from it, always comes at a cost.

  26. This is a brilliant post! Thanks for sharing. I think what we need is wisdom more than intelligence. In this time of information overload, we have to distill what are the things that really matter in the long run 🙂

  27. It would certainly turn things upside down if society started to consider those who are healthy and respectful of their body as intelligent. Valuing recall as intelligence leaves the amazing intelligence of the body out of the picture. I keep being surprised and delighted by how much smarter my body is than my mind. Planning and controlling have nothing on the detailed timing and biomechanics that my body knows and responds to.

  28. What a question Stephen: is our idea of intelligence deeply flawed and far wide of the truth? To begin to receive that question we must first see how intelligence can be a form of control and protection and turn to the body to lead us to the truth about intelligence.

  29. Very reflective ” true intelligence is about our ability to feel and sense and respond to our feelings, a whole body intelligence,” a real understanding of listening to our bodies all we feel and all it shows us in connection to the intelligence of the whole universe and the beauty magic and wisdom of this.

  30. We think a lot, but our bodies do not lie…thinking can only get us so far and then the body has to start correcting the sticky situation that the mind has got us in to…

  31. I was and still can be at times the classic example of someone whose mind can be in total disregard to the rest of my body, it used to be in the form of drinking and other poisons I put into my body but now it can be in the form of overworking my body, going into drive to get a job done. If we all took absolute notice of what our bodies are telling us, our collective state of health and wellbeing would change over night.

  32. Good health is a marker of having good intelligence. What use is being able to differentiate quadratic equations or solve chemical imbalances if the body is crying out to be nurtured and listened to.

  33. Simply just starting with saying that we can’t be intelligent when we abuse our body whilst doing something with our mind is a great first step. And it makes sense because we do have a body and what is intelligent about ignoring it’s needs?

    1. True intelligence = wisdom and the wise do not abuse themselves or anyone else. Wise words Lieke

  34. It is an important question to consider as human beings what being is running our bodies into overwhelm and dysfunction? And what intelligence have we invested denying the natural wisdom and intelligence of the body and inner heart?

  35. Why do doctors smoke? Why do health professionals drink when they know the effect on the body? Why do we do things ourselves that we would never advise others to do? It makes no sense. However, taking true care of our bodies and learning to live in a much less damaging and much more nurturing way DOES make sense.

  36. We need to stop calling our current way of thinking ‘intelligence’ when it has lead us to a point of having great technological advances but yet greater and increasing levels of disease, illness, constant wars, shootings, slavery, sex trafficking, rapes, murder, domestic violence, cyber bullying, corruption etc. and levels of separation through religion, national borders and culture which mean that we are constantly in conflict surrounding the self-interests of individuals, groups or nations.

  37. Serge presents great truths about the science of life in a very relatable, practical and tangible way. What he is able to share so simply and clearly is the biggest blessing humanity has ever known.

  38. Awesome blog Stephen nothing else makes sense at the moment without knowing that all our thoughts are coming from the energy that we align to. Why else would the politicians of the world at the moment be making decisions that seem hell bent on destroying what little true brotherhood we do have and make rules on education that make no sense at all and in their minds they probably think they are doing the best they can for everyone.

  39. You make two great points here and when they are read together it beggars the question – why if “we are seemingly more educated and intelligent than ever before” is “our approach to health and intelligence all messed up?”. It’s a real dichotomy, that with the perceived intelligence of many in the world an answer to the escalating ill-health of humanity cannot be found. Maybe it is simply because we have got our understanding of intelligence back to front and it is not the mind that is the intelligent part of us but it is our body that is the holder of the vast and true intelligence we are seeking?

  40. “True intelligence makes intelligence a level playing field where we all have equal access to the movements that bring greater knowing, married to and woven up in greater health and wellbeing.” . . . yes, spot on Stephen and yet those who do not ever want to take responsibility for their own health refuse to acknowledge this and over-ride the intelligence of their own body and they suffer their physical complaints as victims of circumstance.

  41. If our body was given the power to be the intelligence we think the mind is, it would make very different choices about our health and well-being.

  42. The following is an excerpt from a May 10, 2016 article from Fox News on government funded spending for wasteful ‘scientific’ research:

    “What makes goldfish feel sexy? How many shakes does it take for a wet dog to dry off? And really — how much does a bee sting on a penis hurt?

    Government-funded studies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to answer bizarre questions like these, according to a new survey of questionable spending released Tuesday by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

    “Twenty Questions: Government studies that will leave you scratching your head” highlights a selection of “wasteful” taxpayer-funded studies that cost a total of $35 million.”

    The article went on to describe experiments that tested if yawning was contagious with Chimpanzees, whether cheerleaders appeared more attractive when they are seen in the groups rather than individually, and whether humans could have out-run dinosaurs (using chickens and alligators as the nearest animals to compare speed to humans).

    So in conclusion, yes, we as a humanity are not currently displaying the type of intelligence that will help heal our current way of living in disconnection to what is needed for us all to evolve.

    1. Wow they are crazy studies that serve no purpose. It is pretty eye opening to consider that this is where our government funds are being spent. And yes – it highlights how far away from the truth we are choosing to be – not considering the powerful relationship between health and intelligence that could offer us such riches.

    2. Thank you Michael for showing the ridiculousness that the academic world is indulging in…surely there must be one intelligent person there who has enough awareness to see what is going on and can begin to turn this craziness around?

  43. I had always held up intelligence as something completely unrelated to the body. I believed that all that ‘intelligence;’ came from the mind and we were the masters of that. As I become more aware of the subtleties that my body shares with me the more still and present I become, I know that the intelligence available to me is way beyond anything my mind can know. My body takes into account the whole, it knows how to be intelligent in a way that benefits myself and everything. It connects me to my divine nature, so my decisions and intelligence has a greater depth than what my mind could ever receive.

  44. Try living a day adhering to exactly what your body wants not what your mind thinks, and you’ll see just where true intelligence sits within you and me.

  45. Being truly intelligent is learning how to say no to the little voice in our head that gives us direction to abuse ourselves in whatever shape that is. If we tune into the body does it really want or need what the little voice is saying? Or is it communicating something totally different? Listening to the voice in our head over our own body is going against the amazing beautiful super important vehicle that the body is. Saying no to that voice and honouring the body is the truly intelligent choice.

  46. “If we stop encouraging a form of intelligence that has no connection to health and wellbeing, we then allow ourselves to make the move into greater awareness and gentleness, a move towards true health interwoven within the multi-dimensional intelligent being who is made of and emanates pure love.” If this is true intelligence, then it begs the question, ‘what is feeding the intelligence that we associate with our brains that we so readily accept as being true and that we give so much power too?’

  47. True Intelligence and health comes hand in hand and makes all the difference to how we live and to listening to our bodies and choosing love as our energetic way of being. Now this is true intelligence allowing our quality of living vitality and health to simply be our way.

  48. “Perhaps we need to start to champion the relationship between intelligence and health, and let go of a form of intelligence that isn’t actually intelligent at all but is merely a clever and convoluted form of control, and protection.” This is a wonderful suggestion Stephen and one that if taken up would serve humanity well.

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