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. It seems that often we don’t feel the effects of our choices, and so don’t feel that there is a difference between a choice made from our body or our minds, because we’ve numbed ourselves to such an extent that we can’t actually feel what our bodies are constantly registering. The communication has been shut down. But in that shut down state everything is reduced and quieter: the unsettlement and uncomfortable feelings, but also access to deep love, wisdom, joy and connection. When we start to open up and connect more, we realise that it is this connection that most supports us to deal with all the things we felt we couldn’t deal with.

  2. There is so much more to life than our current, limited yet mostly accepted understanding of it. Learning that we are all in one giant pool of energy totally changes our understanding of how we relate to life: we’re not alone, aren’t supposed to do it alone, and our every thought and movement affects the quality of this energy, and so experience of life, for everyone.

  3. The currently, and long-held belief is that the mind is the seat of our intelligence, an intelligence which appears to me to have little consideration for the body it is carried in. In fact, this so-called intelligent mind appears to override the body’s needs more often than not resulting in a state of health which is lacking true vitality and well-being. Maybe if we let go of this damaging belief and accepted the body as our true intelligence then our individual health and the health of humanity as a whole would start to improve in so many ways.

  4. It is interesting to ponder how many models and theories reduce life and further separate people from living who they truly are.

  5. Serge Benhayon has not held back from presenting how the ownership of thoughts can actually separate us from each other, as it creates individuality through identity of this ownership. The way that Serge presents this however, gives each person the opportunity to experience freedom from the constraints of thought ownership for themselves, which is amazing and has been very inspiring for myself and the many many people who have experienced the same.

  6. With the current levels of anxiety and depression in our communities, our current sense of intelligence can not figure its way out of it. Perhaps indeed we have reduced intelligence to the recalling of knowledge and immediate solutions, which on its own can not address the underlying issues to our ills.

  7. Intelligence would have us do all manner of things that are not good for our bodies, so what good is it to have the kind of intelligence that can champion these reckless decisions.

  8. Totally agree that our current rates of illness and disease are a red flag asking us to question what we are calling intelligent and the model we have set up in education.

  9. Yes Stephen, one would have to think that as you say . . “If our current model of intelligence were genuinely intelligent there would be less illness surely, not more!” . . .the general poor health of our societies speaks for itself.

  10. As it stands at the moment I would say that unhealthy bodies come in the complete spectrum of intelligence. When we connect to and allow ourselves to be guided by the wisdom of the body then there will be a strong correlation and relationship between intelligence and health.

  11. Thanks for the interesting article! It would surprise me if there wasn’t a link between physical exercise and brain health (or if researchers would ever find out that physical exercise is bad for your brain). I’ve also heard that people who work longer actually live longer. That’s maybe because people become too inactive during retirement?

  12. We are so caught up in our heads thinking that what the mind offers is truly intelligent, with no regard to the abuse that a so called intelligent mind can do to the body, when we are aware and consider what the body is sharing we can then connect to a whole body intelligence that is innate in everyone of us.

  13. What is the difference between intelligence and survival?
    You have a tsunami coming and all the animals (that have no PhD’s, no formal qualifications other than being an animal) begin to head towards the hills and inland as much as they can knowing that this is what is needed without any fore warning. Meanwhile human beings (with a varied range of academic qualifications) head towards the beaches and the water. Guess who survives? Does this not blow our current version of academic intelligence accepted as the superior form of intelligence, out the window?

  14. If it is good medicine to reconnect to the universal wisdom inherent in our body, then it follows that it is potentially bad medicine to cut ourselves off from this and rely purely on an outer source of ‘intelligence’.

  15. When we deepen our understanding of intelligence and health, when intelligence is seen as the ability to connect to the expansiveness of space and all there is, and when health is known as our ability to live in oneness with the magnificence and the order of the universe, it seems the two start to become as one.

  16. It is common sense, a natural intelligence, to take responsibility for the choices we make in the way we live that is reflected in the health of our physical body.

  17. I have often seen that the process of healing expands our intelligence beyond the limitations we have been caught in before, in that sense one could consider health and healing (and therefore illness and disease) as a source of intelligence.

  18. When we look back to the pyramids and man made structures that we would struggle to build these days, even with all the technology we have today, we have to admit that something has gone pretty wrong with the way we look at intelligence.

  19. To think that intelligence is just contained in a relatively small space between our ears is a strange notion which has not served us well. After all, this kind of intelligence overeats, is disrespectful if not abusive, commits crimes against others or self (as in suicide), doesn’t go to bed when tired, drinks alcohol, etc. etc. What is so intelligent about that?

  20. I would say so….”Perhaps we need to start to champion the relationship between intelligence and health,” when we do choose to look at this relationship we explore everything that is not true and know everything that is…this maybe one of the reasons that we avoid the obvious. Our bodies share every choice we have made and we do not end up with a myriad of lifestyle related diseases through chance. Championing the brain and mental intelligence ignores the essential component our bodies, our bodies would not override what is needed, eat what is toxic and not sleep well, but our mind does and so where is the true intelligence….it is in the whole body with the brain being an essential but equal part.

  21. True intelligence is listening to what you feel. The way we block out and override our sensitivity says more about our current state than any PhD or doctorate can do.

  22. Awesome blog Stephen, for intelligence and health do not necessarily go hand in hand! We know doctors who smoke, we all know certain things yet act against our better knowing, so perhaps there is a certain kind of intelligence that considers itself superior yet in reality does not consider the wellbeing of the body…Much to ponder on here, for why would an intelligent person smoke when they know the damage it does? Why overeat when we know the damage it does etc etc. Examples abound that show that the intelligence that we call intelligence in our world may not be the intelligence that really should be our leading intelligence.

  23. Clearly the intelligence we are championing is not serving us well, as our standards of health and well-being are continuing to decline, seeing illness and disease on the rise. Yet there are those among us who are bucking this ill-trend by consistently living in connection to an intelligence that is accessible to one and all, via developing an honouring connection to the body. Being guided by this intelligence allows us to be aware of what quality of energy as such choices and behaviours serve to support our health and well-being and what does not, as the truth of all our movements is reflected through the body.

  24. Our current state of dis-eased bodies – globally – is not quite the image of intelligence is it… because how can we be intelligent with an un-vital body? Our intelligence from our head can not exist without a body… so perhaps we are missing the fact that there is a body which is full of awareness, particles, connection , feeling, heart, love that is far more intelligent than we give credit to?…

    1. Its easy to think we have can solve everything, have the answers yet everything about our society is saying we don’t and the most ‘un-intelligent’ thing is we deny this and don’t even want to see it. It’s only when someone points it out to us do we consider it, and for most of us even that we avoid.

    2. Just imagine what a healthy body we would live in if we were raised to know how intelligent it is, to treat it with immense care and love, and to always listen to its messages. Not only would be all be living in very healthy bodies we would be living in a very healthy world.

  25. The whole body holds our true capacity for intelligence, it’s not in the mind or even measurable by exams, it is an intelligence that is constantly and equally there for every one, it is how aware we are willing to be that determines our level of true intelligence

  26. It depends on what we define or consider to be intelligent, in regards to its association with health. It appears to me that emotional intelligence plays a big role in building a body that responds rather than reacts, which consequently filters into the health and wellbeing of a person.

  27. If every person in the whole world had a PhD and was a ‘Doctor’, what would humanity have actually gained? More loving relationships, joy and sense of community? Or would we be looking for the next thing that could give us an intelligence ‘boost’ whilst ignoring the greatest intelligence of all which comes from being in relationship.

  28. This makes so much sense Stephen… how can we promote the intellect when our bodies, worldwide, are in such a shocking state of ill health?

  29. What would be truly intelligent is for us to re-examine the way we see health. Is illness itself something to be dispised and avoided? Or could it offer the opportunity for true healing? We should see.

    1. Yes, this touted intelligence, apparently contained in our skull, is not so clever when it comes to looking after the body it lives in.

  30. If our intelligence was true intelligence then we would not be a society that is crippled by illness and disease, there is so much we can learn from the connection to our own body, and the wisdom that lies within.

    1. Crippling disease leaves us feeling the after math of our body’s responses to the way we have been living. A maker of un-intelligent movements.

  31. We have made the ability to regurgitate facts and work out problems more important than being love, and the negative results of that are seen throughout the whole globe. The point is we can still have the knowledge that allows us to create a world with supportive infrastructure and systems, but not at the expense of or ahead of love.

  32. There must be quite a pride to the current academically based intelligence because we have been pursuing it for so long and humanity hasn’t been truly evolving, in fact you could say the opposite baed on the illness and disease statistics and societal problems. Yes we need knowledge for how to understand life and perform certain jobs, but what’s the point if we don’t know how to love and care for ourselves and others? What’s the point of academic achievement if the body is abused everyday and eventually becomes unwell from the self abuse?

  33. We really can’t call our current form of intelligence ‘intelligent’ when it allows us to make so many decisions that harm our wellbeing. Intelligent people smoke cigarettes despite health warnings, drink alcohol to excess and commit suicide to name a few. There is way more to intelligence than being ‘book smart’.

  34. The amazing freedom in our body from recognising the true intelligence from our bodies and not from our minds and the recognition this brings feels so beautiful and full of the wisdom we all know inside us with our choice of energy guiding our way and makes all the difference to us all and to no longer be under the beliefs and ideals we are taught.

  35. There is a well-documented relationship between health and education. I am not aware of any studies comparing intelligence and health and, especially how particular aspects of intelligence are associated with health. That would be interesting.

  36. Many wellness programs and advertising can say all the right words. But the source of energy it comes from determines if what it is selling and promoting is true intelligence. As consumers our discernment is necessary. And it is therefore important for all true forms of healing such as Esoteric healing to be shared, otherwise humanity is challenged to choose, as most of the choices no matter how different they still come from the same pool, the same energy.

  37. Our health lies in our everyday choices of all kinds (diet, lifestyle choices etc), but largely is also from our movements and in particular the quality of our movements in terms of the energy that we align to. This is beautiful to connect to as it gives us a completely different perspective on health and healing – we need both the understanding of the science and medicine, as well as the understanding of the science of energy and movement. This is something that will revolutionize medicine one day once we all come to realise the link between health and healing and the quality of movement that we align to.

  38. Thank you Stephen for a great blog outlining how it is that movement is key in supporting our whole body intelligence, and that the brain is thus not the source of our innate wisdom, which incidentally lies within the body and is accessed by particular movements that align to fire.

  39. The most intelligent people get sick, disabled, commit suicide, when if we were to listen to our bodies, we would feel more what is going on and be able to live in a way that is more in harmony with ourselves and with life.

    1. Yes, the usual explanation is that they do so at a lesser rate but why are they doing it at all?

  40. What Serge Benhayon presents about intelligence encompasses the whole body, as in how we are with our whole body impacts the quality of intelligence that we connect with and this makes total sense to me, that our mind isn’t just a product of our brain alone but actually the whole of our body.

  41. I was talking to a newly retired teacher recently and she said that the school she had worked at had got rid of both the school councillor and the career’s advice person due to budget. I thought these two jobs would have been high on the list in helping prepare our young for the world and what lies a head, but they had to make way for more pursuits of the mind. More proof that what we perceive as being intelligent needs a serious look at.

    1. We are very disregarding of how people feel. The fact the counsellor was extraneous is reflective of the belief that success in life is based on what we know, even though someone could be a doctor, lawyer, dentist, or other considered to be intelligent person, and commit suicide based on how they feel.

    1. Gorgeous. We all have a body. We are all equal in this. If we tap into the body’s knowing we all have the same awareness. No need to hold ourselves as less or superior.

  42. I know that my brain in isolation has little regard for my health and this when considered is deeply unintelligent, since without a thriving, vital body my brain is compromised. I am working more and more on the basis that central office is my heart, the true ‘brain’, and that, working in relationship with my body, my brain is a great asset, but not the master.

    1. Beautifully said Matilda – I like how you have shared that your heart is the central office rather than the brain as we have classically learned to look at it!

  43. Operating from mental energy ‘gets things done’ but through it our health is undone. Don’t fall for the false trophy of practical achievement when your beingness has been relagated to the last priority.

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