The first center that we will discuss is the Intellectual Center. This is the most important center in the discussion of becoming awake and following the Fourth Way system as it is the center that is most readily in control of the majority of us. It is the only center that will listen to itself, or can take control over its own actions. In comparison, the Emotional Center is chaotic and because its speed is greater than the Intellectual Center, which is where most people’s attention is, attempting to control it can be much more difficult as its results will already have happened before the awareness of its actions has begun.
The purpose of the Intellectual Center is to make decisions for the entire person based on information gained over one’s lifetime. Like most centers, it has a positive and negative side, and it uses this to determine if things are helpful or not helpful for a person. What we are told by people we trust becomes solidified in the Intellectual Center into beliefs and opinions and is, in turn, used in this either-or fashion to make all future decisions.
As discussed in the previous article, each of the centers is divided into three parts: the Intellectual, Emotional, and Moving parts. The Emotional part of part of the Intellectual Center produces excitement about Intellectual ideas, pursuits, etc. The Intellectual part of the Intellectual Center is what is activated when one is consciously thinking, instead of reflexively thinking. This is the part that is capable of formulating complex thoughts from all available data, rather than simply forming pre-existing phrases and ideas that have been recorded and are being regurgitated in place of actual thoughts.
This leads to the Moving part of the Intellectual Center, which is given its own name and is sometimes described as its own center, called the Formatory Apparatus. This part of the Intellectual Center thinks only in “yes” and “no”, and is fond of extremes. The products of this part of the center are what is typically called “black and white thinking”, where one thing or one idea is good, and everything else is bad. This part of the center can only make these decisions and it uses parroted ideas and thoughts rather than making an informed analysis of a situation and coming to a logical conclusion.
Most of us use this part of the Intellectual Center for all thought and all communication. It can be heard when listening to a conversation in which both parties sound as if they are repeating well-memorized statements, or clichés, or are unconsciously quoting another person, but in a way that sounds as if they are making intelligent, thought-out statements. While this part of the center has a practical purpose, the dominance of this type of thinking and speaking is mechanical and the product of an unconscious mind. In order to encourage consciousness and self-remembering, one must be aware of these habits within oneself, and to struggle against it and to make the effort necessary to purposefully think and speak so that they are not simply bantering with pre-formed concepts.
Once a person’s Intellectual Center has become developed enough, and work with each part of it in the most efficient way, the Driver of the system (as in the Driver/Horse/Carriage metaphor from a previous article) can become aware of the fourth part of the system, the Master, or the higher centers that can begin to act as a Master whose voice can be heard more clearly to help the Intellectual Center make proper decisions.