A wonderful way to participate more fully in life is to interact with the world in as many ways as possible. Each type of intelligence you can acquire gives you another way to know and contribute to the civilization around you. In this paper we will learn about a greater range of intellectual styles than you are normally exposed to. Each style of intelligence can be practiced using normal everyday acts. The collective mastery of these more varied styles constitutes your spectral intelligence.
As you experience each of these avenues for learning and contributing to your world, see if you can work with them too increase your range and awareness. Give yourself credit for even a small amount of skill in each area and then build upon the areas of interest to you. The new skills will open you up to greater fulfillment and a greater contribution.
VERBAL. Verbal intelligence involves the capacity to sequence ideas expressed in words in such a way as to convey meaning. The work is sequential and therefor episodic. More vocabulary in more different languages creates more breadth. Advanced verbal intelligence includes audible story-telling that employs many different voice characteristics including tone, emphasis and pacing. This is the most used and perhaps over-rated intelligence on planet Earth.
MATHEMATICAL. Mathematical intelligence is the capacity to know and be facile with amounts and quantification. A cook knows and selects just the right amount of this and that. In this sense mental work is required to knowledgeably select and blend the raw material. Advanced mathematical intelligence involves more subtle adjustments even alchemy. If you want practice this style, consider a cooking spree with lots of ingredients.
VISUAL/SPATIAL. This intelligence is three dimensional and involves the capacity to see objects in three-dimensional space. Carpenters, artists, builders, architects and automobile repairmen see the world in this way. If you can load a dishwasher quickly then you may have this intelligence. If not, study some drawing skills the rules of perspective and begin to build up your three-dimensional mind. Each drawing you do loads your mind with visual symbols or your new vocabulary. Then you can build up your internal capacity to construct things in their proper relationships.
MUSICAL. This intelligence requires hearing many layers of sound at the same time. It includes rhythm and cadence. Then when poignancy is needed it means you know when to come on strong or back off. Play instruments that are around until you build a repertoire of musical phrases. Like all intelligences once a new distinction is discovered, it then must be added to the inventory just like an alphabet. Brilliant people carry about lots of distinctions. Thatâs when it becomes obvious that you have intelligence in a given domain.
PHYSICAL. The most well-known and admired people on the planet are physical intelligences. They are athletes or singer-dancers. They demonstrate the capacity to activate hundreds of muscles each second with a requisite amount of grace. When faced with new tasks they quickly solve the solution as movement, just as a mathematical intelligence would solve for x. They must execute in balance while simultaneously applying varying degrees of force or grip or twist. Try free-form dancing in front of a mirror where you can interpret the meaning of a variety of music as it pours forth. Work at it until a working vocabulary surfaces.
INTRAPERSONAL. This is the intelligence that monitors your presence. When used with the other intelligences it can help you choose which one to apply. It is like a meta-intelligence or what is often called consciousness. Here the vocabulary is robust when you have a large and flexible number of ways to process the world around you and make choices about what to focus on and what to ignore. You become brilliant here when you understand all the ways that your cognitive mind is limited and the ways you can choose to expand your awareness from that limited state. This is a social intelligence and determines how present and flexible you can be in a wide range of situations.
INTERPERSONAL. This intelligence monitors the conscious connections that you have with others around you. Like all the other intelligences the more group skills you have the more flexible and versatile your behavior can be. This skill is very empathic and involves seeing, feeling and hearing others in a deep way so that you can relate to them during discussions and connections of mutual benefit. It also involves many non-verbal channels and working the physical environment and other audio-visual tools. Today it would as well include many uses of virtual
space-time like conference calls and on-line group work.
SOMATIC. This intelligence is a broad-ranging understanding of energy and its many felt senses both inside and outside the body. A somatic intelligence feels life and its many situations on many levels. A somatic intelligence has command of the subtle sensations on the skin, inside the interior organs and responses
that may be generated by emotional change. The breath, gustatory experience, smells, elimination of all kinds and the ways other elements come and go from the body are part of the vocabulary here. The idea is to feel everything possible at the most desirable level.
NATIVE. This intelligence works in the primary world of nature. It feels nature, communicates with nature, and understands best how to practically thrive in nature. The vocabulary here includes hundreds of beneficial exchanges that can be had by a deeper understanding of the primal world. It includes thriving in seemingly austere environments using a wide range of savvy applications that best constitute its vocabulary. Native intelligences function at night, can travel long distances without tiring and can extract sustenance from many seemingly innocuous plants and animals.
RECEPTIVE. This intelligence is a composite of all the most important senses that we use to bring the world to us in a detailed and rich way. We may have visual-spatial awareness but our pure observation skills may not be as keen as needed. We may have a great speaking and singing voice but not have the deep listening vocabulary we need to input the world of sound completely. Likewise, we can perfect our sense of smell and touch with way greater precision than it is now taught or recognized. To deeply presence oneself in a multi-sensory situation and know how to sort for success is a much overlooked intelligence.
INTUITIVE. Traditionally, knowing and practicing the subtle skills of seeing, feeling and hearing things from a different time and space dimension has been considered paranormal. Those who have developed clairvoyance, clairsentience, and clairaudience have a leg up especially when assisting a group to divine its future state. It has been obvious for some time that people who develop these skills get better and better the more we trust them.
EMOTIONAL. Trusting subtle signals from many sources both inside and outside the body will eventually produce a vocabulary that informs us of our deeper feelings and those of others. Eventually a set of appropriate responses will emerge. This range of behavior will constitute an emotional intelligence that will allow us to operate at a more intimate understanding of those we work with. Body language and especially tone of voice are key beginnings to detect and work with the world of emotions.