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[Introductory lecture from MMW: The Health of Your Intellectual Center] MEntity: Today we will look at the Intellectual Center and its function, nature, and health. The Polarities of this Center have the Positive Pole as Insight and the Negative Pole as Reason. INSIGHT is the capacity to reason, but with intuition. You may have noticed that the Positive Poles of the Centers are "positive" because they are no longer working alone. INSIGHT is when you can combine the intellect with the input of emotion in a useful way that transcends Reason. REASON is purely intellectual and cannot understand anything beyond what it already knows or finds true. INSIGHT recognizes that there is more to know than what one knows. Both of these polarities create a range of Self-Expression that is all about how one gives form to one's truths. So the health of one's Intellectual Center is often tied to one's relationship with Truth. Insight allows and invites the Truth, while Reasoning decides and defends the "truth." In many cases, Reasoning looks like "excuses." In many cases Reasoning tells you why you cannot do something, and Insight helps you figure out how. The Intellectual Center is a direct reflection of the health of your Self-Expression, your state of personal truths, and your degree of authenticity and sincerity. One of the easiest ways to determine the health of your Intellectual Center is in how you talk to yourself. The more constructive your inner voice, the more likely you are aligned with True Personality, the Positive Poles, and Essence. The more destructive, undermining, insulting, berating, guilty, sabotaging, defeated the voice, the further from healthy this Center is likely to be. This is not the same thing as saying "stay positive" or "do not think negatively." "Staying positive" is not the same thing as being constructive; in fact, "staying positive" can often have destructive effects. "Thinking negatively" can most certainly be constructive when it helps one to differentiate between possibilities, ideas, potential, facts, truths, etc. So it is much more helpful to use the range between Constructive and Destructive when determining if one is "positive" or "negative." The more destructive your inner voice, the more you have rejected your own Insight. The more destructive your inner voice, the more you rely on Reason. The healing that can come from knowing this differentiation is that you can now CHOOSE. The destructive voices were never your own. These were truths handed to you or seeded in you by others and you are nurturing someone else's fears, worries, and reasons at the expense of knowing your own truths, your own honesty, your own authenticity. When you navigate your life using the truths of others that are destructive to you, then you will find that you bump up against more challenges and apparent threats that you then feel necessary to defend. The Intellect is how you SEE, how you interpret the world, how you interpret everything. It hosts your Philosophy for life, and this is why the Intellect is tied to the Attitudes. And because your sense of safety and confidence is tied directly to how you see the world and see yourself, the Intellect and Attitudes are directly linked to the Chief Features. So, in effect, your Chief Features do the work of defending truths that are not your own, defending lies. Because the Chief Features' "job" is only to defend and protect, it does not do the work of looking beyond the threats that you see. They cannot know any differently until you do. This is why we speak highly of focusing on the healing of the Attitude as priority when one is ruled by Chief Features. And understanding the Intellect can help with this because Insight looks for the truth, while Reason hides from it. When you begin to look at any wounding and healing regarding the Intellect, you will likely be dealing only with Personal Truths which are relative, subjective, and subject to change. If your Chief Features are active, your Attitude and Intellect in the Negative Pole, you are essentially missing or rejecting more information and insight that would help return you to your own Personal Truths.