Book Review: Full Spectrum Intelligence – What the World Needs NOW!

Full Spectrum Intelligence
by Chris Thomson

Full Spectrum Intelligence: A Practical Course on Behaving Wisely and Well

I actually reviewed this book for Amazon a couple of months back, but I really wanted to bring it to Mirror Spiritus to encourage people to read it. Every so often, one reads a book that blows the mind with “good stuff”. It is very rough-going for authors to get the attention they deserve if they aren’t already famous or carried by the giant publishers. So I’d like to do my part for this book.

Thomson illuminates the various realms of intelligence available to humans. He writes about that which we are most familiar because it is the most valued…mental intelligence or brain smarts. Perhaps a growing number of us are familiar with these other types of intelligence: emotional intelligence, or being able to manage our feelings or social intelligence, the ability to “play well with others.” He goes on to explain that intuition is also an intelligence, something more and more of us are realizing but not something valued much in our patriarchal society. He also gives credence to spiritual intelligence or the ability to go beyond normal awareness, understanding, and behavior, and finally, to physical intelligence which goes beyond the concept of an athlete’s skills to the finer use of all of our senses.

So, what’s the Mirror Spiritus tie-in? It’s the full-spectrum, baby! Mirror Spiritus is about light and what better way to embody light than to fully develop our innate intelligence to its full potentials. But there’s more. I see this work as a reflection of human potential. Thomson does a beautiful job of opening our minds to all that remains untapped within us.

My Amazon review went as follows:

This book deserves a 10 star rating, but since that isn’t an option, I’ll settle for five. Chris Thomson has written a fascinating book I wish EVERYBODY would read…like NOW! It is clearly written and easy to read but full of incredibly inspiring and insightful information about “behaving wisely and well”. He explores the various intelligences–physical, emotional, mental, intuitive, social and spiritual–in a completely accessible way and offers simple practices to become more aware of and to build your intelligence in every area. It’s really a timely book while the whole world seems to be going mad; it reminds us to exercise humility and to pay attention to the whole self. It’s a prescription for what ails us if we are willing to get past our outdated concepts of intelligence (and indeed past our own arrogance) and heal the wounding around not being smart enough. I hope it gets translated into every known human language.

As Thomson writes, developing our intelligences is a means to become fully human. To be unconscious in any of the intelligences is to be less than we can be…indeed were born to be. And ignorance perpetuates insanity. Let’s face it. Some crazy-ass shit (pardon my language) has been going down in the world lately. Just this week, Paris endured terrorism the likes of which it has never known. I’m not saying this book can change the world and end the hate, but I am saying that this book can change your world if you let it. And isn’t that how we change the rest of the world?

Full Spectrum Intelligence: A Practical Course on Behaving Wisely and Well

 

Book Review – Rising in Love: An Honest Spiritual Journey…

 

Mirror Spiritus likes to bring great works of writing to readers. So from time to time, we’ll post book reviews of books that we feel are aligned with Mirror Spiritus. This post features a book by Ram Das Batchelder titled Rising in Love: My Wild and Crazy Ride to Here and Now, with Amma, the Hugging Saint.

The book shares the author’s adventures as he follows Amma across the country and then to India where he undergoes an intense purification through dysentery…hey, no one ever said the spiritual path was an easy one…and the tests he either fails or passes. Within seconds of beginning the book, I felt the presence of this being, Amma, and all she embodies working on me. It made my eyes water with anticipation of the gift.

“The world being my mirror, I find nutty people everywhere.”

Along the journey, Ram Das meets other awakened beings, but none whose love can hold a candle to Amma’s. Throughout his quest for enlightenment and relationship, the beauty of this story is in the honesty…that the spiritual path is not only one full of bliss and bright light, but one of inner thorns and torments as well as outer-world challenges.

Ram Das’s story is honest and courageous, hiding nothing because he’s already learned he can’t hide anyway. For him, this realization came through Amma in all her aspects who repeatedly penetrated his secret thoughts and failings and brought them into his awareness. He never really got away with anything he might have thought he did.

It makes one wonder…at least me wonder…if we really are all the characters in our own dream. When we choose to take a guru, or a guru chooses us, are they not a stand-in for our own divinity?

And that’s where this book meets Mirror Spiritus. A good guru is a clear mirror, reflecting all parts of us with perfection…a perfection we aren’t always ready to acknowledge within ourselves, a perfection we can’t understand because we’re either still judging ourselves for our failure to live up to it or so lost in our own delusion we believe too strongly in our own image.

“If there’s one thing in life I’m an authority on, it’s the mood swing that accompanies finding out you’re not Enlightened after all.”

I know that there will be many readers out there who can relate to his fascinating and somewhat dizzying psychological backstory. To be honest, this section was painful for me to read. But it did serve to punctuate Amma’s transformative power in his life all the more. I know it illustrates how lacking our society is in dealing with spiritual awakenings…so often treated as rebellion or worse, mental illness. Contrarily, it also illustrates how insane the mind can be, when we begin to think we understand something and try to grasp a truly unknowable thing and turn it into a concept and make meaning of it for ourselves and end up in trouble. And this trouble can be made all the worse with phsychotropic substances, as our author illustrates. Thankfully, as Ram Das writes: “God doesn’t let anyone stay in hell forever.”

I appreciated deeply the story of the author’s Ashram marriage and the challenges he and his wife faced on their path, especially when it seemingly diverged. Again, Amma’s love made it possible for their commitment to one another to endure.

“And sometimes – this is a secret – butterflies, too, metamorphose.
Into angels.”

I had heard of Amma before reading this book, but I never encountered her nor knew of the amazingly intuitive and miraculous things she does…other than the hugging. I would love to meet her someday. In many ways, after having read this book, I feel as though I already have. To learn more about her, visit Amma.org. All proceeds from the sale of the book benefit an Indian orphanage. To learn more visit, Rising in Love.

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Rising in Love: My Wild and Crazy Ride to Here and Now, with Amma, the Hugging Saint