The Mystical Mind
Eugene d’Aquili and Andrew B. Newberg
Selections from Chapter 3:

Intelligence is an attribute that is eminently amenable to analysis based on the evolutionary development of the mystical mind. Although it is almost impossible to give a totally satisfactory definition of intelligence, we will define intelligence as the ability to learn, to solve problems, and to deal with new or unanticipated situations. …

Abstract objective intelligence consists predominantly of extracting meaning from reality by generating concepts, by juxtaposing or comparing one element with another in the form of opposites, and by the perception of efficient causality operating between perceived or conceptualized elements of cognition. In simpler terms, abstract objective intelligence is what we often call intelligence in general parlance. …

Intuitive or creative intelligence refers to the ability to solve a problem, usually presented by and to the language center of the left hemisphere, which cannot be solved by the usual rational operations of the left hemisphere. We have theorized that the verbal formulation of an original problem by the left (or dominant) hemisphere crosses the connector tracts of the corpus callosum and the anterior and posterior commissures and is encoded into what we call the gestalt language of the right (or nondominant) hemisphere. By the gestalt language we mean that the right hemisphere, which does not contain the formal language center, nonetheless has a system by which it can encode and consider things. Furthermore, it is clear that the gestalt language of the right hemisphere is visual or imaginative, not verbal. Thus, the right hemisphere has a way of generalizing ideas and concepts and considering them in the form of visual objects. …

There is also artistic creativity, which may not necessarily require the left hemisphere with its language center. In this type of intelligence, the problem is originally developed in the right hemisphere
and is then modified according to the various problem gestalts available to the right hemisphere. If this occurs entirely in the right hemisphere, the artist may have difficulty expressing or even understanding these creative events on a cognitive or verbal level. In this case, the only resolution is through music or art or some form of nonverbal communication. Thus, by producing music or works of art, the language of the right hemisphere can be accessed directly. In artistic expressions such as poetry or writing, the creativity requires both hemispheres even though the problem gestalt may arise originally in the right hemisphere.




Also of interest:
Oral Tradition of the Dunne-za
Faith In Our Dreams - Thoreau
Naraya Poetry-Song of the Wind River Shoshone Ghost Dance
Havasupai Farewell Song
The Threefold Miracle
Scroll of Timothy
Worship
I Ching
Webs of Significance
Deeds
Hanukah - an interpretation
Satchel Paige
Experience
Speaking With God