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A Quiet Intelligence


The Skill of Seeing to Act with Desired Results

When you get very still, or are in flow state, or experience something you deeply love, you immerse in a Quiet Intelligence. From this place stems a deep source of confidence, strength, wisdom, and joy.



  • Definition: Intelligence is how you acquire knowledge.

  • See Differently: Change your brain’s information filters to change your version of reality and thus how you acquire or get knowledge.

  • Definition: Intelligence is the degree of skill in how you apply knowledge.

  • Act Differently: Use your imagination to shift neural network patterns to act, to apply knowledge, in a more effective way.


Intelligence is defined as the ability to get and use knowledge and skill.

In mindfulness and meditation training, we develop a Quiet Intelligence. Jana Roemer spoke to this today at the Wellspring Wanderlust Conference in Palm Springs, a blend of medical professionals and yogis, meditators and plant food advocates. Jana has a focus on the benefits of Yoga Nidra. She explained how, in Yoga Nidra, you enter a deep space of non-verbal intelligence. Here, we can change how we set up our filters on reality. Our discernment.

How exactly do we acquire information?

We take in 40 bits of information per second. In our conscious mind. Guess how much our subconscious mind takes in, in one second? 20 million bits of information from the world around you. So, every second, your conscious mind is filtering which of the 20 million bits become the 40 bits that you use to create your version of reality (1).

When you shift into slower brain wave states, you enter a state where you can change the way your mind is programmed to filter these 20 million bits. Delta is the slowest brain wave state, and the most programmable state, according to Roemer. Research does show that delta state is connected to behavioural inhibition and reward seeking activities, in other words when we hold ourselves back from things and when and how we seek reward (2). Theta is where we daydream and is almost hallucinogenic, and substantially less analytic than beta. In theta we can explore our ideas about ourselves and the world, gain insight, and find ways to recharge and reset. The alpha brainwave state is where we bridge between the inner and out world, and this is the brainwave state we access in mindfulness, meditation and Yoga Nidra. Beta state is the problem solving state, and high level beta is where we generate more stress hormones. Whereas a very coherent alpha brainwave state is where we stop producing stress hormones (3).


So, you can deepen your intelligence, by shifting how you acquire new information. You can also balance out of the negative effects of stress, and so create a better agility with which to navigate the world and your responses to the world.

To shift how you acquire new information, you can use a variety of techniques in your own space at home. Simply learn to cultivate a neutral and quiet observer who can see your thoughts and emotions as changing things that need not create a strong reaction. You can also use repetition, through your own creation of sentences or mantras that introduce new connections between neurons in your brain.

However, often we have blind spots that require another to see them, and coach us into a shift in our minds so that we can achieve the results we desire.

In ILLUMINE® sessions, we identify your blind spots, and shift how you filter information. I discern your area of greatest difficulty that you are ready to work with. Then I guide you first in a mindfulness practice, and then into a deeper and slower brainwave state. In this deeper state, you connect with the qualities about who you feel you truly are - the you that enjoys your life, that makes you feel alive, that is a knowing and quiet intelligence of how fantastic you really are on a fundamental level.

This True Self is an energy, an individuality, a signature imprint of consciousness, that is uniquely you. A source of constant strength and knowing. After you have anchored into this, I then help you look from a state of neutrality, at the specific difficulty that is holding you back from your desired result. I guide you through a process to understand that difficulty or obstacle more deeply - to process it, know it, learn from it, and then let it go. The emotional processing in this part of the process allows you to let go of the initial difficulty underlying the obstacle to your success. A subconscious obstacle and filter on reality no longer needs to reside dormant in your subconscious.

Then, in the new space that exists, I help you find a new belief that suits you, aligns with your values, and supports you to expand your opportunities to live your dream life. From here, we create a wellness plan to practice over the next one to two weeks, to get you closer to your desired result.

We talk about a plan of action and daily practice that anchors this shift into our automatic beliefs and actions. When you practice this, you are actually literally re-designing your brain. Old neural connections fade and fall away, and new neural connections strengthen and grow thick, like beautiful tree roots upholding a new space of light, effort, ease, and coherence in your mind and your sense of self and world.


When you deeply believe in yourself, you can manifest a life that lifts you up. And lifts up others. When you live from a place of joy, it carries through into everything that you do.

You can strengthen your manifestation powers by taking a moment in deep meditation to imagine your deepest wish coming true. As if it is happening in the present moment. Finding this inner strength then brings you closer to achieving the results you desire.

We know that choice is driven by “emotional cognition”, the subconscious emotions and feelings that drive our behaviour and habits. How do we choose right action that creates the results we desire? In yoga, we learn to do this through techniques that tap you into your sankalpa. When you tap into your sankalpa, you tap into an emotion that allows you to choose the right action. The right action to apply your knowledge and skills into the direction of manifesting your dream life.

Emily Fletcher of the Ziva Technique is a master of a form of meditation that powers up your manifestation power. When I listened to her today to practice her technique in a room full of fellow meditators at the Wellspring Event, I had a profound experience. I felt this golden space in my heart and imagined a new idea as to how to apply my skills to change the world for better. It was profound, strengthening, enjoyable, and powerful.

ILLUMINE® sessions can include a version of tapping into your sankalpa. In one of the techniques for meditation offered in a session, you can choose to focus on a view into a future self in which the new belief has become fully integrated into your way of being. By doing this future “visioning”, you are able to glimpse, to feel, to experience, what your wish manifest, your sankalpa, feels like. You create a certain and very specific feeling state. Feeling states allow us to shift on a non-verbal level. From this shift, we can act more quickly, deeply, and anchor more profoundly in thought patterns that get us closer to our goals. By deepening into a feeling state of a certain version of your manifest life, you quicken your ability to bring this aspect into actual daily life. You power up your “sankalpa”.

Wishing you the best, and highest intelligence, always,

Dr. M. ~


1. From Jana Roemer’s talk at Wellspring 2018. Literature references pending, but do include the book “Strangers to Ourselves” by Timothy D. Wilson 2004, who reviews that the unconscious processes 10 to the power of 11 bits per second, whereas the conscious processes 40 bits per second.

2. Harmony 2013. The functional significance of delta oscillations in cognitive processing. In: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. Download PDF Delta

3. Elder 2014. Effect of Transcendental Meditation on Employee Stress, Depression, and Burnout: A Randomized Controlled Study. In: Perm J. Download PDF TM Stress