The Eight-Circuit Brain
Definitions, Functions, Vertical Connectivities
© 1985-2015 Antero Alli
Intelligence is a word commonly associated for intellect alone and I.Q. (Intellectual Quotient), the measurement of its development or evolution. However, this model fails to recognize other functions of Intelligence beyond, but also inclusive of, intellect. The 8-Circuit Brain model, as first developed by Timothy Leary ("Info-Psychology") and then advanced by Robert Anton Wilson ("Prometheus Rising") and myself ("Angel Tech" and "The Eight-Circuit Brain"), posits eight interacting functions of Intelligence referred to as "circuits". In the list below, I have distilled basic definitions and functions of all eight circuits along with a primer on how the upper and lower circuits interact with, and act on, each other. I've also listed how each circuit represents a specific area of identification - or how we identify ourselves. - A.A.
THE FOUR SURVIVAL CIRCUITS
AND HOW THEY'RE INTEGRATED
C-1 Physio-Biological Intelligence; the will to survive
IDENTIFICATION: with our physical bodies and things material
INTEGRATION: the degree of physical confidence earned and maintained
to assure physical survival, safety and biological health.
C-2 Emotional-Territorial Intelligence; the will to power
IDENTIFICATION: with our emotions, status, and anything we claim ownership of
INTEGRATION: the degree of emotional confidence earned and maintained
to assure ego strength, personal territory, propriety, and independence.
C-3 Symbolic-Conceptual Intelligence; the will to reason
IDENTIFICATION: with our thoughts, ideas, interpretations, and beliefs
INTEGRATION: the degree of mental confidence earned and maintained
to assure one's problem-solving and communication skills, and one's sanity.
C-4 Social-Moral Intelligence; the will to get along with others
IDENTIFICATION: with groups, our social standings, and our moralities
INTEGRATION: the degree of social confidence earned and maintained to
assure interpersonal interaction, attractiveness, and moral fortitude.
THE FOUR POST-SURVIVAL CIRCUITS
THEIR SOURCES AND SHOCKS.
C-5 Somatic Intelligence of Body Wisdom and Five Senses
IDENTIFICATION: with the experience of getting high and feeling happy
Sources: whatever triggers the experience of rapture, communion with nature,
tantra (yoga, meditation), charisma, second wind, falling in love (endorphins),
paratheatre, and the expanding presence of being here now. Shock of Ecstasy
and Bliss (absence of suffering)
C-6 Intuitive-Psychic Intelligence of the Brain, Spine, & CNS
IDENTIFICATION: with the Central Nervous System and the Body Electric
Sources: whatever triggers the experience of the energetic body and its aura,
the second attention, intuition, clairvoyance and other psychic abilities, ritual
and sex magick, paratheatre, relativistic perception. Shock of Uncertainty
(absence of false assumptions, certitudes and dogmas)
C-7 Mytho-Genetic Intelligence of DNA and the Planetary Entity
IDENTIFICATION: with the Planet, all Living Things, the Ancestors, and DNA
Sources: whatever triggers the experience of ancestral and past life memories,
paratheatre, autonomous archetypes, synchronicity, planetary (Gaia) mind,
cosmic consciousness. Shock of Indivisibility (absence of dualistic consciousness)
C-8 Quantum-Nonlocal Intelligence of Subatomic interactions
IDENTIFICATION: with Consciousness independent of, and beyond, the physical body
Sources: whatever triggers the experience of near death, out of body states,
the dreambody and dreamtime, lucid dreaming, communion with The Void,
mystery of singularity. Shock of Impermanence (absence of ego identification).
THE THREE SUB-PHASES
HOW INTELLIGENCE CAN BE INCREASED
All eight functions of Intelligence can be accessed by full absorption, integration and transmission of each of the eight levels. These three sub-phases reflect the tertiary function of our most basic biological unit of intelligence: the neuron. A ll three sub-stages are necessary for the advancement of intelligence. If you only absorb, nothing can be integrated; if nothing can be integrated, whatever is absorbed regurgitates and we end up parroting other people's experiences, mass media associations, what we read in books, etc. Each of these eight levels of experience have their own distinct ways of knowing and defining intelligence that do not necessarily apply to other levels. For example, C-2 emotions follows different processes than C-3 ideas.
SHOCKS & ANCHORS
Each of the eight circuits exist within each individual at various degrees of expression and latency. It would be erroneous to assume any one circuit as "better" or "worse", or "higher" or "lower" than any other. Best to look at all eight circuits symbolizing states of consciousness simultaneously working together in a dynamic changing whole. There are countless ways these eight functions interact and/or act on each other. The dynamics I have been studying and applying refer to how the first four "survival" circuits act as anchors yo help stabilize the shocks from experiences symbolized by the four "post-survival" circuits. I see the upper circuits acting on the lower circuits as catalysts for growth and development, or maturity. I see the lower circuits acting on the upper circuits as stabilizing influences, or anchors, in the following set of pairs:
1/5; 2/6; 3/7; 4/8
Without a supple and resilient foundation (the integration of circuits 1-4), any significant force of expanded consciousness (from circuits 5-8) can destabilize us in a number of ways. Once the survival circuits can be more fully integrated and their intelligence embodied, an inner strength and stability develops to help absorb and integrate upper circuit experiences which can arrive as shocks, ie., accelerating states of C-5 Ecstasy, C-6 Uncertainty, C-7 Indivisibility, and C-8 Impermanence. Upper circuit post-survival shocks stimulate growth and development in the four survival circuits, just as the survival circuits (once integrated) can help substantiate and bring into manifestation the accelerated states of energy symbolized by circuits five through eight.
MORE 8-CIRCUIT BRAIN LINKS
June 10, 2015 Podcast with Antero
The eight circuits, paratheatre, Leary, Chapel Perilous
THE EIGHT-CIRCUIT BRAIN: AN ONLINE COURSE
Next 8-week session starts March 19, 2016
EIGHT CIRCUITS OF CONSCIOUSNESS -- THE DVD
Antero Alli at Esozone in Portland OR, 2008
"ANGEL TECH" (book on the 8-circuit brain)
Original Falcon Press
"THE EIGHT-CIRCUIT BRAIN" (book)
Navigational Strategies for the Energetic Body
Original Falcon Press, Second Edition 2014
VIDEO CLIPS OF ANTERO DISCUSSING THE CIRCUITS
Excerpts from the Daniel Kottke interview on THE NEXT STEP
Alli Books in print and Alli Films on dvd
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