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) its symbolic measurement without regard to 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 "brains" or functions of Intelligence referred to as "circuits". I have distilled basic definitions and functions of all eight circuits below, along with a primer of how the upper and lower circuits interact with, and act on, each other. - A.A.
THE FOUR SURVIVAL CIRCUITS
AND HOW THEY'RE INTEGRATED
C-1 Physio-Biological Intelligence; the will to survive
INTEGRATION: the degree of physical confidence is earned
and maintained to assure one's physical survival and health
C-2 Emotional-Territorial Intelligence; the will to power
INTEGRATION: the degree of emotional confidence is earned
and maintained to assure one's personal territory and autonomy
C-3 Symbolic-Conceptual Intelligence; the will to reason
INTEGRATION: the degree of mental confidence is earned and
maintained to assure one's problem-solving skills and sanity
C-4 Social-Moral Intelligence; the will to socialize
INTEGRATION: the degree of social confidence is earned and
maintained to assure one's capacity for interpersonal interaction
THE FOUR POST-SURVIVAL CIRCUITS
THEIR SOURCES AND SHOCKS.
C-5 Somatic Intelligence of Body Wisdom and Five Senses
Sources: whatever triggers the experience of rapture, communion
with nature, tantra (yoga, meditation, ritual), charisma, second wind,
falling in love (endorphins) and the expanding presence of being here
now. The Shock of Ecstasy and Bliss (the absence of suffering)
C-6 Intuitive-Psychic Intelligence of the Brain, Spine, & CNS
Sources: whatever triggers the experience of the energetic body and
its aura, the second attention, intuition, clairvoyance and other psychic
abilities, ritual magick, reality selection, direct perception of the relative
nature of reality. The Shocks of Uncertainty and Freedom (the absence
of false assumptions, certitudes and dogmas)
C-7 Mytho-Genetic Intelligence of DNA and the Planetary Entity
Sources: whatever triggers the experience of ancestral and past life
memories, autonomous archetypes, synchronicity, planetary (Gaia)
mind, cosmic consciousness. The Shocks of Indivisibility and Cosmic
Unity (the absence of dualistic consciousness)
C-8 Quantum-Nonlocal Intelligence of Subatomic interactions
Sources: whatever triggers the experience of near death, out of body
states, the dreambody and dreamtime, lucid dreaming, communion
with The Void, the mystery of singularity. The Shocks of Death and
Impermanence (the absence of ego identification).
THE THREE SUB-PHASES
HOW INTELLIGENCE CAN BE INCREASED
All eight functions of Intelligence can be increased through any experience allowing their full absorption, integration and transmission. These three sub-phases reflect the tertiary function of the most basic biological unit of intelligence: the neuron. All three sub-stages are necessary for the advancement of intelligence through each circuit. If you only absorb, nothing can be integrated; if nothing can be integrated, whatever we absorb regurgitates and we end up parroting other people's experiences, mass media associations, what we read in books, etc. Each of these eight circuits - and their distinct levels of experience - have their own ways that intelligence is processed that do not necessarily apply to other levels. For example, C-2 emotions follow different processes than C-3 ideas.
SHOCKS & ANCHORS
Each of the eight circuits exist within each individual at various degrees of expression and latency. They can be viewed and approached in a linear sequential "evolutionary" way and/or in a nonlinear "radial" way; both vantages work. It would be erroneous to assume any one circuit as "better" or "worse", or "higher" or "lower" than any other. Better to look at them all as symbolizing states of consciousness simultaneously working together in a dynamic changing whole. To view these circuits hierarchically, by positing any circuit as superior or inferior than any other, feeds the emotional plague, what Wile Reich called "a neurosis marked by irrational insistence on beliefs and ideas that depend on a dissociation of mind and body".
There are countless ways these eight functions interact and/or act on each other. My own research has focused on how the first four "survival" circuits and the second four "post-survival" circuits act on each other in very precise, two-way vertical connectivities. I see the upper circuits acting on the lower circuits as distinct shocks that catalyze growth. I see the lower circuits acting on the upper circuits as stabilizing anchors, how we can absorb and integrate the shocks brought about by expanding consciousness.
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 various ways. However, 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 sometimes 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 stabilize (or anchor) and bring into manifestation the experiences symbolized by circuits five through eight. If monitored and tended to, all eight circuits can work together in more meaningful ways to serve the larger dynamic and changing whole they are part of. In this way, the 8-Circuit Brain model can offer a safer, more creative guideline to tending the specific verticalities shared between upper circuit shocks and lower circuit anchors (1/5; 2/6; 3/7; 4/8) on the high seas of consciousness research.
MORE 8-CIRCUIT BRAIN LINKS
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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