Investigative Intelligence Primary Expression

(formerly known as Scholar, Concrete Knowing or Ray 5)

Primary Contribution: Using insights to provide feedback loops in order to improve results in all areas of endeavor and to help solve problems. Our Investigative, comprehensive approach to intellectual understanding makes us incredible resources for others who do not know the “lay of the land”. We seem to remember everything we have read and organize that information so that we are not only repositories of information and knowledge, but also of wisdom. This wisdom draws others to reflect on their own understanding in our presence. The gift of the Investigative Intelligence is our ability to accept the ideas of others and improve or expand them. Being holistic thinkers, we can see any flaws or exceptions, rarely missing any important details. We are traditional problem solvers. About twelve percent of the population absorbs information and sees patterns in this way. We are neutral to the differences in others; hence, we can be integrators, particularly on the intellectual level, where we hold everyone’s perspective equally. Historically, we have been seen as academics or nerds, but now we are instrumental in a technological society.

Leadership Style: Our leadership style is to first let others know what is expected of them. We like to set clear, unambiguous procedures so performance and accomplishments can be easily delineated. When things do not go as expected, we are the first to examine and discard assumptions which are no longer accurate. Our leadership style is to organize learning environments and structures so that we keep refining the standards for performance. Known also as Investigators, we constantly search for new sources of information and insight, which we then share to build the internal awareness of a group. Our primary skill is to recognize what people know and to build learning networks that increase the depth of this knowledge throughout the group. Our ability to respond quickly to new opportunities is key, because we have decision-making frameworks already predesigned to assess the situation. We are also great at de-personalizing problems so character assassinations are minimized. Everyone on the team is valued based on the merit of their ideas and their capacity to identify potential problems before they arise. While we do not outwardly enforce a rigid hierarchy such as the Intentional Intelligence, we consider it a sign of respect when people go through proper channels. In this way, issues can be prioritized and exceptions duly noted so that proper reviews can be performed.

Development Process: Unactualized, we emphasize theories, structure, order over chaos, and attempt to be businesslike and punctual. We resist participating in a process if we believe it is going to affect our perceptiveness. While others can respect our intention we try to maintain distance while facilitating an understanding. If we are encouraged to explore our passion, playfulness and paradox of being both observer and observed, we build a greater understanding of how everything fits together. Without heartfulness, we tend to become pedantic and mind numbing in our pursuit of minutia, but when we unify our mind and hearts, we can move with our passion and desire to know. Over time, we develop greater cultural and political insights, which allow us to better support our teams. Ultimately, it is our curiosity that allows others to connect to us and see our humanity. We encourage others to explore the details and foundations of our Thoughts so we are more able to validate our beliefs.

Primary Blindness: Our Investigative Intelligence can get attached to data and lose the big picture. We do this by attaching to our assumptions, not realizing this could keep us from seeing the larger truth. Conversely, we can also get stuck believing our theories or hypotheses are facts about how things actually work. We convince ourselves that our system of knowledge is more real than the facts they are based upon. This promotes the condition of illusion, where others are expected to agree without self-examination. If we do not trust our understanding, we can be hypothesizing, theoretical, confused, overly serious, and caught in inertia. We can become such strong observers that we may lose our sense of participation in the process. This creates situations in which our input is not welcome, because it appears judgmental.

Identifying Characteristics: Our Investigative Intelligence can immediately be identified by our intellectual power to rationalize, neutrality, an insatiable desire for knowledge, an innate curiosity, and our need for accuracy, clarity and precision when communicating. We often have thin faces with large foreheads and are typically tall and awkward in our movements.

Investigative Intelligence Exploration

The values of our Primary Investigative Intelligence are developed in three stages. At its best, we express acute psychological and logical understanding and appreciation of the world. Our ability to understand others is a direct reflection of refining our own inner knowing and becoming clear about certain tradeoffs. What we have overcome is the illusion of believing we know something, when we actually do not. We accomplish this by being in a constant state of self-discovery through deepening what we know in light of new observations. At this stage, we are able to unify our heart and mind to investigate Universal principles and discover the Scientific Truth of a situation. Our clarity and curiosity empower us to separate our Thoughts from our thinking process, so we are not attached to the Thoughts themselves. In this way, we have the unique insight of how developed and powerful each thought is. All this shows up externally as an ability to engage and share wisdom with others without taking positions or making judgments. Since wisdom conveys a transpersonal understating and an acceptance of the Truth, we do not need to protect the Truth or convince anyone of its accuracy. This state of inner balance regarding Wisdom is a result of integrating the Intent, Content and Context of a situation so there is a complete representation that is faithful to the experience. The Primary Investigative Intelligence is a repository of wisdom. Typically, we are thought of as traditional problem-solvers, because we appreciate incremental improvement.

Eventually we integrate our hearts into a broader scope and move into the last phase of knowing which is contextually based. While we do not want to be imprecise, we seek to be inclusive of higher principles or observations that seem to align with our insights. This is where our thinking becomes interrelated with the thinking of others; we move from knowledge structures to self-understanding to acceptance of a deeper wisdom that is the basis for all-human knowing. The more we study a particular subject, the more we come to a place of choice about how we use that knowledge. We either follow the path of reinforcing what we know or maintaining an openness that allows us to reexamine how we think rather than what we think. This is how we deepen from knowledge, to understanding and finally, to wisdom. Changing our thought process is how we shift from exclusive patterns of thinking to inclusive self-unifying processes.

When our Primary Investigative Intelligence is operating in an early stage, the discovery process itself enthralls us. We seek to elevate our position through demonstrating a mastery of what we know. This phase of building content understanding of how the world works can be challenging, if we keep the investigation at a literal level. It is advisable that we allow ourselves to become more abstract thinkers and prioritize our observations from a basic curiosity of what shows up in the world. We move from observations to an explicit provable structures, then to an abstract theoretical structures, and finally, to the principles or themes that guide choices. This is the world of motivation that allows us to explore our intuitive nature. When we are polarized we have to demonstrate our intellectual power so that others will defer to our understanding. The whole goal is to get others to accede to our superior knowledge. We seek to demonstrate how much we know, which becomes a trap when we believe in superficial answers. At this early stage, we can get caught up in trying to prove what we understand, confusing it with fixed knowledge. This is a stage where we transform knowledge into wisdom by becoming less attached to our Thoughts. As a result we can be very diplomatic with all types of people. We are identified by our attachment to objectivity and how we concentrate our Thoughts in particular ways. We are afraid of becoming biased and/or losing our reputation, which we carefully manage.

When repressed, we are known for our pedantic thinking, where we are locked in to theoretical abstractions. One of the key indicators of this is becoming trapped in superficial understanding that does not reflect deeper issues. Knowledge becomes a goal in itself, and we do not even appreciate the value of understanding, much less the value of wisdom. Initially, we operate on a content level by being able to absorb and present memorized information on demand. This assimilation structure reveals our affiliation with our masculine roots, where knowledge becomes real when it can help us act effectively. The process of Investigators deepens as we begin to relate pieces of information together, which then prioritizes our interests in where and what we want to explore. As we go further into the intent, we clarify and energize our priorities, establishing a clear sense of relevance. Investigators have highly accurate, Thoughts which are sharply delineated, particularly in early development. At this stage, we get locked into proving that our memory and intellectual structures are reliable. What we seek most is the acknowledgement that comes from our breakthroughs in scientific thought as a result of our systematic investigation. This “by the numbers” approach may not yield any breakthroughs, but the incremental approach helps us to feel we are contributing.

The most important thing others can do to honor our Primary Investigative Intelligence is to honor our sense of detachment, by not reacting to our observations. It is important others listen and seek to understand us and our thinking process. Since we customize our thinking processes the most, getting to know how we think makes us feel loved and appreciated. When others treasure our unique way of looking at the world and embrace our desire for bias-free reporting, we will develop our power to actualize things by being an arbitrator of various versions of reality. Investigative Intelligence energy is neutral to the differences in others. Therefore, we can be integrators, particularly on an intellectual level, where we equally hold everyone’s truth. We are usually the most integrated and can synthesize an inclusive way of knowing that sees things from many directions.

We are scientific, objective, detached and lucid in our observations. We are inductive thinkers, who question and investigate everything. We are fact-ascertaining and empirical, getting caught up in literal details in ways no other energy can match. We unify and expand information that is complete and balanced between Intent, Content and Context. We are repulsed by and eventually destroy information where the Intent, Content, or Context are not in alignment. We are called Investigators, because we seek to validate the reality of living in the world by focusing on the ‘what’, ‘how’, and ‘why’. These three tests of usefulness reflect the personal relevance of information to serve Content, Context and Intent. When we know something, we can then recreate and share it, translating it to the needed frequency depending on the receiving Intelligence, so it can be acted upon.

Overall, the development of our Intelligence is systematic and extremely focused on what we know can be verified. We only change our framework of thought when we discover errors in the rationalization process. While intrigued with details, we have mixed Feelings as to what degree we should engage them in a particular situation. Most of the time, we focus on what we know rather than expanding our range, unless we have a predefined interest in a new area. We are extremely analytical on physical, emotional, and intellectual levels, even though we do not often talk about emotional perspectives.

The most important characteristic is our ability to interpret the facts without distorting them. This leads us to want to say what is known exactly and precisely, without over or under-doing it and without exaggerating or oversimplifying the concept. We are particularly attracted to summary tables where conclusions, principles and objectives can be expressed and clarified. We love to see the assumptions that lead us to certain conclusions articulated so the obvious errors can be easily identified. This relates to our natural skepticism, which asserts that people have the responsibility to prove the positive; however, we operate from the assumption that others must prove something in the positive before it is accepted. The Investigative Intelligence treasures the truth above all. We find it extremely wasteful and despicable for people to present themselves in ways that do not fit any objective reality of interpretation of the facts. We are naturally convergent thinkers and can concentrate easily and effectively in a disciplined way. Others may believe that we are too rational, technical and unimaginative because of how we try to maintain impartiality in the way we validate our Thoughts. We are typically convergent decision makers who amplify a skeptical mindset to reveal the underlying basis for what is true.

Sometimes, we are clinical, quantifying, mathematical and measuring. Other times, we are questioning, curious and inquiring about the facts as we see them. Of all the Intelligences, we are most fearful of Emotions, Intuition, Feelings, impulses and impulsiveness, which is why we emphasize our slow and careful deliberation above all else. We love to establish a certain rigor in how we implement a procedure to identify a distortion of someone else's thinking. We despise those who jump to conclusions too quickly. Through detachment, we deepen our appreciation of our intellectual power. Our theme is “when three minds unite,” which reflects Intent, Content and Context coming together. The Investigative Intelligence is about learning to share what is known so everyone can use it. As long as an individual is attached and withholding information, we do not know how to effectively express our Primary Intelligence. Initially, we are at risk of being defined by the information around us. It is hard for us to see ourselves as creators of information rather than recorders of it. This means we have yet to embody that we are thinkers and not the results of our thinking.

We can recognize the importance of our Investigative Intelligence by how we overdo, under-do, or react to it. When we overdo this Intelligence, we become pontificating pundits, theoretical, separative and do not accept of other’s Thoughts. In effect, we become trapped and identified in Thoughts of how we are different from others. When we under-do this Intelligence, we become extremely literal, focusing on minutia and unwilling to stretch our perceptions into new areas of thought. As a result, we follow the Thoughts of those who are authorities and use their perceptions as a substitute for our own insights. When overwhelmed and/or discounted by individuals who do not accept our form of Intelligence, particularly when others do not see the value of the structures we use, we become extremely despondent and/or impatient regarding their inaccurate views. It is interesting to note that while we can be rational, we do not want to get lost in rationalizations. When we are hurt, we become overly logical and avoid Emotions as a way to protect ourselves.

One of the biggest challenges is to stop limiting our Thoughts to deductive or linear patterns and start perceiving different ways of knowing more completely, particularly on intuitive levels. Thought is not meant to just regulate and systemize our experience but to evoke new ways of perceiving the Truth. This requires us to be familiar with the various modalities of knowing and to let go of single-step solutions for figuring out the truth. When we have the ability to synthesize thought it is because we can see how all forms of knowing can contribute to deepening our knowing in a particular way. We call this becoming “wise” rather than being “right”. It is about escaping the limits of what thought is so we can create it afresh and anew in each moment. In particular, it is about deepening our thinking so that the Thoughts of others may contribute to but not fundamentally change our own perceptions. This is not because we seek to reinforce our positions or past perceptions of what we think is right, but because fundamentally, we know ourselves to be thinkers beyond our own structures and fixed Thoughts. In this way, our Truth becomes integrative, inclusive and transforms the thinking of others into new ways of perceiving.

The key way that we can develop ourselves is to explore our Emotions and Feelings. To move into wisdom we have to both honor our own Feelings and Emotions and integrate them into our other perceptual frameworks. Feelings help us to integrate our body awareness and Sensations. Emotions help us to build and organize our Thoughts in a unified way. Together, they allow us to bring together the different expressions of our body and mind so a higher, more inclusive synthesis occurs. Otherwise, we will end up reacting to the Feelings and Emotions of others which will keep us from being present with ourselves or with them. The paradox is that the more we attempt to protect ourselves from Emotions and Feelings, the more likely this process isolates us from our own humanity. Since wisdom requires us to develop our inner senses, it is important that we are not distorted in our outer senses. Inner senses such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience and claircognizance directly relate to our outer senses of seeing, hearing, touch and direct knowing. The senses of smell and taste relate to direct knowing. Fortunately, the more conscious we become the more complex and capable we become in shifting between our senses while being inclusive to them all.

One of the best ways to develop our senses is to be able to establish an inner domain where we can reflect upon our senses in real time. In this way we can respond to how our experience is mixed between our senses and being able to respond.  Initially, we need to become a better mix-master of what we want to bring together and in which way. Eventually, we learn to provide ourselves with more capacity to process than what we are receiving in any given moment. In this way, we can take our inner hearing and relate it to our outer hearing so that we are working on both levels simultaneously. When this occurs we shift from a linear way of processing to a more multi-modal way of integrating our experience. In this situation a likely outcome would be clairaudience, where we have our outer hearing complemented by our inner hearing, and even some spacious background to bring together our hearing.

We build the capacity to go beyond knowledge and understanding and embody wisdom. This occurs through our natural ability to concentrate and meditate. The key aspect is to shift from being driven and at the effect of our Thoughts to actually being at choice regarding how we use our thinking. For some people it is a shocking revelation to realize that we could live in a space of inner silence without thought. Shifting beyond our Safety and Security thought processes means we need to trust that our Creativity and inner knowing can take care of us. This indicates that we have, usually through a process of meditation, come to occupy a place of intuitive knowing called in esoteric circles, straight knowledge. In effect, our knowing is based on our sense of being which no longer requires us to process our experience to know it. There are three major qualities that need to be developed to maximize the utilization of wisdom. They are Spacious Presence, Pregnant Duration and Skillful Means. One of the major outcomes is an internal shift to be able to hold space for others to become a creative problem solver and to learn when to engage or not to engage a particular process.

Understanding The Investigative Intelligence

What people do not understand is that we see ourselves as facilitators and arbiters for the right use of information. For this reason, we are typically offended whenever information is miscommunicated, contains obvious bias, or is summarized in a way that is incomplete. Our immediate response is to try to correct the situation. We do this because our higher calling has to do with integrating and clarifying rather than confusing people with information. It is easy to observe that others think we are overprotective, intrusive and perhaps insensitive to the opinions of others, when we jump to correct these issues. The fact that these issues do not daunt us affirms that our nature is to find the highest way of communicating information and transform it into wisdom. Another aspect of this is how we believe there should be an objective and verifiable process and procedure for organizing information so it is free of distortions. This is why we commonly look for organizational framework and consistency, in terms of useful results, whenever we evaluate the accuracy of what we are looking at. Our main desire is to train others to independently evaluate information in this manner.

We can recognize the importance of Investigative Intelligence by how we over-engage our Intelligence (by projecting our internal systems to eliminate bias and distortions onto others), not realizing the negative reactions of others to this. When we push ourselves and over engage our Intelligence we tend to focus on the process and ignore how others are responding or reacting to us. When we discount or deny our Intelligence, we fixate on our explanations, internal answers to external circumstances and excessive content that keeps us from knowing or expressing ourselves. When we over engage our Primary Intelligence, we become internally insulated, isolated and self contained, believing that our interactions (with others) will not be supportive or helpful. This leads us to be overly analytical and undemanding of others. When we do not engage this Intelligence, we become a closed mental circuit that overdoes data collection at the cost of assimilation and understanding. We become extremely self-focused, and fixate on activities that stabilize our internal processing. The key to expressing our Primary Investigative Intelligence is to create a relationship between what we know and what others know so our knowledge can become synergistic.

This requires that we accept our nature and our way of doing things and do not create obstacles to our authentic expression. Some would say it is about accepting our unique truth and using it to engage others. The more we become isolated in our understanding, the more we tend to not engage our truth and “be” it. At the other extreme when we over-engage our desires and become attached to them, we are overwhelming our ability to “be” knowing and interactive in our expression. The solution is to be present with both our fears and desires around being who we are so we do not have to act out these issues with others. The more we can make it ok to have these experiences, the less charge we will carry that can then be triggered by others around us. When we are overwhelmed and/or discounted by individuals who do not accept our Primary Intelligence, we become extremely objective and analytical about how to validate our experience.

In conclusion, it is important to remember that our Primary Intelligence provides the space of being who we are and determines how we gain fulfillment. Fulfillment arises when we are able to translate or solidify wisdom between multiple Intelligences so there is greater understanding in the world. Primary Investigative Intelligence grows through the theme of “when three minds unite,” which reflects Intent, Content, and Context coming together. This is different from the Investigative Secondary expression, which focuses us on how we obtain security be being successful, which is about obtaining, disseminating and using knowledge to create solutions for others. On a Secondary level, we want to be appreciated and admired for the information we can convey on demand. Our Investigative Tertiary Intelligence, which focuses us on safety and determines how we are seen in our family of origin, fixates us on having the right information that guarantees our survival. Our safety occurs by maintaining an objective assessment of what we can trust about others so they do not hurt us.

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