The illusive intellect can appear to be mind-boggling. It has a very powerful and overwhelming affect on the mind. Situations impact the intellect in a number of different ways and the intellect is drawn to and overpowered by the situation. It is as if the intellect becomes the situation. According to the state of the intellect, thoughts are generated at a rapid rate. This makes the mind work at very high speeds of stimulation and excitement, driven by a variety of different quality of thoughts, but with little sense of direction and control.
The illuminating intellect works like a powerful brake. It can put a stop to thoughts, even at their most extreme, in a second. For example, in the military someone may be running as fast as he can, but when the martial order is given to stop, he has to stop in that instant. The illuminating intellect works in the same way at a subtle level, putting a stop to the expansion of thoughts. It goes beyond the waves of numerous thoughts and stabilizes on one foundational thought. This foundational thought builds capacity. Just as the intellect has the ability to control the physical body, the illuminating intellect has the capacity to control the subtle energy of thoughts and to bring them from expansion into essence. The intellect stabilizes and controls the flow of thoughts, giving the mind space to rethink.