The perceptions and conclusions of an “illusive” intellect can be powerful but temporary and capable of only limited sustenance. Although its imges are attractive, seductive, and addictive they cannot bring permanent happiness, peace nor contentment because they are rooted in material and finite elements. Like a display of fireworks, an “illusive” intellect can overwhelm, but its dazzle fizzles out as soon as it reaches its peak. It lacks sustaining power because it is imprisoned in the self.
The “illuminating” intellect speaks in a “still, small voice” but because it steadily grows from the seed of God and Truth, it is firmly rooted in what is eternal and immortal. Although its “still, small voice” oftentimes gets drowned in the blare of self-publicity and commercialism, its authority and rightfulness will ultimtely prevail. The “illuminating” intellect draws its power from God and although the search for the Father can be elusive, the “illuminating” intellect is never discouraged from seeking the Truth which becomes its foundation for complete faith in God.
Submitted by Leticia Shahani, Philippines
The illusive intellect is controlling. It tries to control in a way that imposes ownership. It works under the influence of energies that are pretensious — ego under the guise of respect, anger under the guise of justice, fear under the guise of courage, and war under the guise of freedom. It believes that everything in the world exists for human consumption and so human beings can claim proprietorship.
The illuminating intellect is focused in the remembrance of the Source and sees the self as a trustee. The illuminating intellect practices soul consciousness which results in the awareness that nothing in the world — not even the body–belongs to anyone. As a consequence, one can only consider the self as a trustee. The illuminating intellect guides the awareness that everything encountered in life should be treated with respect, and at the same time with detachment.
The illusive intellect is make-believe. It manifests things that are imagined or pretended and tries to make them real and true. It is driven by crooked intelligence and travels in many winding pathways in search of image rather than reality and imitation rather than original.
The illuminating intellect stays in the company of Truth, and is guided by wisdom. This allows the light of true knowledge to shine through the darkness of ignorance, giving it the ability to discern real from unreal, truth from falsehood, and right from wrong.