Enhanced Intellectual Function

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Enhanced Intellectual Function is an improvement in one's intellectual power brought about as a consequence of strong Connection Experience, or a series of Connection Experiences

List of Connection Enhancements

Connection Enhancements > Enhanced Affective Response, Enhanced Connection, Enhanced Creativity, Enhanced Empathic Response, Enhanced Intellectual Function, Enhanced Morality, Enhanced Positive Affect, Enhanced Power Over Creation, Enhanced Psychological Function

Examples of

Enhanced Intellectual Function > Breakthrough, Clarification of Consciousness, Clarity, Daigo, Dissonance, Enlightenment, Epiphany, Glimpse, Gnosis, Improved Relationships, Infran, Insight, Jadhb, Moksha, Mukti, Revelation, Satori, Spiritual Emergence

Related LP Terms

Enhanced Intellectual Function >

Non-LP Related Terms

Enhanced Intellectual Function > Kensho

Syncretic Terms

Enhanced Intellectual Function > Removal of The Blindfold, Self Awareness


Karl Hanes provides a case report of an individual who, during a connection event of great intensity and long durection, experienced "enhancement of his cognitive abilities"[1]

Bucke says "Along with the consciousness of the cosmos there occurs an intellectual enlightenment or illumination which alone would place the individual on a new plane of existence.[2]

Bucke also says "The world peopled by men [sic] possessing cosmic consciousness will be as far removed from the world of today as this is from the world as it was before the advent of self-consciousness.[3]

Ikbal Ali Shah[4] claims that it has been known for generations that the mystical practices of Sufism induce greater intellectual power.

Aleister Crowley felt that powerful connection experiences (e.g., Samadhi) led to one's access to "genius" level intelligence. So much so that those who had them would be able to found new religions. [5]

William James points to some positive Connection Outcomes (specifically Enhanced Intellectual Function) that occurred as a consequence of his use of Nitrous Oxide.

Since the preceding article was written, some observations on the effects of nitrous-oxide-gas-intoxication which I was prompted to make by reading the pamphlet called The Anaesthetic Revelation and the Gist of Philosophy, by Benjamin Paul Blood, Amsterdam, N. Y., 1874, have made me understand better than ever before both the strength and the weakness of Hegel's philosophy. I strongly urge others to repeat the experiment, which with pure gas is short and harmless enough. The effects will of course vary with the individual. Just as they vary in the same individual from time to time; but it is probable that in the former case, as in the latter, a generic resemblance will obtain. With me, as with every other person of whom I have heard, the keynote of the experience is the tremendously exciting sense of an intense metaphysical illumination. Truth lies open to the view in depth beneath depth of almost blinding evidence. The mind sees all the logical relations of being with an apparent subtlety and instantaneity to which its normal consciousness offers no parallel; only as sobriety returns, the feeling of insight fades, and one is left staring vacantly at a few disjointed words and phrases, as one stares at a cadaverous-looking snow-peak from which the sunset glow has just fled, or at the black cinder left by an extinguished brand. [6]

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  1. Hanes, Karl. “Unusual Phenomena Associated With a Transcendent Human Experience: A Case Study.” The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology 44, no. 1 (2012): 36.
  2. Bucke, Richard Maurice. Cosmic Consciousness. Book Tree. Kindle Edition.
  3. Bucke, Richard Maurice. Cosmic Consciousness. Book Tree. Kindle Edition.
  4. Ikbal Ali Shah. Islamic Sufism. Tractus Books, 2000. p. 17
  5. Pasi, Marco. “Varieties of Magical Experience: Aleister Crowley’s Views on Occult Practice.” In Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism, edited by Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr, 53–88. Oxford University Press, 2012. p. 63.
  6. James, William. The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy. Project Gutenberg, 2009. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/26659/26659-h/26659-h.htm.