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Keener Intelligence - Understanding the A.Q. Initiative
Keener Intelligence - Understanding the A.Q. Initiative
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Keener Intelligence is based on a theory I developed that I call the "Actualization Quotient" of human intelligence.

From over decades of applied character development, I have determined that our standards of human intelligence are failing us in fundamental ways. In fact, our current measurements of intelligence, the I.Q. and even the E.Q., are flawed and cannot carry the day.

To wit, have you ever considered that some of our highest I.Q. peers can be geniuses yet are completely self-destructive in their actual lives? They smoke and drink excessive alcohol, shoot drugs, etc. What they were actualizing just didn’t work to sustain their life, to forward life. In other words, they took not very intelligent actions.

Intelligence always forwards life! Intelligence always says YES to more aliveness.

We progress to the more recent evolution of Intelligence, to the "E.Q." or emotional Intelligence, which has great merits, and yet, have you ever met a person who was highly "E.Q'd" in areas of their life, such as a psychotherapist or healer, who was codependent as all get-out in their personal life? They occur as drained to themselves, have chronic fatigue, etc. (I used to be one!) Again, this does not actualize intelligence, doesn’t truly foster more aliveness for that person. So we need something else frankly, something more intelligent as a way of defining intelligence, so we can train and develop our future generations toward that.

Enter the Actualization Quotient or "A.Q.", which relies on advanced brain training for constant integration, upgrading and renewal of the mind and consciousness. How do we know it is the way to evaluate human intelligence? Because it measures what we are manifesting in any given moment: healthy, intelligent thoughts, or low energy, negative and draining thoughts. Another way of looking at it is that since we create our reality though our consciousness, what level of consciousness are we in, from moment to moment? Fight or flight? Us versus Them? What are we actualizing, connection or separation?

The body is the direct feedback loop for our A.Q., and can never NOT be that feedback loop. As Deepa Chopra so elegantly stated, "The body is always eavesdropping to our consciousness." Therefore, if we are struggling with health or mental health issues, there will be an element of consciousness that is incongruent with Vitality, Aliveness and Development and which can only be resolved through conscious growth. THE BODY CANNOT LIE!

We all want to have amazing bodies, without a doubt. Here you will find conscious choices to help your process.

This website is designed to be a place where Intelligence grows, yours and mine. The standard is clear: Fostering more Aliveness/Intelligence.

I will be adding audios and videos to keep us all engaged. Welcome!

(For more on Advanced Brain Training, please Click Here.)

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Keener Intelligence - Understanding The AQ

Keener Intelligence - Understanding The AQ

Keener Intelligence - The Art Of Breathing And Why It Matters
Keener Intelligence - The Art Of Breathing And Why It Matters
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Believe it or not, one of the most fundamental requirements for increasing our intelligence is restoring our natural breathing ability. Between modern birth practices and current high chronic stressors, most of us barely breathe enough to foster more aliveness, a marker of intelligence.

Let’s start with our modern birth practice: Childbirth is a medical emergency. Once the baby is out of the mother, they are held upside down and whacked on the butt to elicit that first breath. Well, given the harshness of this physical abuse, the infant’s first breath is one of terror and intense pain as it over breathes in reaction to the stress. As the room temperature air enters the airways, into the lungs, it sears as it goes in! This immediately registers in the brain as a terrible idea, and a visceral decision gets made: "I will NEVER breathe that fully again!" coupled with a few more clear decisions about how unsafe other humans are, how they cannot be trusted, etc. This begins a tragic series of belief systems about how life works. Life, it turns out, is NOT safe. We call this birthing trauma in the field of conscious breath work.

No one considers this, however, and if all else is normal, the infant appears to simply cry and then settle down. As they inhale, their precious little bellies swell with air, and as they exhale their bellies go back down. But they will never breathe fully again.

Contrast that with an indigenous childbirth, or natural child birth. There are no bright lights, no harsh treatments; the infant is with the mother, the umbilical cord attached immediately after birth. FACT: infants do not need to breathe when the cord is intact and attached! As the cord starts to wane, it sends signals to the infant and they gradually begin the breathing process.

When my infant daughter, Karina took her first breath, she was still in the warm water (We did a water birth) and it actually was an exhale, blowing a slight bubble out of her mouth. This was a very different picture than the one before, with that real birthing trauma. She was calm, and relaxed, and never developed that hatred for a full breath.

Now the child with birthing trauma (read any kid in modern culture) is going off to kindergarten, first grade and starting to socialize and getting taught a ton of rules. They are disciplined and punished for bad behavior. By the time they are 8 or 9, all of their breathing has moved up into their chests, with little to no abdominal movement. In other words, they have LOST their belly breathing!

I witnessed this over and over in my practices, small children with almost no diaphragmatic breathing left. I saw way too many adults who couldn’t take a proper breath. I knew to pay attention to this because my personal mentor in Holistic Health, Theresa Dale had actually taught me how to properly breathe, pushing my belly out on the inhale, and contracting it back in on the exhale. I had been doing it exactly backwards!

When I began to practice conscious breath work, which is, essentially proper breathing on steroids, I was truly inspired by how much conscious connection came from that practice.

We would breathe in and out of the mouth, filling our lungs and bellies, forming a circle with the inhale and exhale. It was called Rebirthing, and also Integrative Breathing. The idea was to lie down, and breathe on a particular topic/belief system that was limiting and potentially self-destructive. Notions like "My Body is Not Safe," are exactly what we wanted to undo, and neutralize. Staying with how our body reacted to this belief while continuously breathing allowed for healing, and the dissolution of these energies in our neural networks.

I had to do a ton of work here. I found the circular breathing difficult to maintain, and had to develop a very specific discipline to keep going as the sessions lasted usually 1.5 to 2 hours and no real breaks. My relationship with my body started to transform as my breath kept opening up. I started getting high, tingly all over, and found myself in altered states in most of the sessions. I also used my hot tub and snorkel, and even ice cubes in the bathtub to train myself to regulate my metabolism through the breath.

I fell in love with my breath. I learned to regulate my moods and mind with my breath, which I am still learning about. My consciousness has increased dramatically. I am still in love with my breath, and will be sharing tons about how you, too can practice the Art of Breathing.

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Keener Intelligence - A Brief History of Human Intelligence
Keener Intelligence - A Brief History of Human Intelligence
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In modern history, human Intelligence started to get ranked through the I.Q., or Intelligence Quotient, around the early 1900’s. At that time, science was interested in how to measure/test for I.Q.s, what caused higher I.Q.s and could higher I.Q.s be stimulated in children and other test subjects. Here is the early Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of I.Q.

A great deal of heads were literally opened up back in those days (upon their demise!) to examine the brain to look for clues as to where higher intelligence could be found. Shockingly, the brains were not much different from people with "ordinary intelligence." They never found a clue!

Much research was conducted into how to stimulate the brain’s development and lots of progress has been made. Too much to be listed, but everything thing from water births (significantly less compression on the brain!) to introducing multiple languages, music, swim and dance to very young babies are easy to see examples.

Decades later, through Sociological, Psychological studies and general societal advancement, the E.Q. or Emotional Quotient evolved (Wikipedia says… "Refers to the ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned...") and was generally considered a break-though as it addressed the very need for emotional intelligence, things that leaders, educators, therapists, etc. found immensely helpful. Out of the E.Q. Movement, lots of emotional connections were formed and the notion of following your bliss, listening to your heart became main stream.

Perhaps most importantly, though, was the emergence of teachers of E.Q. as this was a series of skills that could be taught, practiced and applied for more successful relationships. Couples counsellors thrived, and communication skills were generally upgraded to acknowledge the other person’s point of view, from business board rooms to bedrooms. Yes, I am generalizing here, and yet it is obvious that things changed from the 1960’s to the 2000’s in exactly the way I am mentioning.

This is not to say that things weren’t getting worse on many levels, they were, and continued to.

At the time that I am writing this, fall of 2022, we find our humanity in a level of devolution and self-destruction in spite of these so-called advancements in human intelligence. Logically, we must deduce that how we measure, test for, acknowledge and teach intelligence is way off-course!

Even coupling I.Q. with E.Q. (which we have been doing since the 1990’s) is still generating a modern culture of chaos and destruction, from economies of entire countries to pandemics of chronic illnesses and obesity, etc. So we have to question the very essence of what we think intelligence actually is and what it isn’t. Because, as they say, something is very rotten in the state of Denmark (Hamlet quote) and we need to collectively decide that the jig is up. The readout is what is happening to humanity and it is decidedly unintelligent in many fundamental ways.

But first we must have a better filter for what is intelligence, what does it look like, feel like etc. and what IS A DECENT DEFINITION of intelligence, as I.Q. and E.Q. were simply building blocks along the way, not the final platform for advancing consciousness.

Here is the Miriam-Webster definition of Intelligence

What we can see here is that we may be defining it in an OK way, but the real challenge becomes APPLYING intelligence on-the-go, in each moment, and that is where we fail. We buy into the cultural notion that "Under stress we regress," instead of the actual laws of Life which say, "Under stress you must progress or start to perish." Yes, it is true! Life has to evolve under stress. All of us had to evolve under certain stresses, or we wouldn’t have even survived our births. So why are we still buying into the con?

In Nature, it is quite basic: either the being survives the challenge/crisis or is eaten, killed etc. If it survives, it has a new adaptability for its future. A Human being, however, particularly adults, can survive something and NOT grow from it, not actually manifest the lessons learned. If their perspective doesn’t allow for a higher order interpretation, they will simply keep repeating patterns until death.

An example of this is how easily in this culture we place blame on others, and fail to see our part in how we manifest something or we co-manifested something. Here is a quick story of mine: years ago, I was part of a team launching a very large Holistic Health Clinic in Austin, Texas. At that time, I was a newly separated single doctor Mom, under enormous pressure on every imaginable level. I was driving in my car to a meeting about our launch, and noticed that I was running 3-5 minutes late. I felt a little guilty and anxious about that, and as I approached an intersection where I had the right of way, a car approaching from the left slowed down to honor their Stop sign (I was not speeding!). What I didn’t notice, because my mind was racing about being late and how stressed I was, was that he didn’t actually stop; he slowed and accelerated right into me! It was a major collision.

After the wreck was cleared and I checked out OK by the paramedics, a cop drove me home as my SUV was totaled. On the way home, it all came to me: this happened because I was anxious and fearful, and I would have to forgive myself for that mindset. It was a lesson that would take years to complete, primarily because I had not met my brain training teacher so everything took a lot longer to work through! (Click Here, for more information on Brain Training )

Not that the other driver wasn’t breaking a law, he was, and was found guilty of that in a court of law. However, his guilt did not alleviate me from my responsibility of my MIND SET. This had been me, under stress and REGRESSED. A focused Jessie would have been able to avoid the incident or at least maneuver better than I had. I say this as a former downhill skier, a small craft sailboat competitive racer, an athlete with gymnastics skills etc. We know when our mind set is off. We know when we are in the Zone. We KNOW that drops in focus and/or energy will ruin our race or create potential injuries! The question is, how do we stay in the Zone?

How many of you would have had the mental edge to see what I am talking about? You see, my story underlies how HIDDEN the Actualization Quotient might be. The obvious I.Q./E.Q. interpretations would be very different from the one I walked away with. They would include, ""Poor me," and "What a jerk that guy was," etc. But how would this foster more aliveness? It would not. It would simply reinforce "Victim consciousness," a real death sentence over time.

The A.Q. interpretation says, "Hmmm, this happened for a reason and that reason is for my personal growth, my character development."

In other words, I ACTUALIZED (manifested) that accident so I could wake up further, and take more responsibility for my state of mind.

Fortunately, a couple of years after that, I met a master of human potential and character development, which really helped.

Keener Intelligence - How To Stay In Character Development
Keener Intelligence - How To Stay In Character Development
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The only way to continue to increase your brain power and consciousness is through a steady approach to life as ALWAYS IN DEVELOPMENT. In other words, when life presents a challenge or a so-called obstacle, we have to train ourselves to see it as an opportunity for growth and increased adaptability. Then we can have a different perspective with the so-called problem, and use brain training to come up with our perfect, custom solution.

The fuel for this process is Self-Love. There must be an abundant supply of this Love, which includes Compassion for Self and Forgiveness of Self. However, sometimes we can begin the developmental process through a love for humanity, and develop the self-love along the way. I think this is how I began, way back in the early 1980's.

I learned that we have to be willing to give up practically everything we think we know about ourselves in this process, as the bulk of our thoughts are products of a hive mind, or certainly products of our ego, which only traffics in duality and separation. Hence, our belief systems will become suspect as we move ourselves along the continuum. "Why do I think this?" and "Who said so?" become more normal questions, as we discover that a great deal of who we think we are is simply trauma-based egoic constructs to keep the Status Quo. Part of our evolution, then, is to identify old belief systems (note that Belief Systems is B.S.!) so we can move in a different direction, take a new action step. This is how it works, simple and yet, not easy. Your Actualization Quotient depends on the discipline of Brain Training! The more you brain train, the higher your A.Q. becomes.

That is why I suppgest you start with a few simple steps, brain training being the first, along with simple clean ups to your diet and personal care. As you increase your brain’s neuroplasticity other changes will be smoother and easier to stabilize.

Keener Intelligence - How To Evaluate Your Personal A.Q.
Keener Intelligence - How To Evaluate Your Personal A.Q.
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In order to assess your Actualization Quotient, we have to create several distinctions. First, we look at your actual life, and the different domains of life: Work/Avocation, Wellbeing, Relationships/Family/Community, Personal Growth/Character Development and Money/Material possessions.

Next, we evaluate how fulfilled we are in each domain. For example, if you are unemployed and suffering over it, that would mean you are unfilled in the work domain. Perhaps you are in a great and exciting new relationship, have plugged into your local community, have close friends; you would be very fulfilled in that domain.

You can assign percentages based on 100% being the most possible fulfillment. The goal here is to increase your percentage, knowing that you likely won’t reach 100% for a long time, (if ever) but that things are more fulfilling along the way.

Your Actualization Quotient will be the total level of fulfillment in each domain, as these are the read outs of our consciousness. We have to be honest about our levels and take responsibility for the fact that we are generating everything actually. So when a challenge arises, we approach it with the willingness required to brain train through it, and create a solution that is a win-win-win.

Keener Intelligence - The Nature of Applied Character Development
Keener Intelligence - The Nature of Applied Character Development
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One of the things that has helped me tremendously along the way over the past 25 years is a particular way of addressing character development. I have learned that in order to fulfill something worthwhile, such as a life goal, we must know WHAT particular character trait or traits are necessary for its accomplishment. This is so overlooked in business coaching, life coaching, etc. These systems focus on the action steps required, which to me, is only half of the equation. The other half is to investigate what personality traits are necessary to implement the action steps. This is what I call applied character development.

For example, let's say you have a life goal to have a relationship. At the time, you are single, and feel out of shape. You decide to lose those 12 lbs you gained by working from home and being in lock down in a pandemic so you further decide you need to join a gym, get in shape so you can start dating. Currently, you are not in shape. When you consider this goal, although it is real and important to you, it is also intimidating, and even overwhelming as far as how you are going to take those action steps. So here is where applied character development comes in. (Remember this could be any important goal in any category, finances, health, etc.)

We have to look at the reality of where we ACTUALLY are, and ask ourselves what kind of personality traits we are deficient in, that we need more of to in order to start taking action steps.

The most frequent one, surprisingly, is compassion for Self! Our culture trains us to be very critical and hard on ourselves, which creates a lot of unhealthy thinking which will undermine our productivity. To grow beyond this type of thinking is not easy, yet it is required in order to develop and grow at all, in the first place.

Notice that we are addressing this developmental aspect ahead of applying any other action steps. We have determined our goal, and the most powerful thing will be to determine what to be in development with while pursuing the goal/actions. That way we can stay out of overwhelm and create a clear pathway to achieve our goal.

If we are in development with having more compassion for ourselves, then we can literally imagine that we are in a simulation, and everything happening IN the simulation is to assist us in generating more compassion for ourselves. What this accomplishes is that it gives us a platform from which we can brain train and address any obstacles that arise.

Of course obstacles are going to arise and when they do we can say, "Ah, let's have some more compassion for myself, this is disruptive, and a little scary. Let me do some brain training until I feel safe and secure within myself again."

We learn that we can be loving with ourselves, rather than harshly critical. As we continue to apply this exact character development exercise in our everyday lives, we start to become more capable and competent.

We make progress, accomplish mile stones and then the next action step presents: Time to start dating. Oh boy! Does that bring up a lot!! Good thing we can brain train over at, it is also a great thing that we had been developing more compassion for ourselves, so we actually do the brain work, and discover that the next character trait required is more courage. So off we go into the next simulation, witnessing how we must keep having more courage in all of these every day little things while continuing to brain train. This leads to being able to take the bigger action step, as we truly developed that courage through every day living and the awareness of what we were developing.

This is an infinite process, this applied character development, it never ends. If we stick to the example, imagine starting to date and then the usual disruptions show up in that process: rejection, or having to reject someone. We can quickly see that more character development would be required to fulfill those actions with intelligence and compassion. If faced with rejection, for instance more self-confidence is required developmentally in order not to take it personally.

The list of character developmental traits just goes on and on. As you fall in love, it might be learning how to receive your partner's love or learning how to pace yourself in the relationship and not go too fast. Later, still you discover that you need to be in development with setting boundaries, so the relationship stays healthy.

I find applied character development one of the most exciting things about being human. It has powerful ramifications for increasing one's A.Q.(Actualization Quotient), which will be discussed more in future articles.

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About Dr. Keener Jessie has been a Breath Work healer and Naturopathic Physician since 1987, callings she has given her all to. As with many other healers, Jessie lost her own health when she was a young adult and entered full-blown menopause along with fainting spells and severe pain syndromes in her early 20’s. She was fortunate to meet a world-class Clinical Nutritionist, Dr. Theresa Dale, PhD., who took her case and resolved it over a 2.5 year period of time. Dr. Dale had assured Jessie that she would be able to have a child, which Dr. Keener went on to do!

Fully inspired by her experience with natural medicine, Jessie got her degree in Naturopathic Medicine and has practiced for over 3 decades, integrating conscious breath work with Naturopathy. Her vast knowledge of what actually works has proven to be life-changing for thousands.

She has hosted her own TV Health talk show, and done hundreds of radio and podcast interviews.

Dr. Jessie is a dedicated educator and facilitator for true health. (website) She is married and resides in Central Texas, USA.