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What is Spiritual Intelligence?

Spiritual Intelligence

Spiritual intelligence (SQ) is our capacity for developing meaning, vision and value. It allows us to dream and to strive. It underlies the things we believe in and the role our beliefs and values play in the actions that we take. The higher our SQ, the more we are truly ourselves, mindful of our being and not hiding behind reactive emotions nor conditioned belief systems.

Spiritual insight is obtained by accessing our inner knowing through intuition - separating our heart (loving essential nature connected to higher self or soul) from mind (false based on animal body fears) and cultural conditioning (imprinted from other people's views imposed).

Without mindful insight, we react instead of respond. We regret the past and worry about what the future may hold, instead of being fully involved and mindful in the present. It is harder to retain emotional intelligence: we suffer from painful feelings, frustration and low self-esteem. We become unconscious of our loving inner self and its natural insights into universal truth.

Truth is to be found in two ways: Firstly, by viewing the world objectively, always keeping an open mind, keeping all beliefs open to revision. Seeing what is. And secondly by combining objectivity with a conscious looking within, to what the heart is saying. This source of inner knowing relates to the spiritual essence of a human being, whose motivation is essentially service and compassion founded on unconditional love.

This is quite apart from the mind and instincts of the human animal that empower the ego. Our animal motivation is primarily fear, reacting to perceived threats to survival, and therefore leading to envy and greed.

We truly need to know ourselves, to find our inner loving core. It is for each person to discover their own version of truth and to recognize the universal values it contains. The measure of that truth is alignment with the values of loving service.

With open communication, we gain in understanding, we see reality more clearly, our empathy increases and we feel compassion.

Communication -> Understanding -> Reality ->Empathy = Compassion

The CURE is Compassion

By learning how to find the truth that underlies the challenges we face in life, and implementing these insights into our everyday life, we can start to follow our spiritual path. This means we will remain conscious and responsible whatever the situation, and at the same time involved and flowing with the stream of life, connected with all around us and profoundly appreciative of every moment of our lives.

Spiritual Intelligence

Awakening of the Human Being

Rose Henry interviews Peter Shepherd about the book, Transforming the Mind

Life is all about the decisions we make, good or bad. We can't go wrong with love as our guide, however sometimes we'll forget or be distracted or veer from that path and make inappropriate decisions. But all is not lost, it never is. These are the times we can learn from and then return to our true selves, our true nature. Read more...

Raise Your Vibration
This is something Peter put together that is close to his heart. It's a free daily meditation program to help you make the state of unconditional love an integrated part of your life, which is key to lasting joy and fulfillment.
Plus check out Your Inner Truth, a phenomenal range of journaling tools to help you find the truth of your situation. You may feel stressed, or confused, there may be a lot going on and choices to make that seem a bit overwhelming. Or you may simply need time with yourself, to decide what is it you really want... and just who are you, really?

More articles about Spiritual Intelligence:

'Spiritual Intelligence in Emerging Leadership' by George Kunnath

Video: 'Consciousness, a Quantum Physics Perspective'
with review by William T. Hathaway

'Spiritual Intelligence & The Celestine Prophecy

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