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SQ – Spiritual Intelligence March 15, 2011

The greatest criminals in human history had high IQs, but their SQ was far below the average…

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What is SQ?

Spiritual intelligence is a term used to indicate a spiritual correlate to IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and EQ (Emotional Quotient). Like EQ, SQ is becoming more mainstream in scientific inquiry and philosophical/psychological discussion. It refers to a suite or set of propensities comprising: perceptions, intuitions, cognitions, etc., related to spirituality and/or religiosity, especially spiritual capital.

 SQ is “in”!

Models for developing and measuring spiritual intelligence are also increasingly used in corporate settings, by companies such as Nokia, Unilever, McKinsey, Shell, Coca-Cola, Hewlett Packard, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Starbucks and the Co-operative Bank. It has been identified as a key component of Leadership by bestselling business author Stephen Covey, who observes that “Spiritual intelligence is the central and most fundamental of all the intelligences, because it becomes the source of guidance for the other[s]…”

Modelling Spiritual Intelligence

There is a vide range of models and definitions of SQ. The question is new to the science and thus still very much open. Here are some examples.

Zohar and Marshall (1997)

The word “spiritual” in relation to the intelligence has no necessary connection with organized religion. A person may be high in SQ but have no religious faith or belief of any kind. Equally, a person may be very religious but low in SQ (SC). The word spiritual in the Zohar/Marshal concept comes from the Latin word spiritus, which means, “that which gives life or vitality to a system”.

Zohar and Marshall introduced 12 qualities of SQ. They derive these principles from the qualities that define complex adaptive systems. In biology, complex adaptive systems are living systems that create order out of chaos, they create order and information and defy the law of entropy.

Those principles are:

  • Self-awareness: Knowing what I believe in and value, and what deeply motivates me
  • Spontaneity: Living in and being responsive to the moment
  • Being vision- and value-led: Acting from principles and deep beliefs, and living accordingly
  • Holism: Seeing larger patterns, relationships, and connections; having a sense of belonging
  • Compassion: Having the quality of “feeling-with” and deep empathy
  • Celebration of diversity: Valuing other people for their differences, not despite them
  • Field independence: Standing against the crowd and having one’s own convictions
  • Humility: Having the sense of being a player in a larger drama, of one’s true place in the world
  • Tendency to ask fundamental “Why?” questions: Needing to understand things and get to the bottom of them
  • Ability to reframe: Standing back from a situation or problem and seeing the bigger picture; seeing problems in a wider context
  • Positive use of adversity: Learning and growing from mistakes, setbacks, and suffering
  • Sense of vocation: Feeling called upon to serve, to give something back

Robert Emmons (2000)

Robert Emmons (2000) defines spiritual intelligence as “the adaptive use of spiritual information to facilitate everyday problem solving and goal attainment.” He originally proposed 5 components of spiritual intelligence:

  1. The capacity to transcend the physical and material.
  2. The ability to experience heightened states of consciousness.
  3. The ability to sanctify everyday experience.
  4. The ability to utilize spiritual resources to solve problems.
  5. The capacity to be virtuous.

The fifth capacity was later removed due to its focus on human behavior rather than ability, thereby not meeting previously established scientific criteria for intelligence.

William Frank Diedrich offers the following definition of spiritual intelligence:

Most recently, it has been defined as “choosing between the ego and Spirit (Higher Self)”. This definition is based upon the root words: spiritus, meaning breath. Spirit is the breath of life. Intelligentia, meaning “to choose between”. There are three major aspects of spiritual intelligence. They are:

1. Identifying with one’s Higher Self or Spirit rather than with the ego. That is, you are not your body, your problems, your past, your finances, your job, your gender, or your ethnicity. These are each roles you play. You are a spiritual being having a human experience.

2. Understanding Universal Law—Cause and Effect. Spiritual Intelligence means that you take 100 % responsibility for your life, your situation, and for yourself. You recognize that you are the creator of your life and that your thinking, your beliefs, and your assumptions create your world. This means no blaming!

3. Non-attachment. As a spiritual being you are unattached to outcomes, forms, or experiences. Your well-being comes from within you, by way of your spiritual identity.

Can SQ be measured?

There is a great deal of disagreement over the measurement of spiritual intelligence. Many suggest that this ability set cannot be measured by traditional means, while others maintain that, like most psychological constructs, some degree of measurement is possible. Cindy Wigglesworth has developed the first competency-based Spiritual Intelligence Assessment Instrument, which measures 21 skills through a rigorously validated questionnaire, which has undergone statistical analysis of results to determine statistical significance and reliability, a construct validity analysis, and a correlation analysis with other highly respected, validated assessments of adult development. David B. King of Trent University is currently developing a self-report measure of spiritual intelligence, called the Spiritual Intelligence Self-Report Inventory (SISRI).

This is the scientific attempt to measure. I guess that in daily life the SQ can be easily measured…by just looking into the eyes of a person. The eyes of a SQ person do differ…I guess you know how.

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10 Responses to “SQ – Spiritual Intelligence”

  1. Mahesh chendake Says:

    I heard this is more co relate to development of frontal lobe just like EQ and its development is more relate to development of lymbic area. It is next gen development of brain or the by development of this man enter into fourth dimensions i.e. thoughtless awareness. spiritual person remain thoughtless awareness state. In unicellular animal this universal law of cause effect is managed by without brain and just response to survival. In reptile brain it was development of spinal cord and reflex action .i.e. lower motar neurons by which cause and effect is managed. In next stage more Sensory neural development occurred and higher certers develop like speech in brocca;s area,sensory motar area in perital lobe vision in occipital lobe etc and there is development in complex connection. letter lymbic area development due to which understanding control over emotion is possible to eliminate cause and effect theory. still as there is complex connection works more thoughts were generated relating the action of area which can be assessed. all these connections are again goes through frontal lobe where connection to thinking , emotion expression,and perception are already there are best managed by endocrine and neurotransmitter secretion through pitutary and hypothalamic control ( Power of discrimination /development of agnya) What happen exactly in development in frontal lobe that it has very high power of witnessing means retrospection of our once own action means he can observe oneself from above (I.e Self awareness and identifying spirit) and co relate so above mention skills are possible to develop without generating thought as it doesn’t receives signals ( blocks)from other cortex by witnessing necessary eliminating thoughts so able to remain thought less awareness state still enjoy the whole drama. by development of frontal lobe above mention skills are developed nicely through the managing witness state and being responsible for once own actions and better understanding thus again eliminate cause and effect theory still response to universal survival

  2. radha Says:

    It s tough nowadays to develop spiritual intelligence but on the other hand it give great strenght and opens up many different levels of introspection and bliss. I think it s a constant work of one person and it s never static. Sometimes i wish scientists to be more reserved and not trying to give names and explanations about everything, especially when it comes to spiritual matters…!

  3. I bet those enterprises have only spiritual reasons to measure our spirituality.

  4. I find it amazing how all aspects of the human gets turned against him to serve the profit .
    Now one has even to smile in an ego detached way (since when is the expected goal careerism ego less? ) at the most lousiest underpaid insecure jobs and society structures.
    As long flattering those who are stupid enough to not see the dividing games instrumenting the pride of some by calling them superior to other….is not about respecting intelligence, but about cynicism, let s not name it spiritual.

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  6. Erwin Says:

    So there is hope for me yet! ( I mean probably wouldn’t score that high on IQ or EQ ; especially recently don’t feel very intelligent at all.My students seem so much more intelligent than me ! Help! ) but, lo, I might score high on SQ : ) Yupi !

  7. Are those who like to think, they are those observing us for their purposes without being seen for what they are, going to measure the level of manipulative lies, they told us on per day?

  8. […] In fact the term “virtual intelligence” exists only applicable to some software programs, and I spontaneously came to idea to describe the new phenomenon using this title. It can be also called “Internet Intelligence” but “virtual” sounds more elegant, going hand in hand with other intelligences discovered recently like spiritual intelligence. […]

  9. I found Sahaja Yoga as an effortless and an effective method of meditation that helped me to improve SQ. More details can be found at http://www.freemedition.com.

  10. william Says:

    Well written. Thank you for sharing the info.
    Stay Blessed

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