What is 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.