Spiritual Intelligence, also called SQ, is an important part of the personal development of every human being. This intelligence helps us to connect with our higher self and live by its principles. The term of Spiritual Intelligence was used by philosophers and psychologists to indicate the spiritual parallel between our IQ and EQ (intelligence and emotions).
The term of Spiritual Intelligence was used for the first time in 1997. Danah Zohar used it her book called “Rewriting the corporate brain”. There is a huge difference between spirituality and religion. Every definition of SQ that exists, relies on that concept. The founder of the term of SQ also discovered 12 principles to underlie Spiritual Intelligence.
The first principle says that Spiritual Intelligence is self-awareness. It is the state when we already know what we believe in and what really motivates us in our lives.
The second principle is Spontaneity. This is the principle of living in the moment. Allowing us to live in the present moment, with no regrets from the past or worries for the future. We are responsive only for the things that happen to us in the moment.
The third principle says that we must be vision-led and value-led. Therefore, it teaches us to live and act according to principles, values and respectfulness. Our thoughts and beliefs can shape our life. And we live our lives accordingly to our principles.
Holism is the fourth SQ principle. It is the state when we know that everything is in connection. Seeing the bigger picture and understanding that we are in connection to every other human being, the environment, the animals, plants and everything in this Universe. This principle helps us to gain a sense of belonging.
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Compassion is also in co-relation with the SQ. It is the deep “feeling-with” emotion. Therefore, in this state we feel empathy to everyone and everything. So, we will no longer act from hatred or anger.
Furthermore, the sixth principle is the celebration of diversity. Consequently, it helps us to value every human being for their originality and diversity.
There are many other principles like field independence, humility, asking “why?”, ability to see the bigger picture, learning from ours and others mistakes and the sense of vocation.
Also, many philosophers, psychologists and developmental theorists tried to discover more about Spiritual Intelligence. Even in these days, there are researchers trying to find a method to measure our SQ.
Robert Emmons gave a definition for SQ as an adaptive use of the spiritual information we received through our life to solve everyday problems and reach our goals. Cindy Wigglesworth defines SQ as the ability to act with wisdom and compassion, while maintaining our inner and outer peace regardless of the circumstances. There were many other people interested in Spiritual Intelligence such as David B. King, Vineeth V. Kumar and many more.
Finally, Howard Gardner, the developer of the theory of multiple intelligences chose not to add SQ on his list. But Spiritual Intelligence is still a part of our lives and we need it for our spiritual, personal and emotional development.