We hear a good bit more about Spiritual Intelligence today than we did a decade ago. The term was coined in 1997 by Danah Zohar and explored in her book, “Rewiring the Corporate Brain.” With Ian Marshall, she defined Spiritual Intelligence as,
“ …the intelligence that makes us whole, that gives us our integrity. It is the soul’s intelligence, the intelligence of the deep self. It is the intelligence with which we ask fundamental questions and with which we reframe our answers.”
The definition of Spiritual Intelligence used by Tony Buzan is, “one’s awareness of the world and your place in it.” It should be noted that “spiritual” does not mean religion. A person may be very religious but not have spiritual intelligence. Likewise, a person may be very high in spiritual intelligence but not belong to a specific religion.
Most people who subscribe to the idea of a spiritual intelligence maintain that it can help us by:
- Developing a relationship with our Highest Source
- Help in the quest for the “meaning of life”
- Set our moral and ethical compass
In our next post we will look at the principles of Spiritual Intelligence as defined by Zohar and Marshall.