WHAT IS IT?
Most people have heard of the term “emotional intelligence.” Many may even have spent time and effort developing their “EI” in hopes of a better life.
However, there exists an untapped, yet no less impactful, form of intelligence: Spiritual Intelligence (SI). Spiritual Intelligence is not a momentary spiritual experience that may come from meditating or walking in the forest. Nor is it a spiritual belief, like the belief in God or a higher power. It is a person’s ability to draw on resources and qualities from the world’s wisdom and spiritual traditions that have been proven to enhance functioning and well-being and embody them in everyday life. Parallel to EI, which helps us draws on emotional resources to regulate our own and others’ emotions, Spiritual Intelligence can help us harness the immense resources and qualities of spirituality such as Higher-Self, Inner-Wholeness, Trust, Equanimity, Beauty, Gratitude, and Joy.
“Spiritual Intelligence is ignited by connecting with the sacred spark of your spirit.
Then fanning your flame, you permeate your world with meaning, love, beauty, grace, interconnectedness and joy.” – Yosi Amram, Chairman and Co-Founder of Intelligensi
Yosi began studying Spiritual Intelligence in 2005, interviewing seventy-one spiritual teachers and leaders who represented all the world’s major wisdom traditions. These figures were nominated by their peers for their spiritual maturity and for their ability to “walk the talk,” embodying their spiritual values in daily life. Through this research, Yosi identified twenty-two competencies they shared and actualized in their daily lives:
Purpose, Service, Joy, Gratitude, Beauty, Immanence, Freedom, Discernment, Inner-wholeness, Equanimity, Trust, Egolessness, Openness, Presence, Mindfulness, Intuition, Synthesis, Holism, Relatedness, Sacredness, Practice, Higher-Self.
WHY DOES SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE MATTER?
Later on, Yosi’s research showed that people with high levels of Spiritual Intelligence have a greater sense of wellbeing and satisfaction with life, and make better and more inspiring leaders. And now, an extensive and ever-growing body of research by others has shown that SI contributes to work performance, quality of life, and other important domains. Without a doubt, SI is real, measurable, and positively impactful.
HOW DO I ASSESS AND DEVELOP MY SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE?
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“The highest reward for person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”
– John Ruskin
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HOW DO I ASSESS AND DEVELOP MY SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE?
Through a series of studies in collaboration with Dr. Christopher Dryer, Yosi developed the first academically validated instrument for measuring SI, which has now been used widely in research studies and translated into over a dozen of languages by other scholars. (Yosi’s research on SI alone has received over 600 academic citations to date.)
And now, this test is available to you online! Take any of the following assessments and you’ll receive a personalized report of your key strengths as well as areas for growth along the five dimensions of SI and twenty-two competencies. In each competency area, you will receive some tips on how to apply that competency in your life and how to further develop it.
– Free basic Integrated Spiritual Intelligence questionnaire (ISIR-B). 10–15 minutes to complete. Receive a personalized report of your key strengths and areas for development along the five dimensions and twenty-two Spiritual Intelligence capacities.
– Comprehensive Spiritual Intelligence Report (ISIR-C). 20 minutes to complete. In addition to your profile of key strengths and areas for development, it includes helpful personalized tips and recommendations for the development of each of the five dimensions and twenty-two capacities of SI.
– Integrated Spiritual Intelligence Report (ISIR-360) ISIR-360 report. Your Comprehensive SI Profile: personalized report, developmental tips, and 360 feedback. The self-assessment takes about 20 minutes while peer feedback takes 10 to 15 minutes. This report includes a self-assessment as well as peer/friend/family feedback across the twenty-two SI competencies identified in our research.
Simply provide the email addresses of those you would like to participate, and we will invite them (and send them occasional reminders) to provide their anonymous feedback, which takes about 10–15 minutes for them to complete. Your ISIR 360 Report will then compare your self-assessment side-by-side with the 360-feedback, presenting your self-perceived SI competency as well as your competency as perceived by others. You will discover how similarly your perception of yourself aligns with your colleagues’. Most who take this assessment discover strengths they didn’t know they had, as well as potential blind spots to watch out for.
To get the most out of your assessment, we recommend you book an individual session with one of our Intelligensi certified coaches to help you interpret the result and apply what you learn as you develop your Spiritual Intelligence.
“By participating I came up with ten areas of improvement in my work, and more importantly, my life. It was also important to hear what my strengths are so I can continue to leverage them. Thanks!” – Kevin
SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE DOMAINS AND CAPACITIES
1. Meaning: experiencing significance and meaning in daily activities through a sense of purpose and a call for service, even in the face of pain and suffering.
Purpose: the capacity to sense and experience a reason for the significance of life and existence.
Service: the capacity to hear and respond to the call of helping others and to live in devotion to the benefit of the greater whole.
2. Grace: Living in alignment with the sacred, manifesting trust in and love for life that is based on gratitude, beauty, and joy.
Joy: the capacity to enjoy and feel satisfaction and contentment in life.
Gratitude: the heart’s capacity for thankful appreciation for all that we are given.
Beauty: the capacity to notice, appreciate, and enjoy the beauty that is within and around us.
Immanence: the capacity for embodiment and experiencing the beauty and mystery of creation, nature, and life in the midst of our daily doing and being.
Freedom: the capacity to live autonomously and authentically, and think creatively outside the box, rather than simply following popular convention in our beliefs, actions, and speech.
Discernment: the ability to judge, perceive, have insight, and live in alignment and integrity with one’s truth and values.
3. Truth: the ability to be present to, love, and peacefully surrender to truth, manifesting open receptivity, presence, humility, and trust in ways that enhance daily functioning and well-being.
Inner-Wholeness: the capacity to accept and integrate all parts of ourselves, including our wounded parts, into a coherent whole, and to be comfortable in our own skin.
Equanimity: the capacity to remain centered in peace, maintaining mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, even when things are chaotic or upsetting within or outside of us.
Trust: the capacity to remain steady in confidence, faith, and optimism that things will work out for the best, or at least be okay.
Egolessness: the capacity to live humbly, in alignment and in surrender to that which is greater than the small, skin-encapsulated ego self, regardless of the name we might give it, be it Spirit, Truth, Emptiness, Being, Self, God, Nature, the Universe, or the Tao.
Openness: the capacity to remain receptive to and embrace the experience and the flow of life rather than resisting it.
Presence: the capacity to remain present, grounded, conscious, and aware of what is happening in the here and now, remaining concentrated and focused on the issue and task at hand, rather than letting the mind wander off.
4. Consciousness: Developing refined awareness and self-knowledge, featuring mindfulness, intuition, and synthesis.
Mindfulness: the capacity to be self-aware of your thoughts and feelings, as well as continually expanding consciousness to include the shadow and hidden aspects of your psyche, and to be able to empathize with others.
Intuition: the ability to tap into your gut sense, instinctive feeling, and modes of knowing beyond conscious and linear thinking to make decisions.
Synthesis: the ability to synthesize conflicting, contradictory, or paradoxical viewpoints into an integrated perspective.
5. Transcendence: aligning with the sacred and transcending (including and going beyond) the egoic-self, with a sense of relatedness and holism in ways that enhance functioning and well-being.
Holism: the capacity for inner and outer wholeness – integrating various parts of ourselves and seeing and experiencing their interrelatedness and oneness.
Relatedness: the ability to experience ourselves as not separate but rather as belonging and connected to a larger human community and the greater web of life as a whole.
Higher-Self: the capacity to connect and receive guidance from a wise or higher self, higher or enlightened beings, or Spirit.
Sacredness: the capacity to experience, align, and live in harmony with a universal life force, or the divine, as immanent in our daily life and present in our world.
Practice: the ability to develop and apply our spiritual muscles through conscious exercise routines, such as meditation, prayer, inquiry, set times for contemplation and inner quiet, or other practices designed to help with our inner development and spiritual growth.
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