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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SelectBooks; 1 edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590792351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590792353
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cindy Wigglesworth is the President and Founder of Deep Change, Inc., a company dedicated to helping individuals and organizations integrate and access their Deep Intelligence(R). She is the creator of the SQ21 Spiritual Intelligence self-assessment, the first competency-based spiritual intelligence assessment instrument. In addition to her many radio appearances, she has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and PBS television.

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Have discussion groups based on this book.
Suzanne Carter
Imagine if everyone in the world had a better understanding of others beliefs (and their own as it makes you think), what a wonderful world it will be.
Accessible and wise this book places the development Spiritual Intelligence gently into the hands of the reader with 21 practical skills.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Andrew D. Atwood on October 2, 2012
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"Becoming fully human is a great adventure - one that requires us to grow and stretch ourselves." So writes Cindy Wigglesworth at the opening of her book, SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence.

In order to frame this review, it is necessary to identify this "great adventure" that we all share because it defines SQ as the ultimate aspiration of our human adventure, and thus the context for much of my work and my excitement about this book.

There are many models of adult human development. The one that I use most often in my work is borrowed and adapted from Sam Keen's wonderful book, The Passionate Life. In it, Keen suggests that adults evolve from being a dependent Child, to a counter-dependent Rebel, to a co-dependent Adult, to an independent Outlaw, to an inter-dependent Lover. These "stages of loving," as he refers to them, are the normal stages of the great human journey. For years I've targeted the end as the "Consciousness of Christ." Different traditions define it in their terms, but this is the one that is most familiar to me, and the people with whom I work as a therapist and consultant to family businesses. Whether it is Buddha nature, to be like Jesus, the Pope, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Mohammed, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Thomas Merton... or to put on the Consciousness of Christ, it is the goal, the ultimate human aspiration of adult development.

The struggle I've had in my work has been with defining what the Consciousness of Christ means in the real world of home and work life. That struggle has been resolved with Wigglesworth's work on SQ. I can now say, with conviction, that the goal of adult human development is to become "spiritually intelligent," to develop the twenty-one skills of SQ.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve Sphar on October 1, 2012
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I highly recommend this book for someone looking to develop their capacity to exercise wisdom and compassion. I was quite impressed with the book's sensible approach to a sensitive topic. Spiritual books can sometimes be inspiring but vague. Cindy Wigglesworth's common sense style of writing is both practical and inspiring. She outlines a framework for spiritual development that is grounded in research and informed by her experiences in the business world. Her stories and examples are clear, well written and heart-warming.

She describes Spiritual Intelligence as a capstone skill that incorporates other natural intelligences (physical, mental and emotional). The book does not claim to "define" spirit or spirituality, but instead offers a workable approach to doing the hard work of spiritual growth.

The book takes the approach that small steps in the right direction can build the spiritual muscles that catalyze growth. It describes 21 spiritual skills that fall into four related groupings. This creates a landscape with different paths that can meet the needs and style of different people.

Most useful to me were the specific suggestions and exercises about how to become aware of when the Higher Self (however one chooses to define that term) is activated as opposed to the lower or ego self. She points out that ego is not bad, it just causes trouble if we let it run the show. The book gave me great ideas on how to access my Higher Self more often and let it inform my decisions and actions. That, to me, sounds like a pretty good definition of spiritual growth.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Alexander on October 1, 2012
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Most people today have heard of Howard Gardner's work on multiple intelligences. Gardner broke the hold cognition held on the term intelligence by positing that there are a variety of intelligences that each individual possesses in varying degrees. Today researchers have mapped the wide variety of aspects that comprise a human being and one of them, perhaps the most important, is spiritual intelligence.

Enter Cindy Wigglesworth whose journey began, as many do, with a desire to become a better person, embodying the characteristics of spiritual figures she most admired . . . the faith and vision of Nelson Mandela; the love of Jesus; the peace and non-violence of Gandhi. Drawing on the wisdom of teachers and practices, she (and I suspect others) began to notice changes in herself. In her own words, she was becoming a better mother, wife, friend, teammate and leader. (From SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence).

With this inner growth came a desire to organize the competencies she was learning and design an assessment to measure their development. Many people ignore the nudge of Spirit to do something they feel deeply passionate about but not Cindy. She quit her job at Exxon and spent five years researching and developing and the SQ21 Assessment.

Cindy defines spiritual intelligence as "the ability to behave with wisdom and compassion while maintaining inner and outer peace regardless of the situation." In her book she explains the 21 competencies of a spiritually intelligent person and how each competency develops. Neither the book or the assessment espouses the beliefs of one spiritual tradition and uses "faith neutral" language that is accessible to everyone.
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