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Exactly What We Need,
This review is from: SQ 21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence (Hardcover)
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. The assessment is useful to help you know "where" you are and gives "next steps" suggestions but leaves the "how" to entirely to each individual.
Cindy believes that spiritual intelligence is the capstone of intelligences and I couldn't agree more. Her book is a must read for anyone who is interested in their own spiritual development as well as professionals who work with people on the spiritual journey. Spiritual development is exactly what we need in a world torn by conflict. This book makes sense of how one develops spiritually in clear and inviting language because it is written by someone who knows the territory!