Sunday, November 27, 2022

What is spirituality?

Spirituality, as I define it, is the innate human need to be connected to something larger than ourselves, something we consider to be divine or of exceptional nobility.

Wigglesworth, Cindy. SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence (p. 8). SelectBooks, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 

There are increasingly materials being produced which describe the difference between spirituality and religion. Very briefly spirituality is our relationship with our Higher Power while religion is an organization that one can join. Sometimes spiritual people are religious but increasingly people say on surveys that they are spiritual but not religious.

Cindy Wigglesworth defines spirituality as defined by 21 skills which can be measured and the level of skill achievement equals a person’s degree of spiritual intelligence. The skills fall into four quadrants: self awareness, universal awareness, self mastery, and spiritual presence. The skills can be measured as low, medium, or high as exercised by the person. 

There are four types of intelligence: cognitive intelligence as measured and called IQ; emotional intelligence as measured and called EQ; physical intelligence as measured and called PQ,: spiritual intelligence as measured and called SQ.

In following posts, each of the 21 skills of SQ will be described.

It has been reported that the level of SQ is relatively low in the United States. The mission of religion in society should be to nurture and facilitate the growth of SQ but not only do religious organizations not carry out this function well, but often hampers and blocks the development of SQ in its members and the communities and society in which they reside..

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