I suggest that we can better understand our ancestors and their stories by trying to understand how they developed and used their 4 intelligences to accomplish their ends:
- Physical intelligence (PQ)
Our ability to maintain and develop our physical fitness. It corresponds to body.
- Mental intelligence (IQ)
Our ability to analyze, reason, think abstractly, use language, visualize, and comprehend. It corresponds to mind.
- Emotional intelligence (EQ)
Our self-knowledge, self-awareness, social sensitivity, empathy and ability to communicate successfully with others. It corresponds to heart.
- Spiritual intelligence (SQ)
Our drive for meaning and connection with the infinite. It corresponds to spirit.
Zohar and Marshall introduced 12 qualities of SQ. They derive these principles from the qualities that define complex adaptive systems. In biology, complex adaptive systems are living systems that create order out of chaos, they create order and information and defy the law of entropy.
Those principles are:
- Self-awareness: Knowing what I believe in and value, and what deeply motivates me
- Spontaneity: Living in and being responsive to the moment
- Being vision- and value-led: Acting from principles and deep beliefs, and living accordingly
- Holism: Seeing larger patterns, relationships, and connections; having a sense of belonging
- Compassion: Having the quality of “feeling-with” and deep empathy
- Celebration of diversity: Valuing other people for their differences, not despite them
- Field independence: Standing against the crowd and having one’s own convictions
- Humility: Having the sense of being a player in a larger drama, of one’s true place in the world
- Tendency to ask fundamental “Why?” questions: Needing to understand things and get to the bottom of them
- Ability to reframe: Standing back from a situation or problem and seeing the bigger picture; seeing problems in a wider context
- Positive use of adversity: Learning and growing from mistakes, setbacks, and suffering
- Sense of vocation: Feeling called upon to serve, to give something back
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