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Thinking with Your Soul

  1. 2. Thinking With Your Soul Spiritual Intelligence and Why it Matters AUTHOR: Richard N. Wolman, Ph.D. PUBLISHER: Harmony Books DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2001 NUMBER OF PAGES: 288 pages
  2. 3. <ul><li>Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) refers to the individual's capacity to sense, understand and ask questions about the meaning of life, as well as experience a level of connection with others and with the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Richard N. Wolman identifies seven factors that make up human spiritual experience and behavior. They are divinity, mindfulness, intellectuality, community, extrasensory perception, childhood spirituality and trauma. </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Wolman maintains that being able to understand one's spiritual makeup- our strengths and limitations- are essential to being able to improve interpersonal relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Wolman's PSI provides a spiritual snapshot of oneself. It has been applied to thousands of individuals including those in leadership and administrative positions worldwide. </li></ul>THE BIG IDEA
  3. 4. The First Factor: Divinity <ul><li>High Score </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong awareness and connection to a Higher Being or Divine Presence, often when experiencing the beauty and power of nature, natural phenomena or the arts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrates prayerful behavior, praying daily at specific times. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Believes that individuals exist for a purpose and are inherently sacred. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reports having experienced miracles. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regards family as a gift of life and source of blessed connection. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong commitment to pass on spiritual values down the family generation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At the workplace, uses spirituality as a guide and direction to implement ethical company policies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides employees with meaning and commitment at work by encouraging empowerment, accountability, idea generation and contribution. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Low Score </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relies on empirical, scientific evidence rather than Divine Energy Source or Higher Being as source of explanation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has a pragmatic and utilitarian point of view toward life and work. Work is an end in itself with no deeper meaning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finds fulfillment in a variety of activities including arts, leisure and work without link to a spiritual meaning or Divine Energy source. </li></ul></ul>The First Factor: Divinity
  5. 6. The Second Factor: Mindfulness <ul><li>Mindfulness is a factor grounded in the belief that there is seamless connection between mind and body. Mind and body are not separate entities but are integrated into one, mindbody. </li></ul><ul><li>. High Score </li></ul><ul><ul><li>· Adheres strictly to health and wellness programs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>· Regularly sets aside time for meditation and self-reflection. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>· Keeps a daily regimen of exercise, yoga, t'ai chi or other fitness and relaxation programs and techniques. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>· Pays close attention to eating habits. Takes vitamins and dietary supplements. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>· Prefers use of alternative or complementary forms of healing rather than traditional medicine. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>· Extrovert, highly affinitive individual. Seeks company of others to share ideas, discuss issues and concerns. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>· On sexual relationships, explores artistic expressions of intimacy including use of symbolic and mystical meaning. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Low Score </li></ul><ul><ul><li>· Seldom or never sets aside time for contemplation and self-reflection. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>· Occasionally engages in health and wellness programs but does not acknowledge these activities as a means to connect to a Higher Being. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>· Not attentive to, nor concerned with the kind of food eaten or with the physical status of one's body. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>· Introvert, very low affinitive needs. Does not feel the need to seek the company of others as a way of sharing ideas and concerns. </li></ul></ul>The Second Factor: Mindfulness
  7. 8. The Third Factor: Extrasensory Perception <ul><li>This factor refers to a level of psychic awareness, often referred to as the sixth sense, that encompasses knowledge gained from unconventional ways of knowing. </li></ul><ul><li>High Score </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High sense of premonition and intuitive sense of events likely to occur. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Believes Divine Energy Source as reason for intuitive ability. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Senses the presence of loved ones who have passed on. Occasionally reports sightings and conversations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gone through near death and out of body experiences. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Believes in past lives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has the third eye or inner ear for understanding and knowing the physical and mental state and predicament of family members. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At the workplace, not averse to relying on intuition, guts and an innate sense of what will work in a given situation as a means to arrive at a crucial business decision. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Low Score </li></ul><ul><ul><li>· Highly pragmatic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>· No sense of intuitive feel of any forthcoming, critical event. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>· Does not feel or never felt the presence of dead, loved ones. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>· Relationship with family, a visible proof of the reality of daily living. Marriage a stabilizer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>· At the workplace, regards decisions based on intuitive feel as highly risky and indicative of bad judgment. </li></ul></ul>The Third Factor: Extrasensory Perception
  9. 10. The Fourth Factor: Community <ul><li>This factor refers to the level of involvement with a group in a variety of social, spiritual activities that relate to charity </li></ul><ul><li>High Score </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong sense of group and community participation motivated by compassion and the need to help others. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involvement in social activities like charity and beautification projects. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attendance in religious services. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular consultation with clergy or spiritual leaders. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation in spirituality classes and conferences or membership in a spiritual community. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deep commitment and involvement in promoting the welfare of the underprivileged. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Low Score </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strongly averse to social activities at community level but partial to sharing activities and interests among intimate circle of friends and family. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attendance to religious services a mere part of ritual or tradition. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prefers to keep spirituality to oneself rather than publicly participate in a community, congregation or group setting. </li></ul></ul>The Fourth Factor: Community
  11. 12. The Fifth Factor: Intellectuality <ul><li>This factor refers to the degree of conscious desire and commitment to read, study and/or discuss spiritual material or sacred texts including engaging in critical thinking, reflecting and questioning traditional religious literature and philosophy. </li></ul><ul><li>High Score </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spends a good deal of time and energy reading, discussing, analyzing and studying areas of spirituality. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Actively questions and seeks answers and clarifications to spiritual questions like reasons for the existence of God or a Higher Being, the meaning and purpose of life and death, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Belongs to a church or temple study group devoted to the study and discussion of religious or spiritual texts. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Low Score </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice of spirituality is mere ritual and tradition and not the result of real, deep spiritual reflection. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeps spiritual thinking to themselves and never publicly questions fundamental religious instruction. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focuses intellectual energy on areas other than spirituality like science, current events, arts, etc. but seldom in the area of spirituality. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. The Sixth Factor: Trauma <ul><li>This factor refers to the degree of experience of physical or emotional pain and suffering. </li></ul><ul><li>High Score </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personally experienced more than one episode of physical or emotional pain and suffering. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experienced near death or out of body experience. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feels stronger attachment to God or Divine Energy Source during times of pain and suffering. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deep sense of personal connection and bonding with family members. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Believes that trauma exists for a greater reason or purpose that only the Divine Being knows and understands. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Low Score </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fewer than average personal encounters with physical or emotional pain and suffering. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Never had a life experience of being near death or out of body and coming back to life </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. The Seventh Factor: Childhood Spirituality <ul><li>This factor refers to the degree of frequent and meaningful spiritual activities early in life such as attending religious services or being read the Bible or the Koran by parents or grandparents. </li></ul><ul><li>High Score </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regularly attended religious services or religious schools as children. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents or grandparents provided religious instruction within the home and often spoke about God or a Divine Being. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Likely to raise children with strong sense of spiritual tradition. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Low Score </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Absence of religious instruction or religious activity in childhood. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Occasional participation in religious holidays like Christmas, Easter or Passover borne out of cultural and ethnic ritual display and commercialism rather than an expression of faith. </li></ul></ul>
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