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Spiritual Intelligence
The Definitive Guide

This is the ultimate guide to Spiritual Intelligence. 

If you have been looking to expand your consciousness and tap into your unknown hidden inner strengths, then you have come to just the place!

So if you want to:

  • Learn more about your Spiritual Intelligence and how you can access it 
  • Learn about the science behind it
  • Learn practical ways to implement your Spiritual Intelligence to benefit your practice or organization
  • Learn how Spiritual Intelligence can benefit you as a coach
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Chapter 1:

The Fundamentals

In this chapter, I will be discussing the definition of Spiritual Intelligence. 

I will also be exploring the history and origins of spirituality in our societies. 

Lastly, I’ll be delving into the King’s Model, as a part of which I will outline the four main components of Spiritual Intelligence.

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What is the meaning of Spiritual Intelligence?

A spiritually intelligent person is someone who has tapped into the higher form of intelligence that resides in their soul — their authentic self. 

This form of intelligence activates the qualities of love, joy, peace, wisdom and creativity.

Pursuing the path of Spiritual Intelligence results in attaining a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in one’s life

A spiritually intelligent person can see a huge improvement in learning and applying important life skills and the skills necessary at work.

History and Origins of Spiritual Intelligence

The term Spiritual Intelligence was coined by Danah Zohar in 1997, in her book, ‘Rewiring The Corporate Brain’. 

In the same year, the Australian author and consultant, Ken O’ Donnel, also introduced the term Spiritual Intelligence in his book ‘Endoquality’. 

He spoke about the emotional and spiritual dimensions of a person as a part of an organization. The constant battles that you and I fight, between what we feel (emotions), and what we know (rationality). 

Donnel proposes a Spiritual Quotient (SQ), which is the only thing that can get us out of this constant state of dilemma and give us intellectual strength and, most importantly, tranquility.

Histories of societies provide evidence of many ways in which people have expressed their spirituality. 

Some of these are: 

  • Spiritual languages that were spoken by devotees. 
  • For example: transcendence, nirvana, heaven, eternity — all these terms were, and still are, very widely used.
  • Visualizations of God through graphic symbols.
  • For example: the OM, the yin and yang symbol, menorah and more.
  • Magic Numbers.
  • The Holy Trinity.
  • Special kinds of music like Gospel music, Qawwali music, mantras, etc.

Spirituality has always existed within everyone, no matter how different we may seem to each other. 

Our ability to look at something spiritually, to dig deeper, is something we all have in common; some of us just haven’t realized it yet.


King’s Model of Spiritual Intelligence

David Brian King is a researcher and author at Trent University. He defines Spiritual Intelligence as a set of adaptive qualities based on non-material and transcendent aspects of reality . 

In his recent study, he also goes on to suggest that these are the four main components of Spiritual Intelligence:

  1. Critical Existential Thinking 

This is the practice of critically contemplating what your life really means to you, and what your true purpose in this world is. 

To try and find answers to death and where we come from, and coming to original existential conclusions — all of this is a part of the journey towards Spiritual Intelligence.

  1. Personal Meaning Production

This is the ability to acquire personal meaning and purpose from all your physical and mental experiences.

This involves realizing and being aware of the fact that everything that you are a part of, or partake in, also becomes a part of you.

  1. Transcendental Awareness 

Transcendence refers to an existence or experience which is beyond the normal or physical realm. These transcendental patterns exist within all of you and your surroundings. 

Your ability to identify them in a state of consciousness, and to be able to connect the physical world with the personal one, is a defining factor in terms of your journey towards being spiritually intelligent.

  1. Expansion of the Conscious State

This refers to your ability to focus and enter higher states of consciousness whenever you want to, using mediums like meditation, prayer, deep reflection or making art.

Now that you know what Spiritual Intelligence means, and how it is an integral part of you, let’s understand what it really means when I call someone Spiritually Intelligent.

Chapter 2:

Principles Of Spiritual Intelligence

Dena Zohar is one of the pioneers of the term Spiritual Intelligence. 

By now, you know about the four main components of Spiritual Intelligence. I will now go on to explain to you what the guiding features, or principles, of Spiritual Intelligence are. 

These qualities are essential parts of our spiritual psychology that often go unnoticed, but if put into practice, can have a transformative impact on the way you live your life and make decisions.

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Dena Zohar, one of the leading educators on Spiritual Intelligence, suggests 12 main principles defining what it means to be Spiritually Intelligent:

Self Awareness

As I discussed in Chapter 1 , in order to truly find out what you believe in, what your values are, and what really drives you, it is absolutely essential to be Spiritually Intelligent.


The ability to let go of fear and inhibitions, and ensuring you are living in the present moment, no matter how pleasant or unpleasant it may be.

Being Vision and Value-led

It simply means the ability to walk the talk, to be able to live according to the beliefs and values that you hold yourself accountable to.


Observing patterns and finding connections between seemingly unrelated things — a feeling of oneness with the world around you.


The ability to feel something ‘with’ someone rather than ‘for’ someone. Having a deep sense of empathy.

Celebrating Diversity

When you value someone precisely because they are different from you, not despite it.


Standing by your own convictions, even if it goes against the crowd.


Being aware of your true place in the world, knowing that you are never as important as you think you are.

Asking Fundamental ‘Why’ Questions

Having a strong need to question things, to know more about the world you live in, and a compelling need to understand the world around you.

Ability To Reframe

Having the ability to step back from a certain situation, and see the larger picture.

Positive Use Of Adversity

Actually learning and growing from mistakes and suffering, rather than being bitter about them.

Sense Of Vocation

When you feel called upon to serve, to give back to a world that you have only taken from.

Now – you might be wondering how to put these concepts to practice in your day-to-day life.

In the next chapter, I will show you 8 different ways in which you can become more spiritually aware and intelligent.