Let me first say that you are a rare individual, indeed, to read a piece on spiritualizing your humanity. Maybe you didn’t know that’s what this article is about. Now you do, and that makes you rare!
We think about ourselves as spiritual beings, yet more often than not we live our lives as if the opposite were true. Many of us say we believe in a Universal Source – Oneness, who is always loving and who always provides for us in every way possible. Yet we often act from fear-based ideas, beliefs and interpretations; the scarcity model. Though we say we know we are loved and provided for, we continually act as if we couldn’t trust a soul – seen or unseen.
My personal experience and my experience as a life and business coach tell me that we don’t really use our intelligence much in our everyday endeavors. If we did, we would construct a practice that fully engages our thinking, our reasoning and reasonability – not the ones we’ve cultivated as an egoic person, but from the spiritual principles we espouse, advocate and champion. We’d distinguish false assumptions and those beliefs we’ve immersed ourselves in, and we’d eradicate them from our database of plausible and valued truths. We would study – seriously study – the quality of experience we are having and carefully discern why it is the way it is, as opposed to the way we dream it to be.
Spiritual Intelligence is all inclusive of the intelligence we use to choose; to drive on the right side of the road; to put our underwear on in the right direction; to converse intelligently and professionally with potential clients, bosses and co-worker, family members, etc. We know how to be intelligent, but sometimes we choose to not use our intelligence. And, by choosing not to use our intelligence, our lives become unmanageable, chaotic and out of control.
We forget to be intelligent
Most of us just pay lip service to our spiritual principles, often living within our egoic minds, pontificating what we know in theory, but which we avoid in actual experience. So many of us take the spiritual bypass, which makes us think that just because we perceive ourselves to be spiritual we don’t have to actually immerse ourselves in the human experience. We don’t have to get messy out on the playing field in the game of life.
The process of ascending the ladder of spiritual growth demands full responsibility for one’s own spiritual development. There are no free rides. Each of us has to do our own work, diligently, with vigilance and total engagement in the process of exercising muscles of spiritual intelligence. We have to begin by clarifying what we want, and being dreadfully truthful about where we are in the process of bringing action to self-realizations.
In service to this process, I’ve developed on six week online course beginning September 18, called Cultivating Spiritual Intelligence: An Introduction. This six-week course provides a container of time and space within which to explore and experiment with your spiritual intelligence, in relation to what you’ve been taught and what you’ve come to believe is true. There will be plenty of opportunities to stretch your cognitive, emotional and somatic intelligence in service to cultivating spiritual intelligence.
This course will bring clarity and understanding about what you as spiritual being is doing in this human body. You are here, as we all are, to experience the exquisiteness of what cannot be experienced anywhere else in the Universe. And, as it becomes clearer to each us that we’ve chosen to be here and we’ve chosen based on a knowing of a much greater cosmic consciousness, then we are far more likely to actively participate in the grand adventure of life.