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WAVE Spiritual Intelligence Edition by Sonnie Santos

Book written (undergoing revision) by Sonnie Santos

Applying  Spiritual intelligence  in a learning intervention can alter how an employee view his career and work environment.  A change in paradigm will change how a person responds to work related issues .

What is Spiritual Intelligence? How it benefits a person?

In one forum there was this query:

I think quite a few of us believe in the inadequacy of traditional science being unable to explain our universe, being unable to explain how to have a positive attitude, and how to live. We believe that possibly, there are no accidents, and the life we are living in is our choice.


I want to learn from you on how to put this spirituality into a typical skill building training program.…. I believe that the key to helping people is not develop their skills, but to build that little voice they hear inside their head every now and then. The voice that is bereaving them from within, and is having a conversation with them… Is there anyone here who has attempted to do this wants to share the experience?

After Emotional Intelligence, analysts are now looking at Spiritual Intelligence (SI) as another means of addressing personal, business and career related quandary. While IQ and EQ are not new, SI is still in the infancy stage, at least in the Philippines. This article will discuss SQ and its connection to personal effectiveness and career development.

Different authors attempted to define SI in a general perspective so as not to offend the sensibilities of different cultures. But this is what SI is not, religion. Because of this, some professionals are hesitant to explore the fullness of SI. Furthermore, it is assumed that SI is primarily based on intuition and emotion, discouraging the intellectuals in the process.

But what is Spiritual Intelligence?

Spiritual Intelligence (SI) is all about man’s connection to his Creator. It is his ability to (1) recognize life principles (natural and spiritual laws) and (2) build his life in accordance with these laws. In layman’s term, SI is the application of knowledge, or what we commonly call wisdom

Contrary to the general perception, Spiritual Intelligence invokes the use of reason and will. The process involves analysis and decision.

To illustrate my point is to use the law of “gravity” as example. We don’t have to feel the presence of gravity to believe, this principle is in place whether we are a believer of this law or not. And in application of this knowledge (wisdom), man achieved technological break throughs, like air travel.

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Since this is about the natural laws and principles, let’s discuss the foundation of Spiritual Intelligence.

The ancient proverb says:

Treasure wisdom (spiritual intelligence) and it will make you great; hold on to it and it will bring you honor. Prov. 4:8 (NCV)

Below are the fundamentals of Spiritual Intelligence.

1) Man has to recognize a higher spiritual being, who created both the seen and unseen, who set the “principles” in place to sustain the creation.

Removing God from the picture is like removing “intelligence” from SI, leaving you with spirituality without “substance”.

2) Man has to recognize his spirituality. Unless people recognize they are spirit beings temporarily dwelling in a physical body, SI will not be of help.
3) If there is a Creator and we are created, there must be a “guidebook” about life and creation.

Whenever we acquire new gadget, we refer to the handbook for its “proper” use. In the same application, we have to refer to a manual to understand the creation and the principles that hold it together.

4) Man has to understand his purpose in life, his calling.

We can be good at something because of a training intervention, but it does not mean that the skill we acquired is our calling. There are people who are good at something at birth. This “genetically encoded”  skill may have something to do with a person’s calling .

5) Man has to understand his place in God’s heart. The personality of each individual is partly a reflection of his understanding (or lack of it) of GOD.
6) The road to a successful life depends on a person’s ability to recognize “life principles”, and to synchronize his lifestyle and decisions in accordance with these laws.
While it is true that our world is dynamic, and businesses and human capital, in order to survive must adopt to the changes. We must, however, recognize that there are things in life that are “constant“.

US President Jimmy Carter once said:

We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles“.

Spiritual Intelligence is (1) recognising time honored principles and (2) applying these to situation. Embracing spiritual intelligence without applying it to our day to day life, it will not be value adding.

On my succeeding posts, we will discuss specific applications of spiritual intelligence.

The contents of this article is the anchor of Sonnie’s  Work Attitude Hacks Mentoring (WAHM) program. These hacks are the same hacks he applied to himself to respond differently to what the culture of his former employers dictate. Because of this, he moved up the leadership chain and became an Asst. Vice President. Soon after that, he ventured into Solopreneurship.


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