In our modern society, intellectual intelligence is nurtured and fostered, revered and even measured. Emotional intelligence has somewhat recently, been discovered to be a greater determining factor than IQ in determining ones success in life. Look up either of these terms and you will find a wealth of research and concrete knowledge about each. There is a clear articulation of what each is and how it can be nurtured. In fact if your desire is to develop further in one or both of these areas the path is clear and easy to follow. In our quest for achievement and happiness we spend a great deal of time wielding these intelligence to gain that which we seek and yet more than ever we still hear the constant hum just below the surface of something missing.
We often try to fill that something with business success, finding our “purpose”, material possessions, hobbies, food, drinking, relationships, excelling at a sport, the list goes on and on. The idea being that there is that something missing that if we can just figure out what it is and achieve it, we will feel whole and fulfilled and have the solid footing we need to truly make the most of this existence. It’s always just around the corner and if we can just figure out what it is we know we have the physical, mental and emotional capability to bring it to fruition.
We have great faith in ourselves, our egoic mind loves being in control. We feel that if we can understand and problem solve, think through, and apply we can do it. We’ve got this! What we end up with though is a deafening amount of conscious clutter and a slow spiritual death by distraction.
What we end up with though is a deafening amount of conscious clutter and a slow spiritual death by distraction.
What’s often missing is the nurturing of spiritual intelligence. That part of us that connects with a higher consciousness, surrenders to the power of love, and provides us with a reprieve from the tethers of our own minds. It’s something that many thriving civilizations and cultures have known and revered. It manifests in different forms through different cultures and lifestyles. There is no one correct path, no danger of investing yourself into the wrong journey. Any journey of spiritual evolution will eventually lead to enlightenment. We are designed to evolve in all ways. Not just physically or intellectually and emotionally but spiritually as well. Our so called hardships are not circumstances that need to be changed but opportunities for us to change, to evolve. When you open up to spiritual intelligence you raise your awareness and clear your perspective. You become a positive force in the universe and connect more deeply with the great fearless love and potential that already lies within you.
Raising your spiritual intelligence can begin in many ways. In my experience, working toward transcending the ego, living from infinite love and practicing deep meditation while also being more present in my daily life illuminates the path. As much as possible, I surround myself with other spiritual souls and seek to always be learning about the divine nature of our universe in all the ways that I can.
As I mentioned there is no right or wrong path. A wise man once said, "when someone points to the moon, don't look at their hand, look at the moon." So in your spiritual journey take care not to get lost in the infrastructure or the path but instead keep moving toward where it takes you. A journey of the spirit will lead you to the realizations that you could not see amidst the conscious clutter. It will foster a solid foundation on which to stand when the evolutionary challenges arise. It will give you a clear perspective from which to view the experiences in your life. If you are on the path then you already know. If you are not yet on the path then you will soon see!