Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Advanced Research in Education
Spiritual Intelligence: A Higher Dimension of Intelligence for Enhanced Learning
Historically, the education system has focused primarily on developing IQ, or intellectual intelligence. IQ manages facts and information, using logic and rational analysis. Less time and attention is given in schools to developing EQ skills. EQ is emotional
intelligence, which is necessary to feel and regulate one’s emotions, while being sensitive to the feelings of others. Both IQ and EQ are important, but they are not sufficient in themselves to maintain top performance, ensure personal wellbeing, and provide enduring fulfilment. The next dimension of intelligence is also necessary, which is SQ, or spiritual intelligence. SQ is an innate dimension of intelligence that everyone possesses. Spiritual intelligence is not religious. SQ depends not on belief but on direct personal experience beyond the ego. This presentation introduces spiritual intelligence, describes its scientific basis and its mode of operation, and details the need for spiritual intelligence skills. The presentation concludes with an explanation of why spiritual intelligence represents a new paradigm whose time has come.
keywords: higher intelligence, full potential, enhanced learning.