10-22-17 Spiritual Intelligence

Spiritual Intelligence

Intelligence – The capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding. Aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings. The capacity to acquire and apply knowledge toward a purposeful goal.
Spiritual Intelligence – To utilize our reasoning, our knowledge, AND our innate wisdom and intuitive connection beyond personal gain, which permits and promotes a far reaching insight, that supports the well-being of all people and our world, and brings peace, not suffering.

Through meditative practices, on the cushion and in ALL of our lives, awareness can be trained and focused on the contents of the mind to observe ongoing experience. Intelligent awareness permits the cultivation of self-control. Intelligence without self awareness is only facts, not life.

Another word for Spiritual Intelligence is Presence or Life. This is not our neurotic, separate sense of self in which there is a resistance to evolving and having a connection beyond our base instinct for survival and self gratification.

In my relationships, the way I behave reflects my commitment to experiencing the deepest level of compassion, communication and honesty possible with everyone. Do I judge people and use them or avoid them? I may feel an instant judgement, which is ok, it is old established behavior. But I then need to feel, to make the effort to feel the spiritual essence they contain, and the connection that WE have. I open up, instead of closing up or grasping onto them.
All are in my family and I am in theirs. Just like any family there are different relationships, different ways we relate and argue and make up. Always I strive to come from a place of respect, patience and compassion. That is my spiritual intelligence coming before my small needy judgements, which keep me narrow and isolated.When you begin valuing who you are, you then know that any value is communal. Knowing that any value only comes from your connection with others.

I am proactively facing everything in my life – health, addictions, finances, happiness, work/life balance, career – and doing everything within my power to bring health and balance to them.
I take total responsibility for the way I am and what I do moment by moment.
These changes can be difficult to embody in our lives. We need to take one small step at a time into our spiritual awareness, and feel the healthy changes that occur that will support us in furthering our resolve to continue to open up.

Without intelligence and skillful means, compassion can degenerate into a bungling
sort of charity.
Without intelligence and wisdom, the actions that seem right for ME, come from a lack of
compassion and only do harm.
We can have both knowledge and wisdom, when we join the two using our spiritual intelligence.

In my addiction, I used a lot of brain power to figure out how to get, engage in and hide my
addiction. I manipulated people and circumstances for my benefit, always focused on my needs.
I was very cunning (or so I thought), at continuing an addiction that had no spiritual
or humane basis and harmed everyone. I worked really hard at this, and thought that when I had
all my daffy ducks in a row, I would then be happy. Never worked out that way.

After my main addiction has been addressed, I may still rely on my brain power or my selfish needs to force my way through life, wondering why I am still unhappy. I am not using the discipline that brings joy.

I am always about to start, on a regular basis, sometime soon, engaging in practices that I
intuitively know bring a greater sense of peace and understanding into my life.
Not knowing what it is like to relax that sore aching need in my heart, I am unwilling to enter into the unknown arena of living from a deeper intuitive place. I have a hard time not engaging in all the drama I am so used to.

You have to trust your intuition. You have to want to let go of using only your factual brain and emotional reservoir, and join those with a deeper practice that is not limited by your thoughts and feelings, but includes and goes beyond them, to feel more fully your entire experience.

Commit Wholeheartedly to compassionate Truth, and taking the action that reflects truth.
Is your commitment reflected in your everyday actions? Do you take small liberties with the truth because it seems easier, or works to your advantage? This is like an addict taking only a small taste of their drug and thinking it won’t hurt anything this time.

Imagine a camera crew following you 24/7 recording every action and behavior and then beaming this into the homes of millions of children worldwide who are watching you because you have been chosen to demonstrate how to live an authentic life.
Live as though the future depends on you. It does.

Pay attention. Look at first with the power of your mind. Know when you are being lazy and indulgent. Feel from your heart what is right, and then be brave enough to act. The more we use our spiritual intelligence as a factor in how we think and act, the more natural it becomes to live directly from our hearts. The more natural it becomes to accept more peace in our lives, and promote health and healing. We connect.

How do you fill your bucket? One drop at a time.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
“The great arises out of small things that are honored and cared for.”
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