Spiritual Intelligence


Spiritual Intelligence

Spiritual intelligence connects with your true self and brings out your best.


Benefits of SQ

•  feel greater fulfilment 

•  find deeper meaning and purpose 

•  turn negative into positive thoughts & emotions

•  employ your full resources and be your best in any situation

•  wisdom  •  compassion  •  integrity  •  joy  •  love  •  creativity  •  peace

•  help others and improve society by using a higher dimension of your intelligence


Spiritual intelligence connects with your true self and brings out your best.


Results of SQ

Spiritual intelligence represents secular non-theistic spirituality. SQ regulates IQ and EQ with wisdom, compassion, integrity, joy, love, creativity, and peace. SQ therefore increases personal fulfilment, improves your performance, and motivates altruism and social responsibility. When spiritual intelligence is established as the norm on a community-wide scale, society at large will be transformed, as governments are repurposed and corporations are reformed, according to spiritually intelligent principles. SQ results in cooperation, tolerance, and peace between people at the individual level, and between different groups in society, and between different cultures and nations. SQ is therefore both necessary and sufficient for individual and collective transformation.

Secular Methodology

The experience of spiritual intelligence is based not on religious faith, but on secular principles derived from scientific research. This video provides a brief introduction to the methodology.

Dimensions of Intelligence

At the beginning of the scientific study of intelligence in the early 20th century, the definition of intelligence was restricted to intellectual intelligence (IQ). This narrow definition of intelligence prevailed until the mid 1980′s, when emotional intelligence (EQ) was identified as another dimension of intelligence of equal, or even greater, importance. Recent advances in psychology and neuroscience identified spiritual intelligence (SQ) as a further dimension of intelligence that is even more significant. SQ governs IQ and EQ, and is therefore the senior dimension of intelligence.

Spiritual intelligence experiences wisdom, compassion, integrity, joy, love, creativity, and peace.


Science of SQ

Spiritual intelligence is not based on religious faith. SQ is an innate capability that everyone can use without relying on religious beliefs. The scientific evidence for spiritual intelligence is based on findings from several different fields of research, including cognitive psychology, psychoanalysis, transpersonal psychology, and neuroscience [ref]. Universities worldwide study the SQ paradigm and its many applications. At Oxford University for example, SQ is the core of the Strategic Leadership Program. SQ training is also used in the workplace to improve job satisfaction and raise productivity.

Twin Poles of Attention

SQ and the Brain

SQ is distinct from IQ and EQ neurologically. IQ and EQ are primarily localised in opposite hemispheres, whereas SQ is associated with hemispheric synchronisation and whole-brain activation at the same frequency. The SQ neural frequency thus combines part-brain functions from both hemispheres into the integrated field of the whole brain, which represents the same brain state underlying meditation and the experience of presence. SQ capability is therefore hard-wired in the human brain. However, conscious exercise of attention is required to engage SQ, except when SQ occurs spontaneously.

Spiritual intelligence is necessary and sufficient for individual and collective transformation.


How to Experience Spiritual Intelligence

Spiritual intelligence is easy to experience. We all experience SQ spontaneously at times. But spontaneous moments of SQ are rare, and they usually occur at random. Therefore it’s important to know how to experience SQ intentionally. When you can experience your SQ voluntarily, at any time and in any circumstances, you convert your spiritual intelligence from a random fleeting experience into your most valuable personal resource. This video provides step-by-step instructions on how to activate SQ intentionally.


SQ Education Program

The SQ Institute provides education and training in spiritual intelligence, for health professionals, educators, trainers, coaches, and the general public. For more information about SQ education courses, please visit this page about the SQ Education Program.

Spiritual intelligence represents secular non-theistic spirituality.


Full Spectrum of Intelligence

The full spectrum of intelligence is made up of five dimensions, from PQ to TQ, via IQ, EQ and SQ. Physical intelligence is a property of all life forms. IQ and EQ are about thought and emotion, and SQ is about values and meaning. Beyond spiritual intelligence is the ultimate dimension of intelligence, called transcendental intelligence.

Full Spectrum of Intelligence

3Q Training

The three Qs activate the whole brain, unlike IQ or EQ on their own, which are part-brain functions. By training the whole brain, 3Q Training unlocks full human potential, and thus achieves high performance. For more information, visit the 3Q Training website.

3Q Training

You’re Invited!

You’re invited to attend a webinar on spiritual intelligence. This free webinar introduces the scientific foundations of spiritual intelligence, and shows how to develop your spiritual intelligence using contemporary secular principles. The neuro-plasticity of the brain results in the SQ brain, which represents a brain optimised neurologically for spiritual intelligence. Learn how to evolve your SQ brain by following the principles outlined in this webinar. Please sign up for Updates in the sidebar to receive details of the next webinar.

You’re invited to a free webinar on spiritual intelligence.


Why “Q”?

Why is “SQ” the abbreviation for spiritual intelligence rather than “SI”? The letter “Q” stands for “quotient” which means amount or score. Thus IQ means your intellectual intelligence quotient, or your IQ score. Similarly, EQ means your emotional intelligence quotient, and SQ means your spiritual intelligence quotient. Usually the term “SQ” is read simply as “spiritual intelligence”, leaving the word “quotient” unsaid.