Spiritual Intelligence

Spiritual Intelligence

Spiritual intelligence has access to advanced capabilities
from a higher dimension of intelligence.

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 has access to advanced capabilities from a higher dimension of intelligence.

Results of SQ

As the intelligence of the true self, beyond the ego, spiritual intelligence has many benefits. Freedom from ego grants wisdom and clarity of vision, combined with more empathy and compassion, which increases creativity and intuition, and results in greater personal fulfilment and better performance on important life skills and work skills. Spiritual intelligence therefore represents the most powerful resource for personal and professional growth and fulfilment.

Spiritual intelligence creates cooperation and tolerance between people at the interpersonal level, and between different groups in society, and between different cultures, religions, and nations.

Widespread adoption of spiritual intelligence as a personal code of conduct raises the standard of accountability in collective governance in response to public demand. When standards in governments and corporations are based on spiritual intelligence, the energy of love will turn into a social and political force, as never before in history. Public training in spiritual intelligence therefore heralds a new era of social justice and human rights, which are the foundations of shared prosperity and peace. More..

Secular Spirituality

As an innate dimension of intelligence, SQ is based on personal experience, not on religious faith. Spiritual intelligence therefore represents secular spirituality. SQ methodology is briefly introduced in the video below.

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 represents a higher dimension of intelligence that governs IQ and EQ with the qualities of the soul, in the form of wisdom, compassion, integrity, joy, love, creativity, and peace. More..

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

Science of SQ

The scientific evidence for spiritual intelligence is based on a synthesis of findings from different fields of research, combining 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. More..

Twin Poles of Attention
Twin Poles of Attention


SQ and the Brain

Neurologically SQ is distinct from IQ and EQ. Opposite hemispheres are the primary locations for IQ and EQ, whereas SQ is associated with hemispheric synchronisation and whole-brain activation at particular frequencies. SQ whole-brain frequencies combine part-brain functions, such as IQ and EQ, from both hemispheres, into the integrated field of the whole brain, thus combining mind, self, and world into a meaningful whole. SQ neural frequencies correspond to the same brain state underlying the practice of meditation and the experience of presence. SQ capability is therefore hard-wired in the human brain. More..

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

How to Experience SQ

At times we all experience spiritual intelligence spontaneously. 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 engage your spiritual intelligence voluntarily, in any circumstances, you convert your SQ from a random fleeting experience into your most valuable, powerful, and useful personal resource. The video below provides a step-by-step guide 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. More..

Full Spectrum of Intelligence
Full Spectrum of Intelligence


Whole Brain Training

As a powerful combination of three principal dimensions of intelligence, 3Q represents IQ and EQ in association with SQ. Studies in neuroscience confirm that spiritual intelligence is correlated with hemispheric synchronisation and whole brain activation [10]. Consequently, coaching in 3Q trains the whole brain. The resulting whole-brain coherence optimises brain function, and results in greater fulfilment, increased creativity, sharpened intuition, more empathy and compassion, and improved performance on a wide variety of work skills and life skills.

3Q Training

3Q Training is therefore the means of personal and professional growth and fulfilment. Research shows that when organisations invest in 3Q Training, creativity and innovation increase, employee engagement rises, and productivity grows [11]. Moreover, 3Q Training reforms corporate governance by creating a culture that conducts business according to the ethics of spiritual intelligence. In addition, by inspiring employees with a deeper sense of meaning and purpose, 3Q Training aligns organisations with a social mission beyond the profit motive. Corporations thus realise their full potential not only to maximise productivity, but also to contribute to human wellbeing, by utilising the full range of their employees’ innate intelligence. Ultimately, the combined benefits of 3Q Training, both individual and collective, contribute to an emerging new age of cooperation, tolerance, social justice, human rights, shared prosperity, and peace. For more information about 3Q Training go here.

The Three Qs
3Q Training


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” unspoken.

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You’re invited to attend a free webinar on spiritual intelligence. Sign up for the webinar by clicking the link below. This webinar introduces the scientific foundations of spiritual intelligence, and demonstrates how to develop your SQ using contemporary secular principles. The neuroplasticity of the brain results in the 3Q brain, which represents a brain optimised neurologically for using SQ in combination with IQ and EQ. Learn how to evolve your 3Q brain by following the principles outlined in this webinar. Sign up for the next webinar here.

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Spiritual Intelligence Basics

Click the button below for a series of articles about the basics of spiritual intelligence. Topics include the scientific foundations of the SQ paradigm, and a simple method to activate spiritual intelligence based on contemporary secular principles.