Spiritual Intelligence

Spiritual Intelligence

Spiritual intelligence finds deeper
meaning and purpose
beyond the ego.


•  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

Personal Benefits

As the intelligence of the true self, beyond the ego, spiritual intelligence has many benefits that exceed the scope of intellectual intelligence and emotional intelligence. 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. More..

Social Benefits

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..

Corporate Benefits

Research shows that when organisations invest in 3Q Training, creativity and innovation increase, employee engagement rises, and productivity grows [ref]. 3Q Training also reforms corporate governance by creating a culture that conducts business according to the ethics of spiritual intelligence. Moreover, 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. More..

Secular Methodology

As an innate dimension of intelligence that we all possess, SQ is based on personal experience, not on religious faith. Spiritual intelligence therefore represents secular spirituality. The video above is a short introduction to secular SQ 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 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 Spiritual Intelligence

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

Spiritual Intelligence 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 Spiritual Intelligence

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 step-by-step guidance on how to activate SQ intentionally.

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SQ Education Program

The 3Q Institute provides education and training in spiritual intelligence, for health professionals, educators, trainers, coaches, and the general public. For more information about Courses in spiritual intelligence, please visit the page about the SQ Education Program.

3Q Practitioner Training Course

The 3Q Practitioner Training Course is an online course that trains Mentors, Coaches and Trainers in 3Q theory and practice. Certified 3Q Practitioners are licensed to use 3Q methodology, and are provided with the training materials to lead 3Q Training Courses for teachers, for business, and for the public.

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 Essentials Online Course

When you activate a higher dimension of intelligence, you gain access to the qualities and capabilities of your higher self. You can use the method taught in this course to shift from ego to soul, and activate your spiritual intelligence. This releases your intuition and creativity, and results in a deeper sense of meaning and purpose, which ultimately transforms your entire personality. For more information about the 3Q Essentials online course click here

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.

Spiritual Intelligence Basics

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

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