The Full Spectrum of Intelligence

Full Spectrum of Intelligence

Full Spectrum of Intelligence

Dimensions 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. PQ controls our breathing and regulates the autonomic nervous system. The coordination required to walk or put on a jacket is a PQ capability. After PQ comes IQ and EQ, which are about intellect and emotion, followed by SQ, which is about meaning and purpose.

Spiritual Intelligence

As a higher dimension of intelligence, SQ replaces the ego with the soul, both as the seat of personal identity and as the governor of PQ, IQ, and EQ. The qualities of spiritual intelligence are experienced at the subject-pole of attention in moments of presence, in the form of wisdom, compassion, integrity, joy, love, and creativity. SQ therefore increases personal fulfilment and social responsibility, boosts individual and group performance, and results in cooperation, tolerance, and peace [1, 2, 3].

Twin Poles of Attention

Twin Poles of Attention

Transcendental Intelligence

Beyond spiritual intelligence (SQ) is the ultimate dimension of intelligence, called transcendental intelligence (TQ). Whereas SQ shifts from the ego to the soul by transcending the object-pole of attention, TQ shifts from the dualistic consciousness of the individual soul to the non-dual consciousness of the universal soul, by transcending both poles of attention and the mechanism of attention altogether. TQ represents the intelligence of non-individuated feeling-awareness itself, which is the self-existing and self-radiant ground of all being, and the transcendental source of all [45, 6].

Not surprisingly, TQ is extremely uncommon. There are very few reports of stable and permanent TQ on record. Limited and temporary forms of TQ occur more often, as evident from studies in transpersonal psychology, and from art and literature, and from the histories of spiritual traditions. However, even partial TQ experiences, with rare exceptions, result from many years of preparation.

The Separate God Idea

As the intelligence of transcendental consciousness (non-individuated self-existing self-radiant feeling-awareness), TQ represents the ultimate dimension of intelligence. However, if you merely believe in the existence of a transcendental dimension of reality, as an article of faith, without actually experiencing transcendental consciousness as your own inherent source, then transcendental reality is objectified as something separate from yourself. This gives rise to the idea of a separate God. The objectifying effect of religious belief thus personifies transcendental reality in the form of a separate deity. According to religious belief, human beings are “made in the image of God.” But according to transcendental intelligence, it’s the other way around. From the non-dual TQ point of view, the religious idea of a separate God is made in the image of the human ego, as a counterpart to the apparently separate self. Accordingly, transcendental intelligence realises the divine not as the separate creator of separate beings, but as the ground of all being, the non-separate self-condition and source-condition of all apparently separate beings. TQ therefore does not require the idea of a separate creator God, because transcendental intelligence recognises the appearance of the universe as a stepped-down modification of, in, and as, self-existing self-radiant transcendental consciousness itself [7, 8, 9].

Atheism

In addition to rejecting belief in the existence of a God, atheists usually subscribe to materialism, which is the belief that reality is fundamentally physical or material. Materialism and theism are widely regarded as the only possible alternatives. Consequently, atheists simply assume the truth of materialism, based on their rejection of theism. Thus it is assumed that if theism is false, then materialism must be true. But this is not so. The SQ paradigm represents a third alternative, in the form of secular spirituality, that supersedes both theism and materialism, as explained below.

Materialism

MaterialismThe philosophy of materialism goes back a long way. As an explicit belief system about the ultimate nature of reality, materialism dates back to ancient Greece, and even earlier. However, in the civilisations of the ancient world, materialism was a minority point of view, on the fringe of the prevailing mainstream religious culture. But after the scientific revolution in 17th century Europe, materialism for the first time gained mainstream cultural support. With the official endorsement of orthodox science, the materialist point of view is now established as the dominant paradigm of contemporary secular culture. But ironically, at the height of its influence, materialism has been discredited. Quantum physics represented the first scientific challenge to the materialist perspective. But the final blow to its legitimacy was the emergence of post-materialist science, upon which the SQ paradigm is based. The findings of post-materialist science confirm that belief in materialism results from using IQ and EQ without engaging SQ [10]. The emergence of the SQ paradigm therefore signifies that the dogma of materialist reductionism, both as a scientific premise and as a philosophical world-view, has now been superseded.

Consciousness is not a product of the brain.
The scientific evidence shows that the brain is the receiver of consciousness not the source of consciousness.

Post-Reductionism

According to the theory of materialism, consciousness is an epiphenomenon, which is the idea that consciousness results from, and depends on, the operation of the brain. Orthodox science still adheres to this reductionist point of view, despite conclusive evidence to the contrary. Much contrary evidence is provided by studies in medical science. For example, sometimes patients suffer a complete loss of brain function for a period of time during an operation. Later, when they recover normal brain function after the operation, some of these patients can accurately recount events that occurred in their physical vicinity while their brains were not functioning [11, 12, 13]. Therefore, the subject-pole of attention (or feeling-awareness itself) is not located in the brain, otherwise it would not be possible to witness events while the brain was not functioning, and later recount those events with complete accuracy after brain function is restored. Thus consciousness is not dependent on the brain.

Consciousness and the Brain

Recent studies in post-materialist science confirm that consciousness is not a product of the brain, contrary to the materialist point of view that still prevails in mainstream neuroscience. These studies, as summarised below, provide conclusive evidence that consciousness continues in the absence of brain activity. The brain is therefore a receiver of consciousness, not the source of consciousness.

Post-Materialism

Spiritual intelligence represents the secular pathway beyond materialism. SQ is experienced by identifying with feeling-awareness itself at the subject-pole of attention, rather than with states of body and mind at the object-pole of attention. SQ thus recognises two inherently distinct domains, located at opposite poles of attention, neither of which can be reduced to the other. Consciousness, in the form of feeling-awareness itself, is located at subject-pole of attention, and everything else, including the physical dimension of existence, is necessarily located at the object-pole. Accordingly, from the SQ perspective, it is self-evident that reality is essentially psycho-physical in nature, rather than fundamentally merely physical, as claimed by the theory of materialism.

Secular Non-theistic Spirituality

Spiritual intelligence thus refutes the philosophy of materialism, based on the irreducible psycho-physical nature of experiencing the world. On the evidence of direct personal experience, without resort to religious faith, SQ verifies that feeling-awareness itself (or the soul) is inherent in every possible experience of material reality. Spiritual intelligence thus transcends the belief that everything is fundamentally material, on the basis of that which is irreducibly not material, namely, feeling-awareness itself (or consciousness itself). The philosophy of materialism is therefore transcended in spiritual intelligence without relying on belief in the existence of a separate divine being. Consequently, as an innate dimension of intelligence that everyone can access, SQ represents the foundation of secular non-theistic spirituality.

Nature of Existence

The basic nature of existence is understood according to the dimensions of intelligence available at each stage of development from ego, to soul, to transcendental being.

Ego Perspective

EgoThe ego identifies with the products of IQ and EQ at the object-pole of attention in the form of states of body and mind. The basic nature of existence is therefore understood from the ego perspective in object-pole terms. Object-pole explanations of existence include both materialism and theism. Both these opposing viewpoints seek to explain existence with reference to phenomena at the object-pole of attention. According to materialism, the basic stuff of existence is made of atoms and molecules. According to theism, the basic stuff of existence is a separate creator God. A separate God is as much an object of attention as an atom or a molecule. Therefore materialism and theism belong together, despite the fact that they are opposed to each other. Both these opposing viewpoints originate from the perspective of the separate ego, which exercises IQ and EQ, but without SQ or TQ.

Soul Perspective

SoulFrom the soul perspective, which exercises IQ and EQ with SQ, but without TQ, the basic nature of existence is understood not in object-pole terms, but in subject-pole terms. Subject-pole explanations of existence are made from the position of individuated feeling-awareness itself (or the soul). From this perspective the spiritual qualities of the soul are the basic stuff of existence. In the absence of a TQ perspective, the spiritual qualities of the soul are often assumed to emanate from a presumed separate divine being. However, from the TQ perspective, the spiritual qualities of the soul are simply the native qualities of transcendental consciousness itself experienced in the form of the apparently individuated soul. Spiritual intelligence experiences these soul qualities in association with everything experienced at the object-pole of attention, without requiring the presumption of a separate divine being. SQ uses thought, emotion, and perception, and every other experience at the object-pole of attention, including the discoveries of science, not for the purposes of the ego, but for the purposes of the soul.

Transcendental Perspective

thumbnail66From the transcendental perspective, which has access to the full spectrum of intelligence, the basic nature of existence is located prior to both poles of attention, in the realisation of non-individuated feeling-awareness itself. TQ is associated with the experience of being lived by the whole, with no separate self-identity, either as the ego or as the soul, even while functioning as an apparent individual, animating a separate body-mind. The basic nature of existence is experienced by TQ as transcendental consciousness (non-individuated self-existing self-radiant feeling-awareness). In the ancient wisdom tradition of Vedanta, TQ is described as satchitananda (truth-consciousness-bliss). TQ is a state of non-dual awareness, and therefore recognises energy as the radiance of consciousness, not as something separate from consciousness. Consequently, from the transcendental point of view, the world was not created by something separate from the world, in the person of a separate God. From the vantage-point of TQ, the world arises spontaneously and transparently within self-existing self-radiant transcendental consciousness, as a stepped-down modification of, in, and as, transcendental consciousness itself [14, 15].

TQ and Contemporary Science

Modern discoveries in quantum physics duplicate the teachings of ancient spiritual traditions of transcendental realisation (e.g. Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism, Samkya Yoga, Jainism), as explained in the article below.

SQ and TQ

Transcendental intelligence represents a highly advanced state of consciousness. TQ can take a lifetime of dedication to emerge, after a long process of neural development based on intensive spiritual practice [16, 17]. Consequently, full realisation of TQ is extremely uncommon. Temporary TQ experiences are more frequent, when consciousness is momentarily free from the sense of individuated self, both in the form of the ego and in the form of the soul. However, temporary TQ experiences are not equivalent to full TQ realisation, which is a permanent state. A collective paradigm shift based on TQ therefore belongs in the distant future, at a later stage of human brain development. But SQ is different. Everyone can experience SQ right now, at the current stage of human brain development. Moreover, a collective paradigm shift based on spiritual intelligence is sufficient for profound global transformation.

Transformation

The shift from the ego to the soul has enormously beneficial consequences. Spiritual intelligence increases empathy and compassion, which are the source of humanitarian values, social justice, and peace. When SQ is exercised on a community-wide scale, new norms are created, and society is thus transformed, as governments are repurposed and corporations are reformed, according to spiritually intelligent principles. Therefore, at this point in our history, at the dawn of the new millennium, faced with unprecedented global crises of our own creation, coupled with immense potential for improving the quality of life for all, SQ represents the necessary and sufficient means of individual and collective transformation.

For the first time in history,
science and spirituality are united in mutual accord.

Post-materialist Science

Spiritual intelligence is authenticated on the basis of findings in post-materialist science [18]. The scientific consensus based on the evidence can be summarised in the following three conclusions. Firstly, consciousness is independent of the brain and therefore outlives the death of the human body [19]. Secondly, while alive in bodily human form, consciousness inherently transcends the ego (the body-mind self) in the realisation of the soul (consciousness itself, the true self) [20]. Thirdly, the intelligence of the soul, called spiritual intelligence, results in accelerated personal growth coupled with advanced capabilities and high performance [21]. The entire evidence for spiritual intelligence is independent of religious belief, and thus establishes secular spirituality on an empirical scientific foundation [22].

The Emergence of Spiritual Intelligence

For the first time in history, science and spirituality are thus united in mutual accord. Together they introduce secular spirituality as a new paradigm based on our innate capability for spiritual intelligence. The SQ paradigm thereby supersedes earlier paradigms, represented by theism and materialism, which dominated collective consciousness during the first and second millennium of the common era [23]. As the synthesis of theism and materialism in the form of secular spirituality, SQ represents the next stage in the evolution of collective consciousness [24]. Spiritual intelligence is therefore emerging as the new paradigm of the third millennium [25].

Three Dimensions of Intelligence

Three Dimensions 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 [26]. 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

Training in 3Q 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 [27]. 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.

Full Potential

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.

Sources

The SQ paradigm is based on a synthesis of findings from related fields of scientific research, including cognitive psychology, psychoanalysis, transpersonal psychology, and neuroscience. The scientific evidence for spiritual intelligence is summarised in the following article: The Psychology of Spiritual Intelligence.

How to Experience Spiritual Intelligence [Video]

Spiritual intelligence is easy to experience. We all experience SQ spontaneously at times. But spontaneous moments of SQ are rare and unpredictable. Therefore it’s important to know how to experience SQ intentionally. When you can engage your spiritual intelligence voluntarily, at any time of your own choosing, SQ becomes your most powerful personal resource. This video provides step-by-step instructions on how to activate SQ intentionally. Watch the video here

References

About Spiritual Intelligence (SQ)

  • Zohar, D., Marshall, I. (2001) SQ: Connecting With Our Spiritual Intelligence
  • Amramt, Y. (2007) The Seven Dimensions of Spiritual Intelligence
  • Draper, B. (2010) Spiritual Intelligence: A New Way of Being
  • Wilber, K. (2000) Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology

SQ Sources

  • Rajneesh, Bhagwan Shree (1980) Book of the Secrets
  • Muktananda, S. (1978) Play of Consciousness
  • Thomas a Kempis (1441) The Imitation of Christ
  • Rastogi, T. (1982) Islamic Mysticism
  • Tolle, E. (2004) The Power of Now
  • Yogananda, P. (1945) Autobiography of a Yogi
  • Aurobindo, Sri (1940) Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo’s Teaching and Method

About Transcendental Intelligence (TQ)

  • Wilber, K. (1993) The Spectrum of Consciousness
  • Sharma, A. (2008) The Philosophy of Advaita Vedanta
  • Samraj, Adi Da (2007) Radical Transcendentalism
  • Hawkins, D. (2006) Transcending the Levels of Consciousness
  • Almaas, A.H. (2014) Runaway Realization

TQ Sources

The Tradition of Advaita Vedanta
  • Astavakra Gita
  • Tripura Rahasya
  • Maharshi, R. (1989). Be as You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
The Traditions of Buddhism
  • The Diamond Sutra
  • Mahayanavimsaka
  • Lankavatara Sutra
The Jain Tradition
  • Chand, B. (1987) Lord Mahavira
The Tradition of Samkya Yoga
  • Feuerstein, G. (1989) The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali
The Adidam Tradition
  • Samraj, Adi Da (1973) The Method of the Siddhas

Philosophy of Science

  • Kuhn, T. (1970) The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
  • Popper, K. (1959) The Logic of Scientific Discovery
  • Henry, J. (2008) The Scientific Revolution and the Origins of Modern Science
  • Sheldrake, R. (2013) Science Set Free
  • Haisch, B. (2012) The Purpose-Guided Universe: Believing in Einstein, Darwin, and God

Cognitive Psychology

  • Segal, Z. et al (2002) Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Fulton, P. et al (2005) Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
  • Brown, K.W. (2003) The Benefits of Being Present

Psychoanalysis

  • Fairbairn, W.R.D. (1952) Psychoanalytic Studies of the Personality.
  • Greenberg, J & Mitchell, S. (1985) Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory.
  • Bion, W. R. (1970) Attention and Interpretation.

Transpersonal Psychology

Neuroscience

  • Zohar, D. & Marshall, I. (2001) SQ: Ultimate Intelligence
  • Seil, F.J. (2008) Neural Plasticity and Regeneration
  • Dehaene, S. (2002) The Neuroscience of Consciousness
  • Newberg, A. (2014) Principles of Neurotheology
  • Siegel, D.J. (2013) Interpersonal Neurobiology

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Meet the Author

Richard Griffiths

Richard Griffiths is a psychologist and corporate trainer. He is the founder of the 3Q Institute and a former National Chairman of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the Australian Psychological Society. His published work represents his findings from a lifetime of research and practice as a psychologist and spiritual practitioner. Alongside his research in psychology, he maintained a personal spiritual practice, and had first hand experience of a number of different spiritual traditions. Eventually a secular synthesis of psychology and spirituality emerged from his research in the form of the spiritual intelligence paradigm, which is the foundation of training at the 3Q Institute.

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    • The sources I used to write this article are listed in the References section at the end of the post. For a summary of the scientific evidence for spiritual intelligence, see this post.

  • The spiritual intelligence paradigm is based on an understanding of the basic operating system of human awareness, in the form of the twin poles of attention, which is the key to understanding and experiencing spiritual intelligence. My findings identify the psychological process underlying all forms of spiritual practice and spiritual realisation. Consequently, spiritual intelligence recognises different spiritual teachings and traditions not as opposed to each other, but as simply different ways of negotiating the opposite poles of the same operating system. By clarifying the psychology of spiritual realisation, spiritual intelligence thus removes the grounds for disagreement between different spiritual teachings and traditions.

  • Thanks for your appreciation. The reason I make the effort to communicate my findings is that spiritual intelligence is critically important. This site is offered in support and preparation for an unfolding paradigm shift of immense proportions. Spiritual intelligence is emerging as the next stage in the evolution of mainstream collective consciousness.

  • There are a number of differing views relative to the subject of this post. These differences consist of various different ways of subdividing the five dimensions of intelligence mentioned in this article. For example, a traditional approach by Howard Gardner lists nine distinct dimensions of intelligence (linguistic, logico-mathematical, musical, spatial, bodily kinaesthetic, naturalist, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and existential). These nine dimensions of intelligence identified by Gardner correspond to various combinations of the five dimensions of intelligence summarised in this article. So there is little benefit in including alternative views on this topic, because they merely amount to different ways of subdividing intelligence into broad or narrow categories. Alternative views on this topic therefore amount to the same thing in different words. Nevertheless, thank you for making a suggestion with the aim of improving people’s understanding of spiritual intelligence.

  • There are many other sites on the subject of spiritual intelligence, as a quick search of google will reveal. However, my research is published only on this site. Other sites therefore are without my findings on the basic operating system of human awareness, which is the key to understanding and experiencing spiritual intelligence. So you will definitely find discussion of these topics elsewhere. However, other sites are without the benefit of the findings reported on this site which are essential to the comprehension of spiritual intelligence.

  • My sources for this post are listed in the References section at the end of the article. I’m glad you appreciate my findings about spiritual intelligence.

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  • This quotation from U.G. Krishnamurti may appear to conflict with the information on this site about spiritual intelligence. I guess that’s why you posted this quotation here. Thanks for bringing this issue to light, because it needs to be clarified. Although there appears to be a conflict between what Krishnamurti says in this quotation, in fact there is no conflict, although there’s a significant difference in perspective that’s important to understand. This statement by Krishnamurti is made from the perspective of transcendental intelligence (TQ) which is the dimension of intelligence beyond spiritual intelligence (SQ). The perspective of TQ is different than the perspective of SQ, as explained below.

    Transcendental Intelligence (TQ)

    When experienced with transcendental intelligence, all forms of conditional reality are like dreams to one who is awake. Everything is recognised as a form of consciousness in TQ. Therefore there is no such thing as “external reality” from the TQ point of view. So-called external reality is recognised as a modification of, in, and as, transcendental consciousness itself. This ultimate realisation abolishes suffering, because when there is no separate world, there is also no sense of separate self, and therefore there is no one to suffer. Accordingly, speaking with transcendental intelligence, Krishnamurti is right to say that suffering results from assuming the existence of an external reality outside of consciousness. TQ however represents the ultimate dimension of intelligence. But SQ is at a different level. SQ represents a stepped-down dimension, from the perspective of the apparently individuated soul.

    Spiritual Intelligence (SQ)

    From the SQ perspective, the soul is experienced as an apparently individuated self. To understand the difference between SQ and TQ, consider as an analogy the different levels of scientific explanation in physics. TQ is analogous to nuclear physics, which applies to the fundamental structure of matter. Whereas SQ is analogous to Newtonian physics, which applies to the macro world. However, nuclear physics at the micro level doesn’t invalidate Newtonian physics at the macro level. Similarly, TQ at the transcendental level doesn’t invalidate SQ at the causal level (or soul level). They are simply different levels of experience and understanding. Thus Krishnamurti’s statement quoted above only appears to conflict with the information on this site. In fact there is no conflict, because Krishnamurti is speaking from the perspective of TQ, whereas the articles on this site are written from the perspective of SQ.

    SQ and TQ

    Many people are confused and misled by apparent contradictions between different spiritual teachings and traditions. A common source of confusion is the difference between soul realisation and transcendental realisation, which corresponds to the difference between SQ and TQ. This confusion represents an obstacle to progress for many sincere seekers of truth. Therefore it’s necessary to comprehend the difference between SQ and TQ in order to understand any spiritual tradition, and in order to understand the relationship between different spiritual traditions. On the basis of such a comprehensive understanding, it’s evident that all traditions of religion and spirituality, whatever their differences, represent one stage or another in the same great tradition of spirituality.

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  • I’m so happy you feel the joy of understanding. I know what you mean. In the absence of understanding, it seems that we only have two options: either believe in the existence of a God, or accept the conclusions of materialist science that life is meaningless, merely a random accident. This is a problem for those who reject religious belief, but who are uncomfortable with the conclusion that life is meaningless. Happily there is a third alternative. The SQ paradigm represents the third alternative in the form of secular non-theistic spirituality.

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  • Spiritual intelligence represents a new synthesis, based on post-materialist science, that unites psychology and spirituality. The SQ paradigm integrates findings from a broad range of scientific fields, resulting in a comprehensive map of consciousness that accounts for the full range of human experience. The evidence for spiritual intelligence is drawn from the following sources:

    1. Modern scientific understanding of the brain and cognition

    2. Discoveries in transpersonal psychology

    3. Ancient traditions of spirituality

    4. New post-materialist scientific research into consciousness

    For a list of sources for the SQ paradigm, see the References section at the end of the article above. The Publications page has a more extensive list of sources. For a summary of the findings from these sources, see the following article: The Psychology of Spiritual Intelligence.

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    • This quotation from UG Krishnamurti may appear to conflict with the information on this site about spiritual intelligence. I guess that’s why you posted this quotation here. But in fact there’s no conflict, although there’s a significant difference in perspective that’s important to understand. This statement by Krishnamurti is made from the perspective of transcendental intelligence (TQ) which is the dimension of intelligence beyond spiritual intelligence (SQ). The perspective of TQ is different than the perspective of SQ, as explained below.

      Transcendental Intelligence (TQ)

      When experienced with transcendental intelligence, all forms of conditional reality are like dreams to one who is awake. Everything is recognised as a form of consciousness in TQ. Therefore there is no such thing as “external reality” from the TQ point of view. So-called external reality is recognised as a modification of, in, and as, transcendental consciousness itself. This ultimate realisation abolishes suffering, because when there is no separate world, there is also no sense of separate self, and therefore there is no one to suffer. Accordingly, speaking with transcendental intelligence, Krishnamurti is right to say that suffering results from assuming the existence of an external reality outside of consciousness. TQ however represents the ultimate dimension of intelligence. But SQ is at a different level. SQ represents a stepped-down dimension, from the perspective of the apparently individuated soul.

      Spiritual Intelligence (SQ)

      From the SQ perspective, the soul is experienced as an apparently individuated self. To understand the difference between SQ and TQ, consider as an analogy the different levels of scientific explanation in physics. TQ is analogous to nuclear physics, which applies to the fundamental structure of matter. Whereas SQ is analogous to Newtonian physics, which applies to the macro world. However, nuclear physics at the micro level doesn’t invalidate Newtonian physics at the macro level. Similarly, TQ at the transcendental level doesn’t invalidate SQ at the causal level (or soul level). They are simply different levels of experience and understanding. Thus Krishnamurti’s statement quoted above only appears to conflict with the information on this site. In fact there is no conflict, because Krishnamurti is speaking from the perspective of TQ, whereas the articles on this site are written from the perspective of SQ.

      SQ and TQ

      Many people are confused and misled by apparent contradictions between different spiritual teachings and traditions. A common source of confusion is the difference between soul realisation and transcendental realisation, which corresponds to the difference between SQ and TQ. This confusion represents an obstacle to progress for many sincere seekers of truth. Therefore it’s necessary to comprehend the difference between SQ and TQ in order to understand any spiritual tradition, and in order to understand the relationship between different spiritual traditions. On the basis of such a comprehensive understanding, it’s evident that all traditions of religion and spirituality, whatever their differences, represent one stage or another in the same great tradition of spirituality.

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    The very fact that one can remember his NDE suggests that the cortical and subcortical structures necessary for memory formation were active at the time. How else could one recall the experience?

    If you have a sense of reason, this alone should make you doubt the extremely irrational claim that consciousness does not depend on brain activity. While we do not quite understand how consciousness arises (and perhaps we never will because of the nature of consciousness itself), without actual evidence (cardiac arrest does NOT mean that brain activity wasn’t happening. Cardiac arrest means no active blood flow. Brain activity means electrical activity. You could have electrical activity of the brain for a few minutes without cardiac blood flow. You needed an fMRI machine to determine that there was no brain activity.

    In summary, please don’t allow your “SQ” to confuse your ability to use your “IQ”.

    • Thank you for your thoughtful response to this post. I have a few points to make in reply. Firstly, there is scientific evidence for the existence of consciousness independent of brain activity. Studies of near-death experience by post-materialist science confirm that consciousness is independent of the brain and body. See here and here for the evidence. Contrary to the common misconception that near-death experiences are merely the last throes of a dying brain, the evidence shows that in fact near-death experiences sometimes occur when the brain is not functioning (i.e. no blood circulation and no electrical activity). Evidently consciousness is independent of the brain, as documented in the video below.

      Secondly, in response to your comment, studies show that in the usual case, NDEs are associated with the sense of being an individuated conscious self, otherwise known as a soul. From the transcendental point of view there are no individuals, and thus there is no such thing as a soul in reality. However TQ is a highly advanced realisation. Those who have not attained TQ, which is the vast majority of people, experience themselves as apparent individuals both in the waking state and during NDEs. Thus the soul is an experiential reality in the absence of transcendental realisation. Therefore, for most people the soul does in fact appear to exist. For this reason we refer to the soul as a reality, even if the ultimate truth is that the soul does not exist.

      You might question why we refer to the soul as a reality when the ultimate truth is that the soul does not exist. The reason is that the dimensions of intelligence are developmental. Soul realisation represents an intermediate stage between ego consciousness and ultimate transcendental realisation. That’s why this website teaches SQ and not TQ. Spiritual intelligence is the next step after ego consciousness. Some spiritual traditions (e.g. Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, Jainism, etc) prefer to miss out the stage of soul realisation, in order to fulfil their mission of representing and transmitting unqualified transcendental realisation. However, there are benefits in including the stage of soul realisation, even though the the soul is ultimately realised to be illusory on the basis of ultimate TQ realisation. One of the many benefit of including SQ (soul realisation) as an intermediate stage between the ego and TQ (transcendental realisation) is that SQ represents an advance on ego that is easier to attain than TQ. Thus SQ assists with the transcendence of ego by providing a more easily attainable stage of consciousness than the ultimate TQ realisation . Everyone is capable of functioning with SQ, but only a few people are equipped to attain TQ within their current lifetime. Since SQ, even in the absence of TQ, is sufficient for profound transformation, both individually and collectively, it is sufficient to teach SQ for the purpose of global transformation.

      Nevertheless, you might object that even if SQ is easier to attain than TQ, it is still wrong to teach people that the soul exists when this is not so. However, such an objection is based on a misunderstanding. Consider, as an analogy, Newtonian physics and nuclear physics. Newtonian physics describes the macro world we are all familiar with using our five senses, and nuclear physics describes the world at the atomic and subatomic levels. These two levels of explanation contradict each other. For example, Newtonian physics tells us that a wooden table is a solid object, but nuclear physics tells us that the table is not solid, but only appears to be solid. According to nuclear physics the table is a mass of energy with no solidity whatsoever. Nevertheless we do not declare that Newtonian physics is false because atomic physics shows our senses are mistaken. This is because in the macro world the Newtonian model of reality suffices to get the job done. Thus the Newtonian model and the nuclear model represent different levels of experience and understanding. Similarly SQ and TQ represent different levels of experience and understanding. Just as there is no need to deny Newtonian physics on the basis of nuclear physics, there is no need to deny SQ on the basis of TQ.

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  • My sources for this post are the findings of scientific research from several independent fields, including cognitive psychology, psychoanalysis, transpersonal psychology, and neuroscience. The following article summarises the scientific evidence for spiritual intelligence: The Psychology of Spiritual Intelligence.

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      Transcendental Intelligence (TQ)

      When experienced with transcendental intelligence, all forms of conditional reality are like dreams to one who is awake. Everything is recognised as a form of consciousness in TQ. Therefore there is no such thing as “external reality” from the TQ point of view. So-called external reality is recognised as a modification of, in, and as, transcendental consciousness itself. This ultimate realisation abolishes suffering. When there is no separate world, there is also no sense of separate self, and therefore there is no one to suffer. Accordingly, speaking with transcendental intelligence, Krishnamurti is right to say that suffering results from assuming the existence of an external reality outside of consciousness. However, TQ represents the ultimate dimension of intelligence, which outshines the sense of separate self. But SQ is at a different level. SQ represents a stepped-down dimension, from the perspective of the apparently individuated soul.

      Spiritual Intelligence (SQ)

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      Many people are confused and misled by apparent contradictions between different spiritual teachings and traditions. A common source of confusion is the difference between soul realisation and transcendental realisation, which corresponds to the difference between SQ and TQ. This confusion represents an obstacle to progress for many sincere seekers of truth. Therefore it’s necessary to comprehend the difference between SQ and TQ in order to understand any spiritual tradition, and the relationship between different spiritual traditions. On this basis it becomes evident that all religious and spiritual traditions, whatever their differences, represent one stage or another in the same great tradition of spirituality.

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    • This quotation from UG Krishnamurti may appear to conflict with the information on this site about spiritual intelligence. I guess that’s why you posted this quotation here. But in fact there’s no conflict, although there’s a significant difference in perspective that’s important to understand. This statement by Krishnamurti is made from the perspective of transcendental intelligence (TQ) which is the dimension of intelligence beyond spiritual intelligence (SQ). The perspective of TQ is different than the perspective of SQ, as explained below.

      Transcendental Intelligence (TQ)

      When experienced with transcendental intelligence, all forms of conditional reality are like dreams to one who is awake. Everything is recognised as a form of consciousness in TQ. Therefore there is no such thing as “external reality” from the TQ point of view. So-called external reality is recognised as a modification of, in, and as, transcendental consciousness itself. This ultimate realisation abolishes suffering. When there is no separate world, there is also no sense of separate self, and therefore there is no one to suffer. Accordingly, speaking with transcendental intelligence, Krishnamurti is right to say that suffering results from assuming the existence of an external reality outside of consciousness. However, TQ represents the ultimate dimension of intelligence, which is non-individuated (ie without a sense of separate self and separate world). From the TQ perspective, the individual soul is transcended in the non-dual oneness of being. Whereas SQ represents a stepped-down dimension, from the perspective of the apparently individuated soul.

      Spiritual Intelligence (SQ)

      From the SQ perspective, the soul is experienced as an apparently individuated self. As an analogy, consider the different levels of scientific explanation in physics. TQ is analogous to nuclear physics, which applies to the fundamental structure of matter. But SQ is analogous to Newtonian physics, which applies to the macro world. However, TQ does not invalidate SQ, any more than nuclear physics invalidates Newtonian physics. They are simply different levels of experience and understanding, each of which is true within the framework of its own perspective. Thus Krishnamurti’s statement quoted above only appears to conflict with the information on this site. In fact there is no conflict, because Krishnamurti is speaking from the perspective of TQ, whereas the articles on this site are written from the perspective of SQ.

      SQ and TQ

      Many people are confused and misled by apparent contradictions between different spiritual teachings and traditions. A common source of confusion is the difference between soul realisation and transcendental realisation, which corresponds to the difference between SQ and TQ. This confusion represents an obstacle to progress for many sincere seekers of truth. Therefore it’s necessary to comprehend the difference between SQ and TQ in order to understand the relationship between different spiritual traditions. On this basis it becomes evident that all religious and spiritual traditions, whatever their differences, represent particular stages in the same great tradition of world spirituality.

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    • This quotation from UG Krishnamurti may appear to be in conflict with the information on this site about spiritual intelligence. I guess that’s why you posted this quotation here. But in fact there’s no conflict, although there’s a significant difference in perspective that’s important to understand. This statement by Krishnamurti is made from the perspective of transcendental intelligence (TQ) which is the dimension of intelligence beyond spiritual intelligence (SQ). The perspective of TQ is different than the perspective of SQ, as explained below.

      Transcendental Intelligence (TQ)

      When experienced with transcendental intelligence, all forms of conditional reality are like dreams to one who is awake. Everything is recognised as a form of consciousness in TQ. Therefore there is no such thing as “external reality” from the TQ point of view. So-called external reality is recognised as a modification of, in, and as, transcendental consciousness itself. This ultimate realisation abolishes suffering. When there is no separate world, there is also no sense of separate self, and therefore there is no one to suffer. Accordingly, speaking with transcendental intelligence, Krishnamurti is right to say that suffering results from assuming the existence of an external reality outside of consciousness. However, TQ represents the ultimate dimension of intelligence, which is non-individuated (ie without a sense of separate self and separate world). Whereas SQ represents a stepped-down dimension from the perspective of the apparently individuated and separate soul.

      Spiritual Intelligence (SQ)

      From the TQ perspective, the individual soul is transcended in the non-dual oneness of being. But from the SQ perspective, the soul is experienced as an apparently individuated self. As an analogy, consider the different levels of scientific explanation in physics. TQ is like nuclear physics, which applies to the fundamental structure of matter, and SQ is like Newtonian physics, which applies to the macro world. TQ does not invalidate SQ, any more than nuclear physics invalidates Newtonian physics. They are simply different levels of experience and understanding, each of which is true from its own perspective. Thus Krishnamurti’s statement quoted above only appears to conflict with the information on this site. In fact there is no conflict because Krishnamurti is speaking from the perspective of TQ, whereas the articles on this site are written from the SQ perspective.

      SQ and TQ

      Many people are puzzled and misled by apparent contradictions between different spiritual teachings and traditions. A common source of confusion is the difference between soul realisation and transcendental realisation, which corresponds to the difference between SQ and TQ. This confusion represents an obstacle to progress for many sincere seekers of truth. Therefore it’s necessary to recognise the distinction between SQ and TQ in order to understand any spiritual teaching or tradition.

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    • There may appear to be a conflict between this quotation from U.G. Krishnamurti and the information on this site about spiritual intelligence. But in fact there is no conflict, although there is an important difference in perspective. The quotation from Krishnamurti is a statement of transcendental intelligence (TQ), which is the dimension of intelligence beyond spiritual intelligence (SQ). The perspective of TQ is different than the perspective of SQ, as explained below.

      Transcendental Intelligence (TQ)

      From the TQ point of view, all forms of conditional reality are like dreams to one who is awake. Everything is recognised as consciousness from the TQ position. Therefore there is no such thing as “external reality” in TQ. So-called external reality is recognised as a modification of, in, and as, consciousness itself. This realisation abolishes suffering, because when there is no separate world, there is also no sense of separate self, and therefore there is no one to suffer. Therefore, speaking from the TQ position, Krishnamurti is right to say that suffering results from assuming the existence of an external reality outside of consciousness. However, TQ is the ultimate dimension of intelligence. Whereas SQ is a stepped-down dimension, with a different perspective, from the position of the apparently individuated soul.

      Spiritual Intelligence (SQ)

      From the SQ perspective, the soul exists as an apparently individuated self. Only in TQ is the individual soul transcended in the non-dual oneness of being. As an analogy, TQ is like nuclear physics, which applies to the fundamental structure of matter, whereas SQ is like Newtonian physics, which applies to the macro world. TQ does not invalidate SQ, any more than nuclear physics invalidates Newtonian physics. They are simply different levels of experience and understanding. Therefore when you read the sayings of spiritual teachers, it’s important to recognise where they are coming from. Otherwise it’s easy to be confused by apparent contradictions between soul realisation and transcendental realisation. Krishnamurti’s statements only appear to conflict what is written here. In fact there is no conflict, because Krishnamurti is speaking from the perspective of TQ, whereas the articles on this site are written from the SQ perspective.

      SQ and TQ

      The difference between SQ and TQ is a common source of confusion. Many people are puzzled and misled by apparent contradictions between different spiritual teachings and traditions. This confusion represents an obstacle for many sincere seekers of truth. Therefore it’s essential to recognise the distinction between SQ and TQ in order to understand any spiritual teaching or tradition. See the article above for more information about the difference between SQ and TQ.

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