Introduction to Spiritual Boosters

 

Spiritual Intelligence relates to finding meaning and value in life. It involves determining who we are, what life is, and our part in it. It is the ability to seek, value, and appreciate life itself, truth in all of its dimensions, and beauty in all its forms and majesty. Spiritual Intelligence is both a longing for and a power to become ever more a unique fulfillment of what we can become. It goes beyond limits and seeks eternity.

 

The term IQ for many years has meant the rational ability to solve logical or strategic problems. It was found in the last few decades, however, that many people who had a high IQ still failed at work and in life. That resulted in recognizing Emotional Intelligence or EQ. This additional collection of abilities involved an awareness of our own and other people's feelings, including empathy, compassion, motivation, and the ability to respond appropriately to pain or pleasure. But this still did not fully explain why some people are able to live fulfilling lives, regardless of their physical circumstances, and others, despite riches, seem trapped in the narrow and shallow. It also did not explain the need and means to grow in depth of character. IQ plus EQ still left an empty void. In the last few years, the term Spiritual Intelligence or SQ has appeared in the studies of personal and organizational success. It is interesting that this "new" concept is also mankind's oldest.

Spiritual Intelligence is a necessary foundation if all the other abilities are to have value. This search after meaning in life is not an extra, but a necessary.

Man's search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a "secondary rationalization" of instinctual drives. This meaning is unique and specific in that it must and can be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it achieve a significance which will satisfy his own will to meaning.  (Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning)  

Various religions in all times and places have identified pathways and markers to help the spiritual pilgrim on his or her way. They often involve stories, symbols, rituals, beliefs, and instructions. It is remarkable to find under the surface how much almost all religions have in common. Although it would be important to concentrate on one religion as a unifying force in life, it would be prudent to respect all religions and be open to benefit from the helps and truths that each has to offer.

Spiritual Boosters concentrates on the Bible and Christian teachings, but also brings in examples and stories from other religions and people throughout recorded history. Fifty-two powerful learning/teaching ideas are identified that the Christian gospel contains to help each of us become the person God intended us be, and to help and teach others to do the same. The concept of a Sabbath Day each week was so powerful that it allowed the Israelites to survive as a civilization longer than any other people in history. It was time set aside to rest and delight in being alive. Fifty-two spiritual activity ideas are included that can boost spirituality on the Sabbath or any other time during the week. Also included are 52 visualizations to cultivate your mind with beautiful pictures and images and be a stimulus for spiritual impulses to grow.

I wish you complete success on your journey,

 

Brent R. Evans