Many people think it is. And I must admit that I myself can have quite an allergic reaction to some people who call themselves spiritual. Particularly if they make spirituality into some kind of mystery far removed from reality, try to use “the secret” to get a house with a swimming pool or the worst, they clearly behave in unethical ways. Instead of, for example, a zen master who talks about “chopping wood and carrying water”.
Spirituality measured in 21 skills
The problem with spirituality is that we often don’t have a good language to discuss what is spirituality and what is just vague fantasizing. That is why I am very happy with the bold endeavor of Cindy Wigglesworth to deconstruct spirituality in 21 “measurable” skills, combined in her Spiritual Intelligence Assessment (SQi), in the same way that Daniel Goleman has deconstructed Emotional Intelligence to test our EQ.
Being able to explore skills such as “our awareness of our own worldview”, “living our purpose and values” or “being able to align with the ebb and flow of life”, offers a very interesting map for personal development. As Cindy also found a correlation between “action logics” (i.e. world views – see earlier blogs and interviews) and SQi, these 21 skills might even provide a great complementary path in developing our action logic, or personal operating system.
And in our rational and IQ-oriented world, it might be exactly these 21 skills that inquire into the deeper parts of human beings, that offer an alternative (and less travelled) road to our personal happiness or organisational effectiveness. Imagine scoring businesses on a financial and spiritual bottom line, both measurable.
Cindy Wigglesworth’s Nine-Step Process
After taking the assessment, Cindy also coaches people to act more from their higher self, than from their ego, especially while being challenged. As she summarised her 9-step process (for dealing with upsetting people, situations, etc.) in the interview, I’d like to repeat it here to share a concrete example of her way of working:
- Stop! (don’t react to whatever is happening)
- Take some slow, deep breaths from your belly
- Ask for help (from another person, from your higher self, from God, etc.)
- Deeply observe yourself (what’s going on in your body, emotions, head, …etc.)
- Identify and deeply embrace the concerns of your ego (this one is hard!)
- Look deeply for the root causes for the upset (ask why again and again to find the core fear)
- Reframe to see the situation with compassion (tell a different story about what’s happening)
- Refocus on something to be grateful for (don’t get stuck on everything that’s wrong – this is a practice!)
- Choose a more spiritually-based (or higher self-based) response
Is the workplace ready for spirituality?
I really don’t know. However, I do believe that Cindy Wigglesorth’s SQi test, 21 skills and her 9-step process, offer a great and concrete foundation for exploring how we personally can apply the insights from this serie in our own worklife.
I know that I continuously feel like being in an “adaptive challenge”, as Bob Anderson would call it, so the proof of the pudding will be in the eating. Opportunities abound!
PS: learn more about Cindy Wigglesworth and the SQi test here: www.deepchange.com