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What is Spiritual Intelligence? What might we learn from Heinrich Harrer's story to help us become more spiritually intelligent?

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What is Spiritual Intelligence? What might we learn from Heinrich's story to help us become more spiritually intelligent? Being spiritually intelligent, is achieving happiness and being comfortable with the way your life is, without the greed. It is knowing what you find happiness in doing and not doing something whilst inflicted with greed, and appreciating life, your surroundings and becoming self-aware. For example, the fisherman had what the American businessman suggested as an end goal, just without money sat in a bank and 15-20 years of hard work behind him. The fisherman enjoyed life as he was, did not take things for granted and was satisfied and content. The opposite of being spiritually intelligent is being greedy, self-obsessed and forever wanting more in life. Our Spiritual Intelligence is the awareness of others beyond our self, and an awareness of the impact of our actions and words on others. Spiritual Intelligence can also be defined as "the ability to behave with Compassion and Wisdom while maintaining inner and outer peace (equanimity) regardless of the circumstances." Spiritual Intelligence is the intelligence with which we address and solve problems of meaning and value. As Danah Zohar and Ian Marshall said in their book 'SQ, Connecting with our Spiritual Intelligence', "It provides a context for our actions, as well as the way we assess whether one course of action or one life-path is more meaningful than another." Wisdom comes from an inner knowing, which comes from our many life lessons and what we've acquired through a lifetime of experience. 'To find your own way is to follow your bliss. ...read more.

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Shortly after, WW2 starts and the British take Heinrich and his climbing team to a P.O.W camp, which they escape together from eventually. Throughout his time in prison, Heinrich moped a lot, received divorce papers and made it all the more harder for the rest of the climbing team to escape, by attempting to escape regularly. I also think that regret began to pierce Heinrich's conscience, adding to the journey towards spiritual intelligence. On the other hand, Peter used his time in prison to learn languages and plan carefully his next steps to survival. This is proved in the quote; "It's amazing what you learn in prison camp, isn't it?" I also think that Peter is a lot more spiritually intelligent than Harrer already. Peter and Heinrich travel to the City of Tibet. Tibet, traditionally hostile to outsiders, finally accepts Heinrich and Peter into their tight community. A tailor named Pemalachi is sent to Harrer and Aufschnaiter to present them with a specially made outfit. The two men immediately begin to fight over her, Heinrich using his own ego and past success, trying to impress her and Peter being nice, considerate and showing compassion. It is fairly obvious that the tailor will chose Peter from this quote; "You admire the man who pushes himself to the top in everything and we admire the man who abandons his ego." I think at this point, Heinrich Harrer starts to become more spiritually intelligent and realises he has to start living life differently, because people will not treat him as a celebrity in this foreign city. ...read more.

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A wise and effective change agent 19. Makes compassionate and wise decisions 20. A calming, healing presence 21. Being aligned with the ebb and flow of life This table was taken from "Spiritual Intelligence and why it matters to us" by Cindy Wiggleswoth. In conclusion, being spiritually intelligent is finding a level of awareness in life, where you are blissfully happy, but not necessarily rich, famous or powerful. Escaping the cycle of Samsara can be considered spiritual intelligence being attained. The Hero's journey is a very good way of explaining the levels of a person's spiritual intelligence increasing and often in mythology, everyday books and films, event the lives of some historical figures, this journey is, basically, followed. I think Joseph Campbell knew what he was talking about when he wrote his book and was an eye-opener for people, when they realise that being spiritually intelligent will improve life and your current levels of happiness. The songs 'I hope you dance' and 'suddenly I see' are a very modern way to the insight of spiritual intelligence and, in my opinion, exceptional songs compared to most 'pop' songs in this day and age. We can learn a lot form the story of Heinrich Harrer, by realising that even the most egotistical of men can be spiritually intelligent if they follow the path correctly. Harrer's views and opinions of life and the way to live it completely changed and he became a better man, with a little help from his companion and the Dalai Lama. If society and I want to become more spiritually intelligent there are steps to follow and aspects to study, but it is possible, if you just believe and enjoy life the way it is! ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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