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I became interested in spiritual intelligence after a lifelong journey as I have always put my professional life first.  And this one was not especially dedicated to spirituality but finance. Was it really a choice? I’m not sure. But it was my path.

My research on spiritual intelligence started with the question “Why?”. Life begins and ends with this question. But I was really confronted with this question when I faced some corruption cases in the domain in which I was working, the political and humanitarian field. Why do people act like this? Does the evil exist and why? Are some personalities more prone to spirituality (or materialism) than others?

Looking for the signs

And then I  remembered that I had had a spiritual crisis when I was very young, as an early sign of my future life interest. I was ten or eleven years old when I had this mystical experience, an experience that was to leave a deep impression on me and opened the way to many years of research.

My parents were non-practicing Catholics. They never talked about religion or faith at home, and they had baptized none of their children. But I decided at the age of ten-eleven that I wanted to be baptized according to the Catholic rites and make my communion. I had a firm intention: I wanted to become a nun. At school, I had a  friend whose sisters had all joined the Order of Carmelites and I was fascinated. At that time, this path seemed obvious to me. My parents did not oppose my wish, thinking probably that I may change my mind, but also that knowing religion would be a good thing for my education and that if God existed, we might better be on good terms.

So, I received all the sacraments, from baptism to my solemn communion, in Corsica (France). The detail is important because Corsica is a land of traditions and most of the girls were dressed in sumptuous white lace dresses, inherited from their mothers and grandmothers. My mother had sewn me a beautiful dress of organza. I can still see myself in that church, lit by huge candles, wrapped in incense, overwhelmed with ecstasy. And, suddenly, there, in a corner, I saw one of the communicants crying. Surprised, I asked my neighbor why; why so much sorrow when we were amid happiness? She answered: “You know, the nuns raised her; she has no parents. She cries because her dress is yellowed and old. The sisters lent it to her”.

I was dismayed. My world and my faith collapsed in front of this terrible injustice. How could God, a symbol of love and compassion, be so cruel to one of us on that very day? My dream of becoming a nun was shattered that day in that church. I left this God, revolting against the creator and not the creature. I realized later in my life that I made a mistake that day, but adolescence rarely compromises.

Personality and spiritual attraction

But this story shows that I was attracted to spirituality very young. Why? Do we have personalities who are more predisposed than others to believe or to seek? are we reincarnations of ancestors and inherit their traits? I do not have any clear answers.

Time passed. I became interested in spirituality again years later when I was confronted with the corruption of certain political and diplomatic circles. The question of why resurfaced. And I started looking for meanings, the answers to ‘Why’, searching in books for the significance of my lived experiences, feeling confusedly that, beyond “reality”, there were other worlds, other rules than those of Men.

I searched for the answers in esoteric traditions (astrology, tarot, alchemy, Freemason symbolism, kabbalah) as well as in psychology, notably research on consciousness and transpersonal psychology. I then noticed the convergence of esoteric approaches, all based on key numbers, and which opens on new theories of personality.

Esoteric and Psychological Common Approaches

But also the traditions and the research in psychology both refer to the existence of an informational field that we feed through our thoughts, words and actions. R. Sheldrake speaks of morphic resonance, E. Lazlo and R. Steiner to the akashic field and D. Bohm, in his work on quantum mechanics, to implicit order.

to sum up, esoteric traditions such as astrology and the kabbalah help us to understand

  • that there are different types of personality: ten according to the astrological and the Kabbalistic traditions,
  • that each of the ten personalities represents one of the ten universal values (see my previous articles on S. Schwartz theory) such as those described by masonic symbolism that enable humanity to progress,
  • that life is a transformational process that follows precise stages (as described by the tarot or the alchemy.

Spiritual intelligence represents the ability to act, speak and think beyond the ego and in accordance with humanistic values. This implies:

  • Improving self-knowledge,
  • stepping back from oneself and situations,
  • seeking balance in all circumstances.

I will come back on all these aspects in future posts. Meanwhile, if you want to measure your spiritual intelligence, feel free to fulfil the attached SISRI-24 test and return it to me so that I can send you the results.

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