Exploring Spiritual Intelligence – Part 5 – Flow

FLOW

F = Focus, Find, Follow

L = Love (Enthusiasm, Understanding, Compassion)

with O = Openness (Clarity, Potential, Possibility)

and W = Wonder (Awe, Humility, Passion, Curiosity)

Do you make unrealistic demands of yourself and your time? I know I do. Having said that, i now have the good sense to appreciate the craziness of my ever growing to do lists with humour and even better sense to tear them up, often. Just so that i can make a new one which may be a little bit more realistic (not!!).

Meditating…

I suddenly slipped effortlessly into FLOW … The place of balance, of going with the flow, of trusting doing, trusting being, trusting the flow that embraced both

Being ————–FLOWING————–Doing

Doing ————–FLOWING————– Being

Imagine living a life of graceful elegance of  effortless FLOW 

Ranjana’s Journal Entry from October 2012

Despite the habit of overburdening myself, I now engage more and more with FLOW. This has helped me discover patience, openness and space. When I experience patience as my reality I am filled with an extraordinary lightness and possibility. Intuitive flow aligns me with the Bliss of Doing, Flowing, and Being. Life makes me smile and my tears make me smile.

It is a wonderful thing to share a smile, to do so without any expectation of reciprocation, without any need to please or be pleasant, without pretense, without hiding, without fear. This is effortless being, flowing, doing…. smiling…. What stops me or you experiencing the state of flow? There are many answers, and they all have merit. In this blog, I want to bring your attention to TIME.

Time

As part of my research for this blog, i reflected on films that have captured the public’s imagination. I discovered a common gripping element, “the race against time”. Imagine Matrix, Star Wars, Titanic, Avatar, and Lord of the Rings etc. without this riveting tension. What if we were no longer in a race against time? What if time flows as we flow and what if we can influence that flow with our awareness?

Our mentality (mind set) is so locked up in the limitations of time that I wonder if we have lost sight of timelessness, eternity, immortality, beauty…FLOW. I am not saying that we should ignore the constraints of time or somehow transcend the measurement of time – but perhaps we could entertain a little balance? Perhaps create a little space…space to remember the Eternal Infinite Constant.  A little patience (willingness), openness (trust), emptiness (space) for FLOW: Focused –Loving — Omni (Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient) – Wisdom.

Here are some questions to ponder over:

  • Have you ever experienced a sense of flow in your life?
  • How do you know that you are in the flow?
  • Do you recognise when your life is not in flow?
  • What do you require to be in FLOW?

There are many LiberatingTouch Processes and Sequences to help you discover FLOW on your journey inwards and outwards, and help you express the Love, Truth and Presence that you are.

Lovingly, Ranjana

www.whatwecan.com

To find out more about implementing intuitive flow, we invite you to book a LiberatingTouch® Intensive with Eddie and Ranjana.

Exploring Spiritual Intelligence – Part 4 – Purpose

Power and Purpose

An integral aspect of cultivating spiritual intelligence is being able to recognise the habits and conditioned behaviour that rob you of your power.  When you become aware of the ways in which you experience powerlessness you can take inspired conscientious action and reclaim your power and confidence. With the return of your power you discover your purpose.

The First Stage in Reclaiming Personal Power is Awareness (the following is an excerpt from the book, “Detachment: The Secret to Infinite Peace”)

We can begin by asking ourselves where we have given away our power. We can start by making a list of all the issues (challenges) we have. This will help us pinpoint the areas where we have given away our power. This can be difficult for some, as they are not used to being aware. So many are in denial about how they consistently sabotage healing, relationships, success, and opportunities for growth, and peace.

Here are some common examples of how we lose power:

  • Attachments (to family/friends/comfort/objects/ familiarity/opinions/judgement)
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Accumulation and clutter
  • Lying/dishonesty
  • Addictions
  • Giving too much personal information to others when you don’t have to
  • Anxiety
  • Being excessively apologetic
  • Having excessive desires
  • Malice or hatred
  • Envy
  • Vows/decisions made to avoid suffering
  • Debt
  • Either reliving or blanking out memories
  • Shame and guilt

And and and…

Reclaiming power and recognising our purpose is what Eddie and I focus on during Regenerative LiberatingTouch® intensives and during the first four days of the Heart of Understanding Class. It is always a source of amazement for our clients and students when and how they experience subtle but empowering changes that come with awareness.

Without reclaiming your power it is hard to live life with or on purpose.

As your power returns your purpose steadily clarifies. The fact is you do not have one purpose; you have four purposes. Some are aware of one, perhaps two but there are actually 4 main purposes that drive you, that inspire you, which give you reason to live, grow, work, play and explore your potential.

I’ll give you a basic outline of these four purposes which we discuss during our LiberatingTouch 8 day Heart of Understanding Class or during Regenerative Intensives.

1. The Ultimate Purpose – Moksha (Liberation) – This is the same for everyone, it is the heart’s desire to be free, to know (realise) oneSELF (Truth) beyond all limitation.

2. The Spiritual Purpose – Artha (Meaning) – This is what gives each individual meaning in life; it inspires you and fills you with Love.

3. The Mental-Emotional Purpose – Kama (Desire) – This is your challenge it is related to your desires, to your passion and to your expression. When you are in harmony with this you find peace.

4. The Material Purpose – Dharma (Duty) – This is what you have come to manifest, create, and action. When you are in alignment with this you experience a deep satisfaction that comes with Self-Responsibility.

And here is the twist, you need to reclaim your power to realise your purpose and once you realise your purpose your life is filled with power.

Lovingly, Ranjana

www.whatwecan.com

Exploring Spiritual Intelligence – Part 3 – Genres

The 4 Genres of Spirituality

In today’s world there seem to be 4 notable genres of spirituality. They all have their place and it is useful to explore these to appreciate how they nourish our personal growth and developing spiritual intelligence. These four approaches are outlined below in brief. Of course, they are not so cut and dried and there are many interwoven links. We talk about these genres, their interconnections and their effect on a growing spiritual world in greater detail during our Heart of Understanding 8 Day LiberatingTouch Class.

Popular Spirituality

Popular spirituality is part of a growing life-affirming genre – It is life loving and joyous, there is almost a feeling that anything goes so long as one is focused on compassion, kindness, positivity, sustainability and being present. This can be a confusing blend of non-dualism and body celebration. For some this approach lacks depth, accountability and does not always allow for the complexity of life’s many experiences. There is an avoidance of discipline and commitment, but there is a huge exploratory element which allows one to venture and discover life outside the confines of certainty. This genre avoids using the word God in describing its affiliation and prefers to use words like, Presence, Grace, Source and similar terminology.

Tradition and Faith

The traditional genre or the route of religion is when one consciously demonstrates love for God or a Higher Power. It is often defined by a set of codified practices or by adopting ancient observations, theology, or philosophy. Some of these approaches have been passed down for generations. The merit in this genre is the emphasis on community, having a value-based life, a life of service. Each tradition has a set of laws that provide the seeker with an ethical life-honouring framework to build upon. The issue with this genre is that over centuries prejudice and misappropriation has tainted some of the original teachings.  Much has been lost in translation, yet the essence of these traditions continues to be beacons of light and wisdom for many. 

Investigative Spirituality

This inquiry based spiritual path shows itself in the growing cognitive therapeutic approaches. This genre veers away from devotion. Its focus is understanding, knowledge, mindfulness and self-awareness. Here the seeker actively engages in deconstructing what they believe about themselves, the world they inhabit, so that they can discover the Truth about themselves. It uses catch phrases like oneness, existence, non-existence, and absolute. Its non-dualistic approach although deeply compassionate and meditative is fairly cerebral and does not always allow for the physical, emotional or the more “chaotic” expressions of the spiritual seeker for example, the tears of yearning.

Integrative and Intuitive

Integrative spirituality relies on the seekers intuitive wisdom, the ability to explore, study, experience and intuit how to build a direct relationship with God. It is the uncertain route, lacking the support of tradition, the feel good of the popular or the clarity of knowledge. This genre requires one to delve into all areas of spirituality, philosophy, life, to explore Truth from an internal, intuitive perspective and because it does not have the certainty of external recognition it can be an unsettling path.  Here Love is the path and Truth is the destination. This path demands the cultivation of patience (willingness to listen, devotion, tolerance and constant integrated awareness) and purity (inquiry, discernment, disciplined rigorous self-responsibility). Without these the seeker experiences confusion and conflict.

Although these 4 genres demonstrate differences in their expression and methodology, they all share the recognition and reverence of Divinity; they all have at their core a compassionate heart. This unites them in Love and eventually the seeker whatever the path returns to Truth.

Lovingly, Ranjana

www.whatwecan.com

Exploring Spiritual Intelligence – Part 2 – Intelligence

More About Intelligence

Most of us have some degree of physical intelligence, we feel hungry we eat, we feel thirsty we drink, we feel tired we rest and so on. But when we fall ill we require more than physical intelligence to heal. We rely on mental intelligence to make an informed decision that we are unwell. Emotional Intelligence helps us make choices about the healing route we are going to pursue. For example our mental intelligence will inform us of the importance of rest, but our emotional intelligence will permit us to fulfill this need or not. A good example of this is when someone feels guilty about taking rest and will therefore ignore all good reason to rest. So where does Spiritual Intelligence fit in?

We can develop a physical illness in order to carry out healing that has a spiritual component i.e. remembering our true nature. Understanding that Absolute Love powers our existence is enough to create a shift in awareness to bring about deep healing. Our dis-eases / discomforts / dis-harmonies can be caused by our negative thinking and fear driven emotions, which are not in alignment with Spiritual Intelligence.

In truth none of these intelligences function independently, however when each one of them is aligned with Spiritual Intelligence our lives become dynamic ripples of Loving Intelligence expressing deep Truth.

Lovingly, Ranjana

www.whatwecan.com

Exploring Spiritual Intelligence – Part 1 – What is?

What is Spiritual Intelligence?

Over the years Eddie and I have encountered many projects, illnesses, challenges and disharmony, the most moment-defining in the healing process has been the understanding that arises when the correlation between their project (disharmony) and spiritual learning is acknowledged. Spiritual Intelligence is vital in healing, so why not in business, in education, in relationships? Cultivating (more accurately remembering) one’s Spiritual Intelligence is having the understanding that each one of us is not confined to space and time, we are fragments of infinite Love capable of great acts of inspiration and courage.

Danah Zohar coined the term “spiritual intelligence” and introduced the idea in 1997 in her book, “ReWiring the Corporate Brain.”

Danah Zohar defined 12 principles underlying spiritual intelligence:

  • Self-awareness: Knowing what I believe in and value, and what deeply motivates me.
  • Spontaneity: Living in and being responsive to the moment.
  • Being vision and value led: Acting from principles and deep beliefs, and living accordingly.
  • Holism: Seeing larger patterns, relationships, and connections; having a sense of belonging.
  • Compassion: Having the quality of “feeling-with” and deep empathy.
  • Celebration of diversity: Valuing other people for their differences, not despite them.
  • Field independence: Standing against the crowd and having one’s own convictions.
  • Humility: Having the sense of being a player in a larger drama, of one’s true place in the world.
  • Tendency to ask fundamental “Why?” questions: Needing to understand things and get to the bottom of them.
  • Ability to reframe: Standing back from a situation or problem and seeing the bigger picture or wider context.
  • Positive use of adversity: Learning and growing from mistakes, setbacks, and suffering.
  • Sense of vocation: Feeling called upon to serve, to give something back.

Robert Emmons defines spiritual intelligence as “the adaptive use of spiritual information to facilitate everyday problem solving and goal attainment.” He originally proposed 5 components of spiritual intelligence:

  1. The capacity to transcend the physical and material.
  2. The ability to experience heightened states of consciousness.
  3. The ability to sanctify everyday experience.
  4. The ability to utilize spiritual resources to solve problems.
  5. The capacity to be virtuous.

Cindy Wigglesworth defines spiritual intelligence as “the ability to act with wisdom and compassion, while maintaining inner and outer peace, regardless of the circumstances.”

There is an insightful article by Cindy Wigglesworth, “Spiritual Intelligence: Living as Your Higher Self” at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cindy-wigglesworth/spiritual-intelligence_b_1752145.html?comm_ref=false&src=sp&utm_hp_ref=fb

This knowledge is not new, but it has been ignored. When we disregard this spiritual (divine) intelligence we lose sight of what we are truly capable of. We believe that lasting healing solutions arise from drawing sustenance from this deep well of Infinite Compassionate Spiritual Intelligence.

Over the next few months we hope to share a few more insights on Spiritual Intelligence.

Lovingly, Ranjana

www.whatwecan.com