Spiritual Intelligence – Paradigms 1

What works, spiritually speaking?

Practical functionality marks the difference between superstition and spiritual intelligence.” From Raise Your Altar 2.

Practical functionality applies to grooming one’s personal power, be it in search of magic, good luck or high understanding. If it’s not functional it’s just academic. If it’s not applied knowledge, it’s pure potential. If the knowledge exists it must be useful and doable.

Seeking practical functionality does not apply only to spirituality, of course. That kind of goal runs across the board, career to community involvement, politics, and personal relationships.

Seeking practical functionality in spirituality brings a certain intelligence to the practice of spirituality. A rational approach to spirituality includes more than just faith. First it tells us we want results – to feel better, reach goals, learn something, and second, since we want to get good at it, it implies a long term commitment to the process.    

The keys to this functionality have been handed to us by all our ancestors, over the entirety of recorded time. The ancestors bequeathed us, for one, countless bodies of knowledge: conglomerates of functional-when-used information.

These bodies of knowledge range from physics, chemistry, engineering, marketing, along with all subjects within spirituality: how to reach God, how to achieve higher spiritual status, how to know yourself, how to deal with our dead, how to live a strong life, and so forth.

We have inherited countless treasures from our ancestors.

Why do you think our ancestors compiled all these bodies of knowledge? To torture students? To gather dust? To provide kindling?

The ancestors died and suffered fates worth than death for us to receive and use those bodies of knowledge.

So what are the ancestors saying?

Seeking practical functionality through a body of knowledge improves life on Earth.

They would know, huh?

Naturally, we’re bringing more Paradigms of Spiritual Intelligence. We want short snippets of a structure, a concept, a ritual even. If you have something that works on or from a spiritual perspective, we’d love to hear it and share it.

Coming Paradigms: A reader suggests that the process for magic parallels the process of art. We hope he tells us more, but it’s got us thinking. Until then,


3 thoughts on “Spiritual Intelligence – Paradigms 1

  1. Dad, thanks for putting this together. It strikes several cords with my personal journey these last few months, starting new ventures, reshaping older ones. The idea of culture and process continue to come to mind. The similarities between making spirituality, music, learning, or business (amongst discpilines, of course) really work is a commitment to process. The kind of commitment that stays fast when we are most in doubt.

    One of my earliest mentors in business had a really interesting response when asked about company “culture.” This was in the hey-day of ping-pong tables and sushi lunches in Silicon Valley, when having those “perks” were seemed to make or break your business. After the second or third time she was asked about “culture,” her answer became: process. Commit to a process and culture is left. Ping-pong tables won’t help you when your business hits choppy waters — and they all hit choppy waters — process keeps people focused and grounded; the only way to make it to calmer, more prosperous waters.

    That idea of making your own luck really comes to mind here. If process leads to culture and culture leads to understanding on all planes, the science is simple: learn what to do, keep it clean and simple, and repeat. The results will be seen and felt and because they are repeatable outlive us human types.



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