Tapping Spiritual Intelligence in Distressed Times Like Covid-19

  • Mathew Maniampra Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bengaluru
Keywords: Self-determination, Pandemic, Spiritual Intelligence


All people are granted the potentials and tools for selfdetermination to empower them to make life meaningful. It is not simple knowledge, technology, health, or wealth that makes us vibrant and joyful but spiritual intelligence and its application. Other than the socially or media given narratives, individuals have to make their narratives for a full life. Selfcare and Self-empowerment are the only immediate solution we have at hand. This stressful Pandemic is the right time to look into how much spiritual intelligence we manifest and apply in life. Spiritual intelligence is ability central to real-life issues; it is manifested in interconnected attributes: faith, humility, gratitude, and integrative ability, ability to regulate emotions, morality, and moral conduct. A spiritual anchoring and vision will enhance one’s spiritual intelligence scale.


Amram, Y. (2007). The seven dimensions of spiritual intelligence: An ecumenical, grounded theory in D. B. King & T. L. DeCicco. The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 28 (1), 2009, 68-86.

Baumgardner, S. R., & Crothers, M.K. (2009). Positive Psychology. Noida, UP Dorling Kindersley.

Cappellen, P. V., Toth-Gauthier, M., Saroglou, V., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2016). Religion and well-being: The mediating role of positive emotions. Journal of Happiness Studies, 17, 485-505.

Cousins, N. (1989). Headfirst: The biology of hope. New York: Penguin Books.

Francis. (2018). Veritatis Gaudium. Trivandrum: Carmel International Publishing House.

Groeschel, B. J. (1987). Stumbling blocks or stepping stones: Spiritual answers to psychological questions. New York: Paulist Press.

Inglefinger, F. (1980) On the self-limiting nature of the most human illness. New England Journal of Medicine,303, 1506-1511.

Kempis, T. A. (2002). The imitation of Christ. Tel Aviv: Nimrod (Hebrew edition). Kalo, S. (2000). Answers. Jaffa: DAT (in Hebrew).

Mayer, J. D. (2000). Spiritual intelligence or spiritual consciousness? The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 10(1), 47-56.

McDonald, G. (1994). The life God blesses. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Pargament, K. I. (2007). Spiritually integrated psychotherapy: Understanding and addressing the sacred. New York, NY: Guilford.

Ramanathan, M. (2018). Hormones and chemicals are linked to our emotions. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Ronel, N. (2008). The experience of spiritual intelligence. The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 40(1), 100- 119.

Siegal, B. (1986). Love, Medicine, & Miracles. New York: Harper& Row.

Vasudev, S.J. (2020) The speaking tree. Times of India: 17 July 2020, 10.

Zohar, D., Marshall, I., & Marshall, I. N. (2000). SQ: Connecting with our spiritual intelligence. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing.