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Spiritual Intelligence: Our Y and X axis

Friends in order to effect meaningful change in our lives and community we need to consider our Vertical (Up to Down) and Horizontal (Side to Side) points of influence. What I crudely refer to as our Y and X axis.

Both are of equal importance, therefore a shift in one affects the other.

Our vertical pull denotes the things or people that motivate or shape our lives, in other words our upward pull. These include things we live for, people we model our lives after, our values and beliefs, books and media, aspirations etc.

While our horizontal pull; people or things around us – in other words our side pull. These include our; peers, friends, colleagues, environment, social network, family, social trends, popular culture etc.

In the prophet Isaiah’s epiphany while mourning the death of king Uzziah (a man he greatly admired), he made this profound statement;

Mourn for me; I’m ruined! I’m a man with unclean lips, and I live among a people with unclean lips. Yet I’ve seen the king, the Lord of heavenly forces!

Yet I’ve seen The King, and that was the catalyst for a vertical shift  – resulting in a shift in his horizontal sphere. He was completely transformed, and his sense of purpose and destiny – turbo charged!

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~ Sabali

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Essay: Epiphany…

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something

One of many qualities that sets humankind apart from other living creatures is our ability to radically change the course of our lives.

A plant stays stationed within the sphere its planted all through its life span. As close as domestic pets are to humans, I have not seen any evidence of a radical change in their habits and instincts. All other animals have shown no significant sign of incremental development through knowledge transfer in comparison humankind’s.

From small changes to our daily routine or habits, to radical ones that lead to; healthier lifestyle, better relationships, or completely different vocational or career path.

And we have not stopped! From the Garden of Eden to; caves, huts, villages, cities and mega cities. We have defiled gravity with airplanes, conquered the seas with vessels, and space with rockets and satellites.

We are able to achieve all this because we posses the ability to ask questions, envision possibilities, process and pass on knowledge to our off-springs. Our quest for knowledge is the main catalyst for these epiphany moments.

Most change-makers encounter this experience at a crucial point in their hunger and thirst for answers to life’s questions, thereby leading to various degrees of change or re-orientation from their original path.

As a result, these people were able to challenge the status-quo and turn their world upside down. They challenged; stereotypes, cultural norms, traditions, ideologies, institutions, popular culture, life styles, political systems, theories, spirituality, science, authorities etc., compelling others to re-think their position and re-align their paradigms.

I firmly believe that this experience is not reserved for a handful of “special” people, but available to all seekers.

In The Rabbi’s own words;

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Wow…! In our quest for more, the gateway to Epiphanies is opened.

So friends, as we yield our lives for the greater good, we open our hearts and minds to sudden manifestations of the very essence or meaning of life.

~ Sabali