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!


~ Sabali


Essay: Life in Panorama

Considering the Context…

Listening to The Human Zoo (not the best title for creationists I know – chortle!), on BBC Radio 4, I realised that as well as willpower, our context is an equally important factor in making life changes.

So important that scientists worth their salt now consider it when conducting a research. So important that town planners now use it to nudge changes to lifestyle choices like obesity, cigarette smoking and even investment from businesses.

Our context include variables like our; current situation or circumstances, friends and colleagues, environment… Our context affects our disposition, therefore it should be added to the mix along with willpower and positive affirmations when considering life changes. Little wonder why Paul made this his closing remark to friends in Philippi millennia ago;

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – If anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

Perhaps before we go charging up our willpower and rehearsing those positive affirmations, we simply need to make little tweaks to our current context?

Maybe that’s the missing link to that long anticipated breakthrough!


~ Sabali