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We dance round in a ring and suppose

But the secret sits in the middle and knows.

Robert Frost


Wilson's Newer Views of learning:

Spiritual/existential intelligence 





Leslie Owen Wilson

 1994 all rights reserved


I am a unitary child

Not made of separate parts.

I think. I touch. I feel.

I am a whole being,

Mind, body and spirit.

See all of me,

The total circle of my essence,

In its entirety.

Revere me for what I am

A child of this world;

A reflection of today;

A mirror of the past;

A link with now and then and tomorrow;

A bit of cosmic dust;

A totally unique being.

See me as I am,

A whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Touch my soul and let me touch yours.

Let us share this time and space,

With reverence for each other's wholeness.

For we are both the children of a greater




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Leslie Owen Wilson 2005,  restrictions on usage

Webquest #3 - SQ

The following has been devised for my graduate class, ED 703.

1. After you have mucked around a bit in the MI Webquest and have a feel for how details in those intelligences play out, and before you look at the handouts I gave you and investigate SQ in more detail:

  • See if you can come up with your own definition. What would be the traits that distinguished a person with high SQ? 

  • Looking at your list of distinguishing characteristics and decide of there are overlaps between elements from interpersonal, intrapersonal, or naturalistic intelligences?

  • Now, go to this site and take the SQ quiz at the bottom of the page.

  • Afterward, read the descriptors provided from both the Mindwise site noting similarities with any of yours.

    Afterward, read the descriptors provided noting similarities with any of yours.

2. The terms existential and spiritual tend to put people off. If this really is an intelligence, can you think of a better term, one that might have more meaning and less religious connotation?

3. Read reviews of these books and see what you think, would you be intrigued enough to order either of them or check one or both of them out of a library?

a. Spiritual Intelligence: What We Can Learn from the Early Awakening Child by Marsha Sinetar

The main review gives and overview of the book, but also is somewhat critical of the author and her research.

  • Do you think that there is a lot of research on this topic? See what you can find -- don't spend a whole lot of time doing this, just see if you can get a flavor for what is available.

  • Why or why not? Develop a theory as to why.

  • Can you find anything out about this author - any credibility in her work?

b. Spiritual Intelligence : Developing Higher Consciousness - by Dorothy A. Sisk, E. Paul Torrance ( who are are these folks? are they more credible than Sinetar?)

Read Torrance and Sisk's "Have you ever" using it as a reflection of your own life. What is the old adage  - An unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates

Use their list as a catalyst to have a discussion with a friend, a peer, a spouse, a child who might be old enough to understand.

  • Are we spiritual beings whose specials scripts and paths should be honored in schools?

  • If so, how can we do that?

4. Check out your beginning definitions and see if they match mine and those found in the links below. Synthesize the concepts or tenets of SQ and come up with a comprehensive definition of your own -- one that you feel pretty confident about -- what would your final one be?

Definitions & discussions

5. Any other thoughts?


Copyright Leslie Owen Wilson,2005