Spiritual Intelligence: What We Can Learn from the Early Awakening Child

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In the same reassuring, confident voice that has endeared her to millions, Marsha Sinetar introduces us to spiritually aware children who mirror the spiritual qualities we were born with but have neglected or ignored. She inspires us to re-develop these gifts in our own lives.

"Spiritual intelligence," writes Sinetar, "is inspired thought. It is light, the kiss of life that awakens our sleeping beauty. It animates people of any age, in any situation. In children, that quickening makes boys and girls want to seek ...

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In the same reassuring, confident voice that has endeared her to millions, Marsha Sinetar introduces us to spiritually aware children who mirror the spiritual qualities we were born with but have neglected or ignored. She inspires us to re-develop these gifts in our own lives.

"Spiritual intelligence," writes Sinetar, "is inspired thought. It is light, the kiss of life that awakens our sleeping beauty. It animates people of any age, in any situation. In children, that quickening makes boys and girls want to seek out and cultivate their inborn gifts. This book says let's stay open to that kiss of life."

Everyone who values spontaneity, love, and artistry will value this book--for themselves and for the young people they mentor.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Self-actualization guru Sinetar (Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow) has repackaged her follow-your-bliss message here, enumerating the qualities of children, to whom she alternately refers as "spiritually intelligent" and "early awakeners." Though she nods to experts ranging from Alice Miller to Maria Montessori and makes passing reference to interviews with youngsters and successful adults, Sinetar never concretely articulates any research she has done, scholarly or otherwise, that might qualify her to create such a category. Muddying the waters further is Sinetar's seeming discomfort with the thought that any child does not belong in this group. For example, she takes pains to describe the "self-sheltering" impulses that early awakeners exhibit--impulses to flee abusive homes, to distance themselves from smothering parents, etc.--but then quickly adds that a tendency to gladly accept mistreatment may be a sign of spiritual intelligence, too. Sinetar's observations are vague and contradictory enough to allow virtually all of us to imagine that we are among the prescient few. She does manage a sustained and often insightful meditation about the spiritual qualities we should be cultivating in ourselves and in our children, while the reader is treated to dozens of anecdotes ranging from lore about Teresa of Avila to revelations from the author's own childhood. These nuggets add a modicum of coherence to Sinetar's inscrutable lexicon, but it's likely that only those who enjoy her particular brand of spirituality-speak will hang around long enough to find out. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Educator and author Sinetar (Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow) agrees with the poet Wordsworth that heaven seems nearer to us in our childhood. Her goal in this book is to recount the signs of that experience in the young, including intuition, creativity, and inner authority, and to show us how to recapture or regenerate those qualities in adult life. This thoughtful and uplifting work should attract a wide audience. Highly recommended. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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  • ISBN-13: 9781570754272
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Inspired Thought 9
2 Animated Essence 28
3 Intuitive Authority 37
4 Heeding Love 56
5 Rising to the Occasion 75
6 Choosing the Best Option 92
7 Early Artistry 112
8 Wholesome Autonomy 134
9 Positive Rebellion 156
10 Early Reconcilers 175
Epilogue 196
Notes 199
Index 209
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2002

    Growing Into Our Gifts

    In reading 'Spiritual Intelligence', Marsha Sinetar's book about the inborn spiritual guidance of the gifted child, I was keenly aware of the child within myself that has in adulthood come to confront the roads not taken in childhood. Her writing invites us to look at life through the eyes of the gifted child and be inspired to search for our own safe harbors to come home to. While the book focuses on the early awakening child, Sinetar makes it clear that the awakening she writes about is possible at any age. For many of us, those early beacons that guide our talents were dimmed by the social molds we were ushered into and were in some cases obliterated altogether by the artificial drive for success in realms chosen for us by other people. Those young people whose inner guidance is strong enough to use the obstacles that present themselves as stepping stones to strengthen their resolve to find their own drum and beat it to their own music are inspirations to those of us who may still march to someone else's music. Sinetar allows us to appreciate the uniqueness that is born in each of us and creates an awareness of the true sanctity of each life brought into this world by Divine design. It becomes our duty of love to become aware enough to nurture the uniqueness not only in children, but in those around us whose gifts seek only a safe arena and a little encouragement to venture from bud to blossom. 'Spiritual Intelligence' should be recommended reading for every parent and parent-to-be. It should also be, for the rest of us, a wake-up call to more closely analyze why we may have everything the world says should make us happy but we're not. True happiness lies in becoming the authentic person we were meant to be and blessing the world with the gifts only we were destined to give. Sinetar gives us a map of sorts to begin our journey. This book is a 'must read' for those in counseling or teaching fields, and a 'highly recommended' read for everyone else.

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