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Book Reviews: Does Good Karma Make Good Business Reading?

Americans really love books about simplifying life. They honestly believe that life—and that includes corporate life—can be streamlined and rationalized to make things function more smoothly. You know, the way they do things in India.

SQ21Complicating Simplicity

Why is it that books about making life simple always seem so complicated? Cindy Wigglesworth’s SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence is a case in point. A veteran of the human-resources field,  Wigglesworth says that there may be as many as nine different kinds of intelligence in the human mind, including Physical Intelligence, Cognitive Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence and Spiritual Intelligence, none of which seem to be practiced at the federal level.

Since she does not identify the five other kinds of intelligence, it is still possible that the somewhat less important varieties could include Online Intelligence, Macrobiotic Intelligence, Polyunsaturated Fat Intelligence and Trailer Park Intelligence. Not to mention that old standby, DWI Intelligence.

As if nine different types of intelligence weren’t enough, Wigglesworth proclaims that there are also four distinct quadrants containing 21 different skills of spiritual intelligence. Most purveyors of mystical wisdom stick with three or four or seven or 10 laws or principles or tips. Twenty-one is a weird, unwieldy number. The 21 skills include: “Experience of Transcendent Oneness” and “Breadth of Time Perception.” Natch. There are also nine steps to shift to the higher self and three core exercises to support SQ development. All in all, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” makes a whole lot easier approach to life.

SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence, by Cindy Wigglesworth (Select Books, $24.95, 240 pp.)


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