A Self-Quiz

The following questionnaire is a brief version of the more complete self-quiz in Dr. Painton’s book, Encouraging Your Child’s Spiritual Intelligence. This questionnaire presents 14 out of 49 questions available in her book…questions that are based on information from the seven branches of the Spiritual Tree of Life. This information establishes the foundation for gauging children’s and adults’ Spiritual Intelligence. This questionnaire, while markedly shortened, is for adults to answer, both for your child and for yourself. Which of these characteristics or experiences are about you or your child?

I am a clinician who has discovered the spirit world in children’s lives. While this questionnaire is hopefully an aid on your journey, I am more than aware of the possible conflict in trying to quantify spirituality. Speaking of the mind’s capacity, it may be appropriate to refer to it as having a greater or lesser degree of intelligence. Unlike the spirit, that in and of itself, has insurmountable potential that may not be evident from a questionnaire. In other words there is no real possibility of a finite score. The Spiritual Tree of Life is ripe for expansion!

Before and after reading Dr. Painton’s book, Encouraging Your Child’s Spiritual Intelligence, take the complete questionnaire.

As you absorb the heart-felt stories of spiritual children, and respond to the helpful suggestions within each chapter, your consciousness will expand. You will be amazed at the awareness and wisdom that has been rekindled in you and will be blossoming in your child.

HOW TO ANSWER
Answering these questions is not a black and white process. By no means are the results frozen in concrete. Your individual scores are nothing more than a guideline. Ask yourself the following questions and rate the intensity of your answers as:

  • Often (3 points)
  • Sometimes (2 points)
  • Never (1 point)

QUIZ

  1. Do you feel that you have a special purpose or job to do on earth, such as a teacher, healer, peacemaker?
    Never (1 pt.)…Sometimes (2 pt.)…Often (3 pt.)
  2. Do you ever just know without anyone telling you that something is going to happen and then it does?
    Never (1 pt.)…Sometimes (2 pt.)…Often (3 pt.)
  3. Do you thrive on connection and belonging, realizing a meaningful relationship to all people despite nationality, color, or creed?
    Never (1 pt.)…Sometimes (2 pt.)…Often (3 pt.)
  4. Is it key that we love and support one another as brothers and sisters?
    Never (1 pt.)…Sometimes (2 pt.)…Often (3 pt.)
  5. Do you have an ongoing relationship with someone who has died?
    Never (1 pt.)…Sometimes (2 pt.)…Often (3 pt.)
  6. Do you have a sense of belonging with those who are grieving?
    Never (1 pt.)…Sometimes (2 pt.)…Often (3 pt.)
  7. Have you had encounters with imaginary friends or spiritual companions, such as angels, elves, fairies, or others?
    Never (1 pt.)…Sometimes (2 pt.)…Often (3 pt.)
  8. Have you ever seen rainbows, lights, or colors around people, had near-death experiences, memories of past lives, or dreams about flying?
    Never (1 pt.)…Sometimes (2 pt.)…Often (3 pt.)
  9. Is the struggle between good and evil very real to you?
    Never (1 pt.)…Sometimes (2 pt.)…Often (3 pt.)
  10. Have you felt, almost from birth, that you were determined to rid the world of evil while promoting peace, and aware of the presence of God or goodness?
    Never (1 pt.)…Sometimes (2 pt.)…Often (3 pt.)
  11. In your play (in the past or now) have you been transported out of your everyday awareness?
    Never (1 pt.)…Sometimes (2 pt.)…Often (3 pt.)
  12. Have you found value in expressing your feelings and life experiences through verbalizations, play, art, and others transforming your once troubled world?
    Never (1 pt.)…Sometimes (2 pt.)…Often (3 pt.)
  13. Have you journeyed through the “long, dark night of the soul,” during times of great loss and turmoil?
    Never (1 pt.)…Sometimes (2 pt.)…Often (3 pt.)
  14. Did you experience such great transformation, that it was like “death” as a shedding of your old life on the road to spiritual renewal? Never (1 pt.)…Sometimes (2 pt.)…Often (3 pt.)

SCORING

The higher your score, perhaps the greater your Spiritual Intelligence. Since 42 is the highest possible score, 28-42 is within the gifted range, while 14-27 is an average rating, and anything below 13 suggests that you have little first-hand knowledge of the seven branches of the Spiritual Tree of Life.

As an adult, it’s likely that while considering these questions, a memory of your own spiritual child within has been awakened. As you go through the book, you can see how, given encouragement in the form of validation, nurturance, and support, you may be on the verge of rediscovering those precious aspects of yourself lost in childhood.

Your child’s score is simply a guideline to help you. Remember, almost all children have some degree of Spiritual Intelligence. However, if your child’s score is average or above and he or she seems to be having health, emotional, or behavioral problems, your girl or boy may be dealing with inner or social issues related to misunderstood spiritual gifts. With the guidelines suggested in this book, it’s my hope that you, as this child’s spiritual partner, may gain the knowledge and understanding to enhance these gifts and support your child’s joyful development.