by Courtney Holton
We are spiritual beings having a human experience. At the level of absolute truth, we are all one. We are love, we are innocence, we are joy, we are compassion, we are harmony. And how we experience ourselves and how we recognize ourselves is through a feedback of perception. Carl Jung was the first to understand and categorize this filtering of perception, by what he called psychological systems. Later a system called the Myers Briggs test would separate these categories into 16 different groups. It’s important to note that this only points to how we perceive and experience what we are, it does not determine it. At our core we are spiritual beings and our humanness is describe by personality.
If we believe in Divine Order and a power greater than ourselves then we know that our absolute truth is inherent and is participatory. How we experience this truth is where we are met by our humanness. All are guided in an interactive manner through a feedback system that uses perception.
Part of this process is called alignment. Through this feedback we can feel when we are in alignment with our absolute truth. We use our personalities, this system of perception, to gauge this lining up with our absolute truth. When what we do is in alignment with what we are, we feel connected, inspired, creative, loved, connected, and alive. Things flow! Our personalities are in alignment with love, innocence, joy, compassion and harmony. Our actions speak to our alignment with our truth.
When we don’t feel in alignment, everything is off. We are acting out of our personalities (ego) but they are not in alignment with our truth. Things are forced, things break up, we feel lost, abandoned, misunderstood, victimized, missing out and even unloved. But it’s not because our absolute truth stop being true, it’s because at some level we’ve misunderstood the system in which we are experiencing. The truth isn’t out of alignment, our perception of truth is out of alignment.
It’s said that there are 16 personality types in the world and it categorizes how we experience what we are. (Free Personality Test) There are different combinations that deal with how we perceive, judge, feel, think, and if we do these things through the outer world or through our inner world. We all perceive, judge, think and feel but we do these things differently based on whether it’s through the world around us or the world that is in us. It’s this area that I think causes the most misunderstanding.
One of the main differences in our personalities is in the area of how we experience life as a whole. Through either perceiving the outside world in tangible and detailed ways or through an inner world of many data sources that involve the tangible details but also ideas, inspiration, possibilities, and imagination. This is described as intuitive vs sensing.
We all use our senses. We touch, taste, see, hear, and smell. We all recognize a tiger and have a similar experience of what “tiger” means. These are “hardwired”. It’s part of the software, so to speak. While we all experience life through these senses, it’s said that 75% of the population experiences a majority of life only through the senses and that is what they base their experience on.
But what about the other 25%? These people make up a group called intuitive. They all sense what everyone senses and they also sense what 75% are unaware of by taking in a variety of data through interpretation, reflection, changing possibilities and possible outcomes. A situation is not just about what is present, it’s also about what is known, what is likely, what has been experienced previously, and the other personalities involved. Intuitives take in all of this information and sort through it, on the fly. Intuitives see more than the details presented, they see the big picture.
Within this group of intuitives, there are other factors such as thinking vs feeling, judging vs perceiving which further breaks down how they interpret the big picture. Some people in this group are so rare that they make up only 1-2% of the entire population. They are introverted, intuitive, feeling and judging. It’s a bit more complex than this given that in each category there’s a percentage of how someone thinks vs feels. A person who scores 98% in thinking is definitely more comfortable with thinking vs feeling but it doesn’t mean they don’t feel. A person who scores 2% thinking is more likely to be just as comfortable with both thinking and feeling, because there’s not much difference in terms of what’s comfortable.
None of these categories are hard and fast rules as it is possible that changes occur as we age and mature and with various factors involved. Midlife brings on some of these changes. Understanding how we experience is important to knowing and understanding who we are. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Not understanding how we experience can frustrate our understanding and experience of who we are as spiritual beings.
I wanted to talk about this because obviously I find it important in how I experience myself and those around me. And because I woke up with a sense of how misunderstanding can cause conflict and pain. Particularly, I felt compassion for my fellow intuitives. We are a minority.
When I was young and growing up I, like most people I knew, wanted to be recognized. I wanted to be seen, understood, valued, appreciated and loved. I wanted what I did to make a difference in bettering the world as a whole, even if that meant that I only made a difference to one person. Intuitives are our artist, musicians, writers, poets, philosophers, counselors, innovators, creatives, and inspiring people. We are the visionaries and dreamers.
Sounds wonderful, huh? Not necessarily. Not all of us are famous writers, or musicians, or painters. And since there’s not a lot of practicality to intuitives, if you’re not famous and seen as a genius of inspiration then there’s a good chance that you’re just misunderstood.
I know I have felt misunderstood. It was this feeling of not being understood, not valued, not seen, not appreciated that made me seek even deeper into my own nature, humanity, the world and God. Being misunderstood can feel so isolating and lonely. While it was extremely uncomfortable to experience, I am grateful for it because it pushed me into a rich and complex understanding of life.
Things have changed since I was that 11, 16, 22 yr old girl seeing complex systems coming together, connecting and communicating with each other while those around me were unaware, to how I experience it all now. But one thing hasn’t changed. Being misunderstood still hurts. No, it’s no longer so intense and it’s not the end all. But it does hurt and it can be lonely.
I also woke up imagining what our world would be like if we invested more into our intuitives. How would the education of our children impact our future if we understood better these intuitive individuals and nurtured their creativity and innovation? If we valued leaders who have vision and surrounded them with those that could put that vision into practical action?
So, I want all of you intuitives out there to know and to hear that I understand you. I see you. I value you. And I appreciate you. You are the innovators, creators, dreamers, visionaries, inspiring artists, you are what creates our future. Without you, we could all be sitting around banging rocks together because that is what is present and at hand, but you saw how they could be used and imagined how they could be applied. This world expands because you move beyond the comfort zone. You are the brave, courageous, trail blazers in which everyone else follows. You see what’s possible, not just what is and that is what moves us all forward. You are the reason that the collective evolves. The most misunderstood today is what everyone will be striving for tomorrow. You are in the minority, you are rare but you are not alone. Keep pushing, keep imagining possibilities, keep inventing, dreaming, inspiring, loving, seeing the big picture, and recognizing potential and finding ways to bring it forward.
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