Don’t let that image fool ya. This post is about our riotous internal lives, not some bone dry realm of abstract psychology.
Even though my highest allegiance is to my Faith, I have studied quite a bit of psychology. I found my most impressive psychologist while I was studying Tarot, Astrology and the I Ching—Carl G. Jung.
INFP – “Questor”. High capacity for caring. Emotional face to the world. High sense of honor derived from internal values. 4.4% of total population.
Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs/MBTI)
Basically, according to Jung and his theories of the unconscious, there’s a whole zoo of characters beyond our innocent faces. And, the Major task of life is to integrate this menagerie into a Self…
In a previous post, I pointed toward an important paper about treating our own internal realm as a “community”, an approach that lets us be kinder and more compassionate toward unregenerate aspects of our Whole Self.
So, what I’ve been trying to approach in this rather rambling post is an attitude toward our own internal self that lets us relate to others authentically. In the highest sense, we can talk about progressive stages of identifying our “self” to larger and more complex levels of “organization”–an ascending spiral of blossoming compassion.
Every imperfect soul is self-centred and thinketh only of his own good. But as his thoughts expand a little he will begin to think of the welfare and comfort of his family. If his ideas still more widen, his concern will be the felicity of his fellow citizens; and if still they widen, he will be thinking of the glory of his land and of his race. But when ideas and views reach the utmost degree of expansion and attain the stage of perfection, then will he be interested in the exaltation of humankind. He will then be the well-wisher of all men and the seeker of the weal and prosperity of all lands. This is indicative of perfection.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 68
I am once again blown away by your posts. Your deep thought and compassion touches me. I just read a few of them — catching up. I really liked your poem…you are an excellent writer. It would be neat to see them all in a book with photos you chose. Also your deep commitment to human rights jumps off these pages in a brave bold way. I cried reading the freedom of religion article. I cannot get over how much fear motivates people to control or crush that which they fear. And I also can’t get over how courageous people the world over STILL speak their truth in the face of oppression, torture and death. Your posts are SO worthy and important. Thank you Alex.