While Myers and Briggs typology is often discussed in terms of psychological and social sciences, I feel it does a great disservice to not discuss the benefits on a spiritual level. Carl Jung himself who made famous many of the concepts of which MBTI is based spoke often of intuition’s larger scale and how it connects each individual on a deeper, global level.
“Intuition does not denote something contrary to reason, but something outside of the province of reason.”
– Carl Jung
The very man who made us understand how intuition works in our psyche both on a conscious and unconscious level also opened doors to the vast array of knowledge available to each individual through collective unconscious.
“Intuition (is) perception via the unconscious.”
– Carl Jung
MBTI psychology explains the eight cognitive functions: introverted and extroverted iNtuition (Ni, Ne), introverted and extroverted Thinking (Ti, Te), introverted and extroverted Sensing (Si, Se) and introverted and extroverted Feeling (Fi, Fe). These functions are how our minds bring in data, interpret and understand the information and then communicate it back out into the world.
While the sources of thinking, sensing and feeling are all easily interpreted by many, intuition remains a perplexing mystery explained only through the eloquent and spiritual discussions of Carl Jung himself. Our five senses, our emotional state and our logical mind are clear to the vast majority, but what is intuition?
INFJs and any dominant intuitive personality type, whether introverted intuitives or extroverted intuitives, uses intuition actively in their cognitive processing. When we look at the functional stack of intuitive dominant individuals – INFJs, INTJs, ENFPs, ENTPs – we can see intuition being used to take in data from within the collective unconscious and apply it to the outside world around them.
This collective unconscious is our spiritual being.
It is the piece within ourselves the directly connects to every other living, and possibly non-living, being on this planet. Our intuition is our only means of cognitively accessing this collective knowing.
The collective unconscious – so far as we can say anything about it at all – appears to consist of mythological motifs or primordial images, for which reason the myths of all nations are its real exponents. In fact, the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious… We can therefore study the collective unconscious in two ways, either in mythology or in the analysis of the individual.
– Carl Jung
The crown chakra, located just above the top of your head, is our direct channel to the collective self. It is considered the channel to the Divine or to the greater knowing. It is the very chakra which connects us intuitively to all that we have access.
A sensing dominant individual relies mostly on their five senses in order to receive and process information. If their senses are inhibited, it is not uncommon for them to feel lost, frazzled, confused or disoriented no matter how mildly. When you take away or inhibit their most developed ability to perceive and understand the world, it stands to reason that they would struggle.
The same is the case with intuitive dominant individuals. If you inhibit or block your ability to access your intuitive knowing, your open access to the collective mind, then you begin to feel disoriented and lost, causing life to bring about greater difficulties and each task to feel harder than it needs to be.
If the crown chakra is blocked or unbalanced, then the intuitive cannot easily connect to the collective self.
As intuitives, learning and understanding all that you can about the crown chakra will help ease the discomfort and suffering in your life. It will enhance your clarity, ease any fogginess or clouding in the mind and restore the natural abilities which you have been honing since birth.
Whether you fancy yourself a spiritual being or not is of no matter. Discover the chakras, study the cognitive processes, read up on the collective (un)conscious, and see that our spiritual, sociological and psychological selves are all one and the same, working in beautiful harmony to offer insights greater than we ever thought possible.
“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.”
– Carl Jung