Portrait of an INTJ part 25 (Functional Analysis: Extraverted Sensing)
Sensing serves with a good will, or not at all. As other inferior functions, it has only a rudimentary awareness of context, amount or degree. Thus INTJs sweat the details or, at times, omit them. “I’ve made up my mind, don’t confuse me with the facts” could well have been said by an INTJ on a mission. Sensing’s extraverted attitude is evident in this type’s bent to savor sensations rather than to merely categorize them. Indiscretions of indulgence are likely an expression of the unconscious vengeance of the inferior.
I’m not sure about what the last sentence means (not that I deny having an inferiority complex), but other than that, it’s pretty much it :3
“If you go into a forest with your mind only, you’ll only notice the sounds and the mind will try to interpret them. You might think you’re present; but you’re not really, you’re simply judging what you hear. But if you become aware of the silent dimension underneath the sounds and in between the sounds, then you become present because the moment you become aware of the silence, you also have become silent.”—Eckhart Tolle
Anybody who can be a good pretender, a hypocrite, will become your leader politically, will become your priest religiously. All that he needs is hypocrisy, all that he needs is cunningness, all that he needs is a facade to hide behind. Your politicians live double lives, your priests live double lives—one from the front door, the other from the back door. And the back-door life is their real life. Those front-door smiles are just false, those faces looking so innocent are just cultivated. If you want to see the reality of the politician you will have to see him from his back door. There he is in his nudity, as he is, and so is the priest. These two kinds of cunning people have dominated humanity. And they found out very early on that if you want to dominate humanity, make it weak, make it feel guilty, make it feel unworthy. Destroy its dignity, take all glory away from it, humiliate it. And they have found such subtle ways of humiliation that they don’t come in the picture at all; they leave it to you to humiliate yourself, to destroy yourself. They have taught you a kind of slow suicide.
Osho The White Lotus Chapter 10
Commentary: Do you recognize this man? All but the most innocent and sincere of us have a politician lurking somewhere in our minds. In fact, the mind is political. Its very nature is to plan and scheme and try to manipulate situations and people so that it can get what it wants. Here, the mind is represented by the snake, covered with clouds and “speaking with a forked tongue”. But the important thing to realize about this card is that both faces are false. The sweet, innocent, “trust me” face is a mask, and the evil, toxic, “I’ll have my way with you” face is a mask, too. Politicians don’t have real faces. The whole game is a lie. Take a good look at yourself to see if you have been playing this game. What you see might be painful, but not as painful as continuing to play. It doesn’t serve anybody’s interest in the end, least of all yours. Whatever you might achieve in this way will just turn to dust in your hands.
Oh, sure I know the “politician” within my mind. Did you recognize yours, yet?
“Ne perdons pas notre temps à soupirer
après des choses glorieuses mais impossibles.
N’attendons pas, dans une molle apathie,
qu’il nous pousse des ailes d’ange.
Ne dédaignons pas d’être humbles chandelles,
car chacun ne peut être une étoile,
mais éclaircissons l’obscurité,
en brillant là où nous sommes.
L’humble lumignon est nécessaire
aussi bien que le superbe soleil,
et l’acte le plus simple est ennobli
lorsqu’il est dignement accompli.
Nous pouvons ne jamais être appelés
à éclairer de lointains lieux assombris.
Donc remplissons notre mission,
en brillant simplement là où nous sommes.”—Max Hendel
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”—Elizabeth Kubler Ross
All morning, I was so happy, in love and serene despite my fatigue. I had so many joys I wanted to share with you! I wanted to try and put all this love in an article. But my job sucked out all the energy of me by rushing me more than usual and I have none left. Love and peace are still inside of me, but I am too exhausted to get it out. That always happen! :(
“Personne ne peut me donner la signification de ma vie: C’est quelque chose que moi seul peux trouver. La signification n’est pas prédéterminée ; elle se manifeste petit à petit. Je la crée et je la découvre. C’est un processus continu et ce n’est jamais découvert une fois pour toutes.”—Milton Mayerhoff
Portrait of an INTJ part 24 (Functional Analysis: Introverted Feeling)
Feeling has a modest inner room, two doors down from the Most Imminent iNtuition. It doesn’t get out much, but lends its influence on behalf of causes which are Good and Worthy and Humane. We may catch a glimpse of it in the unspoken attitude of good will, or the gracious smile or nod. Some question the existence of Feeling in this type, yet its unseen balance to Thinking is a cardinal dimension in the full measure of the INTJ’s soul.
I hope all of you Feeling types read that well. Ha ha!
“Envoie-moi, Seigneur, ton Esprit de Lumière.
Apprends-moi à marcher sous un morceau de lune
autant qu’en plein soleil.
Apprends-moi à regarder devant,
à ne pas confondre ce qui était hier, avec ce qui sera demain.
Apprends-moi à créer chaque jour du neuf, à ne pas cueillir
des fleurs fanées sur un sentier usé.
Apprends-moi, devant la paroi, à repérer la petite prise
qui ouvre le passage.
Envoie-moi, Seigneur, ton Esprit de force.”—Mgr Etchegaray
Sometimes it happens that you become one, in some rare moment. Watch the ocean, the tremendous wildness of it—and suddenly you forget your split, your schizophrenia; you relax. Or, moving in the Himalayas, seeing the virgin snow on the Himalayan peaks, suddenly a coolness surrounds you and you need not be false because there is no other human being to be false to. You fall together. Or, listening to beautiful music, you fall together. Whenever, in whatsoever situation, you become one, a peace, a happiness, a bliss, surrounds you, arises in you. You feel fulfilled. There is no need to wait for these moments—these moments can become your natural life. These extraordinary moments can become ordinary moments - that is the whole effort of Zen. You can live an extraordinary life in a very ordinary life: cutting wood, chopping wood, carrying water from the well, you can be tremendously at ease with yourself. Cleaning the floor, cooking food, washing the clothes, you can be perfectly at ease—because the whole question is of you doing your action totally, enjoying, delighting in it.
OshoDang Dang Doko Dang Chapter 3
This figure walking in nature shows us that beauty can be found in the simple, ordinary things of life. We so easily take this beautiful world we live in for granted. Cleaning the house, tending the garden, cooking a meal—the most mundane tasks take on a sacred quality when they are performed with your total involvement, with love, and for their own sake, without thought of recognition or reward. You are facing a time now when this easy, natural and utterly ordinary approach to the situations you encounter will bring far better results than any attempt on your part to be brilliant, clever, or otherwise extra-ordinary. Forget all about making headlines by inventing the latest widget, or dazzling your friends and colleagues with your unique star quality. The special gift you have to offer now is presented best by just taking things easily and simply, one step at a time.
Those are words that the eternally unsatisfied need to read. Absolute wisdom. ♥