Good morning everyone, and welcome to NF Learning Lab, where together, we access our innate, iNtuitive wisdom as unique and self-valuing women, and share who we are becoming in a safe, sensitive community.
It has been fun, in recent weeks, exploring together the metaphor of the Kaleidoscopic Mind, and finding that it does seem to be helpful to us iNtuitive-Feeling (NF) women. Today, we’ll explore a little deeper as to why and how that might be the case. We’ll start by noting that the two personality preferences that are entirely unique to NF types, are our N preference, or iNtuition, and our F preference or Feelings. The NF preferences, together, are what make our personality types so rare in the world. There are four NF types in all; INFJ, ENFJ, INFP and ENFP. Introverted NF’s represent no more than two percent of the population, with extroverted NF’s bringing the total to no more than about eight percent.
This rareness factor, is why it is important that we have the creativity and courage to invent our own helpful metaphors. Doing so gives us ways to highlight and contemplate the rare qualities we have, to which the Sensing-dominant world has given very little, helpful attention. Creating metaphors also validates our creativity, and, helps us own that we are entitled to innovate ways to think about ourselves that help us feel more seen and soothed in our rarified lives. As we saw last week, as iNtuitive type kids, we had to find our own support, because for most of us, external support was simply non-existent. Some of us were lucky enough to have a rare, iNtuitive teacher or parent, but because most of us are somewhat mature in age, even those kindred souls are unlikely to have known about the greater impact of the NF personality type. That information simply wasn’t available!
So, back to the Kaleidoscopic Mind metaphor! We’ve been thinking of the three long mirrors in the chamber of the kaleidoscope as representing our iNtuition. We’ve been seeing it, as fixed and stable, in the same way that the mirrors are fixed and stable, but still reflective of the myriad of data points that our iNtuitive minds are always noticing and correlating. So, the images change, but they always show up in a particular form … the form of a mandala … a circular image that has consistent integrity of form. What if we could trust our iNtuition to be as consistent and trustworthy as the circular form of the mandala?
We’ve been thinking of the rotating chamber at the end of the kaleidoscope as holding our emotions, which we can equate with the many pieces of brightly colored glass that constantly shift and change. As they move, the glass pieces dramatically alter the images reflected by our three, kaleidoscope mirrors, just as our emotions dramatically impact what we do with the data points gathered by our iNtuition.
To explore more, let’s move on to our journal prompts.