A JOURNEY OF UNDERSTANDING

Earthrise Over Compton Crater (NASA/LRO/Wikipedia)

Earthrise Over Compton Crater (NASA/LRO/Wikipedia)

2016-07-08 @ 00:00 CDT

On this Gregorian date, I am 57 Gregorian years old. Oh frabjous day (insert sarcastic tone of voice). 😉

But turning points in one’s life – my soon-coming marriage being a far more important one to my mind – are good times to stop and reflect. Tonight, before I went to bed, I decided to take just such a break.

I found it difficult to decide which version of the above poster I should put up. Should I put up the one I made which points out that the Earth is, in effect, my personal, psychological (not religious) “mandala” – a symbol of the wholeness of self that I seek, a wholeness rooted in a unified understanding of “both geos and kosmos“? (See this page, section “Functional Analysis”, subsection “Extraverted iNtuition”, for the basis of that last turn of phrase.) Should I play with the joke that “it’s a small world after all”, or should I note soberly that we really are “one world”?

In the end, I picked the idea that says all of the above and more to me, the one that states the root of everything else I seek to believe and to do: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

But my mind branches out from there in many directions of discovery about myself, others, and the world. One of the most profound directions began (formally) when I signed up for Vicky Jo Varner’s Type Discovery course on 2009-03-16. What I allude to about psychological type is based on what I started learning there. In time I was able to extend another psychologist’s model of how personality type works onto a biblical foundation. Here is how my mind is meant to work as a Christian, with the Eternal God ruling it and the Ego (in effect, how the biblical “Spirit of Man” behaves) being subordinated to Him while being in very close touch with my inner Self.

The "Converted" ENFP Psyche (After Haas/Hunziker)

The “Converted” ENFP Psyche (After Haas/Hunziker)

I used to have discussions of my studies of this particular topic on this blog and on another which I took down. Perhaps, should my very limited time allow it, I can start such discussions again.(יוחנן רכב)

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4 thoughts on “A JOURNEY OF UNDERSTANDING

  1. Of course, I have to leave the discussion of the technicalities of the above diagram for another time! 😀

  2. And you said this was only on your blog not Facebook. So I can’t be the first to wish you a happy birthday. I am so proud to be a big part of your life and us a big part of all that we are brought to by the Father. I love you and hope you have a happy day. The journey is never ending just continuing to expand and be fulfilled.
    Much love Yisraela

    • But you were the first to make such a wish. This has nothing to do with that. I appreciate the wish, but I need to say something more about such wishes.

      For me, a birthday is just another day – at best, just another trip around the sun, and in that sense, a milestone. One can take that milestone as a springboard for reflection, and for other thoughts, if one wishes – which I did. That is what I meant to say, and that is what I thought I said.

      Our upcoming marriage is far, far more important to me, again as I said. That anniversary will have meaning of itself. ❤ The anniversary of my arrival on earth has no meaning of itself. It just is. A simple acknowledgement at most is fine, and even that isn't necessary.

  3. sarah

    So sorry to hear that you have not yet been married, as I thought you were scheduled to marry a couple of months ago? I hope your marriage will be a tremendous blessing to you.

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