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    Professional Trickster Array Esoteric Wench's Avatar
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    Spirituality seems to be in the NF wheelhouse.

    From Kiersey's Idealist Overview

    Idealists (NFs), as a temperament, are passionately concerned with personal growth and development. Idealists strive to discover who they are and how they can become their best possible self -- always this quest for self-knowledge and self-improvement drives their imagination. And they want to help others make the journey. Idealists are naturally drawn to working with people, and... are gifted at helping others find their way in life, often inspiring them to grow as individuals and to fulfill their potentials.
    All that abstraction (N) couple with the Feeler thing. Seems pretty straight forward to me.

    It's not that other types can't be spiritual, but there is a unique quality to NF spirituality, I think. It's very much a part of their core worldview. It's very abstract. It's very much a driving force in their personalities.
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    Temporal Mechanic. Array Lexicon's Avatar
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    While I do have an understanding that there are universal spiderwebbed connections between everything (more or less) within our perception of reality, I can't say I'm particularly spiritual, at all. (note that I'm using the term spiritual in the sense of religious, or belief in "something" beyond the realm of our understanding/supernatural, "energy," etc). Obviously there's only so much we can truly be certain of, so I leave that Ultimate Question-Thing unanswered, thus- I do not invest much of myself in things like spirituality. To invest myself I would need something conclusive, and I've yet to encounter anything. Faith based on wanting/needing something 'more' from this universe to attempt to have a more profound sense of overall meaning/purpose/hope has no value to me, personally- I feel that it'd limit my own horizon lines, that I'd be voluntarily narrowing the scope of my lens on reality, for the sake of placating myself with empty beliefs, to have my precious truth. I'd be lying to myself.

    I don't have a spirit. I have a brain. I am alive, and able to react to stimuli- I am able to sense life and physical forces/elements around me. It's amazing, yes. But it's nothing more than the pure and simple nature of existing, at the core. I don't need words or practices, or to even really express that at all. It just is, as I am.

    I'm comfortable with not knowing how we got here, or why. I don't need to know-- chances are that truth won't be uncovered in my lifetime, so it doesn't have much relevance to me. I will always have a drive to explore, question, and remain open to possibility- but that openness doesn't exactly allow for the kind of conviction spiritual people have for their idealistic systems/rituals they've embraced. I'm all for growth, self actualization, and making the most of one's life, gaining new perspectives along the way, creating oneself-- doing what's possible for others to be able to do the same-- but I don't pile that into any 'spirituality' box. I imagine my ideals are ultimately similar to that of self-professed spiritual people-- I just don't link mine to something I can't actively believe in. I'll make a disclaimer here; that my perspectives on spirituality are my own, and only pertain to how that concept does or does not impact my life. I understand and appreciate the value it can have for others, but it simply doesn't fit me. I mean no insult to those who find solace/comfort/freedom/kinship/etc in their spirituality. In fact, I welcome and revel in the rich variations our psyches color this life; our multidimensional shades of meaning.

    /end rambling
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    Away with the fairies Array Southern Kross's Avatar
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    ^ I'm the same.

    I can get pretty spiritual about science, nature and human potential, though.
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    I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas;
    they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.

    - Emily Bronte

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    i love Array skylights's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seymour View Post
    You mean NF-able?

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