Intuition and the Creation of a Better World

Ferrucci, Piero

Symbols can … have a cognitive function. As Jung put it, they "point to something that is very little known or completely unknown." (1) They connect us with regions of our being which are completely unavailable to our analytical mind. Thus they train us to understand by seeing directly, jumping the intermediary stage of discursive thinking, which is sometimes more of an obstacle than an aid to understanding. This deeper kind of understanding awakens a faculty whose importance is almost universally neglected: the intuition.

We become intuitively receptive to the essence of a symbolic image by holding it steadily in our mind, letting it irradiate our awareness with its subtle quality. Such contemplation of an image may lead to an identification with it. Whether it happens spontaneously or intentionally, identification enables us to understand symbols from within, and intuition is nothing less than the understanding from within of the formless reality which the symbol represents.

(1) C.G. Jung, Simboli della transformazione, p. 222

Piero Ferrucci, What We May Be: The Vision and Techniques of Psychosynthesis. Pp. 118-119

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