Tuesday, 20 October 2009

I'm gonna tell a secret...

What I'm about to type might be glaringly obvious to you, but to others its not. I'm going to share with you a secret, its not divine or magical; its simply human and simply fact.

Human's have senses!

I believe there are three levels of sense; not just sight, taste, smell, hearing and touch, there are others. Although, I'm not talking "psychic mind", "3rd eye" type stuff. If we were restricted to these five basic senses, people without a full set would not be able to function in such a one-dimensional world.

So, with that said, as well as the basics there are what I would call "secondary and tertiary" senses: mixtures of the basic senses I've outlined above and more.
For example, the sense of familiarity, felt when you eat food m
ade by your granma or another loved one.
Or pe
rhaps even the sense of discomfort we feel when stuck on a packed train in a tunnel.
ese instances combine familiar senses (taste, sight, smell, touch, hearing) and I believe when combined, there is a whole range of other senses we experience regularly in everyday life; often disregarded as just "feelings". I believe these feelings deserve much greater attention, they are not purely a result of circumstance; they serve a purpose and this is why I class them as senses. Familiarity let's us know where we are safe and cared for, discomfort let's us know what to avoid. But sadly, these things we all feel are ignored because most of us, most of the time, choose to operate on the 1st level of senses alone.
This is a point I will come back to another day.

There is also a 3rd level of senses we experience as humans.
From a very early age, I was aware that I was capable of things other people would believe were "beyond my scope", be it because of my age or because of the standards they place on their own abilities. I would often be able to "see" through people's words, "see" how things were most likely to occur, often with frightening levels of accuracy. These qualities are not unique to me and they do not make me special. What I am describing is closely linked to an ability which is however, innately human; the gift of foresight. The ability to foresee and imagine any number of possible outcomes makes us all special, but there's a catch. Just like some are born naturally faster, stronger or smarter than others, equally, some people are more gifted when it comes to the ability to foresee intention and outcome
with great strength and accuracy.

Take for example that feeling of "knowing" something isn't quite right. Inspired by the words of a late great soul singer, "If something don't feel the same, you better believe something has changed."

Often referred to as "Intuition", the ability to know things beyond the range of our basic senses and the ability work out fact from fiction are common. To further highlight my point: to discern lies from truth we combine the senses of sight, hearing, foresight, familiarity and discomfort. But in contrast people exploit those senses to tell lies, some people even go so far as to convince and manipulate their own senses to achieve this. To come back to what I said earlier about ability: some people are better at this than othe
rs. But in failure to recognise these quirks of human ability and by choosing to limit the range of senses we acknowledge, we make ourselves weak.

Be open to the possibility that you are capable of better judgement, greater compassion and recognise how vast, complex and sensitive yours and the senses of those around you are.
It will make you stronger in yourself and for others, happier in yourself and with others and much more of a joy to be around.

Its definitely not divine, its certainly not magic; its simply human and simply fact.

- Mr. Devo

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