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Sensory perception

And the senses that make us light beings

handsoflightWe normally associate sensory perception with our five sense organs which are: vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch, yet there is so much more.

Along with these five sensors through which we define our physical reality, we have many other senses that are rarely talked about. One sense that used to get a lot of mention was commonsense, but it has become an expression that 'commonsense is becoming extinct' due to mankind's madness.

Commonsense is the knowing that prevents us from harming ourselves and helps us to find our way in the world. Once we have burned ourselves and had the experience of pain, it becomes commonsense to avoid putting one's hand back into the fire.

So we can say that commonsense is an acquired sensitivity that helps us to navigate our way through life and it does not necessarily involve our five physical senses.

Empathy is another important sense that we have, with some people it seems that empathy is readily available while others must cultivate it although it might be fairer to say that childhood damage through social injustice can block empathy and compassion.

Empathy is a sensitivity that allows us to perceive what other people are feeling and it enables us to to become more fully human although we must remember that many other species share this sensitivity.

Compassion is another sense that is hard to live without. Compassion helps us to understand the world and motivates us to be kind and considerate of other life forms although it is interesting to note that as with empathy, compassion can also be lost through unjust and repressive childhoods.

It is through compassion that we come to learn right action while it is through empathy that we learn to perceive the true nature of things.

It seems that all living things have the traditional five senses as recognised by science, however it is the sense of empathy and compassion that makes us more distinctly human although here again, many animals also demonstrate compassion.

Extrasensory perception

This is simply a more subtle form of sensitivity and everyone has it to varying degrees. Extrasensory perception has been commonly referred to as a sixth sense, however on examination there are probably many levels of sensitivity or many senses involved.

One of the most common examples of extrasensory perception is when you know who is calling when you hear the phone ring. Another common perception is thought sharing; you are just about to say something when someone else says it for you or completes your sentence, or you do this yourself.

Another extrasensory perception is used by those people who for some reason change their minds about making a journey or boarding an aircraft which subsequently crashes thereby saving their own lives.

Other forms of perception are displayed in clairvoyance, clear audience and channelling. This sensitivity is beyond the understanding of modern science, yet it is deeply embedded in folklore and history. In every town and city there are people who are able to utilise their extrasensory perception to help others.

When it comes to massage and hands-on healing, it is well-known that perception can be trained and practitioners can identify strengths and weaknesses within someone else's body and facilitate healing.

Therefore it is fair to say that we don't know the limits of our perception and our capacity to be in the world. We must remember here that there are two sides to life, energy and consciousness.

It is consciousness that shapes energy into matter and maintains it. Therefore everything exists within consciousness and our senses and sensitivities are simply expressions of a consciousness that we all reside in. When it comes to taste, sound, smell and touch, we have instinctive preferences however with use and learning these sensors can be refined.

Therefore our extrasensory perception can also be refined and it is the tools of empathy and compassion that guide us in this task.

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