VBT – Week’s Meditation 11
One of the beautiful songs, created by the Baul Mystics, of Bengal India, says:
“All of us in different ways. Think of God. Beyond senses and feelings. And yet it is only. In the essence of loving. That God is found.”
What a divine world awaits those who take a pilgrimage inside their own body and discover all the magic and mystery offered by our senses! Our senses give rise to a multi-faceted discovery of our inner universe. When moving on the spiritual path, it is always wise to begin with the body, for it is through the body that we first encounter the possibility of bliss and ecstasy. Raw orgasmic ecstasy is a gift offered by existence. It would be a crime to ignore it or to cast it aside. We have so much to learn from our sensorial experience of life.
Of course, we all have our five senses in operation. But we are each unique in our orientation and how we place importance on one or the other of our senses. We can go through a process of awakening the five senses, and this gives rise to what is know as 6th sense, or intuitive abilities.
Entering The House; Discovering Your Sensorial Map
To test your sensorial orientation, you can do the following exercise with a friend. Stand up and, with your eyes closed, imagine you are in front of a house. It could be a house you know, or a house you don’t know. Describe the house.
The friend can then guide you to:
Take a physical step into the imaginary hallway of the house and describe your experience.
Step into the living room of the house and describe your experience.
Step into the bedroom of the house and describe your experience.
Step back into the living room, bringing some of the qualities from the bedroom into the living room.
Step back into the hallway, bringing some of the qualities of the bedroom and the living room into the hallway and describe. What changes in the hallway?
Step out of the house, open your eyes and come back.
This exercise is very useful as a device for discovering and healing your sense orientation. The sense that is described first, (in the hallway) is your primary sense. The sense that is described second, (usually in the living room) is your bridge. The sense that is described thrid, (usually in the bedroom) is your hidden sense. In some cases, a person will have two senses in one of the rooms of the house.
In order to open all the senses, it is very helpful to use the primary sense first, and then use the bridge. Once the bridge sense has been connected with, then you can begin opening up the hidden sense. The hidden sense is actually the one where your potential is stored. But it may have layers of protection around it because it is ‘hyper sensitive.’ You will need to approach the hidden sense, slowly and patiently, over time.
For example, if a child was raised in a milieu where the parents were shouting a lot at each other, the child may have found it necessary to protect himself from the onslaught of unpleasant sounds by shutting down the auditory sense. It is in this way, relegated to the realm of the ‘hidden sense.’ Because there is trauma around it, the layers of trauma need to be healed before the person will feel comfortable bringing out their gifts in this area.