The Five Senses
Techniques in fine tuning the senses and becoming more aware of ones self
SightIs what most of us percieve as just being able to see what is in front of us. It can also be our third sight/insight. As we develop this sense it becomes stronger and we are able to use our insight more especially when used with other senses.
Sound / HearingHearing can be someone talking to us face to face, on the phone, or even telepathically. As we develop this sense we tend to find it easier to talk telepathically and hear someone talking to us.
SmellAlmost everything has a smell to it whether it be sweet, sour, floral etc... This sense seems to be one of the most predominant of all of them. It can let us know of danger like a gas leak etc... Or it could be something nice like a mum or grandma baking cookies. This i feel would have to be one of the most important senses so take care of it because you never know when it could save you.
TouchWhile your other four senses (sight, hearing, smell, and taste) are located in specific parts of the body, your sense of touch is found all over.
This is because your sense of touch originates in the bottom layer of your skin called the dermis. The dermis is filled with many tiny nerve endings which give you information about the things with which your body comes in contact. They do this by carrying the information to the spinal cord, which sends messages to the brain where the feeling is registered.
The nerve endings in your skin can tell you if something is hot or cold. They can also feel if something is hurting you. Your body has about twenty differnt types of nerve endings that all send messages to your brain. However, the most common receptors are heat, cold, pain, and pressure or touch receptors. Pain receptors are probably the most important for your safety because they can protect you by warning your brain that your body is hurt!
Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others because they have more nerve endings. Have you ever bitten your tongue and wondered why it hurt so much? It is because the sides of your tongue have a lot of nerve endings that are very sensitive to pain. However, your tongue is not as good at sensing hot or cold. That is why it is easy to burn your mouth when you eat something really hot. Your fingertips are also very sensitive. For example, people who are blind use their fingertips to read Braille by feeling the patterns of raised dots on their paper.
TasteHave you ever thought about why foods taste different? It's really quite amazing. Your tongue and the roof of your mouth are covered with thousands of tiny taste buds. When you eat something, the saliva in your mouth helps break down your food. This causes the receptor cells located in your tastes buds to send messages through sensory nerves to your brain. Your brain then tells you what flavors you are tasting.
Taste buds probably play the most important part in helping you enjoy the many flavors of food. Your taste buds can recognize four basic kinds of tastes: sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. The salty/sweet taste buds are located near the front of your tongue; the sour taste buds line the sides of your tongue; and the bitter taste buds are found at the very back of your tongue.
Everyone's tastes are different. In fact, your tastes will change as you get older. When you were a baby, you had taste buds, not only on your tongue, but on the sides and roof of your mouth. This means you were very sensitive to different foods. As you grew, the taste buds began to disappear from the sides and roof of your mouth, leaving taste buds mostly on your tongue. As you get older, your taste buds will become even less sensitive, so you will be more likely to eat foods that you thought were too strong as a child.
Forest Exercise: Sight
Visual ExerciseStep One
Sit down get comfortable and relax.
Now close your eyes and visualize that you are in a beautiful forest with trees and plant life all around you.
Can you see the trees swaying lightly in the breeze?
Now go for a walk in this forest that you have created.
As you are walking through the forest, you come across a beautiful stream with sandy shores and small rapids. Now sit by the stream and look around. Can you see the water flowing over the rapids? Can you see which way the stream is flowing?
After a while get up and walk deeper into the forest. A short time later you come across a clearing. In the clearing there are wildflowers growing. Can you see the wildflowers swaying in the light breeze around you? Can you see the sun shinning in the sky above you?
Then in your own time return to your physical body and open your eyes
Try making up your own exercises for the other four senses Sound, Smell, Taste, and Touch.
However I suggest that you use a fruit forest for the taste exercise and I suggest that you use a flowering forest for the smell exercise or just visualize that it is springtime in the forest.