Sense and Sensibility: Tapping into more than just the five senses
Every school-age child knows the standard five senses: touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight. The sixth sense is thought to be what’s known as extra-sensory perception, or the ability to sense what cannot be observed by the other 5 senses. According to science, the sixth sense is known as “Proprioception,” or the ability to understand where your body is in the sense of space.
Proprioception enables us to sense movement as it relates to the space around us and our own limbs. It is the sense that allows us to touch our finger to our nose, even when our eyes are closed. People with inhibited proprioception may be clumsy or move awkwardly and, when blindfolded, will stumble or not be able to accommodate their movements in the space around them.
Conversely, enhanced proprioception leads to what is classically known as ESP. Developing this sense, or being born with an enhanced sense of proprioception, gives these individuals an advanced warning of movement or changes around them, leading to a “prediction” – or more likely an advanced warning – of things happening before they do. Think of it as the science behind the hairs that stand up on the back of your neck or the uneasy feeling in your gut.
Another sense that is studied widely and considered more and more relevant in both the scientific and spiritual communities is magnetoreception, or the ability to detect magnetic fields. Birds and other animals have an amazing sense of magnetoreception. This is what leads them to migrate back and forth to the same locations year after year. Humans are typically born with an underdeveloped sense of magnetoreception. Basically, it’s what gives us our sense of direction. If you can tell which way is north without a compass or looking at the sun, or if you have an excellent sense of direction, then your sense of magnetoreception is well-developed.
Furthermore, chemical reactions that occur naturally in the human body create many tiny electrical currents. For example, nerves relay signals by transmitting electric impulses. Brain activity relies on communication between charged particles and the heart is electrically active, which is why your doctor will monitor it through an echocardiogram.
It is no surprise, then, that the feeling of a “magnetic connection” or an “electric attraction” to another individual is possible through the sense of magnetoreception. Science and Spiritualism are not mutually exclusive principles. The point of spiritualism is to interpret that which is around us and align our senses with nature and others to create positive outcomes. Being in tune with all our senses assists us in creating a better view of opportunities, challenges, and successes.
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