Discovering Your Sensorial Map – Meditation of the Month

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 entry-way 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 entry-way, bringing some of the qualities of the bedroom and the living room into the entry-way and describe. What changes in the entry-way?
  • 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 entry-way) is your primary sense. The sense that is described second (usually in the living room) is your bridge. The sense that is described third (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.

Example:

1) If a person’s primary sense is visual, begin by looking into his or her eyes and using visual terms when speaking with him or her.

2) If the bridge is kinesthetic, you can then touch him or her, connecting physically and emotionally.

3) If the hidden sense is auditory, you can then begin speaking with a lot of sensitivity, about the subject you want to discuss.

By following the person’s sensorial map, you will establish trust and help this person to open all of their senses, drawing out clear communication and a sense of rapport.

It is good to use the Entering The House Exercise at least twice a year, and as you do so, slowly you will find that your senses are opening up and becoming more and more ‘friendly’ with each other.

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