Introduction: At the Mercy of Your Senses?
She is a ruler who rules herself and not a nation; she rules herself who rules her senses.
You believe you are in control of your senses, don’t you? You decide what movies to watch, what music to listen to, which perfume to wear, what food to eat, what clothes to wear and who to hug? But truly, do you decide what to see, what to hear, what to smell, what to taste, what to touch, and what touches you?
Consider this: You are parched after a long walk in the sun. So, you enter a corner shop to get a bottle of water. Right after paying for the water at the counter, the sight of an exciting looking display of a new chocolate brand catches your eye. You check the price, dip your hand into your pocket and you buy the chocolate. What influenced your decision to pick a box of chocolate when the only thing you had wanted at the time was a bottle of water?
Consider another scenario: You arrive home worn and tired after a hard day’s work. Even before you enter the house, you are hearing the sound of moaning coming from the bedroom area. You pause for a minute to listen carefully. Your heart begins to beat and you are hoping what you are thinking isn’t true. You enter without knocking and right before you is your spouse half-naked. You suspect your partner surely must have been with someone. You quickly enter the bedroom and begin to look around the apartment. There is no one but your partner alone. Later you realize the noise you heard earlier was coming from the TV. You hide your embarrassment. What triggered your thought of your spouse being with someone? What suggested to you the possibility of what your partner was engaged in?
Suppose you had seen your partner naked in bed with somebody else. What would you have thought and felt; and what would you have done? Again, what is influencing your thoughts, feeling and action in this case? Now, pause and reflect on this: what if your partner had been cheating on you for ages yet your relationship was good until what you heard and saw?
Looking at the scenarios above, and others that may come to mind, it is not far-fetched to say that we spend most of our days under the influence of our senses, the effect of which may be good or bad. Well aware of this subtle influence, the advertising industry makes billions of dollars from influencing our perception of different products. Dominantly, the sense of sight and hearing are bombarded by adverts every minute; the food industry plays on our senses of taste and smell; and the clothing industry turns on our sense of touch. Not surprising we have a society preoccupied with a craving for consumer goods that satisfy what our senses want, which may not necessarily be what we want. This has created a consumerist society with its attendant challenges of a debt culture arising from overspending and the accompanying (physical, emotional, mental) health and wellbeing issues.
Our senses of Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste and Touch are the gateways through which we give and receive communications from the world around us. We operate through them to experience our world. Like double-edged swords, a clear understanding of the way they work can benefit you tremendously, while a failure to grasp the influence the senses have on you could be detrimental.
This course is to introduce you to how the senses work to influence your life in ways that you do not easily perceive. The material will assist you to:
- Understand influence of your senses on your decisions and choices
- Appreciate how the senses are capable of deceiving you
- Identify your dominant sense and its preferences.
- Understand the Senses as the source of immorality
- Discover your gateways for communications.
- Discover your learning style.
When you complete this course and run the various exercises, you open yourself to mastery over your life. You become aware of how the senses influence and affect you; and you quickly realize when your senses are leading you towards unhealthy decisions and choices.
All relationships are based on communication, which is dependent on the Senses. We all have dominant, harmonizing and minor senses and your communication preferences depend on which of the senses are dominant, harmonizing or minor. Thus, you buy an excellent car for your wife and when in two months she requests to know if you love her, you would consider her ungrateful and never satisfied. If she were a hearing person, she would, as well, want to hear you say, “I love you.” With this program, your sense awareness grows and you will not easily get blindsided by them. Where your weaknesses derive from how you interact through the senses, you will be able to know this and work to uproot them.
You will also able to interact from a place of inner strength knowing how the senses lead people in their decisions and choice. This puts you in a position of being able to overlook or forgive people of certain faults and shortcomings; and also help them to overcome negative sense influences. You may be able to counsel people whose problems originate from their senses as for instance, a couple whose marital conflict issues from not understanding how each other’s senses operate.
Once you appreciate how the senses operate, you will begin to follow your inner sense of awareness which is variously identified as sixth sense or intuition.
Reflect on ways that your senses have led you to your choices and decisions. When have the senses been a problem for you? When have the senses been of benefit to you? You may discuss same with your family and friends and share their feedback with us.