Sacred Body Intelligence
“Through our eyes, the Universe perceives itself.”
The Five Senses
Alan Watts describes the ways in which we perceive things. He says all the 5 senses are essentially feeling. We feel the sound waves in the inner workings of our ears. Our eyes feel light and perceive sight. We feel the tongue’s nerve endings as reaction to food particles and call that taste. Closely related to the sense of taste is what the tiny receptors feel inside the nose, and we call that smell. Finally, we have the sense of touch, in which our body’s nervous system is designed to feel different sensations on the skin. He also recognizes the perfection in that these senses are all integrated. We can see, smell, and touch a crying baby; we see, smell and sense the heat, and taste of a hot chocolate.
We know it is healthy to touch and be touched, Maslow showed us that with rhesus monkeys. We know it is awesome to see the beauty of a flower, (or a 3D IMAX). If we have the gift of hearing, we hear voices and music. We love to taste; it is the great joy of many a foodie, and aficionado of wine. It is a sensual bliss of humanness when those five senses are felt and enjoyed.
We know how to feel. And yet, aside from the senses that we have assigned labels to, we do not think we are feeling our way thorough life. We do this because we are living from the neck up, thinking. From Pre-K and on, we develop and refine thinking skills. Those first few years in school are a pounding of discipline in rote memorization. Most cultures give it full attention because thinking one’s way through life reflects the Newtonian age, the Age of Enlightenment, the Rational Age. We know how to practice and develop skills, mental acumen, and intelligence.
Sometimes people get so caught up in thinking, they think circles around themselves, overthink, think they must learn, learn more, and achieve by learning. Academia, trains us how to learn. Matthew Fox says one of the greatest weapons a person can wield is a Ph.D. when the one with the doctorate doesn’t know how to feel; in fact, how to dance with his or her feelings, how to ride out the wildness and unpredictability of them. It is possible to attune to feelings, however it is not taught, and emphasized. Actually, I think the awareness of its importance is simply not there. Instead we place our awareness on rational thinking alone.
With all that thinking, there is a whole lot of chatter going on. When this happens we call it “The Monkey Mind.” No offense to the monkeys, however, if spinning stories, scenarios, reliving events, overanalyzing, and over-thinking such things as personal, human situations, and circumstances is happening. This is when we must say, “STOP!” and get quiet.
Quieting the mind can be scary though. Calming, breathing, and relaxing the thinking mind has significance, power, and value and it is so underestimated. When we overthink, meditation can give pause to thinking. It can relax the monkey mind. It is the key to giving the nervous system a break, reset, and rejuvenation. Inner listening requires getting quiet. Getting quiet, really going inward can be so delicious. It is getting to know the deepest part of oneself.
It is the inner sanctum, and it is the safest, richest, and most connected place. It is so beautiful when a person learns to become One with the inner self. Hanging out in divine connection is where this can lead. It is nothing short of Bliss. It can be completely inspirational.
It is the time and space for allowing all those ideas to flow and yet it is different from thinking. It simply is allowing for the insights and brilliance to surface as if they are already there in the ethers, in the consciousness of the I AM.
We know we feel, and we focus and attend to our thinking capacities. We also know that it is really a great idea to relax and meditate sometimes.
What are we really in the practice of doing though? I think what we are really doing culturally is checking out. When we know it is time to relax that thinking mind, we distract with sports, with a movie, with the news, with pop culture and we integrate it into our intellect of course, where else? Even in our downtime from the pressure of activating our intelligence at work or school we are activating our thinking mind. Then when we become bored or uninterested at work, we check there.
We might daydream of another possibility for a job or focus of study. What we are doing just doesn’t feel right anymore. Maybe it happens in the relationships we keep. We might be in a relationship and that doesn’t feel right anymore. And that thinking mind is spinning in monkey thought with great attention as if nothing else exists. It is spinning and spinning, trying to understand and make sense of the feeling. That feeling might be listened to or it may be suppressed, and dismissed. When that is ignored, that feeling might become an ulcer or a heart attack, or pneumonia. And then we listen because our physical body demands the attention.
So we finally give it. Waiting until physical ailment sets in, how intelligent is that?
When our consciousness is speaking to us, the information is received in the body, not necessarily in our thinking minds. Body Language is what our body is “saying” to us. The language of the body speaks to us in feeling tone. What is feeling tone? It is the resonance that different energetics vibrate. For example, anger vibrates at a different frequency than joy, for example, and we may feel these in the gut or heart or throat. We understand this; yet, in our current culture we don’t give it much importance. As I alluded earlier, we may be good at burying the feeling, ignoring its existence.
According to Eastern traditions we have 7 chakras. These 7 chakras are energy centers in the body and they give a great map of the areas of importance. Since we live in our thinking, mind we rarely focus any attention on the other six energy centers of the body. If you ask me, it is not very intelligent to ignore them.
Cut to the Chase
We are more than our 5 senses; we are more than our thinking minds. We can choose to listen to all 7 major energy centers in the body, our sacred vessel. Then we can integrate just like the five senses are integrated. When listening to the tonal vibrations our body is FEELING within our body’s energy centers we understand the most grounded information. This is KNOWING. And inner knowing is synonymous with faith, and flavored with wisdom. Once we develop this practice we recognize our body intelligence is very accurate and powerful. And this is because it is aligned with the sacredness of the Universe and the Principles and Laws that orchestrate it.
It must BE because we are not separate from the Universe and how it flows. This knowing comes from within, call it intuition, premonition, instinct, a “download” etc. It is for real. No one is exempt; it is available for every one of us and our awareness of it can be developed like exercising a muscle or delving into an area of study, like medicine or an art. One does not have to be psychic or have “special abilities”. There is no magic happening. It is all very grounded in reality, the reality of Universal Principles and Universal Laws. Body Language is seeing with the eyes of the soul, hearing with the inner ear and feeling with the wisdom of all there IS. When we awaken to feeling and integrating, we are the Universe experiencing itself.
The good news is that more and more of us are listening to our bodies. We are becoming aware and are looking to develop the intelligence of the body. The even greater news is that it can be learned, and developed by way of practice. We can practice this daily until one day we don’t need to think about it anymore and it just happens naturally. After having developed this acumen, others can be lead or taught to have these sensitivities, or at least the setting can be created and encouraged for people to deepen this way, just like it was in the ancient mystery schools.