The question of mastering the senses in terms of mysticism is divided.
In the West, mastering the senses through denial of the senses seems to be the narrative and the Gatekeeper into the Mystical Field. Most profound by the practices of the holy St. Francis, who went a bit far in his denial, but it got him where he wanted.
In the East, the same narrative thrives and also its opposite: Mastering the Sense by training them to a point where they transcend and as a goal, they merge into one sense. A wordless sense of being and mystics who sense in a way that we could label as supernatural. I am aware that I am simplifying, but I don’t want this article to be too long winded.
I have practiced the latter for many years – it’s safe to say three decades, and I am still on the path of transcending them. In upcoming posts, I will elaborate further.
The method is to constantly challenge the senses, not all at once, and hereby become very aware/awake on the issue of the senses, which for most people runs on autopilot.
If you are interested in doing this, you have to switch off the autopilot, which basically is the programming up through the years: Childhood, school, etc. … the conditioning via society which has now moved itself into: The System of Fear.
So this is about taking back the authority over the senses and hereby, more hidden, taking control over our nervous system, which is determined by our senses and that goes on in a loop: If we get confronted, as an example, with too much noise or too much going on visually, we can start to get nervous, feel unsettled, and just long for some quiet and tranquility.
If we, on the other hand, have a very poorly settled nervous system, it will impact our ability to sense and it will numb down the senses. I spoke of this before in Senses.
It comes with some minor risks to go into this and if you do, you will have to be ready for that. It can make you feel dizzy, it can make you feel like “something’s not right with me,” but that is often the toll to pay the gatekeeper: “Do you really mean this or not?”
There is also the question of Hypersensitivity.
Some people suffer from that and here we will enter a realm of being consciously hypersensitive. Because, as sure as Amen in a church, that will present itself.
Let me introduce this exercise if you want to give it a go.
You will have to remind yourself many times to do it, since it’s learning by doing and the learning curve is usually very generous in the beginning, and then it goes to being challenging, and then if you have the Staying Power: Breakthrough!
This is an exercise that will boost your vision and hearing and merge them into one.
Sound & Vision:
As we go about walking, driving, or whatever, we use mostly our vision.
Our hearing is more or less in the background of our field of attention. Vision is the primary sense we use. Should some sound alert us, hearing does the job. It’s there dormant but ready to launch. It could be somebody calling our name, something heavy dropped on the street, or somebody suddenly yelling.
We turn and become aware.
If we drive our car, we rely on our vision and our hearing is again in the background, but ready to launch. You have probably, like I have, thought if driving through an area you’re acquainted with: How did I get past those traffic lights? Don’t remember. How did I get where I am now? Don’t remember.
Some call it intuitive driving, but not quite so.
It’s our senses on autopilot and we actually have a trust so strong in them that we find out: Oh, I can do this, walking, running, and driving, with the sure knowledge of that if something happens, my senses will kick in and I will manage the situation. That is a safety and it is interwoven in our ancient DNA, as goes for survival mode. It’s not fight or flight, but dormant awareness.
This exercise is based on bypassing that built-in dynamic and to be aware, conscious in every waking hour. Sounds a bit like Obsessive Compulsive Behavior – OCB, but it is not. It’s pure awareness.
Try doing this:
As you go about your day, turn on the peripherical vision.
It’s the full range of our physical vision in the physical.
The peripherical vision is what you can see if you expand your vision to both sides, as if you took a finger, looking straight ahead and still while looking straight ahead, and followed the finger as you move your arms towards the shoulders.
That will take some time, but be patient. Expanded vision is not a competitive sport.
As you work on this, train yourself to give as much attention to your hearing as you have to your vision. Some would think that is dividing the attention. It is absolutely not that – it is expanding your attention.
Try perceiving that these two senses are merged into one. That is very important.
Do not see them as divided anymore – but as merged.
Turn on the peripheral vision.
Turn on the hearing to the same level of attention.
After a while, when this is working for you:
Be conscious of not seeing them as separated but merged.
Whatever you are doing – walking, driving, watching Netflix, and so on, try to focus on as many visual details as you can. Don’t worry, at some point you can stop this again, since that will become the thing you do. Consciously. Soak it in.
Then do the same with your hearing.
The birds, people, traffic, all sounds.
It makes no sense in this particular exercise to remember it all.
What makes sense is to: Awaken the senses from being dormant, to being conscious. Awake. Alive. Taking it all in.
In general, in this “swiping” society, we want results here and now.
That isn’t how mysticism/metaphysics works.
It works via willpower and the curiosity of discovering how much we have limited ourselves or are programmed into not paying conscious attention.
In these times more important than ever, since: Who Benefits?
Let’s take our power back.
© 2020 Soren Dreier
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