Coming to Our Senses

In a recent newsletter from Alberto Villodo, he spoke of the power of our senses, our ability to feel what is uniquely ours – our inner landscape – and how it shapes our reality. He speaks about it from the perspective of the shaman and I am reminded of my native elder teachers and how they have informed the work I teach. Thank you to all my teachers. Here is what he had to say:

“The shaman knows that we all carry maps of reality within us, and that these maps determine how we experience the world. These maps define the pathways available to us for creativity and problem solving. Shamans are cartographers of the emotional and spiritual landscape of an individual or an organization (village).. They know that most maps ordinarily describe only the most commonly traveled paths. Like the preschooler that learns there is only one way to draw a house, we sometimes forget the most creative and inspired solutions. We discover these solutions when we access our emotional and spiritual intelligence.

We learn a conceptual model of reality, where we all agree on the common definitions of things. We all learn to draw houses the same way. To gain access to our emotional and spiritual intelligence, we have to rediscover a sensory based model of the world. We have to come to our senses. We have to feel, taste, and experience the world through the senses. We do so by changing our vocabulary from “I think therefore I am” to “I think and I feel, therefore I am.”

The rational mind thinks conceptually. Yet the human brain is at heart emotional. Its primary operating programs are known to brain researchers as the 4 F’s. Fear, Feeding, Fighting, and Sex. These four instinctual drives, that include our fight or flight response, are in the drivers seat behind most human actions and experience. The business world, on the other hand, operates on guidelines established by our rational brain, which attempts to be logical, make sense, and have life be predictable and explainable. There is nothing wrong with that. We only get in trouble when we expect people to act rationally all the time, or even some of the time, at that.”

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